East Side Digital Records

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East Side Digital
Parent companyNorthSide
Founded1981 (1981)
FounderRob Simonds
Distributor(s)Alternative Distribution Alliance
Alternative country
Country of originU.S.
LocationMinneapolis, Minnesota

East Side Digital is a record label and distributor based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


ESD was started and curated by Rob Simonds (who also created Rykodisc[1]) in 1981 to import and distribute vinyl records on Japanese labels to record stores and other retailers.[2]

In 1982, ESD became one of the first U.S. distributors of compact discs, soon releasing records by rock and experimental performers on the ESD label.[3]

Subsequently, Ryko Distribution Partners took over ESD's distribution duties, allowing ESD to primarily be a record label.[4]

ESD is now a sub-label of NorthSide Records, a label Simonds created that specializes in Nordic roots music.[1]

Due to the advent of streaming and downloads of digital music, ESD has reduced operations to only offering music by local band Halloween, Alaska.[3]


This section contains a partial list of artists who released records on the ESD label.

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  1. ^ a b Thomson Gale. "Ryko Corporation". encyclopedia.com. Archived from the original on 9 June 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  2. ^ Plotkin, Hal (15 June 1995). "Spin Doctors". Inc. Magazine. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b "About NorthSide". noside.com. Archived from the original on 16 March 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  4. ^ "NorthSide: Nordic Roots Revived". earpollution.com. Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2017.

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