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Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Jeremy B on Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:11 pm

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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Awesome_Komodo on Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:22 pm

Dirty Three and Silkworm alone are > anything ever put out on AmRep.

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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Dovey on Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:24 pm

T&G by a country mile. AmRep may have done a great job cultivating and promoting a certain sound, but T&G did that as well as signing a whole bunch of other, diverse sounding, fantastic bands (Silkworm, Dirty Three, Bedhead, Ted Leo, etc etc). Plus Corey Rusk is a legit hero.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Somnambulist on Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:28 pm

I love AmRep but they can't hold a candle to T&G. The Jesus Lizard would be enough to win this for T&G by themselves.

:WF: a good portion of T&G's recent releases (tJL reissues not withstanding) are crap, but that still doesn't help AmRep remotely close the gap.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Bernardo on Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:36 pm

T&G, but this is not a fair poll, especially considering which forum this is.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby tallchris on Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:39 pm

Dovey wrote:T&G by a country mile. AmRep may have done a great job cultivating and promoting a certain sound, but T&G did that as well as signing a whole bunch of other, diverse sounding, fantastic bands (Silkworm, Dirty Three, Bedhead, Ted Leo, etc etc). Plus Corey Rusk is a legit hero.


This.

I like the grindy noisy rock fine, but I like lots of other things too.

I do think it's pretty cool that AmRep continues on currently releasing limited edition singles and such. Would be cool if T&G was able to start doing something similar.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Mason on Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:46 pm

Touch & Go, not close. Not that AmRep didn't excel at their thing, and not that I don't like that particular thing. But come on.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Jeremy B on Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:01 pm

It’s interesting to me because there are people I know who would say that the presence of the Melvins or The Cows would blow away all of T&G’s bands. Also, I know there are people who think Touch And Go lost the thread around the Mid-90’s. I am not one of those people but, maybe those people post here, maybe not. When I was in high school those two labels were, pardon the phrase, the Twin Towers, of our musical listening experience. Just wanted to throw that out there.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby RSMurphy on Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:06 pm

My favorite Tar records are on AmRep.

Touch and Go released three, count 'em, three CocoRosie records.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby 154 on Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:11 pm

The only label that can give T&G a run for its money is Dischord. Even then..
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Mark Lansing on Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:19 pm

Both are fine labels that did a great job with the artists and sounds they favored.

However, T&G helped create a template of how an indie could/should be run that AmRep arguably followed, and T&G made room for a more diverse range of great bands. AmRep put out some excellent records, but they would never have released the fine stuff by the Dirty Three, the Bad Livers or Rachel's that T&G put out.

Much love to AmRep, but T&G wins this one.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Somnambulist on Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:25 pm

So Randall is one AmRep vote (I suspected he might vote for AmRep), who is the other? Explain yourselves! I honestly want to understand how someone thinks that AmRep's output is superior to T&G's.

AmRep: Amphetamine Reptile Discography
T&G: Tough & Go Releases

I love the Melvins, Cows, Helios Creed, etc. but seriously. T&G (especially if you're counting Quarterstick) has tJL, Big Black, Shellac, the Dirty Three, Don Cab, Man or Astroman, Rodan, Slint, the For Carnation, Bedhead, The New Year, the two best Chrome Records, and the list goes on and on and on and on.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Plastic Eggs on Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:31 pm

I like AmRep, but a decent-sized chunk of the bands on their roster were pretty terrible.

Touch and Go all the way.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Mick Shrimpton on Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:39 pm

I see no decisive victors in any of these matchups...

Jesus Lizard vs. Melvins
Big Black vs. Unsane
Big Boys vs. God Bullies
The Ex vs. Cows
Naked Raygun vs. Tar
Brainiac vs. godheadsilo
Don Caballero vs. Helmet

...so I'd consider the worst of each label. The dreck of T&Go irritates me far worse than anything released on AmRep. Poo like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, CocoRosie, Ted Leo, Rollins, Therapy? and Crystal fucking Antlers can't be overlooked.

Looking at AmRep's roster, the only duds I see are Nashville Pussy, Chokebore and Lowercase. There are some garden-variety noiserock acts on their roster, but nothing as awful as you'll find on T&G. Their quality control was remarkable.

Winner: AmRep.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby windofpain on Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:42 pm

both released their fair share of utter shit in their time for all of the great. Both currently reside in the "Irrelevant" file, labels like Load have passed them by on the way up.

T&G wins the 80's, AmRep wins the 90's.

I give the overall to T&G
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Mick Shrimpton on Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:43 pm

Whoah, I almost forgot !!!. Thank God AmRep never went disco to appease Gen Y consumers.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby RSMurphy on Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:52 pm

Somnambulist wrote:I honestly want to understand how someone thinks that AmRep's output is superior to T&G's.


Superiority wasn't a factor in my vote. AmRep supported many bands I never got into; Vertigo, Cosmic Psychos, Chokebore and Surgery immediately come to mind, but the bands that I did enjoy hit me real fucking hard. I love the Jesus Lizard, but Cows rule my world. Bedhead is lovely, but give me Hammerhead or Lubricated Goat.

I probably like more of the bands on Touch and Go's roster, but AmRep's shit hits me like a wonderful migraine.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Somnambulist on Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:57 pm

RSMurphy wrote:I probably like more of the bands on Touch and Go's roster, but AmRep's shit hits me like a wonderful migraine.


Gotcha, I feel the same way about Big Black and tJL. Both were seminal acts for me and completely changed my outlook on music.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby RSMurphy on Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:17 pm

I also think Guzzard is ridiculously underrated. Not enough Guzzard love 'round these parts. Pete Beeman is a monster drummer.
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Re: Label Dome: AmRep Vs. Touch And Go

Postby Domagoj on Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:27 pm

Touch and Go.
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