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Bellows // "Rosebush" Official Music Video and Interview with Lillie West (Lala Lala)

Yesterday the new video for Bellows's "Rosebush" was premiered at Talkhouse alongside an extensive, wonderfully in-depth conversation between Oliver Kalb (Bellows) and Lillie West (Lala Lala). The pair's conversation touched on creative processes, songwriting, and their shared affinity for the band Why?. Enjoy the video below with a few words from Oliver about the origins of "Rosebush."

Bellows will be on tour this summer with Gabby's World, which will include a rare run of west coast dates. Make sure to mark your calendars!

"The song "Rosebush" is basically about being an artist," explains Oliver Kalb, frontperson and principal songwriter of the project known as Bellows. As with much of Kalb's recent record, The Rose Gardener, "Rosebush" explores the doubled-edges of artmaking, revealing uncomfortable self-truths in pursuit of beauty and happiness. Kalb elaborates on this concept as "a big romantic extended metaphor about pursuing beauty despite the pain it can bring — I'm chasing this rose monster through the woods, trying my hardest to get to it, but it's kind of unattainable. At the end of the video I just become a rose myself, a creature indistinguishable from the inspiration I'm trying to chase."

Directed by Dan Shure of Charly Bliss, the video follows Kalb's portrayal of his album's eponymous character and a sentient rosebush. Inspired in part by the characters of Noel Fielding, the rosebush character is meant to "tread a line between being funny and being sort of horrifying."

Having always admired Charly Bliss for making theatrical, narrative-led music videos, pairing up with Dan Shure was the perfect opportunity to capture this sort of fun, larger-than-life energy that could act as a further extension of the central metaphor of "Rosebush," encapsulating the complicated intersections of inspiration and output. As Kalb confesses, "it can feel that way to be an artist sometimes, like after you fall deeply into art for enough time, there's no essential person you are anymore outside of your relentless pursuit of something beautiful or meaningful."

Ultimately, this pursuit may boil down to a persisting sense of childlike wonderment with the world, chasing sensations as they come and go, growing simply through trial and error. Perhaps this is what Kalb alludes to in the coda of "Rosebush," singing, "like a child I need these roses / though thorns enclose them / I reach out my hand and try to hold."

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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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Bellows // 2019 Summer Tour with Gabby's World

The pop-inclined bedroom recording project Bellows will be on an extensive tour this summer with frequent collaborators Gabby's World. The two Brooklyn-based groups don't often make it out to the west coast, so if you're near the Pacific it's a rare chance to catch these two amazing bands. Check the dates below to make sure you'll be able to witness songs from the recently released The Rose Gardener preformed live with a full band.

  • July 07, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto
  • July 08, 2019 - Detroit, MI @ Outer Limits
  • July 09, 2019 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
  • July 10, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN @ Kitty Cat Klub
  • July 11, 2019 - Omaha, NE @ OutrSpaces
  • July 14, 2019 - Missoula, MT @ Ten Spoon Winery
  • July 15, 2019 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
  • July 16, 2019 - Corvallis, OR @ TBD
  • July 17, 2019 - Arcata, CA @ Outer Space
  • July 18, 2019 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
  • July 19, 2019 - Santa Cruz, CA @ SubRosa
  • July 20, 2019 - Stockton, CA @ Blackwater Cafe
  • July 21, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA @ Morrocan
  • July 23, 2019 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
  • July 25, 2019 - Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
  • July 26, 2019 - Dallas, TX @ Transit Bicycle Co.
  • July 28, 2019 - Gainesville, FL @ TBD
  • July 29, 2019 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub
  • July 30, 2019 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
  • July 31, 2019 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle Backroom
  • August 01, 2019 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
  • August 02, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
  • August 03, 2019 - Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom

» Find tickets for a gig near you

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Us and Us Only // Two Songs

Today we're elated to share a small release from Baltimore's Us and Us Only, aptly titled Two Songs.

» Stream it everywhere and anywhere today, and read more about the special release below.

