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Happy Abandon Pre-Order is up!! Out August 25th!

 

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — August 18th, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store and label, Schoolkids Records is extremely proud to announce the Pledge Music/pre-order campaign for the debut from Chapel Hill, NC's Happy Abandon!



PREORDER HAPPY ABANDON's "FACEPAINT" NOW! 

Schoolkids owner Stephen Judge explains "In my close to 30 years of working in the music business, from retail, to management, to labels and all in between, this is one of the proudest moments in my career to be involved with such a spectacular album."  However, don't take our word for it, see what the critics are already saying about this stunning debut album:

“The opening two-and-a-half minutes are jaw-dropping. The starts off softly, almost like a whisper, before the lush and exquisite harmonies arrive. Time seems to cease at this moment, and we’re left suspended within Happy Abandon’s aural brilliance. But instead of keeping us stationary, the band does something unexpected. They accelerate the pace, heighten the drama, and turn the number into a euphoric piece of Americana. Suddenly we’re left dancing and jumping in jubilation, yet we’re still left captivated by the band’s textured dream. It’s an absolutely wonderful piece of cinema.” - Revue.ca

Want to hear some more? 

Preview the first two singles here:


Severed Seam (Audio)

Heavy Lines (Video)

The band just recently returned home from a successful European tour where they played amazing shows in Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Cork, Ireland, as well as the Into The Wild Festival (UK), London and Amsterdam.  The reaction in Ireland was so intense, the band sold out their gig in Cork, Ireland (almost all on pre-sales) and then were invited to play the prestigious "Ruby Sessions" in Dublin which has been the launching pad for many artists such as: Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan, Bell X1, Little Green Cars, Gemma Hayes, Damien Rice, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Hozier and many many more.  The band was so loved they were immediately invited back to play the Sessions again next time they are in Ireland.

In addition, we have just learned that the famous radio station KCRW in Santa Monica, CA has already starting spinning the track "Choice" in the last few days and getting rave reviews, here is an acoustic live version of "Choice" the from last year. 

Check out this video of Justin Ellis from Happy Abandon showing off the physical copies of the album, including a stunning limited edition splattered colored Vinyl!  It is absolutely a beautiful package. You can preorder the album here at Pledge Music.  

thank you for your support and stay tuned, we are not finished! We have more exciting news forthcoming from the label with two more releases in October from a legendary punk guitarist as well as 4 more new releases in the first three months of 2018 from several national and international bands!


In the meantime please visit our label page here where you can learn more about our label services company and involvement in shows at the Rocky Mount (NC) Mills, our annual shows in Austin, TX, the re-launch of the legendary Twin/Tone Records, our role in Record Store Day - Ireland, our involvement with the Music Biz Organization and much more. 

and you can buy records from our label store such as: The Veldt (who are about to head back out in support of Modern English), Bettie Serveert andTommy Keene (who is currently on tour with Matthew Sweet) or any of our back catalog which consist of over 40 titles since 2008.

The current active roster is about to double in the few months so stay tuned!

 
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New Release Round-Up 08-18-17

New Releases - August 18 2017

 
GRIZZLY BEAR - Painted Ruins - RCA
Grizzly Bear releases their highly anticipated fifth full-length album "Painted Ruins" following up their 2012 commercial breakthrough "Shields." The band spent the better part of two years writing and recording the eleven new compositions featured on "Painted Ruins" with the entire album produced by Grizzly Bear's own, Chris Taylor.

STEVEN WILSON - To The Bone - Caroline
Steven Wilson releases To The Bone his expansive, brilliant fifth album, via Caroline International. It is the follow up to 2015's Hand. Cannot. Erase. (one of Rolling Stone's best albums of 2015). A gloriously dynamic modernist pop record as imagined by the UK s biggest underground artist, To The Bone is Steven Wilson's hat-tip to the hugely ambitious progressive pop records of his youth (think Peter Gabriel's So, Talk Talk's Colour of Spring, Tears for Fears Seeds of Love). The album is also available on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bone Colored Vinyl.

SHELBY LYNNE & ALLISON MOORER - Not Dark Yet - Silver Cross Records
Not Dark Yet was recorded in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. The album provides a potent look at the sisters' individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what's around the bend with a co-written Is It Too Much, to close out the ten-song set.

NECK DEEP - The Peace And The Panic - Hopeless Records
2017 release from the Welsh pop punk band. The album is the follow-up to their 2015 album Life's Not Out To Get You. In an interview, singer Ben Barlow was asked about the story behind the album, and he responded: "The Peace And The Panic is about how we've grown up and experienced life in the last couple of years. When we were writing Life's Not Out To Get You, we were going through a period of uninterrupted happiness. We were super-content, but as that album came out, life changed for us. Over the two years we've toured that record, so much has happened that I've re-evaluated what life is about and questioned whether just having a positive outlook is enough." Neck Deep's sound has been described as a combination of Blink - 182, New Found Glory, The Wonder Years, Green Day and the Descendents. Vocalist Ben Barlow has stated A Day to Remember as a massive influence on the band. Fall Out Boy and Sum 41 have also been cited as influences.
 

INTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD]

INTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD]INTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD] - CapitolINTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD]
Interpol's critically acclaimed third studio album ‘Our Love To Admire’ is released for the first time on heavyweight 2LP to commemorate its 10 year anniversary. Produced by Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Biffy Clyro), the remastered album includes the singles “The Heinrich Maneuver” and “Mammoth”. The gatefold packaging includes custom inner sleeves, a custom mini-jacket and a previously unreleased DVD recording of their 2007 performance at London Astoria.

