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New Release Round-Up 05-26-15

New Releases 26 May 2015 

ALLEN STONE - Radius - Capitol 
On his third full-length album, singer/songwriter Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention. Stone's debut for Capitol Records, Radius marks the follow-up to the Chewelah, Washington-bred 28-year-old s self-released and self-titled sophomore effort, a 2011 album that climbed to the top 10 on Billboard s Heatseekers chart and gained acclaim from renowned rock critic Ann Powers (whose NPR review hailed Allen Stone as meant for those of us who like our R&B slightly unkempt and exceedingly feelingful). Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek, Stone s latest batch of songs capture the warm energy of that creative connection and transport the listener to a higher and more exalted plane.

A$AP ROCKY - A.L.L.A. At.Long.Last.A$AP - RCA
Aptly titled, A.L.L.A. At.Long.Last.A$AP is the long-awaited second studio album from A$AP Mob member A$AP Rocky, landing two years after his debut effort and filling the gap as his crew's promised L.O.R.D. album remains unreleased. Previewed by the single "Pretty Flacko 2" plus the Juicy J feature "Multiply," the album is executive produced by Danger Mouse along with Juicy, and features beats from the likes of Nez, Rio, Curtis Heron, A$AP Yams, Clams Casino, and Rocky himself. Guest vocals come from the likes of FKA twigs, Lykke Li, plus Mos Def, who leaves that former stage name behind with one of his first credits as Yasiin Bey.

LIFEHOUSE - Out Of The Wasteland - Ironworks Music
For Lifehouse, Out Of The Wasteland is a culmination of their life’s work, a new chapter that serves as the pay-off for having the patience to reconnect with the musical and personal chemistry that took them to the top. “We were at crossroads, and it definitely could have gone a different way,” says Jason Wade. “Going through changes and restarting a brand new season in your life and your career can be scary. But I think everybody is really happy that right now, our hearts are in the right place creatively.” 

THE VACCINES - English Graffiti - Sony
The Vaccines 'English Graffiti,' is their first release in three years. The album was recorded in upstate New York, and the 11-song collection is the UK foursome's most accomplished work to date. 'English Graffiti' was produced David Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, MGMT) and Cole MGN (Ariel Pink, Beck).

Turbowolf - Two Hands

Turbowolf - Two HandsTURBOWOLF - Two Hands - SpinefarmTurbowolf - Two Hands
Welcome to 2015: the year of the wolf.
Since their formation in 2008, the Bristolian riff-ragers have melted minds with their signature brand of patchouli-drenched punk rock fury. Their live rituals are the stuff of legend: a trapdoor into the cosmic beyond via the uncharted depths of your mind, sound-tracked by the red hot fuzz of crackling speakers and overloaded channels.  After wrapping up a hugely successful last year, which included headlining Live Nation’s ‘Download Freezes Over’ tour as well as crushing stages with chart-toppers Royal Blood, the quartet are set to unleash second album ‘Two Hands’ and excitement in the camp is infectious…  “We were doing it kinda ghetto before this point,” laughs guitarist Andy Ghosh. “We did the exact same thing in terms of recording and writing, but this time we’re a bit older and wiser. It’s just me and Chris making up weird shit! But this time round, we had the opportunity to produce it with Tom Dalgety [Band Of Skulls, Opeth, Royal Blood], who’s an absolute legend, and just really capture it. We have a hard sound to record: everything’s the same frequency just piled on top of each other. White noise, no… brown noise!”
Early Listen Available Video Available 

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Eilen Jewell - Sundown Over Ghost Town

Eilen Jewell - Sundown Over Ghost TownEILEN JEWELL - Sundown Over Ghost Town - Signature SoundsEilen Jewell - Sundown Over Ghost Town
Honesty, confidence, and respect permeate Eilen Jewell's music, dating back to her self-released Boundary County album in 2006. Since then, the Boise native has recorded five studio albums for Signature Sounds with her road-tested touring band, and two more as a member of the Boston-based gospel-charged Sacred Shakers, which includes that well-oiled band at its core.  As hard as it is to categorize Jewell's music terms like alt-country, roots-rock, country-noir, and Americana get used a lot it's even harder not to become thoroughly enraptured by the singer/songwriter's powerful versatility, musical stories, and images. And that gorgeous voice makes you feel like she's singing just for you, out on the breezy back porch or by a crackling campfire. She does so much, so well.  Sundown Over Ghost Town's twelve original songs reflect on recent changes in Jewell's life including the birth of her first child and returning to her hometown of Boise, Idaho. The music has a western feel evoking wide open spaces with the generous use of pedal steel and organ.
Early Listen Available Video Available 

