Friday, April 27, 2007

Welcome aboard, Dischord!

Over the past few days, I've been hypnotized by the steady stream of albums on the Dischord Records label making their way into the Rhapsody library. I started compiling a playlist and writing a post, but with each passing day, the picture becomes more complete, until today, where it's near full saturation. So, before I get too far, here's a playlist that documents nearly every Dischord release, starting with #1 (Teen Idles, Minor Disturbance EP [1980]) going to #160 (The Evens, Get Evens [2006].)

Playlist: Dischord Records

The label started with the end of the D.C. band Teen Idles, which was Ian MacKaye, Jeff Nelson, Geordie Grindle and Nathan Strejcek (photo.) They'd played together for less then a year, but were ready to pack it in, so they took their earnings and released an EP to document the band. This release, Dischord Records #1, was released in December, 1980. Inspired by Dangerhouse Records in LA, MacKaye and Nelson were going take any earnings from this first release and use it to put out the growing number of bands in the DC scene. State of Alert (S.O.A.,) which featured former Teen Idles roadie Henry Garfield (Henry Rollins,) wasn't going to wait. Henry put up his own money and released the EP No Policy (Dischord #2.)

At the same time, Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson went on to form the group, Minor Threat. They debuted, along with S.O.A., opening for Bad Brains in December of '80 (a month which also marked the label's debut.) Their 1st 7" release made for Dischord #3, with it's now legendary cover (that Nike recently copied and apologized for.) The song "Straight Edge" became the title of a movement of post-punk bands, describing a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle.

By 1984, the DC punk scene was rife with violence, and Dischord was in financial straits. But they held on, and by 1985, more bands joined the fray, inspired in part by what Dischord was doing, and also with the motive to take back the scene with a non-violence mission. Revolution Summer became the moniker for this 1985 movement, and it saw a move towards a more melodic sound. The most important of these was the band Rites of Spring, who, while only releasing one full-length (End on End, Dischord #16,) were almost single-handedly responsible for what would become emo. (They briefly reformed as Happy Go Picky, and their experimental live sound (utilizing tape loops,) was later documented on Dischord [#109] as well. Ian MacKaye, at this time, was also influencing this new genre with his shortlived band Embrace.

Ian MacKaye then (1987) formed the band Fugazi, which shortly after incorporated former Rites of Spring members Guy Picciotto and Brendan Canty, cementing one of the most principled bands of all time. To many, they hold the same significance as Bob Dylan (on their parents.) Their discography is the picture of artistic consistency, from their beginning to now current (as of 2002) indefinite hiatus. Repeater (Dischord #45) was my introduction, but it was 1991's Steady Diet of Nothing that comes to mind when I think about the band.

In the wake of Nirvana's 91's breakthrough, the label began see an increase in sales, and a couple bands on the roster made the jump to major labels. Jawbox (Atlantic) and Shudder To Think (Epic,) were derided by many ardent Dischord fans, but they remained true to their sound, and with their exposure helped broaden Dischords fanbase in the process, as fans looked for prior releases on Dischord (like STT's Get Your Goat, and Jawbox's Novelty,) and picking up a Lungfish or a Circus Lupus record in the process.

With Dischord's biggest mealticket (Fugazi) now on the sidelines, the label's roster is a lot less visible (and a lot more mellower.) Acts now include Antelope, French Toast, Soccer Team, Channels, Medications, Fugazi's Joe Lally (Dischord's first ever solo release,) and MacKaye's latest project, The Evens.

Of note: Rhapsody has the release dates off by a (fairly) consistent four years... just something to watch out for.

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drake leLane said...

