Topshelf Records

2014 Digital Sampler no9


We know, we know — it’s 2015 now. Like anything we do, though, we took our sweet time to finish this. So here it is: our annual digital sampler, a half year late! If you’ve downloaded any of our previous samplers, you might notice this year’s has a lot of tracks — we thought this was an incredible year for music and wanted to showcase the new, new-to-us or just downright exciting people making music that we’ve enjoyed this year (there are so many more artists we could and should include on this download but we had to exercise some restraint).

Curating and putting this together is super rewarding — so we just wanted to thank everyone who has contributed a song! If you download this and find something you like, please use this page as a reference to all of the artists involved (links to their respective websites and music are available below).

We’ve created two parts: “Family” — artists affiliated with the Topshelf Records roster, and “Friends” — artists we really think people should be listening to right now. Before downloading it, though, we just ask that you please, please share it (there’s two convenient buttons directly below). All of the hard working people responsible for all of this music would greatly appreciate it if you did. Thanks, everyone. Happy listening!

-Kevin & Seth

PS: This album is free. There’s no need to pay for it. However, since bandcamp gives you the option to, and if for whatever reason you do, we won’t keep the money; we’ll donate it to the Greater Boston MSPCA. So, thanks!

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    “Put Some Wings on That Kid” by Braid

    From No Coast

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    “Everyone but You” by Field Mouse

    From Hold Still Life

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    “Bond” by LITE

    From Installation

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    “Thalassa” by Prawn

    From Kingfisher

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    “Loom” by Frameworks

    From Loom

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    “Golden Twin” by Wild Ones

    From Keep It Safe

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    “The National Throat” by Cut Teeth

    From Night Years

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    “Stun Spore” by Sundials

    From Kick

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    “Stubborn” by My Fictions

    From Stranger Songs

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    “over underground” by The Jazz June

    From After the Earthquake

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    “Can’t Shake the Feeling” by Diamond Youth

    From Shake

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    “Clotheslined” by Special Explosion

    From The Art of Mothering

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    “Hold Open My Head” by Nai Harvest

    From Hold Open My Head

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    “Bullied by a Bee” by Kind of Like Spitting

    From It’s Always Nice to See You

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    “Loss Will Find Us” by The Saddest Landscape

    From When You Are Close, I Am Gone

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    “You Wild Thing (An Illuminous Life)” by The City on Film

    From La Vella

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    “Award of the Year Award” by You Blew It!

    From Keep Doing What You’re Doing

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    “Indian Summer” by Enemies

    From Embark, Embrace

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    “Hanging Off” by Caravels

    From Lacuna

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    “Creases” by Tancred

    From S/T

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    “Anchor (Life Is Suffering version)” by Into It. Over It.

    From S/T

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    “Forfor” by The Velvet Teen

    From No Star


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    “Archie, Marry Me” by Alvvays

    From S/T courtesy of Polyvinyl Records

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    “Taking Nothing” by Infinity Girl

    From Just Like Lovers

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    “Odd & Even” by tide/edit

    From Foreign Languages courtesy of LIFE2short Productions

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    “October” by Del Paxton

    From Worst. Summer. Ever. courtesy of Secret Audio Club

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    “patternless tide” by PRETEND

    From tapestry'd life (previously unreleased)

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    “Get Out of My Dreams” by Wildhoney

    From Seventeen Forever

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    “Where?” by John Galm

    From Sky of No Stars courtesy of Broken World Media

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    “Repine” by Pianos Become the Teeth

    From Keep You courtesy of Epitaph Records

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    “Mediocre at Best” by Sorority Noise

    From Forgettable

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    “Ochansensu-Su” by tricot

    From T H E courtesy of Bakuretsu Records

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    “Summer’s Colour” by Basement

    From Further Sky courtesy of Run for Cover Records

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    “Oh, I’m a Wrecker (What to Say to Crazy People)” by A Sunny Day in Glasgow

    From Sea When Absent courtesy of Lefse Records

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    “Weird Dream” by Happy Diving

    From Big World courtesy of Father/Daughter Records

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    “Problems” by Pinegrove

    Previously unreleased

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    “Comeback” by Petal

    From Scout courtesy of Run for Cover Records

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    “A Drop of Blood...” by Owls

    From Two courtesy of Polyvinyl Records

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    “Oh Whitney” by Hurry

    From Everything​/​Nothing

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    “Next Time” by Brightside

    From Now and Loud courtesy of Broken World Media

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    “Fox’s Dream of the Log Flume” by mewithoutYou

    From Ten Stories courtesy of Pine Street

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    “Deep End” by Creative Adult

    From Psychic Mess courtesy of Run for Cover Records

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    “teeth” by sun dummy

    From cricket

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    “Trippy Gum” by Deers

    From Demo courtesy of Mermaid Avenue / Mom&Pop

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    “Idol Worship” by Colossal Wrecks

    From Waste The Moments courtesy of Mountain Man Records, Lauren Records, Square of Opposition, Kyeo Speaks Zine/Distro

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    “Games” by Elephant Gym

    From Angle

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    “In the Middle of the Night Someone Tore Off the Ceiling and Sucked Me to The Sky Before My Eyes Began to Boil I Saw Billions of Tiny Webs Connecting Everything” by Giraffes? Giraffes!