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Anti-Flag - American Spring

Anti-Flag - American SpringANTI-FLAG - American Spring - SpinefarmAnti-Flag - American Spring
Pittsburgh-based punk stalwarts Anti-Flag have always had important, socially conscious messages to convey & musical statements they've been driven to make. That ethos remains intact with American Spring, their Spinefarm Records debut.  American Spring packaging includes essays, personal liner notes, & further information behind the driving forces of each song, detailing ways for us all to take action against injustice in the world.  The American Spring is now!
Early Listen Available Video Available 

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Robert Pollard - Faulty Superheroes
Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton
Admiral Fallow - Tiny Rewards
Yes - Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two
Alesso - Forever
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
Buddy Rich - Birdland
Rachel Grimes - The Clearing
Martin Newell - Teatime Assortment
Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last
Porcupine Tree - Anesthetize
John Anderson - Goldmine

& More .....

Animal Collective - Prospect Hummer EP
Big Smo - Rednecks Got It Right
Honeyhoney - Big Man
Trey Songz - About You

 

UPCOMING RELEASES

Kid Wave - Wonderlust

Kid Wave - WonderlustKID WAVE - Wonderlust - PIAS AmericaKid Wave - Wonderlust
Hailing from the UK, Sweden and Australia, and based in London, the foursome channel '90s American indie gods, injecting pop panache and slacker-rock fuzz into the fray to sidle alongside the likes of Gengahr and Wolf Alice. Dan Austin (Doves, Cherry Ghost) produced the record with them at the Eve Studio in Stockport.
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Jedi Mind Tricks - The Thief & The Fallen

Jedi Mind Tricks - The Thief & The FallenJEDI MIND TRICKS - The Thief & The Fallen - Enemy SoilJedi Mind Tricks - The Thief & The Fallen
After a six year hiatus, the original Jedi Mind Tricks frontman, Vinnie Paz, and producer, Stoupe, have reunited to record the group's eight studio album, ''The Thief & The Fallen.'' Forged in the indie rap Golden Era of the mid-90s, Jedi Mind Tricks' consistency has been unparalleled. For two decades, the name Jedi Mind Tricks has become synonymous with raw, gritty underground hip hop. From their debut album, ''The Psycho-social,'' in 1996 to their seminal sophomore release, ''Violent By Design,'' to their musical expansion on ''Servants and Heaven, Kings In Hell,'' JMT has made an indelible impression on the independent music scene, while arguably forming its own subgenre of rap.
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Holychild - The Shape of Brat Pop to Come

Holychild - The Shape of Brat Pop to ComeHOLYCHILD - The Shape Of Brat Pop To Come - GlassnoteHolychild - The Shape of Brat Pop to Come
Los Angeles brat-pop band, HOLYCHILD debut full-length album, The Shape Of Brat Pop To Come, is out June 2nd via Glassnote Records. Their debut album features single, Running Behind.
HOLYCHILD is comprised of Liz Nistico and Louie Diller. They met in college in 2011, have been writing music ever since and call their genre, brat pop. On their debut album The Shape Of Brat Pop to Come, HOLYCHILD takes on nothing less than the idea of power dynamics and inequality be it racial, social status, or gender-motivated. The beats are wild (thanks in no small part to Diller's stint in Cuba studying Afro-Cuban drumming), and the tongues are placed firmly in cheek. Nistico assures that while their message is clear, it's not definitive. After all, we're all humans, right? At the end of the day HOLYCHILD is about posing questions not providing answers.
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Paradise Lost - The Plague Within

Paradise Lost - The Plague WithinPARADISE LOST - The Plague Within - Century MediaParadise Lost - The Plague Within
It is rare for a band to have such a long lasting effect on the musical landscape they exist within. Since their formation in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Paradise Lost have thrived in perpetual darkness; a place where rays of light seldom threaten to break the black clouds, where nightmares last an eternity. And while the course of their sonic evolution has spawned countless others sworn to the dark, ALL pale in comparison to the original gothic metal pioneers.  Returning with opus number fourteen, Paradise Lost are once again refining the chemical equation to their sonic alchemy, with the kind of creative invincibility few can afford. It’s a collection of songs that will surprise even the most seasoned of fans in its ambition: a monochrome miasma of morbidly uplifting anthems and heart-aching melancholia.
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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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BLUE NOTE ANNIVERSARY RELEASES 26 MAY 2015

BLUE NOTE ANNIVERSARY RELEASES 26 MAY 2015

BLUE NOTE ANNIVERSARY RELEASES
As part of their Anniversary celebration, Blue Note will issue a series of vinyl reissues every month, one of which you’ll exclusively find first here at your Blue Note Authorized Dealer. 

