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Gregory Uhlmann // Lead Single "Spice Girls"

Gregory Uhlmann has premiered the first single from his forthcoming second record, Neighborhood Watch, which we will be releasing July 24. "Spice Girls" premiered with Atwood Magazine, accompanied by a thoughtful write-up and interview. You can stream the single on your platform of choice :~)

The singer-songwriter and guitarist Gregory Uhlmann, a member of Perfume Genius, Fell Runner and the genre-bending improvising trio Typical Sisters, has in the past found loveliness in dark places. His acclaimed solo album of 2016, Odd Job, blended “lush, hypnotic, minimalist chamber-pop with compelling, introspective folk melancholy,” per the Big Takeover.

For Uhlmann, Odd Job came from a place of yearning and longing—an expression of a young songwriter looking back, often in sadness or regret or angst. But his new project, Neighborhood Watch, while also rich in melodic and textural allure, comes from a place of contentment. Consider it a meditation on domestic bliss experienced in early adulthood, an expression of the sweetness, good humor and fond reflections Uhlmann is compelled toward at this happy place in his life.

Neighborhood Watch is a cozy portrait of grains of sand, cats, ants, getting colds, letting loose, feeling shy, watching movies, and being in love,” the songwriter says.

"Rising and falling in heavy waves of lush overdrive & hypnotizing vocals, Gregory Uhlmann’s “Spice Girls” introduces his forthcoming second album ‘Neighborhood Watch’ with a raw, impassioned outpouring."

-Atwood Magazine

Neighborhood Watch is available to pre-order from our website and through Uhlmann's Bandcamp on digital, cassette, and three vinyl variants:

  • Light & Dark Brown "Wood" (limited to 100)
  • 180g Black (limited to 150)
  • Pink & Neon Red "Galaxy" (limited to 250)

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Crisman // "Surprise" Music Video Premiere

The Alternative has premiered the music video or Crisman's song "Surprise", with accompanying interview. Read the statement from Madeline Dowd, lead vocals and guitar for Crisman:

The video for “Surprise” revolves around dependency, letting go, and urgency versus patience. The story starts as the main character purchases ice from the local ice store. The video showcases a relationship between the main character and the bag of ice—they spend time together through activities such as playing basketball, going to the park, feeding the ducks etc. Eventually the ice starts to melt and their relationship starts to dwindle. The ice eventually melts away and the character is confronted with feelings of emptiness and loneliness. Being able to bury these emotions and ultimately come to terms with them is what this video is talking about.

"Surprise" was the first single from Crisman's self-titled debut album, released April 3.

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Friend Oasis // Digital Festival May 1

We were so bummed to have to kiss our SXSW showcases goodbye this year, so we decided to revive our unofficial showcase as a digital get together of 12 of our favorites bands and all you good people online!

We are proud to present: ~* Friend Oasis *~

You can head over to our Twitch channel starting at 4pm to catch any of these amazing performers with set times as follows (times in EST):

Friday also marks Bandcamp Day #2, where Bandcamp will be waiving their platform fees site-wide on all purchases, meaning you can put more of your money directly into your favorite artists' pockets. We will be waiving our cut as a label this weekend as well, Friday-Sunday for all digital sales. If you'd like to purchase music from any of the Friend Oasis performers you can follow the above hyperlinks to their Bandcamp page :)

See you there!

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Summer Internship

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

Our staff live in different cities spread all over the US 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.

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 skill set 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, todoist, 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 skill set(s). Lastly, please have more than just a cursory understanding of our roster and catalog.

  • The position pays $250.00/month.
  • we can accommodate 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 summer (June through September), 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 . 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.). Applications should be submitted by May 29, 2020. We'll respond to all applicants upon receipt of your application and will have a decision by the end of May. Please no attachments other than a resume!!!!!

Thanks for your time and consideration.

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Crisman // Curate our "Staff Selections" Playlist

Crisman have taken the reigns on our "Staff Selections" spotify playlist this month, with 20 songs for your listening pleasure:

"The songs in here have inspired us in some way or another and end up in heavy rotation when we are in the van together. Overall these are songs that have made us just excited about making music and have showed us something new."


  1. Rollercoaster - Dear Nora
  2. To Know Your Tone - Hoop, Allyson Foster
  3. Drink You Dry - Minihorse, Anna Burch
  4. painting - waveform*
  5. Bedside Table - Bedhead
  6. A Minor Place - Bonnie “Prince” Billy
  7. Homecoming Queen - Sparklehorse
  8. Oh! - The Breeders
  9. Told - Poppies
  10. Stars Will Fall - Duster
  11. Volcano - Horse Jumper of Love
  12. Mythological Beauty - Big Thief
  13. Speed Trials - Elliott Smith
  14. Bullshit - Palehound
  15. SB's Truck - Happyness
  16. Germs - Acetone
  17. Dazed and Awake - Aerial M
  18. Some Things Last A Long Time - Built To Spill
  19. Sugarcube - Yo La Tengo
  20. Get Away - Yuck

If you haven't yet, check out Crisman's stellar debut record "Crisman", out now ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

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Thanya Iyer // Visual Album "KIND"

Thanya Iyer has shared "KIND", a ~20 minute film to accompany her forthcoming record of the same name.

