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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Ratboys // New Album "GN" Announced, Song Premiere on The Fader, Tour Dates with PWR BTTM & Pet Symmetry

AOID, the debut album from Chicago’s Ratboys, holds a special place in my mental music library. When I first heard it, it wasn’t out yet, and was shared with me via a link through a mutual friend. Even in the sterile environment of a SoundCloud private stream, I became captivated with the storytelling of Julia Steiner’s lyrics and how they pair seamlessly with the exceptional playing and creative leads concocted by Guitarist Dave Sagan. I immediately found myself scrounging the internet for other material from the duo (and was not disappointed). I was emailing them later that day—sometimes you just know.

AOID quickly became one of my favorite albums and Ratboys one of my favorite bands. I now count them among my good friends and have seen them perform dozens and dozens of times all around the world. They’re a truly special band and wonderful people that we’re thrilled to be working with.

Today we’re excited to announce that we will be releasing the band’s new album GNon CD, cassette, vinyl & digitally on June 30th. Pre-orders are available now as well as the first taste of the new album in the form of lead single “Control”—it’s streaming now over on The Fader.

There’s an airy, almost leisurely charm about Ratboys’ music that they’re somehow able to conjure time and time again. GN continues this trend beautifully and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Catch the band on tour (and playing some new songs!) this spring and summer—dates and info are below and tickets are on sale now.

  • 05.26.17 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s %
  • 05.27.17 - Howell, MI @ Bled Fest %
  • 05.28.17 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s %
  • 05.30.17 - Boston, MA @ Middle East %
  • 05.31.17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right %
  • 06.01.17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle %
  • 06.30.17 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's (Record release show)
  • 07.25.17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
  • 07.27.17 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird #
  • 07.29.17 - Chicago, IL @ Wicker Park Fest
  • 07.30.17 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's #

% = w/ Pet Symmetry
# = w/ PWR BTTM

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Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) // "A Keepsake" Music Video

Today, Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) put out their very first music video—and it's amazing. "A Keepsake" premiered via BrooklynVegan, where you can read all about what inspired the style of this incredible video, which was animated by the talented Jeremy Lowther.

The track is from You Will Eventually Be Forgotten, the band's last LP before calling it quits.

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mouse on the keys // European Tour Dates

In just a few weeks, mouse on the keys will be traveling to Europe for a co-headlining tour with Mutiny on the Bounty! Since the release of their EP Out Of Body, the band has been doing some serious touring, covering Canada, the US, and now Europe!

  • April 28 – Luxembourg, LX @ Rotondes
  • April 29 – Liege, BE @ Kultura
  • April 30 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
  • May 1 – London, UK @ Rich Mix
  • May 3 – Wurzburg, DE @ Cairo
  • May 5 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vera
  • May 6 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotov
  • May 8 – Prague, CZ @ Underdogs Ballroom
  • May 9 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine Am Berghain
  • May 11 – Duisburg, DE @ Grammatikoff
  • May 12 – Mainz, DE @ Schon Schoen

Visit this page for tour info and ticket links.

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tricot // "DeDeDe" Track Stream and Album Pre-Order

We finally get to share tricot's new single "DeDeDe" with you today! It just premiered via GoldFlakePaint, who said the track is "a gleaming three-and-a-half minutes that bends and bursts and delivers a thrilling sense of brightness that will have you clamouring for the repeat button." It will take you on a journey through lively vocal harmonies and varying time signatures that make for an incredibly unique song with a catchy, upbeat vibe.

Listen to "DeDeDe" via GoldFlakePaint.

Pre-order for all formats of the upcoming album 3 here.

We are teaming up with our friends at Big Scary Monsters, who will be handling the UK/European release of the album.

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No Vacation // West Coast Tour Dates

In a couple months, No Vacation will be doing a run of tour dates with The Bilinda Butchers! This will be the band's first time touring the West Coast, so be sure to catch them on any of the following dates:

  • 5/27 - Davis, CA @ Sudwerks Berwery *
  • 5/31 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern *
  • 6/3 - Fresno, CA @ Strummers
  • 6/5 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
  • 6/7 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
  • 6/8 - Santa Barbara, CA @ USSB-KCSB The Courtyard
  • 6/9 - San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop

*No Vacation only

Tickets and more info available here.

No Vacation is one of the most recent addition to our roster, and we are so excited to get to share their music with y'all! In case you missed it, they put out a new single at the beginning of the month called "Mind Fields", which perfectly accompanies the warm spring weather. You can stream it on Spotify now.

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Slingshot Dakota // 7" and Tour Announcement

Today, Slingshot Dakota premiered a new track entitled "Grudge"! It's part of a two song 7" called Broken to be released on Friday, which will be joint release from us and Specialist Subject Records. You can purchase your own copy now. Slingshot stay true to their meaningful lyrics and catchy instrumentals with this song, which DIY magazine called "melodic and crushing in equal parts, and reaches a thunderous climax, with bucketloads of dissatisfaction being spat out."

Additionally, the band will be heading oversees in May for a run of UK dates with Petal!

  • May 6: Bristol - Deadpunk Special
  • May 8: Manchester - Retro Bar
  • May 9: Glasgow - Hug & Pint
  • May 10: Leeds - Wharf Chambers
  • May 11: Nottingham - JT Soar
  • May 12: Southampton - Joiners
  • May 13: London - DIY Space For London
  • May 14: Brighton - The Hope

Purchase tickets and get more info here.

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mouse on the keys // 'Out of Body' Available Today!

Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, mouse on the keys is a band that truly transcends genres. Their latest release is out today – Out of Body is an EP that will redefine how you think of math-rock. When premiering it, The AV Club said, "there’s a simple beauty in the trio’s music, as piano, keys, and drums coalesce into something experimental, yet wholly digestible."

Want to grab a copy of your own? Head over to any of these places and treat yourself with an EP that's anything but boring.

Out of Body will be available on vinyl this Friday. Use this link to locate a record store in your area that carries it.

mouse on the keys will also be touring North America throughout the upcoming months. Tickets and more info are available now.

  • Feb 16 - St-Hyacinthe, QC @ Le Zaricot
  • Feb 17 - Sherbrooke, QC @ Centre culturel de l’Université de Sherbrooke
  • Feb 22 - Jonquière, QC @ Café-Théâtre Coté-Cour
  • Feb 23 - Québec, QC @ Le Cercle
  • Feb 24 - Shawinigan, QC @ Maison de la culture Francais-Brisson
  • Feb 25 - Trois-Rivières, Qc @ Centre culturel Pauline-Julien
  • Mar 1 - Rimouski, QC @ Espace Scène da la salle de spectacles Desjardins-Télus
  • Mar 2 - Carleton, QC @ Quai des arts de Carleton - Maximum 90
  • Mar 4 - Cap-aux-Meules, QC (Iles de la Madeleine) @ Pas Perdu
  • Mar 7 - Saint Catharines, ON @ Robertson Theatre | FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
  • Mar 8 - Toronto, ON @ Harbourfront Centre Theatre
  • Mar 9 - Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod Bebblebrox
  • Mar 10 - Montréal, QC @ L’Astral (Montréal en Lumière)
  • Mar 11 - Joliette, QC @ La Mitaine
  • March 13, 2017 - Detroit @ The Loving Touch *
  • March 14, 2017 - Chicago @ Lincoln Hall *
  • March 16, 2017 - Baltimore @ Baltimore Soundstage *
  • March 17, 2017 Philadelphia @ Boot & Saddle *
  • March 18, 2017 - New York @ (le) posisson rouge *
  • March 19, 2017 - Boston @ The Sinclair *

*with LITE

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Heat // 'Overnight' Out Now!

We are absolutely thrilled to finally get to share Heat's debut LP, Overnight, with the world! It is officially out everywhere today and the feedback has already been amazing. Co-produced by the talented Alex Newport (Death Cab, ATDI), it has gained the attention of Bandcamp, who selected it as their "Album of the Day" on January 9th, saying, "every song on Overnight is immaculately constructed; big, pealing guitars kick out unapologetically melodic leads, basslines roam anxiously among thumping percussion, Sharma seethes and sneers; every element joins forces for soaring, Pretty in Pink choruses."

You can grab your copy through any of these retailers:

In case you missed it, Heat is taking off on a North American tour in a couple weeks – tickets are available now and check out the dates below.

  • 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 @ Foam Dome ~
  • 02.11.17 – Guelph, ON @ Hillside Inside Festival
  • 02.12.17 – Hamilton, ON @ Casbah ~
  • 02.24.17 – Sherbrooke, QC @ La Petite Boite Noire
  • 02.25.17 – Alma @ Cafe du Clocher
  • 03.03.17 – Trois-Rivières @ Cafe Frida
  • 03.04.17 – Saint-Hyacinthe, QC @ Zaricot
  • 03.08.17 – New Haven, CT @ BAR ^
  • 03.09.17 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
  • 03.10.17 – Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space *
  • 03.11.17 – Raleigh, NC @ Local 506 ^
  • 03.13.17 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 ^
  • 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 #

~ w/ Twist
* w/ Mercury Girls + Navy Gangs
^ w/ Navy Gangs
# w/ Jon McKiel

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H A U N T E R & Eskimeaux // 2016 Cassette Subscription Series

Happy to announce the conclusion of our 2016 cassette subscription series with H A U N T E R’s STARTER / HAUNTER and Eskimeaux’s Year of the Rabbit!

For those unfamiliar, H A U N T E R (fka You Always Knew Me Last Week) is the sample-based electroacoustic music project of drummer/musician Sander Bryce (formerly of I Kill Giants). Fun fact: Sander was one of the first interns ever at Topshelf and we both had no idea what we were doing!

The release of this cassette consists of two separate EPs STARTER, which Bryce initially introduced via Bandcamp in September as “the ‘starter’ to a big meal” and HAUNTER which Bryce describes as:

Haunter is the pain and sorrow of the past, present, and future.
It is a tragedy of the human experience.
We are either the haunter, the haunted, or sometimes both.
Pain can be an endless cycle.
This is my attempt at ending the cycle and starting over.
I hope these songs are the only thing that will haunt the listener.

Eskimeaux’s Gabby Smith has quickly become one of our favorite songwriters. Her 2015 LP O.K. was a monumental album of beat-driven and poetic bedroom pop that blissfully soars and swells on nearly every track.

Year of the Rabbit (originally released on CD, vinyl and digitally via Double Double Whammy earlier this year) is a collection of songs recorded live Smith and friends, Emily Sprague and Felix Walworth. The record is the first to showcase the sound of Eskimeaux's live band as its primary sonic touchstone, replacing the highly produced and overdubbed sound of Smith's earlier records with a more immediate, naturally produced sound.

Pre-orders for both releases are available now and you can now peruse both the entire monthly series and the artists that comprise it.

Thank you for listening!

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