Dischord Records

1. "Teen Idles" - Teen Idles - from 'Minor Disturbance' (1980) - Dischord #1 (also on #14)
2. "Girl Problems" - S.O.A. (State of Alert) - from 'No Policy' (1981) - Dischord #2 (#14)
3. "I Don't Wanna Hear It" - Minor Threat - from '1st 7"' (1981) - Dischord #3 (#12, #14, #40)
4. "Rock'n Roll Bullshit" - Government Issue - from 'Legless Bull' ' (1981) - Dischord #4 (#14)
5. "In My Eyes" - Minor Threat - from 'In My Eyes' (1981) - Dischord #5 (#12, #14, #40)
6. "Full Speed Ahead" - Youth Brigade - from 'Possible E.P.' (1981) - Dischord #6 (also on #14)
7. "Face To Face" - Faith - from 'Faith/Void Split' (1982) - Dischord #8 (#87)
8. "Bedlam" - Scream - from 'Still Screaming LP' (1983) - Dischord #9 (#81)
9. "Betray" - Minor Threat - from 'Out of Step'(1984) - Dischord #10 (#40)
10. "Subject To Change" - Faith - from 'Subject To Change' (1984) - Dischord #11 (#87)
11. "Friend" - Marginal Man - from 'Identity' (1984) - Dischord #13
12. "Salad Days" - Minor Threat - from 'Salad Days' (1985) - Dischord #15 (#40)
13. "For Want of" - Rites of Spring - from 'End on End' (1985) - Dischord #16
14. "Trash Funk" - Beefeater - from 'Plays for Lovers' (1985) - Dischord #17 (#64)
15. "Circles" - Dag Nasty - from 'Can I Say' (1986) - Dischord #19 (#53)
16. "Me and You" - Egg Hunt - from '2 songs' (1986) - Dischord #20
17. "Chutes and Ladders" - Gray Matter - from 'Take it Back' (1986) - Dischord #21 (#49)
18. "In Silence/Words Away" - Rites of Spring - from 'All Through a Life' - Dischord #22 (#16)
19. "Live The Life" - Beefeater - from 'House Burning Down' (1987) - Dischord #23 (#64)
20. "Dance of Days" - Embrace - from 'Embrace' (1987) - Dischord #24
21. "Mineshaft Burning" - Scream - from 'Banging the Drum' (1987) - Dischord #25(#82)
22. "Simple Minds" - Dag Nasty - from 'Wig Out at Denko's' (1988) - Dischord #26 (#53)
23. "Jerk" - Fire Party - from 'Fire Party' (1988) - Dischord #28 (#103)
24. "Trigger" - Soulside - from 'Trigger' (1988) - Dischord #29 (#51)
25. "Bad Mouth" - Fugazi - from '7 Songs' (1988) - Dischord #30 (#36)
26. "Off Target" - Christ on a Crutch" - from 'State of the Union' compilation (1988) - Dischord #32
27. "Domino Days" - Three - from 'Dark Days Coming' (1989) - Dischord #33
28. "Otherside" - Soulside - from 'Bass/103' (1989) - Dischord #34 (#51)
29. "Promises" - Fugazi - from 'Margin Walker' (1989) - Dischord #35 (#36)
30. "Make It Quick" - Fire Party - from 'New Orleans Opera' (1989) - Dischord #37 (#103)
31. "God City" - Soulside - from 'Hot Bodi-Gram' (1989) - Dischord #38 (#51)
32. "He Lives" - Fidelity Jones - from 'Piltdown Lad' (1989) - Dischord #41
33. "Eleventy" - Holy Rollers - from 'As Is' (1991) - Dischord #42 (#59)
34. "Song #1" - Fugazi - from '3 Songs' (1990) - Dischord #43 (#45)
35. "Repeater" - Fugazi - from 'Repeater + 3 Songs' (1990) - Dischord #44 (#45)
36. "Venus on Lovely" - Fidelity Jones - from 'Venus on Lovely' (1990) - Dischord #47
37. "Fill a Void" - Gray Matter - from 'Food For Thought' (1990 re-release) - Dischord #48 (#49)
38. "Impossible Figure" - Jawbox - from 'Grippe' (1991) - Dischord (#52)
39. "Aspirin Kid" - Nation of Ulysses - from '13 Point Program to Destroy America' - Dischord #57
40. "What You Said" - Holy Rollers - from 'Fabuley' (1991) - Dischord #58 (#59)
41. "Reclamation" - Fugazi - 'Steady Diet of Nothing' (1991) - Dischord #60
42. "Ones & Zeros" - Jawbox - 'Tongues' (1991) - Dischord #61 (#69)
43. "The Sound Of Young America" - Nation of Ulysses (1991) - from 'Birth of a Ulysses Aesthetic' - Dischord #62 (#57)
44. "Mean Hot & Blessed" - Circus Lupus - from 'Super Genius' (1992) - Dischord #63
