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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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All Time Low at Schoolkids Records on Record Store Day

All Time Low In Store Appearance

Starting April 7th at 10am, purchase the new All Time Low album "Future Hearts" and you will recieve guaranteed entry and recieve an all time low poster and wristband to the event. Limited Space Available!

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New Release Round-Up 03-23-15

Bjork - Vulnicura 

Bjork - Vulnicura

BJORK - VULNICURA - One Little Indian
Vulnicura is the eighth studio album from Icelandic artist Björk. Vulnicura was written, produced and recorded in collaboration with Venezuelan producer Arca and British musician The Haxan Cloak. Of the album’s nine tracks, six are written by Björk with two co-written with Arca and one co-written with Spaces. Six songs are produced by Björk and Arca, one by Björk, Arca and The Haxan Cloak and two by Björk. All string arrangements are by Björk. The album was mixed by The Haxan Cloak, except two songs mixed by The Haxan Cloak and Chris Elms, and mastered by Mandy Parnell. 

Video Available 


VAN MORRISON - DUETS: RE-WORKING THE CATALOGUE - RCA
On Duets: Re-Working The CatalogueVan Morrison and the guests selected and recorded some of his songs from the catalog of 360 songs across his career. Deliberately steering away from his more well-known classics, Van enlisted some of the artists he most respects to perform these songs with him to re-craft and re-imagine them. The album was recorded in his home town of Belfast and London in the United Kingdom over the last year, using a variety of musicians and fresh arrangements.

THE CRIBS - FOR ALL MY SISTERS - Arts & Crafts
The UK rock trio's sixth studio album produced by Ric Ocasek of the Cars! It follows 2013’s career spanning ‘Payola’ collection and 2012’s Top 10 album ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’ and the first for new North American label Arts & Crafts.

THE GO! TEAM - THE SCENE BETWEEN - Memphis Industries
Last album Rolling Blackouts became a natural end chapter for The Go! Team with members splintering off into different musical projects, get married, teach, experience real life. Bandleader Parton took the opportunity to return to the working methods he’d used at the origins of the band – crate digging, trying to nail a feeling, writing and recording the album by himself. 

Kansas - Miracles Out Of Nowhere

KANSAS - MIRACLES OUT OF NOWHERE - Epic
Kansas - Miracles Out Of NowhereMiracles Out of Nowhere (Blu-ray/CD) is the documentary film that tells the uplifting true story of the classic rock band Kansas and its climb from impossible obscurity to stadium headliners. Directed by Emmy-nominated Charley Randazzo, the documentary features the original Kansas lineup, revisiting Topeka together for the first time in more than 30 years, where music mogul Don Kirshner first discovered them. 
Video Available
 


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Zu - Cortar Todo

Zu - Cortar TodoZU - CORTAR TODO - Ipecac Recordings
Zu release their brand new full length via Ipecac Recordings, entitled Cortar Todo, and recorded in the country side near Bologna, Italy, in the summer of 2014. The album features some very special guests including keyboard player Joey Karam (The Locust), Italian guitar maverick Stefano Pilia (who plays regularly with the likes of Matt Watt, David Grubbs and Rokia Traore) and perhaps most unexpectedly, a field recording of indigenous Shipibo medicine man recorded by Massimo during his travels around the Amazon. 

 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES
Seasick Steve - Sonic Soul Surfer
Jeff The Brotherhood - Wasted On A Dream
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think...
Ben Folds Five - Whatever And Ever Amen [Vinyl]
Buena Vista Social Club - Lost & Found
Joe Bonamassa - Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks
Big Data - 2.0
Happyness - Weird Little Birthday
Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home
Action Bronson - Mr Wonderful
Toto - Toto XIV
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Freedom Tower
Laura Marling - Short Movie
James Bay - Chaos And The Calm
Kevin Eubanks & Stanley Jordan - Duets
Curtis Knight & The Squires Feat. Jimi Hendrix - You Can't Use My Name
Smallpools - Lovetap
Bee Gees - 1974-1979
Thursday - Waiting: 15-Year Anniversary Deluxe Edition


& More .....