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DJ SHADOW - The Mountain Has Fallen EP

DJ SHADOW - The Mountain Has Fallen EPDJ SHADOW - The Mountain Has Fallen EP - Mass Appeal Records
DJ SHADOW - The Mountain Has Fallen EP
The Mountain Has Fallencomes on the heels of a tremendous year for the legendary DJ and producer, DJ Shadow. He performed at Coachella 2017, marking his fifth appearance overall at the festival. He recently launched his KCRW show called Find, Share, Rewind, which airs at 10PM the first Saturday of each month.  His extensive The Mountain Will Falltour continues through 2017 and has seen him circle the globe more than once since launching in 2016, with recent dates in Australia, Japan and Europe.  He will finish his 2017 dates in London in October.  Shadow released his latest feature album The Mountain Will Fallvia Mass Appeal Records to raves last year, which lead to a performance on The Tonight Showwith Run The Jewels.  The music video for that track, Nobody Speak,just won the 2017 A2IM Libera Award for Best Music Video. 

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Thy Art Is Murder - Dear Desolation [Limited Edition LP]
U.N.K.L.E. - The Road: Part I [2LP]
Jerry Garcia - Garcia [Sky Blue LP]
Kacy & Clayton - The Siren's Song [LP]
Jerry Douglas - What If
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Tell The Devil I'm Gettin' There As Fast As I Can
A$AP Ferg - Still Striving [Digital]
Dent May - Across The Multiverse [Butter Yellow LP]
Raspberries - Pop Art Live [2CD]
Lil Yachty - Teenage Emotions [Pink 2LP]
Mary J. Blige - Strength Of A Woman [2LP]
Mozzy - 1 Up Top Ahk
Cheap Trick - We're All Alright! [Deluxe Edition LP]
The Yawpers - Boy In A Well [Limited Edition LP]
Ghostpoet - Dark Days & Canapes [LP]
The Accidentals - Odyssey [LP]
KMFDM - Hell Yeah [2LP]


& More .....

Ariel Pink - Another Weekend b/w Ode To The Goat (Thank You) [Vinyl Single]
Har Mar Superstar - Personal Boy EP
Chris LaRocca - Voila EP
Josh Ritter - Thunderbolt's Goodnight
Joan Osborne - Tangled Up In Blue
Sløtface - Backyard
The Lone Bellow - Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy







 

UPCOMING RELEASES

IRON & WINE - Beast Epic

IRON & WINE - Beast EpicIRON & WINE - Beast Epic - Sub PopIRON & WINE - Beast Epic
"I can whine about it all but I won't." -Samuel E. Beam The first Iron & Wine song that I ever remember hearing was “Dead Man's Will,” originally featured on the Yeti 1 compilation CD. Its hushed eloquence and unadorned beauty lent it a sort of soft power*, a triumph of instinct over overstatement. That was in 2001. In 2017, Beast Epic, Iron & Wine’s fourth album of new material for Sub Pop and it's sixth overall, recasts soft power as a series of vignettes, observations and regular old songs that redeem through joy and a certain expectation of grace. Even the instant classic, “Bitter Truth”, with a lyric as pained and direct as any I've heard from Iron & Wine, is leavened with background vocals recalling The Jordanaires. Sam Beam has called Beast Epic his "most personal" album to date. It is the first Iron & Wine album that he's produced since The Creek Drank The Cradle, though the results are vastly different. This album brims with surprise flourishes, classic touches and an appealing confidence that is evident on songs like “Call It Dreaming." After a decade and a half of prodigious expression and exploration, recording as both Iron & Wine and eponymously, Sam Beam confessed that he has finally figured out how to make records. He had me fooled all along. Beast Epic will be available worldwide through Sub Pop Records on August 25th. It's my favorite Iron & Wine album by a mile. - Jonathan Poneman Iron & Wine’s Beast Epic was written and produced by Sam Beam, and recorded and engineered by Tom Schick at the Loft in Chicago in July 2016 and January 2017. The musicians who played on Beast Epic include longtime Iron & Wine collaborators Robert Burger (keys), Joe Adamik (percussion), and Jim Becker (guitar, banjo, violin, mandolin), along with bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing and Fiona Apple), and Chicagoan Teddy Rankin Parker (cello). Beast Epic was mastered by Richard Dodd in Nashville, Tennessee. *The term "soft power" was cribbed from author and Harvard professor Joseph Nye, but used in a different context.

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TOGETHER PANGEA - Bulls And Roosters

TOGETHER PANGEA - Bulls And RoostersTOGETHER PANGEA - Bulls And Roosters - Nettwerk RecordsTOGETHER PANGEA - Bulls And Roosters
You don’t have to grow up all the way, do you? On their latest album Bulls And Roosters, Together Pangea managed to hit a sweet spot between writing rock ‘n’ roll songs worthy of being hummed twenty years from now and maintaining the brash and ballsy bite fans know and love. The Los Angeles quartet—William Keegan [guitar, vocals], Danny Bengston [bass], Erik Jimenez [drums], and Roland Cosio [guitar]—essentially get louder by dialing the volume down. The band co-produced the album with longtime friend and collaborator Andrew Schubert, and it was mixed by Chris Coady (TV On The Radio, Beach House.)



