Washington DC’s most infamous label, Dischord Records has announced that its entire catalog is now free to stream on Bandcamp.
The label, co-owned by Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson, was founded in 1980 to release Minor Disturbance by The Teen Idles. Alongside other independent American labels such as Twin/Tone, Touch and Go Records, and SST Records, Dischord helped to spearhead the nationwide network of underground bands that formed the 1980s indie-rock scene.These labels presided over the shift from the hardcore punk that then dominated the American underground scene to the more diverse styles of alternative rock that were emerging.
The label is most notable for employing the do-it-yourself ethic, producing all of its albums and selling them at discount prices without finance from major distributors. It is also the home of dozens of iconic bands including Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Lungfish and Fugazi.