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The Saddest Landscape / Pianos Become The Teeth / We Were Skeletons Pre-orders!

We've launched pre orders for two new records today and there are a lot of different options available:

Pianos Become The Teeth / The Saddest Landscape - Split EP

Single 7 Inch or 4 Pack Bundle.

The Saddest Landscape / We Were Skeletons - Split EP

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Single 7 Inch, 4 Pack Bundle, TSL Package Deal, WWS Package Deal.

We also have a package that includes The Saddest Landscape's You Will Not Survive, PBTT/TSL Split 7 Inch, and TSL/WWS Split 7 Inch here.

To make today even better we are re-pressing Grown Ups' More Songs and Pianos Become The Teeth's Old Pride on vinyl and have launched pre orders for both.

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Topshelf & You, Me And Everyone We Know

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Whew! Busy week! To close it out, we're stoked to announce that we'll be releasing a brand new EP from You, Me And Everyone We Know (Baltimore, MD / Chicago, IL) this spring. The band just wrapped up a US tour with Hellogoodbye and has now shut themselves inside a studio in Chicago, IL to record the EP with John Farrel. This will be a follow up to the bands critically acclaimed debut full length Some Things Don't Wash Out released by Doghouse Records last October. Once the band wraps up recording they'll join the Glamour Kills Tour with The Ready Set and co. starting March 3rd through April 8th and have recently announced that they will be playing this year's Bamboozle Festival in New Jersey. More details on the EP will be announced shortly so keep your eyes and ears open.

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Topshelf Records to Reissue Pianos Become The Teeth and The Saddest Landscape Split

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We're mega excited to announce that we will be reissuing the Pianos Become The Teeth and The Saddest Landscape Split EP that was released last year on Just Say No Records. The album was originally released as a 9 inch record with an etching on the b-side. We will be reissuing the album as a 7 inch in April of this year with new artwork.

When Pianos Become The Teeth and The Saddest Landscape approached us about helping to keep the album in press, it was pretty much a no brainer. Both bands are great friends and this release featured two of the best tracks that either of them have released to date. The Saddest Landscape recently released a full length on Panic Records called You Will Not Survive and Pianos Become The Teeth are still supporting Old Pride out on Topshelf.

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Free new By Surprise song & "Mountain Smashers" pre-order!

Beginning today, we will host pre-orders for the debut 12" from By Surprise (Haddon Heights, NJ). Entitled Mountain Smashers, the vinyl will see an official release on April 5, 2011 via Topshelf. First pressing of the vinyl will be limited to 500 (400 Black and 100 Smoke). Friend Of Mine in Japan will be releasing a CD version in early Summer.

To celebrate today's pre-order, RCRD LBL is premiering the track "Realometer." You can download a free mp3 of the song here.

Safely guarded behind four pairs of glasses and an arsenal of awkward tendencies, the members of By Surprise have spent an equal amount of time combing through the forgotten dust-filled grooves of 7-inch records released during the 90s indie label boom, as they have with the off-beat and inspirational works of Henry David Thoreau, Jack Kerouac, and Douglas Adams. Mountain Smashers, the band’s first full-length album, romanticizes with the feelings of reluctance we’ve all felt towards growing up, slowing down, losing touch, and selling out. Clocking in at thirty minutes, it combines both the influence of those dusty 7” records, often overlooked, with the lessons learned from the aforementioned authors. It admits defeat, while exuding reassurance. It questions the norms, while embracing the inevitable. The guitars are loud and the feedback bleeds, the vocals clash in uniformed motion, and the lyrics are kind of weird. It’s by far the band’s most focused effort to date, and in some ways, it’s their most adventurous.

Mountain Smashers was recorded in the band’s hometown of Haddon Heights, NJ at The Gradwell House with Dave Downham of Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, and was mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. Weston, bassist of Shellac and an also elder statesman of the independent music scene, has also worked on records with such bands as Archers of Loaf, Boys Life, Polvo, The Get Up Kids, Vitreous Humor, Sebadoh, and LCD Soundsystem.

Pre-order Mountain Smashers here!

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We're Five Years Old!

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When Seth & I started this label five years ago we never really imagined where we would go with it. Along the way we’ve had some serious ups and downs, put out some fantastic records made by our friends, met some great people and subsequently made life-long friendships. We could get real long-winded and sappy here, but we’ve got more work to do ;).