STREET DATE MAY 26

Hank Mobley Quartet - Hank Mobley Quartet [Blue Note Dealer Exclusive]

HANK MOBLEY QUARTET - Hank Mobley Quartet

Hank Mobley Quartet is the debut album by jazz saxophonist Hank Mobley. Released in 1955 on Blue Note Records, Hank Mobley Quartet (10”) will be reissued on 10” vinyl as part of the Blue Note Authorized Dealer program schedule of releases. Also features Art Blakey. 

Also out on May 26:

Art Blakey - A Night At Birdland, Vol 1
Grant Green - I Want To Hold Your Hand
Bobby Hutcherson - Components
Elvin Jones - The Ultimate
Medeski, Martin & Wood - End Of The World Party (Just In Case)
Lee Morgan - Search For The New Land

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New Release Round-Up 05-19-15

Faith No More - Sol Invictus 

Faith No More - Sol InvictusFAITH NO MORE - Sol Invictus - Ipecac Recordings Faith No More - Sol Invictus
The music of Faith No More has lived through five presidents, endless wars, economic booms and busts, global meltdown and revolutionary rebirths. Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, the hardedged group’s hybridized sound has scored the soundtrack to a time of change, and now in the 21st century, the legendary band has evolved once more to return with a powerful new album, Sol Invictus, and a new focus.
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BRANDON FLOWERS - The Desired Effect - Island
Almost five years since the release of his critically acclaimed solo debut, Flamingo, Brandon Flowers' solo return follows a time of continued huge success with his band The Killers, who released the global chart-topping album Battle Born in 2012, as well as the greatest hits collection Direct Hits in 2013, selling out the likes of Wembley Stadium and Madison Square Garden while continuing to headline major festivals around the world. 

Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear - Skeleton Crew

Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear - Skeleton CrewMADISEN WARD AND THE MAMA BEAR - Skeleton Crew - Glassnote Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear - Skeleton Crew
Already receiving widespread notice, the acclaimed duo recently made their network television debut on the 'Late Show with David Letterman' performing the records first single, 'Silent Movies.' Additionally, in advance of SXSW, NPR Music featured the band in their 'Austin 100' playlist, asserting, 'Timeless, mother-son roots-folk, on the brink of ubiquity.' Produced by Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys), the 12-song album was recorded in Nashville during the winter of 2014-15.
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PAUL WELLER - Saturns Pattern - Parlophone
The new album was recorded in Weller's own Black Barn Studio and produced by Jan "Stan" Kybert (Oasis, Bjork, Massive Attack, etc.).Weller and Kybert have worked together extensively in the past on albums such as Sonik Kicks(2012),As Is Now(2005),Studio 150(2004) and Illumination (2002). Saturns Pattern is available in a variety of formats: Standard CD, Deluxe CD/DVD set, vinyl album, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set with CD/DVD/vinyl album.The digital formats are available in standard and deluxe editions with the deluxe edition featuring previously unreleased bonus tracks.

HOT CHIP - Why Make Sense? - Domino
With Why Make Sense?, Hot Chip restate their intentions as a band and redefine the very things that made them relevant in the first place. It shuns modernist dancefloor tropes in order to flick through the dusty corners of the band’s teenage record collections. Alternately jarring and chaotic, pared back, thundering, then pulsating and gloriously mellifluous, the album confidently displays its influences.

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TesseracT - Odyssey / Scala

Tesseract - Odyssey / Scala TESSERACT - Odyssey / Scala - Century MediaTesseracT - Odyssey / Scala
TesseracT officially burst on the scene in 2011 with their debut album, One. Touring with the likes of Devin Townsend, Protest the Hero and Between the Buried and Me helped make them one of the most successful breakthrough acts in the progressive metal genre. 2013’s Altered State was nominated for the Progressive Music Award’s ‘Album of the Year.’
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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

The Helio Sequence - The Helio Sequence
Murs - Have A Nice Life

Twenty One Pilots - Blurryface
Jamie Foxx - Hollywood: A Story Of A Dozen Roses
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad - Bright Days
Idlehands - Dena Mora
Bhi Bhiman - Rhythm & Reason
Whitesnake - The Purple Album
Christian Lopez Band - Onward
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds - The Weather Below
Darrell Scott - Ten
Nelson - Peace Out
The Milk Carton Kids - Monterey
Kopecky - Drug For The Modern Age


& More .....

