Wednesday, February 18, 2009

R.I.P. Touch and Go Records

Pitchfork is reporting T+G will no longer release new music. I am one sad, sad panda today, folks.


erika airwrecker said...

I just got an email about this at my work email account, since Touch & Go is one of the distributors I order from for the record store. I guess the label itself isn't shutting down, but the distribution wing is, which is still fucking huge & very sad. Here's the press release, if you're interested:

It is with great sadness that we are reporting some major changes here at Touch and Go Records. Many of you may not be aware, but for nearly 2 decades, Touch and Go has provided manufacturing and distribution services for a select yet diverse group of other important independent record labels. Titles from these other labels populate the shelves of
our warehouse alongside the titles on our own two labels, Touch and Go Records, and Quarterstick Records.

Unfortunately, as much as we love all of these labels, the current state of the economy has reached the point where we can no longer afford
to continue this lesser known, yet important part of Touch and Go’s operations. Over the years, these labels have become part of our family, and it pains us to see them go. We wish them all the very best
and we will be doing everything we can to help make the transition as easy as possible.

Touch and Go will be returning to its roots and focusing solely on being an independent record label. We’ll be busy for a few months working
closely with the departing labels and scaling our company to an appropriate smaller size after their departure. It is the end of a grand chapter in Touch and Go’s history, but we also know that good things can come from new beginnings.

Ladewtangclan said...

Pitchfork has also since updated their story to emphasize that T+G is not curtailing the release of new music. Apologies for the earlier incorrect info.