Influential indie label Touch and Go Records announced a radical restructuring today, paring back their release schedule and closing their manufacturing and distribution arm. The imprint provided these services to a host of indie labels, including Atavistic, Merge, and Kill Rock Stars.
Touch and Go’s influence on both the direction of the Chicago music scene and the national rise of Indie rock to a place of prominence in pop culture during the 90s and 00s cannot be overstated. This is a severe blow for music lovers of many types of ‘out’ pop and avant jazz. There’s more on the story over at Pitchfork.