New Release Round-Up 07-22-14

New Release Round-Up 07-22-14

Hot on the heels of their acclaimed album Indigo Meadow, The Black Angels release their new EP Clear Lake Forest featuring 7 entirely new tracks.  Originally released as a limited edition 10" Vinyl for Record Store Day the EP is now available on CD or Limited Edition Clear 12" Vinyl.

Ever since his single War Sweater jettisoned him into stardom five years ago (thanks to a game-changing plug on One Tree Hill), Wakey!Wakey! has built a following that's as passionate as his compositions. Built on broader themes such as rescue and hope, Salvation is the follow-up to Wakey!Wakey!'s acclaimed debut, Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said the Last time I Saw You.

Heaven & Earth is the first YES album featuring new singer Jon Davison along with bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Geoff Downes and follows on the heels of the successful and acclaimed 2011 release, Fly From Here. The new album was produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Who, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Cars, Foreigner, Journey, Cheap Trick etc.)

In the grand tradition of great pop duos like Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Captain and Tenille, Simon and Garfunkel, Hall and Oates, and Shields and Yarnell; Got a Girl is the blossoming collaboration between Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed; The Spectacular Now) and superproducer Dan 'The Automator' Nakamura (Gorillaz; Deltron 3030).  On their debut album I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now, Got a Girl serves up a sweet and sharply carbonated cocktail of the epic, the baroque, the absurd by turns sentimental and postmodern, and in total, utterly irresistible.

Mike Doughty - Live At Kens HouseLast year Mike Doughty went on tour playing only songs from his old 90's band, Soul Coughing. The last 4 days of the tour, Pete Wilhoit, Catherine Popper, and Doughty himself recorded an album of the Soul Coughing songs they played during the tour performed live.  Live At Ken's House is available now and you can preview the album here and watch the video for his reworking of the track Super Bon Bon

Plus there are other great, new releases including Toronto based Alvvays who on their debut album Alvvays have created a sun-splashed record which is loud and clear and sure. Houston-based R&B singer Dominique Henry AKA Love Dominique follows up her critically successful EP Wicked Heart with the self titled album Love Dominique.  ZZ Top underscore their bad and nationwide bonafides with The Baddest, a hit collection packed with many of the biggest songs that have made "that little ol band from Texas" among rock's most legendary groups. Two-time Grammy Award-winning Chicago rapper, actor Common releases his tenth studio album Nobody's Smiling. British synthpop artist La Roux returns with Trouble In Paradise which may well be the best pop album we will hear this year.  And The Raveonettes Pe'ahi is the duo’s finest effort in years and a great example of what shoegazey noise-pop can do in 2014.

Plus, Real FriendsOld Crow Medicine ShowRichard ThompsonAnberlinFreemanNico VegaRx Bandits5 Seconds Of SummerTest Of TimeDrengePS I Love You(Hed) P.E.OverkillWithin The RuinsFozzyCrown The Empire and The Beatles all have new albums today.


There are also a couple of singles available, including British Dance heroes Basement Jaxx who release Never Say Never, the fantastic single taken from their forthcoming album Junto (Out 08/25). Dry The River release Everlasting Light which is taken from their new album Alarms In The Heart (Out 08/25). And Heartist release Ignite, the latest single from the album Feeding Fiction which is due 08/12.


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic EyeLooking ahead to next week's chart, we are excited to present an Early Listen for Hypnotic Eye, the 13th studio album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and the first album from the band in four years. "I knew I wanted to do a rock & roll record," Petty told Rolling Stone in April. "We hadn't made a straight hard-rockin' record, from beginning to end, in a long time." The album is available now for pre order and you can check out the promotional video which also covers his upcoming US tour here.  Don't forget that if you picked up the recent Indie Exclusive CD Single, American Dream Plan B, then you can go ahead and use that $2 coupon towards the new album.

Jenny Lewis - The VoyagerThe Voyager is Jenny Lewis's most deeply personal album to date, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of Rilo Kiley. The Voyager's rootsy, golden glow comes courtesy of Lewis and the artists she chose to produce various tracks, including Ryan Adams (who, alongside Mike Viola, produced all but three of the tracks), Beck, and Lewis' longtime collaborator Johnathan Rice. The Voyager finds the always relatable songwriter at her sharp-witted best, singing about her recent experiences with honesty and incisiveness. The album is available now for pre order and you can check out the fantastic video for her recent single Just One Of The Guys which features a few of her famous friends taking on band duties. And if you bought the recent Indie Exclusive Single then feel free to make use of that $2 coupon towards the album. 

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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Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy - Now Available on Vinyl

Old Crow Medicine Show  - Remedy - Now Available on Vinyl

Old Crow Medicine Show  - Remedy

The Americana bluegrass string band Old Crow Medicine Show continue to maintain their sound as heard on their previous albums while embracing new techniques and directions on their eighth effort Remedy. This release marks the follow up to 2012's Carry Me Back and includes the track "Sweet Amarillo" which, like previous recording and band signature tune "Wagon Wheel," is a reinterpretation of music by Bob Dylan. You can preview the album here and also check out the album trailer video which gives you a perfect taste of their incredible album.


