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New Release Round-Up 07-01-16

New Releases Fri 01 July

BLINK-182 - California - BMG
Blink-182 return with a slightly refreshed line up and a brand new album, California featuring the singles "Bored To Death" and "Rabbit Hole". Containing 16 tracks, California features Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Matt Skiba.

BAT FOR LASHES - The Bride - Warner Bros
The fourth full-length release for Natasha Khan aka Bat For Lashes is a concept album titled "The Bride" about a woman who takes her honeymoon trip alone after her fiancé was killed just before their wedding.

SARA WATKINS - Young In All The Wrong Ways - New West Records
Young In All The Wrong Ways is Sara Watkins' most cohesive and fully realized solo album. The new collection finds her embracing the role of frontwoman following the collaborations of Watkins Family Hour (featuring Sean Watkins, Fiona Apple and Benmont Tench) and Nickel Creek, the hugely successful group she first formed with her brother Sean and Chris Thile. The album is also her most powerful. Personal and revealing, she wrote or co-wrote each of the 10 songs–a first for her. 

ERIC CLAPTON - Crossroads Revisited: Selections From The Crossroads Guitar Festivals - Rhino
Nearly four hours of live performances from Eric Clapton's acclaimed Crossroads Guitar Festival are coming to CD for the first time. This new 3 Disc Collection features 41 tracks of landmark performances from all four Crossroads Guitar Festivals, which were held in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

JAMES BLAKE - The Colour In Anything - Republic
2016 album from UK singer-songwriter/producer James Blake with co-writing help from Frank Ocean & additional production by Rick Rubin. The Colour In Anything contains 17 tracks including 'I Need a Forest Fire" featuring Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver.



American Authors - What We Live For
Maxwell - blackSUMMERS'night
Beyond The Wizards Sleeve - The Soft Bounce
Magic - Primary Colors
David Bowie - 1966: The Pye Singles
Van Zant - Red White & Blue (Live)
Gøggs - Goggs
Wolf Hoffmann - Headbangers Symphony
Silent Planet - Everything Was Sound
Fates Warning - Theories Of Flight [Limited Edition]
Chelsea Grin - Self Inflicted
Grace - FMA
The Point: Original Cast Recording
Charlie Parker - Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes [2 CD]

& More .....

Capsize - Tear Me Apart
Steven Tyler - We're All Somebody From Somewhere
David Nail - Good At Tonight - Single
Dj Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Yo Home To Bel Air / Parents Just Don't Understand [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]


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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Schoolkids Records returns to Chapel Hill!

Schoolkids Has Purchased CD Alley, Will Change Names March 1

Posted by on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 5:08 PM

On to record store No. 3: Schoolkids' Stephen Judge - FILE PHOTO BY JUSTIN COOK
Come March 1, CD Alley—the cozy, narrow Chapel Hill record shop that Ryan Richardson has owned and operated since 2006—will not be CD Alley. Schoolkids Records, which left Chapel Hill in 2008, will make its return to the college town at CD Alley’s West Franklin Street location. This will bethe third Schoolkids.

Several factors compelled Richardson’s decision. For one, the store’s ten-year term is coming to an end shortly, and he figured “ten years felt like the right amount of time.” The agreement with Judge arrived just in time. With Richardson starting accounting school in May, the store would have closed for good in the next few months, anyway.

Salvaging CD Alley’s legacy—and bringing Schoolkids back to Chapel Hill—were important to Schoolkids owner Stephen Judge.

“There’s a lot of history there,” he says. “I grew up in Rocky Mount. When I came up for Carolina football games with my friends, we would always stop by Schoolkids. It was just part of the ritual.”

Eight years ago, as general manager at Redeye Distribution in Haw River, Judge fought strenuously to keep Schoolkids from leaving Chapel Hill, whether by himself or with the help of his employers at Yep Roc and Redeye. In the end, he felt it was too risky to take on by himself. When Richardson discussed wanting to sell CD Alley, he was determined to make it work this time.

“It’s always something that stuck in my side,” he says. "This is me setting things right."

The transition will be smooth and devoid of hoopla, says Judge, whose other Schoolkids locations are in Raleigh and Durham. There won’t even be any new signage. Initially, the only significant change that shoppers can expect will be less frequent sightings of Richardson at the front desk. But the store’s other staff will remain on board.

Richardson came to the store as an employee in 2000 and bought it six years later. He never planned to do it forever.

“I’ve known all along that I couldn’t do this for the rest of my career,” he says. “I was going to have to change tracks at some point. I felt like, if I was gonna go back to school, I’d better do I before I let too much more time get away from me.”

While he says he still enjoys his work, Richardson admits it takes more and more to keep up.

“If there was one thing I don’t enjoy about it as much anymore, it’s just trying to stay ahead of the curve. But all in all, it’s still a lot of fun,” he says. “If you could have told me I’d own a shop on Franklin Street for ten years, I’d say that sounds like a dream come true.”

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