Elephant Gym // Balance, Angle, and Work on Vinyl

We are so excited to add yet another powerhouse of a band to our roster! We are working with Taiwan-based math-rock band, Elephant Gym, to put their releases Balance, Angle, and Work on vinyl for the first time ever! You can pre-order your copy here -

If you've already purchased our 2018 label subscription, you'll be receiving these releases as soon as they are available.

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Queen of Jeans // Welcome to the Roster!

We are proud to announce that we will be working with Philly-based band, Queen of Jeans on to release their upcoming LP in early 2018! We are so excited about this album and can't wait to share more info with y'all. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

Queen of Jeans will be playing some shows in the Northeast at the beginning of next year – with select dates supporting Balance and Composure!

1/5 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church* (Sold Out)
1/5 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle #
1/6 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*
1/7 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair*

* w/ Balance & Composure
# w/ Madlean Gauze, Louie Louie, Empath


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Gingerlys // New Album + Single

Happy first day of Fall everyone! We are thrilled to announce that we are teaming up with Babe City Records to release Gingerlys' upcoming S/T album on November 17th! Today, you can listen to the first single "Turtledoves" on SpotifyThe Fader said the track's vocals "soar over a melodic dream-rock soundscape."

You can pre-order the album today through any of these retailers –

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Announcing Six New Titles in Our Cassette Series

Last year we launched our first ever subscription—the idea was simple: a new cassette every month, for the whole calendar year. It was a lot of fun to curate and put together, but also pretty stressful to have to deliver something new every 30 days. Going into 2017, we decided to shelve the monthly subscription aspect (one subscription at a time here, people) but to ultimately keep the series going. So today we are very excited to announce the first half of the 2017 iteration of our cassette series!!

Featuring musicians from all over both stylistically and geographically, the series represents some of the most exciting music we’ve come across. Below is some background and a link to listen for each release.

Thanks for listening!!

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Heat // Album Announcement + Tour Dates

We are so excited to be working with Heat to release their debut LP, Overnight on January 20th! BrooklynVegan premiered the single, "Lush" today and said, "the LP finds them expanding their atmospheric VU/JAMC-influenced postpunk sound into poppier territory."

Pre-order Overnight

In addition to the M for Montreal Festival in their hometown, the band will be touring Canada and heading to SXSW early next year:

  • 11.19.16 – Montreal, QC @ Matahari (M for Montreal)
  • 02.02.17 – Montreal, QC @ Ritz PDB
  • 02.04.17 – Quebec, QC @ L’Anti
  • 02.08.17 – Ottawa, ON @ Dominion Tavern
  • 02.09.17 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
  • 02.10.17 – London, ON @ NZK Palace
  • 02.11.17 – Guelph, ON @ Hillside Inside Festival
  • 02.12.17 – Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
  • 02.24.17 – Sherbrooke, QC @ La Petite Boite Noire
  • 03.04.17 – Saint-Hyacinthe, QC @ Zaricot
  • 03.14.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.15.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.16.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.17.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.18.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.19.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 04.18.17 – St John, NB @ Callahans Pub
  • 04.19.17 – Sackville, NB @ Thunder & Lightning
  • 04.20.17 – Halifax, NS @ Seahorse Tavern
  • 04.21.17 – Fredericton, NB @ Flourish Festival
  • 04.22.17 – Moncton, NB @ Claude’s House

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No Joy // New "Drool Sucker" EP, UK & European Tour, Select Dates with White Lung

Montreal's shoegazey No Joy is releasing their new EP, Drool Sucker on July 15th! The band will also be heading over to the UK and Europe to play a handful of dates with White Lung – info and dates are below. Exciting things are happening – stay tuned!!

*** = w/ White Lung

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CLIQUE // New LP in early 2016

Very psyched to welcome CLIQUE to our roster and announce that we'll be releasing a new LP from them early in 2016! The band got our attention last year in releasing their fantastic self-titled debut last year (which is currently available for pay-what-you-want download on bandcamp — or get it on vinyl from Broken World Media). Later this fall the band will return to The Headroom, the studio owned by Joe Reinhart (Algernon Cadwallader, Hop Along) and Kyle Pulley (Dangerous Ponies, Thin Lips) in November to record their TBA sophomore album.

