In Memory of Edward Grimes

Edward Grimes, friend and longtime member of the Quarterstick / Touch and Go family, unexpectedly died of natural causes this past Saturday. Ed was a member of Rachel's, and he played on two of my favorite Shipping News albums (Very Soon, And In Pleasant Company, and Three-Four). He was also a member of many other bands, including Seluah.

It is shocking and heartbreaking to lose Ed so suddenly and so young. He was genuine and caring - always enthusiastic about music, his friends and family, and his bands and bandmates. His loss will be felt by everyone who knew him or who knows his music.

A Celebration of Ed's Life will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY. Visitation is 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm with a memorial service at 1pm in the Grand Hall.

In lieu of flowers, his family and friends ask donations be made in Edward's name to Shamrock Pet Foundation, Girls Rock Louisville, Blue House/West Louisville Talent Education Center, or a charity of choice.


Doug Didjit passed away

Very sad to report that friend, and Touch and Go band member, Doug Evans (aka Doug Didjit) has died.

Doug was the bad-ass bass player in the Didjits (who released 5 amazing albums on Touch and Go between 1988 and 1993). To this day, the Didjits album Hey Judester remains one of the best rock albums we ever released. Their live shows stepped it up to the next level (if that's even possible)... not to be missed... and I never missed any of their shows in Chicago!

Despite the fact that they lived downstate, the Didjits were some of the first friends I made in Chicago after moving there in 1986. Steve Albini turned me on to their music and introduced us. Doug was always friendly, easy going, funny, and happy to help in any way he could.

When my ratty old Mustang wasn't running right, he kindly offered to rebuild the top end of the engine. I stood around asking him dumb questions, which he patiently answered while he expertly rebuilt it. Ran like a top when he was done. The car's long gone, but the fun we had working on it isn't forgotten.

Condolences to all those who knew and cared for Doug.
Corey Rusk


Rachel's 2003 Album systems/layers Vinyl Debut October 28, 2016

Rachel's 2003 Album systems/layers
Vinyl Debut October 28, 2016

Limited Edition White 2xLP Vinyl Available (Classic Black Vinyl Too!)

Avant-garde chamber group Rachel's present the vinyl debut of their last full-length album systems/layers on Quarterstick Records. Originally released as a CD only in 2003, this double vinyl LP also includes the vinyl debut of Rachel's 2005 EP, Technology Is Killing Music.

Included on the last side of this 2xLP release, Techonology Is Killing Music is an ideal companion to systems / layers. Assembled in the same cut up style, this 20-minute EP is a long-form suite comprised of material sourced from systems/layers studio sessions, live performance, and field recordings.

Limited edition white double vinyl LP in a gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeves is available directly from Quarterstick Records and can be pre-ordered HERE (black vinyl also available)

From now until October 2nd, Quarterstick Records is offering a deluxe pre-order only bundle including an exclusive Rachel's t-shirt with systems/layers vinyl (black or limited edition white). Pre-orders for this deluxe systems/layers bundle can be placed HERE

And, while supplies last, fans can pre-order the vinyl debut of systems / layers with an original letterpress poster for the SITI Company & Rachel's 2005 theatrical performance of systems/layers. Printed by Dexterity Press, this 19 inch by 12 inch poster was recently discovered in the band's archives. Pre-order the 2xLP (black vinyl or limited edition white vinyl), the exclusive t-shirt, and the limited poster HERE

October 2016 also marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Rachel's album The Sea and the Bells. To celebrate, Quarterstick Records is offering a special package bundle including The Sea and the Bells double vinyl LP as well as systems/layers double LP, the exclusive Rachel's cotton t-shirt, and the SITI Co. and Rachel's letterpress poster (while poster supplies last). Pre-order this special The Sea and the Bells anniversary bundle HERE

Track Listing
A1 Moscow is in the Telephone
A2 Water From the Same Source
A3 systems / layers
A4 Expect Delays
A5 Arterial

B1 even / odd
B2 Wouldn't Live Anywhere Else
B3 Esperanza
B4 Packet Switching
B5 where_have_all_my_files_gone?
B6 Reflective Surfaces
B7 Unclear Channel

C1 Last Things Last
C2 Anytime Soon
C3 Air Conditioning / a closed feeling
C4 Singing Bridge
C5 And Keep Smiling
C6 4 or 5 Trees
C7 NY Snow Globe

D1 Technology is Killing Music


Silkworm Lifestyle Vinyl LP Back In Print

Silkworm's Liftestyle LP Back in Print!
Limited Edition Pink Or Classic Black

Silkworm's seventh album Lifestyle returns on the vinyl format this fall. Originally released in 2000 and out of print for over five years, Touch and Go will reissue Lifestyle on September 16th, 2016 - including LIMITED EDTION PINK vinyl.

You can pre-order your copy of Lifestyle on Limited Edition PINK vinyl or classic trusty black vinyl HERE

From now until August 18th, we are also offering a PRE-ORDER ONLY bundle comprised of a limited edition Silkworm zip hoodie with your choice of a pink vinyl copy or a black vinyl copy of Lifestyle. The hoodies are a charcoal heather gray 80/20 zip-up hoodie with a red SKWM logo silkscreened on them. Very nice!
Pre-order the hoodie+LP bundle from now until August 18th HERE

And while supplies last, you can double your Silkworm pleasure with both Lifestyle and It'll Be Cool LPs. Bundle a black vinyl or a white vinyl copy of It'll Be Cool with your pink vinyl copy or your black vinyl copy of Lifestyle. To double-down on your Silkworm vinyl AND get the exclusive SKWM hoodie , place your pre-order HERE

Side A
Slave Wages
Treat the New Guy Right
Plain Roots
YR Web

Side B
That's Entertainment
Raging Bull
Around the Outline
Dead Air
Ooh La La
The Bones


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