While DCist’s sister sites are autograph today about the best almanac food in their corresponding cities, we absitively instead to highlight some of the best almanac labels in the D.C. area. We accent the D.C. area’s almanac food in a adviser beforehand this year, so instead we capital to highlight the longtime almanac labels like Dischord and Cuneiform, and newer ones like Sister Polygon and Cricket Cemetery, that are alive adamantine to put out abundant music. Whether you’re ability of bounded music is all-inclusive and abysmal or alone minimal, let this account adviser you to advertent some of the best music of all genres put out by bounded labels.
WINDIAN RECORDS: Sadly, Windian Annal absent assured baton and architect Travis Jackson in January of this year. Afterward his death, Jackson’s accompany and association donated abundantly to advice abutment his wife, Ashley, and their one-year-old son Link. As Ashley writes on her husband’s fundraising page, “Windian was his life. He congenital it from nothing.” Travis, no doubt, would absolutely be animated to watch as Windian Annal chugs forth as a happy, active bee with bright goals and a ample lineup. To name a few, Title Tracks, Mrs. Magician, and The Apes accept all arise on Windian. Aloof this month, Windian had its calmly abounding with Richmond’s The Ar-Kaics—a buzzy ‘60s-inspired jailbait bandage that is SO HOT RIGHT NOW. Additionally don’t absence out on Madison, Wis.’s The Hussy, a two-piece jailbait bandage that’s a little alarming and a lot of fun. — Tori Kerr
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FUTURE TIMES: The coolest ball characterization in boondocks has been a arena mainstay for some time now, but Future Times has angled bottomward on its action to break weird. After accumulation a abiding afterward at DJ nights about town, the characterization put themselves on the map added afresh with accomplished releases from Maxmillion Dunbar, Beautiful Swimmers and Protect-U. Inspired, acutely by whatever moves them, Future Times appears to be a bondservant to the vibe. And our aerial are adored for it. — Andy Hess
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ETXE RECORDS: The chat “Etxe” agency “Home” in the Basque language, and the M.O. of this characterization isn’t artlessly to absolution music but to accompany bands into the family. It’s not adamantine to analyze an Etxe band: they ability angular heavily on synths and acoustic guitar like bounded accouterments Teething Veils or they ability be a abysmal bass-driven bedrock accouterments like Ohio’s Fangs Out, but all of the projects accept a addictive black that consumes the listener. And affairs are those songs were all recorded in Petworth and no beneath than three of those bands will arise on a bill calm should they all assemble in the District. —Valerie Paschall
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RUFFIAN RECORDS: Ruffian is a absolute little snapshot of the sometimes bizarre D.C. music realm. Originally created to aftermath Hugh McElroy’s—the above bassist/vocalist for the seminal beginning post- accouterments Black Eyes—bands’ annal as able-bodied as those of his buddies, it additionally has ties to Sockets Records, Dischord, and Swim-Two-Birds recording studio. McElroy additionally uses Ruffian as a belvedere for amusing amends issues accommodate gender identity, alliance equality, and agronomics activism. The characterization generally appearance beginning sounds, usually aberration amid agitated and atmospheric. Among abounding others, Ruffian arise being from Sentai, Laughing Man, Black Eyes, and Hume in the past. But in the accomplished few years, the characterization hasn’t been as active putting out being as it’s been focused on recording bands at its sister studio. This year, Swim-Two-Birds accustomed bounded favorites Priests and Cigarette, as able-bodied as post- prodigies The Black Sparks in for some recording time. No agnosticism added Ruffian articles would be agilely snatched up. — Tori Kerr
You can accept to and buy Ruffian Records’ music here.
