Silkworm's 'It'll Be Cool' Makes Its Vinyl Debut on 11/13/2015 (Black or White Vinyl)!

It'll Be Cool - the ninth album from Silkworm - was originally released in 2004 on CD. Now, 11 years later, Touch and Go will release It'll Be Cool on vinyl for the first time!

You can pre-order your copy of It'll Be Cool on LIMITED EDITION WHITE vinyl HERE
(Also available on trusty black vinyl!)

From now until October 21st, we are offering a pre-order only bundle comprised of a limited edition Silkworm record tote together with your choice of a white or black vinyl copy of It'll Be Cool. The record totes are natural cotton with a silkscreened RED Silkworm logo. Pre-order the tote+LP bundle HERE

Be sure to order before October 21st as we are not printing any extras!

Founded in 1987, Silkworm were: Andy Cohen (also in Bottomless Pit, and Mint Mile) on various stringed instruments with frets, Michael Dahlquist on drums and cymbals and occasional guitar, and Tim Midgett (also in Bottomless Pit, and Mint Mile) on bass and other guitars. With the core members in place, It'll Be Cool also includes Matt Kadane (Bedhead, The New Year) playing his natural instrument of piano as well as other keyboard-based devices.

Track Listing - 8 songs

Side A
Don't Look Back
Xian Undertaker

Side B
Penalty Box
Something Hyper
Shitty Little Yacht
The Operative

Tim & Andy performing at the Touch and Go 25th Anniversary in September 2006 below:


Urge Overkill's STULL EP Reissued on Limited Edition White Vinyl - 10/30/2015

Twenty three years after its original release, and over 20 years since Uma Thurman famously lip-synced to the Urge Overkill cover of "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon", we are pleased to reissue the long out-of-print Urge Overkill Stull 10" vinyl EP on October 30, 2015! And, yes, the version of "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" on the Stull EP is the same version used by director Quentin Tarantino in the 1994 cult classic Pulp Fiction.

Preorder now from Touch and Go Records HERE. Limited Edition White vinyl is available exclusively from the Touch and Go Records webstore. A forever faithful black vinyl is also available. All versions include a digital download coupon.

With their gold medallions polished and maroon velvet blazers fresh from the cleaners, UO recorded the Stull EP with legendary producer Kramer. Released by Touch and Go Records in 1992, the Stull EP is an eclectic collection of songs and musical styles that explore the themes of death, darkness, the depths of the Chicago music scene, the joy of vinyl and style - with a soon-to-be-international-hit "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" leading the way.

Song by song trivia straight from Urge Overkill themselves:

"Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon": Huge Neil Diamond fans, we recorded this cover with producer Kramer. It was later found by Quentin Tarantino at a record store in Amsterdam. His use of the song in the infamous Uma Thurman overdose scene in Pulp Fiction resulted in our version becoming an international hit.

"Stull (Part 1)": This song was inspired while passing through Kansas on tour. Stull, Kansas, is the home of an abandoned church said to be one of the Seven Gates of Hell. To celebrate the reissue of the Stull EP, we will play Kansas City, Missouri, on release day October 30th - just 40 miles west of the album's namesake town.

"Stitches": An Alan Milman Sect cover.

"(Now That's) The Barclords": An ironic boast of a fictional Rat Pack, the Barclords. We played a secret show as the Barclords, at the legendary Lounge Ax club in Chicago. The Barclords is a sort of alter-ego for us. This song was released as the A-side of a limited edition 7" as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club.

"What's This Generation Coming To?": Celebrating vinyl, a song foreshadowing the era where vinyl was disappearing as compact discs were on the rise. This reissue celebrates the reversal of that trend.

"Goodbye to Guyville": Summoning the ghost of Otis Redding, we paint an elegiac tone poem to the bleak male-dominated Wicker Park art scene we yearned to transcend. "Guyville": coined by us and subsequently used by Liz Phair in her debut album title Exile in Guyville.

Upcoming Urge Overkill shows:

August 29th Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field w/ Foo Fighters, Naked Raygun
September 18th Uncasville, CT - Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun
October 29th Rock Island, IL - Daytrotter Presents @ Rock Island Brewing Company (playing the Stull EP and more)
October 30th Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room (playing the Stull EP)
October 31st St. Louis, MO - Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill (playing the Stull EP)
December 7th Leon, Spain - Purple Weekend


Viva la Vinyl! The Resurgence Continues with Big Black and Man Or Astro-Man?