Girlpool - Chinatown
Faith No More - Superhero
ELEL - ELEL EP
Burning Love - Down So Long
Chic & Nile Rodgers - I'll Be There
Oscar - Daffodil Days



UPCOMING RELEASES

Boxed In - Boxed In

Boxed In - Boxed InBOXED IN - BOXED IN - Nettwerk Records
Boxed In
 is songwriter and producer Oli Bayston. Having played in indie band Keith, written for The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, Rosie Lowe and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project. 

Early Listen 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 23 MAR 2015

BLUE NOTE ANNIVERSARY RELEASES 23 MAR 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 MARCH 23

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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New Release Round-Up 03-17-15

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield - Sing Elliott Smith 

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield - Sing Elliott Smith

SETH AVETT & JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD - SING ELLIOTT SMITH - Ramseur Rec.
The title is about as self-explanatory as could be: ‘Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith.’ 12 songs originally written by the acclaimed and well-loved Smith, performed by 2 artists, currently known for their contributions to the indie folk rock landscape. The recordings are, in many cases, defined by bare instrumentation, driven by a simple yet bold vocal delivery, the depth of feeling complimenting that of the subject matter. This album is an obvious labor of love; a comment based on the genuine reverence which Avett and Mayfield clearly hold for Smith. At times, the songs feel light as a feather, while in others, thematically leaden with heartache, they are given a deep breath, a different dimension, a new color. In modern fashion, melodies intensely whispered by Elliott Smith are sung in a harmonious way, akin to the folk aesthetic of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.
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MODEST MOUSE - STRANGERS TO OURSELVES - Epic
Eight long years after Modest Mouse released their We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Isaac Brock's influential indie rock outfit with a new LP titled Strangers to OurselvesDetails for the album were secretive, but in a novel approach to promotion the band sent test pressings of the single "Lampshades on Fire" to fan club members out of the blue. Along with "Lampshades on Fire," the previously released single "Coyotes" is also included on the record.

MARK KNOPFLER - TRACKER - Verve
The ever influential guitarist and former lead singer of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler returns with his 8th solo record Tracker.  The release is available on CDDeluxe CDVinyl and a Limited Edition Box Set.

MARINA & THE DIAMONDS - FROOT - Neon Gold / Elektra
With FROOT, Marina and the Diamonds' first new noise since the death of alter-ego Electra Heart in 2013, Marina Diamandis has made a grand statement of intent. It's a cathartic rebirth in nearly every way, and sees her veer away from the last LP's stylistic and thematic intentions, instead returning to basics for a new chapter in her career and life.

HOUNDMOUTH - LITTLE NEON LIMELIGHT - Rough Trade US
“An album is, or ought to be, a complete picture. It should come in waves, changing its focal point when things get too predictable or settled.” With this statement to Ann Powers that accompanied NPR’s premiere of Houndmouth’s surreal, Dylanesque ballad “For No One,” singer/guitarist Matt Myers - perhaps inadvertently - issued a mission statement for the band’s second album. Little Neon Limelight finds the four-piece stretching out in every direction. Working with producer Dave Cobb in Nashville, they were able to bring the kind of size and warmth that does justice to this batch of songs, worked out over eighteen months on the road, and resonant with joy, hurt, loneliness, glory: all of human ache and loveliness. 

