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“Music Is Hope” compilation CD offered as pre-street date digital exclusive


(Port Washington, NY) May 8, 2006KOCH Entertainment Distribution is proud to announce that it has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Good Charamel Records, the label owned by Goo Goo Dolls bassist and co-founder Robby Takac.


Good Charamel Records was officially launched by Robby Takac in 2003.  After the Goo's long tour in support of "Gutterflower," Robby returned to his recording studio in Buffalo and began recording demos with a handful of local bands.  Demos turned into EP's, and EP's turned into full CD's, and before he knew what was happening he had himself a record label and the beginnings of a label roster.  Now three years later, Good Charamel has employees and offices in both Los Angeles and Buffalo.  In the fall of 2004, Good Charamel released their very first CD's: "Turn Up The Death" by the Juliet Dagger and "On To The Next One" by Last Conservative.  Good Charamel diligently worked to build a solid foundation for the bands in the US through radio, press and touring.  Both bands toured the States numerous times and played dates with Wilco, Bon Jovi, Deftones, My Morning Jacket, the Warp Tour, All American Rejects and the Goo Goo Dolls among others.


MTV's Advance Warning took notice of Last Conservative and they were featured on the show and the band was also named XM Satellite Radio's "Unsigned Band of the Year."  The Juliet Dagger were chosen to appear in an animated PEZ film due to be released at the end of the year, they have two songs slated to be included in the film including the final credits theme.  Both Last Conservative and the Juliet Dagger have new records that will be completed in the next few months.  Robby is currently mixing the Last Conservative record in Los Angeles and on the road with the Goo's, and in June the Daggers will travel to Japan to put the finishing touches on their upcoming disc with the help from members of Shonen Knife.  Both Last Conservative and the Daggers will be on the road this summer with the Goo Goo Dolls and the Counting Crows, playing on side stages where available and headlining official "Goo Goo Doll After-Parties" each night after the show at clubs near the venues.


The first Good Charamel CD release via KOCH is the "Music Is Hope" compilation benefiting an autistic school located outside of Buffalo called Summit, a unique institution that is aggressively leading the way in the research of autism.  The disc, which KOCH will make digitally available a few months prior to its late summer street date, includes a number of Good Charamel bands, including new music from Last Conservative and the Juliet Dagger, and also features unreleased tracks from the Goo Goo Dolls and Ani Difranco.  The collaboration with Ani worked so well that she has agreed to let Robby remix a selection of her songs and that record will be released on Good Charamel in partnership with Righteous Babe.


Also included in the Good Charamel deal, via Kataphonic Records, is Adult Contemporary artist Katrina Carlson.  Katrina's sophomore disc, "Untucked," was released in 2003 and contained four hit singles at the AC format: "I Know You By Heart" with Benny Mardones, "Count On Me," "Suddenly Beautiful" and a cover of the Cars' hit "Drive."  A remix of "Suddenly Beautiful" is featured on the "Music Is Hope" disc as well.  In support of the disc Kat played dates with Chicago, Rick Springfield, Richard Marx and Kimberly Locke among others.  Katrina is currently in the studio working on her third CD with producer Ron Aniello, best known for his work with Barenaked Ladies, Lifehouse, Jars Of Clay and Guster.


There are a number of other projects in development at the label as well, but these are the priorities for the upcoming year.  Unlike most indie labels Good Charamel has the benefit of a multi-platinum president who knows the changing industry as well as having the financial ability and staff to actively work the records and a new Goo record to use to promote the label and bands. 


"We're super excited to be working with KOCH Entertainment Distribution,” commented Robby Takac. “We've been developing the label for about three years now with a smaller distributor and now with KOCH involved these bands are clearly ready to make their break."


“We’re very excited to be working with Robby Takac and Good Charamel,” added Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution.  “Robby’s vision and passion for signing new talent epitomizes the true spirit of Indie Music and we’re pleased to welcome him and his label to the KOCH distribution family.”


KOCH Entertainment is the leading and fastest-growing independent music and video company in the U.S. and its operations encompass record and video labels as well as physical and digital distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independents in both the U.S. and Canada and its record labels had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents in 2004/2005. www.kochdistribution.com


For more information on KOCH, please contact James Scileppi at (516) 484-1000 Ext. 243 or email: james.scileppi@kochent.com             




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