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LILLY HIATT - Trinity Lane

LILLY HIATT - Trinity LaneLILLY HIATT - Trinity Lane - New West RecordsLILLY HIATT - Trinity Lane
This record was written mostly in the summer of 2016 in my apartment off of Trinity Lane. A few tunes came out on the road as well. After moving out of an ex's house, I settled into a new neighborhood down the road. Shortly after, I picked up a tour with my good friend John Moreland where we went to the West Coast and back. I was trailing them in my little 2002 Honda Accord that has literally been all over the country with me. A woman in my early 30s, I found myself sick of my same old shit. I was inspired by the landscape of the west. My faith was tested on the curves of the Highway 101 through the Red Woods. I got terrifyingly stoned on weed gummy bears in Denver. I saw real cowboys in Wyoming and drove through a flood in Arkansas. I felt displaced, but connected. Upon returning to the south, my home of Tennessee, I slunk back into my nook off of Trinity. I went over all the things I'd seen. There had been a freedom in being so far away - a lack of responsibility, a distance from some of the issues, if you will, though I'd carried them right with me, back to my birthplace of Los Angeles, peering over the ocean, wondering how you can come so far yet end up in the same place. I contemplated fleeing and just staying in California, but the south is my home and I had to deal with what needed to be dealt with. I started to write. And go to the park. And listen to records. And play my guitar every night. Every time I wanted a man, I picked up my guitar. Every time I wanted a drink, I picked up my guitar. Love will take you to the darkest places but also to the most honest places if you let it. Learning how to love myself is something I've always been lousy with, and I spent some time on that. I thought about my sobriety, what that means to me, the struggles I'd had throughout the years, since I was a 27-year-old and hung up my toxic drinking habit. I thought about my mother, who took her own life when I was a baby, not far from my age at 30 years old, and I related to her more than ever. As you can see, there was plenty of time spent on my own. I didn't talk to that many folks, albeit a few close friends, and leaned into my family. I stayed away from men, and danced alone in the evenings, looking out my window observing my humble and lively neighborhood. I found power in being by myself. I found peace in the people I was surrounded with - we didn't really know one another, but we smiled when passed on the street. One time I almost rear-ended an older woman in her car backing out of my driveway and I said, "Oh man, I'm just not used to any cars coming around this bend." She replied, "This is our little hideout, baby.” And it really was. The woods were behind me, Dickerson Pike was in the front. So after a while, I had all these songs to play, and wanted to share them. I wanted to get out of town to get some distance from everything, so after an ongoing conversation with Michael Trent, I took my band to Johns Island, SC and we holed up for a few weeks. I poured my heart out, and trusted them with it, and these guys gave it right back. I think we all understood what it's like to question home, intention, demons, love....I think most people understand that. I hope you love this record, I made it for you.

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THE CADILLAC THREE - Legacy

THE CADILLAC THREE - LegacyTHE CADILLAC THREE - Legacy - Big Machine RecordsTHE CADILLAC THREE - Legacy
Leaving a lasting impression on fans with their high-octane live shows and chart-topping songwriting skills, The Cadillac Three continue to make their mark with Legacy, their follow up to 2016's BURY ME IN MY BOOTS. With a sound all of their own that hovers between radio-ready Country anthems, hard-and-heavy Rock ballads and traditional Southern folk, the trio brings the same energy from their sold-out crowds into the studio.

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New Release Round-Up 08-11-17

New Releases - August 11 2017

 
KESHA - Rainbow - RCA
'Rainbow' marks a new beginning for Kesha, one based around inner strength and musical exploration as she achieves her vision for the album by enlisting a roster of collaborators ranging from Eagles of Death Metal to Dolly Parton. Ben Folds produced the title track with Kesha, while Ricky Reed produced and wrote numerous tracks as well. Wrabel co-wrote a collaboration that features the Dap-Kings horn section. Eagles of Death Metal are featured on two tracks, while Parton guests on a version of her 1980 country chart-topper "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You." The track was co-written by Kesha's mother Pebe Sebert, who also has other songwriting credits on 'Rainbow'.
Kesha has had 9 Top 10 hits on The Billboard Hot 100, including four #1 singles at Top 40 Radio - "TiK ToK," "Your Love Is My Drug," "Die Young," and "Timber." Kesha took home the MTV EMA for Best New Act in November 2010 and was nominated for 2 American Music Awards, 3 MTV VMA Awards, and 6 Billboard Awards. She has performed on dozens of television programs all over the world, including MTV Europe Music Awards, Much Music Awards (Canada), Echo Awards (Germany), X Factor (Australia), American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, American Idol, Saturday Night Live, and The Today Show Summer Concert Series.

