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    Lord Huron

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    Lord Huron to release new album, Vide Noir, on 4/20 via Republic Records. The album follows critically lauded EPs, 'Strange Trails' and 'Lonesome Tails', which has garnered over 400M streams to-date. Previous single 'The Night We Met' is best known for featuring in Netflix's '13 Reasons Why.' The band is currently on an extensive USA headlining tour through Summer 2018.

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    Aisha Badru

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    The Yonkers, NY born singer-songwriter uses airy vocals and vivid lyrics to draw listeners into her soulfully emotive world on her debut album Pendulum. "A major theme of every human’s experience is that we’re constantly swinging between good and bad," says Aisha of the album’s theme. "We can’t avoid it. By realizing the that the swings aren’t permanent, you begin to develop the ability to control how you feel about the unfortunate events that may arise in your life."

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    Post Malone

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    Following the success of his multi-platinum debut album, Stoney, Post Malone is set to release his highly anticipated sophomore album beerbongs & bentleys on April 27th via Republic Records. The album includes the massive hit singles "Psycho" which is already Top 20 at Top 40 radio and Top 5 at Rhythm Radio and the certified 6x platinum single "rockstar" which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 consecutive weeks.

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    BOY

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    Xavier Rudd

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    Produced by Chris Bond (Ben Howard, Tom Speight) and mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, David Bowie, U2), Xavier Rudd's forthcoming album Storm Boy - his ninth studio album, and first solo album in six years - showcases his incomparable songwriting craftsmanship and is an impressive addition to his ever-growing legacy.

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    *Loser Edition on metallic purple vinyl w/ jacket variation while supplies last*

    Written largely in New York between summer 2016 and winter 2017, Josh Tillman’s fourth Father John Misty LP, God’s Favorite Customer, reflects on the experience of being caught between the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom.


    God’s Favorite Customer reveals a bittersweetness and directness in Tillman’s songwriting, without sacrificing any of his wit or taste for the absurd. From “Mr. Tillman,” where he trains his lens on his own misadventure, to the cavernous pain of estrangement in “Please Don’t Die,” Tillman plays with perspective throughout to alternatingly hilarious and devastating effect. “We’re Only People (And There’s Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)” is a meditation on our inner lives and the limitations we experience in our attempts to give and receive love. It stands in solidarity with the title track, which examines the ironic relationship between forgiveness and sin. Together, these are songs that demand to know either real love or what comes after, and as the album progresses, that entreaty leads to discovering the latter’s true stakes.

    God's Favorite Customer was produced by Tillman and recorded with Jonathan Rado (Foxygen), Dave Cerminara (Jonathan Wilson, Foster the People, Conor Oberst), and Trevor Spencer (FJM). The album features contributions from Haxan Cloak, Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood, longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson, and members of Misty’s touring band.

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    Producer/singer/songwriter Neko Case has won a large and loyal audience for her smoky, sophisticated vocals and the downcast beauty of her music. Now more than 23 years into her musical calling, Case is the consummate career artist--fearless and versatile, with a fierce work ethic and a constant drive to search deeper within herself for creative growth. 

    On June 1st, Anti- will release Neko Case’s ‘Hell On,’ an indelible collection of colorful, enigmatic storytelling that features some of her most daring, through-composed arrangements to date. Produced by Neko with help from Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn & John), ‘Hell On’ is simultaneously the most accessible and most challenging album in a rich and varied career that’s offered plenty of both. Rife with withering self-critique, muted reflection, anthemic affirmation, and her unique poetic sensibility, the 12 tracks of ‘Hell On’ — which features collaborations such as Joey Burns, Beth Ditto, Kelly Hogan, KD Lang, AC Newman, Paul Rigby, Laura Veirs, and more.

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    Prequelle follows Ghost's third studio album, Meliora, and its accompanying EP Popestar, which elevated the Swedish rock band into the pantheon of the greatest rock bands on earth and resulted in a Grammy® Award for 'Best Metal Performance'. Prequelle delves into the plague, the apocalypse, and dark ages.

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    Dierks Bentley

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    The Mountain is Dierks Bentley's ninth studio album. The writing process came together quickly when Bentley returned to Telluride a short time later for a retreat with fellow songwriters Natalie Hemby, Luke Dick, Ross Copperman, Jon Randall, Jon Nite and Ashley Gorley. The bulk of the album’s songs, including the title track were written during that week, which Bentley describes as the most inspiring creative experience he’s ever had.

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    Arthur Buck

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    Sometimes the catalyst for creating great art is simply being in the right place at the right time. For Arthur Buck, the new collaboration between singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and guitarist Peter Buck, that place was Mexico, and that time was the fall of 2017.  Specifically, a little town off the Baja coast named Todos Santos, with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the east and the bright blue Pacific stretching out infinitely to the west. It is here that Buck has, for the last several years, held the Todos Santos Music Festival, which he created with his wife, Chloe Johnson, in 2012, shortly after R.E.M. called it a day. Among the many artists who have played the festival is Joseph Arthur, who also happened to leave behind a guitar—a Dobro, specifically—after his last appearance there. And so last year he made the trek down to Todos Santos to pick up the instrument. Which is where he ran into Peter Buck.

