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My Heart To Joy "Reasons To Be" pre orders are up!

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Topshelf Records and My Heart To Joy. Like bread & butter, baby. After what seems like forever, Connecticut’s premiere pop-sensible twinkle daddies have some new material!

We are stoked to be announcing My Heart To Joy’s newest EP, Reasons To Be. The 3-song release was originally recorded this spring and is now finally being released. Reasons To Be is the band’s follow up to their critically acclaimed full length Seasons In Verse which was a joint release between ourselves and Asbestos Records last year. My Heart To Joy takes cues from Braid, Guided By Voices and Saves The Day on this release to produce their most clean sounding album yet.

The album will be available digitally and on vinyl. Vinyl is limited to 500 (100 White, 150 Light Blue, 250 Black) and each pre order comes with an immediate download of the album. We're also doing a test press contest wherein one lucky person who pre orders will receive a free test pressing of Reasons To Be. The digital version of Reasons To Be is available for purchase now at iTunes and other digital retailers.

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New Split EP's from We Were Skeletons

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Putting out records from your friends' bands is just the best! So, we're really extremely excited to announce that we will be releasing two brand new split EP's for Lancaster, PA's We Were Skeletons in early 2011. Topshelf released the band's latest full length self-titled effort in June of this year on both CD and vinyl.

Each EP will be a split with another band and released on digital and vinyl formats. The first EP released will be with Maryland's MИЩa (pronounced "mee-sh-uh") and will be a co-released effort between Black With Sap Records and Topshelf Records. The second EP will be shared with Boston's The Saddest Landscape and will be released solely by Topshelf Records. The Saddest Landscape released You Will Not Survive earlier this year as well as a split 9 inch with Pianos Become The Teeth.

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Free Compilation for a Tweet / Like!

Topshelf Records - Winter Compilation

Tweet For A Track?! Howabout 36?

It's been a rad year for us and now that it's winding down we're really excited to offer you a digital compilation chock full of awesome songs from some of our favorite bands, friends & family. as a way to kind of say, "Thanks".

Just tweet from this page and you'll unlock a download of the compilation and also receive a discount code good through January 1, 2011 on anything in our webstore.

Thanks for the great year and here's to plenty more! Happy Holidays, everyone!

-Seth & Kev (and our lowly intern, Matt)

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Caravels 7" pre-orders are up!

Pre-orders for the band's two-song 7" follow-up to Floorboards are now up! We have a few different package-deal xcombinations available along with several different color variants to choose from and even a trad shirt designed by our talented friend, Ben Sears (of Mountain Asleep fame). Lastly, every pre-order is automatically entered into a random drawing to win a free test press of the record.

Pick 'em up in the Topshelf store.

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Big Kids announce west coast dates with Algernon Cadwallader!

Attn: West Coast!

January. The two bands will be sharing a van and bringing about the fun times. Dates are below:

San Diego 1/4 @ Che Cafe
Chino 1/5 @ The Warehouse
Garden Grove 1/6 @ The Cabin
San Francisco 1/7 @ Adam n Clark's
Berkeley 1/8 @ Gilman St.
Santa Cruz 1/9 @ TBA
San Jose 1/10 @ Texas Toast
Santa Rosa 1/11 @ TBA
Arcata 1/12 (help)
Medford 1/13
Portland 1/14 @ TBA
Olympia 1/15 @ Chez Puget
Seattle 1/16 @ The Black Lodge
Portland 1/17 @ The Garfield House (Big Kids only)

There are a few TBAs and if anyone can help please email info@topshelf-records.com. If you'd like to set up an interview with either band, just let me know.

Algernon Cadwallader - http://www.myspace.com/algernoncadwallader
Big Kids - http://www.myspace.com/oaklandbigkids

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TWIABPAIANLATD - Tour dates & "Formlessness" pre-orders!

Today we are thrilled to announce that we’ve got The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die’s spectacular debut EP 7” Formlessness now available for pre-order here.

Released earlier this year and taking some not-so-obvious cues from the likes of trail blazers like Sunny Day Real Estate or American Football, Formlessness plays like every record we love — but never quite just ONE in particular — and that’s our favorite part about it. The band has grabbed hold of classic moments like the more spastic buildups on a Kickball record or even the quieter lulls of Slint’s Spiderland in an entirely fresh and down-right invigorating direction. With the release of Formlessness, TWIABP are quickly joining the ranks of their peers like Annabel and Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate).

We’re ecstatic to be offering this record on vinyl. The first twenty-five orders will receive a FREE 2 song cassette titled “Josh Is Dead” and one random pre order will receive a free test press of the record with their order.