Xavier Rudd - Nanna

XAVIER RUDD - NANNA - Nettwerk Records
Xavier Rudd - NannaXavier Rudd has a voice that needs to be heard to be understood. Soaring, plaintive and deeply emotive...There's a poignancy, intimacy and gravitas he achieves with each utterance that makes nearly every moment worth remembering. It's an achievement many artists can strive a whole career to achieve and never attain. - AbsolutePunk Xavier Rudd & The United Nations are a celebration of a "One People Musical Force" with a strong message of all people coming together around the globe to return to spirit, respect the ancient ways and protect the earth and the very essence of creation.. 
Video Available
 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES
Awolnation - Run
Sleeping With Sirens - Madness
Marcus Miller - Afrodeezia
Allison Moorer - Down To Believing
Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
Moonspell - Extinct
The Answer - Raise A Little Hell
Twin Shadow - Eclipse
Pat Travers - Retro Rocket
Matt Maher - Saints And Sinners
The Pine Hill Project - Tomorrow You're Gone
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Vinyl Box Set '73 to '77
Game Theory - Real Nighttime
Ranger - Where Evil Dwells
Rush - 2112 [Hologram Vinyl]

& More .....

Needtobreathe - Washed By The Water (Live)
The Wombats - Give Me A Try

UPCOMING RELEASES

Bjork - Vulnicura

Bjork - VulnicuraBJORK - VULNICURA - One Little Indian
Vulnicura is the eighth studio album from Icelandic artist Björk. Vulnicura was written, produced and recorded in collaboration with Venezuelan producer Arca and British musician The Haxan Cloak. Of the album’s nine tracks, six are written by Björk with two co-written with Arca and one co-written with Spaces. Six songs are produced by Björk and Arca, one by Björk, Arca and The Haxan Cloak and two by Björk. All string arrangements are by Björk. The album was mixed by The Haxan Cloak, except two songs mixed by The Haxan Cloak and Chris Elms, and mastered by Mandy Parnell. 

Early Listen Available Video Available

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Kansas - Miracles Out Of Nowhere

KANSAS - MIRACLES OUT OF NOWHERE - Epic
Kansas - Miracles Out Of NowhereMiracles Out of Nowhere (Blu-ray/CD) is the documentary film that tells the uplifting true story of the classic rock band Kansas and its climb from impossible obscurity to stadium headliners. Directed by Emmy-nominated Charley Randazzo, the documentary features the original Kansas lineup, revisiting Topeka together for the first time in more than 30 years, where music mogul Don Kirshner first discovered them. 
Early Listen Available Video Available

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Zu - Cortar Todo

Zu - Cortar TodoZU - CORTAR TODO - Ipecac Recordings
In March 2015, Zu are preparing to release a brand new full length via Ipecac Recordings, entitled Cortar Todo, and recorded in the country side near Bologna, Italy, in the summer of 2014. The album features some very special guests including keyboard player Joey Karam (The Locust), Italian guitar maverick Stefano Pilia (who plays regularly with the likes of Matt Watt, David Grubbs and Rokia Traore) and perhaps most unexpectedly, a field recording of indigenous Shipibo medicine man recorded by Massimo during his travels around the Amazon. 
Early Listen 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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Celebrating the 70th Birthday of Bob Marley

Bob Marley - 70th Birthday Celebration


With a legendary and ever-lengthening list of accomplishments attributable to both his life and music, Bob Marley advocated for social change while simultaneously allowing listeners to forget their troubles and dance.


Bob Marley would have turned 70 this Month, so the reggae singer's family is marking the milestone with a year-long celebration of his music and legacy. 

For the first time, the Marleys are granting Universal Music Group access to its extensive and private vaults of previously unreleased music to make for stocked reissues, video releases and new live albums. 

Kicking off the celebration, Universal will be releasing Easy Skanking in Boston '78 on February 17. The c
lassic unreleased Live Audio and Video spectacle (available on CDCD w/Blu-ray & CD w/DVD) includes over an hour of music, featuring some of Bob Marley's biggest hits: I Shot The Sherriff, Jammin' and Get Up/StandUp. 

Since only one camera filmed the action (the cinematographer was forced to change rolls during the performance), the gaps on the visual side have been filled with new cutting edge animation created and directed by S77 and Matt Reed, who have worked on music videos for artists like Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cee Lo Green. 

Universal intends to announce more new Marley collections and deluxe editions of some of his most enduring LPs, featuring unreleased bonus material, throughout 2015 and you can check out some of the key moments from his amazing catalogue right here.

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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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