1-2-3-4 Go! Records is a label, independent record store, online mail order, and all ages venue, with locations in Oakland and San Francisco.
Alternative Tentacles Records was established in June of 1979 and is most likely the longest lasting (and still active) underground record labels around. Although it is perceived by many as a "punk" label, having released records by Dead Kennedys and others, it is actually best known for its impact on the world of underground culture. Alternative Tentacles Records employs two people in Emeryville , California. (The label has always been based in San Francisco, but in October 2002 the label moved here.) The company is a sole proprietorship owned by Jello Biafra. Aside from being a label, it is also a mailorder company selling its own wares, as well as a ton of underground t-shirts, books, dvds, music, and other merchandise.
BFF.fm – Best Frequencies Forever is a San Francisco-based community radio station run by a volunteer staff of music nerds who love independent music and are hell-bent on delivering awesome radio programming.
Our mission is to support emerging and underground artists and bring the Bay Area music scene to the world through the magic of Internet radio.
Awards? Sure- we were named "SF's Best New Radio Station" by The Bold Italic, "Best New Internet Radio Station" by SF Weekly, voted "Best Radio Station" in San Francisco in SF Weekly's annual Reader's Poll four years in a row (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017), and we were given a nod in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's 2014 "Best of the Bay" issue.
Black Mesa Records is a young label out of San Francisco, CA.
Description: Adventurous with spiritual artistic sensibilities: A musical journey that brings the listener outside their comfort zone, brings them back to familiarity and in the end leaves one with a deep sense of exploratory satisfaction. "Love is Peace. Freedom is Harmony.” - Amon Düül
Death Records, the brainchild of Brian Wakefield (Melted Toys, Emotional, Healing Potpourri, Froogies Groovies) was formed in 2014 in reaction to all the haters proclaiming the "DEATH of the San Francisco music scene". Death focuses mostly on cassette releases of the finest Bay Area acts and additionally throws one of the best underground music festivals in the Bay, Deathstock. Definitely one the the most exciting new labels in SF and sure to bring you the freshest new talent coming out of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Digital Regress is an Oakland based label/ distro pressing records from the most combustible east bay bands, releases include records from Toner, Unity, and Violence Creeps.
Dionysian mysteries is born with the mission to celebrate forward thinkers and artistic rebels. We aim to create a shift in the sounds we absorb today, the music and art we feature is marinated with the goal of inhibiting the user with exploration, emotion and inspiration.
San Francisco based. A label for friends. Indie/Punk/Rock.
Doom Stew Records is an independently owned and operated boutique label founded in 2017 by Jordan Perkins-Lewis in San Francisco, California. Supporting working-class musicians by releasing rarities, splits, singles, compilations & re-releases for local and underground music-makers.
Pop impressions via emotional expression. Artists include The Cairo Gang, Cool Ghouls, The Dry Spells, Dylan Shearer, Emotional, Grace Sings Sludge, Joseph Childress, Magic Trick, Pillars and Tongues, The Sandwitches, The She's, Sonny Smith, and more.
Fat Wreck Chords is a San Francisco, California-based independent record label, focused on punk rock. It was started by NOFX lead singer Michael Burkett (better known as Fat Mike) and his girlfriend at the time, Erin Burkett, in 1991. The label has released material for many notable bands including NOFX, Good Riddance, Descendents, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Loved Ones, Screeching Weasel, Propagandhi, Rise Against, Lagwagon, Strung Out, No Use for a Name, Less Than Jake, Against Me! and Anti-Flag.
Father/Daughter Records is an independent record label owned and operated by Jessi Frick and her father Ken Hector formed in 2010 known for releasing records by Mutual Benefit, Pure Bathing Culture, Diet Cig, Vagabon, Forth Wanderers, Shamir, and more.
Fourth Row Records is a not-for-profit tape label and distro based out of a bedroom closet in San Jose. Formed in 2013 as a spontaneous project among several friends, the label blossomed into a community project based on do-it-together ethics and giving back to the scene. The label has released numerous projects – including albums from Bread Club, Sink Tapes, and Mom Jeans. – across a wide variety of genres and platforms since its inception.
Friendship Fever is a record label currently based in Sacramento, CA. We’re engaged in projects with Tess & Dave, minihorse, Imaginary Tricks, Pregnant Women, Deep State, Roselit Bone, Wilding, Loud Sun, Dustin Lovelis, Tino Drima, and a few more on the distant horizon. We’re hawking our wares, including some exclusive bits, at our store.
We steady rock those tapes. Ya'll lay the seat back and ride. Oakland, baby. Sunny side.
Established in 2005, Gnome Life Records produces analog, limited edition, and hand-made musical artifacts. Based in Big Sur, California, Gnome Life emanates from a wild and majestic landscape, rich in human and non-human history, overflowing with physical and non-physical power, ripe with mystery.
Some of our artists dwell in these sacred wilds as well. But even our artists that come from distant lands share a common, ineffable core. Our releases, though varied in musical genre and tone, all exist within a dynamic, aesthetic ecosystem. Each artist and album inhabits a different niche in this habitat of mind and spirit.
We create vinyl records and cassette tapes that are crafted with so much intention that they move beyond the average realm of material objects and disposable media, to become treasured belongings, imbued with the primordial magic of Big Sur. All of our releases were originally recorded using analog technology, capturing and transmitting the organic fullness of the creative moment.
When crafting our artifacts, we attempt to source the highest quality materials, both aesthetically and environmentally. When we can’t make something ourselves we employ family-owned businesses and friendly artisans to aid us in our work. Everything is made on the West Coast of the USA; most releases are manufactured entirely in California.
