• New Release Round-Up 02-23-18

     

    Caroline Rose - Loner

    Caroline Rose - LonerCaroline Rose - LonerCaroline Rose - Loner - New West Records
    The songs and narrative’s on Loner reflect my life over the last couple years––I joined Tinder, I got my first apartment and painted it teal, I went to parties, I discussed politics, I had a girlfriend, we traveled the country, we broke up. I learned, for better or worse, how to be a member of the modern world. Turns out the modern world is terrifying. Tired of the bottomless pit of sad songs, I decided to put a spin on my greatest songwriting inspirations––misogyny, unplanned pregnancy, Capitalism, anxiety, loneliness and death––and wrap such depressing subject matter in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito…Because it’s hard being serious all the time and sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail. Loner reflects the styles of music I love––pop, folk, punk, electronic, and surf music––all thrown into a blender with a ladle full of cheeky satire. I call it Schizodrift. It sounds like Blondie drunk on mai tais. Loner was co-produced by myself and the wonderful Paul Butler (Devendra Banhart, Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul & The Broken Bones) and recorded in freezing Northern California, in addition to my parent’s attic and my last apartment. It was mixed by sound guru Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Nick Hakim, Show Me The Body) in Brooklyn, NY. - Caroline Rose

    Video Available 

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    Vance Joy - Nation Of Two - Atlantic
    James Keogh, otherwise known as Vance Joy, is a folk/pop artist from Melbourne, Australia. Vance Joy’s love of music was inspired by his mother’s aptitude at literature and his father’s fondness of singing. His parents’ vast, eclectic record collection only served to heighten his partiality to it. After completing a university degree in law, he decided to take a year’s break to focus on making music. He travelled to India and South-East Asia with a collection of songs rattling around in his head. When he came home, they all fell into place. Like the unforced orchestration of his songs, Vance Joy’s recent success has developed organically.

    Concert For George (Live at Royal Albert Hall) - Craft Recordings
    On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honor. Held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening featured George’s songs, and music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Monty Python, Billy Preston, Jools Holland, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Joe Brown, Ringo Starr, Dhani Harrison and many more. In honor of George Harrison’s 75th birthday (February 25), the Grammy®-winning release Concert For George, is available for the first time on vinyl, released as a 4-LP Box Set, as well as well as new CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray combo configurations.

    Joshua Hyslop - Echos

    Joshua Hyslop - EchosJoshua Hyslop - EchosJoshua Hyslop - Echos - Nettwerk Records
    Joshua Hyslop's new album Echos, releases this week (Nettwerk) and is an empathetic collection of stories reflecting the Vancouver based singer/songwriters personal experiences as well as those around him. Since emerging with his 2012 full-length debut Where The Mountain Meets The Valley, Joshua Hyslop has accumulated over 65 Million streams worldwide, performed over 200 shows spanning North America and Europe, garnered critical acclaim and support throughout the media and industry peers, and has carved out an impressive diehard fan base.

    Video Available


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    Grant-Lee Phillips - Widdershins - Yep Roc Records
    I'm drawing from the urgency of the moment, says acclaimed Nashville-based singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips, of Widdershins, his ninth solo album out this week on Yep Roc Records. Inspired by the things that eat away in the late hours, Phillips invests the insight, nuance and wit in a riveting dissection of today's fraught social landscape. Recorded over four days at Sound Emporium in Nashville, the 13-track set was produced by Phillips (guitar/vocals/keyboards) and cut largely live in the studio as a trio with Jerry Roe (drums) and Lex Price (bass). Mixed by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Punch Brothers) and engineered by Mike Stankiewicz, the album delivers its poetic truths in Phillips' peerless melodic sensibilities, relayed via vocal performances that balance intensity and vulnerability.

    Fever Ray - Plunge - Mute U.S.
    Fever Ray's new album, Plunge, is the first release in eight years since the celebrated self-titled debut in 2009. Plunge was recorded in Karin Dreijer’s Stockholm studio in collaboration with the producers Paula Temple, Deena Abdelwahed, NÍDIA, Tami T, Peder Mannerfelt and Johannes Berglund. Karin Dreijer is one half of the electronic duo The Knife along with her brother, Olof Dreijer.





