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.


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 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 Release Round-Up 04-14-15

New Releases - Tues. 14 Apr 

CALEXICO - Edge Of The Sun - Anti
Calexico's follow-up to 2012's acclaimed Algiers, Edge of the Sun began with a songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacán. Working for the first time with Mexican collaborators, Calexico expanded their horizons as the guest list grew to include musicians from a myriad of backgrounds, origins, and genres, including Sam Beam from Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case.

EARL SWEATSHIRT - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt - Sony
The second full-length studio release for the Los Angeles rapper Earl Sweatshirt features guest appearances from Dash, Na'kel, Vince Staples, and Wiki.

THE WOMBATS - Glitterbug - Bright Antenna
The Wombats follow up 2011’s This Modern Glitch with their third full-length, Glitterbug. The first song off of the album, “Greek Tragedy,” hit #2 on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart less than two weeks after release. The band’s 2011 album, This Modern Glitch, hit Top 5 on the UK charts and spawned US hits “Jump Into the Fog,” “1996,” and “Techno Fan.” Matthew Murphy, Dan Haggis, and Tord Øverland Knudsen are the threesome behind The Wombats.  

MIGHTY OAKS - Howl - Astralwerks
Three young men, from three countries, combining three part harmonies, resulting in one unique sound. The Berlin based indie-folk band comprised of Ian Hooper (US), Claudio Donzelli (Italy), and Craig Saunders (UK) writes honest, authentic and emotionally driven songs acoustic guitars and mandolins at the centre of their sound, layers of electric guitars creating space and depth, rounded off through solid bass lines and the heartbeat of a simple drum. The music sets the perfect scene for the lyrics, which often draw their inspiration from the Pacific Northwest, the birthplace of Hooper. Set amidst these wonderful landscapes come tales of love, loss and the beauty of all that surrounds. 



Hank Williams III - Take As Needed For Pain
Kodaline - Coming Up For Air
Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart
Beth Hart - Better Than Home
Reba McEntire - Love Somebody
Halestorm - Into The Wild Life
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes [Deluxe]
Tori Amos - Under The Pink [Deluxe]
Dance Gavin Dance - Instant Gratification
Needtobreathe - Live From The Woods
Bachman - Heavy Blues
Greg Holden - Chase The Sun
Gallows - Desolation Sounds
Kenny Lattimore - Anatomy Of A Love Song
Eels - Royal Albert Hall
Van Halen - Deluxe [Box Set]
Now And On Earth - Blacked Out
The Damnwells - The Damnwells

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Aphex Twin - Marchromt30a Edit 2b 96
Jacco Gardner - Find Yourself
They Might Be Giants - Thinking Machine
Great Lake Swimmers - The Great Bear
Sagan Youth - Surface
Ben Williams - Voice Of Freedom
Idlehands - Filthy Doves
Metz - Spit You Out
Passion Pit - Until We Can't (Let's Go)


Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes - Sound & ColorALABAMA SHAKES - Sound & Color - ATO Records
Alabama Shakes's Sound & Color is the follow-up to the band's Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls, which earned the group three GRAMMY nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist. Sound & Color demonstrates the tremendous strides made by a group of musicians who had only been playing together for a few months when they recorded their first album. From the searing single "Don't Wanna Fight" to the garage-rock freak-out on “The Greatest” to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini,” Alabama Shakes build on the soulful blues-rock base and map a surprising, innovative new direction.
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Great Lake Swimmers - A Forest Of Arms

Great Lake Swimmers - A Forest Of ArmsGREAT LAKE SWIMMERS - A Forest Of Arms - Nettwerk
A Forest Of Arms is the sixth album from Tony Dekker’s Great Lake Swimmers and the follow-up to their 2012 Juno Award and Polaris Music Prize nominated New Wild Everywhere. The album is a return to Dekker's naturalistic folk sound, as well as the process of recording in unique and unusual locations, which provided elements for some of their most dynamic songs ever recorded. Those familiar with past Great Lake Swimmers albums will recognize the thematic threads of beauty in the natural world, environmental issues and explorations of close personal ties that hold us together.

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Gengahr - She's A Witch EP

Gengahr - She's A Witch EP [Vinyl]GENGAHR - She's A Witch EP - PIAS America
Gengahr's previous single, “Powder,” positioned them as one of the UK’s buzziest new bands, so expertly did its clanging psych-pop walk the line between Tame Impala’s sprawling soundscapes and Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s miniature suites. “She's A Witch,” the title track from the band’s new EP, operates in that same post-MGMT realm, but it’s got a dancey skip in its step to go along with the translucent guitar leads, groovy Modest Mouse bass gallops, and fluttering falsetto vocals. “Maybe she’ll sink,” they sing, “maybe she’ll fly.” This one soars.
Early Listen Available Video Available


Delerium - Rarities & B-Sides

Delerium - Rarities & B-SidesDELERIUM - Rarities & B-Sides - Nettwerk
Rarities & B-Sides contains 3 new songs, including Glimmer featuring Emily Haines (of Metric), Aurora featuring rising star Rykka and Ray, featuring the iconic Delerium singer, Kristy Thirsk. Beyond this, all these songs have never been released digitally and include such gems as Stopwatch Heart featuring Emily Haines and the Daylight Edit, featuring Matthew Sweet. This collection highlights the rich history of Delerium, who trail blazed trance and anthemic dance with Silence in the 90s and is still going strong, as highlighted by this extraordinary collection of songs.


