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Fuck Off All Nerds: A Benefit Compilation for Mitch Dubey

ALL proceeds go directly to the Dubey Family. Several pre-order options are available:

Single LP: http://tpshlf.co/l6xkqp.

LP 4-pack: http://tpshlf.co/lJhYlp

LP + Shirt package deal: http://tpshlf.co/iI5d7j

Live tracks recorded during My Heart To Joy's final gig on may 14, 2011 from The Book Slave, Slingshot Dakota, Into It. Over It., Algernon Cadwallader, Snowing, Hostage Calm, Jettison and My Heart To Joy's final set.

Album art by Ben Sears. Limited edition prints by Juan Gabe, Derrick Shanholtzer, Ryan Nelson, Adam Vass, Kevin Duquette & Ben Sears. Exact track listing TBA. Lastly, if you have a discount code for our store, please, please, PLEASE don't use it. ALL of this money goes to the Dubey's.

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Fuck Off All Nerds Update

I know we said pre-orders would go up last week for the Mitch Benefit comp, but we didn't want to put stuff up prematurely. This is something we want to make sure to handle correctly. That said: above is a preview of the cover art. The compilation is titled Fuck Off All Nerds: A Benefit Compilation for Mitchell Dubey.

Ben Sears is working on the art and we're working on some really special package options. Adam Vass, Ben Sears, Juan Gabe, Derrick Shanholtzer, Ryan Nelson and myself are all creating illustrations for hand screened postcards that will be included with the packaging. Chris Teti sent me all the mixed audio from each band's respective set and it sounds great! This will actually be a great sounding live record for a great cause. (In case you're unaware of the details surrounding this, please see here). It's amazing to have so many talented people come together to create this.

I also want to take the opportunity to quote my friend — and Mitch's best friend — Andy; from something he wrote shortly after Mitch's death:

In the past few weeks there has been a lot of love and positive energy directed towards those of us who were most directly affected, and it is truly inspiring and overwhelming. Sometimes everyone’s kindness alone brings me to the verge of tears. Everyone seems to be a little nicer to each other, a little kinder and a little more positive. Unfortunately, I know from past experience that this isn’t going to last. Soon enough life will go back to normal for most people, so I would urge everyone to act on whatever impulse they have right now to start a project or reach out to loved ones. Life is too short to be wasted on bullshit; it is unfortunate that it takes an incident like this to make us truly grasp that fact, but let’s not waste it. Tell your friends and family that you love them. Don’t be scared. It’s going to get easier.

Thanks guys! You can still make a donation to the Dubey family via paypal to Lauren.Dubey@gmail.com

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My Heart To Joy's Final Show & Dubey Family Benefit LP

Pretty much everything has a start and an end. For My Heart To Joy, May 14th at the Madison Arts Barn in Madison, CT will be that end. All proceeds from the band's final show will go directly to the family of Mitch Dubey.

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My Heart To Joy, who has been at the forefront of the Connecticut music scene for the past few years, will be sharing their final show with Algernon Cadwallader, Hostage Calm, Jettison, Snowing, Into It. Over It., Slingshot Dakota, and The Book Slave. The price for this amazing line up is a minimum of a $10 donation to the Dubey Family.

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We've teamed up with the venue and all of the bands to release a live LP that will include at least one song from each band's set. All proceeds from the album will go to the Dubey Family. Artwork for the album will be done by Ben Sears and more details on the record will be released after the show. Mitch Dubey, who was a good friend of both My Heart To Joy and Topshelf Records, was recently murdered at his New Haven, CT home.

See ya there, nerds.

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MHTJ "Reasons To Be" EP release show details announced

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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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Grown Ups Pre-Orders and Contest, Empire! Empire! dates & More

We have some big news today! We've launched pre orders for the re-release of Grown UpsMore Songs on CD and Vinyl. Big Scary Monsters originally released the band's debut full length earlier this year and we are fortunate enough to be working with both the label and the band. We've put together a few package deals and are pressing 500 LPs split between Coke Bottle Clear (100), Clear Gold (100), Off White (100), and Black (200):

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4 LP Pack
Single LP
CD
Screen Printed Poster

If you have already ordered this album from Big Scary Monsters OR picked up a copy from the band at a show then you are in luck. All that you have to do is order a copy of the re-release on CD or Vinyl from us then email us (info@topshelf-records.com) with the subject: GROWN UPS POSTER and include either your order confirmation from Big Scary Monsters OR a picture of you holding your Grown Ups album and we will ship you a FREE Screen Printed Poster with your order.

We are also doing a TEST PRESS CONTEST where one random pre order will come with a free Test Press. How can you go wrong?

Want more cool happenings? We've teamed up with Absolutepunk.net to bring you a sweet Grown Ups Contest where you could win a Test Press, CD, LP and Screen Printed Poster. It's insanely easy. Just head over to ap.net and enter your email address into the form.

If you haven't checked it out yet, Caravels' Floorboards EP is streaming over at Punknews.org. Be sure to take a few listens of that awesome album. You can snag it from our webstore on CD or digitally on iTunes.

Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) will be heading on tour this weekend with Mountains For Clouds. Here are the dates here.

In case you missed the awesome show this past weekend featuring My Heart To Joy, We Were Skeletons, Snowing, 1994! and more, you can check out some pictures here.

That's all for now, more updates coming soon!

Seth and Kev

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