    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    S. Carey - Hundred Acres [Translucent Green LP]
    Turnstile - Time & Space [LP]
    Screaming Females - All At Once [2LP]
    Danielle Nicole - Cry No More [LP]
    Milestones - Red Lights
    Reggie And The Full Effect - 41 [LP]
    Tony Banks - Five
    Holly Miranda - Mutual Horse [LP]
    Big Smo - Special Reserve
    Remo Drive - Greatest Hits
    Ty Dolla $ign - Beach House 3 [2LP]
    Nina Simone - The Colpix Singles Remastered [Mono LP]
    Nightcrawlers - The Biophonic Boombox Recordings [2LP]
    Dessa - Chime [LP]
    Strange Names - Data [LP]
    We Sell The Dead - Heaven Doesn't Want You and Hell Is Full [LP]
    Lo Moon - Lo Moon [LP]
    David Bowie - Heroes: 2017 Remastered Version [LP]
    David Bowie - Stage: 2017 Remastered Version [3LP]
    David Bowie - Low: 2017 Remastered Version [LP]
    David Bowie - Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps): 2017 Remastered Version [LP]
    David Bowie - Lodger: 2017 Remastered Version [LP]

    & More .....

    Alice Cooper - The Sound Of A EP [10in Vinyl]
    Jimi Hendrix - Lover Man/ Foxey Lady [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 7in]

    Xiu Xiu & R - Xiu Xiu / (R) [Split Vinyl]
    Dr. Octagon - Octagon Octagon
    Confidence Man - Don't You Know I'm In A Band
    Dr. Dog - Go Out Fighting
    Blackberry Smoke - I'll Keep Ramblin'


     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Jonathan Wilson - Rare Birds

    Jonathan Wilson - Rare BirdsJonathan Wilson - Rare BirdsJonathan Wilson - Rare Birds - Bella Union
    Jonathan Wilson had a busy 2017, producing Father John Misty's grammy-nominated Pure Comedy and touring arenas around the globe as a guitarist and vocalist for Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters (for whom he also contributed to the lauded Is This The Life We Really Want? album.) Wilson also saw widespread acclaim heaped on Karen Elson’s sophomore LP Double Roses, which he recorded with her in Los Angeles in 2016. But it's not looking like Wilson is going to get much of a rest in 2018 either, as he'll be continuing on with the worldwide Waters tour and is set to release his own new solo album Rare Birds next week. The highly anticipated long player - which features backing vocals from Lana Del Rey, Josh Tillman, fellow Roger Waters bandmates Lucius and an extraordinary musical gift from otherworldly Brian Eno collaborator Laraaji - will be released through Bella Union worldwide.

    Early Listen Available Video Available





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    Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette - After The Fall

    Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette - After The FallKeith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette - After The Fall - ECM Records
    The group colloquially known as “the Standards trio” has made many outstanding recordings, and After The Fall must rank with the very best of them. “I was amazed to hear how well the music worked,” writes Keith Jarrett in his liner note. “For me, it’s not only a historical document, but a truly great concert.” This performance – in Newark, New Jersey in November 1998 – marked Jarrett’s return to the concert stage after a two year hiatus. Joined by improvising partners Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, he glides and soars through classics of the Great American Songbook including “The Masquerade Is Over”, “Autumn Leaves”, “When I Fall In Love” and “I’ll See You Again”. There are also breath-taking accounts of hallowed bebop tunes including Charlie Parker’s “Scrapple From The Apple”, Bud Powell’s “Bouncin’ With Bud” and Sonny Rollins’s “Doxy”.

    Early Listen Available





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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

     

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  • New Release Round-Up 02-16-18

     

    New Releases 16 Feb 2018



    Belle & Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems [Limited Edition LP Box Set] - Matador
    A new Belle & Sebastian release is always something to cheer. So three new releases leads to the inevitable conclusion: three cheers! Here is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the official London residence of the US ambassador (the last president’s ambassador, not the current one’s). Murdoch, as ever, is not the only writer. Sarah Martin (violin/vocals) brought in the delicious ‘The Same Star’, which marries Belle and Sebastian’s melodiousness to a pounding Motown backbeat, and was produced by Leo Abrahams (Ghostpoet, Wild Beasts, Regina Spektor). “We’d met Leo in February of 2016, and I’d say that meeting and the recording of ‘I’ll Be Your Pilot’ were the first tangible steps of this EP project,” Martin says. “We didn’t have a stack of songs to play him, but we liked him and he became a part of the plan from that point - and when I’d got to a point with ‘The Same Star’ where it just needed to be recorded, I thought it could benefit from having a producer to steer things, and fortunately we had a slot in the diary marked ‘Leo’ coming up. It’s not a song we’d laboured over playing for months - it fell together quite quickly thanks in large part to Bob’s [Bobby Kildea, guitarist] enthusiasm and Stuart’s willingness to dismember an old song and repurpose the break, so that it wasn’t just the same three chords over and over and over.” There’s one big reason why 15 songs are coming out on three EPs, rather than one album. “We’d made a couple of LPs, Tigermilk and If You’re Feeling Sinister, within the space of six months,” Murdoch says, remembering the early days of the band’s career, and how that fed into their decision-making this time.

    Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love

    Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For LovePianos Become The Teeth - Wait For LovePianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love - Epitaph
    Wait For Love, their fourth album, sees Pianos Become The Teeth taking another sonic step forward to craft a musical statement that truly transcends genres. The Baltimore natives have produced a collection of songs that feature lush soundscapes and a more nuanced and melodic sound when compared to the screamo-aggression of their early work. Fans who have followed the band’s trajectory—from their 2013 split with Touché Amoré—can trace the way the band’s sound has evolved from a melodic screamo act to a group that create heaviness and weight via raw emotion instead of distortion and dissonance.

    Video Available 


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    Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive - Merge Records
    After the shocking, and for many, demoralizing result of the 2016 election, “I didn’t buy the silver lining some were promoting that ‘well, at least art and music will be great now!’,” says Superchunk co-founder and frontman Mac McCaughan. “Obviously, any sane person would gladly trade four to eight years of terrible music for not having our country dismantled to satisfy the whims of a vengeful child and his enablers.” That said, good music and art still have a lot to say, and the urgency of current events gave Mac, Laura, Jim, and Jon the momentum to make something new sooner than later. “It would be strange to be in a band, at least our band, and make a record that completely ignored the surrounding circumstances that we live in and that our kids are going to grow up in.” Enter What A Time To Be Alive, Superchunk’s first album in over four years, out February 16, 2018, on Merge Records. It’s a record, says Mac, “about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.”

    Ought - Room Inside The World - Merge Records
    On Room Inside The WorldOught's third album and their first for Merge—growing up doesn’t mean mellowing out so much as it means learning to pay attention, listening carefully and openly, staying somewhere long enough to really understand where you are. Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Silver Jews), Room Inside the World explores themes that have always concerned the band—identity, connection, survival in a precarious world—but with a bolder, more nuanced sound palette. Vibraphone, justly intonated synthesizers, drum machines, and a 70-piece choir suffuse the precise post-punk breakdowns that spangled Ought’s first two albums, giving rise to an emotional complexity that pushes their characteristically taut sound to greater depths.

    Born Ruffians - Uncle, Duke & The Chief - Yep Roc Records
    Produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins), Uncle, Duke & The Chief is a record less concerned with what sounds hip than what feels good. In the Born Ruffians case that meant shedding some of their more arty influences (the Pixies, Talking Heads) and reconnecting with the sounds they first heard on their parents turntables as kids: Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, and pre-psychedelic Beatles. It's about going back to the deepest, most satisfying itch to scratch, says lead singer Luke Lalonde. And in doing so, the album takes you back to a time when the Ruffians sounded less like a band and more like a gang, raising a wild ruckus and speaking in telepathic tongues.




    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Brandi Carlile - By The Way, I Forgive You [LP]
    Craig David - The Time Is Now [LP]
    Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet - Landfall [2LP]
    Kendrick Lamar - Damn. Collectors Edition. [Limited Edition Clear LP]
    Wild Beasts - Last Night All My Dreams Came True [2LP]
    Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained [7in Vinyl Box Set]
    Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts Of The Great Highway [LP]
    Polica & S T A R G A Z E - Music For The Long Emergency [LP]
    Senses Fail - If There Is Light, It Will Find You [LP]
    Shannon & The Clams - Onion [LP]
    Nipsey Hustle - Victory Lap
    Nina Simone - Nina Simone At Town Hall [Limited Edition Pink LP]
    Everything Is Recorded - Everything Is Recorded By Richard Russell [LP]
    I'm With Her - See You Around [LP]
    Loma - Loma [LP]
    Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy [LP]
    U.S. Girls - In A Poem Unlimited [LP]

    & More .....