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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New Release Round-Up 04-07-15

New Releases - Tues. 07 Apr 

BRIAN WILSON - No Pier Pressure - Capitol
Brian Wilson is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer. For his 11th solo studio album, titled No Pier Pressure, Wilson is joined by his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, as well as Kacey Musgraves, fun.’s Nate Ruess, She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, Peter Hollens, and Capital Cities’ Sebu Simonian.

POKEY LAFARGE - Something In The Water - Rounder
Pokey LaFarge
makes original Midwestern music. With one foot deep in the heart of the American musical tradition and the other firmly planted in the present, he continually challenges the notion that tradition-bearers fail to push musical boundaries. An eclectic writer and performer, he incorporates elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues, Western swing, and beyond, transcending the confines of genre to present a sound very much his own. Something In The Water follows on the heels of his last album, released on Jack White's Third Man Records, but comes with an evolution in sound. Treated with a heavier dose of catchy rhythms and traditional drum kit percussion throughout, the 12 tracks on Something in the Water see LaFarge's sound imbued with new life. Produced by kindred spirit Jimmy Sutton, Something in Water showcases Pokey LaFarge's peerless gifts as a songwriter, performer, and entertainer, and further solidifies his place at the forefront of American music.

ALL TIME LOW - Future Hearts - Hopeless Records
Baltimore quartet, All Time Low, release their sixth studio album, Future Hearts via Hopeless Records. The release features the band’s trademark sound and a few surprises along the way. Following the release of 2012’s Don’t Panic you can see the band’s continued growth. The band worked with producer John Feldman (5 Seconds of Summer. Sleeping With Sirens, The Used) and mixed by Neil Avron (Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, Linkin Park) to bring a truly remarkable new album.  

LORD HURON - Strange Trails - Iamsound
Lord Huron's second full-length album, Strange Trails, was recorded in 2014 at Whispering Pines Studios in Los Angeles after extensive touring in support of the band's folk-flavored indie rock debut, Lonesome Dreams. Two songs, the uptempo "Fool for Love" and the wistful ballad "The Night We Met," were released in anticipation of the 14-track album.

The Very Best - Makes A King

The Very Best - Makes A KingTHE VERY BEST - MAKES A KING - PIAS America
Following the success of their second album MTMTMK in summer 2012, The Very Best - aka Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and Swedish producer Johan Huhgo - are return with their much-anticipated, third album Makes a King. The duo have just unveiled the first taste of the album in the form of a visually arresting video for the single 'Hear Me' via Pitchfork.
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Steve Hackett - Wolflight

Steve Hackett - WolflightSTEVE HACKETT - WOLFLIGHT - Inside Out U.S.
Steve Hackett has never been tied to conventions. If you have followed his distinguished career, from Genesis and on, then the music has always been assertive, challenging and restive. But, even for those who have been devotees of Hackett's craft and catalog, Wolflight is a little different. Wolflight is Steve's first original solo studio album since Beyond the Shrouded Horizon in 2011. Primal and orchestral, it retains the Hackett trademark as electric guitar runs right the way through with a regular sprinkling of acoustic. The concept behind it is a new unexplored chapter in the guitarist's career. Hackett has fashioned a true work of art - savage, soothing, elegiac, evocative. Wolflight is a tribute to the enduring power of art.

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Matt & Kim - New Glow
Gov't Mule - Dub Side Of The Mule
Toro Y Moi - What For?
Priory - Need To Know
The Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ
Cassandra Wilson - Coming Forth By Day
Alison Wonderland - Run
Todd Rundgren - Global
Mother Mother - Very Good Bad Thing
Bad Company - Bad Company: Deluxe
Bad Company - Straight Shooter: Deluxe
Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
Delta Rae - After It All
American Wrestlers - American Wrestlers
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Ruffian's Misfortune
Josh Rouse - Embers Of Time
Soilwork - Live In The Heart Of Helsinki
Steve Vai - Stillness In Motion
Frank Black & The Catholics - The Complete Recordings
Doldrums - The Air Conditioned Nightmare
Umphrey's McGee - London Session
Blues Traveler - Blow Up The Moon
Will Hoge - Small Town Dreams

& More .....

The Who - The Brunswick Singles
Halestorm - Sick Individual
Josh Groban - Le Temps Des Cathédrales
Miami Horror - Colours In The Sky
Dwight Yoakam - Liar
Needtobreathe - Wasteland (Live)

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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New Store 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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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. 


Jutta Hipp - New Faces – New Sounds From Germany (10-Inch Re-issue)

JUTTA HIPP New Faces - New Sounds From Germany

Recorded in Frankfurt, Germany, the Jutta Hipp Quintet’s New Faces – New Sounds From Germany was originally released in April of 1954. This title will be reissued on 10” vinyl on March 24, 2015 as part of the Blue Note Authorized Dealer program schedule of releases. 

Also out on March 23:

Freddie Hubbard - Blue Spirits  
Kurt Elling - Flirting With Twilight
Grachan Moncur III  - Evolution
Sonny Rollins - Volume 1
Wayne Shorter - Night Dreamer

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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!




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