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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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Ratboys // AOID CDs

Since y'all can't seem to get enough of Ratboys's album, AOID, we decided to make CDs!

Check it out on Amazon: http://tpshlf.co/2bxfN8l

Find a local retailer who carries it: http://tpshlf.co/2c0qz4v

Physical retailers who have this now:

Dearborn
Easy Street
Criminal
The Exclusive Company
Twist & Shout
Park Ave
Homers
Independent Records
Lou’s Records
Music Millennium
Princeton Record Exchange
Reckless Records
Rolling Stones
Rough Trade NYC
Salzers
Shake It Records
Silver Platters
Sonic Boom
Waterloo
Zia Records

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Topshelf Records // Looking for Fall Interns

We’re looking for fall interns! If you’re interested and in the San Diego area this fall with reliable transportation to our downtown East Village location 3-5 days a week, then please read below to get a feel for what we’re looking for and get in touch!

Topshelf Records
740 13th Street
ste 322
San Diego, CA 92101

We need help with handling of day-to-day operations ranging from the packing/shipping/assembly of albums and merch to assisting with social media/inventory management/website upkeep/product design & layout/video editing & content creation/etc.

Prior experience, and knowledge of Excel / Google Apps / HTML, CSS, JS / Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere are all a plus, but not required. If you’re looking for college credit, we can accommodate you.

To apply, please send an email to danielle at topshelfrecords dot com with ‘INTERN’ in the subject line and include the following:

  • Your name, age, and a little about yourself, your hobbies and experiences
  • Your availability
  • Optionally, a portfolio, resume or any relevant URLs

Thanks!

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Topshelf Records // Welcome Danielle Leonard

Some of you maybe are already aware of this, but we are psyched psyched psyched to announce that we've hired a new employee!!!

I would like to introduce you to Danielle Leonard — she's just moved from Savanah, GA to start working with Seth, Robbie and I at Topshelf here in San Diego — which we are ~completely~ thrilled about! She's a graduate of Savanah College of Art and Design, where she got her BFA in Photography while DJing for SCAD Radio, hosting hundreds of shows at The Bomb Shelter, starting Bomb Shelter Records, interning at Sargent House and being a road dawg for a bit with Marriages and Creepoid. She rules and is a wrecking ball go-getter beam of sunshine.

As part of her role with us, she's helping out with a lot of the behind-the-scenes of the label that I won't burden you with, but also handling our email newsletters (which you can subscribe to here: http://tpshlf.co/2arquXj).

Give her a follow on twitter or instagram:

^__________________________^

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Father/Daughter Records & Topshelf Records // 2016 SXSW Showcase

We’re partnering up with Father/Daughter Records and heading down to Austin again this March to bring you a really great show! We think F/D is one of the best labels going right now so we’re truly thrilled to partner up with their great roster for this. Also, we’ll have free wine (courtesy of Vindie), free beer (courtesy of Wasatch Brewery and Squatters Craft Beers), free vinyl (courtesy of Gotta Groove Record Pressing) and a lot more freebies for early birds — oh, and the show is also free ^_____^! The line-up is below (we’ll have set times available closer to the date of the show) and you can RSVP, get the address and other info on our event page.

OUTSIDE:

  • Sorority Noise
  • Never Young
  • Diet Cig
  • Enemies
  • Prawn
  • Hiccup
  • Wildhoney
  • Mercury Girls

INSIDE:

  • PWR BTTM
  • Slingshot Dakota
  • Nai Harvest
  • Donovan Wolfington
  • Ratboys
  • Woozy
  • The Spook School
  • All Dogs

If you’re unfamiliar with any of the acts playing, check out the playlists we made on SoundCloud or on Spotify highlighting each of them! Lastly, this event is an unofficial SXSW showcase, so there's no need for a badge or wristband to attend. RSVP here.

