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New Release Round-Up 04-21-17

New Releases 21 Apr 2017

BIG STARS THIRD LIVE - Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live... and More - Concord Records
Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live... and More celebrates the musical legacy of one of rock's most influential bands - Big Star - and their legendary THIRD album. Experience this classic of late '70s power pop through the prism of a collective of immensely talented fans, including members of Wilco, R.E.M., Yo La Tengo, and, of course, Big Star. Following the untimely death of Alex Chilton two days ahead of Big Star's SXSW performance in 2010, famous friends and fans came from far and wide to play the gig in his honor. Much of that spontaneous ensemble, along with other musical titans, assembled at Glendale, CA's ALEX Theatre in April 2016 to record and film an epic performance.


THE RAVEONETTES - 2016 Atomized

THE RAVEONETTES - 2016 AtomizedTHE RAVEONETTES - 2016 Atomized - Raveonettes LtdTHE RAVEONETTES - 2016 Atomized
The culmination of twelve monthly 2016 singles from the acclaimed Danish duo. The Raveonettes have completed their RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH which began at the start of 2016 where the band would release a freshly recorded track on the last Friday of every month throughout the year.2016 Atomized features a collection of new tracks that aren't bound by the constraints of the format. Previous 2014 album Pe'ahi reached #5 on Billboard's "Heatseekers" soundscanning over 10,000 albums and received praise from NPR, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, NME and more. They've issued seven albums since 2003, via Columbia, Vice, and their own Beat Dies imprint.

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THE BLACK ANGELS - Death Song - Partisan Records
Written and recorded in large part during the recent election cycle, the music on ‘Death Song’ serves as part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease. “Currency,” a strong contender for the heaviest song the band has ever put to wax, meditates on the governing role the monetary system plays in our lives, while slow-building psychedelic earworm “Half Believing” questions the nature and confusing realities of devotion. Recorded between Seattle and Austin, ‘Death Song’ features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The 11-track collection offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound - menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream. Since forming in Austin in 2004, The Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock, and the New York Times has said they “play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it”. The band has toured with Queens of the Stone Age, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Black Keys + more, and played festivals such as Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Primavera, Harvest Fest, Coachella and Bonnaroo. Two of the band members co-founded Levitation Festival (formerly Austin Psych Fest) in 2008, which has since grown into one of the best-reviewed and expertly-curated festivals in the country.

SHERYL CROW - Be Myself - Warner Bros.
For this album, Sheryl Crow worked again with producer, musician, and songwriter Jeff Trott, a long-time collaborator throughout her career. Trott co-wrote many of Crow's classic hits including "If It Makes You Happy" and "My Favorite Mistake." Crow says her main goal was "to investigate what made my early songs strike people as being authentic and original. So for the first time in my life, I made it a point to sit down and really listen to my old records. I'd drive my kids to school and play the old stuff as I came back home. That helped me remember what it felt like when I was just beginning as an artist. But it wasn't about repeating myself. It was about revisiting where I came from and seeing where that would take me now." Be Myself is like each of her preceding releases: thoughtful and candid. It's unlike them too, mainly in that it represents contradictory movement -- a look at the world today powered in part by a return to the energy that first lofted Crow and her music into the limelight.

RON SEXSMITH - The Last Rider - Compass Records
Ron Sexsmith's status as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation has never been in doubt, even from the moment he released his self-titled major-label debut album in 1995. His career arc since then has in some ways been a study in how that pure ability has been handled in the studio. On his 12 albums, Sexsmith has worked with some of music's most celebrated producers - Daniel Lanois, Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake, Ray Kennedy, Martin Terefe, Bob Rock and Jim Scott. With all of that experience, it would stand to reason that Sexsmith has learned a thing or two over the years about how to make a record. The Last Rider features 15 new Sexsmith original songs that are by turns happy, sad, romantic, bittersweet, uplifting, spiritual and witty. Recorded at The Bathouse studio on Lake Ontario near Toronto, sessions for the record were a marked change in approach from Sexsmith's previous albums, as he recorded it with the musicians he knows best, his touring band - Don Kerr (drums), Jason Mercer (bass), Dave Matheson (keyboards) and Kevin Lacroix (guitar). The album was produced by Ron and Don Kerr, who have been friends and musical collaborators since they worked together as couriers in the late eighties. "I think my sound has always been a combination of the folk singers and British invasion artists I've always admired," says Ron. "At this point, it's just second nature for me to write short, melodic songs that say everything you want to say. But having my band totally involved on this album maybe brought out more in the songs than on other recent albums. It felt special, anyway." Although Ron Sexsmith has more music to come that is sure to inspire us, for now The Last Rider is the latest addition to a body of work as impressive as any produced in the past quarter-century. Through truth and simplicity, Sexsmith's songs help us get closer to the things that make us better people, meaning that an album like The Last Rider is as necessary now as anything he has ever done.

IMELDA MAY - Life Love Flesh Blood - Verve
Imelda May has found a new groove, exploring blues, soul, gospel, folk, rock, acoustic, cinematic drama and explosive balladry. She is setting a new course with a collection of the boldest, most personal and intimately autobiographical songs she has ever written. May has long been admired by her peers in the music community, including Bono, who says of May, I love the girl she used to be but I think I love even more the woman she's become. Still mischievous and playful, still a siren, but there's an ache in her voice now that has me with a glass at my ear to the wall of her world where trouble has entered the room. There's an erotic power here that's not just feminine power. She makes truth telling an invitation to intimacy. Imelda May has finally made the album she's always wanted to make. I've called it Life Love Flesh Blood because that encompasses everything, says Imelda. It's all in there: birth, sex, love, divorce and death. It's the story of my life.






ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Incubus - 8
Maximo Park - Risk To Exist
Barry Manilow - This Is My Town: Songs Of New York
Brad Paisley - Love And War
Robyn Hitchcock - Robyn Hitchcock
Actress - Azd
Matty Mullins - Unstoppable
Daye Jack - No Data
Texas - Jump On Board
Coin - How Will You Know If You Never Try
Ray Davies - Americana
Charlie Worsham - Beginning Of Things
Trent Reznor / Atticus Ross - Before The Flood (Music From The Motion Picture) [LP]
Angaleena Presley - Wrangled
Ghost Bath - Starmourner
Matthew Logan Vasquez - Does What He Wants
Overcoats - Young
Procol Harum - Novum
Jason Eady - Jason Eady

& More .....

David Bowie - No Plan EP [Vinyl]
The Residents - Diskomo / Goosebumps EP [Vinyl]
Flor - Flor, Fruta, Fantasía EP
Allison Pierce - Fool Him
State Champs - Secrets (Acoustic)
Rev. Sekou - Loving You Is Killing Me
Old Crow Medicine Show - Obviously 5 Believers (Live)
Chris Stapleton - Broken Halos

UPCOMING RELEASES

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW - 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW - 50 Years Of Blonde On BlondeOLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW - 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde - SonyOLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW - 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde
The 14-track album, 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde, was recorded LIVE at the CMA Theater located inside the historic Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville, TN in May 2016. Mixed by GRAMMY Award-winning Ted Hutt and Ryan Mall. "Fifty years is a long time for a place like Nashville, Tennessee. Time rolls on slowly around here like flotsam and jetsam in the muddy Cumberland River. But certain things have accelerated the pace of our city. And certain people have sent the hands of the clock spinning. Bob Dylan is the greatest of these time-bending, paradigm-shifting Nashville cats," says Ketch Secor, the primary vocalist of the Old Crow Medicine Show. "By deciding to record his newly found rock n' roll voice in 1966 Nashville, Bob swung the gates of Country music wide open; so wide, in fact, that 50 years later there was still enough of a crack left for Old Crow Medicine Show to sneak its banjos and fiddles through the gates with string band swagger.Early Listen Available Video Available





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MEW - Visuals

MEW - VisualsMEW - Visuals - PIAS AmericaMEW - Visuals
Visuals marks the Danish dream pop outfit’s seventh overall following 2015’s + –. According to frontman Jonas Bjerre, the upcoming LP came together as a direct result of the touring the band did behind +-. “The live shows around that album saw us hit a creative peak, writing tracks on-the-road and the spark was lit,” he explained in a press release. “Breaking the normal cycle felt right and we wanted to make an album spontaneously retaining the energy we’d generated on that world tour, rather than wait the normal three or four years.”  Recorded and self-produced in less than 12 months in Copenhagen, Visuals is said to capture MEW at their “most concise, each song representing its own little chapter and narrative.”
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MARK LANEGAN - Gargoyle

MARK LANEGAN - GargoyleMARK LANEGAN - Gargoyle - PIAS AmericaMARK LANEGAN - Gargoyle
Gargoyle follows the critically acclaimed ‘Phantom Radio’ which was released in 2014. The 10-track LP features guest appearances from long-time collaborators Josh Homme, Greg Dulli and Duke Garwood. The album title comes from a lyric in Blue Blue Sea – “Gargoyle perched on gothic spire” – and was chosen for its hint of self-deprecation. “I’m most proud of the songs that are atypical to stuff that I’ve done in the past” says Mark Lanegan. “So I really like Old Swan, because it’s an expression of positivity, which is completely anti-anything I’ve done before!” He laughs. “Y’know, I haven’t played this record for too many people yet. I played it for Greg Dulli, who played on some of it, and he was like, ‘Wow, I had to listen to it twice – it sounds like he’s having a good time…’
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VOK - Figure

VOK - FigureVOK - Figure - Nettwerk RecordsVOK - Figure
"Figure" is the debut album by the Icelandic electronic pop group Vök. Formed in 2013, the band is comprised of Margrét Rán (vox/guitar/keyboard), Andri Már (sax/synth), Ólafur Alexander (guitar/bass), and Einar Stef (drums/percussion). Featuring tracks such as “Show Me" and "BTO", "Figure" is brimming with nocturnal electronica and downtempo beats that oozes sensual atmospherics, all held together by Rán's dreamy melodic vocals.


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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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Record Store Day 2017

Record Store Day 2017

We are super excited (and hope you are too!) that Record Store Day 2017 is coming up very soon.

This year RSD celebrates its 10th anniversary and will be held on April 22nd. We hope to see you in store so we can say hi and celebrate all things Record Store while we all have a giant worldwide party.


The list of exclusive titles has now been released and you can view the full list on www.recordstoreday.com 

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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

Streaming / embed https://theveldtmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-shocking-fuzz-of-your-electric-fur-the-drake-equation

Streaming / embed https://soundcloud.com/theveldtmusic/sets/the-shocking-fuzz-of-your

For review/playlisting https://soundcloud.com/theveldtmusic/sets/the-shocking-fuzz-of-your/s-twuEU

 

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

Streaming / embed https://theveldtmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-shocking-fuzz-of-your-electric-fur-the-drake-equation

Streaming / embed https://soundcloud.com/theveldtmusic/sets/the-shocking-fuzz-of-your

For review/playlisting https://soundcloud.com/theveldtmusic/sets/the-shocking-fuzz-of-your/s-twuEU

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! 

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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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