In avoidance of keeping quiet ahead of their next LP, 2019’s Two Songs shows Us and Us Only occupying a space touched upon on their 2017 album, Full Flower, with an alternate, more atmospheric cut of “My Mouth.” This take trades the original version's undeniable grooves for warm distortion, old Casio keyboards, and simplistically programmed beats. Listeners may hear something akin to Smog taking a shot at Under the Western Freeway-era Grandaddy.

Two Songs also features a remix of “Veiled / Forming” by White Wreath (Han Offman of High Bloom). The song, initially conceived to be more Jon Brion than Burial, is given a soft-industrial makeover fit for the first signs of Spring.

If Full Flower was the band’s best impression of waking up to (and running out of) a house on fire, grabbing what means the most to them on the way out, Two Songs is coming home to see what’s left in the mess of it all.

art by Nick Hughes

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Elephant Gym // Audiotree Live

While on their recent tour through the US, Elephant Gym graced the Audiotree Live studio with an absolutely dizzying performance. The session shows the trio's talents in full bloom, featuring a setlist that spans the band's entire catalog, starting off with the agile and unpredictable title track from their most recent record, Underwater. Watch the whole performance and interview below, or save it for later on your favorite streaming platform.

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Special Explosion // New "Gig Gab" Out Now!

A new episode of "Gig Gab" with very special guest Special Explosion is up on the Topshelf 'Tube today! Press play, sit back, and catch up with the Seattle four-piece as we talk recording the new album, touring, Isaac Brock, and the bands they're listening to these days.


Like what you hear? Listen to their latest release To Infinity.

Want even more? Check out Pitchfork's review of the new full-length.

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LITE // New Track, "Zone," and UK Tour

Today we're thrilled to share the latest from the prolific group LITE, with a premiere over at The Line of Best Fit. The track, "Zone," is the B side off the upcoming 7", entitled Blizzard, to be released digitally just ahead of an 8 day jaunt in the UK. You can pre-order the record today, just over here.

Blizzard showcases the band's renowned style of cinematic, melodically rampant math rock. Side A explores a host of stylistic influences, with skittering call-and-response guitars building over an electronic drum loop into a shimmering climax that consumes the listener like a blizzard. B side, "Zone," returns to the signature urgency of LITE, crashing straight into a breakneck, noodling ostinato that perfectly captures the group's cinematic style of composition. Check out the tour dates below.

  • September 13, 2018 - Ebisu, Japan @ Ebisu Liquid Room
  • September 27, 2018 - Shibuya, Japan @ Unknown venue
  • October 08, 2018 - Bristol, UK @ Exchange
  • October 09, 2018 - Manchester, UK @ The Ruby Lounge
  • October 10, 2018 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
  • October 11, 2018 - Belfast, UK @ Foundry
  • October 12, 2018 - Dublin, Ireland @ Bello Bar
  • October 13, 2018 - Sheffield, UK @ The Foundry Sheffield
  • October 14, 2018 - London, UK @ The Garage

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Clearance // At Your Leisure

Your Summer soundtrack is officially here – Clearance''s album At Your Leisure is out now! Yesterday's premiere with BrooklynVegan described this album as "a breezy, enjoyable listen" and included some words from the band's Mike Bellis (vocalist and songwriter) about the process behind their latest musical creation.

Stream or buy it on your favorite music platform here or purchase a physical copy.

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Giraffes? Giraffes! // "Hug of Death" Music Video

A psychedelic new video from the guitar and drums duo Giraffes? Giraffes! premiered on Fecking Bahamas today! "Hug of Death" was the first single from the band's masterpiece of a record, Memory Lame, and the video features a spooky image of death taking souls by hugging every person he sees. It was filmed and edited by the talented Lindsey Topham, putting a story behind a track with no lyrics but tons of energy.


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Ratboys // Music Video for "Figure"

This new video for "Figure" by Ratboys features a claymation project that took artist Bayley White 6 months to complete and tells a story of Julia, the band's lead singer, embarking on an array of exciting adventures. The video premiered on NPR Music, who chatted with the band on all the details what went into the song and video.


"Figure" is off of Ratboys' recent EP, GL, which you can purchase here.

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