4Control Records

    P.O. Box 31900-301 Houston, TX. 77231-1900 (713) 729-6419 “info” at “fourcontrol dot com”

    A.D. Records

    P.O. Box 8402 Houston, TX. 77288 (713) 675-7802 “aubrey” at “bluesdog dot com”

    Action Town Records

    Sadly, my introduction to Action Town was with the last blaze-of-glory release by one of my favorite H-town bands ever, {Teenage Kicks}; their Uptight was/is a pretty great way to go out…

    Agro-Wax Records

    As near as I can tell, this label is just about brand-freaking new, and while they don’t seem to have anything solid out yet, they’ve got downloads up for free of some upcoming stuff, notably releases by punks {Janitor} and Crime Wave

    Arcana Records

    (281) 352-8458 “Villain” at “arcanarecords dot com”

    ARMFAR collective

    Under the name Music For Apartments Records, the collective offers music from a wide range of genres. A lot of the niche mentality of the past has been dissolved by the immense amount of culture that diffuses daily accross the internets…

    ArtStorm Records

    This is the record label “arm” of the ArtStorm art collective thingy, and unfortunately, it appears to’ve gone dormant since the group released the awesome Summer Exposure comp…

    Atlarge Productions

    719 East 9th Street #1 Houston, TX. 77007 “atlarge2k” at “hotmail dot com”

    Binary Hate

    A cool new local label, Binary Hate’s actually not focused strictly on local stuff, which is sorta unusual for around here…

    Broken Monolith Records

    A new-ish label in town, I believe, this one’s apparently a “sub-label” of the existing Deadline Noise Recordings label, and both are run out of the same address. The thing’s a joint venture between DNR honcho {Richard Ramirez} & new(?) partner Jovan Hernandez

    Bronze Beagle Records

    Man, these labels are popping up left’n right – I can barely keep up! sigh… At any rate, this label was apparently started by Sperlings’ guitarist/singer Carl Sandin…

    Cinque Entertainment, Inc.

    Chris Nichols P.O.Box 15861 Houston, TX. 77220 (281) 932-0614 FAX: (713) 674-8088 “ccinquen” at “aol dot com”

    Compadre Records

    Compadre’s one of the bigger-profile labels in town these days, with well-known country/roots music folks like Billy Joe Shaver, Hayes Carll, and Townes Van Zandt…

    Conical Records

    A fairly niche label if there ever was one, Conical Recs is pretty much the personal label of Mike Fuller, formerly of entertaining power-popsters {The Sperlings}

    Cutthroat Records

    One of the best damn punk labels in town, I’d love Cutthroat, honestly, if all they did was put out records by local garage-punk/rawk heroes {Born Liars}. Happily, that’s not all they do…

    Deadline Noise Recordings

    Richard Ramirez 17010 Blairwood Drive Houston, TX. 77049 “deadlinerecordings” at “hotmail dot com”


    “richkimball315” at “hotmail dot com” A cool-sounding, self-described “boutique” label out of Lake Jackson, run by those crazy folks behind Fiskadoro, DEATHISASTAR (not sure about the capitalization/spacing of that, btw) seems to mostly put out stuff by said band and outlying associates like A Thousand Cranes, In the Pouring Rain, or Armedalite Rifles (from NY).

    Dirty Water Records

    10807 Jones Road PMB 120 Houston, TX. 77065 (832) 274-8503 “info” at “DirtyWaterRecords dot com”

    Disease Foundry Recordings

    A seriously weird one; I honestly have no clue if the stuff these folks put out is the heaviest, nastiest metal imaginable or utterly cromulent, repulsive noise. If you’re into at least one of those things, though — hey, here you go…

    Ditchwater Records

    I’m a big fan of this label, run by local photog/music maven Rosa Guerrero; she & her compatriots (Daniel Shaw & Eric Roy) put out some of the coolest, nicest-looking 7″s released in this town in at least a decade…

