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  1. 3 points
    Interesting conversation going on in here—and not a topic that's lost on me, or in any way news to me. It has always bothered/disappointed me the records that get tons of attention that we release vs. the records that get no support whatsoever for seemingly no discernible reasons (take a look at, idk, the Sorority Noise pre-order thread from earlier this year vs. say, the LITE "Cubic" thread for a stark example of this). And that's actually completely 1000000000% bonkers to me. Like, pretty crazy. Obviously to take nothing away from Sorority Noise, LITE's one of the most talented and interesting and non-derivative acts making music today and it's absolute crickets from this community because.... reasons(?). The crowd here, ~generally speaking~, on this particular forum, I've never really felt like my tastes really fully align with completely. BUT I've always been super appreciative of the support y'all have given us throughout the years. I know we're hemorrhaging that support, though. I understand we're not releasing records you [think] you care about. I read it every few days on forums and Facebook groups and Twitter and in this very thread. But we've also been doing this for over ten years now. I couldn't legally drink when Seth and I started this label and now we're in our 30's. It's not an "out of touch" thing—it's a tastes changing thing. I have almost no interest in the music I predominantly listened to a decade ago and that is reflected in the music we currently release through the label now as well. I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I was putting out records just because I knew they'd do well, but that I was in no way myself personally interested in. That might pay the bills and other labels certainly do that but I'm way not down. So, here we are. It's pretty clear the floor got kicked out from everyone doing anything vaguely ~emo~ in the last year or so. Like, save for a handful of bands that got the "indie" stamp of approval, shit is dead in the water and everyone bailed and left labels like jade tree / count your lucky stars / no sleep, etc. caught with their pants down. And when that shit's your bread and butter, that's not the canary in the coal mine, that's the whole mine shaft collapsing on you. Obviously, that's a large part of what we are known for and have done to this point so when you're shifting gears to something else (even doing so gradually over the course of many years), you're gonna alienate and lose some people. I get that. I just sincerely think a lot of people aren't even listening to what we release anymore, which is y'know, that's chill! lol. Not a hype label with the kids anymore ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Maybe don't even have an identity really anymore. Which, y'know, that's fine also!! I don't want to be pigeonholed to one thing. I like that we can put out a Dangers record, a toe record, a Jay Som record and a Bad Heaven record in the same year and we don't need to start an imprint label to release different things through—and that it's not weird at all! Anyway, I'm totally just rambling now. tl;dr: I think everything we release is fucking sick. If you subscribed to this subscribtion or our bandcamp digital subscription: FUCKING THANK YOU. Thank you for your trust in our judgement and curation. If you've streamed, or downloaded or purchased any of our records, THANK YOU. Shit is harder than ever to sustain. You can't know how much it's appreciated. If you haven't listened to what we're up to lately, and have even a modest interest in doing so: We have our ENTIRE catalog (save for pre-orders) in both our store (http://topshelfrecords.com/categories/digital) and our bandcamp (http://topshelfrecords.bandcamp.com) available for pay-what-you-want download with all proceeds going equally to The Trevor Project / Planned Parenthood / The NAACP Legal Defense Fund. It'll remain pwyw through 2016. Maybe give something a shot that you've never heard of, idk!! Sorry I am a shitty dumb bitter prick!!!!!!
  2. 2 points
    What they should've done is release them all individually as 2xLP's and charge $75 for them.
