Benjy Ferree Cry-Fi
The third full-length from PG County, MD-bred singer-songwriter, Benjy Ferree. Now relocated to New Orleans, Ferree delivers an album about heartbreak and renewal, albeit with a slightly gonzo touch and a lot of synthesizers. Features contributions from D.C.-based multi-instrumentalist, Mark Cisneros (Deathfix, Medications, Kid Congo Powers).
Tim Follos and Hussain Mohammed Day After D.C.
A collection of show reviews, interviews, and photographs chronicling the Washington, D.C. music scene between 2005 and 2013. The book includes interviews with Ian MacKaye, Chris Moore, Dave Brockie, and Ian Svenonius, as well as reviews of bands like Sick Fix, Give, Body Cop, Coke Bust, and many more.
The debut cassette by Washington, D.C. trio Flasher. Formerly known as Young Trynas, the band includes members of Priests and Big Hush. Jagged post-punk riffs dusted with stomp-box haze. (Recommended)
The Landlords Fitzgerald’s Paris
A reissue of the second LP by Charlottesville, VA punk band, The Landlords. Recorded at Inner Ear studios in 1984, this pressing has been restored from the original master tapes and includes a complimentary download featuring bonus studio material and a live set recorded at CBGB’s in 1985. (Recommended)
Passing Phases Fitzgerald’s Paris
10 new songs from Sterling, VA's Passing Phases. Guitar-driven pop music that sometimes recalls the Replacements and Big Star. The group features members of the groups Pizza and Pygmy Lush. Preview the whole record here.
Domingues and Kane Gut + Voltage
A collection of works by this D.C.-based neo-classical duo featuring Amy Domingues (Garland of Hours, Threnody Ensemble) and Dennis Kane (Tone, Soccer Team). Eight pieces that pair the 15th century instrument viola da gamba with textures generated by an analog synthesizer.
Two Inch Astronaut Personal Life
The third full-length from Colesville, MD-bred trio, Two Inch Astronaut. Recorded by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) at Magpie Cage in Baltimore and released by Exploding in Sound Records. Preview the song "Good Behavior" here. (Recommended).
Mark Beemer Stealing Time: 23 Years of Punk Images
An expanded reissue of Mark Beemer's long out of print photo book. Includes concert and portrait photographs of Bluetip, Circus Lupus, Engine Down, Fugazi, Nation of Ulysses, Henry Rollins, Darkest Hour, and many more.
Robert Moss Descending Memphis
A detective story/coming-of-age story written by Robert R. Moss, former member of Artificial Peace and Government Issue.
Birth (Defects) S/T
A two song 7" by Baltimore and Washington, D.C.-based noise rock outfit, Birth (Defects). Released via Reptilian Records, this single is limited to 300 copies. You can preview the song "Ascetic" here.
Des Ark Everything Dies
The third full-length from Pittsboro, NC-based singer/songwriter, Aimee Argote, better known as Des Ark. Released in 2015 by Graveface Records.
Daniel Higgs VIV
An album of expansive songs and banjo improvisations by Lungfish singer, Daniel Higgs. Recorded last year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and released as a joint effort between the labels Desmonta and Unwork in 2015. Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl.
Ian Svenonius Censorship Now!!
The second collection of essays by musician/thinker/revolutionary, Ian Svenonius (Make-Up, Chain & the Gang). In this volume, the author examines a number of of-the-moment topics, including self-veneration through rock-doc, the gentrification of punk, and the film Heathers. Censorship Now!! is available in a signed hardbound special edition and also as a paperback.
Marriage Pool Blunt
The second full-length from Austin, Texas-based quintet, Marriage, which includes former Black Eyes drummer, Mike Kanin. As with the band’s earlier work, the music is heavy on percussion and distortion – a shifting balance of drums and lo-fi psychedelic gristle, of order and madness. Recommended.
Cigarette Chapel Songs
Four songs and five interludes by Washington, DC's Cigarette. Romantic and reverb-laden pop music recorded more-or-less live at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church by Kevin Erickson.
