Darla Records

Darla Records is an independent record label founded by James Agren in October 1993 while he was in New York. Darla's first release was a 7-inch by Grifters, an indie rock/lo-fi band from Memphis.

Darla Records
Founded1993 (1993)
FounderJames Agren
GenreElectronica, indie pop, rock, Americana
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York


The music of the artists on the label includes electronica, indie pop, rock, and Americana. Darla is currently focused on ambient. Darla is a label, distributor, and online retailer. Darla Records is home to over 200 exclusively distributed labels including Ad Noiseam, Audio Dregs Recordings, Ici d'Ailleurs, Elefant, LTM, Le Grand Magistery, Matinee, Ohm Resistance, Siesta, and Words On Music.

The label created a series, known as Bliss Out. The moniker for the series is a reference to Blissed Out: The Rapture of Rock — a tome authored by Simon Reynolds, a notable rock music critic based in Britain. The Little Darla Has A Treat For You semi-quarterly compilation series features artists and labels Darla Records works with closely, and is very popular. This series was named after the Little Debbie snack treats.

The label's moniker is not a reference to Darla Hood, the little girl from the Our Gang comedies (known as The Little Rascals on television), but comes from a yet-to-be-acknowledged bit of Americana. James noted while record collecting that many regional independent labels in the 1950s had women's names and national hits: Laurie, Paula, Sue, Tamla, etc. In the 1980s and 1990s there were popular indie-pop labels Sarah and Harriet.

Since 1993, Darla has been a label and distributor. Darla started selling music online in 1996. in 2009, Darla began offering digital downloads from their own website. James Agren and Chandra Tobey run Darla Records from a 1,250 sq ft (116 m2) barn on their avocado and cherimoya farm in the hills of north San Diego county.

Acts on label

Since its inception, Darla has been host to several notable acts. Musical outfits whose recordings have been released by this label include:


Before long, Darla outgrew its one-bedroom apartment and 350 sq ft (33 m2). ground floor office space in San Francisco. James and Chandra relocated Darla to Sacramento, California in October 2000. Darla moved in October 2002 to Vista, California.

See also

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