Apollon & Muslimgauze, Chemical Plant, Doppler 20:20, Koan and Motion+Time albums new on iTunes

Added to iTunes today, in time for the new year, are the following:

Apollon/Muslimgauze “Year Zero” http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=298766672&s=143444

Chemical Plant “World Is Bankrupt” http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=298257540&s=143444

Doppler 20:20 “Klangfarbenmelodie” http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=298248939&s=143444

Koan “Prana and Drum” http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=298255362&s=143444

Apeiron, Apollon and nomadstation “Motion + Time:Document One – August 2004″ http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=298766056&s=143444

Apollon "aleatorical" and a splash of "Water" now on iTunes

Apollon “aleatorical” and selected tracks from “Water – the elements series volume one” are now available on iTunes.

For Apollon “aleatorical” the link is http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=298536282&s=143444

For Water- the elements series volume one” the link is http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=298009887&s=143444
The following albums are also due to appear early in January 2009:
Apollon & Muslimgauze – Dark Thoughts
Apollon & Muslimgauze – Year Zero
Chemical Plant – The World Is Bankrupt
Doppler 20:20 – Klangfarbenmelodie
Koan – Prana and Drum
Motion + Time: ┬ádocument one – August 2004

Shellshock sign fulfilment deal with SRD

Announced today on the Music Week website a new “pick and pack” deal has been concluded by Shellshock with SRD.
A point not commented on by Music Week, but certainly of significance is the closeness of the offices of these independent distributors in North London. They're within 5 minutes walk of each other!
I wonder whether this will now mean that the export part of the Shellshock/Backs operation will not now seek a new warehouse in Norwich?

Pinnacle in administration what alternative distributors are there? – (Updated with active links)

Pinnacle and Windsong went into administration this week, which will have a profound effect on physical distribution of CDs in the UK. As well as distributing some labels direct, Pinnacle also acted as a fulfilment house and national accounts sales for other smaller specialist independent distributors.
It would seem that a number of the larger labels had an inkling that Pinnacle were potentially in trouble, as they had already laid plans to leave Pinnacle in 2009. New Note and Proper have brought forward their distribution agreement and Cooking Vinyl's Essential operation has now established an active sales division with distribution via Cinram.
So, I wondered who is still doing distribution for independent labels. Fortunately, there are still a number of different distribution channels. Some completely independent and others using what appear to be arms of the majors (Cinram and Arvato). However, as most of these distributors will have sold stock to EUK, there may be more failures in the next couple of months (according to how that administration works out). Where I have been able to ascertain links, I've noted these below. This list is not intended to be exhaustive and is largely reliant on information on the companies own websites.
Some distributors of 'independent music'
Absolute – http://www.absolutemarketing.co.uk/ – uses Universal
ADA – http://www.ada-music.com/faq.php – email contact only, owned by Warners, uses Cinram
Cadiz – http://www.cadizmusic.co.uk/intro.htm – was using Pinnacle exclusively in the UK
Cargo – http://www.cargorecords.co.uk/contact
Essential – http://www.essential-music.com/distribution.html – has now moved from Pinnacle to Cinram for fulfilment
Kudos Records – http://www.kudosrecords.co.uk/index.php?page=info – were using Pinnacle for fulfilment and national account sales
PIAS UK (previously VITAL) – http://www.pias.com/uk/
Plastichead – http://www.plastichead.com/about.asp
Proper – http://www.properdistribution.com/index.php
Republic of Music – http://www.republicofmusic.net/#/about/
Right Track Distribution – http://www.righttrackdistribution.co.uk/index.html – uses Universal (so presumably now goes through arvato)
RSK – http://www.rskentertainment.co.uk/about.ihtml – appears to use Arvato for fulfilment
Shellshock – http://www.shellshock.co.uk/contacts.php – were using Pinnacle for part fulfilment
SRD (Southern Record Distributors) – http://www.srd.co.uk/
Large operations which also carry major label catalogue
Arvato – http://www.arvatoentertainment.co.uk/ – used by BMG, Universal, RSK and possibly Right Track
Cinram – http://www.theentertainmentnetwork.co.uk/aboutus.asp – used by Warners, ADA and Essential
Let me know of any other CD distributors, I may have missed. Thanks

CDs available to buy on Play.com

A lot of our releases are now available on Play.com, as well as on Amazon in the UK and of course from our own site shop
On Play.com you can pay in Pounds Sterling or Euros; on Amazon UK in Pounds Sterling and on D.O.R. in U.S. Dollars. Prices on Play.com and D.O.R. include postage.
Items are dispatched worldwide from Amazon UK and the D.O.R. Shop. Play.com is only for European customers, sorry.