    Belle & Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 3) EP [Vinyl]
    Mt. Si - 911 EP [Vinyl]
    Mansions - Deserter EP [Vinyl]
    Brett Dennen - Let's… EP
    Good Old War - Part Of You EP
    Ride - Tomorrow's Shore EP [Vinyl]
    Twitching Tongues - Kill For You
    Jeremy Messersmith - Purple Hearts



     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Caroline Rose - Loner

    Caroline Rose - LonerCaroline Rose - LonerCaroline Rose - Loner - New West Records
    The songs and narrative’s on Loner reflect my life over the last couple years––I joined Tinder, I got my first apartment and painted it teal, I went to parties, I discussed politics, I had a girlfriend, we traveled the country, we broke up. I learned, for better or worse, how to be a member of the modern world. Turns out the modern world is terrifying. Tired of the bottomless pit of sad songs, I decided to put a spin on my greatest songwriting inspirations––misogyny, unplanned pregnancy, Capitalism, anxiety, loneliness and death––and wrap such depressing subject matter in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito…Because it’s hard being serious all the time and sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail. Loner reflects the styles of music I love––pop, folk, punk, electronic, and surf music––all thrown into a blender with a ladle full of cheeky satire. I call it Schizodrift. It sounds like Blondie drunk on mai tais. Loner was co-produced by myself and the wonderful Paul Butler (Devendra Banhart, Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul & The Broken Bones) and recorded in freezing Northern California, in addition to my parent’s attic and my last apartment. It was mixed by sound guru Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Nick Hakim, Show Me The Body) in Brooklyn, NY. - Caroline Rose

    Video Available 

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    Joshua Hyslop - Echos

    Joshua Hyslop - EchosJoshua Hyslop - EchosJoshua Hyslop - Echos - Nettwerk Records
    Joshua Hyslop's new album Echos, releases on February 23, 2018 (Nettwerk) and is an empathetic collection of stories reflecting the Vancouver based singer/songwriters personal experiences as well as those around him. Since emerging with his 2012 full-length debut Where The Mountain Meets The Valley, Joshua Hyslop has accumulated over 65 Million streams worldwide, performed over 200 shows spanning North America and Europe, garnered critical acclaim and support throughout the media and industry peers, and has carved out an impressive diehard fan base.

    Video Available


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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

     

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  • Build Your Record Collection

    BUILD YOUR RECORD COLLECTION



    "whenever I walk into somebody's house and they have a fantastic book or record collection, I'm like 'WOW, how cool!' it's just a beautiful thing. If I walk into somebody's house and they have no books or records its like 'whoa, what do you do for fun?'"
    - musician, Marty Willson-Piper


    There are not too many things better than a well rounded, beautifully curated record collection.  In this day and age of 'all things digital' it seems to be more appreciated than ever.  its a real treat to share with friends, family and colleagues and a constant conversation stimulator.  Even after 40 years of collecting records I am still on the eternal search to have the 'ultimate' collection, and although so much of it comes down to each of our own tastes, all music lovers can agree that the eternal search for the perfect collection is a fun but never-ending search.  Over the last 10+ years, we have seen so many people fall back in love with buying music. No matter if its CDs, Vinyl, Cassettes or Digital, it has been a fun transition to watch.  

    Therefore, starting this year we have decided to unveil a new program here at Schoolkids.  Hopefully it will be as fun for you as it is for myself and my staff.  We are calling it "Build Your Record Collection" and every single month during the year, we will focus our efforts on one particular genre of music (which can be vague, yes we know) but we plan to build an end cap in the store (and online) and offer our insights on many of the 'classic' titles of said genre via our media site, Blurt Online. 

    Obviously there will be tremendous amount of room for debate, that's not what we are here to discuss, its merely for someone who may just be starting out and want to dive in and need some direction. This journey never ends, in fact its more for myself to rediscover music as I love music of all types, not just one type and I assume many of you are the same.  We plan to keep this going every year and will go deeper and deeper in the future and welcome all of your feedback. We want to make this fun. 

    Therefore, with no further ado, let's get this started!



    For the month of Jan, where else do we start?  If you know anything about music you know that it all starts with The Blues.   Here is an editorial curated by our own Fred Mills on our Magazine site: Blurt Online.


    Here are THE BLUES titles we are featuring this month
    @ Schoolkids Records!

    you may purchase them in the store OR here online, CD, Vinyl, and Digitally!
    (of course if the format is in print)



    And Our Monthly Feature..

