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OK Go leaves EMI, forms own label

on March 11, 2010, 9:05am

Effective April 1st (and we’re pretty confident this isn’t an April Fool’s joke), power-pop Internet sensation OK Go is leaving Capitol/EMI by mutual agreement and starting its own label. The band has always been an inventive bunch.

The new label, called Paracadute, will be responsible for distribution and promotion of OK Go’s music, and the band has an inspired promotional campaign already in the works for its latest and last EMI release, January’s Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. OK GO has been in control of its publishing, merchandise, touring and other non-recording rights from day one, but this move puts the band in full control. In other words, no more New York Times editorials about video embedding.

Frontman Damian Kulash appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” yesterday to discuss the split, calling it “amicable.” However, he said the band would “like to thank the people who have worked so hard on our behalf, and we’d like to thank our fans for making this choice an easy one for us.” Well played, Damian. A worthy dig.

OK Go appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live on the band’s big day, commencing a North American tour less than two weeks later on April 13th. The tour stops at a few big fests, including Bamboozle, Bonnaroo and Sasquatch, as well as more late night appearances, including the Late Show with David Letterman on April 28th, The Colbert Report a day later, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on May 4th.

OK Go 2010 Tour Dates:
04/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
04/14 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
04/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
04/17 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
04/18 – St. Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House
04/20 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
04/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Earth House
04/22 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
04/23 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
04/25 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
04/27 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
04/28 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
04/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/02 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Bamboozle
05/05 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
05/07 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
05/09 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
05/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
05/12 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
05/13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
05/14 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
05/15 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
05/16 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival
05/18 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
05/19 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
05/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
05/22 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
05/28 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
05/29 – Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch! Festival
06/11 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo

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