Fountainsun Music Today
Music Today is the debut record by Fountainsun, a duo featuring Daniel Higgs (Lungfish) and Fumie Ishii. Recorded last year in Big Sur, California, the record collects 11 songs – some drawing on simple folk melodies, others guided by Higgs’ epic poetry. Music Today is surreal and heady, but surprisingly intimate. This version of the record has been pressed on translucent green vinyl.
Originally released in 1989, this record compiles live tracks recorded during the week-long Pre-Moon Syndrome concert series, which took place at DC Space in September of that same year. The LP includes contributions from Lungfish, Velocity Girl, Go Team, Whorl, Unrest, among others. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit We Are Family DC.
Dead Meadow Howls From The Hills
The second full-length from Washington, DC-bred psych-rock trio, Dead Meadow. Originally released by Joe Lally's Tolotta Records in 2001 and long out of print, the band has now reissued the album on LP via their own Xemu Records imprint.
Loud Boyz Tough Love Hard Feelings
The 11-song debut from DC-based hard rock quintet, Loud Boyz. Out courtesy of Cricket Cemetery Records. You can preview the entire record online here.
Titfield Thunderbolt S/t
A reissue of the one-and-only single from early '70s Richmond, VA-based out-music ensemble, Titfield Thunderbolt. Re-released by Steady Sounds, this pressing is accompanied by an additional disc of previously unreleased material, some of which was culled from the original recording session.
Clean Girls Despite You
The debut full-length from Brooklyn via Williamsburg, VA noise-rock trio, Clean Girls. Eight songs that draw from heavy metal and vintage noise rock, mixing feedback and distortion with pummeling rhythms.
Red Death Permanent Exile
The debut full-length from Washington, DC-based quartet, Red Death. Thrash infused hardcore that refines and develops the sounds established on the band’s demo and contribution to the Red Line compilation. This record is available to stream or buy digitally here.
Wing Dam House Boat b/w All For
Two songs by Baltimore, Maryland-based three-piece, Wing Dam. Heavy guitar pop that takes sonic cues from the fuzzier end of '90s alt rock. Released by Brooklyn-based label, Slow Knife.
Pinkwash Cancer Money b/w Skin
Two songs by heavy punk duo, Pinkwash. Though currently based in Philadelphia, the band has strong DC roots, as singer/guitarist Joey Doubek and drummer Ashley Arnwine both performed in local outfits Mass Movement of the Moth and Ingrid. Pinkwash is, in many ways, an extension of the latter, focusing on loud, cathartic and repetitive music. Released by Priests’ Sister Polygon Records. Preview these songs here
Putrisect Chaos Awaits
The debut EP from Baltimore-based quintet, Putrisect. Four songs that take inspiration from death metal and hardcore punk, but also make use of droney atmospheric sludge and feedback.
Jawbox - My Scrapbook of Fatal Accidents
Originally released on CD by DeSoto in 1998, My Scrapbook of Fatal Accidents gathers a number of hard to find odds and sods recorded throughout Jawbox’s eight-year existence. The collection has now been pressed to vinyl for the first time ever by Germany's Arctic Rodeo Recordings as a purple-swirl colored double LP. The track list includes the band's 1994 Peel Session as well as previously unreleased studio recordings, four songs drawn from a live set taped at HFStival in 1996, and a number of covers. There’s a few extras in there, too: a CD version of the album and two large booklets with never before seen photos and a complete list of Jawbox's performances.
Dead Meadow - Peel Sessions
Recorded in 2000 in Arlington, VA, Dead Meadow's six-song Peel Session is among the only session recordings that the much-loved radio presenter allowed to be taped outside of the UK (at the time, the band had no money to travel abroad). This record also includes demo takes of "Golden Cloud" and "White Worm" which recorded around the same time, though in a different session. It’s worth picking up for the fairly epic take of “Indian Bones” alone, though.
Daniel Higgs - The Book of Antennae
This pocket-size volume collects a number of poems and written works by Lungfish vocalist, Daniel Higgs. Self-published in a limited edition during the early ’00s and long since out-of-print, the book has now been reissued by Chicago-based imprint Featherproof Books. From the publisher: “[The book] rewards repeated readings by revealing the Language of Nature, The Nature of Spirit, The Spirit of Science, The Science of Love, The Love of The Occult, and The Occult of Language.”