To thank you all for helping us get this far, we’ve made a bunch of releases from our back catalog available for free. Just tweet from this page and you’ll unlock a page with a link to download them all.

Thanks so much and here’s to another five!

-Seth & Kev

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We Were Skeletons / Mischa & TWIABP pre-orders are now up!

We are proud to announce that we'll will be releasing the newest EP from Connecticut's The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die on vinyl. The 3 song EP is titled Josh Is Dead and picks up right where their debut EP Formlessness left off. Pre orders are now live for Josh Is Dead and the first pressing is limited to 500 records split between black, yellow, and pink vinyl. All pre orders will come with an immediate download of the record.

The World Is A Beautiful Place will be touring down to SXSW with Everyone Everywhere and recent Topshelf Records addition The Clippers. Dates and routing will be announced soon.

We Were Skeletons / Mischa - split 7

We've also got details for and are launching pre-orders for the We Were Skeletons and MNWA (pronounced mee-sha) split EP. The album features two brand new tracks from each band that were all recorded with Mike York from Pianos Become The Teeth. The release is a split endeavor with Black With Sap Records and will have a first time pressing of 500 records split between Yellow, Red, and Brown. Each label will have an exclusive color and share the third color. Order it here.

We Were Skeletons

Track 1) Wolves
Track 2) The Ghost of Jean Glam

MNWA

Track 1) A Midwinter Night’s Dream
Track 2) ...At Least We Got Capri Sun

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Welcome Coping & The Clippers!

We are extremely excited to announce two new additions to our growing roster. Coping (Chicago, IL) and The Clippers (Boston, MA) have teamed up to release a split 7 inch / Digital EP in late March with us. The EP will feature two brand new tracks from each band and is up for pre order from us right now. The first pressing will be limited to 500 and split between Black, Gold, Green, and White vinyl.

The Clippers, who are a two piece band, formed in September of last year and have been steadily gaining fans since with their high energy infectious pop rock. Coping, who is better known for their emo/punk upbeat janglyness (wut?), released a six-song cassette in September of last year. Both bands will be hitting the road together in April in support of the release.

Punknews.org will be streaming The Clippers debut EP An Evening With... today at 4PM EST to coincide with the pre order. Also, Al (drummer for The Clippers) and Myself (Kevin) will be on WRBB 104.9FM from 4PM - 6PM EST debuting a few new tracks from the EP along with plenty of other stuff. Tune in!

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New Big Kids EP

Big Kids on tour with Algernon Cadwallader

Hey guys! S’more updates for you this week. We’re really happy to be announcing that we’ll be putting out the brand new EP from Oakland, CA natives Big Kids. The band will finish recording the 3-song EP before the month is over and we plan to have it released for this spring via digital and vinyl.

Big Kids are in the middle of a west coast jaunt with good friends Algernon Cadwallader and are currently playing new tracks live. The remaining dates of the tour are below. Last summer we co-released Big Kids’ debut LP Hoop Dreams with Protagonist Music on vinyl and digitally. Big Kids have also started a blog where they have kept people up to date on the funny happenings on the road with Algernon.

1/14 @ The Artistery in Portland, OR
1/15 @ Chez Puget in Olympia, WA
1/16 @ The Black Lodge in Seattle, WA

More info including cover art, title, and pre-order coming soon.

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By Surprise & Topshelf Records

By Surprise

In continuing with a more-than-welcomed theme we’ve established lately of working with good friends, we’re elated to announce that we’ll be working with Haddon Heights, NJ’s By Surprise in releasing their forthcoming debut LP Mountain Smashers on vinyl.

The LP will see an official release in mid-March with pre-orders beginning in February. The first pressing will be limited to 500 copies.

Mountain Smashers was recorded in the band’s hometown of Haddon Heights, NJ at The Gradwell House with Dave Downham of Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start. The album was mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. Weston, bassist of Shellac and also an elder statesman of the independent music scene, has also worked on records with such bands as Archers of Loaf, Boys Life, Polvo, The Get Up Kids, Vitreous Humor, Sebadoh, and LCD Soundsystem.

For more info on By Surprise, check out their bio page on Topshelf Records including pictures and music.

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