US label stops new releases

Legendary American label Touch And Go is to shut its distribution arm and has stopped all new releases for the future.

It is a sad day for fans of American alternative music. Founded in 1979, Touch And Go spanned every tidal shift in American music from hardcore punk to the present day.

Run by Corey Rusk for a number of year, the label has existed in one for another since 1979. The label's back catalogue is stunning, containing releases by The Jesus Lizard, Butthole Surfers, Big Black and TV On The Radio.

Tough And Go also acted as the distribution arm for many smaller independent labels such as Merge, Kill Rock Stars, Drag City, Suicide Squeeze, Flameshovel, Jade Tree, and Post Present Medium.

The label has a number of releases scheduled which will come out unaffected. While it has stopped any new releases coming out, Touch And Go reiterates it will release new material in the future.

A statement from Touch And Go concluded "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."

Touch And Go will remain operational, with its back catalogue still available for purchase.

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