Dangerbird Records

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Dangerbird Records
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Founded 2004 (2004)
Founder Peter Walker, Jeff Castelaz
Distributor(s) The Orchard
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Country of origin United States
Location Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California
Official website dangerbirdrecords.com

Dangerbird Records is an independent record label in Los Angeles, California. Founded by musician Peter Walker and executive Jeff Castelaz in 2004, the label is home to artists from around the world and part of the burgeoning Silver Lake music scene. The label has had international success from its small roster of artists including Silversun Pickups, Fitz and The Tantrums, and Minus the Bear.


The two founders represented different roles in the music industry. Castelaz had managed Feist, Phoenix, Citizen King, and others, while Walker was a singer-songwriter. The label's first release: Walker's solo album Landed.[1]

Their business approach includes a strong emphasis on artist development, and working with a network of partners to help the bands reach a wide market.[2]

In 2006, Dangerbird gained repute after releasing Carnavas, the debut full-length album by Silversun Pickups, to sales of over 450,000. The band's lead singer Brian Aubert has said of Dangerbird, "They believe in careers, and the long haul - something that majors used to believe in. They stuck with us when most people wouldn't have."[3]

On September 14, 2012, co-founder Peter Walker announced the promotion of Jenni Sperandeo to President and the departure of co-founder Jeff Castelaz. Sperandeo said in a statement, "After nearly 20 years in radio promotion, management and artist development, I am thrilled for the opportunity to step into this more comprehensive role at a rare, artist-driven enterprise." In October 2012, Castelaz was named President of Warner Music Group's Elektra Records.[4]