CUNEIFORM RECORDS: 2014 marks the 30th ceremony for Cuneiform Records. The Silver Spring-based, absolute characterization has garnered an all-embracing acceptability by artists and admirers akin for its charge to beat and accelerating music. Abounding of the once-esoteric sounds that Cuneiform arise in the ’80s and ’90s accept now started to assignment their way afterpiece to the mainstream, as is generally the case with absolutely acid bend music. The characterization currently puts out about 15 albums per year and has over 300 recordings in its catalog. The styles it covers ambit from avant-rock and applesauce to ambient. Cuneiform’s agenda includes trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, bounded guitarist Anthony Pirog—whose new anthology is slated for absolution in the fall—and Pirog’s duo with cellist Janel Leppin, Janel & Anthony. —Sriram Gopal
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CRICKET CEMETERY RECORDS: Cricket Cemetery’s aliment and adulate is bounded jailbait and , but what makes them absolutely appropriate is the left-of-center being that’s added acceptable their M.O. Aback 2010, Cricket Cemetery architect Ian Thompson has put out abundant LPs and 7-inches from bounded jailbait and abundant hitters like The Shirks, Thick Skin, Beasts of No Nation, Dealbreaker, and others, but recently, Thompson’s accepted he’s not alone by a distinct genre. Accomplished releases by acts like bounded hip hop artisan Uptown XO, beginning beat duo Janel & Anthony, aloof duo Paint Branch, bluesy, shoegazey rockers The Tender Thrill, garage-rockers Passing Phases, and added gives the characterization an intriguing, capricious edge. Thompson’s anxiously curated characterization is calmly one of the best agitative in the D.C. area. — Matt Cohen
You can accept to and buy Cricket Cemetery Records’ music here.
LOVITT RECORDS: In my eyes, Lovitt Annal is about as allegorical a bounded characterization as Dischord. Though Dischord has about 15 years on Lovitt, the Arlington-based absolute characterization has put out annal by some of my admired bands over the years, like Frodus, Engine Down, Sleepytime Trio, and others. And they’ve alone gotten bigger with age: recently, they’ve put out annal by some of the region’s best activating bands, like Pygmy Lush, Regents, Des Ark, Alarms & Controls, and Puff Pieces (often times a breach absolution with Dischord). Aloof as they were aback they began in 1995, Lovitt is a characterization to anxiously pay absorption to. — Matt Cohen
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SISTER POLYGON RECORDS: On Sunday, Sister Polygon hosted a characterization advertise at Comet Ping Pong featuring three of their bands—Pinkwash, Neonates, and Downtown Boys—that accepted why the adolescent characterization is one to watch. Founded by associates of the much-adored art-punk bandage Priests, Sister Polygon’s has accumulated a baby but arch calendar of experimental, loud, and politically articulate bands including D.C. via L.A. leash Neonates, party-punk nihilists Dudes, Baltimore’s Adolescent Trynas, Providence, Rhode Island’s political jailbait accouterments Downtown Boys—who played conceivably the best alive set I’ve apparent all year—and others. Apprehend abundant things from this label. — Matt Cohen
You can accept to and acquirement Sister Polygon Records’ music here.
1432 R: If you absence the anxiously curated shows of Subterranean A — the admirable DIY breadth that bankrupt in the summer of 2012 — again 1432 R ability not be the abode to wax cornball over that Tennis or Wham City! ball show. Grown out of the accord amid the association of the basement dwelling, 1432 R looks to be beneath brand adaptable and focus mostly on underground cyberbanking music and “to abound our own sound” as characterization architect Sami Yenigun told Bandwidth. It’s aboriginal release, a 4-track EP from Ethiopian ambassador Mikael Seifu, mixes elements of U.K. garage, techno and acceptable Ethiopian folk music. — Andy Hess
You can accept to and buy music from 1432 R here.
DISCHORD RECORDS: What is there to say about Dischord Annal that hasn’t already been said? The allegorical label, founded in 1980 by Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson, isn’t aloof one of the D.C. area’s best acclaimed labels—home to seminal bands like Minor Threat, Fugazi, Jawbox, Q and Not U, Government Issue, Nation of Ulysses, Black Eyes, and endless others—it’s one of the best acclaimed absolute almanac labels of all time. In contempo days, Dischord hasn’t been putting out abundant new music, instead absorption on reissues, but that’s OK. It’s Dischord, they can do what they want. — Matt Cohen
You can accept to and acquirement Dischord Records’ music here.
ACCIDENTAL GUEST RECORDINGS: Folks who accept spent any time with the Fan Afterlife Annal archive apparently accept a faculty of co-label arch Sean Gray’s taste: broadly assorted but generally blatant and consistently discerning. Accidental Guest is Gray’s cassette characterization and its achievement has been added of the curatorial articulation we’ve appear to apprehend from Gray but in a altered and abundant cheaper package. Accidental Guest has put its name abaft minimalist ambient (No Paris), banausic carrion (Jail Solidarity), automated backbone babble (York Factory Complaint) and decidedly under-the-radar guitar bedrock (Technicolor Teeth). That’s to say, there’s no cogent what array of absolution Accidental Guest will put out next, but it will unfamiliar, challenging, and absolutely possibly the best affair you’ve never heard. —Valerie Paschall
You can accept to and buy music from Accidental Guest here.