45. "Descender" - Lungfish - from 'Talking Songs for Walking' (1992) - Dischord #65(#66)
46. "Shake Your Halo Down" - from 'Get Your Goat' (1992) - Dischord #67
47. "Static" - Jawbox - from 'Novelty' (1992) - Dischord #69
48. "Smallpox Champion" - Fugazi - from 'In On The Kill Taker' (1993) - Dischord #70
49. "Last Train To Cool" - Nation of Ulysses - from 'Plays Pretty' (1993) - Dischord #71
50. "Fire and Sand" - Severin - from 'Acid to Ashes Rust to Dust' (1992) - Dischord #72
51. "Pop Man" - Circus Lupus - from '2 songs' (1992) - Dischord #73
52. "Hit Liquor" - Shudder To Think - from 'Hit Liquor' (1992) - Dischord #76
53. "Jackpot Plus!" - Jawbox - from 'Jackpot Plus!' (1993) - Dischord #77
54. "Mother Made Me" - Lungfish - from 'Rainbows from Atoms' (1993) - Dischord #78
55. "Right Turn Clyde" - Circus Lupus - from 'Solid Brass' (1993) - Dischord #79
56. "Gods Look Down" - Scream - from 'Fumble' (1993) - Dischord #83 (#82)
57. "Watching the Grass Grow" - Holy Rollers - from 'Toy' (1993) - Dischord #84 (#86)
58. "What Kind of Monster Are You?" - Slant 6 - from 'What Kind of Monster' (1993) - Dischord #84 (#91)
59. "Electroux" - Hoover - from 'Lurid Traversal of Rte. 7' (1994) - Dischord #89
60. "Bed For The Scraping" - Fugazi - from 'Red Medicine' (1995) - Dischord #90
61. "Love Shock" - Slant 6 - from 'Soda Pop*Rip Off' (1994) - Dischord #91
62. "Computer" - Lungfish - from 'Pass and Stow' (1994) - Dischord #92
63. "Goodbye, Dr. Fate" - Trusty - from 'Goodbye Dr. Fate' (1995) - Dischord #93
64. "Babydoll" - Slant 6 - from 'Inzombia' (1995) - Dischord #94
65. "FLoored and to the Left" - Branch Manager - from 'Branch Manager' (1995) - Dischord #95
66. "I Liked You Better When You Were Sick" - Smart Went Crazy - from 'Now We're Even' (1995) - Dischord #96
67. "Signpost" - Lungfish - from 'Sound in Time' (1996) - Dischord #97
68. "Ride Your Ride" - The Crown Hate Ruin - from 'Until the Eagle Grins' (1996) - Dischord #98
69. "Here Comes the Judge" - The Make-Up - from 'Destination: Love: Live! At Cold Rice (1996) - Dischord #99
70. "Trans Am" - Teen Idles - from 'Teen Idles' (1996) - Dischord #100
71. "Past Tense" - Bluetip - from 'Dischord No. 101' (1996) - Dischord #101
72. "Mad At The Man" - The Warmers - from 'The Warmers' (1996) - Dischord #102
73. "Candy" - Trusty - from 'The Fourth Wise Man' (1996) - Dischord #104
74. "We're Having A Baby" - The Make-Up - from 'After Dark' (1997) - Dischord #105
75. "Tick Tock" - Lungfish - from 'Indivisible' (1997) - Dischord #106
76. "Anything Tribal" - Branch Manager - from 'Anything Tribal' (1997) - Dischord #107
77. "I'll Take You Down" - Autoclave - from 'Combined' (1997) - Dischord #108
78. "Torso Butter" - Happy Go Picky - from 'Will Play' (1999) - Dischord #109
79. "Break" - Fugazi - from 'End Hits' (1998) - Dischord #110
80. "Funny As In Funny Ha-Ha" - Smart Went Crazy - from 'Con Art' (1997) - Dischord #112
81. "Centre Of The Earth" - The Make-Up - from 'In Mass Mind' (1998) - Dischord #113
82. "Amnesiac" - Lungfish - from 'Artificial Horizon' (1998) - Dischord #115
83. "Join Us" - Bluetip - from 'Join Us' (1998) - Dischord #116
84. "Vulgar Theories" - Lungfish - from 'The Unanimous Hour' (1999) - Dischord #117
85. "Hide" - One Last Wish - from '1986' (1999) - Dischord #118
86. "The Words" - Lungfish - from 'Necrophones' (2000) - Dischord #119
87. "Lusty Scripps" - Fugazi - from 'Instrument Soundtrack' (1999) - Dischord #120
88. "Polymer" - Bluetip - from 'Polymer' (2000) - Dischord #121
89. "Carefully Planned" - Faraquet - from 'The View From This Tower' (2000) - Dischord #122
