Posted in industry | music on January 13, 2012

Lookout

Ted Leo posted the following today:

LOOKOUT! IST KAPUTT.

I've been getting a lot of Twitter questions about why a bunch of my records have disappeared from all the digital services (Sportify, iDudes, Mandora, etc.). It's because our beloved Lookout Records, which ceased releasing new material in 2006, but carried on keeping the catalog in print until this past December, has, sadly, shuttered it's windows for good. A better eulogy should be forthcoming, but just to answer these questions, this means that these records have reverted to my complete ownership, which is kind of cool in some ways, I guess, except that it also means I have to basically run my own label for them now unless I wind up licensing them to someone else in the future. In the immediate, I have to go through some legal stuff with the digital services to get the records back up online, and I'm hoping to have that all taken care of very soon. Physical records are now officially out of print and will likely not be repressed for a while (but I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually). I do have a bunch of stock laying around with no plans to tour for quite a while, so if there's interest, maybe I'll set up a web-store so you can buy direct from me if you want. Please feel free to email or tweet me with ideas for that. All entertaining ideas will be entertained!
And thank you, seriously, for giving a crap. I'm not happy to see Lookout gone, but having complete rights of usage and total and direct revenue from sales now, can ultimately turn this into a positive situation. I just have to get creative about it. Might try to bang one out more special Tyranny of Distance event before the 10th anniversary year is over this spring...

Other bands who have called Lookout! home include Alkaline Trio, Ann Beretta, Avail, The Avengers, Bratmobile, Citizen Fish, The Donnas, Engine Down, Go Sailor, Green Day, The Groovie Ghoulies, The Hi-Fives, Hockey Night, Mary Timony, Neurosis, Operation Ivy, Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Queers, Rancid, Screeching Weasel, Vagrants, The Mr T Experience, The Zero Boys, and many, many more.

Ted Leo will be appearing at a few upcoming comedy shows and a benefit in Austin.

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Comments (52)

If only there was something even comparable to Lookout today. Then again, there arent bands that are comparable today...

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2012 8:51 PM

sad

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2012 10:07 PM

I thought they were kaputt 5 years ago?

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2012 11:21 PM

The label is officially done I guess, but they've essentially been done for a few years. Sad, they put out some great releases over the years.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2012 11:55 PM

a big part of my junior and high school was spent listening to screaching weasel, riverdales, op ivy, the queers...

real shame.

no one plays rock music anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 12:03 AM

Judy and the loadies!

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 12:51 AM

Ted Leo needs to go check out Bloomingdales' executive training program.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 1:28 AM

If there's anything people will continue saying until the end of time, it's that "music today is no good." Hard to argue with folks who only care about nostalgia. Everyone bring their wax cylinders?

Posted by Ichicuts | January 14, 2012 8:00 AM

Ted, SET UP A WEB STORE!

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 10:30 AM

Ted, go away

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 10:42 AM

@8:00 thats just your opinion dude

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 11:00 AM

^true, the only FACT here is that Ted Leo is terrible and nerds to go away.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 11:09 AM

Wow, I guess Lookout, like Ted Leo's hairline, is a thing of the past.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 11:16 AM

@11:00 Just trying to say there's plenty of good music happening now. Of course that's my opinion.

Posted by Ichicuts | January 14, 2012 11:39 AM

how will ted pay for his hair plugs now?

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 12:29 PM

Brooklyn Vegan: where jokes go to die.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 12:42 PM

Wow. Making fun of a guys hairline? You cant stay as bitter as you are and age gracefully. Good luck with that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 12:59 PM

^I'm sure as hell not going to be a balding 40+ year old, wearing punk t-shirts from 20 years ago, playing to kids half my age. There is a way to age graceful;y and it aint Ted Leo.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 1:40 PM

@12:59

Wow, owned haha

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 2:28 PM

1:40 FTW!

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 3:31 PM

i wonder if the twice-a-week ted leo posts are an indication that BV is hatefucking the commenters, and the commenters are shaking their butts in the air asking for it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 3:46 PM

@1:40, thanks for doing what you do. You're a hero, and I hope you're recognized for your efforts some day.

Posted by anothernoncontributingzero | January 14, 2012 4:26 PM

Thanks for clearing up why Ted Leo albums have disappeared from iTunes and Spotify. Oh wait. They are still there. But thanks for letting me know Lookout records is done. Oh wait, the only proof of that is that Ted Leo said so.

Thanks for posting hearsay without fact checking.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 5:06 PM

^your welcome. If I can shorten the career of that insufferable do-gooder Ted Leo by even one day that will be recognition enough.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 5:07 PM

upon further investigation, it seems ted leo albums have disappeared but other lookout records are still available.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 5:11 PM

People still buy music? Seriously? That's practically like paying for porn.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 5:12 PM

#EndTedLeoRock

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 5:31 PM

I like Ted. He makes good music. Much better then the comment writer's comments. Not sure if they can sustain that for over 20 years.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2012 7:37 PM

Ted Leo is the worst.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2012 10:41 AM

oh and madness

Posted by Rede de proteção | January 15, 2012 11:08 AM

granted, i haven't listened to a new ted leo album in years... i really don't understand the contempt people have for him. at the very least, he's an honest + ethical musician which is becoming pretty rare.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2012 12:41 PM

Hard to argue with folks who only care about nostalgia

Posted by Aeronaves | January 15, 2012 2:12 PM

ha, everyone here is gonna be old one day, then you'll see

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2012 3:10 PM

Ted Leo was not the Wurst. Matt Paine and Rob were in the Wurst. Not Ted. Where do you get these ideas.

Spelled Wurst not worst.

Good God.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2012 4:26 PM

@3:10 - unless they die before they're old.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2012 7:25 PM

Ted Leo is lamesauce

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2012 10:06 AM

You're supposed to be in the scene for a few years and then drop out before you're 25, like everyone else

Posted by Dave | January 16, 2012 10:18 AM

^yeah get with the program Leo! Your embarrassing yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2012 11:52 AM

ted leo is a joke

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2012 1:37 PM

911 is a joke

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2012 2:07 PM

Mad bro?

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2012 8:38 AM

Douchebro
Leo
Homo

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2012 9:25 AM

You meant to write Ted Leo is a bloke.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2012 10:31 AM

judy and the loadies

Posted by Redes e telas de proteção | October 24, 2012 6:40 PM

I really liked your post, really interesting this article.

Posted by Redes de Proteção | December 19, 2012 10:04 AM

Very nice post

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Posted by Redes de protecao | January 31, 2013 12:25 PM

kramba esse chupa linguiça tá me rastreando.

Posted by Envidraçamento de sacadas | February 19, 2013 6:47 PM

congratulations post

Posted by Visto | February 26, 2013 5:19 PM

sad

Posted by jordon | August 8, 2013 2:52 PM

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