Young Trynas - Probably Music
Five songs by Baltimore, MD based punk/hardcorre outfit, Young Trynas. Originally released on cassette in an extremely limited edition, White Denim has reissued this record as a 7" single. Features Taylor Mulitz of Washington, DC's Priests on vocals and guitar. You can preview this release here.
The Make Up - Sound Verite
The Make Up’s second full-length LP, recorded by Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic Studio during a brief stop-over in Olympia, WA in 1996. Sound Verite finds the band in a raw and spontaneous mindset, with all songs having been composed on the spot. Includes unstoppable classics, “Make Up Is Lies” and “Hot Coals.” “Turn on to the idea of Sound Verite and understand that the struggle of culture vs. Make-Up is the struggle vs. Destiny. The struggle to stop history itself,” writes K Records, refusing to understate the record’s significance.
The Gotobeds - Poor People Are Revolting
The debut full-length from Pittsburgh, PA quartet, The Gotobeds. Excellent post-punk tunes that take some general inspiration from Wire, The Fall, and Wipers as well as contemporary heavies like Tyvek and Total Control. Originally released on LP by 12XU, this cassette version has been made available via Accidental Guest Recordings. Recommended.
Thee Goochi Boiz - Oops/Fast Food For the Teenage Soul
This LP compiles the first two records from Boulder, Colorado garage rock outfit, Thee Goochi Boiz. Fine skuzzy and snotty lo-fi pop. Both releases were previously available only on cassette via Burger Records.
Two Inch Astronaut - Foulbrood
The first proper full-length from Silver Spring, Maryland trio, Two Inch Astronaut. Ten songs that sometimes recall the sounds of DC-area bands like Bluetip and Shudder to Think, but that also possess a slightly skewed melodic sensibility that transcends those influences. Stream this LP here. Recommended.
Zomes - Variations Vol. 1
This is a vinyl reissue of Variations Vol. 1, a collection of improvised organ pieces by Lungfish guitarist Asa Osborne that was originally released on cassette in 2012 by Imminent Frequencies. Deeply meditative and stripped down, it’s some of Asa’s finest work under the Zomes name. Limited edition of 300 copies on white vinyl.
Grave Walks - She’s a Suicide
A one-off collaboration between Swami Records alumni Dan Sartain and Jacob Turnbloom (of San Diego psych-pop outfit, Mrs. Magician). Two gloomy garage-pop tunes that take inspiration from ’50s b-movies and horror flicks.
- Aaron Leitko
Ancient VVisdom - Sacrificial
The third full-length from Cleveland, Ohio-based death-rock ensemble, Ancient VVisdom. On Sacrificial, the band backs away from the occult-folk style that guided its previous effort and embraces the sound of ’80s heavy metal.
Beastmilk - White Stains on Black Wax
A re-issue of a three-song single by Finnish outfit, Beastmilk. Music that takes influence from early ’80s post-punk acts like Bauhaus and Joy Division. Originally released on vinyl in 2011 by the Finnish label, Svart.
Wormwood - S/t
The full-length debut from Boston-based sludge/doom ensemble, Wormwood (which features members of Doomriders). Dark and intense reverb-soaked music that was recorded, mixed, and mastered 100% analog.
Roomrunner - Separate
Six new songs from Baltimore-based quartet, Roomrunner. Recorded with J Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), these songs find the band taking up a more collaborative approach to songwriting and shifting toward a more overtly melodic sound. It’s still plenty heavy, though. Recommended. You can preview the songs here.
Jail Solidarity - Pretty Good Privacy
The second cassette EP from Washington, DC-based trio, Jail Solidarity. Four slow, and sludgy songs featuring former members of D.C.-based outfits Body Cop and Mary Christ.
Brief Weeds - Songs of Innocence and Experience
Brief Weeds was a project formed by Guy Picciotto, Brendan Canty, Michael Hampton, and Eddie Janney. This four-song single was the band’s second released and was released by K Records in 1993, but the music was recorded earlier, during the late ’80s. Though all four performed together in either Rites of Spring or One Last Wish, Brief Weeds was a very different type of thing – spontaneous home recorded music that was heavily informed by ’60s psychedelic pop.
