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New Release Round-Up 10-20-17

 

Margo Price - All American Made

Margo Price - All American MadeMargo Price - All American MadeMargo Price - All American Made - Third Man Records
A lot can change in a year: markets boom and bust, trends come and go, presidents get elected. In 2015, Margo Price was a country underdog just trying to keep enough gas in the tank to get to the next gig, but by the end of 2016, she was one of the genre’s most celebrated new artists and a ubiquitous presence on late night television and at major festivals around the world. It’s the kind of year most musicians can only dream of, and the arrival of Price’s spectacular sophomore album, “All American Made,” proves that she hasn’t taken a moment of it for granted. Delivering on the promise of her debut and then some, the record finds Price planting her flag firmly in the soil as a songwriter who’s here for the long haul, one with the chops to hang with the greats she so often finds herself sharing stages with these days. A prolific writer with a knack for candid self-reflection, Price has never had to look too far for inspiration, and on ‘All American Made,’ she and her songwriting partner/ husband, Jeremy Ivey, continue to depict the trials of everyday life with un inching honesty, painting poetically plainspoken portraits of men and women just trying to get by. Highs and lows, long nights and hard days, wild women and cocaine cowboys, politics and sexism, it’s all in there, singularly filtered through Price’s wry, no-bullshit perspective. Throughout the album, her contemporary take on classic sounds is at once familiar and daring, an infectious blend of Nashville country, Memphis soul, and Texas twang that tips its cap to everyone from Waylon and Willie (who makes a guest appearance) to Loretta and Dolly, all while flipping a middle finger to the cookie-cutter pop that dominates modern country radio. Rich with swirling pedal steel, honky-tonk rhythms, and Price’s stop-you-in-your-tracks vocals, ‘All American Made’ is deeply reverent of tradition even as it challenges conventions, a nuanced exploration of conflicted emotions for our deeply conflicted times. The album is also available as on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sky Blue Vinyl.

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The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead: Remastered

The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead: RemasteredThe Smiths - The Queen Is Dead: RemasteredThe Smiths - The Queen Is Dead: Remastered - Rhino
Widely considered to be both The Smiths' finest work and one of the greatest albums ever made, ‘The Queen Is Dead’ has cast a significant influence over subsequent generations since it was first released in the summer of 1986. Now Warner Bros. Records are releasing a newly mastered and expanded version of the album. The remastered album is available in a couple of configurations: 3CD/DVD, 2CD and a 5LP Box Set.

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Bully - Losing

Bully - LosingBully - LosingBully - Losing - Sub Pop
While Bully's 2013 debut Feels Like tumbled headlong into the precarious nature of Alicia Bognanno’s young adult life, its follow-up Losing is their first for Sub Pop (which in many ways feels like their spiritual home; Bully’s sound is an outgrowth of the bands the label championed in the late ‘80s and ‘90s). Losing is a document of the complexity of growth: navigating breakups with sensitivity, learning not to flee from your troubles but to face them down no matter how messy they may be (“Well, this isn’t the summer I wanted,” she muses on “Blame,” before admitting that she’s trying to “cut down on booze and you”). Written as the group slowed down from touring constantly and Bognanno attempted to adjust to how different a home schedule is from a road schedule, her songwriting has matured from the quick one-two punches of Feels Like to tracks that contemplate the necessity of space in both song structure and emotion. Bognanno’s gruff yet dynamic voice is allowed to bloom, and it has a tenderness and openness to it here that’s new. There are multiple layers of wistfulness and care to her delivery of lines like “It just takes one disagreement for you to remember the one time I fucked up,” from “Spiral,” turning songs that could be one-dimensional kiss-offs into warm and complex expressions of regret.

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Turnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your Heart

Turnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your HeartTurnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your HeartTurnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your Heart - Bossier City Records
A Long Way From Your Heart is the fourth release from the fiercely independent outfit whose three previous albums received critical accolades while amassing a massive and highly passionate nationwide fanbase. With his vivid character sketches and blue-collar narratives, Evan Felker continues to solidify his place as one of the finest songwriters to come out of the dustbowl in recent years. Felker’s vocals are honest and affecting, combined with his virtuosic band mates – RC Edwards (bass), Kyle Nix (fiddle), Ryan Engleman (guitar), Gabe Pearson (drums) and Hank Early (pedal steel) – Turnpike Troubadours are a force. The band has achieved a rare feat with A Long Way From Your Heart by creating an album that is immediately accessible, yet continues to reveal greater depth upon each listen.

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Tyminski - Southern Gothic

Tyminski - Southern GothicTyminski - Southern GothicTyminski - Southern Gothic - Mercury Nashville
Tyminski (Dan Tyminski) releases Southern Gothic on Mercury Records Nashville. All 13 tracks on the album were co-written by Tyminski who describes the album as holding up a mirror to society without judgment or opinions. What started out as songwriting for other artists, resulted in the 14-time Grammy winner finding himself jealous to give up the songs he was writing and realizing that he had an opportunity to explore these songs within his own project. 

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Susan Marshall - 639 Madison

Susan Marshall - 639 MadisonSusan Marshall - 639 Madison - Madjack Records
One of the South's finest vocalists, international recording artist Susan Marshall began her career Off-Broadway as a leading soprano in the Rep-Company Light Opera of Manhattan. Shortly after moving back to Memphis in 1990 she began fronting rock-soul band The Mother Station and was signed to a record deal with EastWest / Atlantic Records.  In 1994 they released their debut album "Brand New Bag" which peaked at #34 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock charts. Since then, Susan has released three critically praised solo albums - "Susan Marshall Is Honey Mouth", "Firefly" and "Little Red". Susan has toured all over the world as part of the Afghan Whigs as well as with Cat Power & The Memphis Rhythm Band, which included appearances on Austin City Limits, The Late Show w/ David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brian, and the BBC's Later...with Jools Holland. Her new release on Madjack Records is titled "639 Madison".  Recorded at world renowned Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis, TN, the album includes Susan's interpretation of several classic songs including one new song written by Sam Phillips' son Jerry.

