This year we’ll be teaming up with Washed Up Emo again in hosting our annual CMJ showcase at Brooklyn’s wonderful Cameo Gallery. The free event will feature Connecticut’s The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Michigan’s Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), Brooklyn natives Field Mouse, Baltimore’s Wildhoney and Connecticut’s Sorority Noise.
With the venue being on the smaller side, we expect it to be at capacity all night. To ensure entry without issue — even if we’re at capacity — we’ve made 50 VIP tickets available (you can order one or learn more about them here). Here’s the line-up and info for the show:
Washed Up Emo Presents: Topshelf Records 2014 CMJ Showcase
@ Cameo Gallery // 93 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
October 24, 2014, 6:30pm // 21+ // free, VIP tickets limited to 50 // Limited CMJ badges allowed entry.
Washed Up Emo DJ set: 11:30pm - 4:00am downstairs immediately following the show.
- The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die
- Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
- Field Mouse
- Sorority Noise
Here’s the Facebook event page if that’s your thing.
VIP tickets to this are almost gone!
Did a lot of cleanup around the office and was reminded of some older gems we’ve had the pleasure of releasing over the years. Here’s one of my favorites from back in 2007: TSR005. Stand Up Get Down's We Have Something to Celebrate. Such a fun album. We don’t have it for sale anymore, but have some copies still so if you order a record this weekend from us, we’ll throw in a copy of this on CD for free while they last.
Have a great weekend!
Photo by Mike O’Shea
Think for a moment of the last 12 years of your life. How have you changed? How have your interests, your tastes or your opinions changed? Now imagine going back and recreating something you worked on over a decade ago. You probably wouldn’t create the same product.
In a way, that’s what The Jazz June has done with their upcoming album, “After The Earthquake.” Though instead of setting out to rewrite past albums, the band let their newer sound play itself out more organically, and will release a more focused album where everything is tighter and sounds more deliberate on Nov. 11.
“After The Earthquake” was recorded with Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.) and Steve Poponi (Young Statues) at Gradwell House. You can stream the first single “Edge of Space” and pre-order the album from Topshelf Records.
So, first things first: Can you go ahead and say your name and what you do in The Jazz June?
My name is Andrew Hunter Low. I am the singer and rhythm guitarist for The Jazz June. I am also a descendant of Greenwood LeFlore, the last chief of the Choctaw tribe. No joke.
Can you explain what it felt like to release a new track after so long? Was it more exciting, nerve-wracking?
It was extremely nerve-wracking at first, but after the initial positive reviews came in from friends, fans and journos, I felt like maybe The Jazz June can still be a relevant band after all these years. We never wanted to become a tribute act to ourselves so writing new music that was as good as or better than our back catalogue was really important to us.
Before we meet up with Pianos Become The Teeth, we’ve got a few shows lined up. See you then!
Lotsa new stuff in the distro! http://topshelfrecords.com/categories/distro (at Topshelf HQ)
Richmond’s Sundials signed to Topshelf for their new EP earlier this year, and it was since announced that the EP’s called “Kick” and will be out on November 4 (pre-order physical or iTunes or Amazon MP3). Like…
Let’s listen to new Sundials songs! This one’s called “Splinter” and if you’ve followed the band for any length of time now, then this song is exactly what you wanted.
You don’t need a degree if you have your head on your shoulders — I dropped out to do this. Seth and I compliment each other very well in that I handle a lot of the art direction / A&R (or whatever) / social media / web / advertising and he handles accounting / production / distribution / licensing. We hire out for PR and radio campaigns and it’s all-hands-on-deck for mail order. There’s a little bit of crossover in what we both do on a daily basis, but we wouldn’t function without the help of the other. There are things that he does that I have zero concept of and vice versa. Not trying to trivialize it — it’s hard work — but I think if you had a basic grasp of a handful of these things, you could pick up the rest as you go. I’ve come to realize how much we have no idea what we’re ever even doing and that that is actually completely fucking fine.
Unfortunately, no, not this year :(. This is all ages, though — and will be a dang good time.
Yeah! That came up very early in our conversations with them — really cool connection. I’d be surprised if a Slingshot / Jazz June show doesn’t somehow happen at some point. Tough with The Jazz June being spread across two continents now, though.
New Nai Harvest LP spring 2015! They’re also on tour in the U, S of A riiiiight now. Weeeeeeeeeeeee!