Paint Branch - I Wanna Live
After a series of production delays, Paint Branch’s debut album I Wanna Live -- which was released digitally last year -- is finally available on LP. The record reunites Chris Richards and John Davis, both formerly of Q and Not U, for 11 vocal harmony-heavy and acoustic guitar-driven songs. Recorded by Chad Clark, of Beauty Pill, and limited to 200 copies courtesy of Cricket Cemetery Records.
The Ar-Kaics - S/t
The full-length debut LP from Richmond, VA trio, The Ar-Kaics. Thirteen excellently executed and slightly spaced-out garage-rock songs that stand up alongside the deepest Pebbles and Nuggets cuts. Features members of The Shirks
The Make Up - Save Yourself
The Make-Up’s fourth studio album. Originally released in 1999, it’s now back in print on LP via K Records. Includes much-loved songs like, “C’mon, Let’s Spawn” and “I Am Pentagon.”
We recently found a number of old stock LPs with lightly dinged covers. In most cases, it’s just normal wear and tear from being on the shelf for a while. Below, you can find a list of these titles for sale at a slightly reduced price.
Bluetip – Join Us
Branch Manager – Anything Tribal
Branch Manager – S/T
Trusty – The Fourth Wise Man
Holy Rollers – As Is
Fire Party – S/T
Downtown Boys - S/t
Four fast and chaotic saxophone-driven punk rock songs from Providence, RI-based sextet, Downtown Boys. Recorded by Priests guitarist G.L. at Swim Two Birds in Washington, D.C. and released via Sister Polygon Records. Recommended, but if you don’t want to take my word for it, there’s a nice little write up on it over at Yellow Green Red.
The Ar-Kaics - Make It Mine
Two more moody garage rock tunes from Richmond, VA-based trio, The Ar-Kaics, which features former/current members of Chain & the Gang and The Shirks.
The Apes - Bodies
These brand new recordings from D.C.’s much-missed heavy rock outfit, The Apes, find the band reunited with their original vocalist, Paul Weil, for the first time since 2005. Heavy on the fuzz and creepy, wheezing keyboard tones, both songs – “Bodies” and “Ooop Ahhh” – are about as weird and excellent as anything the band released during its initial run.
Mrs. Magician - Friday Night
Tasteful, but retro-minded ’60s-style pop with gloomy undertones from San Diego, CA. These two songs follow up the band’s debut LP, Strange Heaven, which arrived in 2012 via Swami Records.
Puff Pieces – 4-Songs
Mike Andre and Justin Moyer – both formerly of Antelope – formed Puff Pieces with Amanda Huron (Caution Curves, Vertebrates) in 2012. Since then, the band has popped up regularly on bills in D.C., performing a unique, high-anxiety brand of minimalist music. This four-song single was recorded, mixed, and mastered in just four hours with Devin Ocampo (Medications, Faraquet). You can check out the song “New Nazis” here.
The Wedding Dress – Loom/Heavy Earth
The Wedding Dress is an outlet for the songs that Maps & Atlases guitar player, Erin Elders writes during his "math-pop" band's fleeting downtime. It’s a distinctly different affair, though -- more layered, plaintive and measured than anything else in his catalog. The 7" is a limited edition teaser for a full-length due out in the fall.
Skull Defekts – Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown
Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown is the third release from Swedish experimental/punk quartet Skull Defekts to be made in collaboration Daniel Higgs (Lungfish, The Pupils). Here, Higgs joins vocalists Joachim Nordwall and Daniel Fagerstroem in a set of songs that draw from psychedelic music, punk, folk dances, and free improvisation. It's a worthy successor to their 2011 effort, Peer Amid, which was also released via Chicago's Thrill Jockey Records.
Coup Sauvage & The Snips – Sneaks
The debut single from Washington, DC-based ensemble, Coup Sauvage & the Snips. Two electronic pop songs that draw equal inspiration from of '60s Motown, '70s European variety TV, and the "Solid Gold" dancers from the '80s.
D.C. Folks: On April 11th a number of D.C. bands – including Passing Phases, Cain & the Sticks, and Title Tracks – will perform a benefit at Comet Ping Pong for the family of Windian Records founder, Travis Jackson. More information can be found here.
