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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#del paxton
#mouse on the keys
#no vacation
#queen moo
#slingshot dakota
#us and us only
#wild ones
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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:

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:

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:

Find a local retailer who carries it:

Physical retailers who have this now:

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

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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#donovan wolfington
#infinity girl
#nai harvest
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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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Topshelf Records @ SXSW 2015

Our annual spring migration to Austin, TX is nearly upon us! This year we are very happy to have The Ally Coalition on board with us in hosting our showcase — they do incredibly important work and we're thrilled to have them on board. Like last year, we'll be hosting the show at Soho Lounge at 217 E 6th in downtown Austin. There's no cover and we've got Stone Brewing involved to make sure the drinks are cheap! RSVP for the show here (we also created a Facebook event page if that's more your thing).

We'll also have loads of free giveaways for all attendees including slip mats, 7-inch records (courtesy of the fine people at Gotta Groove Records, limited to 500 and exclusive to this show), our label sampler CD, canvas tote bags, stickers, screen printed posters (courtesy of Charlie Wagers Creative) and t-shirts — there are varying quantities of everything so get there early!

Here's the line-up and set times:

If you're not familiar with any of the bands playing, we created a Youtube playlist featuring a music video from each artist as well as a SoundCloud playlist with a track from each. Also, per usual, if you can't make it, our friends at Light & Noise will post some video footage afterward. Lastly, this event is an unofficial SXSW showcase, so there's no need for a badge or wristband to attend.


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#the city on film
#donovan wolfington
#field mouse
#the velvet teen
#wild ones
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Topshelf Records 2014 CMJ Showcase

This year we'll be teaming up with Washed Up Emo again in hosting our annual CMJ showcase at Brooklyn's wonderful Cameo Gallery. The free event will feature Connecticut's The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Michigan's Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), Brooklyn natives Field Mouse, Baltimore's Wildhoney and Connecticut's Sorority Noise.

Here's the line-up and info for the show:

Washed Up Emo Presents: Topshelf Records 2014 CMJ Showcase
@ Cameo Gallery // 93 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
October 24, 2014, 6:30pm // 21+ // free
Washed Up Emo DJ set: 11:30pm - 4:00am downstairs immediately following the show

  • The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die
  • Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
  • Field Mouse
  • Wildhoney
  • Sorority Noise

Here's the Facebook event page if that's your thing.


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#empire! empire! (i was a lonely estate)
#field mouse
#the world is a beautiful place & i am no longer afraid to die
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First ever Topshelf Records tour!!

When we started this label we never imagined that we'd be one day announcing our own "label" tour. At the end of the day, it's just a tour (albeit a really good one), but yeah, it feels nice to say. With that said, we're excited to announce our ~first ever~ Topshelf Records tour featuring A Great Big Pile of LeavesDiamond YouthPrawn & Field Mouse. Dates and info are below:

Also, we're teaming up with A to Z Media to offer attendees a free exclusive 7" record that'll have a track from each band on the tour. We've also partnered with New Noise Magazine to offer a bunch of free giveaways (keep your eyes peeled for those coming soon). Tickets are on sale now!

Thanks for the support and see you at the shows!!

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#diamond youth
#field mouse
#a great big pile of leaves
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