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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:

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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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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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Prawn // US tour dates with You Blew It!, Crying, Special Explosion, Joie de Vivre, Old Gray & Sorority Noise

Having begun recording their new full length album and just releasing a new split with Joie de Vivre, Prawn will be headed out on tour to play some really good shows. Dates and info below!

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w/ You Blew It!

  • 2/4/2014 - Annadale On Hudson NY @ Bard College
  • 2/5/2014 - Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase
  • 2/6/2014 - New Britain @ Pulaski Club Downstairs

w/ You Blew It! & Crying

  • 2/7/2014 - Cambridge Elks Lodge @ Cambridge Elks Lodge
  • 2/8/2014 - Brooklyn @ Shea Stadium
  • 2/9/2014 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire 

w/ Special Explosion

  • 3/3/2014 - College Park, MD @ Hostage House 
  • 3/4/2014 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
  • 3/5/2014 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Chapel Hill Underground 
  • 3/6/2014 - Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot

w/ You Blew It! & Special Explosion

  • 3/7/2014 - Gainesville, FL @ Loosey's w/ Dikembe & Frameworks
  • 3/8/2014 - Tampa, FL @ Mojo Record and Books
  • 3/9/2014 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth w/ Dikembe & Frameworks
  • 3/10/2014 - Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
  • 3/11/2014 - Jackson, MS @ Rampage Extreme Park

Just Prawn:

  • 3/16/2014 - Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill
  • 3/17/2014 - Norman, OK @ Industrial Skate Park
  • 3/19/2014 - Indianapolis, IN@ Hoosier Dome
  • 3/20/2014 - Chicago, IL @ Audiotree Live

w/ Joie De Vivre

  • 3/22/2014 - Chicago, IL @ Township * no Joie de Vivre
  • 3/23/2014 - Grand Rapids @ The House of Pancakes
  • 3/24/2014 - Toledo, OH @ The Ottawa Club

Just Prawn:

  • 3/25/2014 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
  • 3/26/2014 - Buffalo, NY @ The Lair
  • 3/27/2014 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt

w/ Old Gray & Sorority Noise

  • 3/28/2014 - Amnityville, NY @ Amnityville Music Hall
  • 3/29/2014 - Albany, NY @ The Icehouse
  • 3/30/2014 - Montclair, NJ @ The Bat Cave

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Caravels // Spring tour dates with Touché Amoré, mewithoutYou, Seahaven, Foxing & Special Explosion

In addition to their already announced tour dates with Touché Amoré & Seahaven followed by dates with Special Explosion and Foxing, Caravels have announced additional dates with Touché Amoré & Seahaven, when they'll be at this year's SXSW (more on that later) as well as additional dates with Special Explosion. Info on the new dates is below:

w/ Touché Amoré & Seahaven

  • 03/07/14 Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
  • 03/08/14 Pembrooke Pines, FL @ The Talent Farm
  • 03/10/14 Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
  • 03/11/14 Baton Rouge, LA @ Mud and Water

Just Caravels

  • 03/12/14 Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03/13/14 Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03/14/14 Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03/15/14 Austin, TX @ SXSW

w/ Special Explosion

  • 03/16/14 Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill (w/ Prawn & Two Knights)
  • 03/17/14 Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks

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