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Cheap Trick - Christmas Christmas

Cheap Trick - Christmas ChristmasCheap Trick - Christmas Christmas - Big Machine Records
Cheap Trick wants you to want them — for Christmas. The ’70s supergroup has just completed work on a holiday album, which will mark the band’s third release in just two years. News of the upcoming holiday album comes just one month after Cheap Trick released the album We’re All Alright. Last year, the band dropped the album Bang, Zoom, Crazy… HelloIn an interview with Orange Amps, longtime Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson revealed that the band finished recording a holiday album “about two months ago.” Petersson revealed the Christmas record will be released around Halloween and said it came out “great.”  “We did one standard, and then all sorts of different songs on there, it’s really cool,” he said.  “We’ve got a few originals, and we covered songs from artists that we really like which have done Christmas songs.” Because the album is all Christmas songs, Petersson said there was just one issue the band had in the recording studio.  He joked, “The only confusing thing about recording this record, is that every song had the word Christmas in it, so we could never keep it straight during recording, trying to figure out which song was which; ‘Ok guys so let’s do the Christmas….. the sleigh song next.'” After four decades together, Cheap Trick shows no signs of slowing down. Petersson said it’s hard for him to explain the band’s natural creative drive, but he added that the bandmates still love recording and writing together. Tom also said the group is still striving to make “that perfect record,” which could be what keeps them going. The band has said they hope to continue to release one new album each year. In 2016, Cheap Trick was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.





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Ten Bands One Cause

Ten Bands One CauseTen Bands One Cause 2017 
Ten Bands re-issue their albums on limited edition pink vinyl, all for one cause. This is the 4th year for the initiative that has raised over $144,000 for Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner, who passed away from cancer at the age of 43 in 1989.

This year’s limited pink vinyl are from Metallica, Portugal. The Man, Lord Huron, Dustin Kensrue, Gary Clark Jr, Lucinda Williams, Mastodon, Four Year Strong, Blue October and GWAR.

This week you can pick up GWAR - The Blood Of Gods [Limited Edition Pink LP]

Check out all of the releases HERE.
 



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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Brand New - Science Fiction [LP]
Willie Nelson - Willie & The Boys: Willie's Stash Vol. 2 [LP]
George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice / Mtv Unplugged
Sondre Lerche - Pleasure
Destroyer - Ken [LP]
Various Artists - The Con X: Covers
Beach Slang - We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags [Quiet Slang] [LP]
Darius Rucker - When Was The Last Time [LP]
Nai Palm - Needle Paw
Trivium - The Sin And The Sentence [LP]
Billy Joel - The Stranger [Picture Disc LP]
Slipknot - Day Of The Gusano [Limited Edition Deluxe 3LP/DVD]
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Echo In The Valley
Niall Horan - Flicker
Lindsey Stirling - Warmer In The Winter
We Came As Romans - Cold Like War
Boyz II Men - Under The Streetlight
Europe - Walk The Earth [LP]
Sons Of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony [LP]
Rock Candy Funk Party - The Groove Cubed
Kllo - Backwater
The Bloody Beetroots - The Great Electronic Swindle [LP]
King Leg - Meet King Leg



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Ron Gallo - Temporary Slave [Vinyl Single]
NRBQ - Happy Talk EP
Stephanie K - Troublemaker EP
CCFX - CCFX EP [Vinyl]
Cut Worms - Alien Sunset EP [Vinyl]
Diane Coffee - Peel EP [Vinyl]
Compton White - Compton White EP [Indie Exclusive White Vinyl]
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Holy Mountain
The Go! Team - Semicirclesong
Langhorne Slim - Funny Feelin' EP






 

UPCOMING RELEASES

Curtis Harding - Face Your Fear

Curtis Harding - Face Your FearCurtis Harding - Face Your FearCurtis Harding - Face Your Fear - Anti
Curtis Harding could best be described as a student of the gritty, sweat-dripping, hip-swinging blues that wafted through the air of the American sixties. The offspring of a mother who sang gospel, and a retired veteran, he traveled all over the country as a child, singing alongside his parents, learning that music was in fact the great communicator, and that the key was not just in how pretty the notes were, but how if you were honest in what you were singing, you could stir a person on the inside. This is what Otis Redding knew. What Sam Cooke, and Bo Diddley, and B. B. King knew. That somehow there was a way to take your experiences, your pain and joy, and give them melody, cause them to live and breathe and massage the hearts and minds of all those who hear. That is what CURTIS HARDING does on his new album, Face Your Fear.  He figures out how to tap into the old soul man of the past without mimicking or bastardizing it, but instead evoking the spirit of the true Soul music of yesterday, meshed with the realities of now. With a little production help from his friends Sam Cohen and Danger Mouse, CURTIS HARDING has put together a collection of tunes that NME described as “soul-meets-garage pop perfection.”

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Third Culture Kings - Is That Light You Carry?

Third Culture Kings - Is That Light You Carry?Third Culture Kings - Is That Light You Carry? - MRI AssociatedThird Culture Kings - Is That Light You Carry?
Is That Light You Carry? is the debut record from Third Culture Kings, a new project led by Jan Johansen (Glorybox) and Alap Momin (dälek). Filtering classic vibes through modern interpretation, 3CK reimagine The Velvet Underground or Leonard Cohen if they had been mixed by King Tubby and Afrika Bambaataa all the while incorporating influences as diverse as Indian drone, early 80’s synth pads and Miami booty bass. Still, it’s worth noting that there’s nothing about these recordings that’s rooted in the past: nearly every sound on the record - sans lead vocals and guitar - were created or recorded directly to an IPhone. Momin created the beats, bass and majority of synth lines on his device, while Johansen then recorded backing vocals, second guitar, vibraphone, piano, horns, rhodes, and melodica as voice memos that were eventually dropped on top of the finished tracks. There are few acts claiming to channel Vangelis and Suicide at the same time, and even fewer that also shout out their love of Doo Wop, UK Bass, and Chicago House in the same breath, but this international duo manage to strike all those notes and more. Veteran performers who’ve outlasted endless trends and toured the world for the better part of the last two decades, Third Culture Kings aren’t afraid to stretch the boundaries of style. The eclectic, yet cohesive group of songs in their live shows complement bills featuring everything from shoegaze to commercial R&B.

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Wanting - LLL

Wanting - LLLWanting - LLL - Nettwerk RecordsWanting - LLL
Vancouver based, multi-platinum selling artist Wanting returns with new album LLL. “It stands for Love, Loss and Latitude,” says Wanting, “It’s about falling in love and facing all the good and the bad that love brings.When one can't save love and it becomes loss, you feel hurt, confused, sad and defeated. When you feel the world left you with nothing, remember you still have you, that feeling of latitude and freedom that you had when you only got to worry about yourself.” Produced by Justin Gray (John Legend, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Joss Stone) LLL releases on October 27, 2017 via Nettwerk Records

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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 Release Round-Up 10-13-17

 

New Releases - October 13 2017

Beck - Colors - Capitol
Beck returns with his new album Colors, the follow up to the Grammy Album of the Year winner Morning Phase. Produced by Greg Kurstin and featuring “Dreams”, the album is available on CD, Red LP, Deluxe Red 2LP and an Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP featuring exclusive artwork.

