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The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Prawn, and The Velvet Teen // Tour with Hey Mercedes

Celebrating the 15 year anniversary of their album, "Everynight Fire Works," Hey Mercedes are taking The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Prawn, and The Velvet Teen out on tour!

  • July 08, 2016 - Chicago, IL, US @ Subterranean - get tickets %
  • July 09, 2016 - Detroit, MI, US @ The Shelter - get tickets %
  • July 10, 2016 - Cleveland Heights, OH, US @ Grog Shop - get tickets %
  • July 11, 2016 - Rochester, NY, US @ Bug Jar - get tickets %
  • July 12, 2016 - Cambridge, MA, US @ The Sinclair - get tickets %
  • July 13, 2016 - New York, NY, US @ The Bowery Ballroom - get tickets +
  • July 14, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ The Foundry Philadelphia - get tickets %
  • July 15, 2016 - Washington, DC, US @ Black Cat - get tickets %
  • July 16, 2016 - Brooklyn, NY, US @ Baby's All Right - get tickets +
  • July 17, 2016 - Pittsburgh, PA, US @ Club Café - get tickets +
  • July 21, 2016 - West Hollywood, CA, US @ Troubadour - get tickets #
  • July 22, 2016 - San Francisco, CA, US @ Bottom of the Hill - get tickets #
  • July 23, 2016 - Santa Ana, CA, US @ Constellation Room at the Observatory - get tickets #

% w/ The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die and Prawn
+ w/ Prawn
# w/ The Velvet Teen

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The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die // Hot dog tour

Congratulations to The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die on signing to Epitaph Records! They are the last of our bands still on the roster that we began working with over myspace messages. Truly the end of a bygone era. You can catch them on tour in the northeast later this spring as they embark on a short trip to get hot dogs with Spraynard & Makeshift Shelters:

  • 6/24 - Albany, NY - Bogies
  • 6/25 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar
  • 6/26 - Allentown, PA - Planet Trog
  • 6/27 - Amityville, NY - Amityville Music Hall

Thanks!!

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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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The World is a Beautiful Tour Video

We gave The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die a camera and told them to film whatever they wanted to while out on the road with Brand New this fall. Here's the results.

You can also catch them on their upcoming dates below:

w/ The Front Bottoms

  • 10/15/2013 - Montreal, OC @ Petit Olympia 
  • 10/16/2013 - Ottawa, ON @ Babylon 
  • 10/17/2013 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar 
  • 10/18/2013 - St Catherines, ON @ Mansion House
  • 10/19/2013 - Rochester, NY Club @ Water Street Music Hall

w/ Daylight

  • 10/23/2013 - Oneonta, NY @ SUNY Oneonta Hunt Union Waterfront
  • 10/24/2013 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street 
  • 10/25/2013 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
  • 10/26/2013 - Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge

w/ The Menzingers

  • 10/27/2013 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Toby Fest w/ Daylight
  • 10/28/2013 - Charlotte, NC @ Milestone Club

w/ LVL UP

  • 10/29/2013 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
  • 10/30/2013 - Atlanta, GA @ Under The Couch
  • 10/31/2013 - Gainesville FL @ The Fest

w/ Caspian & 65daysofstatic

  • 11/05/2013 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
  • 11/06/2013 OFF 
  • 11/07/2013 State College, PA @ Penn State (alone)
  • 11/08/2013 Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room
  • 11/09/2013 Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
  • 11/10/2013 Omaha, NE - TBA (alone)
  • 11/11/2013 Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
  • 11/12/2013 Salt Lake City, UT - Bar Deluxe 
  • 11/14/2013 San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
  • 11/15/2013 Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre
  • 11/16/2013 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
  • 11/17/2013 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
  • 11/18/2013 El Paso, TX - The Spot
  • 11/19/2013 Austin, TX - Red 7
  • 11/20/2013 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
  • 11/21/2013 Memphis - TBA (alone)
  • 11/22/2013 Nashville, TN - The High Watt
  • 11/23/2013 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
  • 11/24/2013 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
  • 11/25/2013 Washington, DC - The Rock & Roll Hotel
  • 11/26/2013 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church

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"Low Light Assembly" by The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die

This video took forever to come together. It's the culmination of a few ideas the band and us had bounced back and forth along with input from our friend Alex Henery (who directed and produced it). It felt like it took all summer to come together — but when it did the results were exactly what we wanted.

