Published Feb 18, 2009Contrary to our previous story (and much to our relief), Touch and Go is not calling it quits entirely. For now, the Chicago label is only shutting down the distribution arm of its operations and will be going through a period of restructuring. So, yes, this means that new releases from Touch and Go could very well pop up in the future once the dust settles.
Here is the statement in full from Touch and Go owner Corey Rusk about the label's restructuring plans:
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 two 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.
The labels in the U.S. affected by Touch and Go's restructuring include:
5, Rue Christine
In The Fishtank
Kill Rock Stars
Le Tigre Recordings
Post Present Medium
Warm Electronic Recordings