DOWNTOWN BOYS - Cost Of Living - Sub Pop
The United States’ myriad inequalities, hatreds and phobias are painfully evident in 2017, offering proof that the age-old dichotomy of “political bands” versus “apolitical bands” simply doesn’t exist. Either you are comfortable and unfazed by the current reigning power structures, or you use your music as a vehicle for the dismantling of oppression and the creation of something better. No matter what your songs are about, you are choosing a side. The position of Providence, RI’s Downtown Boys has been clear since they started storming through basements and DIY spaces with their radically-minded rock music: they are here to topple the white-cis-het hegemony and draft a new history. Downtown Boys began by combining revolutionary ideals with boundless energy and contagious, inclusive fun, and their resolve has only strengthened as their sound and audience have grown. Cost Of Living is their third full-length, following a self-released 2012 debut and 2015’s Full Communism on Don Giovanni Records. They recorded it with Guy Picciotto (Fugazi; producer of Blonde Redhead, The Gossip), one of indie-rock’s most mythological figures, in the producer’s chair. Picciotto fostered the band’s improvisational urges while pulling the root of their music to the forefront: unflinching choruses, fearlessly confrontational vocals, and the sense that each song will incite the room into action, sending bodies into motion that were previously thought to have atrophied. Downtown Boys are keenly aware of the increased visibility and credibility that comes with signing to a corporate-media conglomerate such as Sub Pop. They’re using this platform as a megaphone for their protest music, amplifying and centering Chicana, queer, and Latino voices in the far-too-whitewashed world of rock. In just one example, album-opener “A Wall” rides the feel-good power that drove so many tunes by The Clash and Wire as it calls out the idea that a wall could ever succeed in snuffing the humanity and spirit of those it’s designed to crush. Compared to previous efforts, Downtown Boys have shifted from a once-meaty brass section to the subtler melodic accompaniment of keyboards and a saxophone, coloring their anthems with warm, bright tones while singer/lyricist Victoria Ruiz spits out her frustrations and passions. Some might say it shows a sense of maturity, as Downtown Boys have undoubtedly smoothed down some of their earlier edges, but there is no compromise to their righteous assault and captivating presence. Like socially conscious groups of years past, from Public Enemy to Rage Against the Machine, Downtown Boys harness powerful sloganeering, repetitive grooves, and earworm hooks to create one of the most necessary musical statements of the day. We should all do well to take notice! - Matt Korvette, Pissed Jeans.

VENOM INC. - Ave - Nuclear Blast America
When Venom released “Welcome to Hell” and “Black Metal” in the early 80s they paved the way for thousands of extreme metal bands across the world. Venom Inc. consists of former Venom founders Jeffrey “Mantas” Dunn on guitar and Anthony “Abaddon” Bray on drums as well as former Venom bassist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan. "Ave" is Venom Inc’s debut full length!

GUIDED BY VOICES - How Do You Spell Heaven - Guided By Voices
2017 release from the uber-prolific Robert Pollard and his main day job, Guided By Voices. Guided by Voices is on a roll. One could argue that GBV is never not on a roll, that Robert Pollard's output plows past the word "prolific" like prolific is standing still in a snowbank; and that's true, but this new version of the band (Doug Gillard, Bobby Bare Jr, Mark Shue, Kevin March) has given Pollard new tools to complement his song-hammer. Thus, ergo, quod erat demonstrandum: roll. Hot on the heels of the smothered-in-plaudits double album August By Cake comes this hot and heavy fifteen-tune long player, a melody-dense thwack to the earholes that will both energize and deplete your body of it's remaining music-appreciation enzymes. Recorded by the band in New York, and by Pollard in Ohio, How Do You Spell Heaven capitalizes on the current incarnation's tour-buffed shine without sacrificing eternal verities such as but not limited to: off-kilter rhythmic jolts; krazy chords; purposefully imperfect harmonies; and fragmented structures that start and stop on a coin of small denomination and go somewhere else, and quickly. There's more, much more-the easiest, laziest way to sum up this latest album is the most obvious: How do you spell heaven? Shout it from the rafters: G-B-V!

HINDER - The Reign - The End Records
Multi-platinum rockers, Hinder, have sold over 3.8 million albums, more than 7.5 million singles, garnered north of 130 million video views, racked in 80 million spins on Spotify, and counting. In 2016, they released their first-ever acoustic EP entitled 'Stripped', and are now back in 2017 with a tour and new their new album The Reign.

LIVE - Mental Jewelry: 25th Anniversary Edition

LIVE - Mental Jewelry: 25th Anniversary EditionLIVE - Mental Jewelry: 25th Anniversary Edition - Geffen RecordsLIVE - Mental Jewelry: 25th Anniversary Edition
Multi-platinum selling Pennsylvania band Live release their debut album ‘Mental Jewelry’ on LP for the first time to commemorate its 25th anniversary. The package includes the remastered studio album which launched the band’s career, produced by Jerry Harrison from Talking Heads, plus liner notes from founding member Ed Kowalczyk. the release is also available in a Deluxe 2CD package which features never-before-heard studio material and an unreleased live performance recorded at The Roxy in 1992. The original line-up begin a US / International festival tour in May.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

The Districts - Popular Manipulations [LP]
Hamell On Trial - Tackle Box [LP]
So Much Light - Oh, Yuck [LP]
Paul Kelly - Life Is Fine [LP]
Frankie Rose - Cage Tropical [Limited Edition White LP]
Trailer Trash Tracys - Althaea [LP]
Will Hoge - Anchors [LP]
David Rawlings - Poor David's Almanack [LP]
Steve Howe - Anthology 2: Groups & Collaborations [3CD]
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Source Tags & Codes: Expanded 15th Anniversary Edition [2LP]
Alex Williams - Better Than Myself
The Music Of Nashville, Season 5, Vol. 3 [Soundtrack]
Oceans Ate Alaska - Hikari [LP]
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 [Deluxe 2LP]
Bonobo - One Offs...Remixes & B Sides [2LP]
Buck Owens - Live From Austin, TX [CD/DVD]
Dwight Yoakam - Live From Austin, TX [CD/DVD]
Dead Rock West - More Love
Lucy Rose - Something's Changing [LP]
Woggles - Tally Ho! [LP]


& More .....