St. Vincent - Masseduction - Loma Vista
Every record I make has an archetype,” says Clark. “‘Strange Mercy’ was Housewives on Pills. ‘St. Vincent’ was Near-Future Cult Leader. ‘Masseduction’ is different, it’s pretty first person. You can’t fact-check it, but if you want to know about my life, listen to this record.” ‘MASSEDUCTION’ is the culmination of years of writing, with songs crafted from voice memos, text messages, and snippets of melodies that came to Clark while traveling the globe. Special guests on the album include Thomas Bartlett on piano, Kamasi Washington on saxophone, Jenny Lewis on vocals, and beat production from Sounwave. Greg Leisz and Rich Hinman add pedal steel, and Tuck and Patti Andress contribute guitar and vocals respectively on select tracks. 

William Patrick Corgan - Ogilala - BMG Rights Management
As the founding member of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, William Patrick Corgan has created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy Awards in the process. For Ogilala, he teamed up with legendary producer Rick Rubin to make his most intimate body of work to date.

Robert Plant - Carry Fire - Nonesuch
Robert Plant's eleventh studio album, Carry Fire, is released via Nonesuch/Warner Bros. The album, produced by Plant in the west of England and Wales, melds unusual rhythms with naturalism. As with his 2014 album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, the album features his band The Sensational Space Shifters. They are also joined here by special guests, including Chrissie Hynde.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice - Matador Records
Kurt Vile: We ran into each other on the road in various continents and talked about the recordings. I guess it wasn’t till I had another tour booked for the following summer in Australia that we thought we should record as much as we can, no major goal to make it a full length but it came together that way because the vibe was so strong. I love working with Courtney, the collaboration was laid back with less pressure. Courtney Barnett: Now we finished the album, we dreamt up an amazing band which we’ve called THE SEA LICE (inspired by a Stella Mozgawa beach-side-story) and me n Kurt will be standing there out front with our guitars singing songs together. Songs from this album we did, a handful of our own songs from previous albums, maybe some old folk songs n what not. Harmonies and guitarmonies galore. Very collaborative. Lotta Sea Lice is the result of 8 days in the studio spread over almost 15 months when Courtney and Kurt’s respective touring schedules allowed for them to be in the same place at the same time.

Skinny Puppy - Remission: Remastered [LP] & Bites: Remastered [LP]

Skinny Puppy - Remission: Remastered [LP] & Bites: Remastered [LP]Skinny Puppy - Remission: Remastered [LP] & Bites: Remastered [LP]Skinny Puppy - Remission: Remastered [LP] & Bites: Remastered [LP] - Nettwerk Records
Skinny Puppy exploded onto the electronic industrial music scene with 1984’s Remission, fusing elements of new wave, techno dance, film noir, and innovative sampling. Lead by cEvin Key and Nivek Ogre, the band quickly garnered an international fanbase and followed up their new success with 1985’s Bites, which produced their first underground hit, “Assimilate.” Restored to their original track listing and design, Remission and Bites are now available on vinyl for the first time in over 25 years.

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Ten Bands One Cause

Ten Bands One CauseTen Bands One Cause 2017 
Ten Bands re-issue their albums on limited edition pink vinyl, all for one cause. This is the 4th year for the initiative that has raised over $144,000 for Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner, who passed away from cancer at the age of 43 in 1989.

This year’s limited pink vinyl are from Metallica, Portugal. The Man, Lord Huron, Dustin Kensrue, Gary Clark Jr, Lucinda Williams, Mastodon, Four Year Strong, Blue October and GWAR.

This week you can pick up Gary Clark Jr. - Live North America 2016 [Limited Edition Pink LP]Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand [Limited Edition Pink LP] and Portugal. The Man - Woodstock [Limited Edition Pink LP]

Check out all of the releases HERE.
 



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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Gucci Mane - Mr.Davis
Wu-Tang - The Saga Continues
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Sketches Of Brunswick East [LP]
The Rural Alberta Advantage - The Wild [LP]
Pink - Beautiful Trauma [LP]
The Who - Tommy Live At The Royal Albert Hall [3LP]
Puppy - Vol. II [LP]
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Vol 1
Dolly Parton - I Believe In You
Electric Six - How Dare You
Dirty Heads - Swim Team
Jerry Garcia - Cats Under The Stars [LP]
The Barr Brothers - Queens Of The Breakers [LP]
King Krule - The Ooz [LP]
Neil Finn - Out Of Silence
Jackie Greene - The Modern Lives Vol. 1
The Front Bottoms - Going Grey
Various Artists - Holidays Rule Vol. 2
Various Artists - Punk Rock Halloween: Loud Fast & Scary
Various Artists - Halloween Pussytrap! Kill! Kill! [Soundtrack]
Exhumed - Death Revenge [LP]
Jerry Lee Lewis - Jerry Lee's Greatest [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange & White LP]


& More .....

The Radio Dept. - Teach Me To Forget EP [Limited Edition Vinyl]
Nine Inch Nails - Add Violence EP
Morgan Saint - 17 Hero EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 10in]
Lydia Loveless - Boy Crazy & Single(S) EP [Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl]
Marillion - Living In F E A R EP [Vinyl]
The Rentals - Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad
Chris Thile - Thank You, New York
Sam Smith - Pray
The Smiths - I Know It's Over (Demo)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Matter Of Time
Hollie Cook - Freefalling / Survive






 

UPCOMING RELEASES

The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead: Remastered

The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead: RemasteredThe Smiths - The Queen Is Dead: RemasteredThe Smiths - The Queen Is Dead: Remastered - Rhino
Widely considered to be both The Smiths' finest work and one of the greatest albums ever made, ‘The Queen Is Dead’ has cast a significant influence over subsequent generations since it was first released in the summer of 1986. Now Warner Bros. Records can confirm details of a newly mastered and expanded version of the album that will be released on 20th October. The remastered album will be available in a couple of configurations: 3CD/DVD, 2CD and a 5LP Box Set.