CLIQUE joins Nai Harvest, Donovan Wolfington, Wildhoney, Infinity Girl, Solids, and Lizard Kisses on Thursday, October 15th for our CMJ Showcase at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn. The show is free, all ages, and is first-come, first-served. RSVP here.

Thanks!! ^_____^

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Infinity Girl // Topshelf Records

It is with a great deal of excitement that we share with you the news that we'll be working with Brooklyn, NY's Infinity Girl in releasing their sophomore full length album Harm on August 28, 2015! Stereogum is currently premiering the album's first single, "Firehead", calling it a "a lush, emotive piece of work" (and we can only agree). Pre-orders for Harm are also now up.

We were first introduced to the band by way of a demo they sent us. It was the first time I can ever remember being sent an unsolicited demo that completely floored me. We wrote back almost immediately to inquire about hearing the rest of the album. The songs on Harm cover a lot of sonic ground over their 11-song traversal of pop, shoe gaze and punk, but as a whole, feel like one incredibly cohesive piece. We're very excited about this band and album.

Have a listen to the new single over on Stereogum and be sure to listen to their prior releases on bandcamp. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the album now or give them a follow on Facebook and Twitter.


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Happy Diving // Topshelf Records

We are completely elated to announce that we are working with Happy Diving to release a new 7" titled So Bunted on July 17! For the uninitiated, the band has members in Seattle and the Bay Area and invokes comparisons to bands like Dinosaur Jr or peers like California X, Ovlov and Milk Music. I gushed about their debut full length album Big World last year to anyone that would listen (released by the absurdly wonderful Father/Daughter Records) as it's an album that completely took me by surprise and became my defacto life-soundtrack. The band's new two-song 7” was recorded in just four hours at The Atomic Garden in East Palo Alto, CA, with the help of producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Whirr) and sees the band channeling their frenzied energy and deafening and vivacious live shows into two magnificently sludgy pop songs. The track listing, cover art and pre-order notification sign up are all up now!

In addition to the new material, the band will also be touring with friends Never Young on the following July west coast dates:

  • 7/15 - Oakland, CA @ One Fam
  • 7/17 - Portland, OR @ TBA
  • 7/18 - Olympia, WA @ TBA
  • 7/19 - Seattle, WA @ Office Space
  • 7/20 - Vancouver, BC @ TBA
  • 7/21 - Victoria, BC @ Mirancave
  • 7/23 - Santa Rosa, CA @ Atlas Coffee
  • 7/24 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA
  • 7/25 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
  • 7/26 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
  • 7/27 - Corona, CA @ Sinbad's

You can keep up with Happy Diving on FacebookTwitter and give them a listen on Bandcamp.


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Ratboys // Topshelf Records

There's something really amazing about hearing music from a band you've never heard of for the first time and having it instantly resonate — so much so that you need to hear more of it. It's the kind of feeling that keeps me excited every day about music and why we will always love our "jobs" here at ~Topshelf Records, Inc.~. Without a doubt, my favorite thing about running a record label is taking that excitement and occasionally getting to share it with all of you. Today we're doing that in the form of Chicago's Ratboys.

Upon first hearing their "Space Blows" and "Have a Heart" singles on bandcamp (which are both available for free download, btw), I was instantly floored by their seemingly effortless knack for integrating wonderful melodies with thoughtful song structure. If you need a reference point here, think classics like Mirah, Okkervil River, Rilo Kiley or Wye Oak meeting somewhere with more contemporary acts like Waxahatchee or even Hop Along at their quieter moments. Which is to say, this is a band we are very, very excited about!

The band have a new full length album recorded — their first. It's titled AOID and we will be releasing it on cassette and digitally on June 9, 2015 with the band releasing it next week on CD (catch them at one of their upcoming shows to get a copy!). A vinyl release is in the works for the fall. To give you a taste in the meantime though, we've got the second track on the album called "Tixis" premiering over on BrooklynVegan right now — have a listen! Cover art, track list and pre-order notification sign-ups for the album are also all now up.

Lastly, if you live on the east coast, be sure to catch the band on their upcoming tour! Dates and info are below:

(if you can help with any of the TBAs, please reach out to talktoratboys [at]gmail [dot] com — thanks!!)

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