"Low Light Assembly" by The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die from Whenever, If Ever (official video)

As far as a larger narrative or background on it goes, we tried shooting this three times prior at various quarries and (apparently?) reservoirs around southern and eastern New England and kept getting stopped by fake cops. We decided to try our luck with this spot early in the morning and ended up with some pretty great results. The lake's actually on the top of a mountain so it was a good hike out to it. When we got there, we were the only people there with perfect conditions.

We originally had planned to use more footage from jumping into the water, hiking, insects and nature-y kinda stuff but when we started dumping the footage to the timeline everything we were getting from underwater just fit so well (so well) and we knew almost right away that we needed to scrap everything else and make it the focus.

Although I'm sure it will become a fall one for many of us, this album came to define our summer. For me, at least, this video is sort of a last grasp at that. It feels warm, nostalgic and familiar — we're really happy with how it came out and hope you guys enjoy it!

Thanks for watching, everyone — please share it with your friends!

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TWIABP's "Whenever, If Ever" release day!

Though long since available to everyone through what I will affectionately refer to as the leak, Whenever, If Ever is technically, officially out today. "What does this mean for me?", you may ask — and that's a perfectly valid question. It means Whenever, If Ever is available to:

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The record is available in the following record shops & retailers:

  • Amazon.com
  • Amoeba (San Francisco)
  • Amoeba (Hollywood)
  • Backside Records
  • CD City
  • Canterbury Records
  • Dearborn Music
  • Dimple
  • Disc and Dat
  • Disc Exchange
  • Eckstrom
  • Exclusive Company
  • Gotham
  • Graywhale
  • Hastings
  • Hot Topic
  • Independent Records & Video
  • Insound
  • Interpunk
  • J&R Electronics
  • Lou's Records
  • Midnight Starshine
  • Midwest Tape
  • Music Millennium
  • Newbury Comics
  • Painted Smiles
  • Park Ave/Halfman
  • Princeton Record Exchange
  • Red Scroll Records
  • Revhq.com
  • Salzer's Mercantile
  • Shop Radio Cast
  • Silver Platters
  • Sonic Boom Records
  • Transcontinent Records
  • Vintage Vinyl
  • Zia

Additionally, we're still running a Whenever, If Ever test press contest. Pick up a copy of the record by the end of the week to be eligible to win!

Lastly, TWIABP is on the road right now with Dads and Pity Sex! Go see them if you can!

Oh, right — and super lastly, the initial test press was rejected. If you're waiting on this record to arrive, that's why. It's delayed about a week and a half.

Thanks!!

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Whenever, If Ever; Life Is Suffering

Today was an exciting one here at our office as it saw the unveiling of two very special, near and dear records and our first foray into putting out a book (even if it has 200 pages and probably less than 200 words, haha). The humbling feeling of validation when you see something you believe in getting such widespread praise and support is something I hope everyone gets to experience at some point or another, even if in just some simple small way. The response to these records going on sale today — the culmination of years of planning, writing, setbacks, collaborating, personal sacrafice, etc. — is just that. So I'm sure when I say thank you for your support I speak for Hilary, Evan, everyone here at Topshelf and everyone in The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, collectively.

So now, I am faced with the difficult decision of acknowledging that Whenever, If Ever is actively leaking a month before it's release date. You can probably Google for it right now and get it.

This is arguably the biggest release we'll have all year as a label and this spoils a lot of planning we had in place over the last few months, but these things happen. This also forces me to acknowledge the real-world truth that yes, records cost money. This oft-avoided subject in our community is a reality for everyone who tours or postpones real life to make music in nearly any capacity. It's a thing. This record is no different.

So against my better judgement, we've made Whenever, If Ever available to:

Anyone who has pre-ordered the record already — thank you, sincerely — you'll be getting downloads as soon as I can get everything set up (we weren't planning on sending them for another month after all).

So, I'm appealing to you all to please use the above URLs to share, acquire and experience this record. I understand it's 2013 and you can download and share this for free (and we're not going to stop you) but I'm not doing my job if I don't ask. Heh, I don't have a job if I don't ask.

"Let's hope that this works out; this has got to work out"

-The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, "Fightboat"

Thanks, you guys.