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Margo Price - All American Made

Margo Price - All American MadeMargo Price - All American MadeMargo Price - All American Made - Third Man Records
A lot can change in a year: markets boom and bust, trends come and go, presidents get elected. In 2015, Margo Price was a country underdog just trying to keep enough gas in the tank to get to the next gig, but by the end of 2016, she was one of the genre’s most celebrated new artists and a ubiquitous presence on late night television and at major festivals around the world. It’s the kind of year most musicians can only dream of, and the arrival of Price’s spectacular sophomore album, “All American Made,” proves that she hasn’t taken a moment of it for granted. Delivering on the promise of her debut and then some, the record finds Price planting her flag firmly in the soil as a songwriter who’s here for the long haul, one with the chops to hang with the greats she so often finds herself sharing stages with these days. A prolific writer with a knack for candid self-reflection, Price has never had to look too far for inspiration, and on ‘All American Made,’ she and her songwriting partner/ husband, Jeremy Ivey, continue to depict the trials of everyday life with un inching honesty, painting poetically plainspoken portraits of men and women just trying to get by. Highs and lows, long nights and hard days, wild women and cocaine cowboys, politics and sexism, it’s all in there, singularly filtered through Price’s wry, no-bullshit perspective. Throughout the album, her contemporary take on classic sounds is at once familiar and daring, an infectious blend of Nashville country, Memphis soul, and Texas twang that tips its cap to everyone from Waylon and Willie (who makes a guest appearance) to Loretta and Dolly, all while flipping a middle finger to the cookie-cutter pop that dominates modern country radio. Rich with swirling pedal steel, honky-tonk rhythms, and Price’s stop-you-in-your-tracks vocals, ‘All American Made’ is deeply reverent of tradition even as it challenges conventions, a nuanced exploration of conflicted emotions for our deeply conflicted times.

Early Listen Available Video Available 



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Tyminski - Southern Gothic

Tyminski - Southern GothicTyminski - Southern GothicTyminski - Southern Gothic - Mercury Nashville
Tyminski (Dan Tyminski) will release Southern Gothic October 20 on Mercury Records Nashville. All 13 tracks on the album were co-written by Tyminski who describes the album as holding up a mirror to society without judgment or opinions. What started out as songwriting for other artists, resulted in the 14-time Grammy winner finding himself jealous to give up the songs he was writing and realizing that he had an opportunity to explore these songs within his own project. 

Early Listen Available Video Available 



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Turnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your Heart

Turnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your HeartTurnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your HeartTurnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your Heart - Bossier City Records
A Long Way From Your Heart is the fourth release from the fiercely independent outfit whose three previous albums received critical accolades while amassing a massive and highly passionate nationwide fanbase. With his vivid character sketches and blue-collar narratives, Evan Felker continues to solidify his place as one of the finest songwriters to come out of the dustbowl in recent years. Felker’s vocals are honest and affecting, combined with his virtuosic band mates – RC Edwards (bass), Kyle Nix (fiddle), Ryan Engleman (guitar), Gabe Pearson (drums) and Hank Early (pedal steel) – Turnpike Troubadours are a force. The band has achieved a rare feat with A Long Way From Your Heart by creating an album that is immediately accessible, yet continues to reveal greater depth upon each listen.

Early Listen Available Video Available



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Bully - Losing

Bully - LosingBully - LosingBully - Losing - Sub Pop
While Bully's 2013 debut Feels Like tumbled headlong into the precarious nature of Alicia Bognanno’s young adult life, its follow-up Losing is their first for Sub Pop (which in many ways feels like their spiritual home; Bully’s sound is an outgrowth of the bands the label championed in the late ‘80s and ‘90s). Losing is a document of the complexity of growth: navigating breakups with sensitivity, learning not to flee from your troubles but to face them down no matter how messy they may be (“Well, this isn’t the summer I wanted,” she muses on “Blame,” before admitting that she’s trying to “cut down on booze and you”). Written as the group slowed down from touring constantly and Bognanno attempted to adjust to how different a home schedule is from a road schedule, her songwriting has matured from the quick one-two punches of Feels Like to tracks that contemplate the necessity of space in both song structure and emotion. Bognanno’s gruff yet dynamic voice is allowed to bloom, and it has a tenderness and openness to it here that’s new. There are multiple layers of wistfulness and care to her delivery of lines like “It just takes one disagreement for you to remember the one time I fucked up,” from “Spiral,” turning songs that could be one-dimensional kiss-offs into warm and complex expressions of regret.

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Susan Marshall - 639 Madison

Susan Marshall - 639 MadisonSusan Marshall - 639 Madison - Madjack Records
One of the South's finest vocalists, international recording artist Susan Marshall began her career Off-Broadway as a leading soprano in the Rep-Company Light Opera of Manhattan. Shortly after moving back to Memphis in 1990 she began fronting rock-soul band The Mother Station and was signed to a record deal with EastWest / Atlantic Records.  In 1994 they released their debut album "Brand New Bag" which peaked at #34 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock charts. Since then, Susan has released three critically praised solo albums - "Susan Marshall Is Honey Mouth", "Firefly" and "Little Red". Susan has toured all over the world as part of the Afghan Whigs as well as with Cat Power & The Memphis Rhythm Band, which included appearances on Austin City Limits, The Late Show w/ David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brian, and the BBC's Later...with Jools Holland. Her new release on Madjack Records is titled "639 Madison".  Recorded at world renowned Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis, TN, the album includes Susan's interpretation of several classic songs including one new song written by Sam Phillips' son Jerry.

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Cheap Trick - Christmas Christmas

Cheap Trick - Christmas ChristmasCheap Trick - Christmas Christmas - Big Machine Records
Cheap Trick wants you to want them — for Christmas. The ’70s supergroup has just completed work on a holiday album, which will mark the band’s third release in just two years. News of the upcoming holiday album comes just one month after Cheap Trick released the album We’re All Alright. Last year, the band dropped the album Bang, Zoom, Crazy… HelloIn an interview with Orange Amps, longtime Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson revealed that the band finished recording a holiday album “about two months ago.” Petersson revealed the Christmas record will be released around Halloween and said it came out “great.”  “We did one standard, and then all sorts of different songs on there, it’s really cool,” he said.  “We’ve got a few originals, and we covered songs from artists that we really like which have done Christmas songs.” Because the album is all Christmas songs, Petersson said there was just one issue the band had in the recording studio.  He joked, “The only confusing thing about recording this record, is that every song had the word Christmas in it, so we could never keep it straight during recording, trying to figure out which song was which; ‘Ok guys so let’s do the Christmas….. the sleigh song next.'” After four decades together, Cheap Trick shows no signs of slowing down. Petersson said it’s hard for him to explain the band’s natural creative drive, but he added that the bandmates still love recording and writing together. Tom also said the group is still striving to make “that perfect record,” which could be what keeps them going. The band has said they hope to continue to release one new album each year. In 2016, Cheap Trick was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.





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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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Happy Abandon Pre-Order is up!! Out August 25th!

 

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — August 18th, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store and label, Schoolkids Records is extremely proud to announce the Pledge Music/pre-order campaign for the debut from Chapel Hill, NC's Happy Abandon!