    That was the beginning of Arthur Buck. The creative result of this relationship is a vibrant 11-song collection that captures the spontaneity at the heart of the project—right down to the 1-2-3-4 count off from Buck that opens the record—with sounds and styles meshed together in an easy, almost playful manner. Tchad Blake was brought in to mix the proceedings, and the result is the new Arthur Buck—the result of a shockingly productive burst of inspiration.

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    The Essex Green

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    Formed in Brooklyn in 1998, The Essex Green released four albums between 1999 and 2006. They became one of the few bands from the Northeast to be associated with the groundbreaking Elephant 6 Collective. Their unique blend of harmony-infused pop music culminated in the 2006 release of Cannibal Sea.

    Sasha Bell, Jeff Baron, and Christopher Ziter were last seen together in the late aughts, waving from their van as they bid farewell to Brooklyn. And then, the unthinkable: The Essex Green went silent. But why? Legal cannabis? Climate change? Bad oysters? Nothing so dramatic. It was a simple promise made among them to chase down their separate dreams: Baron to build a houseboat and navigate the mighty Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers; Ziter to return to his home state of Vermont and lead local fermentation efforts; and Bell to decamp to Montana to study elk rutting.

    Having achieved their goals or not, they vowed to break their silence in secret on the frigid waters of Lake Champlain during the blood moon eclipse of 2015 when the effect of the moon in Libra would be most powerful. Over the next two years, the three continued to meet and record in undisclosed locations. The result is Hardly Electronic, a music mapping of the trio’s personal journeys over the past decade.

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    My head feels like it is exploding with the amount of information we are forced to consume on a daily basis, and how that information is so DISTORTED there is almost no longer any tangible truth,” says James. “The name of my new record is UNIFORM DISTORTION because I feel like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our ‘news and important information. More and more of us are feeling lost and looking for new ways out of this distortion and back to the truth…and finding hope in places like the desert where I write this now...finding hope in the land and in the water and in old books offering new ideas and most importantly in each other and love.

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  • New Release Round-Up 04-13-18



    The Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy


    The Weeknd - My Dear MelancholyThe Weeknd - My Dear MelancholyThe Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy - Republic
    Grammy-winning artist The Weeknd releases new project ‘My Dear Melancholy,’ via XO Records / Republic Records. 'My Dear Melancholy,' follows the Weeknd's 2016 record, 'Starboy', which debuted #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Charts and charted 2 Top 10 hits, “Starboy” & "I Feel it Coming." The Weeknd will perform at a handful of major festivals this summer, including headlining performances at Coachella & Panorama.


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    King Tuff - The Other

    King Tuff - The OtherKing Tuff - The OtherKing Tuff - The Other - Sub Pop
    When asked to describe the title track from his new record, Kyle Thomas—aka King Tuff—takes a deep breath. “It’s a song about hitting rock bottom,” he says. “I didn’t even know what I wanted to do anymore, but I still had this urge—this feeling—like there was this possibility of something else I could be doing… and then I just followed that possibility. To me, that’s what songwriting, and art in general, is about. You’re chasing something, there is something out there calling to you and you’re trying to get at it. ‘The Other’ is basically where songs come from, it’s the hidden world, it’s the mystery. It’s the invisible hand that guides you whenever you make something. It’s the thing I had to rediscover—the sort of voice I had to follow—to bring me back to making music again in a way that felt true and good.”

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    Breaking Benjamin - Ember
     - Hollywood Records

    Ember is Breaking Benjamin's 6th studio album and is the follow up 2015’s DARK BEFORE DAWN, which debuted #1 on Billboard's Top 200, spun off three No. 1 rock radio tracks, “Failure” and “Angels Fall,” as well as their latest hit single “Never Again.” Selling over 500K, DARK BEFORE DAWN was certified gold in early 2017.

    Metallica - The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited - Blackened Recordings
    The Wait is over! Nearly three decades after going out of print, Metallica release a remastered version of The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited as part of their ongoing remasters series via their own Blackened Recordings label. Originally released over 30 years ago on August 21, 1987, the collection features the band covering songs by early Metallica influencers such as Diamond Head, Holocaust, Killing Joke, Budgie, and The Misfits. The five songs from the EP were later included as a part of the 1998 multi-platinum release Garage, Inc., but the band felt it was time to bring it back in the original formats! Garage Days Re-Revisited was remastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA

    Laura Veirs - The Lookout - Raven Marching Band
    Fresh off the success of her 2016 collaboration with Neko Case and kd lang, Laura Veirs brings you her 10th album, The Lookout. A batch of inimitable, exquisite folk-pop songs; a concept album about the fragility of precious things. Featuring contributions from Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Sufjan Stevens. Produced by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine

     

