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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.
Enjoy...

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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Del Paxton // "Koolwink" Song Premiere

Stereogum just premiered "Koolwink" by Del Paxton, which they said "combines the smooth melodic sensibilities of mid-’90s emo with the more hook-minded approach."

Check out this first single from the band's upcoming full-length, All Day, Every Day, All Night.

Pre-orders are available through our storehere.

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Heat // "Lush" Music Video + Tour Dates

The music video for "Lush" by Heat premiered on Clrvynt and Chart Attack today!

Heat is also doing a bunch of tour dates early next year!

  • Feb. 2 — Montreal, QC @ Ritz PDB
  • Feb. 4 — Quebec, QC @ L’Anti
  • Feb. 8 — Ottawa, ON @ Dominion Tavern
  • Feb. 9 — Toronto, ON @ Baby G
  • Feb. 10 — London, ON @ NZK Palace
  • Feb. 11 — Guelph, ON @ Hillside Inside Festival
  • Feb. 12 — Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
  • Feb. 24 — Sherbrooke, QC @ La Petite Boite Noire
  • Mar. 4 — Saint-Hyacinthe, QC @ Zaricot
  • Mar. 8 — New Haven, CT @ BAR (w/ Navy Gangs)
  • Mar. 9 — New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (w/ Mercury Girls + Navy Gangs)
  • Mar. 10 — Baltimore, MD @ The Windup Space (w/ Mercury Girls + Navy Gangs)
  • Mar. 11 — Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 (w/ Navy Gangs)
  • Mar. 14 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 15 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 16 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 17 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 18 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 19 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Apr. 18 — St John, NB @ Callahans Pub
  • Apr. 19 — Sackville, NB @ Thunder & Lightning
  • Apr. 20 — Halifax, NS @ Seahorse Tavern
  • Apr. 21 — Fredericton, NB @ Flourish Festival
  • Apr. 22 — Moncton, NB @ Claude’s House

Tickets and more info

Pre-order their debut full-length.

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Enemies // 'Valuables' Out Now

Today we released the final album from Enemies – a band who we have had the joy of working with and are sad to see go. This being said, Valuables is the perfect swansong record which The Line of Best Fit called, "a sinewy collection of guitar-led gold, with flickering licks and soothing vocals brewed together."

Buy/stream Valuables through any of these outlets:

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CLIQUE // Wishful Thinking Music Video

Today The Key WXPN premiered CLIQUE's video for "Wishful Thinking" which was filmed and edited by Good Boy Audiovisual (another project of bassist Travis Arterburn).

They also have the following Philly shows coming up:

  • December 15th @ Everybody Hits
  • December 29th @ The Pharmacy
  • January 26th @ Johnny Brenda’s

Tickets and more info here.

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Oyama // Tour Dates with Foxing

In March-April of 2017, Oyama will be accompanying Foxing for 6 European tour dates!

  • March 13th: Glasgow UK @ Stereo
  • March 14th: Manchester, UK @ Deaf Insitutue
  • March 15th: Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
  • March 16th: London, UK @ Scala
  • March 17th: Leicester, UK @ Firebug
  • April 12th: Reykjavik, IS @ Hurra

Tickets and more info can be found HERE.

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Melt // Riffer Cassette

Riffer by MELT will be the 11th installment of our Cassette Series! Check out the full album streaming on GoldFlakePaint today before its official release this Friday.

You can pre-order the cassette on our US store now.

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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 is streaming 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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DANGERS // New Music Video + East Coast and European Tour Dates

After recently releasing their newest full-length, The Bend in the Break, DANGERS just put out a video for "Kiss With Spit". It was directed by Ricky Lesser and Mitch Wells and BrooklynVegan said it "matches the song’s pissed-off vibes."

The band also just announced East Coast and European dates:

EAST COAST:
12/26: NYC @ Shea Stadium
12/28: Montclair, NJ @ The Meat Locker
12/29: Wallingford, CT @ WAMLEG
12/30 (evening): Worcester, MA @ Distant Castle and
12/30 (night): Boston, MA @ Middle East
12/31 (matinee): Brooklyn, NY @ Gold Sounds

EUROPE w/ Swain:
1/2: London, UK @ Black Heart *just DANGERS
1/3: Cologne, DE @ Privat
1/4: Antwerp, BE @ Den Eglantier
1/5: Utrecht, NL @ Ekko
1/6: Berlin, DE @ Jugendklub Linse
1/7: Darmstadt, DE @ Oettinger Villa

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Topshelf Records // 2016 Label Sampler

In the past, we've compiled *mega* samplers of 60-90+ songs from varying artists and genres and geographies (i.e.: in 2014, 2013, etc.). These take SO much time to put together (securing permission from labels, managers and/or artists to use their songs, getting song files and info and cover art and then assembling everything into one cohesive piece) that I didn't even have time to put it together last year—and for the first time in our existence, we just didn't put out a sampler which was a major bummer. So this year, I selfishly took the easy route and created a sampler solely of music from Topshelf. We've made it available to you via several outlets for your convenience:

True to the roots and original intent that our previous samplers had of sharing and elevating great new music, here's a playlist I made of all of my current favorite songs on SoundCloud. We'll be updating it regularly.

Thanks for listening to, sharing and supporting independent music.

-Kevin, Seth, Danielle & Robbie

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