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Giraffes? Giraffes! // Memory Lame (Realized)

Today we are releasing a special treat from the raucous and wildly influential duo GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES!, entitled Memory Lame (Realized).

In the band's words:

HEY MUSIC NERDS AND OTHER AESTHETIC COMPLETISTS! Want to know a secret? :D Our album MEMORY LAME is really one continuous piece of music! We broke it up to be more easily absorbed- but every movement locks into the next for an immersive aural experience. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of its release, Topshelf Records let us reassemble the monster and is digitally releasing our original vision as: Memory Lame (Realized)

To honor this anniversary of the original release, Memory Lame, all variants of the album in our store will be 20% off from today, April 26, through Sunday, April 28. The discount will be automatically applied in your cart.

Part autobiography, part fiction, Memory Lame (Realized) is a hallucinatory story and soundtrack about the mind. How we perceive and remember, unwittingly absorb, and accidentally appropriate.

Originally released in the form of six tracks composed of 37 chapters, Memory Lame is being re-released in its true form: one continuous piece of music! It follows an incident on a beach, where our narrator is bound on a labyrinthine adventure traveling back through memories, time, and space. It's a journey that examines existence, explores universal themes, and is laced with musical and literary references.

Amazingly produced and performed by just two people, GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES! harmonize guitars, drums, loops, pedals, and vocals to create a surreal musical landscape. Filled with orchestral-style movements, the music seamlessly flows from post-rock to math-rock, from drones to dream pop. The sheer scope of this wildly textured album, steeped in evocative beauty, proves to be an attention-commanding cerebral experience. This is Memory Lame (Realized).

» Stream Memory Lame (Realized) today on your favorite platform.

art by Kenneth Topham

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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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