    John Prine - The Tree Of Forgiveness

    John Prine - The Tree Of ForgivenessJohn Prine - The Tree Of ForgivenessJohn Prine - The Tree Of Forgiveness - Oh Boy
    The highly-anticipated album, The Tree Of Forgiveness, is John Prine's first collection of new material since 2005's Grammy-winning Fair and Square. Rather than going out on a limb, Prine cultivated the themes that have brought international acclaim since the 1970s. For example, he can take a topic like loneliness and make it funny or heartbreaking.  Prine teamed with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb to record in Nashville's historic Studio A, enlisting friends like Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires to sing along. The songs are new, although some had waited to be finished for decades, like a co-write with Phil Spectro called 'God Only Knows'; Another incomplete song, 'I Have Met My Love Today' now celebrates the unexpected spark that leads to lifelong romance -- with a dash of youthful innocence. The musical arrangements may be simpler than on past efforts, yet his unique ability to distill complex emotions into everyday language remains fully intact.

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    A Place To Bury Strangers - Pinned - Dead Oceans
    A couple of years ago, A Place To Bury Strangers were in search of a new drummer. Lia Simone Braswell, an L.A. native, had recently moved to New York, and was playing drums in shows around Brooklyn "just to keep her chops up." As it turned out, APTBS bassist Dion Lunadon caught one of those shows and, after seeing her play, was moved to ask her if she'd want to come to a band practice sometime. For well over a decade now, A Place to Bury Strangers-Lunadon, founding guitarist/singer Oliver Ackermann, and, officially, Lia Braswell-have become well known for their unwavering commitment to unpredictable, often bewildering live shows, and total, some might say dangerous volume. This week marks the release of Pinned, their fifth full-length and an album that finds them converting difficult moments into some of their most urgent work to date. It's their first since the 2016 election, and their first since the 2014 closing of Death By Audio, the beloved Brooklyn DIY space where Ackermann lived, worked, and created with complete freedom. There are searing meditations on truth and government-led conspiracies ("Execution"), as well as haunting, harmonized responses to the tensions of our current political climate ("There's Only One of Us"). It all opens with "Never Coming Back," a frightening crescendo of group vocals, vertiginous guitar work, and Lunadon's unrelenting bass. It's a clear and honest statement of intent, not just for everything that follows, but for this band as a whole.




    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    David Bowie - Changestwobowie [Black or Blue LP]
    Derek Smalls - Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)
    Greyhounds - Cheyenne Valley Drive
    Jason Aldean - Rearview Town
    Juliana Hatfield - Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John
    Pentatonix - Ptx Presents: Top Pop, Vol. I
    Josh T. Pearson - The Straight Hits!
    The Damned - Evil Spirits
    Beth Hart - Front And Center Live From New York [CD/DVD]
    Mackenzie Nicole - The Edge
    Moondoggies - A Love Sleeps Deep
    U2 - Pop [2LP]
    U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind [LP]
    Brazilian Girls - Let's Make Love
    Confidence Man - Confident Music For Confident People
    L.A. Salami - The City Of Bootmakers
    Tinashe - Joyride

    & More .....

    SYML - Hurt For Me EP [Vinyl]
    SYML - In My Body EP [Vinyl]
    U2 - Wide Awake In America EP [Vinyl]
    Bush Tetras - Take The Fall EP [Vinyl]
    Stimulator Jones - Tempt Me With Your Love
    Trampled By Turtles - We All Get Lonely
    Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Talking Straight
    Neko Case - Bad Luck





     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Joshua Hedley - Mr. Jukebox

    Joshua Hedley - Mr. JukeboxJoshua Hedley - Mr. JukeboxJoshua Hedley - Mr. Jukebox - Third Man Records
    With the release of his highly anticipated debut album Mr. Jukebox via Third Man Records, Joshua Hedley will embrace the role he was born to play: this generation’s classic country champion. An accomplished fiddle player, Hedley felt inexplicably drawn toward the instrument as a child. He got his hands on his own fiddle at age 8, and by 12, he was playing with middle-aged pickers at the VFW. At 19, he moved from his native Florida to Nashville, where he became an in-demand sideman at Robert’s Western World and other bars, and ultimately, a well-respected frontman. Armed with an easy croon and prodigious fiddle playing, he became known as the Mayor of Lower Broad. He hit the road to perform with artists including Jonny Fritz, Justin Townes Earle, and more, while the 2015 documentary Heartworn Highways Revisited featured Hedley prominently.
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    Lord Huron - Vide Noir

    Lord Huron - Vide NoirLord Huron - Vide NoirLord Huron - Vide Noir - Republic
    Lord Huron to release new album, Vide Noir, on 4/20 via Republic Records. The album follows critically lauded EPs, 'Strange Trails' and 'Lonesome Tails', which has garnered over 400M streams to-date. Previous single 'The Night We Met' is best known for featuring in Netflix's '13 Reasons Why.' The band is currently on an extensive USA headlining tour through Summer 2018.

