Dopamine Records

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Dopamine Records is an independent record label with national and international distribution based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is part of what is known as the Dopamine/Amalagate Family. The label's most recognized releases are from Akimbo, Bluebird, Baltimoroder, DJ Die Young, The Year of Our Lord, Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In), Caspian (band), and Hooray For Earth.

In 2010 Dopamine records merged with Maniatis' new company MMMMAVEN.


Originally formed by Nate Shumaker, Alexander Maniatis, and Josh Megyesy out of Beverly, Massachusetts. Shumaker founded Dopamine as a cassette-only indie label in 1995 and merged with Maniatis' label Amalagate Records in 2000. Under the mantle of the Dopamine/Amalagate Family, the label started by putting out mostly indie, metal and hardcore and has moved on to incorporate post rock, punk, electro, and experimental acts into their roster.

In April 2006, Nate Shumaker and Josh Megyesy left the label to pursue other interests, allowing Alexander Maniatis to take the label into a new era of growth. He assembled an able and energetic team to carry out a vision for continuing to put out superb music in keeping with Dopamine Record's truly independent style.

Caspian's first full-length debut, The Four Trees, was released on April 10, 2007. This new album is the follow-up to their debut ep entitled, You are the Conductor, which received worldwide attention.[citation needed]

In November 2007, it was announced Dopamine Records will release the latest music from Boston's Hooray For Earth. The highly anticipated 6-song EP Cellphone was released internationally on February 26, 2008. Hooray For Earth will be touring the US in support of the record in the Spring/Summer of 2008.

On April Fools' Day 2008, Josh Briggs (of Briggs Brothers Management) became a manager at Dopamine Records.

In April 2008, Dopamine announced a new partnership between themselves and Boston's DJ Die Young (Basstown, Solid!) and Baltimoroder (Hearthrob, Make It New, Thunderdome). New music to be released in the Fall of 2008.

On October 23, 2008 Dopamine released a split 12-inch between DJ Die Young and Baltimoroder (also available for purchase digitally).


DJ Die Young / Baltimoroder[edit]

  • spit 12" (September 23, 2008)

Hooray For Earth[edit]

  • CELLPHONE[EP] (February 26, 2008)


  • You Are The Conductor (November 1, 2005)
  • The Four Trees (out April 10, 2007)


  • Elephantine CD
  • Harshing Your Mellow CD


  • Nolte


  • Black Presence

The Boxes[edit]

  • The Boxes

Moment/There Were Wires[edit]

Split 7"

Slower than Seasons[edit]

  • Soon To Be Ex-Girlfriend
  • Songs For The Disheartened

The Year of our Lord[edit]

  • The Frozen Divide

Eyes like Knives[edit]

  • Slow Distractions


  • Summer

The Rise Park[edit]

  • Long Winded Let Down

Stephen Brodsky[edit]

  • Olé Sunday
  • Expose Your Overdubs

Alienest Outfit[edit]

  • Selections From The Motionless Picture

The Burning Paris[edit]

  • Coral City Ruin

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