ALBUM OF THE WEEK

Touch and Go Records
Established 1981



Last week, Touch and Go Records announced that it would cease it's distribution operations and suspend releasing new music on it's label.

As an independent record store, this news was shocking, sad, disheartening, concerning and disappointing. While we hope the label will continue on, the loss of T&G as a distributor could have major ramifications on the indie music landscape and stores like ours.
 
Touch and Go distributes over 20 labels, including indie stalwarts Merge Records and Kill Rock Stars. If you ever looked at the stickers on a CD or LP you bought from our store, you probably noticed that a lot of them note "TG". That means we got that CD or LP from Touch and Go. We can almost guarantee that if you are reading this, you've purchased an item that was distributed by Touch and Go.
 
Their business approach is indie centric, and everything from their pricing, customer service, and general business philosophy went towards benefiting a store like ours. That's why we are able to price nearly all of the titles they distribute for $13.99 or less. Even though we weren't the largest account for T&G, we were always treated as if we were. From providing us with promos and posters and giveaways for customers, to allowing and encouraging indie stores to sell titles before the street date, they make visiting an independent record store a more unique and personal experience. They also go above and beyond to correct a mistake, like overnighting new Spoon CDs so we'll have them by the weekend. 
 
Touch and Go set the model for other indie distributors like Secretly Canadian, and we can only hope that the labels they distribute can find good homes so a store like ours can continue to be a store like ours.
 
To honor Touch and Go, all titles in the store on Touch and Go and their sister label, Quarterstick, will be 10% off through March 8th! This includes titles from artists such as Calexico, Slint, Ted Leo, TV on the Radio, Coco Rosie, Shellac, Black Heart Procession, Pinback, Nina Nastasia, Polvo, etc.

PREVIOUS ALBUMS OF THE WEEK

02.17.09 Vetiver Tight Knit Sub Pop
02.03.09 Yeasayer All Hour Cymbals We Are Free
01.20.09
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino

11.18.08 Death Cab for Cutie Something About Airplanes Elsinor/Barsuk
11.11.08 School of Seven Bells Alpinisms Ghostly International
10.31.08 Skeletons Money Tomlab
10.21.08 Marnie Stern This is It... Kill Rock Stars
10.14.08 The Notwist The Devil, You + Me Domino
10.07.08 Department of Eagles In Ear Park 4AD
09.26.08 Ten Kens Ten Kens Fat Cat
09.16.08 Bound Stems The Family Afloat Flameshovel
09.09.08 Chad VanGaalen Soft Airplane Sub Pop
09.02.08 Ra Ra Riot The Rhumb Line Barsuk
08.19.08 Bears Simple Machinery Self-released
08.12.08 The Dreadful Yawns Take Shape Exit Stencil
08.05.08 Oxford Collapse Bits Sub Pop
07.22.08 Lackthereof Your Anchor Barsuk
07.15.08 The Hold Steady Stay Positive Vagrant
07.08.08 The Muttering Retreats The Muttering Retreats Self-released
06.24.08 HotChaCha Rifle, I knew you when you were just a pistol Exit Stencil
06.17.08 Wolf Parade At Mount Zoomer Sub Pop
06.10.08 American Analog Set Know By Heart Tiger Style
06.03.08 Shearwater Rook Matador
05.20.08 Jeremy Jay A Place Where We Could Go K Records
05.13.08 Portishead Third Island
05.06.08 Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight Fat Cat
04.29.08 Constantines Kensington Heights Arts & Crafts
04.22.08 Film School Hideout Beggars Banquet
04.15.08 Sun Kil Moon April Caldo Verde
04.03.08 The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2 K Records
03.25.08 MGMT Oracular Spectacular Columbia
03.18.08 Trouble Books The United Colors of Trouble Books Self-released
03.04.08 Ladyhawk Shots Jagjaguwar
02.19.08 Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago Jagjaguwar
02.12.08 Say Hi The Wishes and the Glitch Euphobia/The Rebel Group
02.05.08 Hot Chip Made in the Dark Astralwerks/DFA
01.29.08 Black Mountain In the Future Jagjaguwar
01.22.08 Times New Viking Rip It Off Matador

11.13.07 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings 100 Days, 100 Nights Daptone
11.06.07
Expecting Rain Saint Cecilia Sound System Self-released
10.23.07
A Place to Bury Strangers A Place to Bury Strangers Killer Pimp
10.16.07
Celebration The Modern Tribe 4AD
10.09.07
Jens Lekman Night Falls Over Kortedala Secretly Canadian
09.25.07
Jose Gonzalez In Our Nature Mute
09.18.07
Emma Pollock Watch the Fireworks 4AD
09.11.07
Film School Hideout 4AD
08.28.07
Liars Liars Mute
08.07.07
Okkervil River The Stage Names Jagjaguwar
07.31.07
Slaraffenland Private Cinema Hometapes
07.20.07
Arthur & Yu In Camera Hardly Art
07.10.07
Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Merge
07.03.07
Marnie Stern In Advance of the Broken Arm Kill Rock Stars
06.26.07
Built to Spill Keep It Like a Secret Warner Bros.
06.19.07
Panda Bear Person Pitch Paw Tracks
06.12.07
The Narrator All That to the Wall Flameshovel
06.05.07
Handsome Furs Plague Park Sub Pop
05.29.07
Parts and Labor Mapmaker Jagjaguwar/Brah
05.22.07
The National Boxer Beggars Banquet
05.15.07
Mice Parade Mice Parade Fat Cat
05.08.07
Elliott Smith New Moon Kill Rock Stars
05.01.07
Coffinberry God Dam Dogs Morphius
04.24.07
Thee More Shallows Book of Bad Breaks Anticon
04.17.07
Hold Steady Live at Fingerprints Vagrant
04.10.07
Love of Diagrams Mosaic Matador
04.03.07
Ponys Turn the Lights Out Matador
03.27.07
Low Drums and Guns Sub Pop
03.20.07
Land of Talk Applause Cheer Boo Hiss The Rebel Group
03.13.07
Sun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great Highway (reissue) Caldo Verde
03.06.07
Wolf & Cub Vessels 4AD
02.27.07
Do Make Say Think You, You're a History in Rust Constellation
02.13.07
Field Music Tones of Town Memphis Industries
02.06.07
Loney, dear Loney, Noir Sub Pop
01.23.07
Menomena Friend and Foe Barsuk