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    Pennywise - Never Gonna Die

    Pennywise - Never Gonna DiePennywise - Never Gonna DiePennywise - Never Gonna Die - Epitaph
    Formed in the South Bay of Los Angeles, a neighborhood with a rich punk rock history, Pennywise began in 1988. The band would go on to amass an international following through relentless touring and a melodic high energy sound merging melodic surf punk, blistering hardcore and the classic punk of their youth. The group has solidified their place in punk history and are ready to continue their legacy with their long awaited new album, Never Gonna Die. A return to form for the band, Never Gonna Die contains 14 solid tracks that a punk fan can run in circles to.


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    Brothers Osborne - Port Saint Joe

    Brothers Osborne - Port Saint JoeBrothers Osborne - Port Saint JoeBrothers Osborne - Port Saint Joe - EMI Nashville
    John and TJ Osborne co-wrote every track on Port Saint Joe along with frequent collaborators Lee Thomas Miller, Kendall Marvel, Barry Dean, Shane McAnally, Troy Verges and more.  The title, Port Saint Joe, reflects the small town on the Florida coast where the real-life siblings recorded the album. Port Saint Joe is a sonic representation of who we’ve become not only as a band but as people,” says John Osborne. “Every show we’ve ever played together is on this record. Every song we’ve ever written and every mile we’ve ever ridden has led to the making of this record. Imperfections and all.” TJ adds, “we shacked up for two weeks to make an unabashed record that would reflect who we are in every way, and in the process we had the most enjoyable and memorable recording experience of our lives.”

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    Old Crow Medicine Show - Volunteer

    Old Crow Medicine Show - VolunteerOld Crow Medicine Show - VolunteerOld Crow Medicine Show - Volunteer - SME Nashville
    Old Crow Medicine Show have announced the release of their new studio album, Volunteer, due out April 20th, on Columbia Records Nashville. The album was recorded at the historic RCA Studio A and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson).

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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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    New Releases 06 Apr 2018

    Rainbow Kitten Surprise - How to: Friend, Love, Freefall - Elektra
    The band worked with GRAMMY award-winning producer Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Sleeper Agent) on their Elektra debut, How to: Friend, Love, Freefall.

    Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex & Food - Jagjaguwar
    Where are we headed? What are we consuming, how is it affecting us, and why does everything feel so bad and weird sometimes? These are some of the questions posed on Ruban Nielson's fourth album as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sex & Food.  Recorded in a variety of locales from Seoul and Hanoi to Reykjavik, Mexico City, and Auckland, Sex & Food is a practical musical travelogue, with local musicians from the countries that Neilson and his band visited pitching in throughout. Sex & Food is the most eclectic and expansive Unknown Mortal Orchestra release yet, from the light-footed R&B of "Hunnybee" to the stomping flange of "Major League Chemicals."  "If You’re Going to Break Yourself" and "Not in Love We're Just High" chronicle the effects of drugs and addiction on personal relationships, while the lyrics "Ministry of Alienation" drip with modern-day paranoia like the silvery guitar tones that jewel the song's structure. The modern world, and all the thorny complications that come with living in it, loomed large on Ruban's mind while making Sex & Food.  Though he's not afraid to get topical throughout, as evidenced on the surprisingly boisterous "American Guilt" or the roomy-disco medication-meditation "Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays". A statement of selflessness, to be sure-but make no mistake: Sex & Food reaffirms the vitality of Ruban's voice in today’s musical landscape.

    Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs - Merge Records
    The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs-the triumphant fifth album by Wye Oak-begins with an explosion. For a few seconds, piano, drums, and a playful keyboard loop gather momentum; then, all at once, they burst, enormous bass flooding the elastic beat. "Suffering, I remember suffering," sings Jenn Wasner, her voice stretched coolly across the tizzy. "Feeling heat and then the lack of it, but not so much what the difference is." The moment declares the second coming of Wye Oak, a band that spent more than a decade preparing to write this record-their most gripping and powerful set of songs to date, built with melodies, movement, and emotions that transcend even the best of their catalogue.

     

    Blackberry Smoke - Find A Light

    Blackberry Smoke - Find A LightBlackberry Smoke - Find A LightBlackberry Smoke - Find A Light - 3 Legged Records
    Pigeonholing Blackberry Smoke has never been easy.  Since emerging from Atlanta in the early ‘00s, the quintet – vocalist/lead guitarist Charlie Starr, guitarist/vocalist Paul Jackson, bassist/vocalist Richard Turner, drummer Brit Turner and keyboardist Brandon Still – has become known for a singular sound indebted to classic rock, blues, country and folk. Find A Light, Blackberry Smoke’s sixth studio album, doubles down on diversity.  Songs hew toward easygoing roots-rock (“Run Away From It All”) and Southern rock stomps (“The Crooked Kind”), as well as stripped-down acoustic numbers (“I’ve Got This Song”) and bruising alt-country (“Nobody Gives A Damn”).  Rich instrumental flourishes – keening fiddle, solemn organ and bar-band piano boogie – add further depth and resonance.