The Relationship - Oh Allen
Allen Stone - Freedom
Dawes - Right On Time
Barenaked Ladies - Duct Tape Heart


UPCOMING RELEASES

Eilen Jewell - Sundown Over Ghost Town

Eilen Jewell - Sundown Over Ghost TownEILEN JEWELL - Sundown Over Ghost Town - Signature Sounds
Honesty, confidence, and respect permeate Eilen Jewell's music, dating back to her self-released Boundary County album in 2006. Since then, the Boise native has recorded five studio albums for Signature Sounds with her road-tested touring band, and two more as a member of the Boston-based gospel-charged Sacred Shakers, which includes that well-oiled band at its core.

As hard as it is to categorize Jewell's music terms like alt-country, roots-rock, country-noir, and Americana get used a lot it's even harder not to become thoroughly enraptured by the singer/songwriter's powerful versatility, musical stories, and images. And that gorgeous voice makes you feel like she's singing just for you, out on the breezy back porch or by a crackling campfire. She does so much, so well.

Sundown Over Ghost Town's twelve original songs reflect on recent changes in Jewell's life including the birth of her first child and returning to her hometown of Boise, Idaho. The music has a western feel evoking wide open spaces with the generous use of pedal steel and organ.
Early Listen Available 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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Pre-Order Alabama Shakes new album "Sound & Color"(out 4/21) and recieve a rare 7"

Shakes 7

Alabama Shakes fans! We have a very special limited item for you!

If you come pre-order the new Alabama Shakes CD or LP "Sound & Color" (streetdate: 4/21/15) you will get this limited 7" single with a b-side that is not on the album! A must for fans.

While supplies last! we just have a handful so you better hurry!

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Pre-Order Best Coast's new album "California Nights"(out 5/5) and get a rare 10"!

Best Coast 10

Best Coast Fans!

Right now we have something special just for you!

If you come pre-order the album "California Nights" (Out 5/5) you will receive a bonus 10" with three tracks off the new album!

While supplies last! We just have a handful so you better hurry!

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All Time Low at Schoolkids Records on Record Store Day

All Time Low In Store Appearance

All Time Low will be stopping by at 2pm on April 18th for Record Store Day for a signing!

Purchase the new album "Future Hearts" beginning April 7th at 10am Schoolkids Records for guaranteed entry and receive an All Time Low poster and wristband for the event.

One CD=One Wristband

This event is limited to 300 customers.

If you will be coming to the signing from out of town you must buy the CD ahead of time (starting on the April 7th release date at 10:00AM) to guarantee entry. If you are purchasing out of town we will mail you the wristband and CD; mail order customers will have the CD and wristband mailed to them via first class USPS (Shipping Charges Apply)No reserves/holds per request of the band’s management.
No Preorders - must purchase ahead of time beginning April 7th (10am open), including out of towners.


The wristband guarantees you a place in line for the April 18 event - first come/first serve - so get here early. The signing will start that day promptly at 2pm, and plans are to hold it outside in front of the store.

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For those not aware of Record Store Day, it is an event that is held twice a year. The first one is the third Saturday in April. The second is on Black Friday. This event has a special place in our hearts and for others, as it tends to be bring out
hundreds of people for very special releases. Literally hundreds of special releases will be released that day. So prepare for yourself for a lot of people! (Schoolkids will be opening for Record Store Day two hours early at 8am for RSD shoppers.)

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Record Store Day 2015

Record Store Day 2015

The Big Day you have all been waiting for is happening this Saturday (April 18th) and we know you are all as excited as we are.  As always, there are some great releases this year and if you have not already made your list and etched the artwork in your mind ready for the hunt, you can check out the full list of releases here on our site or of course you can check recordstoreday.com for more details.  Note: We have no guarantee over which releases we will have available and how many, but feel free to contact us to see if we have ordered any particular release.

Of course Record Store Day is not just about the releases, it is a day to celebrate Independent Record Stores and we hope that you will be joining us for the whole day as we will have lots of great celebrations going on.

See you all soon and good luck.