From 60's Peruvian surf, Colombian Punk, World's Worst Rap to Wacky Bay Area garage rawk!
The Golden Rake offers delights for all!
Grabbing Clouds Records and Tapes is a cassette and vinyl label that specializes in releasing the best new underground talent in the Bay Area but also includes releases from bands across the globe. Formed in 2013, it focuses on a vast range of genres of music including pop, psych, garage, new-wave, shoe-gaze, indie, and many others. Many of the releases are recorded by the label's founder and include occasional live releases that are recorded straight to tape at one of the best DIY house venues in SF, The Cloud Castle.
Surf garage rock label from San Francisco, California run by Johnny Bartlett.
2010 to the present. Human. Non-human. Beauty. Realness.
Koeppel Design makes products for the home, designed for audiophiles and music aficionados. Handcrafted wood record dividers, crates and home products for organizing, protecting and displaying vinyl and other media. We make record-hoarding look good!
LEFT HAND PATH is a San Francisco-based record label focused on the liminal, the interstitial, the in-between: industrial, techno, experimental, and more.
Home base for the sonic and visual co-creations of Heather and Sammy Chong Salazar and friends. A recording club including Solar Maximum, DS Peligro, closetLames, Her Majesty theE Spleen, Leather Pills and PallasCatfight! Everyones a secret nerd. Everyones a closetlame!...Doing IT together since 1995!
Moon Glyph is a psychedelic cassette & record label out of Oakland. Spanning styles from new age to free jazz to space rock to psychedelic pop and everything in between. If it sounds great when you're blasted into outer space, we're into it.
OIM Records is a partnership between Bay Area booker + promoter Sarah Sexton, musician Angelica Tavella, and producer Jeff Saltzman. We love rad music and Oakland antics. We plan to provide you with plenty of both.
We are small independent record label based in the SF Bay Area. We pride ourselves on providing quality music from innovative artists pushing the boundaries in their respective genres. We use USA based production for both our physical product and merchandise as much as possible.
A collection of digital and physical dark pop and indie stylings from Oakland, California.
Royal Oakie is an independent record label and publisher based in Oakland, CA.
Sell The Heart Records was established in 2010 in Santa Rosa, CA, now based out of Oakland. We help bands release albums on various formats, promote themselves, book shows, and try to bridge the gap between the various scenes. Artists we've worked with include: Goodriddler, Build Us Airplanes, Early & Often, MÆRE, SNIPERS!!, Over The Falls, Starskate, Hanalei, and Sundowner.
Silver Sprocket is an art crew, comic and zine publisher, record label, and collection of budz making things while being self sustained disasters out of a bedroom and basement in San Francisco.
Smoking Room is an independent record label based in Oakland, CA.
STIMULUS PROGRESSION is a record label from Los Angeles specializing in re-issues of obscure private press and rare LP’s, original new-old-stock of select artists, and sporadic new releases. All releases are made available on tangible and preferred analog formats. Our output is centered on a balance of intellectualism and emotional creativity. Every artist's work embraces the time in which it was created, yet embodies a timelessness in the progress of experimentalism.
The Flenser is an experimental music record label specializing in music with a dark aesthetic from San Francisco, California formed in 2010. Their primary focus is to release dark, heavy, and experimental music usually of an artistically sophisticated nature. The Flenser's risk taking ethos has been rewarded with notoriety and clout in the international metal community. Notable bands that work with or have worked with The Flenser include: Have a Nice Life, Botanist, Deafheaven, Bosse-de-Nage, Planning for Burial and Worm Ouroboros.
Since 2005, San Francisco's Tompkins Square label has released albums by Ryley Walker, Roscoe Holcomb, William Tyler, Charlie Louvin, Daniel Bachman, Alice Gerrard, Tim Buckley, Michael Chapman and loads of American Primitive guitar and old-time music. The label has received seven Grammy nominations. On November 18th, Tompkins Square will release the first album in decades by legendary Bay Area-based guitarist Harvey Mandel.
2016 marks the 10 year anniversary of Tricycle Records in the San Francisco music scene. Give us a hand for sticking it out in these crazy times. Founded in 2006 by Julie Schuchard and Don Joslin, Tricycle Records is an indie label and home to DIY artists in the Bay Area. We represent bands across a range of genres including Geographer, The Union Trade, Rich Girls and Everyone Is Dirty. Every year we’re proud to release the "Friends of Tricycle Records Compilation” that promotes the best new local music across the Bay.
Urban Scandal Records is a San Francisco, California based independent record label owned by musician Stephen Beebout. The company was founded in 2012 as a vehicle to release a new generation of independent music and has since grown to support a roster of national and international acts that span across genres. The label works closely with each one of our musicians to assure their vision is brought to the marketplace as an unaltered and beautiful piece of art. We provide a full range of business services to our roster and offer distribution for various affiliated independent musicians. Urban Scandal Records is by the weird and for the weird.
Vacant Stare is a micro-label specializing in debut releases from Oakland-based artists. It was established in 2014 by MALL WALK vocalist/guitarist, Rob I. Miller and has released recordings from Dick Stusso, Toner, and Beekeepers.
WWNBB is an independent record label started in Italy in 2009 as a collective of friends, connected through music (played, promoted and blogged) with the common idea that music will never become something boring. The label is now based in South San Francisco, and while the roster is expanding with more US bands, one of our main focuses is still to make Italian bands heard abroad.
Western Relics is an independent record store in the Inner Sunset of San Francisco, opened in February 2016. Specializing in vinyl with a preference for soul, funk, international, punk, jazz, reggae, hip hop, and experimental music. They regularly exhibit local artists and host neighborhood events at their space on Irving Street.