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Boyscott // Goose Bumps

We're elated to announce that Topshelf Records has teamed up with Babe City Records to jointly reissue Boyscott's widely loved surf-pop debut, Goose Bumps.

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Pre-order the album on vinyl, CD, or cassette (*ships October 25, 2019*)

On Goose Bumps, Connecticut's Boyscott present ten upbeat tracks that forge together elements of surf rock and bedroom pop. Weaving the supple sounds of yore into the techniques of today, Boyscott's distinct bedroom-recorded bops betray the limitations of their modest studio situation with a sonic depth not commonly associated with lo-fi projects.

Originally released in 2015, Goose Bumps is getting its first vinyl pressing with a co-release by Topshelf Records and Babe City Records. Although it took a few years of rotating casts, various makeshift studio experiences, and over a hundred shows, Boyscott have clearly carved out their own place in the world, garnering millions of streams and selling out many DIY physical pressings in the process. Read below for tour dates, and enjoy the record!


layout by Scott Hermo

upcoming Boyscott tour dates:

  • September 13, 2019 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Message the band for address
  • September 14, 2019 - Hartford, CT @ Wherehouse
  • September 16, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers
  • September 17, 2019 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig ✧
  • September 18, 2019 - Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village ✧
  • September 19, 2019 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s Locker Rm ✧
  • September 20, 2019 - Kenyon College @ The Horn Gallery ✧
  • September 21, 2019 - Penn State @ Message the band for address ✧
  • September 22, 2019 - Bard College @ SMOG
  • September 25, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ❍
  • September 26, 2019 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ❍
  • September 27, 2019 - New York City @ Webster Hall ❍
  • September 28, 2019 - Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall ❍
  • September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel ❍
  • October 10, 2019 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3s Artspace ▨
  • October 11, 2019 - Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater ▨
  • October 12, 2019 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street ▨
  • October 17, 2019 - Queens, NY @ Trans Pecos
  • October 26, 2019 - Lyme, CT @ Foliage Folk Festival
✧ = supporting Den-Mate
❍ = supporting Pinegrove
▨ = supporting Vundabar



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No Vacation // Listen to "Estrangers" from the Upcoming EP, Phasing

We're extra pumped today to share the newest track from No Vacation with you, entitled "Estrangers," the first single from the group's upcoming EP Phasing, out October 18, 2019. Check out the new track today on your preferred music listening platform, or sign up to be notified when physical pre-orders are live.

Sung in a calm whisper over meandering guitar and a bossa nova-reminiscent groove, "Estrangers" is the latest indulgence from the ethereal dream-pop group. Originally begun at a house party in late 2016, "Estrangers" took longer than most songs to complete. In spite of personal struggles and feelings of estrangement, the song was eventually finished in early 2019 with the addition of Romantic Era-inspired cello parts, resulting in the song's beautifully nostalgic string climax that sings with pure, cutting emotion.

No Vacation - Phasing

  1. "Estrangers"
  2. "Changes"
  3. "Out of Place"
  4. "Days"
  5. "Last Dance"

out October 18, 2019

art by Sab Mai


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Field Mouse // "Heart of Gold" Video Released

Yesterday saw the drop of Field Mouse's new video for "Heart of Gold" with an exclusive premiere, courtesy of The Alternative.

The video for “Heart of Gold,” the [new] album’s second track, was shot entirely on an iPhone and, like the record, is simultaneously intimate and expansive. Gorgeous, wide open spaces form the backdrop for the band’s camaraderie as they dance and sing along to the shimmering tune.

Check out the video in the embed below and make sure to add the new album Meaning to your library on your favorite streaming platform.

shot and directed by Field Mouse

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Queen of Jeans // If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid

The sophomore record from Philly's Queen of Jeans is out everywhere today, and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you.

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A little less than two weeks before Queen of Jeans went into the studio to record, Miri’s mom passed away. Simultaneously, following the election in 2016, it was the first time as an adult that she ever really felt afraid to be herself in her own country. “I found myself in fear not only of losing my mom to her illness, but of losing my space within society as a queer woman, and watching space get taken away from so many others.”

If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid is a reaction to all of those emotions, stirred up from these events as Miri tried to navigate her relationships with her partner, friends and family without the guidance of her mom or a stable grip on what was and continues to happen in this country.

Despite all of it, though, Miri was able to open up on this record in a way that feels more like an act of bravery than anything else. Even the album’s first track and first-released single, “Get Lost,” finds the young songwriter owning the parts of her that might make her seem like a “square” or “boring” to others. The entire process was a significantly different experience for her, and it shows. If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid is an impactful collection of songs that stand for something real; Queen of Jeans’ invitation to the listener to embrace their own stories, no matter how scary it may seem.

layout by Steven Arnold

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mouse on the keys // "Mind"

Today we're thrilled to share “Mind,” the latest standalone composition from Japan’s prodigious jazz-meets-progressive-rock trio mouse on the keys. It opens in a swelling drone before exploding into jagged, disjointed syncopations overlapped with fervent, arpeggiating leads. Previously known for their dueling piano works that mash together modern jazz composition with neoclassical inflection, mouse on the keys have recently shown a fondness for synths, an effective textural addition to the already profound depth and elasticity of their unique sound. This subtle sonic shift is distinguished by the fuzzy, wailing synths that guide “Mind” to its boisterous climax, a cyber-kinetic eruption of urgency and suspense.