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    Various Artists - Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin

    Various Artists - Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie TaupinVarious Artists - Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie TaupinRestoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin - MCA Nashville
    Some of the world’s biggest pop, rock and country artists are celebrating Elton John’s most beloved and legendary catalogue of hits with two albums Revamp (Island Records) and Restoration (Universal Music Group Nashville) released this week. The superstar lineup features artists both new and iconic reinterpreting the timeless songs of the over 50 year writing partnership that Elton and Bernie Taupin share.  These renditions and artists show the depth of the catalogue these two icons have created, which can easily cross musical genres and their unparalleled influence across popular music of all styles.   Restoration highlights countries biggest stars with thoughtful interpretations by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris, Miley Cyrus, Vince Gill and Don Henley, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton and Lee Ann Womack.  “'It's always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it,” adds Elton John. “As songwriters, Bernie and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp & Restoration choose to add their own unique twist in the process. It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We're humbled and thank them all for their generosity.” 

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    Winter - Ethereality

    Winter - EtherealityWinter - EtherealityWinter - Ethereality - Everything Blue Records
    Winter is the project of songwriter Samira Winter, who’s love for guitar music and nostalgic imagery inspired the dream pop/indie rock four piece. Samira grew up in Curitiba, Brazil listening to her American father’s punk records, and her Brazilian mother’s MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) tunes. Winter’s first full length album, Supreme Blue Dream, was released in 2015 on Los Angeles label Lolipop Records. Ethereality is the long-awaited follow-up album, coming on the heels of various single releases and international touring.

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    Creed Bratton - While The Young Punks Dance

    Creed Bratton - While The Young Punks DanceCreed Bratton - While The Young Punks DanceCreed Bratton - While The Young Punks Dance - MRI Associated
    Mysterious, eccentric, good-hearted, and downright talented are all words that have been used to describe actor and musician Creed Bratton over the years. Creed may be best known for starring as a fictional version of himself on nine seasons of the award winning, critically acclaimed NBC series “The Office.” For nearly eight years fans worldwide grew to love him as Dunder Mifflin’s quality assurance director who unapologetically forgets the names of his own co-workers, and says bizarre confusing statements on a regular basis. If Creed was onscreen, laughs were sure to follow. While Creed may be best known for his on-screen antics, he is also an established musician with a career in music that spans nearly five decades, and he isn’t slowing down anytime soon. This year Creed is slated to release his 7th full-length album entitled “While The Young Punks Dance,” featuring 10 brand new tracks. The album, produced by Dave Way (Sheryl Crow, Fiona Apple) and Dillon O’Brian, is available this week.

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    Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Seedlings All - Rough Trade US
    British duo Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker have built up an avid following as one of Britain's biggest folk acts with thanks to what The Guardian calls their "beautifully textured twilit songs." For Seedlings All, the duo continues to experiment with arrangements, textures, grooves, and exploring genres outside of the realm of traditional folk to create a sound all their own.




    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Thirty Seconds To Mars - America
    Hinds - I Don't Run
    Sloan - 12
    Dr. Octagon - Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation
    The Wonder Years - Sister Cities
    Eels - The Deconstruction
    The Aces - When My Heart Felt Volcanic
    Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley: The Searcher [The Original Soundtrack]
    The Mountain Goats - I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas
    E-40 and B-Legit - Connected and Respected
    Various Artists - Johnny Cash: Forever Words
    Son Volt - The Search: Deluxe
    Kylie Minogue - Golden
    Levellers - We The Collective
    Lisa Stansfield - Deeper
    Sarah Shook & The Disarmers - Years
    En Vogue - Electric Café
    Goat Girl - Goat Girl
    Alison Wonderland - Awake

    & More .....

    Kylie Minogue - Dancing [Vinyl]
    Dr. Dog - Buzzing In The Light
    Shakey Graves - Mansion Door
    Foreigner - Say You Will
    Old Crow Medicine Show - Whirlwind
    Septic Tank - Death Vase




     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    King Tuff - The Other

    King Tuff - The OtherKing Tuff - The OtherKing Tuff - The Other - Sub Pop
    When asked to describe the title track from his new record, Kyle Thomas—aka King Tuff—takes a deep breath. “It’s a song about hitting rock bottom,” he says. “I didn’t even know what I wanted to do anymore, but I still had this urge—this feeling—like there was this possibility of something else I could be doing… and then I just followed that possibility. To me, that’s what songwriting, and art in general, is about. You’re chasing something, there is something out there calling to you and you’re trying to get at it. ‘The Other’ is basically where songs come from, it’s the hidden world, it’s the mystery. It’s the invisible hand that guides you whenever you make something. It’s the thing I had to rediscover—the sort of voice I had to follow—to bring me back to making music again in a way that felt true and good.”