    HOW TO BUILD A RECORD COLLECTION, Part 1: THE BLUES

    Coming in Feb: 
    Rhythm & Blues, Soul & Funk

    Schoolkids Records is also a record label, for more information visit our label page here:
    Schoolkids Records - Label


    here are our current releases:

    Out Now
    :
    Bettie Serveert "Damaged Good" (RSD LP) * few copies left! BUY | STREAM
    The Veldt "Symmetry b/w Slow Grind (RSD 7")" * few left! BUY | STREAM
    The Veldt "The Shocking Fuzz of Yr Electric Fur (CD, LP, Dig) BUY | STREAM
    Happy Abandon "Facepaint" (CD, LP, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Tracy Bonham: Modern Burdens (CD, LP, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Richard Lloyd: The Radiant Monkey (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Richard Lloyd: The Cover Doesn't Matter (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    6 String Drag - High Hat (Reissue) (CD, LP, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Richard Lloyd - Field of Fire (Deluxe) (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM 
    Richard Lloyd - The Jamie Neverts Story (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM

    Marty Willson-Piper Catalog (Digital Only)
    Marty Willson-Piper - In Reflection BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Live From The Other Side BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Hanging Out In Heaven BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Live at The Fine Line Cafe BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Live at The Knitting Factory BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Spirit Level  BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Rhyme BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Art Attack BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Pegasus EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - I Can't Cry EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Lucious Ghost EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Questions Without Answers EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - She's King EP BUY | STREAM
    Noctorum - Honey Mink Forever BUY | STREAM
    Noctorum - Offer The Light BUY | STREAM
    Noctorum - Sparks Lane BUY | STREAM
    Seeing Stars - Seeing Stars BUY | STREAM

    Coming Soon:
    1/26/18: Dumptruck - Wrecked (CD, Digital) Pre-order CD  
    1/26/18: Amigo - "And Friends" (CD, LP, Digital) Pre-order CD | Pre-order LP
    2//2/18: Angie Aparo - Life Is A Flower, Life Is A Gun (CD, Digital)
          (stream "Bicycle Kings" now!) 
    3/2/18: Buffalo Tom - Quiet & Peace (CD, LP, Digital) 
          Pre-Order CD | Pre-Order LP (stream "All Be Gone" now!) 
    3/9/18: 6 String Drag - Top Of The World (CD, LP, Digital) 
           Pre-Order Coming Soon!! 

    all of our catalog can be purchased at 
    Schoolkids Label Store Direct.

    We are very proud to announce the first ever Schoolkids Records App!
    Available NOW! on both the
     Apple App Store and Google Play Stores


    Download Now! 

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  • Announcing the Schoolkids Records App!

    We are very proud to announce the first ever
    Schoolkids Records App!
    Available NOW! on both the
     Apple App Store and Google Play Stores


    Download Now!

    Three killer features on the first launch of our App:

    - You can also buy any active physical CD, LP, DVD and more,  regardless of whether we have them in stock or not! and have the titles shipped directly to your home! You can also buy digital downloads for any album available and receive it instantly. 

    - Keep up with new releases, special sales, all of our features titles for the month and more!

    - You can scan any item in our three stores and the app will immediately stream the album.

     

              
     

    Schoolkids Records is also a record label, for more information visit our label page here:
    Schoolkids Records - Label


    here are our current releases:

    Out Now
    :
    Bettie Serveert "Damaged Good" (RSD LP) * few copies left! BUY | STREAM
    The Veldt "Symmetry b/w Slow Grind (RSD 7")" * few left! BUY | STREAM
    The Veldt "The Shocking Fuzz of Yr Electric Fur (CD, LP, Dig) BUY | STREAM
    Happy Abandon "Facepaint" (CD, LP, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Tracy Bonham: Modern Burdens (CD, LP, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Richard Lloyd: The Radiant Monkey (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Richard Lloyd: The Cover Doesn't Matter (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    6 String Drag - High Hat (Reissue) (CD, LP, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Richard Lloyd - Field of Fire (Deluxe) (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM 
    Richard Lloyd - The Jamie Neverts Story (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM

    Marty Willson-Piper Catalog (Digital Only)
    Marty Willson-Piper - In Reflection BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Live From The Other Side BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Hanging Out In Heaven BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Live at The Fine Line Cafe BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Live at The Knitting Factory BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Spirit Level  BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Rhyme BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Art Attack BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Pegasus EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - I Can't Cry EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Lucious Ghost EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Questions Without Answers EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - She's King EP BUY | STREAM
    Noctorum - Honey Mink Forever BUY | STREAM
    Noctorum - Offer The Light BUY | STREAM
    Noctorum - Sparks Lane BUY | STREAM
    Seeing Stars - Seeing Stars BUY | STREAM

    Coming Soon:
    1/26/18: Dumptruck - Wrecked (CD, Digital) Pre-order CD  
    1/26/18: Amigo - "And Friends" (CD, LP, Digital) Pre-order CD | Pre-order LP
    2//2/18: Angie Aparo - Life Is A Flower, Life Is A Gun (CD, Digital)
          (stream "Bicycle Kings" now!) 
    3/2/18: Buffalo Tom - Quiet & Peace (CD, LP, Digital) 
          Pre-Order CD | Pre-Order LP (stream "All Be Gone" now!) 
    3/9/18: 6 String Drag - Top Of The World (CD, LP, Digital) 
           Pre-Order Coming Soon!! 

    all of our catalog can be purchased at
    Schoolkids Label Store Direct.

    Contact Label | Visit Store | Visit Label 

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  • Tommy Keene

    Tommy Keene (1958-2017)

    Here is an official statement on the sudden and shocking passing of Tommy Keene.

    Thanks to everyone who has sent along their kind messages, texts, posts and calls during this very difficult time. It's still really hard for me to believe and digest that he is gone. We had so many plans in 2018 and were going to talk this weekend about a timeline. His last message to me said "call anytime I am usually up late working on new songs" which I could not wait to hear more about.

    I have no idea where we go from here but I am beyond proud to have released 5 albums and one double album compilation with him in just under 12 years. We had recently retained the rights to the first album we did together (Crashing The Either) and discussing plans to press it on Vinyl for the first time ever.

    His music and his kind soul will live with me forever and I owe everything to him, as it was a scary, risky and daring move to break away 10 years ago and start my own company and I could not have done that without his loving support.

    He was truly a special person not just in my life, but in many of our lives which is so apparent tonight with all of the beautiful posts and remembrances. it is helping me cope so thanks for everyone who has posted something about his life, music and untimely and tragic passing.

    Rest in peace, Tommy Keene, Love you TK! forever and always. Thank you for the gift you gave all of our lives.

    - Stephen Judge, owner Schoolkids Records (aka Second Motion)

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    Tommy Keene (1958-2017)

    Power-pop legend, acclaimed singer-songwriter, and venerated guitarist has passed away at age 59.
    Power-pop legend, acclaimed singer-songwriter, and venerated guitarist Tommy Keene has died.     
     
    The 59 year-old Keene passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep at his Los Angeles area home on Wednesday. Keene – who recorded for Geffen, Matador Records, and Second Motion, among others – built an impressive and acclaimed catalog over the course of his nearly 40-year career, spanning eleven full-lengths, four EPs, three compilations, and a live album.  
     
    Hailed by fans, critics and fellow musicians for the moving and consistently high quality of his pop songcraft, he was also consummate rock and roller. Over the course of his career, Keene worked with a range of artists who admired his work, including The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard, the Goo Goo Dolls, and the Gin Blossoms, among others.  
     
    Born in Evanston, Illinois and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Keene launched his career in the late-‘70s as a guitarist with a series of Washington D.C.-area combos including the Rage and the Razz, before hitting the national scene as a solo act in 1982 with the release of his debut Strange Alliance.
     
    In 1984, Keene followed with a six-song effort titled Places That Are Gone (Dolphin). Blatantly romantic, unapologetically melodic, bittersweet but absolutely invigorating, the record landed high on the CMJ charts and atop the Village Voice Pazz & Jop EP of the Year poll.
     
    Keene was soon being courted by major labels and ultimately signed with Geffen Records for 1986’s Songs From the Film. Produced by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, the album spawned two MTV videos and spent 12 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200. The accompanying Run Now EP led to the singer as well as its title track appearing in the Anthony Michael Hall movie Out of Bounds.
     
    For 1989’s Based on Happy Times (Geffen) Keene headed down to Ardent Studios in Memphis to record with producers John Hampton and Joe Hardy. The ironically titled disc is the darkest album in the Keene catalog, with heavier guitars, fewer jangles, and a more brooding, fatalistic outlook.
     