    From 10” courtesy of Boiler Room Recordings

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    “When We Get There” by Modern Charms

    From S/T

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    “Rekindle” by Brave Bird

    From T​-​Minus Grand Gesture courtesy of Count Your Lucky Stars

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    “Calling You” by Crimson Wave

    From Say / Calling You courtesy of Accidental Guest Recordings

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    “1000 Seasons” by The Rentals

    From Lost In Alphaville courtesy of Polyvinyl Records

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    “Kangaroo Pocket” by Rozwell Kid

    From Too Shabby courtesy of Broken World Media

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    “Townie” by Mitski

    From Bury Me At Make Out Creek courtesy of Double Double Whammy

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    “Cars” by Floral

    From Floral EP

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    “Cool” by Tigers Jaw

    From Charmer courtesy of Run for Cover Records

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    “Dear God, This Parachute is a Knapsack” by Two Knights

    From Shut Up courtesy of Count Your Lucky Stars

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    “Tropical Jinx” by Little Big League

    From Tropical Jinx courtesy of Run for Cover Records

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    “No Brains” by Posture & the Grizzly

    From Busch Hymns courtesy of Broken World Media

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    “Cold Lakes/Quiet Dreams” by Florist

    Previously unreleased

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    “Plain Speech” by Ava Luna

    From Electric Balloon courtesy of Western Vinyl

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    “Asleep” by Makthaverskan

    From II courtesy of Run for Cover Records

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    “Chestnut Street” by Xerxes

    From Collision Blonde courtesy of No Sleep Records

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    “Jane Eyre” by Sur Back

    From Kitsch

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    “Ski Vacation” by LVL UP

    From Hoodwink'd courtesy of Double Double Whammy & Exploding in Sound

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    “Big Big Blood” by La Luz

    From It’s Alive courtesy of Hardly Art

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    “Figure You Out” by Citizen

    From Youth courtesy of Run for Cover Records

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    “The body descends” by Julia Brown

    From An Abundance of Strawberries

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    “Rapture in Heat” by Liam Betson

    From The Cover of Hunter courtesy of Double Double Whammy

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    “Two Beers In” by Free Throw

    From Those Days Are Gone courtesy of Count Your Lucky Stars

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    “Flowing Through” by Adventures

    From Pity Sex / Adventures Split courtesy of Run for Cover Records

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    “Brunch” by S

    From Cool Choices courtesy of Hardly Art

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    “Roots” by The Great Albatross

    From Roots courtesy of Count Your Lucky Stars

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    “pavement” by Teen Suicide

    Previously unreleased

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    “Statement” by Dissolve

    From S/T courtesy of Painter Man Records

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    “Your Graduation” by Modern Baseball

    From You’re Gonna Miss It All courtesy of Run for Cover Records

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    “Welcome Home” by Kittyhawk

    From Hello, Again courtesy of Count Your Lucky Stars

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    “Brooding Over” by Calculator

    From This Will Come to Pass courtesy of Count Your Lucky Stars

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    “Spin Me” by Camera Shy

    From Jack-O-Lantern courtesy of Run for Cover Records

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    “Midway” by Perspective, A Lovely Hand to Hold

    From Play Pretend courtesy of Broken World Media

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    “Cool” by White Reaper

    From S/T courtesy of Polyvinyl Records

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    “Rot Closet” by Trashlord

    From One courtesy of Broken World Media

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    “Hello Cruel World” by Hightide Hotel

    From Naturally courtesy of Count Your Lucky Stars

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    “Crimson Wave” by Tacocat

    From NVM courtesy of Hardly Art

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    “Pink Chalk” by Zookeeper

    From Pink Chalk courtesy of Count Your Lucky Stars

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    “In my dreams we’re almost touching” by Ricky Eat Acid

    From Three Love Songs

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    “A Map, a String, a Light” by Yvette Young

    From Acoustics EP courtesy of More than Me Records / Friend of Mine Records

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