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Fall Internship

We’re looking for a fall intern. If that interests you, please read on:

Our staff live in different cities spread all over the west coast so there is no central office Topshelf collectively operates from. Instead, we rely heavily on online communication tools and software. With that in mind, we are opening this opportunity up to anyone in the US, though applicants located in the Portland, OR area who can work directly with Kevin in our Northeast Portland home office are preferred.

Broadly speaking, the position will assist Topshelf staff with day-to-day needs while exposing you to the inner workings of running a record label—promoting, distributing, marketing and ultimately releasing music physically and digitally in a fun, fast paced, but also deliberate environment. We are a small team with limited resources and bandwidth, but we make a lot happen by playing to our collective strengths—this includes you. We’re looking for someone who can help with the more mundane aspects of running a label, sure (more on that below), but we’re also looking to highlight and showcase what you’re great at. Video editing, illustration, animation, web development, photography, graphic design, copywriting—whatever it is you’re excited about, we want to provide you with a platform to showcase your skillset while helping our roster grow and gaining experience and insight into how an independent record label operates.

Applicants should be familiar with and able to work within online communication tools and software like Dropbox, Slack, Wunderlist and G Suite. Familiarity with Adobe software like Illustrator and Photoshop is definitely a plus. Experience with e-commerce platforms like Bandcamp, Limited Run, Squarespace, Discogs, etc. is also a major plus but nbd if you have no idea what that means! It’s not required that you be a, uh, extremely “online” person, but some social media savvy is encouraged. Otherwise, we want to lean into what you’re excited about and provide an opportunity for you to showcase and grow your skillset(s). Lastly, please have more than just a cursory understanding of our roster and catalog.

  • The position pays $250.00/month.
  • we can accomodate college credit.
  • We are flexible on schedule and hours, but it is expected that you would be available at least 15 hours a week sometime between 10am and 5pm pst.
  • Though we will be opening this opportunity up for the duration of the fall semester (early September through mid-December), we are flexible on the internship’s total duration, start, and end times.

To apply, please send an email to: info at topshelfrecords dot com . Please be sure to include the word “INTERNSHIP” in the subject. Include your name, some artist(s) or album(s) on the label you enjoy, along with a little about yourself, what you do, and links to any relevant info (a portfolio, past projects, a social media profile, etc.).

Please no attachments other than a resume!!!!!

Thanks for your time and consideration.

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Giraffes? Giraffes! // Memory Lame (Realized)

Today we are releasing a special treat from the raucous and wildly influential duo GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES!, entitled Memory Lame (Realized).

In the band's words:

HEY MUSIC NERDS AND OTHER AESTHETIC COMPLETISTS! Want to know a secret? :D Our album MEMORY LAME is really one continuous piece of music! We broke it up to be more easily absorbed- but every movement locks into the next for an immersive aural experience. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of its release, Topshelf Records let us reassemble the monster and is digitally releasing our original vision as: Memory Lame (Realized)

To honor this anniversary of the original release, Memory Lame, all variants of the album in our store will be 20% off from today, April 26, through Sunday, April 28. The discount will be automatically applied in your cart.

Part autobiography, part fiction, Memory Lame (Realized) is a hallucinatory story and soundtrack about the mind. How we perceive and remember, unwittingly absorb, and accidentally appropriate.

Originally released in the form of six tracks composed of 37 chapters, Memory Lame is being re-released in its true form: one continuous piece of music! It follows an incident on a beach, where our narrator is bound on a labyrinthine adventure traveling back through memories, time, and space. It's a journey that examines existence, explores universal themes, and is laced with musical and literary references.

Amazingly produced and performed by just two people, GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES! harmonize guitars, drums, loops, pedals, and vocals to create a surreal musical landscape. Filled with orchestral-style movements, the music seamlessly flows from post-rock to math-rock, from drones to dream pop. The sheer scope of this wildly textured album, steeped in evocative beauty, proves to be an attention-commanding cerebral experience. This is Memory Lame (Realized).

» Stream Memory Lame (Realized) today on your favorite platform.

art by Kenneth Topham

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SXSW Photo Diaries

As is becoming tradition, we gave several of our bands some disposable cameras to play with while down at SXSW this year. Our favorite purple publication, The Grey Estates, deemed the photographic results to be worthy enough for a series of photo diaries, all of which we've collected here for your enjoyment. Click through below for a few words from each artist about their time in Austin. (Warning: lots of cute pics!)

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2019 SXSW Official Showcase

We're bringing our official showcase back to Cheer Up Charlie's this year with our most eclectic lineup to date. The night will open with a stripped down set from Bellows, who are currently touring on their recently released record, The Rose Gardener. Performances from Another Michael, Alfred., Hot Flash Heat Wave, and Doe will follow before Ratboys close the night with their signature energetic set. Our showcase is presented by vnyl and Awesome Merchandise.

Alfred. // listen // watch

Another Michael // listen // watch

Bellows // listen // watch

Doe // listen // watch

Hot Flash Heat Wave // listen // watch

Ratboys // listen // watch

7pm, Wednesday, March 13, 2019
at Cheer Up Charlie's
21+, free w/ SXSW badge / wristband

RSVP on facebook

Set times:

7:40-8:20 Bellows

8:40-9:20 Another Michael

9:40-10:20 Alfred.

