September 28, 2012   3 notes

Leo Stannard - Please Don’t

I saw this guy last night.

He’s 16.

He’s uh. He’s incredible? A little cocksure, but he’s 16 with a voice like that so you know what, I would be too. Sony wants to sign him and he’s turned them down.

I don’t even know where to begin with this guy. He has a wicked first name, to be sure.

A voice similar to Paolo Nutini and a guitar style similar to Ben Howard. I’d be surprised if this guy doesn’t get really, really far. When I saw him last night, there were about 15 people there, including the other acts. He’s going to be so big. I just know it.

September 18, 2012   91 notes

"LOCAL BUSINESS" First Single and Cover REVEALED


Hello friends. By now, you’ve all heard about the forthcoming third Titus Andronicus LP, “Local Business,” coming October 22nd from our friends at XL Recordings. You may be wondering though, as is sensible to wonder when it comes to recorded music, what does it sound like? Well, wonder no longer, as it is our pleasure to now share with you the first single, “In A Big City,” with the lyrics embedded for you to follow along with.

For those of you who would prefer to judge a record by its cover, well, we are prepared to accommodate you too. Here it is in all of its glory, courtesy of our good friend Nolen Strals, formerly of Double Dagger and lately of the new band Pure Junk.


By now, you have surely been whipped into such a state of feverish anticipation that you just can’t wait to get yr hands on the thing. That is now easier than ever, as the good people at XL Recordings are now taking pre-orders here. Okay, that is a lot to process, but continue to watch this space, as we will have more pertinent information to reveal to you in the coming days. Stay tuned!

Yr friend,


Ohohoh. Watching that space.

(via ripbearwave)

September 16, 2012   49 notes

Topshelf Records 2012 Summer Sampler




We’ve put together a pretty rad comp featuring our roster alongside some of our favorite bands going right now — best of all, you can download it for free.

Essential Sunday evening listening. A few of ours on here and you’ll struggle to find a bad band on the whole thing.


Guess what’s great?

August 28, 2012   5 notes

Yeah you’re ravenous you’re champing at the bit
Just a cog next to a cog next to a pit 

Everything Everything - Cough Cough

I’ve always found it quite difficult to describe exactly what it is I love so much about Everything Everything. This song does not make things easier. It could be their entirely unique approach to vocals, combining choral elements with semi-spoken word. Maybe it’s the almost itchy percussion patterns they use. Perhaps the use of a harpsichord. Who knows? I adore this track though, and I don’t really care where the passion for this band comes from. I loved Man Alive and though it’s been quite a wait, I look forward to their next project increasingly.

July 25, 2012   19 notes

It seems the more I try to connect with the world
I am feeling more alone than I ever have felt before

I wanna pick up the phone, ask my dad how to handle it
But what will happen when my dad’s not there to answer it?

Childish Gambino - Be Alone

I keep returning to this EP, which I feel is still the best thing Gambino has done. This song is tender and rich with insights into Donald Glover’s mind. While still thick with with the bravado swagger that seems to be his trademark, he’s laying himself barer than he’s done before or since. There were hints of his insecurities in I Am Just A Rapper (both of them), but this track reaches out, almost desperately.

Shame about CAMP.

July 12, 2012   10 notes

and before you know
you’re getting old
and losing touch 

Tall Ships - Gallop

Practically anthemic, this song further proves that Tall Ships aren’t one of those bands that  are happy to just give you more of the same. The Brighton fellas bring the noise, so to speak, with neatly harmonised vocals and a frantic, “galloping” drumline. I have been highly anticipating the new album - Everything Touching, out in early October - and this taster does not disappoint.

July 11, 2012   17 notes

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves - Writing Utensils

The second song previewed off their upcoming 7” release “Making Moves”, this one isn’t a download but rather a stream. Released on SoundCloud a mere 2 hours ago, I have already given this track several thorough listens. But that’s A Great Big Pile Of Leaves for you: you start off just wanting to know what Pete Weiland is singing, but you find yourself drawn ever deeper in to the guitar melodies and before long you’re chanting along. This track is a lot more reminiscent of “Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?” (in particular We Don’t Need Our Heads) than previous release Pet Mouse, but brings a much more melancholy feel to the band’s sound. They still have the heady, twangy guitar sound, rich drum rhythms and dream-like vocals that many have come to associate the band with, but everything feels a little more downbeat. Whatever it is they’re doing, I like it and can’t wait for more.

July 11, 2012   2 notes

I don’t want any more doors
Cause I’m walking on the string
They only slam anymore
Like we’re pulling out teeth

Jukebox The Ghost - Somebody

Good god, but this is a fantastic song. Good pop can be quite hard to find, and chances are you won’t find it in the top 40. I’ve only recently been made aware of Jukebox The Ghost, but I’ve since scoured the internet for as much as I can lay my ears on and i have to say these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to writing catchy, headfilling indie disco tracks. This is a ruddy footstomper of a song, and I don’t regret having it on repeat for the past hour one bit. I would recommend their album Safe Travels to anyone with functioning aural cavities.

July 10, 2012   5 notes

Daughter playing Youth, live in a motorcycle shop in Brooklyn.


July 10, 2012   7 notes

i’m not that desperate
oh god, oh no
i am

Cursive - The Recluse