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New Store in Durham, NC

SECOND STORE NOW OPEN IN DURHAM, NC!!!!
INDY Week's music blog

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Schoolkids Records opens in Brightleaf Square

Posted by on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 8:23 PM

Stephen Judge opened a second Schoolkids Records in Durham today, sort of. - PHOTO BY JUSTIN COOK
It wasn’t officially open, but today in Durham’s Brightleaf Square shopping center, Schoolkids Records sold music. Stephen Judge, who owns the Schoolkids in Raleigh, is close to completing a deal that will see him open a second location in the space recently vacated by Offbeat Records. Judge was at the new space corresponding with distributors to secure more inventory when he decided to open his doors to the day’s warm breezes.

“I’ve actually been kind of quietly open today,” Judge confirms. “Because the weather’s really nice, I actually opened my doors, and I’m in here doing work. Brightleaf’s been a little vibrant today. People will walk in ... I’ve only had a couple of sales because nobody knows I’m here.”

If all goes according to plan, he’ll sign a lease tomorrow morning and officially open up shop on Friday—quite the quick turnaround considering Offbeat’s last day was Saturday. Judge says the shop will be pretty empty for the next few weeks. He bought up the rest of Offbeat’s stock—mostly CDs—and brought over duplicate copies of records from his shelves in Raleigh. He’s in a hurry to get up and running before March 10, the deadline if he means for his new store to take part in Record Store Day April 18. (Disclosure: Jordan Lawrence occasionally contributes to Blurt, a magazine owned by Judge.)

It’s a quick turnaround in another sense, too: Raleigh’s Schoolkids moved from Hillsborough Street to its current location in the Mission Valley shopping center just last year, adding a bar with draft beer and more frequent in-store concerts.

“We grew and had a really good year,” Judge explains. “I said, ‘OK, well in 2015, maybe I can really start to look at the idea of [opening another store].’ I really love what’s happening in Durham. The growth here is phenomenal. The bars and the clubs and the restaurants downtown, it’s killer.”

But Durham’s Schoolkids won’t remain in its new location long. Judge and Brightleaf plan to move the store across the shopping center’s courtyard to a smaller—and, Judge says, more ideal—space by May or June.

As for competing with Bull City Records, Durham’s other independent record store with new stock, Judge isn’t worried, pointing to his Raleigh counterparts Nice Price Books and Sorry State Records. They’ve all managed to carve out niches of their own.

“In Raleigh, there’s more competition now than I had two years ago, and I grew anyway,” Judge says. “We’re all prospering, and it seems that’s really working.”

As for Bull City owner Chaz Martenstein, he will wait and see.

“I'm certainly going to miss Offbeat,” he offers. “It's always a sad thing to see a fellow record store close, but I wish Schoolkids all the best.”

Before settling on the location in Brightleaf, Judge had been eyeing both Durham and Chapel Hill. Prior to his ownership of the store, Schoolkids enjoyed a 33-year run on East Franklin Street.

“I’d love to have one in Chapel Hill, too,” Judge concludes. “It really was a matter of which domino fell first.”

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Schoolkids Turns 40! RIP Tommy Ramone

RIP Tommy Ramone

We are very saddened at Schoolkids to hear of the passing of the last Ramone, Tommy Ramone, today at the age of 62.  Words cannot describe what the Ramones music has meant to us and we know we are not alone.  With tomorrow's 40th Anniversary show at The Lincoln Theatre, I am sure we will have some special tributes going, if that's not enough incentive to come see a free/all ages show, I don't know what is.  We hope to see all of you tomorrow and thanks for all of your support for 40 years!  


R.I.P. Tommy. Now let's go rock. Doors open tomorrow at 4pm!!! 

Ladies & Gentlemen, we are very proud to announce SCHOOLKIDS 40th ANNIVERSARY SHOWTOMORROW!!! Sunday, July 13th at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh.

We wanted to make this fun for everyone therefore this show is FREE and ALL AGES!! Doors open at 4pm! and we will be entertained by the talents of: The Debonzo Brothers, Hank Sinatra, Six String Drag, The Baseball Project (featuring Steve Wynn of the Dream Syndicate and Scott McCaughey and Mike Mills of R.E.M) and closing out the night will be Drivin' N' Cryin'!!! 

Please help us spread the word! Thank you to Sweetwater IPA for helping us make this event happen! and to Deep South Entertainment and The Lincoln Theatre for their continued work, loyalty and support. Here is the facebook event, more info coming soon!

FACEBOOK EVENT

SWEETWATER "WATER KEEPER BREW"

LINCOLN THEATRE

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