It started as a fanzine, in 1981. Deep in the middle of nowhere, in a hick town in Germany, two music lovers Reinhard Holstein and Rembert Stiewe dedicated a lot of their spare time to Sixties-Garage Rock, Psychedelia, Punk, the Paisley-Underground and whatever was leftfield enough to match their taste in music. Soon after, Glitterhouse was a record label, too. And a mailorder. And suddenly, in 1984, GLITTERHOUSE RECORDS became a profession.

1987 saw the start of a license cooperation with the Seattle–based SUB POP label. All of a sudden the Glitterhouse people had acts like MUDHONEY, TAD, THE SCREAMING TREES in their artist roster. Needless to say, the label almost single-handedly brought the grunge phenomenon to the old world. At the same time Glitterhouse took care of the Minneapolis –based AMPHETAMINE REPTILE RECORDS, being responsible for acts such as the infamous HELMET, TAR, COWS and CHOKEBORE. The rest, as they say, is history: The relation to both labels remained intact – but over the years the enthusiasm for licensing product as opposed to signing new talents themselves was shrinking. The business relations to both Sub Pop and Amphetamine Reptile Records came to an end in the mid 90s. GLITTERHOUSE RECORDS decided to concentrate on their own signings again.

Over the years there’s a plethora of shining artists who recorded for Glitterhouse Records. More than 900 releases in 33 years… that alone is quite an impressive number. If one quality should be sufficient enough to describe the company, “enduring” would be a good choice since GLITTERHOUSE RECORDS celebrates its twentyfifth anniversary these days, still going strong. Only few independent labels can exhibit an artist–roster as delicate yet diverse as theirs, being the home of THE WALKABOUTS, SIXTEEN HORSEPOWER, PERE UBU, early MONSTER MAGNET, FRIENDS OF DEAN MARTINEZ, MIDNIGHT CHOIR, STEVE EARLE, BUTCH HANCOCK, WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY, HUGO RACE, SAVOY GRAND just to name a few. As if they weren’t busy enough running the label and the mailorder, the company organizes the annual ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL open air festival in their neat hometown Beverungen.

Stagnancy is a foreign word to these cats, so it’s highly likely that you’ll hear from them in the near future, possibly on a tasty record you’ve just purchased!

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Jul 13

XIXA - Tombstone Rashomon After touring their acclaimed 2016 debut album ‘Bloodline’ all over the world, Tucson’s dark western cumbia outfit XIXA finally returns with the new track 'Tombstone Rashomon'... read more

Jun 29

David Eugene Edwards & Alexander Hacke - Tourdates 2018 David Eugene Edwards (Wovenhand, 16 Horsepower) and Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) released their first collaboration album June 22nd via Glitterhouse Records. 'Risha' cannot be described in traditional terms... read more

Jun 22

David Eugene Edwards & Alexander Hacke - 'RISHA' - Out Now! We're more than happy to announce that David Eugene Edwards & Alexander Hacke release their first collaboration album entitled 'Risha' today with Glitterhouse Records! read more

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David Eugene Edwards & Alexander Hacke - 'Triptych' Only 7 days until we'll release the first collaboration album by David Eugene Edwards & Alexander Hacke entitled 'Risha' via Glitterhouse Records. read more

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Upcoming Shows

Date Artist & Venue
07/19/2018 Wovenhand · CH – Zürich – Bogen F



07/20/2018 Wovenhand · DE – Frankfurt – Zoom


07/21/2018 Wovenhand · DE – Crispendorf, Ferienland – Chaos Descends Festival Info Tickets
07/28/2018 DIE NERVEN · DE - Riniken, Brugg - KleinLaut Festival



07/28/2018 Steiner & Madlaina · CH - Einsiedeln - Summerjam Einsiedeln



08/03/2018 DIE NERVEN · DE - Elsdorf - Oakfield Festival



08/05/2018 Steiner & Madlaina · CH - Zürich - Seebad Enge



08/11/2018 Steiner & Madlaina · CH - Schaffhausen - Stars in Town



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Upcoming Releases

Erntezeit Michels Erntezeit

Release Date: 09/14/2018

Format: CD/LP(+CD)/Digital

Cat-No: GRCD 934/GRLP 934

Mandala Brush Spain Mandala Brush

Release Date: 09/28/2018

Format: CD/LP(+ DL-Code)/Digital

Cat-No: GRCD 964/GRLP 964

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