PREORDER HAPPY ABANDON's "FACEPAINT" NOW! 

Schoolkids owner Stephen Judge explains "In my close to 30 years of working in the music business, from retail, to management, to labels and all in between, this is one of the proudest moments in my career to be involved with such a spectacular album."  However, don't take our word for it, see what the critics are already saying about this stunning debut album:

“The opening two-and-a-half minutes are jaw-dropping. The starts off softly, almost like a whisper, before the lush and exquisite harmonies arrive. Time seems to cease at this moment, and we’re left suspended within Happy Abandon’s aural brilliance. But instead of keeping us stationary, the band does something unexpected. They accelerate the pace, heighten the drama, and turn the number into a euphoric piece of Americana. Suddenly we’re left dancing and jumping in jubilation, yet we’re still left captivated by the band’s textured dream. It’s an absolutely wonderful piece of cinema.” - Revue.ca

Want to hear some more? 

Preview the first two singles here:


Severed Seam (Audio)

Heavy Lines (Video)

The band just recently returned home from a successful European tour where they played amazing shows in Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Cork, Ireland, as well as the Into The Wild Festival (UK), London and Amsterdam.  The reaction in Ireland was so intense, the band sold out their gig in Cork, Ireland (almost all on pre-sales) and then were invited to play the prestigious "Ruby Sessions" in Dublin which has been the launching pad for many artists such as: Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan, Bell X1, Little Green Cars, Gemma Hayes, Damien Rice, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Hozier and many many more.  The band was so loved they were immediately invited back to play the Sessions again next time they are in Ireland.

In addition, we have just learned that the famous radio station KCRW in Santa Monica, CA has already starting spinning the track "Choice" in the last few days and getting rave reviews, here is an acoustic live version of "Choice" the from last year. 

Check out this video of Justin Ellis from Happy Abandon showing off the physical copies of the album, including a stunning limited edition splattered colored Vinyl!  It is absolutely a beautiful package. You can preorder the album here at Pledge Music.  

thank you for your support and stay tuned, we are not finished! We have more exciting news forthcoming from the label with two more releases in October from a legendary punk guitarist as well as 4 more new releases in the first three months of 2018 from several national and international bands!


In the meantime please visit our label page here where you can learn more about our label services company and involvement in shows at the Rocky Mount (NC) Mills, our annual shows in Austin, TX, the re-launch of the legendary Twin/Tone Records, our role in Record Store Day - Ireland, our involvement with the Music Biz Organization and much more. 

and you can buy records from our label store such as: The Veldt (who are about to head back out in support of Modern English), Bettie Serveert andTommy Keene (who is currently on tour with Matthew Sweet) or any of our back catalog which consist of over 40 titles since 2008.

The current active roster is about to double in the few months so stay tuned!

 
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Bettie Serveert and The Veldt RSD Pieces Available for Sale in our Store!

Now that we have finished up another incredibly successful Record Store Day, we can sell our two releases in our online store.  Both the Bettie Serveert "Damaged Good" and The Veldt "Symmetry" 7" single are available! While supplies last! These very limited remaining pieces will be gone soon so do not hesitate to grab them while you can! Click below images to buy:

Bettie Serveert

Damaged Good (LP)

Colored Vinyl, Gatefold w/ CD sleeve and digital download card!

Limited to 1000 Copies in the United States

Dutch indie legends, Bettie Serveert return on their 25th Anniversary with their 11th Studio Album “Damaged Good.” This limited edition exclusive transparent magenta Vinyl LP (beautiful gatefold packaging) will include a digital download and full CD. This is the only version of the LP or CD available in North America.

The Veldt

Symmetry b/w Slow Grind (7” Single)

Limited to 500 Copies in the United States

Legendary North Carolina band The Veldt return with a new single “Symmetry”, available exclusively as a 7” single for Record Store Day 2017.  The lead track and its b-side counterpart “Slow Grind” are two of the best songs released in the band’s 28 year history.  Often compared to the Cocteau Twins, Ride and Lush, this is a must-have for any shoegaze aficionado.  The band has just finished up a US tour with Phantogram, playing sold-out shows every night and winning over tons of new fans in each city.  They will soon be heading out on a string of East Coast dates with their pals (and seminal 4AD band) Modern English, as well with a new EP 'The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation', which is slated for worldwide release in June 2017. Neither 'Symmetry' nor 'Slow Grind' are on the forthcoming EP, and can only be obtained on this 7” exclusive/limited single.  

not sure if you wanna buy or not? then here are some samples

 
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The Veldt announce US tour with Phantogram!

Also supporting Modern English April 10-14

New EP “The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation”

will be released worldwide June 2nd, 2017

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — Feburary 13, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store and label, Schoolkids Records announced today the The Veldt will head out on the road to support Phantogram and Modern English in March/April.  Dates are below.

THE VELDT US TOUR

Saturday, March 4th, 2017 – New York, NY Okay Space Art Exhibition w/ Schooly D & Pablo Power Info

Saturday, March 11, 2017 – Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre w/ Phantogram Tickets

Sunday, March 12, 2017         - St Paul, MN Palace Theatre w/ Phantogram Tickets

Monday, March 13, 2017 – Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre w/ Phantogram Tickets

Tuesday, March 14, 2017- Urbana, IL Canopy Club w/ Phantogram Tickets

Thursday, March 16, 2017 – Cincinnati, OH  Bogarts w/ Phantogram Tickets

Friday, March 17, 2017  Atlanta, GA  The Tabernacle w/ Phantogram Tickets

Friday, March 31, 2017  Raleigh, NC Pourhouse (Flaming Lips afterparty) Tickets

Monday, April 10, 2017 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Modern English Tickets

Tuesday, April 11, 2017         Philadelphia , PA Johnny Brendas w/ Modern English Tickets

Thursday, April 13, 2017 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall w/ Modern English Tickets

Friday, April 14, 2017 New York, NY Rough Trade w/ Modern English Tickets

The worldwide release of "The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation" EP (Schoolkids Records, June 2nd) will be The Veldt’s first new recording in fifteen years.  They have collaborated with Robin Guthrie/Cocteau Twins, TV On The Radio, Mos Def, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite).  They have previously shared the stage with The Pixies, Throwing Muses, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis and Living Colour, among others.

The band reformed in 2016 and immediately received incredible enthusiasm upon their return.  Their new EP started to make the rounds with a vinyl release via Leonard Skully Records last year, resulting in significant press attention, including an outstanding feature in The Guardian (UK), who wrote "the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive and vertiginously soothing.”  The band participated in an East coast mini-tour with The Brian Jonestown Massacre this past spring, embarked on two central Canadian tours, and continued to tour Europe last summer, in addition to playing multiple festivals in Italy, Spain, France, the UK, USA, Sweden and Denmark.