The band will be hitting the road at the end of the month in support of the release with the following dates:

Dec 26, 2010 - Bethlehem, PA (US) @ Fountain Hill American Legion - Street Smart Cyclist Reunion w/ Street Smart Cyclist, Algernon Cadwallader & Slingshot Dakota
Dec 30, 2010 - New Haven, CT (US) @ The Cookie Jar w/ Castevet, Snowing & Stay Ahead of the Weather
Dec 31, 2010 - Philadelphia, PA (US) @ The Fire w/ Everyone Everywhere, Castevet & Stay Ahead of the Weather
Jan 1, 2011 - Akron, OH (US) @ It's a Kling Thing House w/ Castevet & Stay Ahead of the Weather
Jan 2, 2011 - Grand Rapids, MI (US) @ The Turtle Den
Jan 3, 2011 - Kalamazoo, MI (US) @ The No Fun House w/ The Reptilian & Black Churches
Jan 5, 2011 - Columbus, OH (US) @ Monster House

We hope you're all as excited about this as we are!

Keep your heads up,
-Seth & Kev

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Weekend Sale / WWS Red Bull Contest / Talons LP's

It’s Thanksgiving here in the States and most people are filling themselves up with Turkey (or tofurkey) and finding the nearest couch to fall asleep on. It’s also a time where a 30 minute drive will take an hour and you get to remember why you love (and can’t stand) members of your family. But, it’s also a time when we’re supposed to remember what we are thankful for. SO! From the bottom of our hearts, to all of our friends and everyone who we still haven’t met, THANK YOU for such an awesome year.

As a way of saying thanks we have launched a sale on our webstore. Every order from now until the end of the day on Monday (this includes Black Friday and Cyber Monday, people!) you can save 25% on EVERYTHING in our webstore. Just use the code TSR25 when you go to check out. We are also trying to add a few new items to the store through out the weekend and have restocked a few others, so be sure to keep checking back. Click the image below to start shoppin’.

Topshelf Records Black Friday / Cyber Monday Weekend Sale

We are also very excited to announce the Grand Prize winner of the Grown Ups contest that we teamed up with Absolutepunk.net to do. Congratulations Aaron Schiffelbein, your prize pack of a More Songs Test Press, LP, CD, and Screen Printed Poster is in the mail and on it’s way to you.

We Were Skeletons were the winners of a recent Red Bull contest. This means that they are going to be opening for Thursday at their new year’s eve show on December 30th at the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey. Everyone be sure to say congrats to the band. Those dudes deserve it!

In some other news, we should be shipping out the Talons Pre Orders very soon. There was a slight set back in production at the pressing plant but we should have them in our hands shortly. There are still a few 3 LP packs left which includes one of each color LP. The black version will ONLY be available from the band, so if you don’t live in the UK or Europe you might want to snag that while we still have some.

We are going to have some news about new records coming soon. Be on the look out and follow us on Twitter!

Talk soon,

Seth and Kev

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Grown Ups More Songs IN STORES TODAY

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Did you pre order your copy of Grown Ups' More Songs? If not, no worries! The album is in stores today and FYE has the album for only $9.99 in all locations. Here's a list:

AMAZON.COM
AMOEBA - HOLLYWOOD
AMOEBA - SAN FRANCISCO
ANGELO'S CD'S & TAPES
BAKER & TAYLOR
BEAT, THE
BULL MOOSE MUSIC
CAMELOT MUSIC
COCONUTS
DEARBORN MUSIC CO.
DIMPLE RECORDS
DISC EXCHANGE, INC., THE
EARSHOT
EVERYDAY MUSIC
FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT
GRAYWHALE
IMPACT MUSIC
INDEPENDENT RECORDS & VIDEO
INTERPUNK INC
J&R ELECTRONICS, INC.
JACK'S MUSIC SHOPPE
MAD PLATTER  
MANIFEST CHARLOTTE
MELODY RECORD SHOP
MUSIC MILLENNIUM
NEWBURY COMICS INC
PARK AVE/HALFAMAN
PERMANENT RECORDS INC
PHILLIPS ENTERPRISES/SCHOOLKIDS
PRINCETON RECORD EXCHANGE
RAND FOSTER & K. J FOSTER / FINGERPRINTS
RASPUTIN - BERKELEY
RASPUTIN - CAMPBELL
RASPUTIN - FRESNO
RASPUTIN - MOUNTAIN VIEW
RASPUTIN - PLEASANT HILL
RASPUTIN - SAN FRANCISCO
RASPUTIN - SAN LORENZO
RASPUTIN - STOCKTON
RASPUTIN - VALLEJO
RECORD AND TAPE TRADERS
RECORD EXCHANGE
RECORD TOWN INC
REVHQ.COM
RHINO RECORDS
RIO WEST MALL
SALZER'S MERCANTILE
SAM GOODY
SECOND SPIN
SILVER PLATTERS
SOUND GARDEN
SPIN STREET
STREET RECORDS
TWIST & SHOUT
ZIA RECORD EXCHANGE

Don't see your favorite store on this list? Ask them for it or email us info@topshelf-records.com!

We are also pumped to announce the the winner for the Test Press Contest from our pre order is Francesco Calabrese from Orlando Florida, your test press is on the way!

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The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die Join Topshelf

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We are extremely excited that The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die has joined Topshelf. We will be releasing a 7" titled Formlessness near the end of the year. For now, stream their EP here and visit them on Facebook here.

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