10:40-11:20 Hot Flash Heatwave

11:40-12:20 Doe

12:40-1:20 Ratboys

designed by Kevin Duquette

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In Film: Topshelf at SXSW 2018

Last March, we had Queen of Jeans, Ratboys, No Vacation, Special Explosion, Gulfer, and Poppies all down in Austin for two awesome parties we hosted. We gave everyone a disposable camera and collected got them all developed afterward. Here's what turned up:

Part 1:

Part 2:

photos by: Danielle Leonard, Kevin Duquette & an impossible to keep track of amount of other people.

This March, we'll have an awesome lineup down in Austin for 2019's SXSW: Elephant Gym are coming all the way from Taiwan for their first ever US tour, Ratboys are jet settin' down from Chicago, Another Michael and Bellows are touring down together from the Northeast, Doe is crossing the pond from the UK again, and Really From are coming down from Boston. INSANE line up! We'll have more details soon—for now, sign up for our mailing list at the bottom of this page to make sure you don't miss anything! <3

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New Music from Elephant Gym, Annual Label Sampler & Holiday Sale

Greetings! It is about that time, people. We've got a few deals going to help you with your holiday shopping (much more on that below). Now's probably also a good time to recap you on what we've put out this year, incase you've missed anything. We've also got Elephant Gym's new album Underwater available for purchase—details on all of that below.

This year's been awesome—I'm so psyched on the diverse titles and exciting group of artists we've gotten to partner with in 2018. For a quick glimpse of everything we had our hands in this year check out our discography page, or just peep our label sampler that features a track from every artist we released music for in 2018:

Oh yeah, the sale!

  • Take 20% everything in our shop with the code HOUSEKEEPING (excludes pre-order items)
  • Take an additional 15% off everything in our sale section (prices already marked down)
  • Our Bandcamp subscription is temporarily lowered to just $6 a month—get everything we release instantly digitally delivered to you, plus bonus downloads and behind-the-scenes updates all while supporting us and our roster in an ongoing, sustainable way!
  • we've re-stocked crewnecks, beanies, hats and shirts
  • For every $50 you spend in our shop, get a free random test press with your order
  • All digital items on our Bandcamp are 50% off (use the code HOUSEKEEPING)
  • Lastly, if you're shopping for someone and not sure what to get them, we have gift cards

A few notes and clarifications: The 50% off Bandcamp code *will* work on physical merch. We won't honor that though. Please do not try to buy physical merch with this code—YOU WILL BE REFUNDED and we will cancel your order if you do this. It is intended for digital items only. Thanks!

To redeem your free test press for every $50 spent, you must add this item to your cart.

In other news, you can finally listen to the new Elephant Gym album Underwater! It'll be on streaming platforms December 7th, but until then, you can stream or download it from Bandcamp (psst you'd already have it if you were subscribed!) or simply add it to your cart here on our shop.

That's it for now—thanks so much for your continued interest and support! <3

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Pema // "Depend" + 'Bad Habits' Pre-Orders!

Pema, the experimental pop project of Alex Napping frontwoman Alex Cohen, has returned with its second album Bad Habits. Our most recent entry in our ongoing cassette series, Bad Habits will be released on 5/18 and is now available for pre-order here. Lead single "Depend" is also now available on all digital outlets:

Bad Habits is a record with a specific mission — to represent the sense of shame that society burdens on women and the journey that Cohen undertook to resolve her own perceived character flaws. Each track on the album examines a particular source of shame. Read more about what Alex had to say about Bad Habits over at Stereogum, and make sure to check out the video for "Depend" below -


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Giraffes? Giraffes! // "Hug of Death" + 'Memory Lame' Pre-Orders!

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for: GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES! new single "Hug of Death" + pre-orders for their album Memory Lame are available on all digital outlets!

You can also see them perform new material LIVE on their upcoming tour West Coast tour with the amazing Mylets:

  • 6/09 - Peterborough, NH @ Thing In The Spring
  • 7/26 - Wallingford, CT @ Wallingford American Legion
  • 7/27 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
  • 7/28 - NYC @ TBA
  • 7/29 - Boston, MA @ TBA
  • 8/04 - Seattle, WA @ TBA *
  • 8/05 - Portland, OR @ Analog *
  • 8/06 - Eugene, OR @ HiFi *
  • 8/07 - Redding, CA @ The Dip *
  • 8/08 - Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver *
  • 8/09 -Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman *
  • 8/10 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place *
  • 8/11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Factory *
  • 8/12 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
  • 8/18 - Bristol, UK @ ArcTanGent

*with Mylets

More info/tickets here!

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mouse on the keys // New Album 'Tres'

It is an honor to announce that we will be releasing mouse on the keys' new album Tres on May 23rd! We were fortunate enough to work with them on their Out of Body EP and a split with LITE, and we're so happy to keep this train rolling. Over the past 12 years, mouse on the keys has cultivated an entire genre unto themselves by blurring the lines between jazz, funk, post‐rock, and electronic music. Their unique sound includes two pianos, two keyboards and drums, and they continue to stand at the forefront of the Japanese music scene. Fans of LITE and Giraffes? Giraffes!, take note! Tres will be released on 12" vinyl, CD, and digitally May 23rd, and you can sign up here to be notified when pre-orders go live!


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tricot // 'potage / on the Boom' 7"

We get to bring you more tricot! We love this band and are so excited to be releasing their upcoming 7" titled potage / On the boom. We were lucky enough to work with them on their album 3 last May, and after recently announcing that we'll be bringing their releases T H E + A N D to North America on vinyl for the first time, we still felt the need for more. Once you hear these ladies, you will, too! Sign up here to be notified when potage / On the boom pre-orders go live!

Also, make sure to grab tickets for their upcoming tour with Chon! More info here.

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