Crucial questions around healing, cultural identity, and disability are among the many subjects visited by Thanya Iyer's sophomore album, KIND. Although represented by a concise title, KIND explores an expansive universe where Iyer and her band examine interpersonal relationships, ideas of home and destination, and our collective responsibilities to one another. To aid in this journey of big, difficult questions, Iyer enlists the help of a huge cast of musicians, with guest features ranging from brass trios, vocal sextets, flautists, and harpists.

You can find the film on Youtube or on our igtv, and if you like what you hear, you can pre-order KIND in our shop now <3

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Crisman // Debut self-titled album out now

It's album release day for Crisman, their full-length, self-titled debut is available now to stream and for purchase on cassette or vinyl. The Alternative calls Crisman, "[...] atmospheric and translucent, with jutting riffs that prevent it from becoming shapeless." If you haven't heard it yet, give it a spin. We've had this record on repeat for weeks and we think you'll want to do the same \ (•◡•) /

For this album, founding members Madeline Dowd and Boone Patrello teamed up with fellow Denton musician Grahm Robinson. Contrasted against the childlike playfulness of Dowd's paintings, the band's collective experience is refracted throughout the measured ten-song collection.

Recommended if you like: Florist, Lomelda, Palehound, Hand Habits, Built to Spill, Duster, Pinback, Horse Jumper of Love

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Alfred. // New EP "One Trick Pony" & video for "PRNDL/DR. CALL"

Today marks the release of the latest and greatest EP from our very own Alfred. While frustration is inherent to Alfred.'s life and creative output, they're careful not to make it the sole focus of their work. Rather than play into others’ expectations, Alfred. opts for imaginative self-storytelling and twisted streams of wordplay consciousness, set to longtime collaborator clwdwlkr's immaculately produced beats and wavescapes. On One Trick Pony, Alfred. covers a striking breadth of styles across a mere six songs, dancing between dark gospel, Dilla-inflected sampling, and hypnotic bops. You can find these tracks now digitally and on cassette.

One Trick Pony comes paired with a stunning, ecstatic music video for track 04 "PRNDL/DR. CALL". On the video, Alfred. had this to say:

"Self-expression through several mediums is a reminder that art is the tool guiding our innards to fill a space/time. Connor is a friend who pushes and challenges me to creatively hold onto my zeal with reserve and tenderness. I’m fascinated by the world they’ve built through photography by freezing a small universe in time. Truthfully, I fear holing myself into old frames of mind moving forward on my journey of radical self-expression. Connor facilitates the stillness of this world through bleak skies and through the dances of our environments — it melts around the heat of acquiesced chaos and together we relish in an air of suspense and poise. Dealing with chronic eczema makes sharing my body as a queer artist a tricky territory (one of several reasons) —— it’s as if I should know how to celebrate myself in a world that moves around me like I am an eyesore. I shy away from physical vulnerability in my work or centering it around the body. Using myself as a picture frame through small, organized movement informs me that my body works as a cloak, as a weapon, as a presence, as several things that I fail to rejoice in. This work encourages me to embrace the roundness in my face and the boldest parts of my shadows. To be captured dancing like Death in the valley, to lounge as a scarecrow of the field, to be seethe in the red echo chamber of my imagination, to softly gaze over moving water all feel so very familiar. I feel carefully placed in a sequence of memories and dreams, I’m thankful for this shared experience."

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Crisman // Share sweet serenade "Icee Blue"

"Icee Blue" is the third single from Crisman's forthcoming self-titled debut album. The song shares in the experience of love and the infectiousness of a new romance, a thematic reproduction of the song's infectious composition. Appeals to this fresh love slowly unfurl over ambling drums and sugary acoustics, accentuated with flashes of glockenspiel and keys which reimagine the spritely energy of newfound affection. We promise you'll wanna listen to this one over and over again \ (♥‿♥) /

If (like us) you just can't get enough Crisman you can pre-order their record before the April 3 release ~ available digitally, on CD, cassette, and 3 special vinyl variants including 180g black (limited to 75), blue (out of 125), and tri-stripe primary (out of 300)

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standards // lead single "Special Berry" out now

Ring ring! It's standards calling with your daily dose of vitamin-c infused fruit rock ヾ(⌐■_■)ノ♪

"Special Berry", the lead single from standards' debut full-length record (due out this summer), is out now and you can watch guitarist Marcos Mena play through this sunshiney bop with an assortment of quarantine-approved friends (stuffed animals). "Special Berry" represents the idea of something simple yet covertly complex, like a small blueberry with tart yet sweet flavor.

Get to know standards! Find them on Instagram // Twitter // Spotify // Bandcamp // Facebook

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