The Veldt
"The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation” EP
Schoolkids Records
Worldwide Streetdate: 2 June 2017

Streaming / embed https://theveldtmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-shocking-fuzz-of-your-electric-fur-the-drake-equation

Streaming / embed https://soundcloud.com/theveldtmusic/sets/the-shocking-fuzz-of-your

For review/playlisting https://soundcloud.com/theveldtmusic/sets/the-shocking-fuzz-of-your/s-twuEU

 

PRESS

With Danny’s enveloping hooks, Daniel’s swooning falsetto... the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive, vertiginously soothing – Mike Doherty, The Guardian

Equal parts Jesus and Mary Chain and James Brown – NY Press

The Veldt are a unique and singular, musical proposition - authentic American soul music, without post-modern irony, without cliché. If the Velvet Underground had left the Factory and toured with STAX ... They are Kane's kissing kousins  – Rudy Tambala (A.R. Kane)

Their awesome wobbly psychy guitar music and from-the-heart soulful vocals are as wonderful as ever...myself and Robin Guthrie are just 2 screaming fans – Creation Records' Founder Joe Foster

For black artists, doing anything outside of the bubble, beyond what’s derivative of what white kids are doing, being able to express yourself honestly, is not celebrated at all. So when I heard these guys, it gave me confidence – Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Drake, Estherio)

A reply to anyone who thinks that soul is missing from the indie-rock scene – Village Voice

FOR FANS OF: A.R. Kane, Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack, Jesus & Mary Chain, Dif Juz

TRACK LIST:

  1. Sanctified
  2. In a Quiet Room
  3. Token
  4. One Day Out of Life
  5. And It's You 

History:

Schoolkids Records (the retail store) was founded in 1974 in Raleigh, NC across the street from NC State University.  With three stores located in the “Triangle” region of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Schoolkids is one of the longest running mom & pop record stores in the country. 

The store has been the destination and shopping preference for many local and national bands, many of whom either worked at the store or started selling their first albums of 7” singles at the store on consignment.  Artists to get their start selling records at Schoolkids include:  Ryan Adams & Whiskeytown, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Dave Matthews Band, The Avett Brothers, Sylvan Esso, Ben Folds, The Connells, Polvo, Athenaeum, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Megafaun, Lost in the Trees and many others.  The store was also one of the first retail outlets to sell No Depression Magazine and to work directly with labels such as Merge Records, Mammoth Records, Dischord Records and Yep Roc Records

Schoolkids is a founding member of the CIMS Coalition, the first national Coalition of Independent Music Records and has been named by both Time Magazine and The Grammys as one of the ‘top ten’ most iconic record stores in the country.  Schoolkids’ owner, Stephen Judge also serves on the National Board of Directors for Music Biz (formerly known as NARM).  

Schoolkids Records (the label) recently announced its name change from Second Motion Records and also the signing of Chapel Hill, NC’s Happy Abandon.  This marks the second signing to the label in as many weeks.   Schoolkids also recently announced the opening of a European office in Dublin, Ireland.

The label was founded in May 2008 by Stephen Judge in Chapel Hill, NC.  Since then they have released over 30 albums by artists such as: Tommy Keene, Bettie Serveert, The Parson Red Heads, Marty Willson-Piper, Adam Franklin & Swervedriver, Gemma Hayes, Brian Vander Ark and many others.  The label is distributed by Redeye Worldwide.  In addition, Schoolkids has also previously served as a management & administrative company and worked with such artists as: Athenaeum (Atlantic Records), The Walls (Ireland), New Model Army, Daniel Lanois and Emm GrynerSchoolkids also owns the music publication, Blurt Magazine and Blurt Online and has three retail stores in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

 

Label & Management Contact:

 

Stephen Judge

schoolkidsrecordsnc@gmail.com

  

Retail: http://www.schoolkidsrecords.com

Label: http://www.secondmotionrecords.com

The Veldt: http://secondmotionrecords.com/artists/the-veldt.html

 
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Schoolkids Records signs shoegaze legends The Veldt!

Schoolkids Records signs shoegaze legends The Veldt!

New EP “The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation”
will be released worldwide June 2nd, 2017
Band to open for Modern English April 10-14 

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — January 31, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store and label, Schoolkids Records announced today the signing of shoegaze legends The Veldt. and the forthcoming worldwide release of “The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation” EP, their first new recording in fifteen years.

The band formed in the late 80’s in Raleigh, North Carolina amongst the royalty of the legendary North Carolina music scene, including bands such as Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, The Connells, Dillon Fence, The dBs, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Ryan Adams and many more

Initially signed to Capitol Records in 1989 and eventually finding their way to Mercury Records, The Veldt embarked on a musical journey that changed their lives. Soon, they were in the studio with dream-gaze guru Robin Guthrie, playing American concert halls with Cocteau Twins, and opening for The Jesus and Mary Chain in England. They worked with leading producers Lincoln Fong of Moose on their debut album Marigolds and Ray Schulman (Bjork, Sugarcubes, The Sundays) on Afrodisiac.  The Veldt were a sensation from the start as they became a part of a movement of innovators, who came of musical age at a time when rhythmic rebels were reflective, gritty and wild. Their sound inspired future generations of alternative artists, including TV On the Radio.

The Veldt in the 80’s

Apart from Robin Guthrie, they have collaborated with TV On The Radio, Mos Def, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and most recently A.R.Kane. They have shared the stage with The Pixies, Throwing Muses, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis and Living Colour, among others.

The band reformed in 2016 and immediately received incredible enthusiasm upon their return.  Their new EP started to make the rounds with a vinyl release via Leonard Skully Records last year, resulting in significant press attention, including an outstanding feature in The Guardian (UK), who wrote “the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive and vertiginously soothing.”  The band participated in an East coast mini-tour with The Brian Jonestown Massacre this past spring, embarked on two central Canadian tours, and continued to tour Europe last summer, in addition to playing multiple festivals in Italy, Spain, France, the UK, USA, Sweden and Denmark.