Former roster


Year Artist Release Name Format
2004 Peter Walker Landed CD / Digital
2005 Joy Zipper American Whip CD / Digital
2005 Silversun Pickups Pikul LP / CD / Digital
2006 Peter Walker Young Gravity CD / Digital
2006 La Rocca Sing Song Sung CD / Digital
2006 La Rocca The Truth CD / Digital
2006 Silversun Pickups Carnavas LP / CD / Digital
2006 Darker My Love Darker My Love LP / CD / Digital
2007 The One AM Radio This Too Will Pass LP / CD / Digital
2007 All Smiles Ten Readings of a Warning CD / Digital
2007 Dappled Cities Granddance CD / Digital
2007 Silversun Pickups iTunes Session Digital
2011 All Smiles Moth In A Cloud of Smoke 7"
2007 Sea Wolf Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low CD / Digital
2007 Eulogies Eulogies LP / CD / Digital
2007 Sea Wolf Leaves In The River LP / CD / Digital
2008 Eric Avery Help Wanted CD / Digital
2007 Silversun Pickups Remixes EP Digital
2008 Darker My Love 2 LP / CD / Digital
2008 La Rocca OK Okay Digital
2008 Ed Laurie Meanwhile In The Park Digital
2008 Eulogies Tempted To Do Nothing CD / Digital
2008 The Dears Missiles CD / Digital
2009 Eulogies Here Anonymous LP / CD / Digital
2009 Silversun Pickups Swoon LP / CD / Digital
2009 Bad Veins Bad Veins LP / CD / Digital
2009 Division Day Visitation LP / CD / Digital
2009 Dappled Cities Zounds LP / CD / Digital
2009 Sea Wolf White Water, White Bloom LP / CD / Digital
2010 The One AM Radio Credible Threats 7" / Digital
2010 Codeine Velvet Club Codeine Velvet Club LP / CD / Digital
2010 Minus the Bear OMNI LP / CD / Digital
2010 Hot Hot Heat Future Breeds LP / CD / Digital
2010 Bad Veins Outliers [EP] CD / Digital
2010 Sea Wolf Turn The Dirt Over 7"
2009 Fitz and The Tantrums Songs For a Breakup: Volume 1 - EP CD / Digital
2010 Delphic Acolyte LP / CD / Digital
2010 Darker My Love Alive As You Are LP / CD / Digital
2010 Fitz and The Tantrums Santa Stole My Lady [Single] 7" / Digital
2011 Eulogies Tear The Fences Down LP / CD / Digital
2010 Fitz and The Tantrums Pickin' Up The Pieces LP / CD / Digital
2011 Fitz and The Tantrums Sweet Dreams Digital
2010 Division Day Bullet In The Rain Digital
2011 The One AM Radio Heaven is Attached by a Slender Thread LP / CD / Digital
2011 The Dears Degeneration Street LP / CD / Digital
2011 Maritime Human Hearts LP / CD / Digital
2011 The Limousines Get Sharp LP / CD / Digital
2011 The Fling When The Madhouses Appear LP / CD / Digital
2011 Beady Eye Different Gear, Still Speeding LP / CD / Digital
2011 Skysaw No One Can Tell 7"
2011 Beady Eye 7" Box Set 7"
2011 Skysaw Great Civilizations LP / CD / Digital
2011 Boots Electric Honkey Kong LP / CD / Digital
2011 Boots Electric Boots Electric Theme CD / Digital
2011 Butch Walker and the Black Widows The Spade LP / CD / Digital
2011 Butch Walker and the Black Widows Summer of 89 CD / Digital
2011 Beady Eye iTunes Festival: London 2011 Digital
2011 Boots Electric Complexity - Single CD / Digital
2011 Ben Lee Deeper Into Dream LP / CD / Digital
2011 Guineafowl Hello Anxiety Digital
2011 Sea Wolf Song of the Magpie / Where the Wind Blows 7"
2011 Silversun Pickups Seasick LP
2011 The Fling What I've Seen LP / Digital
2012 Sea Wolf Old World Romance LP / CD / Digital
2012 Minus the Bear Your Private Sky/South Side Life 7"
2012 Silversun Pickups Neck of the Woods LP / CD / Digital
2012 Silversun Pickups Bloody Mary - Single CD / Digital
2012 Jesse Harris Sub Rosa LP / CD / Digital
2012 JJAMZ Suicide Pact LP / CD / Digital
2012 Heartless Bastards Live From The Lot - EP CD / Digital
2012 Royal Teeth Act Naturally CD / Digital
2012 Minus the Bear Infinity Overhead LP / CD / Digital
2012 Sea Wolf Old World Romance LP
2012 Richie Sambora Aftermath of the Lowdown LP / CD / Digital
2013 Fitz and The Tantrums More Than Just A Dream CD / Digital
2013 Broadheds Broadheds LP / CD / Digital
2013 Psychic Friend My Rocks Are Dreams CD / Digital
2014 Silversun Pickups The Singles Collection LP / CD / Digital
2013 T. Hardy Morris Audition Tapes LP / CD / Digital
2013 Various Artists Dangerbird Record Store Day 2013 Sampler CD / Digital
2013 T. Hardy Morris Live At The Georgia Theatre CD / Digital
2013 Royal Teeth Glow LP / CD / Digital
2013 Sea Wolf Rdio Sessions CD / Digital
2013 Butch Walker Peachtree Battle LP / CD / Digital
2013 Silversun Pickups Let it Decay LP
2014 Butch Walker End of the World (One More Time) / Battle vs. The War LP
2014 UME Monuments LP / CD
2015 Butch Walker Afraid of Ghosts LP / CD / Digital
2015 Holly Miranda Holly Miranda LP / CD / Digital
2014 Minus the Bear Lost Loves LP / CD / Digital
2014 A. Sinclair Pretty Girls LP / CD / Digital
2015 Butch Walker Chrissie Hynde 7"
2015 Maritime Milwaukee [Single] Digital
2014 T. Hardy Morris Painted On Attitude [Single] CD / Digital
2015 Jesse Harris No Wrong No Right LP / CD
2015 Ume Too Big World - EP Digital
2015 Moke Hill Time Stops Moving Digital
2015 The Dears Times Infinity Volume One LP / CD / Digital
2015 nav/attack nav/attack CD / Digital
2015 T. Hardy Morris Drownin On A Mountaintop LP / CD / Digital
2015 Maritime Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones LP / CD / Digital
2016 The Frights You Are Going To Hate This CD / Digital
2016 The Night Sea 07.01.14 CD / Digital
2017 *repeat repeat Floral Canyon LP/ CD/ Digital

See also


  1. ^ Wood, Mikael. "Dangerbird's Wings: Silversun Pickups' Label Bangs Out a Template for a Post–Major Label Landscape". LA Weekly.
  2. ^ Baca, Ricardo (March 2, 2008). "Small-is-good strategy works for indie label". The Denver Post.
  3. ^ Martins, Chris (August 22, 2010). "L.A.'s string of indie labels succeeds with a jack-of-all-trades approach". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ "Jeff Castelaz, Matt Solodky Exit Dangerbird; Jenni Sperandeo Named President". Billboard. September 14, 2012.
  • MarketWatch.com - "Dangerbird Records Catalog is Newest Addition to DeliRadio"
  • Style Section LA - "A Rare Bird"
  • HypeBot.com - "DropKick Murphys, Dangerbird Records Talk D.I.Y. & Fan Engagement With Ian Rogers"
  • ArtHouseMusic.com - "Dangerbird Records"
  • Buzzbands.la - "Dangerbird Records’ eight-band day party raises $2,500 for the Pablove Foundation"
  • Billboard Magazine - "Piero Giramonti Named Dangerbird Records President"
  • The Comet - "Dangerbird Records and Reach Music Enter Publishing Agreement"
  • PR Newswire - "Fontana Partners with Dangerbird Records"
  • PlugInMusic.com - "Dangerbird Records Soar into SXSW"
  • Racked.com - "Branding the Band: Dangerbird's Darker My Love Promo"
  • ABC News - "Dangerbird Records Founder on a Mission Against Cancer"

External links

  • dangerbirdrecords.com
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