90. "End The Washington Monument (Blinks) Goodnight" - Q And Not U - from 'No Kill No Beep Beep' (2000) - Dischord #123
91. "Uptight" - Nation of Ulysses - from 'The Embassy Tapes' (2000) - Dischord #124
92. "Reason" - The Capitol City Dusters - from 'Rock Creek' (2002) - Dischord #127
93. "Inevitability" - El Guapo - from 'Super/System' (2002) - Dischord #128
94. "Furniture" - Fugazi - from 'Furniture + 2' (2001) - Dischord #129
95. "Strangelight" - Fugazi - from 'The Argument' (2001) - Dischord #130
96. "Fountain Flame" - Pupils - from 'Pupils' (2002) - Dischord #131
97. "So Many Animal Calls" - Q and Not U - from 'Different Damage' (2002) - Dischord #133
98. "Just Don't Know" - El Guapo - from 'Fake French' (2003) - Dischord #134
99. "Love is Love" - Lungfish - from 'Love is Love' (2003) - Dischord #137
100. "Copyists" - Beauty Pill - from 'You Are Right to be Afraid' (2003) - Dischord #138
101. "Lifeguard In Wintertime" - Beauty Pill - from 'The Unsustainable Lifestyle' (2004) - Dischord #139
102. "Stand Up" - Minor Threat - from 'First Demo Tape' (2003) - Dischord #140
103. "X-Polynation" - Q and Not U - from '2 Songs' (2003) - Dischord #141
104. "The Flock" - Antelope - from 'Crowns/The Flock' (2004) - Dischord #142
105. "Wet Work" - Q and Not U - from 'Power' (2004) - Dischord #143
106. "Totally Free" - The Warmers - from 'Wanted: More' (2004) - Dischord #144
107. "Commencement" - Black Eyes - from 'Cough' (2004) - Dischord #145
108. "The Perfect Target" - Medications - from '5 songs' (2004) - Dischord #146
109. "You Are The War" - Lungfish - from 'Feral Hymns' (2005) - Dischord #147
110. "Pattern" - French Toast - from 'In A Cave' (2005) - Dischord #148
111. "Or At Least As Bad" - Medications - 'Your Favorite People All In One Place' (2005) - Dischord #149
112. "Shelter Two" - The Evens - from '12 songs' (2005) - Dischord #150
113. "The Licensee" - Channels - from 'Waiting for the Next End of the World' (2006) - Dischord #151
114. "Lobster Season" - Soccer Team - from 'Volunteered Civility and Professionalism' (2006) - Dischord #152
115. "Lidia's Song" - Joe Lally - from 'There to Here' (2006) - Dischord #153
116. "Took You For Strong" - French Toast - from 'Ingleside Terrace' (2006) - Dischord #154
117. "Maxxo Sesh" - The Aquarium - from 'The Aquarium' (2006) - Dischord #155
118. "Mirroring" - Antelope - from 'Reflector' (2007) - Dischord #157
119. "Pushed Against The Wall" - The Evens - from 'Get Evens' (2006) - Dischord #160

J Shifty said...

Pardon my Swahili, but Holy Shit, my good man! Thank you for the exhaustive work it had to take to get this beast of a list together, and for the fine annotated narrative.

There's alot for me to discover in there, so I'll just jump on in...

~~~hechter said...

Livin' in DC, The Evens play here often. Most the time for free or for a nominal fee that goes towards a worthy charity.

A few years back, I emailed a thank you to Dischord for putting on a free concert at Fort Reno (DC). I received a direct reply from none other than Ian MacKaye a few days later. Yeah, I saved the email.

FUGAZI!
~~~

drake leLane said...

J - it was a lengthy affair indeed, and I thank you for your acknowledgement. sometimes I pour my heart into these things and never know if it was of benefit to anyone else, besides my own hunger to compile.

Hechter... I figured you'd have to have some DC story to tell. Did you ever have that black "X" on your hand?

Robert 0f The Radish said...

Superior playlist my friend! You are truly a brother in arms. Thanks for putting the time into this one for us.

drake leLane said...

thanks Robert, that means a lot coming from you ;)