In indie news from NARM, revered label Jade Tree Records is switching its distribution to Chicago's Touch & Go from the Toldeo, Ohio-based Lumberjack Mordam Music Group and Fontana chief Steve Pri

Revered indie rock label Jade Tree Records is switching its distribution from the Toldeo, Ohio-based Lumberjack Mordam Music Group to Chicago's Touch & Go, sources say. The heavily sought-after label had been with Mordam Records since 1992. Mordam was purchased this year by Lumberjack Distribution.

The Wilmington, Del.-based label was founded in 1990 by Tim Owen and Darren Walters. Jade Tree has released albums from the likes of Pedro the Lion, Strike Anywhere, Jets to Brazil, the Promise Ring and Joan of Arc, as well as EPs from such artists as My Morning Jacket and the Alkaline Trio.

Touch & Go uses New York-based Alternative Distribution Alliace for larger accounts.

In other news:

Fontana chief Steve Pritchitt says the independent distribution division of Universal Music Group will have eight albums that will have shipped more than 100,000 units in their first week by year's end. Among the crop will likely be the latest from Wu-Tang Clan member RZA.

Pritchitt says the distributor at NARM closed an U.S. distribution deal with RZA's recently formed label Wu Records. A new RZA solo album will be released in October or November, Pritchitt says.

Also at NARM, Fontana announced that it has struck a U.S. distribution agreement with San Diego-based punk imprint Taang! Records. The veteran label has been without a proper distribution deal in the U.S. the past few years. Taang! boasts an extensive catalog that includes releases from such artists as the Lemonheads, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Business and Mission of Burma.

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