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Richard Youngs Releases Limited Vinyl-Only “Long White Cloud” LP on Grapefruit Records

A guest blog post by Jagjaguwar alum Simon Joyner:

I haven’t participated in the running of a record label since 1997, when Chris Deden and I stopped releasing music on Sing, Eunuchs! Records. We found that the main problem running a small, independent label was that the majority of independent distributors refused to pay us after they sold our records, despite numerous phone calls, faxes, and threatening letters. There was an understood convention of withholding payment on sold goods until the label released another title the distributor wanted to carry. It seemed criminal and against the spirit of the whole independent music ethos but it was how things were done. Bigger independent labels could afford to subsidize their distributors by waiting on funds until the next record came out but we actually needed the money from the previous release just to fund the next record. It was a dispiriting, debt-ridden situation and when we hung up our hats after five years I vowed never to run a record label again unless I could circumvent what I considered an unfair distribution system.

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Richard Youngs Tapped For Grapefruit Record Club LP


Two of Jagjaguwar’s dear friends, Simon Joyner and Ben Goldberg, recently announced their Grapefruit Record Club, a subscription-based vinyl-only label that will release four exclusive LPs in 2011. And for its inaugural year, Grapefruit has selected Jagjaguwar’s Richard Youngs to join artists Lampchop, L. Eugene Methe and 200 Years (Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance and Elisa Ambrogio of Magik Markers).

Having just returned from a tour and adventure in New Zealand, Richard is recording his contribution to the record club as I type this very blog entry. However, Richard has described the forthcoming Grapefruit album as “a meditation on native birdsong, Maori place names, the Pacific Ocean, satellite navigation, and clutch failure in Wanaka.” Yes, we are officially signed up.

Subscriptions for 2011 are open until Valentine’s Day. Kind of a perfect holiday gift for your household vinylophile black sheep, eh?

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I Don't Want to Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten
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