Curtis Seals/Christian D'Orbit - The Scandalizer/Drive Me Crazy
Originally released in 1980, this split features the only non-Penetrators single that Fred Records would released during its short, but very important existence. A ’50s-style soul ripper with screaming saxophones and some slightly punkier stuff on the flip.
The Ar-Kaics - Why Should I/Slave to Her Lies
Well written and executed fuzz/jangle/dropout pop from Richmond, VA. Features members of The Shirks and Chain & the Gang.
Killer Bees - Buzz'n the Town
Two underappreciated Washington, D.C. punk tunes that were originally issued in 1979 by local label, Limp Records.
Penetrators - Shopping Bag
The great unreleased 45 from Syracuse, NY-based garage/punk band, The Penetrators. Recorded in 1981, the single was ultimately shelved when the band opted to use the pressing funds in order to shoot a video. Now it can finally be heard in its intended format.
BACK IN STOCK
Bizarros - Complete Collection
Crushed Butler - It’s My Life
Minutes – Roland
The second full-length LP from Kalamazoo, MI/Washington, D.C. post-punk collective, Minutes. Twelve songs that were recorded in a basement on a Tascam 388 ¼” tape machine. Features long-time Dischord office regular Ryan Nelson (Most Secret Method, Soccer Team) sharing drum, guitar, and vocal duties. Preview the record in its entirety here.
Cigarette – Gush
The debut mini-LP from Washington, D.C./Arlington, VA-based slo-mo pop ensemble, Cigarette. Seven hazy and reverb-laden songs recorded by Hays Holladay (Bluebrain) in 2012. You can preview the whole record here. Limited to 250 copies.
Dudes – Greatest Hits
The debut release from this Washington, D.C. based lo-fi basement punk trio, which features members of Chain & the Gang. The first run of cassettes sold-out, but it’s back in print courtesy of the Priests-curated label, Sister Polygon Records. You can check it out here.
Teen Liver – Cassette
The cassette-only debut from Washington, D.C.-based garage-rock trio, Teen Liver. Nine weird, thrashy songs that invoke The Cramps, Devo, and Half Japanese. Includes members of Cigarette. Preview the whole tape here
Priests - Tape Two
Back in stock again. Same sounds, but with blue Xeroxed cover art.
For our final week of December specials, we’re making Faraquet’s "The View From This Tower" and Medications’ "Completely Removed" LPs available for $7 each through Sunday, 12/29.
Faraquet – The View From This Tower
Medications – Completely Removed
For our third week of December specials, we’re making Lungfish’s “Talking Songs For Walking” and “Indivisible” LPs available for $7 each through Sunday, 12/22.
Lungfish - Talking Songs For Walking
Lungfish - Indivisible
Moving forward with this month’s series of weekly specials, we’re making Rites of Spring’s “Six Song Demo” and One Last Wish’s “1986” available on CD and LP for $7 each through Sunday, December 15th.
Rites of Spring - Six Song Demo
One Last Wish – 1986
Throughout the month of December, Dischord mail-order will be offering weekly specials on select releases.
This week, we’re kicking things off with Faith’s “Subject to Change + First Demo” and Void’s “Sessions 1981-83”, which will be available on CD and LP for $7 each through Sunday, December 8th.
Faith - Subject to Change + First Demo
Void - Sessions 1981-83
Deleted Scenes - Stutter
Formed during the mid-’00s in D.C., Deleted Scenes play dazed and melancholy pop music. Over the last couple of years, they’ve come into their own, developing a more manic and warped melodic sensibility that, stylistically speaking, picks up some cues from local peers like Buildings, Medications, and The Dismemberment Plan.
We recently picked up a few of their releases to sell at Dischord Direct, including this two song 7” the band recorded earlier this year with producer Brian McTear at Philadelphia’s Miner Street Recordings. They’ve got a new LP coming up this spring. You can listen to “Stutter” here.
Deleted Scenes – Young People’s Church of the Air
Deleted Scenes’ second full-length, originally released on Sockets Records in 2011.