Needtobreathe - Hard Cuts: Songs From The H A R D L O V E Sessions EP
Bebe Rexha - All Your Fault: Pt. 2 EP
Miner - Headwaters EP
David Ramirez - Time
Blank Range - Ember In The Ash
Hamell On Trial - Big Mouth Strikes Again (Live)






 

UPCOMING RELEASES

INTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD]

INTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD]INTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD] - CapitolINTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD]
Interpol's critically acclaimed third studio album ‘Our Love To Admire’ will be released for the first time on heavyweight 2LP to commemorate its 10 year anniversary. Produced by Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Biffy Clyro), the remastered album includes the singles “The Heinrich Maneuver” and “Mammoth”. The gatefold packaging includes custom inner sleeves, a custom mini-jacket and a previously unreleased DVD recording of their 2007 performance at London Astoria.

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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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RHINO SUMMER OF LOVE

RHINO SUMMER OF LOVE

Five decades ago, in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, a social movement was growing. Young people, with heads full of progressive ideas and evolving attitudes toward sex, drugs and rock and roll, were converging on the area to celebrate their personal freedom–an extension of that January’s “Human Be-In” in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The “Summer of Love,” as it was called, was the birth of the modern counterculture, and music played an integral role in the shaping, influencing and mainstreaming of these daring new ideas. Rhino Records is celebrating that historic period with 18 catalog titles throughout July–including new compilations and vinyl reissues of classic albums. More information and details of the releases coming from Rhino as part of the Summer Of Love program can be found Here.

 
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Bettie Serveert and The Veldt RSD Pieces Available for Sale in our Store!

Now that we have finished up another incredibly successful Record Store Day, we can sell our two releases in our online store.  Both the Bettie Serveert "Damaged Good" and The Veldt "Symmetry" 7" single are available! While supplies last! These very limited remaining pieces will be gone soon so do not hesitate to grab them while you can! Click below images to buy:

Bettie Serveert

Damaged Good (LP)

Colored Vinyl, Gatefold w/ CD sleeve and digital download card!

Limited to 1000 Copies in the United States

Dutch indie legends, Bettie Serveert return on their 25th Anniversary with their 11th Studio Album “Damaged Good.” This limited edition exclusive transparent magenta Vinyl LP (beautiful gatefold packaging) will include a digital download and full CD. This is the only version of the LP or CD available in North America.

The Veldt

Symmetry b/w Slow Grind (7” Single)

Limited to 500 Copies in the United States

Legendary North Carolina band The Veldt return with a new single “Symmetry”, available exclusively as a 7” single for Record Store Day 2017.  The lead track and its b-side counterpart “Slow Grind” are two of the best songs released in the band’s 28 year history.  Often compared to the Cocteau Twins, Ride and Lush, this is a must-have for any shoegaze aficionado.  The band has just finished up a US tour with Phantogram, playing sold-out shows every night and winning over tons of new fans in each city.  They will soon be heading out on a string of East Coast dates with their pals (and seminal 4AD band) Modern English, as well with a new EP 'The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation', which is slated for worldwide release in June 2017. Neither 'Symmetry' nor 'Slow Grind' are on the forthcoming EP, and can only be obtained on this 7” exclusive/limited single.  

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The Veldt announce US tour with Phantogram!

Also supporting Modern English April 10-14

New EP “The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation”

will be released worldwide June 2nd, 2017

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — Feburary 13, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store and label, Schoolkids Records announced today the The Veldt will head out on the road to support Phantogram and Modern English in March/April.  Dates are below.

THE VELDT US TOUR

Saturday, March 4th, 2017 – New York, NY Okay Space Art Exhibition w/ Schooly D & Pablo Power Info

Saturday, March 11, 2017 – Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre w/ Phantogram Tickets

Sunday, March 12, 2017         - St Paul, MN Palace Theatre w/ Phantogram Tickets

Monday, March 13, 2017 – Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre w/ Phantogram Tickets

Tuesday, March 14, 2017- Urbana, IL Canopy Club w/ Phantogram Tickets

Thursday, March 16, 2017 – Cincinnati, OH  Bogarts w/ Phantogram Tickets

Friday, March 17, 2017  Atlanta, GA  The Tabernacle w/ Phantogram Tickets

Friday, March 31, 2017  Raleigh, NC Pourhouse (Flaming Lips afterparty) Tickets

Monday, April 10, 2017 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Modern English Tickets

Tuesday, April 11, 2017         Philadelphia , PA Johnny Brendas w/ Modern English Tickets

Thursday, April 13, 2017 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall w/ Modern English Tickets

Friday, April 14, 2017 New York, NY Rough Trade w/ Modern English Tickets

The worldwide release of "The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation" EP (Schoolkids Records, June 2nd) will be The Veldt’s first new recording in fifteen years.  They have collaborated with Robin Guthrie/Cocteau Twins, TV On The Radio, Mos Def, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite).  They have previously shared the stage with The Pixies, Throwing Muses, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis and Living Colour, among others.

The band reformed in 2016 and immediately received incredible enthusiasm upon their return.  Their new EP started to make the rounds with a vinyl release via Leonard Skully Records last year, resulting in significant press attention, including an outstanding feature in The Guardian (UK), who wrote "the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive and vertiginously soothing.”  The band participated in an East coast mini-tour with The Brian Jonestown Massacre this past spring, embarked on two central Canadian tours, and continued to tour Europe last summer, in addition to playing multiple festivals in Italy, Spain, France, the UK, USA, Sweden and Denmark.

