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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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The Saddest Landscape // More east coast dates added to US tour

The Saddest Landscape begin their US tour this weekend! Dates and info are below. You can also listen to their new album and order a copy on CD, cassette, vinyl or digitally.

  • OCT 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside*
  • OCT 24 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe*
  • OCT 25 - La Puente, CA @ Bridgetown DIY*
  • NOV 06 - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar^
  • NOV 07 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen^
  • NOV 08 - Lakewood Heights, OH @ Mahall's Basement^
  • NOV 13 - West Haven, CT @ The Crunch House&
  • NOV 14 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs%
  • NOV 15 - New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall%
  • DEC 06 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone%
  • DEC 07 - New Orleans, LA @ Sisters in Christ%
  • DEC 08 - Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic%
  • DEC 09 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Purgatory)%
  • DEC 10 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club%
  • DEC 11 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter%
  • DEC 12 - Baltimore, MD @ Raven Inn%

& = no Vattnet Viskar
* = w/ State Faults
^ = w/ Empire! Empire! (i Was a Lonely Estate)
% = w/ Vattnet Viskar

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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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Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) US tour with Free Throw

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) just premiered their new album You Will Eventually Be Forgotten over on Interview Magazine. The band also has a month and a half long full US tour with Free Throw booked in support of the new album! Dates and info below (more info on October 24 & 25 soon!):

  • 9/15/2014  Columbus, OH  Skully’s*
  • 9/16/2014  Nashville, TN   Exponent Manor
  • 9/17/2014  Atlanta, GA  Wonder Root
  • 9/18/2014  Savannah, GA  Graveface HQ
  • 9/19/2014  Orlando, FL  Backbooth
  • 9/20/2014  New Orleans, LA   The Beatnik
  • 9/21/2014  Houston, TX  The Summit
  • 9/22/2014  Austin, TX   Holy Mountain
  • 9/23/2014  Denton, TX   Rubber Gloves
  • 9/24/2014  Oklahoma City   Marshall House
  • 9/25/2014  Kansas City, MO  Art Closet Studio
  • 9/26/2014  Moline, IL   Blackhawk Room
  • 9/27/2014  Chicago, IL   Township
  • 10/1/2014 Fargo, ND   The New Direction
  • 10/2/2014 Sioux Falls, SD  Total Drag Records
  • 10/6/2014 Seattle, WA  El Corazon Lounge
  • 10/8/2014 Portland, WA Slabtown
  • 10/9/2014 San Fransisco CA  Submission
  • 10/10/2014 Santa Cruz, CA  San Jose Rock Shop
  • 10/11/2014 Pomona, CA VLHS
  • 10/12/2014 Los Angeles, CA Los Globos
  • 10/13/2014 Phoenix, AZ The Nile Underground
  • 10/14/2014 Las Vegas, NV House Of Wonk
  • 10/15/2014 Salt Lake City, UT The Shred Shed
  • 10/16/2014 Cheyenne, WY University of Wyoming
  • 10/17/2014 Omaha, NE The Slowdown Jr
  • 10/18/2014 St. Louis, MO Fubar
  • 10/19/2014 Indianapolis, IN The Hoosier Dome
  • 10/20/2014 Cleveland Mahall's
  • 10/21/2014 Pittsburgh, PA The Mr. Roboto Project
  • 10/22/2014 Philadelphia, PA The Fire
  • 10/23/2014 Amnityville, NY The Woodshop
  • 10/26/2014 Boston, MA T.T. & the Bear’s Place
  • 10/28/2014 Asbury Park Asbury Lanes
  • 10/29/2014 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
  • 10/31/2014 Gainesville, FL The Fest

*w/ Mineral & Into It. Over It.

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Empire! Empire! // New album, graphic Novel and tour this summer

If the "emo revival" (not the #emorevival) had royalty, Keith and Cathy Latinen of Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) might well be the genre's king and queen. Between Empire! Empire! and their label, Count Your Lucky Stars, the husband/wife duo have been long-time friends, peers and confidants that are instrumental in this niche we've all carved out for ourselves. Now the band is poised to take an even bigger role in things with the announcement of their second full-length You Will Eventually Be Forgotten on August 19, 2014 via Topshelf Records and Count Your Lucky Stars Records. A companion graphic novel, titled Ribbon, will also be released on August 19th. Illustrated by artist and friend, Ben Sears, Ribbon tells the stories behind the songs in eleven chapters in his trademark style.

