SHELFLIFE RECORDS – Labels We Love

Posted: April 1, 2015 in MUSIC
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Shelflife Records
Shelflife Records is a Portland and San Francisco based record label run by Ed Mazzucco and Matthew Bice and has produced such bands as Burning Hearts, Days, Brittle Stars, and The Radio Dept. Shelflife traces its 1995 origins to a bedroom in a southern California suburb, where it began in conjunction with a mail order and distribution service. A fan of 80’s britpop and inspired by labels such as Factory and Sarah Records, Ed launched the label as a way to expose foreign indie pop groups to US audiences. Shelflife’s first release was the August 1996 compilation Whirl-Wheels which included tracks by Club 8, Boyracer, La Buena Vida, and Ed’s own band The Autocollants.In 1997 the mail order and distribution service were discontinued in order to devote more time to the growing roster of artists, a move that quickly propelled the label out of its hobby status. During the late 90’s Shelflife steadily gained recognition as twee pop and indie music became increasingly popular. From 1998 until 2001 the label hosted The September Set, an annual showcase of live pop music from bands on Shelflife Records  and other labels.

 
The Fireworks – “Runaround” released as 7″ single in November 2013, included on the debut album “Switch Me On”, released in vinyl, CD and digital formats on Shelflife Records LIFE117. Shelflife presents the second 7″ release from The Fireworks with “Runaround” b/w “With My Heart” and “Asleep” released today. Limited to 300 copies, the first 100 will be available on transparent red vinyl, exclusively on shelflife.com.

In 2007 Ed and Matthew Bice relaunched the label with a new focus on blending art with music and a commitment to making every release worth collecting. With this came the launch of a new format, the 1000 series; a CD and a 7″ vinyl single are housed together in a limited edition gate-fold sleeve designed by an up-and-coming artist and packaged with free download of all mp3s at an ultra-high 320 kbps.

Close Lobsters. Emblems of the C86 generation and therefore pioneers of what we call indie, . The songs from “Kuntswerk in Spacetime” ep, published last year -the chorus to “Now Time” became one of the show’s highlights the video Directed by Mr Van Astra with Executive Producer Stewart McFadyen.

Order the “Kunstwerk in Spacetime EP”

Sunset – Moonrise appears on the 2013 album Ultramarine. The Ocean Blue, formed in Hershey, Pennsylvania and the video scenes are from the 1962 Czech movie “The Fabulous Baron Munchausen”

The Roster
Acid House Kings
The Arrogants
Artisokka
A Smile and A Ribbon
The Autocollants
Balloon Magic
Brittle Stars
California Snow Story
Call and Response
The Castaway Stones
Champagne Riot
Charming
Churchbuilder
The Consultants
The Crooner
  Den Baron
Evening Lights
The Fairways
Free Loan Investments
The Frenchmen
Horse Shoes
Katsen
Kawaii
Kuryakin
Language of Flowers
Le Coupe
Majestic
The Maybellines
Moving Pictures
Phoebe Quest
Postal Blue
The Radio Dept.
River
The Ruling Class
Skypark
Socialist Leisure Party
Souvenir
Sushi
Sweet William
The Shermans
Thieves Like Us
Warm Morning
White Wishes

 

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