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    John Prine - The Tree Of Forgiveness

    John Prine - The Tree Of ForgivenessJohn Prine - The Tree Of ForgivenessJohn Prine - The Tree Of Forgiveness - Oh Boy
    The highly-anticipated album, The Tree Of Forgiveness, is John Prine's first collection of new material since 2005's Grammy-winning Fair and Square. Rather than going out on a limb, Prine cultivated the themes that have brought international acclaim since the 1970s. For example, he can take a topic like loneliness and make it funny or heartbreaking.  Prine teamed with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb to record in Nashville's historic Studio A, enlisting friends like Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires to sing along. The songs are new, although some had waited to be finished for decades, like a co-write with Phil Spectro called 'God Only Knows'; Another incomplete song, 'I Have Met My Love Today' now celebrates the unexpected spark that leads to lifelong romance -- with a dash of youthful innocence. The musical arrangements may be simpler than on past efforts, yet his unique ability to distill complex emotions into everyday language remains fully intact.

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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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  • Build Your Record Collection

    BUILD YOUR RECORD COLLECTION



    "whenever I walk into somebody's house and they have a fantastic book or record collection, I'm like 'WOW, how cool!' it's just a beautiful thing. If I walk into somebody's house and they have no books or records its like 'whoa, what do you do for fun?'"
    - musician, Marty Willson-Piper


    There are not too many things better than a well rounded, beautifully curated record collection.  In this day and age of 'all things digital' it seems to be more appreciated than ever.  its a real treat to share with friends, family and colleagues and a constant conversation stimulator.  Even after 40 years of collecting records I am still on the eternal search to have the 'ultimate' collection, and although so much of it comes down to each of our own tastes, all music lovers can agree that the eternal search for the perfect collection is a fun but never-ending search.  Over the last 10+ years, we have seen so many people fall back in love with buying music. No matter if its CDs, Vinyl, Cassettes or Digital, it has been a fun transition to watch.  

    Therefore, starting this year we have decided to unveil a new program here at Schoolkids.  Hopefully it will be as fun for you as it is for myself and my staff.  We are calling it "Build Your Record Collection" and every single month during the year, we will focus our efforts on one particular genre of music (which can be vague, yes we know) but we plan to build an end cap in the store (and online) and offer our insights on many of the 'classic' titles of said genre via our media site, Blurt Online. 

    Obviously there will be tremendous amount of room for debate, that's not what we are here to discuss, its merely for someone who may just be starting out and want to dive in and need some direction. This journey never ends, in fact its more for myself to rediscover music as I love music of all types, not just one type and I assume many of you are the same.  We plan to keep this going every year and will go deeper and deeper in the future and welcome all of your feedback. We want to make this fun. 

    Therefore, with no further ado, let's get this started!



    For the month of Jan, where else do we start?  If you know anything about music you know that it all starts with The Blues.   Here is an editorial curated by our own Fred Mills on our Magazine site: Blurt Online.


    Here are THE BLUES titles we are featuring this month
    @ Schoolkids Records!

    you may purchase them in the store OR here online, CD, Vinyl, and Digitally!
    (of course if the format is in print)



    And Our Monthly Feature..

    HOW TO BUILD A RECORD COLLECTION, Part 1: THE BLUES

    Coming in Feb: 
    Rhythm & Blues, Soul & Funk

    Schoolkids Records is also a record label, for more information visit our label page here:
    Schoolkids Records - Label


    here are our current releases:

    Out Now
    :
    Bettie Serveert "Damaged Good" (RSD LP) * few copies left! BUY | STREAM
    The Veldt "Symmetry b/w Slow Grind (RSD 7")" * few left! BUY | STREAM
    The Veldt "The Shocking Fuzz of Yr Electric Fur (CD, LP, Dig) BUY | STREAM
    Happy Abandon "Facepaint" (CD, LP, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Tracy Bonham: Modern Burdens (CD, LP, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Richard Lloyd: The Radiant Monkey (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Richard Lloyd: The Cover Doesn't Matter (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    6 String Drag - High Hat (Reissue) (CD, LP, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Richard Lloyd - Field of Fire (Deluxe) (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM 
    Richard Lloyd - The Jamie Neverts Story (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM

    Marty Willson-Piper Catalog (Digital Only)
    Marty Willson-Piper - In Reflection BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Live From The Other Side BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Hanging Out In Heaven BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Live at The Fine Line Cafe BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Live at The Knitting Factory BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Spirit Level  BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Rhyme BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Art Attack BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Pegasus EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - I Can't Cry EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Lucious Ghost EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Questions Without Answers EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - She's King EP BUY | STREAM
    Noctorum - Honey Mink Forever BUY | STREAM
    Noctorum - Offer The Light BUY | STREAM
    Noctorum - Sparks Lane BUY | STREAM
    Seeing Stars - Seeing Stars BUY | STREAM

    Coming Soon:
    1/26/18: Dumptruck - Wrecked (CD, Digital) Pre-order CD  
    1/26/18: Amigo - "And Friends" (CD, LP, Digital) Pre-order CD | Pre-order LP
    2//2/18: Angie Aparo - Life Is A Flower, Life Is A Gun (CD, Digital)
          (stream "Bicycle Kings" now!) 
    3/2/18: Buffalo Tom - Quiet & Peace (CD, LP, Digital) 
          Pre-Order CD | Pre-Order LP (stream "All Be Gone" now!) 
    3/9/18: 6 String Drag - Top Of The World (CD, LP, Digital) 
           Pre-Order Coming Soon!! 

    all of our catalog can be purchased at 
    Schoolkids Label Store Direct.