Viva la Vinyl! The Resurgence Continues with Big Black and Man Or Astro-Man?

This fall marks the beginning. The beginning of what? After a brave excursion looking deep into the Touch and Go and Quarterstick vaults, we have made our selections and begun preparing a steady stream of vinyl reissues and first-time-on-vinyl releases from now through the end of 2016. Here are the details on the first two reissues to find their way to the shelves of your local record store:

Big Black - Atomizer

Originally released in 1985, and now remastered by Steve Albini and Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering, Big Black's first full-length album Atomizer will be released on September 25th, 2015. To save you having to do the math in your head, yes, that makes this a 30th anniversary reissue!

This remastered version of Atomizer includes the song "Strange Things" which appeared on the first pressing of Atomizer, but was not present on subsequent vinyl pressings nor on The Rich Man's Eight Track CD. It also comes with a double-sided insert and a digital download coupon.

To put this release into context for the uninformed: Big Black began in 1982. Steve Steve Albini, then a sophomore at Northwestern University, fanzine writer and loudmouth, released the Lungs EP on the Chicago co-operative label Ruthless (whose other artists at the time included Naked Raygun and the Effigies). Lungs was recorded in his apartment on a borrowed 4-track for the price of one case of beer.

After that record’s release, Jeff Pezzati (singer for Naked Raygun) and Santiago Durango (Naked Raygun, Arsenal), both linchpins of the burgeoning Chicago music scene, joined Big Black. During this period, the band established itself as a live act, recorded two more records, the Bulldozer EP and the Racer-X EP, toured the U.S., and had - in general– a pretty good time.

Jeff Pezzati’s other obligations precipitated his departure from the band in 1984, when he was replaced by Dave Riley, bass player for Chicago swing-punk band Savage Beliefs. This lineup persisted until the band’s self-destruction in August of 1987.

Big Black toured the U.S., England, Europe, and Austrailia. They recorded a sh**load of records: Il Duce 45, Atomizer LP, Headache EP (which bore the heartbreakingly-honest disclaimer “Warning! Not as good as Atomizer. Don’t get your hopes up, Cheese.”), Heartbeat 45, He’s A Whore 45, Songs About Fucking LP, and Pig Pile LP / Video.

You can preorder this remastered version of Atomizer at the Touch and Go store HERE

Man or Astro-Man? - 1000X

On October 16th, get ready for round two... Touch and Go Records will reissue the galactic transmission 1000X from Man or Astro-Man? ! After years of searching, deep in the depths, we found enough moon goo to send out another wave of these 10" vinyl space anomalies.

Any group whose ultimate complot centers around escape and exodus from the Planet Earth and conquest of all its indigenous life forms would obviously not release even a minute, trivial link to their master plan. Yet most understandably, the higher-ups of Astro-Tech Inc. realize the need to perpetuate certain conquest propaganda procedures, and thus the possibility of this select Astro-info downlink:

Enter 1000X, originally transmitted in 1997. To human ears, 1000X may sound like “music”, but, in all actuality, it is a collection of ultra-modulated tone code transmissions originating from Outer Space, somewhere near the grid sector 23-B61. To capture these audio emissions, Starcrunch, Birdstuff, and Coco underwent self-inflicted electrical torture. This, combined with sleep deprivation, helped to produce the sonic sound unit that is 1000X. Altering mini-customary Astro procedures, the Astro-Men began to reveal the true sound of what lies beyond this atmosphere as the majority of Earthly transmission influences have been processed through various analog filter devices and eliminated.

But don't wait long to acquire this alien masterpiece. Moon goo is limited and so are these!

You can preorder your 1000X alien transmission at the Touch and Go store HERE

That's all for now but stay tuned! More vinyl announcements coming soon...


Todd Trainer Now Teaching Drums Online!

Touch and Go has always harbored more than our fair shair of the greatest drummers on the planet. Todd Trainer of Shellac is obviously one of them, and he is now offering real time, individualized drumming instruction. Seriously. How cool is that? You can book an online session with Todd at the Lessonface website HERE


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