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New Release Round-Up 06-29-15

New Releases Mon 29 Jun 

NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL - The Monsanto Years - Reprise
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real have joined forces and release a new studio album, entitled The Monsanto Years via Reprise Records. For this guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly-charged rock album, Young is joined by Promise of the Real, an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion).

REFUSED - Freedom - Epitaph
Refused came to an end in front of 50 kids at a basement show in a Virginia college town in 1998, just as their release of the same year, The Shape of Punk to Come, was taking its first steps toward becoming an acknowledged classic and a massive influence on a generation of bands. Refused Are Fucking Dead! became the slogan, as kids discovered Shape and its breakout track New Noise only to find their new heroes disbanded. Refused are f***ing alive! After a 2012 invitation to reform for the Coachella festival, Refused followed its first shows in 15 years with a triumphant tour, as every kid who had discovered them after death came out to see them reborn. Freedom is the first album in almost 20 years, on Epitaph/Burning Heart, the label that released The Shape of Punk to Come all those years ago. 

JOY WILLIAMS - Venus - Sony
Many know Joy Williams as one half of the four-time Grammy-winning folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. Until their 2012 hiatus (and eventual break up in August 2014) the singer-songstress with her long sea witch hair and Mona Lisa half-smile rarely revealed herself, except through the duo s bruising and stark lyrics of romantic conflations and doomed intimacies. On Venus she changes all that. No longer content to just conjure the antique grace of some mythic, bygone world, Williams was intent to actually pierce the veil of metaphor and an imagined history and tell a more honest, human story of one woman's journey out of darkness.

SENSES FAIL - Pull The Thorns From Your Heart - Pure Noise
Pull The Thorns From Your Heart is the intense & brutally honest 6th album from boundary-pushing New Jersey punk outfit Senses Fail.


Good Old War - Broken Into Better Shape

Good Old War - Broken Into Better ShapeGOOD OLD WAR - Broken Into Better Shape - Nettwerk RecordsGood Old War - Broken Into Better Shape
Good Old War release their fourth studio album and first on Nettwerk Records, Broken Into Better Shape. Produced by Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton), and featuring lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” it follows critically acclaimed Come Back As Rain, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers, and led to national TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! & Conan. Good Old War has earned the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base thanks to their captivating live shows touring alongside a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlisle and Dr. Dog.
Early Listen Available Video Available 

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Vince Staples - Summertime '06
Failure - The Heart Is A Monster
X Ambassadors - VHS
JB & The Moonshine Band - Mixtape
August Burns Red - Found In Far Away Places
Self Defense Family - Heaven Is Earth
Bitter End - Illusions Of Dominance
Miguel - Wildheart
Win Win - Primaries
Slightly Stoopid - Meanwhile... Back In The Lab
Tina Turner - Private Dancer: 30th Anniversary Edition
Pete Townsend - Truancy: The Very Best Of
Velvet Teen - All Is Illusory
Goblin Rebirth - Goblin Rebirth
Easton Corbin - About To Get Real
311 - Archive
Thy Art is Murder - Holy War
Aranda - Not The Same
G. Love & Special Sauce - Sweet 'N Blues (Extra Sugar)
Jaill - Brain Cream



& More .....

Anthony Raneri - Sorry State Of Mind EP
Violent Soho - Tinderbox / Neighbour Neighbour
Ashley Monroe - Bombshell
Mas Ysa - Arrows
Gatherers - Assembly
Deathrite - Toxic Hammer
Watkins Family Hour - Brokedown Palace





 

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 06-23-15

New Releases Tues 23 Jun 

BREAKING BENJAMIN - Dark Before Dawn - Hollywood Records
The first original music from the platinum-selling band, Breaking Benjamin, since the release of DEAR AGONY in 2009 (certified Gold), Dark Before Dawn marks a new era for the acclaimed band. Ben Burnley is joined by guitarists Jasen Rauch (Red) and Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), bassist Aaron Bruch, and drummer Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken).

SON LUX - Bones - Glassnote
Son Lux, founded by New York's Ryan Lott, began as a solo exploration of the jagged, icy line between the strange and the familiar, in which sonic structures supplant the conventions of pop form. Over the last eight years, though, the name has taken on myriad meanings, just as the work has subsumed sounds and collaborators. Now, Son Lux is a band. A trio, to be exact; one that has meticulously woven together dizzying percussion, fraying guitar, symphonic bluster, and haunting vocals into a quaking and vivid post-pop (post-everything) burst called Bones. The fourth Son Lux LP combines all of the architectural precision and aural inventiveness we've come to expect, with more immediacy and melody than ever. That's all to do with the crew.

Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material

Kacey Musgraves - Pageant MaterialKACEY MUSGRAVES - Pageant Material - Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves - Pageant Material
Nashville, TN – Mercury Nashville’s Kacey Musgraves releases her sophomore album, Pageant Material. The album features her current single “Biscuits,” which is climbing the charts at country radio. Musgraves co-wrote all tracks on Pageant Material and also co-produced with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird.  "Going back into the studio this time around was really fun and exciting for me because I knew more about myself and my direction," said Musgraves. "The majority of Pageant Material was recorded live--which was a bit of a departure from "Same Trailer"--and gave it more of a concise, classic sound. All of the incredible musicians were in the same room playing on the entire record, and I think that spirit comes across. The last couple of years have done so much for me, and this project was really affected by that in the best way. There are certain moments lyrically that still hit me hard even after listening so many times. It's a great glimpse into where my head is from "Same Trailer" to now."
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DE LUX - Generation - Innovative Leisure
On their full-length 2014 debut Voyage, L.A duo De Lux learned how to take their influences and create a sound all their own—a beyond-their-years synthesis of post-punk, disco, funk and of course synthesizer wizardry, drawing inspiration from the same combination of agitation and exhilaration that helped LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads deliver some of the most danceable social commentary ever. And now that they’ve found their sound, De Lux are creating a story to go with it on their new album Generation: “All of these things that they put us through,” sings co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Sean Guerin, “I’m writing it down / I’m writing it down.” 

Fist City - Everything Is A Mess

Fist City - Everything Is A MessFIST CITY - Everything Is A Mess - PIAS AmericaFist City - Everything Is A Mess
Everything Is A Mess seizes onto the group’s influences, both musical (The Wipers, Sonic Youth, the Flying Nun roster) and spiritual (John Waters and Divine), then sends them into overdrive. Guitars chime like bells or shred like buzzsaws, while the rhythms hit harder than ever before. Lyrics are based on the band’s immediate environments in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta with gut-punching reactions to murderers, cops, bigots, Rob Ford, and unrequited love. From life in a small town scene to facing the consequences of violent acts, or even the experience of sleeping in the back of a speeding van, these songs paint a vivid portrait from the minds of artists and outcasts set loose on the world.
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THE ROLLING STONES - From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live In 1971 - Eagle Rock
'From The Vault' is a series of live concerts from The Rolling Stones archive which are getting their first official release. 'The Marquee Club Live In 1971' is the latest addition to the series. The show was filmed at London's legendary Marquee club on March 26th 1971, shortly after the finish of the band's 1971 UK tour and about a month before the release of the 'Sticky Fingers' album in late April. Mick Taylor was now fully integrated into the group and the band had used the tour to showcase some of the tracks from the forthcoming album. The show at the Marquee was filmed for American television and four songs from the 'Sticky Fingers' album were featured, including the rarely performed 'I Got The Blues'. The footage has now been carefully restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official release of the show.

LEON BRIDGES - Coming Home - Sony
Leon Bridges is the 'out of almost nowhere' story that only comes along once in a while. Awareness of Leon Bidges and his unique craft continues to grow authentically and consistently.  It was only last summer that Leon was singing open mics in his hometown Fort Worth, TX. One of those open mics was attended by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of the notable indie band White Denim who were absolutely floored by Leon's voice, songs, and creative vision.  They soon after set-up shop in a makeshift studio and recorded the album's opener "Coming Home" completely live to tape. This first take is exactly what you hear opening the album. The remaining 9 songs followed in a burst of creativity and inspiration.

 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Richard Thompson - Still
Trey Songz - Trigga Reloaded
Jerry Garcia - On Broadway: Act One
Citizen - Everybody Is Going To Heaven
Rickie Lee Jones - The Other Side Of Desire
Lindemann - Skills In Pills
Tori Kelly - Unbreakable Smile
Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
Jamison Ross - Jamison
Asia - Axis XXX: Live San Francisco
Lera Lynn - The Avenues
Parlour Tricks - Broken Hearts / Bones
Creepoid - Cemetery Highrise Slum
T. Hardy Morris - Hardy & The Hardknocks
Elijah Blake - Shadows & Diamonds
Canaan Smith - Bronco
Neal Schon - Vortex
Desaparecidos - Payola
Bully - Feels Like
The Offspring - Americana [Vinyl]


& More .....

Ryan Adams - Burn In The Night [Limited Edition Vinyl]
Rozwell Kid & The World Is A Beautiful Place... - Fourteen Minute Mile
Jason Isbell - Something More than Free
Grave Babies - Something Awful
Strange Wilds - Starved For



 

UPCOMING RELEASES

Good Old War - Broken Into Better Shape

Good Old War - Broken Into Better ShapeGOOD OLD WAR - Broken Into Better Shape - Nettwerk RecordsGood Old War - Broken Into Better Shape
Good Old War release their fourth studio album and first on Nettwerk Records, Broken Into Better Shape. Produced by Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton), and featuring lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” it follows critically acclaimed Come Back As Rain, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers, and led to national TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! & Conan. Good Old War has earned the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base thanks to their captivating live shows touring along side a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlisle and Dr. Dog.
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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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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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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