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The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die US tour with Pity Sex, Dads & Daylight

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  • 06/13/2013 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
  • 06/14/2013 - Greenville, NC @ Tipsy Teapot
  • 06/15/2013 - Charleston, SC @ The Oasis (late)
  • 06/15/2013 - Murrells Inlet, SC @ Suck Bang Blow (early)
  • 06/16/2013 - Atlanta, GA @ Wonder Root
  • 06/17/2013 - Savannah, GA @ Taco Abajo
  • 06/18/2013 - Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
  • 06/19/2013 - Orlando, FL @ Wills' Pub
  • 06/20/2013 - Pembroke Pines, FL @ The Talent Farm
  • 06/21/2013 - Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
  • 06/22/2013 - New Orleans, LA @ Big Top June
  • 06/23/2013 - San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven
  • 06/24/2013 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
  • 06/25/2013 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
  • 06/27/2013 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks
  • 06/28/2013 - Meza, AZ @ Nile Underground
  • 06/29/2013 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe w/ Adventures 
  • 06/30/2013 - Highland Park, CA @ Growing Up Is dumb Fest w/ Defiance Ohio
  • 07/01/2013 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Ratchet House
  • 07/02/2013 - Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go Records
  • 07/03/2013 - Eureka, CA @ Placebo
  • 07/04/2013 - Portland, OR @ Garfield House
  • 07/05/2013 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon Lounge
  • 07/06/2013 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
  • 07/07/2013 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Sled
  • 07/08/2013 - Denver, CO @ Circle Music Collective
  • 07/09/2013 - Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studio
  • 07/10/2013 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
  • 07/11/2013 - Peoria, IL @ Broken Tree Coffee
  • 07/12/2013 - Chicago, IL @ Swerp Mansion
  • 07/13/2013 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Turtle Den
  • 07/14/2013 - Ann Arbor, MI @ 907 Lincoln
  • 07/15/2013 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hooiser Dome
  • 07/16/2013 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project w/ Adventures
  • 07/17/2013 - Williamsport, PA @ West 4th
  • 07/18/2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire w/ Daylight
  • 07/19/2013 - Alexandria, VA @ The Lab w/ Daylight 
  • 07/20/2013 - Brooklyn, NY @ Suburbia w/ Daylight
  • 07/21/2013 - New Haven, CT @ Bethesda Lutheran Church 

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The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die // Whenever, If Ever

Easily one of our most anticipated releases of this year — and certainly one that's long overdue — Whenever, If Ever will mark The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die's first foray into releasing a full length record. It'll be released by us on CD, vinyl and digitally on June 18, 2013. So, I dunno. about time, right?

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photo by Carly Hoskins.

I think this band has evolved into something that demands to be heard over the course of a full length record; and we've all been given glimpses of the potential of what that can be over the last few years' EPs and splits — but believe me, they fucking deliver, you guys.

We've been listening to demos, roughs, instrumentals, mixes — and finally — masters. It's been a thrill to see this record get made and will be well worth the wait.

We'll have more details on pre-orders, album art and track listing in the coming weeks.

Thanks, y'all.

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In case you missed it:

Perhaps my favorite thing about running a record label is that we're music fans and geek out about this shit just as much as anyone else. So weeks like this are just the best, y'know?!

We premiered two new songs today. Two really, really, really good songs. Do yourself a favor if you've got a few minutes:

Tigers Jaw is going out with a bang — they've got a full US tour with our favorites, Pianos Become the Teeth, and a monster of a split that we occasionally can't believe actually is even happening. I know Tigers Jaw aren't fans of punctuation, but this one puts an exclamation point to the end of a great run.

Listen to their new song "Fake Death" below and pre-order their split with Code Orange Kids, Self Defense Family and The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die in our store.

Weatherbox is a band that's a household name in our office. This band can do no wrong. They're underrated and underappreciated but there's absolutely no way that trend'll continue if they keep pumping out songs like this (and they always do and always will, so yeah). If you're a fan of the Topshelf catalog but not familiar with this band, I implore you to take a moment and give this song a listen — you're gonna like it.

In a niche where bands come and go (see above ): ), these guys are journeymen with absolutely no quit. They've been at this forever and just keep getting better. They'll be out on tour this summer with The Front Bottoms and I can't properly convey enough to you to make it out to a show and see them if you get the opportunity — they're great.

You can pre-order their split with Sainthood Reps right now in our store.

Lastly, the newest and youngest band on our roster, Have Mercy, premiered a new track from their debut full length album this week and it is — by all accounts — incredible. Melodies and hooks for days, you guys. They'll be at BLED Fest next month... schedule accordingly, people.

I'm not the only one who loves it:

“…Shimmering cascades of guitar noise and harrowing vocals. We’ve been playing it on repeat for so long that our friends are starting to worry.”

-MTV Buzzworthy

“…an emotional powerhouse that’ll remind you why you fell in love with music in the first place.”

-Absolutepunk

You can pre-order their new record The Earth Pushed Back now in our store.

EDIT: Keep an eye on the internet tomorrow right now BTW.

Thanks, you guys.

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