    Dope House Records

    Don’t know a whole lot about this label, except that it was started by once-big-time local rapper Carlos Coy, aka South Park Mexican, and is turning rapidly into one of the biggest hip-hop labels in town…

    Drifting Falling

    I think he’s back in the country now, but I’m not entirely sure; Jon, who runs the label, was living over in London for a while there, so… Anyway, wherever he’s dwelling right at the moment…

    Dull Knife

    Dull Knife is hands-down one of the neatest labels in town; I can’t claim to be a huge fan of every band whose music they release, but they do some really good stuff (all vinyl, naturally). The first {Hearts of Animals} 7″ was/is pretty excellent…

    Esotype Records

    Post Office Box 11515 Spring, TX. 77391-1515 “info” at “Esotyperecords dot com”

    Esthetic Noise Records

    This one’s the label of now-defunct hip-hop group {Studemont Project}, and while I’m still pissed at ’em for taking my money & never sending me the damn SP CD I ordered waaaay back when, I have to give ’em credit…

    Fleece Records

    Since the seeming demise of folks like Sound Virus and Lazy Squid, Fleece is actually one of the few record label bastions of experimental music left in this town (at least, as far as I can tell, and I’m no expert)…

    G.O.A.T. Entertainment

    Dunno much about these folks, other than they seem to be pretty much a hip-hop label, with at least one release by a guy named HQ

    Ghosthunt Records

    Dunno much about this label, except that they primarily put out cassettes(!), mostly by Austinites Mammoth Grinder. There’re a couple of vinyl releases in there, too…

    GNP Records

    Local label putting out heavy-as-fuck metal, hardcore, metalcore, punk, and other nearby musical stuff. They’ve currently got stuff out by {Grave Robbers}, Laredo’s Full Contact

    Ground Sloth Media

    Spring, TX. Press: “press” at “groundslothmedia dot com” Customer Service: “store” at “groundslothmedia dot com” Sales: “wholesale” at “groundslothmedia dot com”

    Heart Music

    This label’s pretty big, in the scheme of local indies… Heart’s been around since 1989, and has apparently made somewhat of a name for itself in the jazz music industry (infer from that that yes, they’re a jazz label)…

    Heavy Leather Records

    I freaking love the info provided by Beau Beasley, main man behind Heavy Leather, so hell, I’m just going to paste it in here…

    HomeSkool Rekordz

    A very cool new-ish local label, run (I think) by the Digital Warehaus guys, and one that’s got pretty wide-ranging (and excellent) tastes in music…

    HotBox Review

    Well, I know a bit more about these guys now; they’re a re-release label, whose mission is to repress rare/unreleased punk rock in Texas (primarily from the Houston area)…

    Justice Records

    Justice is Houston’s biggest label, stuck somewhere between being major-label scum and helping local artists make it big. I’m told that their head guy, Randall Jamail(?), has somewhat of a bad reputation, so be warned…

    K2 Records

    “k2” at “k2records dot net”

    KOI Records

    Ah, cool; I’d heard about this particular label many moons ago now, but then they dropped off my radar, at least… Glad to see they’re still around; while I wasn’t looking, they’ve steadily put out release after release of mostly old-school-style punk rock…

    Lazy Squid Rekkids

    This is basically Sad Pygmy’s label, but they put out stuff by other folks, too, like Rotten Piece, Turmoil In The Toybox, Richard Ramirez, and Rotting Fish. Within the last few years they’ve released a 7-inch or two of Sad Pygmy’s…

    Mia Kat Empire

    Excellent local indie-rock/pop label, previously home to The Western Civilization and currently putting out records by Buxton, Gretchen Schmaltz, Framework, & Hollywood Black…

    Montrose Records

    Richard Cagle A&R: 207 Crabapple Dr. Baytown, Texas 77520 713-263-7115 “recagle” at “montroserecords dot net” “llcooper1311” at “sbcglobal dot net”

    Moshmellow Records

    Home of The Kidnap Soundtrack, Leaf, The Mechanical Boy, and Auralift…

    Needless Records

    Okay, I’ll be honest: I’m not entirely sure this label’s based in Houston, but it sure seems like they are, at least. (If not, let me know, and I’ll take it off the list…) They’ve released stuff by {The Wiggins}, which is a damn fine thing…

    Ossuary Industries

    Metal, metal, metal. I’ve never heard any of these bands, I must admit, but they’ve all got names like Dismemberment and Limb Splitter and put out albums called Bleeding His Sacred Kingship

    Paper Stamp Record Co.