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New Release Round-Up 07-15-14

New Release Round-Up 07-15-14

Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business

Morrissey is one of the few iconic musicians making radical, counter-cultural work, and Harvest Records is proud to release his latest album World Peace Is None Of Your Business which explores the tragedy of human apathy in our turbulent, modern era. Morrissey's career as a writer reaches new lyrical heights but maintains his signature humor, drama, and emotional longing. World Peace Is None Of Your Business was produced by Joe Chiccarelli at La Fabrique Studios in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. The album is available now and you can preview the tracks as well as watch the moving video for his spoken word track Earth Is The Loneliest Planet here.  

Despite the internal lineup changes and increased success that has followed Rise Against it is clear that on their seventh album The Black Market they have not lost any of the angst and soul that made the Chicago activist punks such a thrilling band in the first place. Sure they have become more melodic but the defiant energy and aggression is all still there, as witnessed on their lead single I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore.

Jason Mraz - YesJason Mraz’s fifth studio release, YES! sees the San Diego-based troubadour teaming up with his longtime friends and collaborators, Raining Jane, for a purely acoustic and more intimate sound than heard on his previous releases. “YES!,” produced by Mraz along with Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit, Rilo Kiley), was recorded in rural Omaha, Nebraska and inland Oceanside, California. While somewhat intimate and esoteric, “YES!” still remains a Mraz-like pop album and features classical instruments, cello, sitar and vintage guitars and sings about universal themes of love, faith, healing, environmental stewardship and inner peace. The album is available now and you can preview the tracks as well as check out the beautiful video for his single Love Someone.

After playing live together since 2008, Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper have at last taken their collaboration into the studio.  As Puss N Boots they release their album No Fools, No Fun which includes five original songs two each from Dobson and Popper, one from Jones and seven spirited cover tunes, all culled from Puss n Boots live repertoire.

Luluc - PasserbyPasserby is the second album by Australian/Brooklyn band Luluc; it is their first international release and their Sub Pop debut. Co-produced by the band and The National's Aaron Dessner, Passerby shows off all of Luluc's best qualities, retaining the gentle beauty of the duo's debut while adding textures built with a cadre of impressive players. Band influences like Simon and Garfunkel and Gillian Welch (and, of course, Nick Drake) can be felt throughout Passerby, while the poignant restraint aligns them well with label mates Low. The album is available now and you can preview the album here which includes their incredible first single Without A Face

Plus there are other great, new releases including Trampled by Turtles with their seventh studio album Wild Animals where themes of impermanence run deep, both lyrically and sonically. Hercules & Love Affair’s third and most versatile album to date, The Feast Of The Broken Heart sees visionary founder Andy Butler and his ever-evolving musical collective pushing the boundaries of house music, disco, and pop to create a collection of stunningly original new dancefloor anthems.  Spiritualized release a set of limited edition vinyl re issues which include Fucked Up InsideLet It Come Down and Royal Albert Hall, October 10 1997:Live. With his new album Terms of My SurrenderJohn Hiatt, a master lyricist and satirical storyteller, weaves hidden plot twists into fictional tales ranging in topics including redemption, relationships, growing older and surrendering, on his terms. Bleachers unleash their new album Strange Desire.  The highly anticipated album was written and produced by Grammy Award winning musician Jack Antonoff with co-producer John Hill (MIA, Jay Z, Empire of the Sun) as well as Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yaz, Erasure) and others.  And Jerry Garcia releases GarciaLive Volume Four: March 22nd, 1978 Veteran's Hall, a 2 CD Set featuring over 2 hours of previously unreleased music mastered from original soundboard recordings. The fourth installment of the recently launched archival series presents the Jerry Garcia Band's performance from March 22nd, 1978 at Veteran's Hall in Sebastopol, California.

Plus, 'Weird Al' YankovicWish I Was Here [Soundtrack]Reigning SoundSuicide SilenceAbout A MileNotting HillbilliesJungleSlow ClubCleanKidz BopLoverboyDuke ElingtonPennywiseMonty PythonBig WreckCowboy Jack Clement and Sebastien Tellier all have new albums today.


There are also a couple of singles available, including the man in black Johnny Cash who releases a seven inch vinyl single pressing of The Man Comes Around which was the title track from Cash's 2002 American IV: The Man Comes Around, the fourth & final album in his American label series released in his lifetime. It is the last song Cash wrote before his death. The single is backed with his Depeche Mode cover of "Personal Jesus". And Duck Sauce release their 12" Single NRG which is a clear blue 180 gram vinyl, packaged in a clear sleeve and includes Club Mix, Radio Edit, the Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Milo & Otis Remix, and the Hudson Mohawke Remix.

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

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Schoolkids 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 SHOW! TOMORROW!!! 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!




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David Gray MUTINEERS Available Today!

David Gray MUTINEERS Available Today!

The 10th studio album by David Gray, Mutineers, has hit the shelves today. The single off the album, "Back in the World," has been welcomed with great reception. As we're sure you know, each month we feature tons of artists in our listening posts, you can hang back and listen to some of the newest releases before purchasing. Gray's new album is available for your listening pleasure! See you soon! 

