Fuck what a sad day. I've been reading, this morning, all these articles about the folding of Touch & Go. What's confirmed is that the distribution and manufacturing parts are for sure over. 20 of 25 employees will lose their jobs in 6 weeks. All the labels that T&G distributed and manufactured are without a home. This means PPM. This means Kill Rock Stars. This means Drag City. Evidently the only label that will stay is Merge. Not confirmed is that new music will cease to come out on Touch & Go's record label. Crystal Antler's April 7" release seems to be the only new music T&G will release in the near future possibly forever.
Touch & Go has such a great history. Over 26 years of it. Big Black, Jesus Lizard, The Buttholes, Slint, The Monorchid, and many other bad ass bands from the 80s on. Most notable though, to me was the nurturing of all the indie labels it housed and supported. It was just, like, 6 months ago that I excitedly 'announced' on here that PPM was taken on. And since then, it seemed many more were "proudly announced" to be picked up. Oh well. I've already personally seen the death of record stores locally. Are strong independent labels/distros next? Is everything destined for mail order?
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