The Veldt, 2017 

Now with a full team in place, they are back with “The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation” EP, to be released worldwide via Schoolkids Records on June 2nd, 2017.  The band will embark on a US and European tour starting this Spring, but also are announcing four very special appearances in the Northeastern United States supporting Modern English!  Here are those dates:

THE VELDT supporting MODERN ENGLISH

April 10: Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel

April 11: Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s

April 13: Boston MA – Brighton Music Hall

April 14: Brooklyn NY – Rough Trade

The Veldt
“The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation” EP
Schoolkids Records
Worldwide Streetdate: 2 June 2017

Streaming / embed https://theveldtmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-shocking-fuzz-of-your-electric-fur-the-drake-equation

Streaming / embed https://soundcloud.com/theveldtmusic/sets/the-shocking-fuzz-of-your

For review/playlisting https://soundcloud.com/theveldtmusic/sets/the-shocking-fuzz-of-your/s-twuEU

PRESS

With Danny’s enveloping hooks, Daniel’s swooning falsetto… the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive, vertiginously soothing – Mike Doherty, The Guardian

Equal parts Jesus and Mary Chain and James Brown – NY Press

The Veldt are a unique and singular, musical proposition – authentic American soul music, without post-modern irony, without cliché. If the Velvet Underground had left the Factory and toured with STAX … They are Kane’s kissing kousins  – Rudy Tambala (A.R. Kane)

Their awesome wobbly psychy guitar music and from-the-heart soulful vocals are as wonderful as ever…myself and Robin Guthrie are just 2 screaming fans – Creation Records’ Founder Joe Foster

For black artists, doing anything outside of the bubble, beyond what’s derivative of what white kids are doing, being able to express yourself honestly, is not celebrated at all. So when I heard these guys, it gave me confidence – Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Drake, Estherio)

A reply to anyone who thinks that soul is missing from the indie-rock scene – Village Voice

FOR FANS OF: A.R. Kane, Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack, Jesus & Mary Chain, Dif Juz

TRACK LIST:

  1. Sanctified
  2. In a Quiet Room
  3. Token
  4. One Day Out of Life
  5. And It’s You

History:

Schoolkids Records (the retail store) was founded in 1974 in Raleigh, NC across the street from NC State University.  With three stores located in the “Triangle” region of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Schoolkids is one of the longest running mom & pop record stores in the country.

The store has been the destination and shopping preference for many local and national bands, many of whom either worked at the store or started selling their first albums of 7” singles at the store on consignment.  Artists to get their start selling records at Schoolkids include:  Ryan Adams & Whiskeytown, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Dave Matthews Band, The Avett Brothers, Sylvan Esso, Ben Folds, The Connells, Polvo, Athenaeum, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Megafaun, Lost in the Trees and many others.  The store was also one of the first retail outlets to sell No Depression Magazine and to work directly with labels such as Merge Records, Mammoth Records, Dischord Records and Yep Roc Records.

Schoolkids is a founding member of the CIMS Coalition, the first national Coalition of Independent Music Records and has been named by both Time Magazine and The Grammys as one of the ‘top ten’ most iconic record stores in the country.  Schoolkids’ owner, Stephen Judge also serves on the National Board of Directors for Music Biz (formerly known as NARM).

Schoolkids Records (the label) recently announced its name change from Second Motion Records and also the signing of Chapel Hill, NC’s Happy Abandon.  This marks the second signing to the label in as many weeks.   Schoolkids also recently announced the opening of a European office in Dublin, Ireland.

The label was founded in May 2008 by Stephen Judge in Chapel Hill, NC.  Since then they have released over 30 albums by artists such as: Tommy Keene, Bettie Serveert, The Parson Red Heads, Marty Willson-Piper, Adam Franklin & Swervedriver, Gemma Hayes, Brian Vander Ark and many others.  The label is distributed by Redeye Worldwide.  In addition, Schoolkids has also previously served as a management & administrative company and worked with such artists as: Athenaeum (Atlantic Records), The Walls (Ireland), New Model Army, Daniel Lanois and Emm GrynerSchoolkids also owns the music publication, Blurt Magazine and Blurt Online and has three retail stores in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Label & Management Contact:

Stephen Judge

schoolkidsrecordsnc@gmail.com

Retail: http://www.schoolkidsrecords.com

Label: http://www.secondmotionrecords.com

The Veldt: http://secondmotionrecords.com/artists/the-veldt.html

 
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North Carolina based Schoolkids Records re-launches in-house label

North Carolina based Schoolkids Records re-launches in-house label

Signs Chapel Hill, NC four-piece Happy Abandon!

Opens new European office in Dublin, Ireland

Happy Abandon performs at Kings: Raleigh, NC on Saturday Jan 28th

New Happy Abandon album to be released on Schoolkids Records (label) in August 2017 

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — January 24, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store, Schoolkids Records announced today the re-launching of its own in-house label.  Formerly known as Second Motion Records, the label will now release albums under the same name and share the legendary iconic fish logo. 

Second Motion Records (now known as Schoolkids Records - the label) was founded in May 2008 by Stephen Judge in Chapel Hill, NC.  Since then the label has released over 30 albums by artists such as: Tommy Keene, Bettie Serveert, The Parson Red Heads, Marty Willson-Piper, Adam Franklin & Swervedriver, Gemma Hayes, Brian Vander Ark and many others.  The label is distributed by Redeye Worldwide.  In addition, Second Motion has also previously served as a management & administrative company and worked with such artists as: Athenaeum (Atlantic Records), The Walls (Ireland), New Model Army, Daniel Lanois and Emm Gryner.  Second Motion also owns the music publication, Blurt Magazine and Blurt Online.  Schoolkids has seen unprecedented growth in a time of turmoil in the industry, and now has three stores in the North Carolina Triangle region. (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill).  Schoolkids also is announcing the opening a new European office in Dublin, Ireland since Judge lives there half the year with his wife and her son, who are Irish. It’s a dream come true for Judge who explained “I have always dreamed of having a business home both in Ireland and the United States, this is the culmination of all of my work coming full circle.”  

When asked about the name change from Second Motion to Schoolkids Records, Judge explained: “from day one, I have always wanted to have a company that reflects three aspects of the business that I love.  Which is Retail, Artist Management and also a Record Label.  I started the Management and Label under the name “Second Motion” as a play on words towards my surname ‘I second that motion’ and always intended to expand into having a brick & mortar retail store.  At that time in 2008, I never imagined that I would have the chance to own my childhood neighborhood store, Schoolkids Records and was honored at the opportunity” (Judge bought Schoolkids in 2012). 

