Drag City (record label)

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Drag City
Founded 1990
Founder Dan Koretzky
Dan Osborn
Genre Rock, experimental, indie rock, folk
Country of origin United States
Location Chicago, Illinois
Official website www.dragcity.com

Drag City is an American independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois. It was established with a Royal Trux single release ("Hero Zero" - DC1) in Chicago in 1990 in by Dan Koretzky and Dan Osborn.[1] It specializes in genres such as indie rock, experimental rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, and alternative country.

Former and current artists[edit]

The label released the US version of Scott Walker's Tilt in 1997, after the label approached him wishing to give the album a US release.[3] Walker described releasing the album on the indie as "an experiment".[3]

Several members of Drag City's staff have played in bands; press-chief Gene Booth played keyboards and guitar in USA, and Booth, head of sales Rian Murphy, and founder Dan Koretzky all played in Mantis.[4] Booth were also a member of Chestnut Station.[4]

In recent years, they have expanded their catalog to include alternative comedy releases, with recent outputs from Fred Armisen, Neil Hamburger, and Andy Kaufman among others, and reissues, notably by Gary Higgins and Death.[5]

Several Drag City albums have been licensed to Domino Records for British release.

In 1997 Drag City began publishing printed works such as the literary magazine The Minus Times and Neil Hagerty's novel Victory Chimp.[6]

They have also distributed films such as the 2013 documentary The Source Family.[7]

Drag City has decided to not release the music of its artist roster on any streaming platform, except YouTube.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Howland, Don (1993) "Drag Kings: Chicago's Drag City is America's Best Record Label", SPIN, November 1993, p. 101-2, 152-3, retrieved 2010-12-05
  2. ^ Ayers, Michael D. (2009) "Will's World: Oldham Hones Indie Rock Niche with Drag City", Billboard, January 31, 2009, p. 30, retrieved 2010-12-05
  3. ^ a b Morris, Chris (1997) "Drag City Goes Full 'Tilt' on Walker", Billboard, August 23, 1997, p. 53-4, retrieved 2010-12-05
  4. ^ a b Morris, Chris (1998) "Declarations of Independents: Flag Waving", Billboard, June 13, 1998, p. 77, retrieved 2010-12-05
  5. ^ Zevolli, Giuseppe (2014-07-11). "Rian Murphy from Drag City on The Independent Label Market". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Sean (October 21–27, 1999). "Record Label Turns to publishing". The Stranger. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ Gallo, Phil (February 6, 2013). "Drag City Film Distribution to Release 'The Source Family' Doc in May". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Which Artists Are Still Holding Out on Streaming?". Consequence of Sound. 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  9. ^ "Drag City Records: 'Our version of music' | Music Week: Home Stream". mediaor. Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 

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