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art by Yoshiaki Miura

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Another Michael // Fall Tour with Beach Bunny

Another Michael will join Beach Bunny for a string of ten shows this November along the east coast, including a couple midwest shows and a short trip to Toronto, Canada.

They'll have copies of their newest EP, LAND, which you might like to brush up on before getting to the gig!

dates:

  • November 16, 2019 - Detroit @ El Club
  • November 17, 2019 - Toronto @ Hard Luck
  • November 20, 2019 - Boston @ Great Scott
  • November 21, 2019 - New York @ Rough Trade
  • November 22, 2019 - Philadelphia @ Philamoca
  • November 23, 2019 - DC @ Songbyrd
  • November 24, 2019 - Carboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
  • November 25, 2019 - Atlanta @ Drunken Unicorn
  • November 26, 2019 - Nashville @ DRKMTTR
  • November 27, 2019 - Columbus @ Big Room Bar

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Elephant Gym // "Half" | Level Live

Level is a new platform providing tools for musicians with a focus on building community with independent artists. Elephant Gym recently teamed up with them for an incredible live performance of their song "Half," taken from their most recent record, Underwater. The Alternative praised the band's performance in a premiere earlier this week, explaining that "no one locks down such intricate instrumentation with more obvious joy than Elephant Gym."

If the live video wasn't news enough for fans, the band also announced this week that they'll be playing Tyler, the Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw festival this fall, after a sweet run of west coast dates with Topshelf labelmates LITE. Tickets are on sale today.

You can also enjoy the live performance of "Half" on your preferred streaming platform, courtesy of Level.

West Coast dates with LITE:

  • October 28, 2019 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Ballroom
  • October 29, 2019 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
  • October 30, 2019 - Portland, OR @ Paris Theatre
  • November 1, 2019 - Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone Berkeley
  • November 2, 2019 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub
  • November 3, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
  • November 4, 2019 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
  • November 6, 2019 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge

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Queen of Jeans // "Only Obvious to You"

The latest single from Queen of Jeans, "Only Obvious to You," is out today on all streaming platforms. Taken from the band's upcoming album If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid, the new single blends Queen of Jeans’ signature softness with a rousing awakening of spirit. “This is a song about recognizing your value, and acknowledging when you’ve let someone take away your voice and dictate your worth,” explains Devora.

Listen to "Only Obvious to You" today on your preferred platform, or scope the music video below (heck, do both if you've got the time!)


The video was directed by Miri Devora, shot on an iPhone by guitarist Mattie Glass, edited by longtime collaborator Bob Sweeney, and filmed at Philadelphia Pride earlier this summer.

Mattie explains: “With the video, we wanted to showcase the LGBTQIAP+ community because that's our experience of love. It's not to say that our community experiences more or less of the pain of love - it's just that we experience the same amount as everyone else. A lot of times with the visibility in the media, you see these flowery commercials by corporations touting "love is love" and it's always a very one dimensional positive message. Like, “oh look at these cute happy gays - they’re just like us, laughing and eating cereal with their kids!” But we're so much more than that. As a queer person, I'm much more interested in seeing honest representation. We're human beings, and we have the same experiences that everyone else does.”

Album release shows:

  • September 5 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
  • September 6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
  • September 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Goldsounds
  • September 8 - Boston, MA @ ONCE Ballroom

Tour with From Indian Lakes:

  • November 9, 2019 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
  • November 11, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
  • November 12, 2019 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
  • November 15, 2019 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
  • November 16, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
  • November 17, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
  • November 19, 2019 - Washington DC @ Songbyrd
  • November 20, 2019 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
  • November 21, 2019 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt
  • November 23, 2019 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
  • November 25, 2019 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
  • November 26, 2019 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
  • December 3, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
  • December 4, 2019 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
  • December 5, 2019 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
  • December 7, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
  • December 8, 2019 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
  • December 10, 2019 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
  • December 11, 2019 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater

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Field Mouse // Meaning

Ending an unplanned hiatus begun in 2016, the Brooklyn- and Philly-based Field Mouse have resurfaced to release their third full-length record, entitled Meaning. Slowly and painstakingly put together during politically tumultuous times, Meaning naturally came to be a record about "growing as a person despite the feeling of global entropy," as guitarist, vocalist, and lead writer Rachel Browne describes. But what exactly is the function of art in such a chaotic world? Over the course of Meaning's 11-song runtime, Field Mouse deftly posit their own answers to this tricky question, maneuvering between issues of growth, social media, insomnia, and forgiveness, the result of which is a nimbly composed dream pop record with infectious inflections of shoegaze and indie rock.

Listen to Meaning today on your preferred platform.

Remaining shows with Summer Cannibals:

  • August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
  • August 17, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
  • August 18, 2019 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong

photo by Katie Krulock // layout by Kevin Duquette


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Fall Internship

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

Our staff live in different cities spread all over the west coast 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, though applicants located in the Portland, OR area who can work directly with Kevin in our Northeast Portland home office are preferred.

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 skillset 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, Wunderlist 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 skillset(s). Lastly, please have more than just a cursory understanding of our roster and catalog.

  • The position pays $250.00/month.
  • we can accomodate 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 fall semester (early September through mid-December), 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 . Please 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.).

Please no attachments other than a resume!!!!!

Thanks for your time and consideration.

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