He continued: “The timing was unique and ironically, it also played into my long-term business plan, but I never intended to have two different names.  Over the last 5 years I have focused mostly on the growth of the stores in my home market and involving myself into all aspects of retail to tackle the challenges stores face every single day, worldwide.  Honestly, this is me just setting the landscape right by putting a clear connection between the two entities and getting back to what my initial business plan has been all along.  ‘Schoolkids Records’ is obviously a stronger brand (since it has been around for 43 years) and also the fish logo is very popular, which is sentimental to me personally, as it was designed by my former boss, the late-John Hornaday, who believed in me and hired me at the store in 1990 while I was a student at NC State University.  That is what started my career in a way and I am forever grateful for his loyalty and mentorship.  He passed away in 2011 just months prior to me purchasing Schoolkids.  I know he would be proud of me and what I have accomplished so this is also a sentiment in his honor.”

When asked about the future of Blurt Magazine & Online he continued “I have also always seen media as part of the overall picture as well and always looked at Blurt in the same light that Tower Records had Pulse Magazine.  In the next year, we are going to work on making those two names synonymous with each other as well.

    The first new signing to the label will be Chapel Hill, NC’s Happy Abandon

This eclectic four-piece consists of Peter Vance (Vocals, Guitar), Jake Waits (Drums, Percussion), Justin Ellis (Bass) and Alex Thompson (Keyboards, Programming).  In just under two years since their formation, Happy Abandon has garnered a lot of regional and national press from The Indy Weekly & Paste Magazine. Paste claimed that “the stage is set for Happy Abandon to be a ground-breaking group” 

The band is set to head into the studio next week with Producers Jamie Candiloro (REM, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson) and Jason Merritt (Tift Merritt, Hot Hot Heat) at the helm.  A US and European tour is schedule for this summer and fall, with the album is set to be released August, 25th 2017. 

The band will be performing a celebratory show at Kings in Raleigh, NC this coming Saturday, Jan 28th with Lacy Jags and Walin Storm supporting. Doors at 8pm. Tickets are $10 advance/$12 day of and can be purchased by clicking here.

Charming and brilliant vocals are prominently displayed within the piece, with a blissful and enchanting bed of music that is layered throughout. Picking up in intensity, the song entices your ears with elements of classic Indie nostalgia, with a sugary, unique twist and Pop sensibility. Echoing harmonies are laced with a haunting string section which will make you fall in love. "If I Stare," is a breakout single for the band, as they put their name on the map as a noteworthy and unforgettable musical force. “(Louise Parker, Paste Magazine)

Sample the Happy Abandon track “If I Stare” here:

 

History

Schoolkids Records was founded in 1974 in Raleigh, NC across the street from NC State University.  With three stores located in the “Triangle” region of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Schoolkids is one of the longest running mom & pop record stores in the country. 

The store has been the destination and shopping preference for many local and national bands, many of whom either worked at the store or started selling their first albums of 7” singles at the store on consignment.  Artists to get their start selling records at Schoolkids include:  Ryan Adams & Whiskeytown, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Dave Matthews Band, The Avett Brothers, Sylvan Esso, Ben Folds, The Connells, Polvo, Athenaeum, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Megafaun, Lost in the Trees and many others.  The store was also one of the first retail outlets to sell No Depression Magazine and to work directly with labels such as Merge Records, Mammoth Records, Dischord Records and Yep Roc Records. 

Schoolkids is a founding member of the CIMS Coalition, the first national Coalition of Independent Music Records and has been named by both Time Magazine and The Grammys as one of the ‘top ten’ most iconic record stores in the country.  Schoolkids’ owner, Stephen Judge also serves on the National Board of Directors for Music Biz (formerly known as NARM).   

Label & Management Contact

Stephen Judge

schoolkidsrecordsnc@gmail.com

Mary Liles

meemsy@me.com

  

Retail: http://www.schoolkidsrecords.com

Label: http://www.secondmotionrecords.com

Happy Abandon: http://www.happyabandonmusic.com

Media: http://www.blurtonline.com

 

 
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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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Schoolkids Webstore is live!

Schoolkids Web Store is live!  We are using Amazon second-hand to be the portal of our US webstore, this way we can have all of our live inventory online, if something sells in the store it comes off the online store immediately and vice-versa.  

All of our new and used CDs are up now, we will expand more soon with Vinyl and other items.  Of course you can always contact us at: schoolkidsrecordsnc@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Also, coming soon we will be launching a Schoolkids Europe Web-store! 

Visit the Schoolkids Webstore (US

 
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Schoolkids Records returns to Chapel Hill!

Schoolkids Has Purchased CD Alley, Will Change Names March 1

Posted by on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 5:08 PM

On to record store No. 3: Schoolkids' Stephen Judge - FILE PHOTO BY JUSTIN COOK
Come March 1, CD Alley—the cozy, narrow Chapel Hill record shop that Ryan Richardson has owned and operated since 2006—will not be CD Alley. Schoolkids Records, which left Chapel Hill in 2008, will make its return to the college town at CD Alley’s West Franklin Street location. This will bethe third Schoolkids.

Several factors compelled Richardson’s decision. For one, the store’s ten-year term is coming to an end shortly, and he figured “ten years felt like the right amount of time.” The agreement with Judge arrived just in time. With Richardson starting accounting school in May, the store would have closed for good in the next few months, anyway.

Salvaging CD Alley’s legacy—and bringing Schoolkids back to Chapel Hill—were important to Schoolkids owner Stephen Judge.

“There’s a lot of history there,” he says. “I grew up in Rocky Mount. When I came up for Carolina football games with my friends, we would always stop by Schoolkids. It was just part of the ritual.”

Eight years ago, as general manager at Redeye Distribution in Haw River, Judge fought strenuously to keep Schoolkids from leaving Chapel Hill, whether by himself or with the help of his employers at Yep Roc and Redeye. In the end, he felt it was too risky to take on by himself. When Richardson discussed wanting to sell CD Alley, he was determined to make it work this time.

“It’s always something that stuck in my side,” he says. "This is me setting things right."

The transition will be smooth and devoid of hoopla, says Judge, whose other Schoolkids locations are in Raleigh and Durham. There won’t even be any new signage. Initially, the only significant change that shoppers can expect will be less frequent sightings of Richardson at the front desk. But the store’s other staff will remain on board.

Richardson came to the store as an employee in 2000 and bought it six years later. He never planned to do it forever.

“I’ve known all along that I couldn’t do this for the rest of my career,” he says. “I was going to have to change tracks at some point. I felt like, if I was gonna go back to school, I’d better do I before I let too much more time get away from me.”

While he says he still enjoys his work, Richardson admits it takes more and more to keep up.

“If there was one thing I don’t enjoy about it as much anymore, it’s just trying to stay ahead of the curve. But all in all, it’s still a lot of fun,” he says. “If you could have told me I’d own a shop on Franklin Street for ten years, I’d say that sounds like a dream come true.”

 
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