Doghouse Records

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Doghouse Records
Parent companyWarner Music Group
Founded1987 (1987)
FounderDirk Hemsath
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew York City

Doghouse Records is an American record label currently based in New York City.[1][2] The company was founded by Dirk Hemsath in late 1987 while living in Toledo, Ohio, in order to release the recordings of his hardcore band, Majority of One.[3][4][5] The label originally specialized in midwest emo and melodic hardcore, though it eventually incorporated punk rock, pop punk, indie rock and alternative rock artists.

Doghouse Records was originally distributed through Lumberjack Distribution (also owned by Hemsath), then through the conglomerate Lumberjack Mordam Music Group (once Hemsath bought out Mordam), the latter of which signed a distribution deal with WEA in November 2004, which became effective on January 1, 2005.[2][6][7][8] As part of the WAE deal, Hemsath negotiated an "upstream" clause to promote and develop select Doghouse Records bands to major record label Warner Music Group; as such, and through a financial agreement between the two parties, Doghouse Records became an affiliate of Warner Music Group.[6][9][8] Later in 2005, Doghouse Records relocated to New York City.[9]

In 2005, the label released a Bob Dylan tribute album, featuring bands on its roster as well as artists such as P.O.S and Sparta vocalist Jim Ward.[10]


This is a list of artists who have been signed by Doghouse Records.[11]

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  1. ^ "About Doghouse Records". Punk News. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Alan O'Connor, Punk Record Labels and the Struggle for Autonomy. Lexington Books, 2008, p. 41. Google Books
  3. ^ Stoll, Tom (November 1989). "Majority of One Interview". Maximum Rocknroll 078. Maximum Rocknroll.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  4. ^ "Doghouse Records Ad". Maximum Rocknroll 058. Maximum Rocknroll. March 1988.
  5. ^ Maximum Rocknroll 059. Maximum Rocknroll. April 1988.
  6. ^ a b Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2005-02-12). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  7. ^ Aubin, Paul (March 18, 2005). "Lumberjack purchases Mordam, forms LMMG". Punk News. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  8. ^ a b Razorcake 053 (2009 Dec - 2010 Jan) [pdf].
  9. ^ a b Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2006-03-25). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  10. ^ Drive Thru, Doghouse Prep Dylan Tributes. Billboard, July 5, 2005.
  11. ^ "".

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