The Veldt
"The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation” EP
Schoolkids Records
Worldwide Streetdate: 2 June 2017

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PRESS

With Danny’s enveloping hooks, Daniel’s swooning falsetto... the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive, vertiginously soothing – Mike Doherty, The Guardian

Equal parts Jesus and Mary Chain and James Brown – NY Press

The Veldt are a unique and singular, musical proposition - authentic American soul music, without post-modern irony, without cliché. If the Velvet Underground had left the Factory and toured with STAX ... They are Kane's kissing kousins  – Rudy Tambala (A.R. Kane)

Their awesome wobbly psychy guitar music and from-the-heart soulful vocals are as wonderful as ever...myself and Robin Guthrie are just 2 screaming fans – Creation Records' Founder Joe Foster

For black artists, doing anything outside of the bubble, beyond what’s derivative of what white kids are doing, being able to express yourself honestly, is not celebrated at all. So when I heard these guys, it gave me confidence – Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Drake, Estherio)

A reply to anyone who thinks that soul is missing from the indie-rock scene – Village Voice

FOR FANS OF: A.R. Kane, Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack, Jesus & Mary Chain, Dif Juz

TRACK LIST:

  1. Sanctified
  2. In a Quiet Room
  3. Token
  4. One Day Out of Life
  5. And It's You 

History:

Schoolkids Records (the retail store) was founded in 1974 in Raleigh, NC across the street from NC State University.  With three stores located in the “Triangle” region of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Schoolkids is one of the longest running mom & pop record stores in the country. 

The store has been the destination and shopping preference for many local and national bands, many of whom either worked at the store or started selling their first albums of 7” singles at the store on consignment.  Artists to get their start selling records at Schoolkids include:  Ryan Adams & Whiskeytown, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Dave Matthews Band, The Avett Brothers, Sylvan Esso, Ben Folds, The Connells, Polvo, Athenaeum, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Megafaun, Lost in the Trees and many others.  The store was also one of the first retail outlets to sell No Depression Magazine and to work directly with labels such as Merge Records, Mammoth Records, Dischord Records and Yep Roc Records

Schoolkids is a founding member of the CIMS Coalition, the first national Coalition of Independent Music Records and has been named by both Time Magazine and The Grammys as one of the ‘top ten’ most iconic record stores in the country.  Schoolkids’ owner, Stephen Judge also serves on the National Board of Directors for Music Biz (formerly known as NARM).  

Schoolkids Records (the label) recently announced its name change from Second Motion Records and also the signing of Chapel Hill, NC’s Happy Abandon.  This marks the second signing to the label in as many weeks.   Schoolkids also recently announced the opening of a European office in Dublin, Ireland.

The label was founded in May 2008 by Stephen Judge in Chapel Hill, NC.  Since then they have released over 30 albums by artists such as: Tommy Keene, Bettie Serveert, The Parson Red Heads, Marty Willson-Piper, Adam Franklin & Swervedriver, Gemma Hayes, Brian Vander Ark and many others.  The label is distributed by Redeye Worldwide.  In addition, Schoolkids has also previously served as a management & administrative company and worked with such artists as: Athenaeum (Atlantic Records), The Walls (Ireland), New Model Army, Daniel Lanois and Emm GrynerSchoolkids also owns the music publication, Blurt Magazine and Blurt Online and has three retail stores in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

 

Label & Management Contact:

 

Stephen Judge

schoolkidsrecordsnc@gmail.com

  

Retail: http://www.schoolkidsrecords.com

Label: http://www.secondmotionrecords.com

The Veldt: http://secondmotionrecords.com/artists/the-veldt.html

 
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Schoolkids Records signs shoegaze legends The Veldt!

Schoolkids Records signs shoegaze legends The Veldt!

New EP “The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation”
will be released worldwide June 2nd, 2017
Band to open for Modern English April 10-14 

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — January 31, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store and label, Schoolkids Records announced today the signing of shoegaze legends The Veldt. and the forthcoming worldwide release of “The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation” EP, their first new recording in fifteen years.

The band formed in the late 80’s in Raleigh, North Carolina amongst the royalty of the legendary North Carolina music scene, including bands such as Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, The Connells, Dillon Fence, The dBs, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Ryan Adams and many more

Initially signed to Capitol Records in 1989 and eventually finding their way to Mercury Records, The Veldt embarked on a musical journey that changed their lives. Soon, they were in the studio with dream-gaze guru Robin Guthrie, playing American concert halls with Cocteau Twins, and opening for The Jesus and Mary Chain in England. They worked with leading producers Lincoln Fong of Moose on their debut album Marigolds and Ray Schulman (Bjork, Sugarcubes, The Sundays) on Afrodisiac.  The Veldt were a sensation from the start as they became a part of a movement of innovators, who came of musical age at a time when rhythmic rebels were reflective, gritty and wild. Their sound inspired future generations of alternative artists, including TV On the Radio.

The Veldt in the 80’s

Apart from Robin Guthrie, they have collaborated with TV On The Radio, Mos Def, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and most recently A.R.Kane. They have shared the stage with The Pixies, Throwing Muses, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis and Living Colour, among others.

The band reformed in 2016 and immediately received incredible enthusiasm upon their return.  Their new EP started to make the rounds with a vinyl release via Leonard Skully Records last year, resulting in significant press attention, including an outstanding feature in The Guardian (UK), who wrote “the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive and vertiginously soothing.”  The band participated in an East coast mini-tour with The Brian Jonestown Massacre this past spring, embarked on two central Canadian tours, and continued to tour Europe last summer, in addition to playing multiple festivals in Italy, Spain, France, the UK, USA, Sweden and Denmark.