    We are very proud to announce the first ever Schoolkids Records App!
    Available NOW! on both the
     Apple App Store and Google Play Stores


    Download Now! 

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  • Announcing the Schoolkids Records App!

    We are very proud to announce the first ever
    Schoolkids Records App!
    Available NOW! on both the
     Apple App Store and Google Play Stores


    Download Now!

    Three killer features on the first launch of our App:

    - You can also buy any active physical CD, LP, DVD and more,  regardless of whether we have them in stock or not! and have the titles shipped directly to your home! You can also buy digital downloads for any album available and receive it instantly. 

    - Keep up with new releases, special sales, all of our features titles for the month and more!

    - You can scan any item in our three stores and the app will immediately stream the album.

     

              
     

    Schoolkids Records is also a record label, for more information visit our label page here:
    Schoolkids Records - Label


    here are our current releases:

    Out Now
    :
    Bettie Serveert "Damaged Good" (RSD LP) * few copies left! BUY | STREAM
    The Veldt "Symmetry b/w Slow Grind (RSD 7")" * few left! BUY | STREAM
    The Veldt "The Shocking Fuzz of Yr Electric Fur (CD, LP, Dig) BUY | STREAM
    Happy Abandon "Facepaint" (CD, LP, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Tracy Bonham: Modern Burdens (CD, LP, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Richard Lloyd: The Radiant Monkey (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Richard Lloyd: The Cover Doesn't Matter (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    6 String Drag - High Hat (Reissue) (CD, LP, Digital) BUY | STREAM
    Richard Lloyd - Field of Fire (Deluxe) (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM 
    Richard Lloyd - The Jamie Neverts Story (CD, Digital) BUY | STREAM

    Marty Willson-Piper Catalog (Digital Only)
    Marty Willson-Piper - In Reflection BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Live From The Other Side BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Hanging Out In Heaven BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Live at The Fine Line Cafe BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Live at The Knitting Factory BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Spirit Level  BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Rhyme BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Art Attack BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Pegasus EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - I Can't Cry EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Lucious Ghost EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - Questions Without Answers EP BUY | STREAM
    Marty Willson-Piper - She's King EP BUY | STREAM
    Noctorum - Honey Mink Forever BUY | STREAM
    Noctorum - Offer The Light BUY | STREAM
    Noctorum - Sparks Lane BUY | STREAM
    Seeing Stars - Seeing Stars BUY | STREAM

    Coming Soon:
    1/26/18: Dumptruck - Wrecked (CD, Digital) Pre-order CD  
    1/26/18: Amigo - "And Friends" (CD, LP, Digital) Pre-order CD | Pre-order LP
    2//2/18: Angie Aparo - Life Is A Flower, Life Is A Gun (CD, Digital)
          (stream "Bicycle Kings" now!) 
    3/2/18: Buffalo Tom - Quiet & Peace (CD, LP, Digital) 
          Pre-Order CD | Pre-Order LP (stream "All Be Gone" now!) 
    3/9/18: 6 String Drag - Top Of The World (CD, LP, Digital) 
           Pre-Order Coming Soon!! 

    all of our catalog can be purchased at
    Schoolkids Label Store Direct.

    Contact Label | Visit Store | Visit Label 

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  • Tommy Keene

    Tommy Keene (1958-2017)

    Here is an official statement on the sudden and shocking passing of Tommy Keene.

    Thanks to everyone who has sent along their kind messages, texts, posts and calls during this very difficult time. It's still really hard for me to believe and digest that he is gone. We had so many plans in 2018 and were going to talk this weekend about a timeline. His last message to me said "call anytime I am usually up late working on new songs" which I could not wait to hear more about.

    I have no idea where we go from here but I am beyond proud to have released 5 albums and one double album compilation with him in just under 12 years. We had recently retained the rights to the first album we did together (Crashing The Either) and discussing plans to press it on Vinyl for the first time ever.

    His music and his kind soul will live with me forever and I owe everything to him, as it was a scary, risky and daring move to break away 10 years ago and start my own company and I could not have done that without his loving support.

    He was truly a special person not just in my life, but in many of our lives which is so apparent tonight with all of the beautiful posts and remembrances. it is helping me cope so thanks for everyone who has posted something about his life, music and untimely and tragic passing.

    Rest in peace, Tommy Keene, Love you TK! forever and always. Thank you for the gift you gave all of our lives.

