Cavity Search Records

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Cavity Search Records
Cavity Search Records logo.png
Founded 1992 (1992)
Founder Denny Swofford (Commissioner)
Christopher Cooper
Status Active
Distributor(s) The Orchard
Genre Various (rock, jazz, avant-garde jazz, metal, grunge, sludge, noise rock, indie pop and rock, lo-fi, electronica, singer-songwriter, etc.)
Country of origin United States
Location Portland, Oregon
Official website Cavity Search Records

Cavity Search Records is a record label based in Portland, Oregon formed in 1992 by Christopher Cooper and Denny Swofford. It is known for producing debut records by bands Hazel, Heatmiser, The Helio Sequence, King Black Acid, and Richmond Fontaine along with debut records for singer-songwriters Danny Barnes, Saul Conrad, Pete Krebs, and Elliott Smith.[1]


The following artists have released records on Cavity Search:[2]


Cavity Search Records: albums and singles[1]
Cat # Title Artist Year
CSR01 JHell b/w Dayglo/Joe Louis Punchout Hazel 1992
CSR02 Stray b/w Can't Be Touched/Wake Heatmiser 1993
CSR03 The Other White Meat b/w Salt Peter Atomic 61 1993
CSR04 Heavy as a Chevy b/w Beware of the Camper Man Trailer Queen 1993
CSR05 Emma's Thread b/w Sucker Control Freak 1993
CSR06 Live in Texas split Atomic 61 w/dirtclodfight 1993
CSR07 Sleeping Pill b/w Temper Heatmiser 1993
CSR08 Kind of Dead b/w Pattern 56 Interlude Wayne Horvitz w/Pigpen 1994
CSR09 Headbag b/w Radon Gern Blanston/Thirty Ought Six 1994
CSR10 Satan's Pilgrims EP Satan's Pilgrims 1994
CSR11 Wintogreen Hazel 1994
CSR12 Low Animal Cunning Control Freak 1994
CSR13 Roman Candle [3][4] Elliott Smith 1994
CSR14 Gern Blanston Gern Blanston 1994
CSR15 Doghead Greg Gilmore/Doghead 1999
CSR16 Tinnitus in Extremis Atomic 61 1994
CSR17 Hymnal[5] dirtclodfight 1995
CSR18 Boodlers Elliott Sharp: Boodlers 1995
CSR19 Brigadier Pete Krebs 1995
CSR20 Japanese split w/Stymie Control Freak 1995
CSR21 Purity of Essence Atomic 61 1995
CSR22 Live in Poland Wayne Horvitz 1995
CSR23 NO.1 Various Artists Smegma, Rectal Pizza, Matt Schulte, Hugh Swofford 1995
CSR24 Actuality Steve Lacy 1995
CSR25 Everybody Has It b/w Dirty Dream Heatmiser 1996
CSR26 NO.2 Various Artists Sissyface/Hutch/Ten-Four/Vehicle 1996
CSR27 Rattlecake Rattlecake 1995
CSR28 Womb Star Session[6] King Black Acid 1995
CSR29 Wa Wa Wa Rattlecake 1996
CSR30 Goodbye Blue Monday Atomic 61 1996
CSR31 Western Electric Pete Krebs 1997
CSR32 Cletus… Golden Delicious 1996
CSR33 Monologue Wayne Horvitz 1997
CSR34 Sunlit EP King Black Acid 1996
CSR35 Mic City Sons Heatmiser 1996
CSR36 Safety Richmond Fontaine 1996
CSR37 Totally Without Products Rattlecake 1997
CSR38 Royal Subjects King Black Acid 1997
CSR39 Old School Golden Delicious 1997
CSR40 Happiness b/w Son of Sam Elliott Smith 1999
CSR41 Com Plex[7] The Helio Sequence 2000
CSR42 Miles From Richmond Fontaine 1997
CSR43 Rwong Territory Elliott Sharp & DJ Soul Slinger 1998
CSR44 The Rent Steve Lacy Trio 1999
CSR45 Cavity Search Split EP Pete Krebs/Golden Delicious 1998
CSR46 Seet Ona Rose Pete Krebs and the Gossamer Wings 1999
CSR47 Live at the Laurelthirst Golden Delicious 1999
CSR48 Loves a Long Song King Black Acid 2000
CSR49 Lost Son Richmond Fontaine 1999
CSR50 Bittersweet Valentines EP Pete Krebs 1999
CSR51 I Know it by Heart Pete Krebs and the Gossamer Wings 2002
CSR52 Minor Dings Danny Barnes 2000
CSR53 Duet for Clarinet and Goat Pete Krebs & Danny Barnes 2001
CSR55 Cavity Search Audio Resumé Various 2000
CSR56 Young Effectuals[7] The Helio Sequence 2001
CSR57 Hot Ginger and Dynamite Pete Krebs and the Kung Pao Chickens 2001
CSR59 Gentlemen of Leisure Gentlemen of Leisure 2001
CSR62 Flashback Snow Bud and the Flower People 2012
CSR63 Everything That Isn't dirtclodfight 1991
CSR64 Hunting Lesson dirtclodfight 1993
CSR65 Suffering the Aftertaste dirtclodfight 1994
CSR66 Counter Fit Elliott Sharp with Boodlers 1997
CSR67 Slide Away King Black Acid 2011
CSR68 Let's Burn Those Stars King Black Acid 2012
CSR69 Giftless Thrillhammer 1992
CSR70 Always Crashing the Same Car King Black Acid 2013
CSR71 Behind Blue Eyes King Black Acid 2012
CSR72 Poison Packets Saul Conrad 2012
CSR73 The Main Sequence dirtclodfight 2014
CSR74 The Fancy LP Saul Conrad 2013
CSR75 The Fancy (single and video) Saul Conrad 2013
CSR76 I'm Rolling Under King Black Acid 2014
CSR77 I Was Talking (single and video) Saul Conrad 2014
CSR78 A Tyrant and Lamb Saul Conrad 2014
CSR79 Queen Chief EP Queen Chief 2014
CSR80 EPcoh EP Barra Brown and the Wishermen 2014
CSR81 Curves Survival Skills 2015
CSR82 Sea Of Unrest (single) King Black Acid 2015
CSR83 Film Star Film Star 1997
CSR84 Tranquil Eyes Film Star 1998