The Veldt, 2017 

Now with a full team in place, they are back with “The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation” EP, to be released worldwide via Schoolkids Records on June 2nd, 2017.  The band will embark on a US and European tour starting this Spring, but also are announcing four very special appearances in the Northeastern United States supporting Modern English!  Here are those dates:

THE VELDT supporting MODERN ENGLISH

April 10: Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel

April 11: Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s

April 13: Boston MA – Brighton Music Hall

April 14: Brooklyn NY – Rough Trade

The Veldt
“The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation” EP
Schoolkids Records
Worldwide Streetdate: 2 June 2017

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PRESS

With Danny’s enveloping hooks, Daniel’s swooning falsetto… the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive, vertiginously soothing – Mike Doherty, The Guardian

Equal parts Jesus and Mary Chain and James Brown – NY Press

The Veldt are a unique and singular, musical proposition – authentic American soul music, without post-modern irony, without cliché. If the Velvet Underground had left the Factory and toured with STAX … They are Kane’s kissing kousins  – Rudy Tambala (A.R. Kane)

Their awesome wobbly psychy guitar music and from-the-heart soulful vocals are as wonderful as ever…myself and Robin Guthrie are just 2 screaming fans – Creation Records’ Founder Joe Foster

For black artists, doing anything outside of the bubble, beyond what’s derivative of what white kids are doing, being able to express yourself honestly, is not celebrated at all. So when I heard these guys, it gave me confidence – Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Drake, Estherio)

A reply to anyone who thinks that soul is missing from the indie-rock scene – Village Voice

FOR FANS OF: A.R. Kane, Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack, Jesus & Mary Chain, Dif Juz

TRACK LIST:

  1. Sanctified
  2. In a Quiet Room
  3. Token
  4. One Day Out of Life
  5. And It’s You

History:

Schoolkids Records (the retail store) was founded in 1974 in Raleigh, NC across the street from NC State University.  With three stores located in the “Triangle” region of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Schoolkids is one of the longest running mom & pop record stores in the country.

The store has been the destination and shopping preference for many local and national bands, many of whom either worked at the store or started selling their first albums of 7” singles at the store on consignment.  Artists to get their start selling records at Schoolkids include:  Ryan Adams & Whiskeytown, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Dave Matthews Band, The Avett Brothers, Sylvan Esso, Ben Folds, The Connells, Polvo, Athenaeum, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Megafaun, Lost in the Trees and many others.  The store was also one of the first retail outlets to sell No Depression Magazine and to work directly with labels such as Merge Records, Mammoth Records, Dischord Records and Yep Roc Records.

Schoolkids is a founding member of the CIMS Coalition, the first national Coalition of Independent Music Records and has been named by both Time Magazine and The Grammys as one of the ‘top ten’ most iconic record stores in the country.  Schoolkids’ owner, Stephen Judge also serves on the National Board of Directors for Music Biz (formerly known as NARM).

Schoolkids Records (the label) recently announced its name change from Second Motion Records and also the signing of Chapel Hill, NC’s Happy Abandon.  This marks the second signing to the label in as many weeks.   Schoolkids also recently announced the opening of a European office in Dublin, Ireland.

The label was founded in May 2008 by Stephen Judge in Chapel Hill, NC.  Since then they have released over 30 albums by artists such as: Tommy Keene, Bettie Serveert, The Parson Red Heads, Marty Willson-Piper, Adam Franklin & Swervedriver, Gemma Hayes, Brian Vander Ark and many others.  The label is distributed by Redeye Worldwide.  In addition, Schoolkids has also previously served as a management & administrative company and worked with such artists as: Athenaeum (Atlantic Records), The Walls (Ireland), New Model Army, Daniel Lanois and Emm GrynerSchoolkids also owns the music publication, Blurt Magazine and Blurt Online and has three retail stores in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Label & Management Contact:

Stephen Judge

schoolkidsrecordsnc@gmail.com

Retail: http://www.schoolkidsrecords.com

Label: http://www.secondmotionrecords.com

The Veldt: http://secondmotionrecords.com/artists/the-veldt.html

 
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North Carolina based Schoolkids Records re-launches in-house label

North Carolina based Schoolkids Records re-launches in-house label

Signs Chapel Hill, NC four-piece Happy Abandon!

Opens new European office in Dublin, Ireland

Happy Abandon performs at Kings: Raleigh, NC on Saturday Jan 28th

New Happy Abandon album to be released on Schoolkids Records (label) in August 2017 

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — January 24, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store, Schoolkids Records announced today the re-launching of its own in-house label.  Formerly known as Second Motion Records, the label will now release albums under the same name and share the legendary iconic fish logo. 

Second Motion Records (now known as Schoolkids Records - the label) was founded in May 2008 by Stephen Judge in Chapel Hill, NC.  Since then the label has released over 30 albums by artists such as: Tommy Keene, Bettie Serveert, The Parson Red Heads, Marty Willson-Piper, Adam Franklin & Swervedriver, Gemma Hayes, Brian Vander Ark and many others.  The label is distributed by Redeye Worldwide.  In addition, Second Motion has also previously served as a management & administrative company and worked with such artists as: Athenaeum (Atlantic Records), The Walls (Ireland), New Model Army, Daniel Lanois and Emm Gryner.  Second Motion also owns the music publication, Blurt Magazine and Blurt Online.  Schoolkids has seen unprecedented growth in a time of turmoil in the industry, and now has three stores in the North Carolina Triangle region. (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill).  Schoolkids also is announcing the opening a new European office in Dublin, Ireland since Judge lives there half the year with his wife and her son, who are Irish. It’s a dream come true for Judge who explained “I have always dreamed of having a business home both in Ireland and the United States, this is the culmination of all of my work coming full circle.”  