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  4. 1 point
    Surprised it actually didn't sell out before lunch time. Unlike other groups of fans I've interacted with or observed (too creepy?), the hardcore MM fans are pretty hardcore...and that's coming from a huge fan. I didn't buy bc that's definitely too expensive for me..it's also coming out in the last month of the year when my record budget is already blown. Wish I could buy it and support these dudes and there families. Having met them, I'm always happy to buy their tunes, go to a show or two and chat with them. That's why, although pricey, I can't imagine them making a cash grab. I think some fans seeing it as a really personal album or it's the only album they really like. Bands sell VIP tickets to shows, or have special VIP merch...in this case, it just happened to be their most popular album AND it's treated as a "VIP item". I'm kinda salty about the price but when I think about how it "could" have happened, maybe it's a classic "Cartel Chroma Situation" but in reverse? Maybe they could have added some random recordings to essentially add value without having to create some physical? Maybe WB was so disinterested in Mutemath's attempt to press the record that did in fact milk it and charge more for what they saw was WB losing money? There could have been a "point of no return" where MM (who I believe is independent) spent so much of their own money trying to make everything work, they had to release it this way? Wish we could have some more info about the whole ordeal but these are my hot takes. Bummed that it could really be the final press though but as I finish a post that's too long, I just need to move on and put on a record and smile.
  5. 1 point
    So many salty people. Price is crazy tho. If it's too expensive , don't buy it. If they shelled out that much money they will go on clearance eventually (rich kids will not allow this to happen). We have no idea how much this actually cost them to do. It could have been a lot. It could have been a little.
  6. 1 point
    Same here Haha at least you have a great story to go with it.
  7. 1 point
    HOLY FUCK I'VE WANTED THIS FOREVER YESYESYESYESYESYESYES!!!!! Also would grab A Snow Capped Romance and Rest Inside the Flames in a heartbeat.
  8. 1 point
    I was thinking the same thing. I feel like they've been saving these for this specific occasion. God, I've spent so much money on records this month already............DAMN....and there's no way I'm passing these up.
  9. 1 point
    I cannot think of one $60 double LP that stayed $60, but I can think of tons of 180 gram, tip-on-sleeve, premium LP's that were under $30.
  10. 1 point
    Would love to have the song from the intro to Out Cold on vinyl. I can't find that track anywhere though so tuff luck I suppose
  11. 1 point
    Remember that time when Donald Trump spent like 3 years trying to prove Obama wasn't an American....good times
  12. 1 point
    This is the only good post you've ever made.
  13. 1 point
    Correct, so make it super easy so our country can be more crowded and have even less jobs available etc? I'm not saying I agree about a wall,but making things easy for immigrants won't help this country
  14. 1 point
    That is irrelevant. Do murderers impact your life in anyway?It is ILLEGAL, no matter how you slice it.
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  16. 1 point
    If Trump wins, I'm abandoning ship, however I need to do massive research on where to go...
  17. 1 point
    Speaking of which. Election 2016 has given us this, if nothing else.
  18. 1 point
    That is the most Trump quote ever. He is the best. "Okay look. You want to talk about a thing? I'll tell you about a thing. These other politicians won't tell you about a thing, they have special interest and big donors who won't let them talk about a thing. But this thing, I'll tell you, I've seen this thing, I've been around this thing and I know about this thing. And as President I am going to make this thing great again. We need to make this thing great again and we are going to make great things for everybody in this country!" [rapturous applause]
  19. 1 point
    He could walk up to a podium and fart into a mic and people would still vote for him. That above quote about Planned Parenthood is the dumbest thing I have ever read.
  20. 1 point
    Looks like this board needs to go on suicide watch if Trump happens to get the nomination. He's pretty moderate/liberal for a Republican too
  21. 1 point
    I understand they are both terrible choices. I just can't stand Hillary! Again, I am not happy with either option. Hillary was a terrible SOS and I don't want her in the white house.
  22. 1 point
    Not happy with Trump or Hillary, but I would vote Trump over that lying scumbag any day!
  23. 1 point
    Not like "I'm moving to Canada if Bush wins again!" terrified. Legit "We're fucked and all gonna die" terrified.
  24. 1 point
    But seriously, I'm fucking terrified.
  25. 1 point
    While I agree with much of what John Oliver says (both in that video and on his show in general), I disagree with his assertion/implication that a President Cruz/Rubio would be better than a President Trump solely because we "know where they stand" -- in fact, that's precisely why I'd prefer Trump over those two! But to the OP's point, yes this is crazy, and I'm loving it.
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