Deleted Scenes – Bedbedbedbedbed EP
A four-song precursor EP to Young People’s Church of the Air that includes an acoustic take on the title track and fairly twisted-up cover of the Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please Let me Get What I Want.”
Fulgora – Splinter b/w Crutch
The second single from this St. Louis/Baltimore-based grindcore band that features drummer Adam Jarvis of Pig Destroyer.
Coke Bust – Confined
Nine pummeling, no-frills hardcore tunes from Washington, D.C.’s Coke Bust. Their first new release since 2011’s Degradation EP.
The Shirks – Action Men
The latest single from D.C.-based garage-punks, The Shirks. All the fast and heavy three-chord rock moves of their recent full-length on Grave Mistake, only with the grit-level dialed back a single notch.
Des Ark – Live on WXDU Vol. 3
There are two types of Des Ark shows: The loud ones, where Aimee Argote brings a backing band and a car full of amps, and the quiet ones, where she dials back the volume to an intimate, living-room appropriate level. Live at WXDU Vol. 3 is one of the latter. This record – originally released on LP by Paramnesia and now reissued by Lovitt -- includes nine songs recorded live on WXDU by Ross Grady in 2010. It’s just Aimee, her voice, and an acoustic guitar, with a few guest riffs from Pygmy Lush’s Johnny Ward. The vinyl is coke bottle clear and the cover art features a two-color screen-print.
This Will Destroy You - Live in Reykjavik, Iceland
A live triple LP double CD concert album including material drawn from Young Mountain, S/T, and Tunnel Blanket. All songs were performed and recorded at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. LPs in this 1st pressing are colored black, marbled grey, and white.
The Dismemberment Plan – The Uncanney Valley
The Plan’s fifth full-length record. Uncanney Valley (yes, it's supposed to be spelled that way) includes 10 brand new tunes recorded with J. Robbins in Baltimore, Maryland.
Beaver – S/T
A reissue of the first and only EP from the short-lived Washington, D.C. punk outfit, Beaver. Originally released in 1981, Beaver was fronted by Tom Lyle, who would go on to found Government Issue.
The Legend of Cool Disco Dan is a feature documentary that tells the story of Washington, D.C. in the 1980s through the eyes of D.C. graffiti legend, Cool "Disco" Dan. Blending exclusive interviews with dozens of local and national celebrities along with archival footage, the film offers a comprehensive portrait of this critical decade. Narrated by Henry Rollins.
After eight years and who knows how many CDs, LPs, and CD-Rs, Washington D.C.’s Sockets Records closed up shop in February following a final concert/ merch-blowout at the Black Cat. Hume and Imperial China – two of the label’s longest running bands – went down with it, making the label’s closing party their final show.
Now, more than six months later, we have picked up some of the label’s remaining stock and made it available via Dischord Direct.
Founded by Sean Peoples, Sockets began as a CD-R label that focused mainly on experimental music – releasing improv-oriented works by groups like Na (Japan) and Kohoutek (DC), as well as an audio-zine series that featured contributions from Dischord artists like Guy Picciotto and Justin Moyer. After a number of releases, the label moved on to vinyl records, releasing LPs by groups like Skeletons, Buildings, and Deleted Scenes.
You can watch a 30-minute documentary on the label here. (Aaron Leitko)
Buildings – Everything in Parallel
Buildings’ debut LP. Lush instrumental rock that’s heavy on the guitar solos.
Hume – Penumbra
The debut mini-LP by Washington, D.C.-based quartet, Hume. Captures the group in its first full-band line-up, playing music that's about 50/50 power-pop and prog. A split release between Sockets and J Street Records.
Two songs by Hume. The band's first release with guitarist Peter Tran and only record to feature keyboard playing by pianist Leo Svirsky.
Macaw – Celadon
Six ambient compositions recorded using a Roland TR-707 and various analog synthesizers by Hume drummer Wilson Kemp. Pressed on translucent green vinyl with hand-screened cover art in black or brown.
We carry the entire catalog of in-print Dischord CDs, LPs, DVDs and MP3s. We also sell hundreds of releases from bands and labels from the Washington, DC underground community. The featured sections list just a sample of the inventory we carry. Use the search tools and direct links to view much more of the music that we have available.