When asked about the name change from Second Motion to Schoolkids Records, Judge explained: “from day one, I have always wanted to have a company that reflects three aspects of the business that I love.  Which is Retail, Artist Management and also a Record Label.  I started the Management and Label under the name “Second Motion” as a play on words towards my surname ‘I second that motion’ and always intended to expand into having a brick & mortar retail store.  At that time in 2008, I never imagined that I would have the chance to own my childhood neighborhood store, Schoolkids Records and was honored at the opportunity” (Judge bought Schoolkids in 2012). 

He continued: “The timing was unique and ironically, it also played into my long-term business plan, but I never intended to have two different names.  Over the last 5 years I have focused mostly on the growth of the stores in my home market and involving myself into all aspects of retail to tackle the challenges stores face every single day, worldwide.  Honestly, this is me just setting the landscape right by putting a clear connection between the two entities and getting back to what my initial business plan has been all along.  ‘Schoolkids Records’ is obviously a stronger brand (since it has been around for 43 years) and also the fish logo is very popular, which is sentimental to me personally, as it was designed by my former boss, the late-John Hornaday, who believed in me and hired me at the store in 1990 while I was a student at NC State University.  That is what started my career in a way and I am forever grateful for his loyalty and mentorship.  He passed away in 2011 just months prior to me purchasing Schoolkids.  I know he would be proud of me and what I have accomplished so this is also a sentiment in his honor.”

When asked about the future of Blurt Magazine & Online he continued “I have also always seen media as part of the overall picture as well and always looked at Blurt in the same light that Tower Records had Pulse Magazine.  In the next year, we are going to work on making those two names synonymous with each other as well.

    The first new signing to the label will be Chapel Hill, NC’s Happy Abandon

This eclectic four-piece consists of Peter Vance (Vocals, Guitar), Jake Waits (Drums, Percussion), Justin Ellis (Bass) and Alex Thompson (Keyboards, Programming).  In just under two years since their formation, Happy Abandon has garnered a lot of regional and national press from The Indy Weekly & Paste Magazine. Paste claimed that “the stage is set for Happy Abandon to be a ground-breaking group” 

The band is set to head into the studio next week with Producers Jamie Candiloro (REM, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson) and Jason Merritt (Tift Merritt, Hot Hot Heat) at the helm.  A US and European tour is schedule for this summer and fall, with the album is set to be released August, 25th 2017. 

The band will be performing a celebratory show at Kings in Raleigh, NC this coming Saturday, Jan 28th with Lacy Jags and Walin Storm supporting. Doors at 8pm. Tickets are $10 advance/$12 day of and can be purchased by clicking here.

Charming and brilliant vocals are prominently displayed within the piece, with a blissful and enchanting bed of music that is layered throughout. Picking up in intensity, the song entices your ears with elements of classic Indie nostalgia, with a sugary, unique twist and Pop sensibility. Echoing harmonies are laced with a haunting string section which will make you fall in love. "If I Stare," is a breakout single for the band, as they put their name on the map as a noteworthy and unforgettable musical force. “(Louise Parker, Paste Magazine)

Sample the Happy Abandon track “If I Stare” here:

 

History

Schoolkids Records was founded in 1974 in Raleigh, NC across the street from NC State University.  With three stores located in the “Triangle” region of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Schoolkids is one of the longest running mom & pop record stores in the country. 

The store has been the destination and shopping preference for many local and national bands, many of whom either worked at the store or started selling their first albums of 7” singles at the store on consignment.  Artists to get their start selling records at Schoolkids include:  Ryan Adams & Whiskeytown, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Dave Matthews Band, The Avett Brothers, Sylvan Esso, Ben Folds, The Connells, Polvo, Athenaeum, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Megafaun, Lost in the Trees and many others.  The store was also one of the first retail outlets to sell No Depression Magazine and to work directly with labels such as Merge Records, Mammoth Records, Dischord Records and Yep Roc Records. 

Schoolkids is a founding member of the CIMS Coalition, the first national Coalition of Independent Music Records and has been named by both Time Magazine and The Grammys as one of the ‘top ten’ most iconic record stores in the country.  Schoolkids’ owner, Stephen Judge also serves on the National Board of Directors for Music Biz (formerly known as NARM).   

Label & Management Contact

Stephen Judge

schoolkidsrecordsnc@gmail.com

Mary Liles

meemsy@me.com

  

Retail: http://www.schoolkidsrecords.com

Label: http://www.secondmotionrecords.com

Happy Abandon: http://www.happyabandonmusic.com

Media: http://www.blurtonline.com

 

 
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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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Schoolkids Webstore is live!

Schoolkids Web Store is live!  We are using Amazon second-hand to be the portal of our US webstore, this way we can have all of our live inventory online, if something sells in the store it comes off the online store immediately and vice-versa.  

All of our new and used CDs are up now, we will expand more soon with Vinyl and other items.  Of course you can always contact us at: schoolkidsrecordsnc@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Also, coming soon we will be launching a Schoolkids Europe Web-store! 

Visit the Schoolkids Webstore (US

 
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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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