Topshelf Records 2013 Official CMJ Showcase // #tsrCMJ
We always try and make CMJ a really fun time, but this year's gonna be something else. We're getting The Jazz June to reunite, you guys!! A hugely influential band for this genre / niche, If you listen to most anything we've ever released, this band can almost assuredly be indirectly or even directly credited for it. We're honored and thrilled to have them onboard for this. Also playing will be Enemies (coming all the way from Ireland, no less), Caravels, Have Mercy & a very special ~yet-to-be-named~ guest.
After the show, and between sets, Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo fame will be DJing only the best of the best tunes.
We'll also have an exclusive, limited Edition 7-inch record for everyone in attendance featuring "Hundred Years" by Caravels and a previously unreleased song from Prawn.
Perhaps my favorite thing about running a record label is that we're music fans and geek out about this shit just as much as anyone else. So weeks like this are just the best, y'know?!
We premiered two new songs today. Two really, really, really good songs. Do yourself a favor if you've got a few minutes:
Tigers Jaw is going out with a bang — they've got a full US tour with our favorites, Pianos Become the Teeth, and a monster of a split that we occasionally can't believe actually is even happening. I know Tigers Jaw aren't fans of punctuation, but this one puts an exclamation point to the end of a great run.
Listen to their new song "Fake Death" below and pre-order their split with Code Orange Kids, Self Defense Family and The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Diein our store.
Weatherbox is a band that's a household name in our office. This band can do no wrong. They're underrated and underappreciated but there's absolutely no way that trend'll continue if they keep pumping out songs like this (and they always do and always will, so yeah). If you're a fan of the Topshelf catalog but not familiar with this band, I implore you to take a moment and give this song a listen — you're gonna like it.
In a niche where bands come and go (see above ): ), these guys are journeymen with absolutely no quit. They've been at this forever and just keep getting better. They'll be out on tour this summer with The Front Bottoms and I can't properly convey enough to you to make it out to a show and see them if you get the opportunity — they're great.
Lastly, the newest and youngest band on our roster, Have Mercy, premiered a new track from their debut full length album this week and it is — by all accounts — incredible. Melodies and hooks for days, you guys. They'll be at BLED Fest next month... schedule accordingly, people.
I'm not the only one who loves it:
“…Shimmering cascades of guitar noise and harrowing vocals. We’ve been playing it on repeat for so long that our friends are starting to worry.”
“…an emotional powerhouse that’ll remind you why you fell in love with music in the first place.”
Recorded at The Magpie Cage in their hometown with indie icon J. Robbins producing, the 10-track album finds the band expanding on the powerful, yet melodic sounds they cultivated on 2012’s My Oldest Friend EP.
Have Mercy to record debut LP with J. Robbins // touring with Dads this December
Having just wrapped up a tour in support of The Jealous Sound, Baltimore, MD's Have Mercy will be hitting the road with Dads this winter. Dates are below:
Dec 5th Alexandria VA @ Little Man's Garage
Dec 6th Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Dec 7th VA Beach @ THIBS
Dec 8th Boone, NC @ The Woods Circle House
Dec 9th Columbia, SC @ Unit One Art Space
Dec 10th Savannah , GA @ Taco Abajo
Dec 11th Tallahassee , FL @ The Hidden Hand
Dec 12th Birmingham AL, @ TBA
Dec 13th Nashville, TN @ The Owl Farm
Dec 14th St. Louis MO @ TBA
Dec 15th Little Rock IL @ TBA
Dec 16th Chesterton,IN @ Sound Cellar.
Dec 17th Chicago, IL @ Township
Dec 18th Grand Rapids @ The Turtle Den
Dec 19th Columbus, OH @ Kobo
Dec 20th Buffalo, NY @ The Forvm
Dec 21st Pittsburgh, PA @ 222 Ormbsy
The band will also be in the studio with renowned producer J. Robbins to record their debut LP which will be out next year. You can follow Have Mercy on twitter, tumblr & facebook if you want to, ya know?
First thing's first — pause your iTunes or "Gangnam Style" Spotify playlist or whatever and play this while reading on:
We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome Baltimore, MD's Have Mercy to the Topshelf family. Taking cues from peers and predecessors like Makeout Party, The Jealous Sound, The Early November, Seahaven and Northstar alike, these dudes are carving a niche of their own.
The band is currently asleep in my apartment as I type this and I'm thinking it'd be real nice to like, make them breakfast or something to celebrate, but I'll probably end up sleeping in instead (sorry in advance, you guys — I am lazily well-intentioned). Edit: they got a parking ticket. Man, I'm the worst host!