You Will Eventually Be Forgotten may have taken half a decade to complete (actually feels longer, doesn't it?), but it was absolutely worth the wait. Constant touring and the litany of splits and EPs since their last full-length have noticeably tightened the band and the meticulous lyrics, beautiful guitar melodies, and sincere vocals that have become their hallmark. This record's loaded with vivid storytelling that makes each Empire! Empire! song feel like a carefully handcrafted gift unique to the listener.

Get notified when pre-orders become available and view the album's track listing.

The band also has a series of acoustic tour dates this summer with The Early November which the band had this to say about:

The whole tour will be acoustic, so it’s going to be fun to show you some reworked versions of our songs. If you have watched our video for the Space Jam Sessions of “How to Make Love Stay”, you will get an idea of what it will sound like. We will also be playing a few new songs. The dates are below, we can’t wait to see all of you on the road.

  • 7/14 Vienna, VA @ Jammin' Java
  • 7/15 Vienna, VA @ Jammin' Java
  • 7/16 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
  • 7/17 Albany, NY @ Social Justice Center*
  • 7/18 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
  • 7/19 Hamden, CT @ The Space
  • 7/20 Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
  • 7/21 Rochester, NY @ California Brew House* 
  • 7/22 Toronto, ON(Canada) @ Hard Luck Bar
  • 7/23 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall's
  • 7/25 Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
  • 7/26 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean 
  • 7/27 St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
  • 7/29 Nashville, TN @ Van's Warped Tour (Acoustic)
  • 7/30 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl at Center Stage
  • 7/31 Gainsville, FL @ Loosey's*
  • 8/1 Orlando, FL @ The Social
  • 8/2 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
  • 8/3 Charlotte, NC @ Area 15*
  • 8/4 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
  • 8/5 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Philadelphia
  • 8/6 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Philadelphia
  • 8/7 Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar and Music Hall

*Solo shows — No The Early November

Find tickets.

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Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) tour dates with The Early November, I Can Make a Mess

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) will be touring with The Early November this summer! The band had this to say:

The whole tour will be acoustic, so it’s going to be fun to show you some reworked versions of our songs. If you have watched our video for the Space Jam Sessions of “How to Make Love Stay”, you will get an idea of what it will sound like. We will also be playing a few new songs. The dates are below, we can’t wait to see all of you on the road.

  • July 15 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
  • July 16 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
  • July 18 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
  • July 19 – Hamden, CT @ The Space
  • July 20 – Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
  • July 22 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
  • July 23 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahalls 20 Lanes
  • July 25 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
  • July 26 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
  • July 27 – St. Louis @ The Ready Room
  • July 29 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt
  • July 30 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
  • August 1 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
  • August 2 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
  • August 4 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
  • August 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live – Upstairs

Watch the band's Space Jam Session.

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Topshelf Records // SXSW 2014

Last year around this time we were jumping in pools, hugging our friends, grillin' up veggie dogs and watching all of our favorite bands play all around Austin. So we're really excited to head back and do it again! We've put together a little teaser to re-cap last year's shows and get you excited for this year's — you can view that directly below. Special thanks to our friends at Light & Noise for filming and putting this together!

Here're the details for our shows at this year's SXSW:

Topshelf Records SXSW Party (unofficial)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
6pm - 2am
21st Street Co-op
All ages, free. [RSVP]

Free exclusive 7" records from Gotta Groove Records!
Free 9.5x25" screen printed posters!

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Topshelf Records SXSW Showcase (unofficial)
Thursday, March 13, 2014
11am - 6pm
Soho Lounge (217 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701)
18+, free. [RSVP]

Free exclusive 7" records from Gotta Groove Records!
Free exclusive 9.5x25" screen printed posters!