    - Stephen Judge, owner Schoolkids Records (aka Second Motion)

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    Tommy Keene (1958-2017)

    Power-pop legend, acclaimed singer-songwriter, and venerated guitarist has passed away at age 59.
    Power-pop legend, acclaimed singer-songwriter, and venerated guitarist Tommy Keene has died.     
     
    The 59 year-old Keene passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep at his Los Angeles area home on Wednesday. Keene – who recorded for Geffen, Matador Records, and Second Motion, among others – built an impressive and acclaimed catalog over the course of his nearly 40-year career, spanning eleven full-lengths, four EPs, three compilations, and a live album.  
     
    Hailed by fans, critics and fellow musicians for the moving and consistently high quality of his pop songcraft, he was also consummate rock and roller. Over the course of his career, Keene worked with a range of artists who admired his work, including The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard, the Goo Goo Dolls, and the Gin Blossoms, among others.  
     
    Born in Evanston, Illinois and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Keene launched his career in the late-‘70s as a guitarist with a series of Washington D.C.-area combos including the Rage and the Razz, before hitting the national scene as a solo act in 1982 with the release of his debut Strange Alliance.
     
    In 1984, Keene followed with a six-song effort titled Places That Are Gone (Dolphin). Blatantly romantic, unapologetically melodic, bittersweet but absolutely invigorating, the record landed high on the CMJ charts and atop the Village Voice Pazz & Jop EP of the Year poll.
     
    Keene was soon being courted by major labels and ultimately signed with Geffen Records for 1986’s Songs From the Film. Produced by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, the album spawned two MTV videos and spent 12 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200. The accompanying Run Now EP led to the singer as well as its title track appearing in the Anthony Michael Hall movie Out of Bounds.
     
    For 1989’s Based on Happy Times (Geffen) Keene headed down to Ardent Studios in Memphis to record with producers John Hampton and Joe Hardy. The ironically titled disc is the darkest album in the Keene catalog, with heavier guitars, fewer jangles, and a more brooding, fatalistic outlook.
     
    Following the album’s release, Keene took a break from recording, eventually signing with Matador for 1996’s acclaimed “comeback” Ten Years After and its 1998 follow-up Isolation Party. Between 2000 and 2004 he released a live disc called Showtunes (Parasol), The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (SpinArt) and rarities/demos/unreleased-tracks collection Drowning: A Tommy Keene Miscellany (Not Lame).
     
    Keene also developed a career as in-demand sideman: he was a touring member of Sony/Creation-signed rockers Velvet Crush, and appeared on their 1995 live album Rock Concert. In 1996 he joined Paul Westerberg’s band, handling lead guitar duties on the Eventually tour and making appearances on “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.”  A trek opening for Guided By Voices led to his joining Robert Pollard in 2006 as a touring member of Pollards post-GBV band the Ascended Masters and, two years later, Boston Spaceships.
     
    Meanwhile, 2006 also saw the release of Keene’s Crashing the Ether (Eleven Thirty), along with Blues and Boogie Shoes, a collaboration with Pollard under the Keene Brothers moniker. He put out a double-disc career-spanning set in 2011, Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009.
     
    In recent years, Keene continued to delivered a series of accomplished solo records for the Second Motion/School Kids labels, including 2015’s Laugh in the Dark, his final studio album. Keene had spent much of the past year on the road opening shows for fellow pop-rocker Matthew Sweet.
     
    Keene is survived by his longtime partner, Michael Lundsgaard, his father Robert Keene, step-mother Dorothy Keene, brother Bobby Keene, nephews Hunter and Jason Keene, and his beloved dog, Coco. 
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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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Music Releases 04-13-18

Artist Title Price
The Weeknd My Dear Melancholy, New CD: $6.99
Video
King Tuff The Other [LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
Video
Breaking Benjamin Ember [LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
Metallica The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited [Black Vinyl] New Vinyl: $15.98
Laura Veirs The Lookout New CD: $15.98
John Prine The Tree of Forgiveness New CD: $13.98
Video
David Bowie Changestwobowie [Black or Blue LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
Derek Smalls Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) New CD: $14.98
Greyhounds Cheyenne Valley Drive [LP] New Vinyl: $22.98
Jason Aldean Rearview Town [LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
A Place To Bury Strangers Pinned [LP] New Vinyl: $19.98
Juliana Hatfield Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John [LP] New Vinyl: $38.98
Pentatonix Ptx Presents: Top Pop, Vol. I New CD: $11.96
Josh T. Pearson The Straight Hits! [LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
The Damned Evil Spirits [LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
SYML Hurt For Me EP [Vinyl] New Vinyl: $23.98
Video
SYML In My Body EP [Vinyl] New Vinyl: $22.98
Beth Hart Front And Center (Live From New York) [CD/DVD] New CD: $16.98
Mackenzie Nicole The Edge New CD: $11.99

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Movie Releases 04-13-18

Artist Title Price
The Post [Movie] The Post New Blu-Ray: $34.99
The Commuter [Movie] The Commuter New Blu-Ray: $39.99
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season Eleven New Blu-Ray: $99.99

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