Last Gang Records

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Last Gang Records is a record label that was formed by Canadian music industry lawyer Chris Taylor and concert promoter Donald Tarlton in the Fall of 2003 at the Pop Montreal Music Festival.

As their music lawyer, Taylor had been working for the group Metric since the early days of 1998 and had literally "shopped" the band to over 100 record labels around the world but to no avail. He was prepared to release the album himself with his own money when he met with Tarlton. After viewing the Metric video for "Grow Up and Blow Away" (a single on a Metric album that would not be released until 2007) Donald offered to help Taylor realize his vision of introducing Metric's music to the world. They formed a joint venture company under the DKD label group Last Gang Records. Metric released their critically acclaimed Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? in September 2003[1] and Last Gang Records was born.

Last Gang was nominated as Independent Record Label of the Year at the Canadian Music Awards in 2006.[2] Metric was nominated for a Juno Award in 2005 and albums by Tiga and MSTRKRFT won Juno Awards in 2007. A recent signing, Crystal Castles, were featured on the cover of the NME (June, 2008) and playing major festivals around the globe. The Toronto-based company also has its hands in publishing, licensing, multi-format releases, management and legal, pushing forward-thinking, progressive dance and alternative acts.[3]

Recently, the label has expanded their roster signing Purity Ring, Egyptrixx, Ryan Hemsworth, Electric Youth, and more.

Last Gang Management[edit]

Last Gang Management is a music management company founded in 2004. Primary operations are based in Toronto and Los Angeles. Last Gang Management works in partnership with artist clients to oversee all aspects of career development, including navigating relations with record labels, music publishers, booking agents, sponsors, and other varied parties.

Current clients include Kay (JVC/Universal), FrancisGotHeat, Tre Mission (Big Dada), Huoratron, Egyptrixx, and Lindi Ortega[4]

Last Gang Publishing[edit]

Last Gang Publishing is a music publishing company founded in 2006. Primary operations are based in Toronto and Los Angeles. LGP represents a wide variety of songwriters, both as a co-publisher and through client services including synch representation and royalty collection and administration. LGP is strategically partnered with leading independent music publisher ole to provide global synch and admin representation.

Last Gang Publishing has secured synch placements in various television shows (Glee, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Nashville, Lost Girl)), large commercial ad campaigns (Motorola, Nike Action Sports, Vitamin Water, Kraft, Telus), blockbuster video games (Grand Theft Auto IV, Saints Row II, MMA, Shaun White Skate, FIFA 2010) and major motion picture films (Ghost Rider 2, Pitch Perfect, Date Night, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World). LGP also acts as an independent music supervision consultancy, most providing supervision services on feature films Year Of The Carnivore, Daydream Nation, and more recently for upcoming feature film, Visitors.

Last Gang Publishing clients include Dubmatix, Egyptrixx, and Hiawatha among others. LGP also represents the songs of Last Gang Records recording artists, including, Lindi Ortega, Mother Mother, Silver Starling, Magneta Lane and O’Luge.[4]

Artists[edit]

Last Gang Records has released albums by:

Gold & Platinum Certifications[edit]

Metric Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Gold[5] 50,000

Death From Above 1979 You're A Woman, I'm A Machine

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Gold[5] 50,000

Metric Live It Out

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Platinum[5] 100,000

Metric Fantasies

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Platinum[5] 80,000

Awards and nominations[edit]

Juno Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2005 A.C. Newman The Slow Wonder Alternative Album Of The Year Nominated
2005 Death From Above 1979 New Group Of The Year Nominated
2005 Death From Above 1979 You're A Woman, I'm A Machine CD/DVD Artwork Of The Year Nominated
2006 Metric Live It Out Alternative Album Of The Year Nominated
2007 Tiga Sexor Dance Recording Of The Year Won
2007 MSTRKRFT The Looks CD/DVD Artwork Of The Year Won
2008 Chromeo Fancy Footwork Dance Recording Of The Year Nominated
2009 Crystal Castles New Group Of The Year Nominated
2010 Metric Fantasies Alternative Album Of The Year Won
2010 Metric Group Of The Year Won
2010 Emily Haines & Jimmy Shaw for "Gimme Sympathy", "Sick Muse", "Help I'm Alive" from Fantasies Songwriter Of The Year Nominated
2011 Chromeo Business Casual Dance Recording Of The Year Nominated
2011 Crystal Castles (II) Electronic Album Of The Year Nominated
2012 Lindi Ortega New Artist Of The Year Nominated
2012 Lindi Ortega Little Red Boots Roots & Traditional Of The Year (Solo) Nominated
2012 Mother Mother New Group Of The Year Nominated
2012 Mother Mother The Stand (dir. John JP Poliquin) Video Of The Year Nominated
2013 Crystal Castles (III) Electronic Album Of The Year Nominated
2013 Purity Ring Shrines Electronic Album Of The Year Nominated
2014 Ryan Hemsworth Guilt Trips Electronic Album Of The Year Won

Polaris Music Prize[edit]

The Polaris Music Prize is awarded annually to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit. Last Gang Records has had three albums make the short list, and 11 nominations on the long list.

Year Recipient Award Result
2006 Metric Live It Out Polaris Music Prize Nominated
2009 Metric Fantasies Polaris Music Prize Nominated
2013 Purity Ring Shrines Polaris Music Prize Nominated

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