    Following the album’s release, Keene took a break from recording, eventually signing with Matador for 1996’s acclaimed “comeback” Ten Years After and its 1998 follow-up Isolation Party. Between 2000 and 2004 he released a live disc called Showtunes (Parasol), The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (SpinArt) and rarities/demos/unreleased-tracks collection Drowning: A Tommy Keene Miscellany (Not Lame).
     
    Keene also developed a career as in-demand sideman: he was a touring member of Sony/Creation-signed rockers Velvet Crush, and appeared on their 1995 live album Rock Concert. In 1996 he joined Paul Westerberg’s band, handling lead guitar duties on the Eventually tour and making appearances on “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.”  A trek opening for Guided By Voices led to his joining Robert Pollard in 2006 as a touring member of Pollards post-GBV band the Ascended Masters and, two years later, Boston Spaceships.
     
    Meanwhile, 2006 also saw the release of Keene’s Crashing the Ether (Eleven Thirty), along with Blues and Boogie Shoes, a collaboration with Pollard under the Keene Brothers moniker. He put out a double-disc career-spanning set in 2011, Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009.
     
    In recent years, Keene continued to delivered a series of accomplished solo records for the Second Motion/School Kids labels, including 2015’s Laugh in the Dark, his final studio album. Keene had spent much of the past year on the road opening shows for fellow pop-rocker Matthew Sweet.
     
    Keene is survived by his longtime partner, Michael Lundsgaard, his father Robert Keene, step-mother Dorothy Keene, brother Bobby Keene, nephews Hunter and Jason Keene, and his beloved dog, Coco. 
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  • Schoolkids T-Shirts Now Available!

    Wear the shirt that both Zach Galifianakis and Bon Iver wear with pride! Makes the perfect holiday gift!

        Carol Van Dijk of the Dutch-band Bettie Serveert (on Schoolkids Records - label) rocks out with the classic Schoolkids Records Tee (photo by Tinca Veerman)

    Our "classic" fish logo design in colors: Green, Purple, Red and Pink.  Also available in Carolina Blue at the Chapel Hill location only. Sizes S, M, L and XL. Some XXL available in limited colors.

    Also available our limited edition 80's retro shirts.  Two styles to choose from! Hats will be back in touch soon!

    Shirts are $13.99 plus shipping, hats are $19.99. 

    if you are interested, just drop us an email at: schoolkidsrecordsnc@gmail.com letting us know the color, size and style you are looking for and we'll work out the rest

    thanks!

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Music Releases 02-23-18

Artist Title Price
Caroline Rose Loner [LP] New Vinyl: $19.98
Video Upcoming Event
Vance Joy Nation Of Two New CD: $13.98
Various Artists Concert For George (Live at Royal Albert Hall) [2CD] New CD: $19.98
Joshua Hyslop Echos [LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
Video
Grant-Lee Phillips Widdershins New CD: $16.98
Fever Ray Plunge [LP] New Vinyl: $25.98
S. Carey Hundred Acres [Translucent Green LP] New Vinyl: $20.98
Turnstile Time & Space [LP] New Vinyl: $25.98
Screaming Females All At Once [2LP] New Vinyl: $26.98
Alice Cooper The Sound Of A EP [10in Vinyl] New Vinyl: $10.98
Danielle Nicole Cry No More [LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
Holly Miranda Mutual Horse [LP] New Vinyl: $19.98
Milestones Red Lights New CD: $12.98
Nina Simone The Colpix Singles Remastered [Mono LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
Ty Dolla $ign Beach House 3 [2LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
Tony Banks Five New CD: $13.98
Big Smo Special Reserve New CD: $13.98
Remo Drive Greatest Hits New CD: $13.98

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Movie Releases 02-23-18

Artist Title Price
Various Artists Concert For George (Live at Royal Albert Hall) [2CD/2Blu-ray] New CD: $45.98
Three Billboards Outsides Ebbing Missouri [Movie] Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri New Blu-Ray: $34.99
Darkest Hour [Movie] Darkest Hour New Blu-Ray: $34.98
Coco [Disney Movie] Coco New Blu-Ray: $39.99
Just Getting Started [Movie] Just Getting Started New Blu-Ray: $44.95
Murder On the Orient Express [Movie] Murder On The Orient Express New Blu-Ray: $34.99

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