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Big Kids on tour with Algernon Cadwallader

Hey guys! S’more updates for you this week. We’re really happy to be announcing that we’ll be putting out the brand new EP from Oakland, CA natives Big Kids. The band will finish recording the 3-song EP before the month is over and we plan to have it released for this spring via digital and vinyl.

Big Kids are in the middle of a west coast jaunt with good friends Algernon Cadwallader and are currently playing new tracks live. The remaining dates of the tour are below. Last summer we co-released Big Kids’ debut LP Hoop Dreams with Protagonist Music on vinyl and digitally. Big Kids have also started a blog where they have kept people up to date on the funny happenings on the road with Algernon.

1/14 @ The Artistery in Portland, OR
1/15 @ Chez Puget in Olympia, WA
1/16 @ The Black Lodge in Seattle, WA

More info including cover art, title, and pre-order coming soon.

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By Surprise & Topshelf Records

By Surprise

In continuing with a more-than-welcomed theme we’ve established lately of working with good friends, we’re elated to announce that we’ll be working with Haddon Heights, NJ’s By Surprise in releasing their forthcoming debut LP Mountain Smashers on vinyl.

The LP will see an official release in mid-March with pre-orders beginning in February. The first pressing will be limited to 500 copies.

Mountain Smashers was recorded in the band’s hometown of Haddon Heights, NJ at The Gradwell House with Dave Downham of Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start. The album was mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. Weston, bassist of Shellac and also an elder statesman of the independent music scene, has also worked on records with such bands as Archers of Loaf, Boys Life, Polvo, The Get Up Kids, Vitreous Humor, Sebadoh, and LCD Soundsystem.

For more info on By Surprise, check out their bio page on Topshelf Records including pictures and music.

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MHTJ "Reasons To Be" EP release show details announced

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Happy Holidays from Lion Cub!

Hey everyone! Our good buds in Lion Cub have recorded a Christmas EP which you can download here: http://bit.ly/dVqFQ7.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

PS: Say “Hi” to us if you’ll be at the Street Smart Cyclist reunion shows this weekend!

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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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