    Don’t know a lot about this label, except that they’ve put out stuff by {Giant Princess}, {Azul Karabi}, {The Common Toad}, & {B L A C K I E}, among others, and they’re based (I think) over in Pasadena…

    Paper Weapons Records

    The “in-house” label of local retro-ified rockers {Paris Falls}, and the imprint they’ve used to put out their whole catalogue so far (which is pretty deep); they’re pretty heavily DIY, and the stuff they release tend to sound nicely fuzzy and warm…


    Local noise label run by long-standing scenester/zine-maker Carlos Pozo; he’s put out stuff by his own projects, {Pechuga} and {Price Taggery}, by Sealy-dweller {T.E.F.}, and by Brooklynite turntablist Maria Chavez, I believe…

    Psycho Wolf Records

    A relatively-new label in town, the Psych Wolf crew (er, person?) puts out mostly loud, fast, messy punk, thrash, and hardcore, all old-school and all noisy as hell…

    Rap-A-Lot Records

    Yep, the venerable H-town rap label, home to gangsta masters Geto Boys, plus Devin The Dude, Do or Die, Yukmouth, Scarface, Z-Ro, Tela, UTP, Hi-C, and Dirty…

    Rastaman Work Ethic

    This record label’s run by Nick Cooper (formerly of Sprawl, now of the Free Radicals), and most of the stuff they seem to have available — on CD-R if it’s out-of-print, which is nice — is from the old Sprawl days…

    Recovery Recordings

    1119 Waugh Drive, Suite #1 Houston, TX. 77019 713-520-5791 “info” at “recoveryrecordings dot com”

    SGR Music Group

    Box 710179 Houston, TX. 77271-0179 (281) 875-9196 “admin_booking” at “sgrmusicgroup dot com”

    Silver Dragon Records

    3452 Palmer Hwy. PMB#308 Texas City, TX. 77590 409-939-0897 Fax: 409-948-4409 “info” at “silver-dragon-records dot com”

    Stray Dog Records

    Kylie Howard 31915 Debbi Lane Magnolia, TX. 77355 “straydogrecords” at “gmail dot com”

    Team Science Records

    Damn, I love these guys. One of the more accomplished labels in town, the Team Science crew (who seem to’ve dropped the exclamation point that used to follow the “Science” part) have been cranking out excellent, excellent stuff, by locals and folks from elsewhere, for several years now…

    Thrashing Death Power

    Yep, another local label run by Beau Beasley; this one’s focused more on the thrash/grindcore/powerviolence side of things. Not sure how much he’s done so far with this, though….

    you&me distro

    “youandmedistro” at “yahoo dot com”

    Zam Records

    “rozzanozam” at “yahoo dot com”

    ZenHill Records

    A new record label in town, and definitely a promising one; it’s a joint venture between Dan Workman of H-town’s legendary SugarHill Studios and Ross Wells of Zenfilm

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4 Responses to “ZenHill Records”

  1. Homeskool Rekordz on November 27th, 2010 at 5:51 pm


    we just put out Linus Pauling Quartets latest cd and Roky Moon & BOLT!’s first cd.
    Next up for release is Brandon West and The Black Hats and The Mathletes.

  2. Jeremy Hart on November 29th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Sweet — I’d been trying to find y’all’s Website, actually… Thanks for the info!

  3. Stik Man Records on February 22nd, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    We are from Nashville and release Punk and Metal bands from all over the US and other countries.

  4. David Arron DuPaul on March 19th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Hello, I love rocking out and am a musician. I was wondering if you have any positions, at any level open in your company. I am willing to move for work.

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