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:

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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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Special Explosion // New "Gig Gab" Out Now!

A new episode of "Gig Gab" with very special guest Special Explosion is up on the Topshelf 'Tube today! Press play, sit back, and catch up with the Seattle four-piece as we talk recording the new album, touring, Isaac Brock, and the bands they're listening to these days.

Like what you hear? Listen to their latest release To Infinity.

Want even more? Check out Pitchfork's review of the new full-length.

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Special Explosion // Tour with American Pleasure Club

After their short February run with Girlpool and The Hotelier, Special Explosion is heading out on a full US tour in support of American Pleasure Club! We know you've been dying to see songs from their incredible new record To Infinity performed live, because we are, too! Check out the dates below and be sure to grab tickets here before it's too late.

  • 4/26 - Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
  • 4/27 - Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
  • 4/28 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
  • 4/29 - Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
  • 5/01 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
  • 5/02 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
  • 5/04 - Portland, OR @ Analog Theater
  • 5/06 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
  • 5/08 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
  • 5/09 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
  • 5/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat
  • 5/11 - La Jolla, CA @ TBA
  • 5/12 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
  • 5/14 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
  • 5/15 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda
  • 5/17 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
  • 5/18 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Purgatory
  • 5/19 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room
  • 5/21 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
  • 5/22 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
  • 5/23 - Philadelphia, PA @ philaMOCA
  • 5/24 - Cambridge, MA @ Sonia
  • 5/26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

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Special Explosion // Tour Dates with Girlpool and the Hotelier

Following the release of their most recent full-length, To Infinity, Special Explosion will be playing some dates on the West Coast in support of Girlpool and The Hotelier! They will also be participating in San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival, accompanied by a stacked lineup of talent.

  • 2/20 - Los Angeles, CA @ The EchoPlex *^
  • 2/21 - San Fransisco @ Noise Pop (Great American Music Hall)*
  • 2/22 - Arcata, CA @ Outer Space*
  • 2/23 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom*^
  • 2/24 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project*^

* W/ Girlpool
^ W/ The Hotelier

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Special Explosion // 'To Infinity' Premiere

We've kept this a little hush hush, but the cat is finally out of the bag – Special Explosion has a new album out tomorrow! You can stream 'To Infinity' in full via GoldFlakePaint today, who called it a "detailed and impassioned masterpiece." The album was recorded at Modest Mouse's Ice Cream Party Studio in Portland, OR and sounds nothing short of incredible. Give it a listen – it's sure to make it to those end of year lists.

Pre-order 'To Infinity'

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Special Explosion // tour dates with Whirr, KEXP session

This September, Special Explosion will be joining Whirr for a few northwest dates (below). The band also just recorded a live session at Seattle's KEXP which features a sneak at some new material. That's also below.

  • 9/29/2014    Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
  • 9/30/2014    Vancouver, BC @ The Electric Owl
  • 10/1/2014    Portland, WA @ Slabtown


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Prawn // Recording new LP / Split with Joie de Vivre / Tour with You Blew It!


Prawn are set to begin recording a new full-length with Greg Dunn (Moving Mountains) beginning this weekend. The follow up to 2012’s well-received Ships, the new full length album will be recorded at AudioPilot Studios in Boonton, NJ and will be preceded by a split with Rockford, IL’s Joie De Vivre (which we'll be releasing on February 11 with Count Your Lucky Stars Records). Prawn will also be playing some shows with You Blew It! this winter — dates and info for those are below:

  • 02/04/2014 - Annadale On Hudson, NY @ Bard College
  • 02/05/2014 - Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase
  • 02/06/2014 - New Britain, CT @ Pulaski Club Downstairs
  • 02/07/2014 - Cambridge, MA @ Cambridge Elks Lodge
  • 02/08/2014 - Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
  • 02/09/2014 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire

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