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Topshelf Records // 2015 CMJ Showcase

October once again marks our annual pilgrimage to New York City for CMJ. We'll be hosting our showcase on the 15th and — per usual — it's free, all ages and a good time! Details are below:

Topshelf Records CMJ Showcase
Thursday, October 15, 2015
@ Shea Stadium, Brooklyn, NY
7:00pm, All Ages, Free
RSVP here

Free vinyl, tote bags, CDs, posters and more while it all lasts!

Listen to a playlist we put together highlighting each band on Spotify or on SoundCloud.

(listen to Clique on bandcamp since they aren't on those sites ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

See ya there!

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LITE // Six-song live recording now available for free download

LITE have just released a free download of six live recordings. The tracks are from the live-streaming session at Red Bull Studios Tokyo in March. Named after their upcoming tour starting from Tokyo and Osaka, it is titled APPROACHES 4 and includes a new track called "Balloon".

Kaoru Miura, who has worked on previous studio albums and is the long-time recording engineer for the band, did the recording and mixing. M&E Design, the Swedish designer who worked with the band on artworks of their previous albums, designed the artwork. Available for free download today through June 30 only, the track list includes the following:

  1. Balloon
  2. Duck Follows an Eccentric
  3. Alter Ego
  4. Bond
  5. Pirates and Parakeets
  6. 100 Million Rainbows

You can also now watch the re-broadcast of the video from this same live recording session.

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Topshelf Records @ SXSW 2015

Our annual spring migration to Austin, TX is nearly upon us! This year we are very happy to have The Ally Coalition on board with us in hosting our showcase — they do incredibly important work and we're thrilled to have them on board. Like last year, we'll be hosting the show at Soho Lounge at 217 E 6th in downtown Austin. There's no cover and we've got Stone Brewing involved to make sure the drinks are cheap! RSVP for the show here (we also created a Facebook event page if that's more your thing).

We'll also have loads of free giveaways for all attendees including slip mats, 7-inch records (courtesy of the fine people at Gotta Groove Records, limited to 500 and exclusive to this show), our label sampler CD, canvas tote bags, stickers, screen printed posters (courtesy of Charlie Wagers Creative) and t-shirts — there are varying quantities of everything so get there early!

Here's the line-up and set times:

If you're not familiar with any of the bands playing, we created a Youtube playlist featuring a music video from each artist as well as a SoundCloud playlist with a track from each. Also, per usual, if you can't make it, our friends at Light & Noise will post some video footage afterward. Lastly, this event is an unofficial SXSW showcase, so there's no need for a badge or wristband to attend.

Thanks!!

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Topshelf Records 2014 CMJ Showcase

This year we'll be teaming up with Washed Up Emo again in hosting our annual CMJ showcase at Brooklyn's wonderful Cameo Gallery. The free event will feature Connecticut's The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Michigan's Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), Brooklyn natives Field Mouse, Baltimore's Wildhoney and Connecticut's Sorority Noise.

Here's the line-up and info for the show:

Washed Up Emo Presents: Topshelf Records 2014 CMJ Showcase
@ Cameo Gallery // 93 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
October 24, 2014, 6:30pm // 21+ // free
Washed Up Emo DJ set: 11:30pm - 4:00am downstairs immediately following the show

  • The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die
  • Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
  • Field Mouse
  • Wildhoney
  • Sorority Noise

Here's the Facebook event page if that's your thing.

Thanks!!

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First ever Topshelf Records tour!!

When we started this label we never imagined that we'd be one day announcing our own "label" tour. At the end of the day, it's just a tour (albeit a really good one), but yeah, it feels nice to say. With that said, we're excited to announce our ~first ever~ Topshelf Records tour featuring A Great Big Pile of LeavesDiamond YouthPrawn & Field Mouse. Dates and info are below:

Also, we're teaming up with A to Z Media to offer attendees a free exclusive 7" record that'll have a track from each band on the tour. We've also partnered with New Noise Magazine to offer a bunch of free giveaways (keep your eyes peeled for those coming soon). Tickets are on sale now!

Thanks for the support and see you at the shows!!

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