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Giraffes? Giraffes! // "Hug of Death" + 'Memory Lame' Pre-Orders!

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for: GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES! new single "Hug of Death" + pre-orders for their album Memory Lame are available on all digital outlets!

You can also see them perform new material LIVE at ArcTanGent festival in Bristol! More info/tickets here.


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mouse on the keys // New Album 'Tres'

It is an honor to announce that we will be releasing mouse on the keys' new album Tres on May 23rd! We were fortunate enough to work with them on their Out of Body EP and a split with LITE, and we're so happy to keep this train rolling. Over the past 12 years, mouse on the keys has cultivated an entire genre unto themselves by blurring the lines between jazz, funk, post‐rock, and electronic music. Their unique sound includes two pianos, two keyboards and drums, and they continue to stand at the forefront of the Japanese music scene. Fans of LITE and Giraffes? Giraffes!, take note! Tres will be released on 12" vinyl, CD, and digitally May 23rd, and you can sign up here to be notified when pre-orders go live!


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tricot // 'potage / on the Boom' 7"

We get to bring you more tricot! We love this band and are so excited to be releasing their upcoming 7" titled potage / On the boom. We were lucky enough to work with them on their album 3 last May, and after recently announcing that we'll be bringing their releases T H E + A N D to North America on vinyl for the first time, we still felt the need for more. Once you hear these ladies, you will, too! Sign up here to be notified when potage / On the boom pre-orders go live!


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Fav Finder App Now Available!

Not sure what bands you want to get into next? Lost in the ever-abundant abyss of the internet, calling out to the Bandcamp and Spotify gods for some kind of sign? Let us do the work for you! How, you ask, are we going to do this? Through our latest app, Fav Finder!

Last week, we turned twelve years old. With twelve years, comes a plethora of releases new and old that our label is still abundantly excited about! And we want to make sure you get to hear them!

With Fav Finder, you can find sounds similar to even your most unlikely Topshelf interests. Just click on one of the bands on our roster, and you will be recommended a group of similarly sounding, or complimentary bands to the band of your picking. Check out the video below for more information, and let's get listening buds!

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End of Year Sale!

What a year it's been for us all! With releases from Heat, mouse on the keys, Slingshot Dakota, Del Paxton, tricot, Ratboys, Us and Us Only, Colossal, People Like You, Queen Moo, Prawn, Wild Ones, Gingerlys, No Vacation, and one surprise record coming out this Friday, we couldn't be more proud to be a label that represents such talented artists. Through the remainder of the year, all 2017 releases will be 17% off on both US and UK stores.

Want a general recap of what we've put out this year + cassette series + some sneaky hints? Check out these Bandcamp / Apple Music / Spotify playlists we made.

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New Subscription Prices

With the end of 2017 approaching (it can't come fast enough, honestly), we've got some vinyl/digital and Bandcamp subscription updates for ya!

Our monthly Bandcamp subscription is now marked down to just $6/mo. In addition to an exclusive, re-usable discount code and subscriber exclusive updates, for a limited time, we're also including a curated selection of six 2017 releases as instantly downloadable bonus albums: https://topshelfrecords.bandcamp.com/subscribe

In addition, our 2017 label subscription is now just $200 (+ shipping) for every release on vinyl or $100 as an instant digital download. The subscription includes extra merch and subscriber exclusives which you can get more info on here: http://tpshlf.co/2zMSKlg

Thank you!!

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Ratboys // AOID CDs

Since y'all can't seem to get enough of Ratboys's album, AOID, we decided to make CDs!

Check it out on Amazon: http://tpshlf.co/2bxfN8l

Find a local retailer who carries it: http://tpshlf.co/2c0qz4v

Physical retailers who have this now:

Dearborn
Easy Street
Criminal
The Exclusive Company
Twist & Shout
Park Ave
Homers
Independent Records
Lou’s Records
Music Millennium
Princeton Record Exchange
Reckless Records
Rolling Stones
Rough Trade NYC
Salzers
Shake It Records
Silver Platters
Sonic Boom
Waterloo
Zia Records

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Topshelf Records // Welcome Danielle Leonard

Some of you maybe are already aware of this, but we are psyched psyched psyched to announce that we've hired a new employee!!!

I would like to introduce you to Danielle Leonard — she's just moved from Savanah, GA to start working with Seth, Robbie and I at Topshelf here in San Diego — which we are ~completely~ thrilled about! She's a graduate of Savanah College of Art and Design, where she got her BFA in Photography while DJing for SCAD Radio, hosting hundreds of shows at The Bomb Shelter, starting Bomb Shelter Records, interning at Sargent House and being a road dawg for a bit with Marriages and Creepoid. She rules and is a wrecking ball go-getter beam of sunshine.

As part of her role with us, she's helping out with a lot of the behind-the-scenes of the label that I won't burden you with, but also handling our email newsletters (which you can subscribe to here: http://tpshlf.co/2arquXj).

Give her a follow on twitter or instagram:

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Topshelf Records // 2015 CMJ Showcase

October once again marks our annual pilgrimage to New York City for CMJ. We'll be hosting our showcase on the 15th and — per usual — it's free, all ages and a good time! Details are below:

Topshelf Records CMJ Showcase
Thursday, October 15, 2015
@ Shea Stadium, Brooklyn, NY
7:00pm, All Ages, Free
RSVP here

Free vinyl, tote bags, CDs, posters and more while it all lasts!

Listen to a playlist we put together highlighting each band on Spotify or on SoundCloud.

(listen to Clique on bandcamp since they aren't on those sites ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

See ya there!

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LITE // Six-song live recording now available for free download

LITE have just released a free download of six live recordings. The tracks are from the live-streaming session at Red Bull Studios Tokyo in March. Named after their upcoming tour starting from Tokyo and Osaka, it is titled APPROACHES 4 and includes a new track called "Balloon".

Kaoru Miura, who has worked on previous studio albums and is the long-time recording engineer for the band, did the recording and mixing. M&E Design, the Swedish designer who worked with the band on artworks of their previous albums, designed the artwork. Available for free download today through June 30 only, the track list includes the following:

  1. Balloon
  2. Duck Follows an Eccentric
  3. Alter Ego
  4. Bond
  5. Pirates and Parakeets
  6. 100 Million Rainbows

You can also now watch the re-broadcast of the video from this same live recording session.

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