February 9, 2009

Brassland Now Distributed Worldwide by Touch & Go (UPDATED)

In case you haven't heard (there's no reason you should have), Brassland has switched to influential label/distributor Touch & Go to meet its worldwide distribution needs, joining the ranks of notable upstarts like Love Pump United and Post Present Medium as well as classic labels such as Kill Rock Stars and Atavistic.

For a quick history, Touch & Go began in the early 1980's as a fanzine that started releasing 7" records. Then came Big Black, Slint, The Jesus Lizard, Shellac, and other bands that all aging hipsters know and love. As Touch & Go continued releasing albums, they began manufacturing and distributing records for other labels, including Merge and Drag City. Then came TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, CocoRosie, Ted Leo, and !!!.

And now, us.

While all of this may seem meaningless for you, the music consumer, there is good news that directly affects your daily lives: Brassland releases will now be physically available in places across the globe where they once weren't, including Europe (yay!) and Australia (yay!) and maybe even parts of Asia (yay!). Good news, right?

Glenn would personally like to thank our former distributor Southern Distribution for the many years of care, support, and patience as we tried to figure this record-label thing out. We still really like them.

All right, take care.

UPDATE (February 19, 2009)
Touch & Go recently announced the closing of its distribution business. Given the current economic climate, this kind of thing has unfortunately become all too common. Our thoughts here at Brassland are with everyone at Touch & Go as we all try to pull through this difficult time.

Nevertheless, Brassland releases will be available through Touch & Go Distribution and their partners until May 1, 2009. We are currently sorting out our worldwide distribution system. We are hopeful that Brassland releases will be available through the same wholesale and retail outlets they would have been via Touch & Go. More news regarding our distribution situation and how it affects you, the music consumer, will be posted as it becomes official.

For the time being our catalog remains available for purchase in better American and European stores, through digital retailers (such as iTunes, eMusic, etc.), and directly through the Brassland Store.

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