Name: John Wilkes Booth Records
Web Site: http://johnwilkesboothrecords.com/
Notable Releases/Bands: Billy Raygun, What Happened?, Blockhead, Rational Anthem, Georgian
Pretty new to the world, the John Wilkes Booth Records has less than ten releases under their belt, but that doesn’t mean they’re to be overlooked. Even with so few releases they’ve already got a better track record than a lot of other labels out there, everything they’ve put out so far is pretty great. If you haven’t been paying attention to them in the past, now’s the time to start before you miss out.
Name: John Wilkes Booth Records
Name: Frontier Records
Lifespan: 1980 – Current
Web Site: http://frontierrecords.com/
Notable Releases/Bands: Adolescents, Weirdos, Circle Jerks, Suicidal Tendencies
Founded in 1980 by Lisa Fancher Frontier Records was one of the first independent labels on the punk rock scene in Los Angeles. Their first big hit was Group Sex by the Circle Jerks from there they continued their success of great releases with bands like the Adolescents, TSOL, China White and Suicidal Tendencies. In the mid 80′s they branched out from punk records into different styles. Today they’re still around doing releases putting out some classic stuff.
Name: Salinas Records
Web Site: http://www.salinasrecords.com
Notable Releases/Bands: Thousandaires, Delay, The Measure [sa], Unwelcome Guests, Potboiler, The Ergs!, One Reason, North Lincoln
Salinas Records is a punk record label that’s been around for a little while. When I say punk label I don’t mean you can buy the newest Casualties album from them, but instead you’ll find something much better. They go more the indie/pop punk route of things, just over twenty five releases and most of them are pretty damn quality. They do a fair amount of splits along with EP’s as well as some full lengths, one way or another you’ll get your money’s worth out of them. If you’ve got a record in your hand you haven’t heard before and see the Salinas name on it, there’s a fair chance that you’re getting something good out of it.
Name: New Red Archives
Web Site: http://www.newredarchives.com/
Notable Releases/Bands: No Use for a Name, Reagan Youth, Samiam, Ultraman, UK Subs
Started in San Francisco they were an outlet for punk bands to have stuff on sweet colored vinyl. Today they’re still going strong but mostly in the form of CD releases, this doesn’t mean they’ve backed off and died, they’re still alive and kicking. They’ve released some legendary punk bands and some that are underrated as fuck that should be legendary. While they have put out some stuff that isn’t the greatest, their Samiam releases alone will keep them forever on my good side.
Name: Don Giovanni Records
Web Site: http://www.dongiovannirecords.com/
Notable Releases/Bands: Full of Fancy, The Measure [sa], Pregnant, Dustheads, The Ergs!, For Science, The Steinways
Don Giovanni Records has been around about eight years, in that time they’ve pumped out almost forty releases. Some people might not think that sounds like a lot but when you look at the products they’ve brought forth to the world you can tell it’s very much a case of quality over quaintly. And while everything they put out might not be the greatest they’ve released some of my favorite pop punk albums of all time. They’ve branched from that pop punk bubble to some harder straight punk and rock titles but I think they’re best stuff has always been their pop releases. Full of Fancy’s latest album marked their latest and 36th release, another top notch notch in their belt. Hopefully we see a continued line of great things from Don Giovanni, because when I hear they’ve got something new coming out I always take note, and you should too.