Dischord Records is a Washington, D.C. -based independent record label specializing in the independent punk rock music of the D.C.-area music scene . The label is co-owned by Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson , who founded Dischord in 1980 to release Minor Disturbance by The Teen Idles . Along with 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 by itself and selling them at discount prices without finance from major distributors. Dischord continues to release records by bands from Washington D.C., and to document and support the Washington D.C. music scene. As of October 2016, the label employs four people. 
Dischord was a local label in the early days of hardcore, and is one of the more famous independent labels, along with the likes of Alternative Tentacles , Epitaph Records , SST Records , and Touch & Go Records .
Bands such as Minor Threat , Government Issue , The Faith , Void , Iron Cross , Embrace , Rites of Spring , Nation of Ulysses , Scream , Soulside , S.O.A. , the Teen Idles , Gray Matter , Jawbox , Marginal Man , Shudder to Think , Dag Nasty , Lungfish and Fugazi have released records on Dischord.
Additions to the Dischord roster as of the late 1990s and 2000s include Q and Not U , Beauty Pill , Antelope, French Toast , Faraquet , Black Eyes , The Aquarium , Title Tracks , Edie Sedgwick, Slant 6 , and Andalusians. Many of these acts, notably Q and Not U and Black Eyes, are both influential and experimental post-hardcore bands.
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