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Upcoming Fun Events @ Schoolkids!!

Hey everyone,

First and foremost, we want to thank ALL of you for once again voting for Schoolkids as the Best in the Triangle for 2014!! We are very humbled and honored to win this award and its you, our friends and customers that make that happen!!

We have a lot of amazing events coming up at Schoolkids in the next couple of weeks and we wanted you to know about them! As there is pretty much something here for everyone to enjoy.

First, we are huge World Cup Soccer fans here at the store, we prefer to call it Football to be honest but since its called Soccer here in our country, then so be it. But the World Cup starts today! Brazil v. Croatia, coverage starts at 3:30pm.  If you have not been in the store in the last month or two, you should know that we now have a fully functioning bar with six beers on tap (see beer list below) and a HD TV up in the corner of the bar and will be showing the games live, while enjoying some of our favorite beverages and surrounded by Vinyl. Beer, Vinyl and World Cup Soccer? That is heaven for us and we hope you agree and will come down and enjoy the festivities!! First game again is today and games will be every day for the next month.

Second, this coming Saturday we have a killer event, as we are very excited to partner up with The Universal Zulu Nation's Black Jedi Chapter for Vinyl Appreciation Day! It will be this Saturday, June 14th from 2pm-6pm. We will have local producers and DJ's spinning records and encourage everyone to bring Vinyl, needles, headphones, etc. Should be a blast! We want to make this an ongoing, regular event so come out and support, we will of course have beer but also refreshments and non-alcoholic treats as well.

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Third, next weekend June 20th and 21st, we will be the proud host of Guitartown's 15th Anniversary! The lineup will be:

FRIDAY June 20th - Schoolkids Records
7 pm Adam Lane & Jeff Mullins 
8 pm Anthony Neff
9 pm Maldora 

SATURDAY June 21st - Schoolkids Records
1 pm Magnolia Collective <>  
2 pm Chip Robinson
3 pm Jeffro  (from Hank Sinatra)
4 pm Terry Anderson (Trio)
5 pm The Trousers 
6 pm Scott Phillips  (of Goner)
7 pm Michael Rank & Stag

SATURDAY June 21st - Pour House Music Hall

9 pm         Eddie Taylor (of Cousins)
10 pm       Mic Harrison & the High Score
11:15 pm The Backsliders 

Guitartown 15th Anniversary @ Schoolkids & The Pourhouse Facebook Event

Guitartown on Yahoo Groups, Facebook  Twitter and No Depression

The show(s) at Schoolkids are FREE!!

For the Pourhouse show: ticket sales

To avoid convenience charges you can call the Pour House prior to June 21st to purchase tickets over the phone. The number is (919) 821-1120.

and believe it or not, that is not all! We have more events coming pretty much every Fri & Sat all through June and July including a blow-out on Sunday July 13th for Schoolkids' 40th Anniversary with Hank Sinatra, Six String Drag, Drivin' N' Cryin' and The Baseball Project! (Featuring Steve Wynn (Dream Sydicate), Scott McCaughey (Minus 5) and Mike Mills (R.E.M.)!! More details coming soon

See our schedule below on the calendar graphic:

thanks again for all of your support!!!

Schoolkids Records


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Listening Post features Sharon Van Etten

Listening Post features Sharon Van Etten

     We have so many awesome titles in our Listening posts this month! Come by and listen to some of the hottest new releases in their entirety. One album we're super excired to feature is Sharon Van Etten's, Are We There, released last week, which we love! It's available on CD and Vinyl today! Come by, grab a cold one, and listen to some of the MANY titles we have on display.

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Announcing the Schoolkids Evening Sessions Lineup!

Announcing the Schoolkids Evening Sessions Lineup!

We are extremely excited to announce our confirmed schedule for the Schoolkids Evening Sessions!  Check it out! Also watch for Schoolkids 40th Anniversary coming in July! We will have a huge free show out in the parking lot of Mission Valley on Sunday July 13th with: Hank Sinatra, Six String Drag, drivin' n' cryin' and The Baseball Project!!! (Steve Wynn of the Dream Syndicate, Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5 and Mike Mills of R.E.M.!!) more details coming soon! the entire week will be a celebration

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Schoolkids Evening Sessions Kick-Off Party!

We are extremely proud to announce the kick-off of the Schoolkids Evening Sessions!  Our first act will be local rockers HANK SINATRA doing an intimate acoustic set this coming FRIDAY, MAY 16th at 7pm!!  Beers will be flowing and the room will be rockin, come on down and start your weekend off right at Schoolkids!

share the facebook event here! and come on out!

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Ray Lamontagne "Supernova" Available TODAY

Ray Lamontagne "Supernova" Available TODAY

The highly anticipated new Ray Lontagne album, "Supernova," is available on CD today and available on LP 5/6. We're incredibly excited for the new sound that Ray has picked up. There's definitley an upbeat, retro feel to his style, and we love it! Stop in and get your copy today! 

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