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We see this space as an opportunity to give a platform for our roster—but moreso, the individual people that comprise our roster—to speak on anything that's important to them, or to simply share anecdotes about their music. Our hope is that this will expand into a curated, open-ended hub for not just news and updates, but also recommendations, behind-the-scenes, "premieres" & exclusives, random musings, calls to action, and as a means for us to riff on what we think is important. Our logo is a speech bubble, after all.

Every post we've ever made going back to 2006 has been meticulously tagged and archived here for you. Use the 'by artist' dropdown or the filters to show posts that're more specific to what you're looking for, or just scroll down to peruse things chronologically. Thanks for reading!
 
 
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Gregory Uhlmann // Goosebumps

"Recorded in a nook between my kitchen and living room, 'Goosebumps' is a song about the stretchiness of time." read more →

 

"Talking to the Dead" // New live video from Olivia Kaplan

Olivia Kaplan

"she’s alone / but she’d never tell / she feels her lover ought to know her well / enough to call, enough to ask / enough to try though he don’t understand." read more →

 

A Great Big Pile of Leaves // New Album 'Pono' out August 13

A Great Big Pile of Leaves

"This is meticulous, sophisticated music about living as casually as possible." -Stereogum read more →

 

Olivia Kaplan // Behind the Album Art

"Maybe someone will stumble upon this record and find it rewarding in some way, like finding a mermaid tail where they thought they’d find a wet sock." read more →

 

Olivia Kaplan // "Ghosts" - New Single + Music Video

Olivia Kaplan

On "Ghosts" Kaplan light-heartedly confronts the nuanced fear and apathy towards commitment between two people. read more →

 

Lunarette // Artist Curated Playlist

Lunarette

"Here are some songs that we got into from this past year, a year we obviously did not expect. Each of us got into sounds that have informed our evolving musical perspectives, and while varying, I find that they all feed off each other." read more →

 

Ratboys Announce Fall Tour w/ Wild Pink!

Ratboys

Ratboys have announced Fall dates co-headlining with Wild Pink & tickets go on sale this Friday! These shows will precede their Spring tour supporting Julien Baker in Europe. read more →

 

Gulfer & Charmer Do a Split

"The whole idea of finding a band because another band you like has some kind of connection with them is a cool way to get your hands on new music. When I first got familiar with labels like Topshelf and Count Your Lucky Stars, I would always make sure to check the splits they would put out. It was a cool insight into what was happening in the scene in the States at the time - what bands were interacting with each other and who was supporting who." read more →

 

Topshelf Digest // May Updates

Gulfer

"There's beautiful personal wreckage in the post-truth and existential meltdown worlds of Gulfer and Charmer on the emo punk bands' new split." read more →

 

Olivia Kaplan // Five Inspirations

Skip stones with Olivia Kaplan as she connects dots of inspiration around her debut record "Tonight Turns to Nothing" -- out June 25. read more →

 

Olivia Kaplan // Third Single "Still Strangers"

Olivia Kaplan

"Still Strangers" is a poised ballad about feigned intimacy performed completely solo, with a distinct composure and gravity. read more →

 

Ten Years of Ratboys // A Timeline

"Happy Birthday, Ratboy" celebrates 10 years of Ratboys - use this timeline to get familiar with the band's full history, accompanied by some adorable archival photos! read more →

 

Olivia Kaplan // Curated Playlist

Olivia Kaplan

"I love the way she owns her shit while leveling her lovers so eloquently..." read more →

 

In Photos // Ten days touring Japan with Ratboys

Back in 2018, Ratboys embarked on a short tour of Japan's Honshu island and Kevin tagged along. We gave everyone cameras to document the trip, and now present this gallery with some rousing anecdotes. read more →

 

"Take Your Pick" w/ Loraine James

"I remember just always listening to it on repeat when I was on the bus as a teenager." read more →

 

Olivia Kaplan Shares Lyric Video for Single "Wrong"

Olivia Kaplan

"Good news for fans of homespun pop that cuts deep." read more →

 

Really From S/T album out now!

Really From

"The album is dizzyingly complex and is always doing so many things at once, but it remains accessible throughout. You don't need a jazz degree to be interested in what they're doing; for all the intricate, twisted patterns on this album, these are just great, tuneful rock songs." - Brooklyn Vegan read more →

 

toe // DOKU-EN-KAI

toe

toe have announced a new feature-length live release, DOKU-EN-KAI, to be livestreamed in full via Bandcamp on March 5. read more →

 

Tancred // Self-Titled Album Livestream

Tancred

"I’m very excited to play these songs now, some of which will be for the first time, and solo acoustic, the way each was originally written. These songs are raw and I can’t wait to present them that way." read more →

 

"Take Your Pick" w/ Jer from Skatune Network

"That show lives rent-free in my head for the rest of my life." ~ hit a skank down memory lane with Jer from Skatune Network, as they pick 5 of their favorite Topshelf releases read more →

 

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standards

An interview with Marcos Mena, guitarist of standards. We chat cancelled tours, favorite fruits, and stuffed animal companions. read more →

 

Really From Announce new Self-Titled LP

Really From

The innovative, new self-titled LP from Really From is out March 12, 2021 -- equal parts jazz improvisation, minimalist composition, and punk rock ethos. read more →

 

Introducing: Olivia Kaplan

Olivia Kaplan

2021 finds her embarking on a new chapter with single “Wrong”, a warm and bouncing groove dedicated to everyone trying their best to find balance in devastation and absurdity. read more →

 

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Crisman

"Creating is a way to get out of my head, so I like to keep an open mind and try not to hold myself to any specific plan or boundaries." read more →

 

addy // Home Studio Tour

"I love when an album feels like you could live inside it." A home studio tour with addy ~ read more →

 

2020 Music Videos in Review

I thought it would be fun to look back on this year in music videos, thinking we must have had a hand in releasing 9 or 10..... little did I realize that my fragile grasp on time has erased large swathes of the last year selectively (is this relatable?) read more →

 

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Harry the Nightgown

"In 5th grade my friends and I started our first band My Noisy Neighbors. It was nine girls and we all played guitar and covered The Jonas Brothers." Learn more about the playful origins behind this avant pop duo read more →

 

Bellows // Quarantine Bookclub with Oliver

My favorite story in this collection, “Real Women Have Bodies”, revolves around a mysterious plague that makes women become incorporeal — certain women wake up to find they’ve become slightly translucent and then gradually lose their physical bodies before just disappearing into thin air... Animation by Sarah Alvarez read more →

 

Record Setter // Curated Playlist

"Nick Harmer is my favorite bassist of all time. Everything I write is basically a failure to write a Nick Harmer line." read more →

 

Introducing: Record Setter

Record Setter

We are thrilled to announce that we've added Record Setter to our roster, and will be releasing their new album '​I Owe You Nothing'​ digitally on November 6. read more →