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Thanks to our sponsors:
Light&Noise / GreenVans
New Noise Magazine / Hide&Seek Clothing
SJC Custom Drums / Imprint Indie Printing, Inc. / Waveborn / GHS Strings / Caroline Distribution

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The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die / Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) // UK & EU tour

The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die and Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) will be headed out on UK and EU tour this spring! Dates and info are below!

  • 04.04.14 Germany Köln MTC
  • 05.04.14 Belgium Zoersel Jh JoeNiz
  • 06.04.14 UK Brighton The Green Door Store
  • 07.04.14 UK Kingston The Fighting Cocks
  • 08.04.14 UK Plymouth White Rabbit
  • 09.04.14 UK Norwich Epic Studios Norwich
  • 10.04.14 UK Glasgow Classic Grand
  • 11.04.14 UK Leeds Cockpit 
  • 12.04.14 UK Manchester Star and Garter
  • 13.04.14 UK London Lexington – Matinee Show 
  • 13.04.14 UK London Lexington – Evening Show (SOLD OUT)
  • 14.04.14 France Paris Glazart 
  • 15.04.14 Germany Darmstadt Oettinger Villa
  • 16.04.14 Italy Milano Lo-Fi
  • 17.04.14 Austria Wien Arena
  • 18.04.14 Day Off
  • 19.04.14 Germany Berlin Cassiopeia
  • 20.04.14 Sweden Örebro Kulturhuset
  • 21.04.14 Sweden Stockholm Bergsund Strand 43
  • 22.04.14 Sweden Gothenburg Majornas Aktivitetshus 
  • 23.04.14 Norway Oslo Revolver
  • 24.04.14 Germany Hamburg Headcrash
  • 25.04.14 Germany Marburg KFZ
  • 26.04.14 Germany Stuttgart Juha West
  • 27.04.14 Germany Bielefeld AJZ

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Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) / The Reptilian UK tour

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Our favorite midwest sweethearts Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) are headed overseas for a two week stint in the UK. Dates are below (formatted DD.MM.YY for you non-Americans):

  • 05.11.12- TBA
  • 06.11.12 – UK – York – Stereo
  • 07.11.12 – SC – Glasgow – 13th Note
  • 08.11.12 – SC – Dundee – Club Kage
  • 09.11.12 – SC – Edinburgh – The Wee Red Bar
  • 10.11.12 – UK – Leeds – Wharf Chambers
  • 11.11.12 – EIR – Dublin – The Twisted Pepper
  • 12.11.12 – EIR – Cork – Cyprus Avenue
  • 13.11.12 – UK – Bristol – venue TBA
  • 14.11.12 – UK – Falmouth – Fish Factory Art Space
  • 15.11.12 – UK – London – The Blackheart
  • 16.11.12 – UK – Southampton – Joiners
  • 17.11.12 – UK – Brighton – The Green Door Store

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Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) tour dates!

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Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) will be hitting the road with Perfect Future in July, and another stint in Canada with Warren Franklin prior to that. Here are the dates:

Canada (w/ Warren Franklin):

East Coast (w/ Perfect Future):

The bands need help booking all shows that have an asterisk (*) by the date. All of these places are reference points; if you can help with a show please email perfectfutureband [at] gmail [dot] com.

  • 13 – Washington DC @ Wasted Dream – 431 Kenyan Street NW – w/ Carved Our Names In Snow and more tba
  • 14 – Philly, PA*
  • 15 – Robbinsville, NJ @ Jake’s House – 7 Donna Street
  • 16 – Willimantic, CT @ The Handsome Woman – 271 Ash Street – 6PM – $5 – Vegan Potluck – w/ tba
  • 17 – Providence, RI @ tba
  • 18 – Boston, MA*
  • 19 – Manchester, NH*
  • 20 – Bangor, Maine *
  • 21 – Burlington, VT @ tba
  • 22 – Albany, NY *
  • 23 – Wilkes-Barre, PA*
  • 24 – Pittsburgh, PA *
  • 25 – Akron, OH *
  • 26 – Ann Arbor, MI*

Perfect Future will play these two dates alone:

  • 27 – Huntington, WV – house show – w/ tba
  • 28 – Frostburg, MD @ tba

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