Cavity Search Publishing[1]
Cat. # Title Author(s) ISBN Year
CSP1 Laundromatsmell Mike Scheer ISBN 9780964991705 1997


Early on in its history, Cavity Search distributed through Alternative Distribution Alliance, an American company founded in 1993. In May 2012 Cavity Search was announced as one of the first nine labels to join the newly formed Frenchkiss Label Group.[8] Frenchkiss Records, founded by Syd Butler,[9] had launched the distribution company earlier that year, which is "focused on growing visibility for indie labels in the spirit of communities such as Dischord, Rough Trade and Touch & Go."[10] At that point, Frenchkiss had ceased its affiliation with RED,[8] and had begun working with The Orchard.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Catalog". Cavity Search Records. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  2. ^ "Roster". Cavity Search Records. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  3. ^ Kagler, Marcus (June 2003). "Under the Radar – News – Elliott Smith – Better Off Than Dead, Elliott Smith Comes Clean". Under the Radar. Archived from the original on November 5, 2003. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ Shutt, S. R. "Sweet Adeline | Biography – Page 6". Sweet Adeline. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ "dirtclodfight". Music Fest NW: Portland, Oregon. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  6. ^ Berhost, Kimberly (October 5, 2013). "Interview: King Black Acid and the Starseed Transmission". InMusicWeTrust. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  7. ^ a b DeVaney, Scott. "Introducing The Helio Sequence". The Wave Media. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  8. ^ a b Asward, Jem (May 9, 2012). "Exclusive: Frenchkiss Label Group Announces First Distributed Labels: ATP, White Iris, Underwater Peoples, More". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  9. ^ a b "Mission Statement". French Kiss Label Group. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  10. ^ Brown, Janice (May 9, 2012). "Frenchkiss Label Group Launches, Signing ATP, White Iris, Underwater Peoples, More". Sonic Scoop. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 

Further reading[edit]

Denny Swofford appears in
  • Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story by Scot Barbour (2005)
  • Searching for Elliott Smith by Gil Reyes (2009)
  • Torment Saint the Life of Elliott Smith by William Todd Schultz (2013)

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