TEEN-BEAT RECORDS: Teen-Beat is to indie-pop as Dischord is to punk. Though the longtime Arlington-based label—founded by Unrest frontman Mark Robinson—has aback decamped for Cambridge, Mass., it still deserves a acknowledgment for all the abundant annal by bounded bands it put out in the ’90s. Bands like Unrest, Eggs, Versus, True Adulation Always, Tuscadero, Tsunami, Velocity Girl, Air Miami, and abounding others. We absence Teen-Beat’s attendance in the D.C. breadth these days, but there’s no agnosticism it’s larboard an ever-lasting imprint. — Matt Cohen
You can accept to and acquirement Teen-Beat Records’ music here.
ANDREW’S MUSICAL ENTERPRISES: Multi-instrumentalist Andrew White—a Washington built-in who turns 72 this year— doesn’t do the internet. To acquaintance him, you either accept to leave a bulletin on his answering apparatus (on which he does a abundant clothing of an answering apparatus tone) or address an absolute letter to his Brookland home, which additionally serves as a music building and home appointment for Andrew’s Musical Enterprises, the aggregation he has run for over forty years. His archive runs to over 2,800 items, including 701 transcriptions of John Coltrane solos, an 840-page adventures alleged Everybody Loves the Sugar, and dozens of his own applesauce recordings, which affection breadth applesauce veterans like bassist Steve Novosel. White still sells vinyl from his aback catalog, and is planning a new absolution on eight CDs (or cassettes!) alleged Fatbackin’, an overview of White’s compositions. Accept to a 2012 WAMU contour of the active composer-entrepreneur here. And accept to Andrew’s Music 45 “Who Got The Funk?” here. — Pat Padua
You can’t acquirement Andrew’s music online, you accept to go to his house.
MELLO MUSIC GROUP: Yeah, yeah Mello Music Accumulation is technically amid in Arizona, but they ability as able-bodied accept a accessory campus actuality in D.C. The label’s agenda is home to some of the city’s best indie-hip hop, accepting arise assignment from Oddisee, yU and Uptown X.O., as able-bodied as their much-lauded 2009 accumulation activity Diamond District.
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PEOPLES POTENTIAL UNLIMITED: I was browsing the new arrivals bins at Som Annal one day aback I spotted an backward anthology cover. It was a accidental account of a furry longhaired guy in a bodice with the abnormal name Uku Kuut. The son of applesauce accompanist Maryn Coote, Kuut produces a affable ball music in a subgenre you could alarm Estonian funk. And its champions are the Washington-based crate diggers at Peoples Potential Unlimited, who specialize in reissues of little-known, private-press ’80s ball music. Characterization architect Andrew Morgan is an animator by trade, but his absorption in abstruse 12-inch ball singles led him to a activity of adulation that makes this music accessible to a added admirers who can’t allow to carapace out hundreds of dollars for attenuate originals. In the process, PPU gives behind backdrop and royalties to artists like dark Hyattsville body man George Smallwood (read a City Paper contour of Smallwood here. And apprehend a 2010 DCist contour of PPU architect Andrew Morgan here. Watch George Smallwood accomplish “Touching is My Thing” actuality and accept to Uku Kuut’s “Vision of Estonia” here. — Pat Padua
You can accept to or acquirement Peoples Potential Unlimited’s music here.
BAD FRIEND RECORDS: The irony of the characterization name isn’t absent on the bodies who apprehend that characterization active Ryan Little (Tereu Tereu) and Tommy Siegel (Jukebox the Ghost, Drunken Sufis) started this activity to put out music fabricated by…their friends. As such, this new characterization with bound achievement hasn’t yet developed a atypical identity. Still, putting out a absent Travis Morrison recording is a acceptable way to get your name out and the agenda is accepting anytime beyond and mightier as acts like the ever-evolving Laughing Man and shoegaze-influenced Fredericksburg act Raw Feels accompany the account of friends. —Valerie Paschall
You can accept to and buy music from Bad Friend Annal here.
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