Punk label inks distrib deal for downloads

SST Records, the Southern California-based label that was home to a litany of significant punk bands in the 1970s and ’80s, has inked a deal with indie distrib the Orchard to make the label’s catalog available for digital downloads.

The Orchard is making available tracks from 94 of SST’s top albums on eMusic, which will feature two weeks of special promotions highlighting the SST catalog.

Beginning Jan. 24, the Orchard will release the catalogs to other services, including iTunes, Napster, MSN, MusicMatch, Real/Rhapsody and Yahoo! The Orchard also will supply mobile companies around the world, including Sprint, Vodafone, Zingy, 9 Squared, Arvato Mobile and Hudson Soft.

The catalog of SST, founded in 1979 by Black Flag guitarist Gregg Ginn, includes titles from Black Flag, the Minutemen, Descendents, Saccharine Trust, Soundgarden and Bad Brains.

A number of SST acts sued the label in the 1990s to acquire their catalogs and have them released by other labels, most notably Sonic Youth, the Meat Puppets and Dinosaur Jr.

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