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New Release Round-Up 02-17-17

RYAN ADAMS - Prisoner

RYAN ADAMS - PrisonerRYAN ADAMS - Prisoner - Blue Note RecordsRYAN ADAMS - Prisoner
Ryan Adams' first original studio album since 2014, Prisoner was partly influenced by his divorce from singer Mandy Moore. The album features the singles “Do You Still Love Me", To Be Without You" and "Doomsday". Also available on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red Vinyl.
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SON VOLT - Notes Of Blue

SON VOLT - Notes Of BlueSON VOLT - Notes Of Blue - Transmit Sound
The 10 songs on Notes Of Blue are inspired by the spirit of the blues, but not the standard blues as most know it. The unique and haunting tunings of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James and Nick Drake were all points of exploration for Farrar for the new collection. The album opens with the country soul of Promise the World, followed by Back Against the Wall, a song that could stand alongside the great Son Volt songs of their early albums. However, Notes Of Blue reflects the blues as it resides in the folk tradition, but heavily amplified. The primal stomp of Cherokee St, the frenetic guitar on Static and the raw slide in Sinking Down exude grit and attitude. Conversely, tracks such as The Storm and Cairo and Southern seamlessly meld blues with hypnotic melodies that add a unique balance to Notes of Blue. Also available on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl which includes an autographed insert.


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HANNI EL KHATIB - Savage Times - Innovative Leisure
Hanni El Khatib's first idea for his Savage Times project was to do something he’d never done before. Instead, he ended up doing... well, everything he’d never done before. He’d be playing new instruments, writing in unfamiliar new ways, opening himself up to an unrelenting stream of ideas and dedicating himself totally to pure musical instinct. And the result? 19 best-of-the-sessions songs, destined for vinyl release as a Limited Edition 10” LP Box Set, as well as the kind of creative revelations that only happen when you quit looking around and start looking ahead. Originally, he’d hoped to explode the lingering idea that he was simply a blues-rock guitar player, but that’s why Savage Times touches on everything from garage rock to punk to disco, hip-hop and even some unexpected solo-guitar self-portraiture. But on the way, he also exploded his own idea of what he could do—even maybe who he was, or would be. Savage Times was an experiment as well as an experience, that touched on some of the most personal, social & political elements to date.

NIKKI LANE - Highway Queen

NIKKI LANE - Highway QueenNIKKI LANE - Highway Queen - New West RecordsNIKKI LANE - Highway Queen
Nikki Lane's remarkably dazzling third album Highway Queen, sees the young Nashville rebel emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters. Produced by Lane and fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler, and recorded in Denton, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, Highway Queen is an emotional tour-de-force. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage Sixties country-pop swagger, Lane’s new music will resonate as easily with Black Keys and Lana Del Rey fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty. Highway Queen starts with the whiskey-soaked restlessness of “700,000 Rednecks,” a rowdy call to action, and ends on the profoundly raw “Forever Lasts Forever,” where Lane belts freely, mourning a failed marriage – the “lighter shade of skin” left behind from her wedding ring. Lane’s journey to heartbreak takes exquisite turns. “Companion” is pure Everly Brothers’ dreaminess (“I would spend a lifetime/ Playing catch you if I can”). Elsewhere, she goes on a Vegas bender on the rollicking “Jackpot,” fights last-call blues (“Foolish Heart”) and tosses off brazen one-liners at a backroom piano (“Big Mouth”). Lane, a Greenville, South Carolina native, is unique songwriter who didn’t take the traditional country artist path. Her backwoods roots are undercut by her chosen career as a fashion entrepreneur (she’s the owner of vintage clothing boutique High Class Hillbilly) who has lived – and been heartbroken in – Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. So it’s no surprise that her music seamlessly crosses musical genres with lyrics steeped in the doomed perseverance only a true dark horse romantic knows. Lane’s rapid rise in music is thanks to the fervent critical acclaim of her debut record Walk of Shame and 2014’s Dan Auerbach-produced All or Nothin’. With Highway Queen, 2017 is poised to be Lane’s major mainstream breakthrough. "I want to be the highway queen," Lane told Rolling Stone in 2015. "I'm obsessed with trucks, just like every other fucking country singer. But I want to make my own,” she said banging her fists on the table of a chic East Nashville cafe. So as she sings on the title track: place your bets, if you ain’t folding. Also available on Limited Edition Picture Disc Vinyl.
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ALISON KRAUSS - Windy City - Capitol
Alison Krauss, the most awarded female artist in GRAMMY history (27 awards including Album of the Year in 2009), releases Windy City. Windy City is a beautifully curated collection of classic songs produced by Nashville Veteran Buddy Cannon. While they span different eras and musical genres, there is a unifying sensibility. Some of the songs are familiar like Gentle On My Mind, a signature song of Glen Campbell's, and You Don t Know Me which was a hit for Eddy Arnold and Ray Charles. Others were lesser known, like Willie Nelson's I Never Cared For You and All Alone Am I, originally recorded by Brenda Lee.

JENS LEKMAN - Life Will See You Now - Secretly Canadian
Jens Lekman describes his new record, Life Will See You Now, playfully, but also honestly, as "a midlife-crisis disco album; it's an existentialist record, about seeing the consequences of your choices". It's a typical Lekman album in several ways: sly humour is key to its heartfelt nature; it inverts pop's writing norm by making songs with sad concerns sound happy and songs with a happy subject sound sad; and it plays with notions of identity and the self. But, as the title suggests, it also represents a significant move forward, as if across a threshold. It's the more expansive, upbeat sound of a revitalised Lekman, who is just one of many characters in his new stories about the magic and messiness of different kinds of relationships. Also available on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange Vinyl.






ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

The Orwells - Terrible Human Beings
Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Got Soul
Big Sean - I Decided.
Tim Darcy - Saturday Night
Novella - Change Of State
Tall Tall Trees - Freedays
Matt Pryor - Memento Mori
Eisley - I'm Only Dreaming
WSTR - Red, Green Or Inbetween
Evanescence - The Ultimate Collection [6LP Set]
Six By Seven - Greatest Hits
Strand Of Oaks - Hard Love
Grails - Chalice Hymnal
The Paperhead - Chew
Jethro Tull - Stand Up: Steven Wilson Remix
Aquilo - Silhouettes



& More .....

Middle Kids - Middle Kids EP
Parquet Courts - Captive Of The Sun [Vinyl Single]
Majeure - Apex EP [Vinyl]
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - The Pilot
Maggie Rogers - Now That The Light Is Fading EP
Allah-Las - Autumn Dawn b/w Hereafter [Vinyl Single]
Bombadil - Long Life - Single




UPCOMING RELEASES

RHIANNON GIDDENS - Freedom Highway

RHIANNON GIDDENS - Freedom HighwayRHIANNON GIDDENS - Freedom Highway - NonesuchRHIANNON GIDDENS - Freedom Highway
Freedom Highway, Grammy Award–winner and 2017 Grammy nominee Rhiannon Giddens follow-up to her highly praised debut album Tomorrow Is My Turn, will be released by Nonesuch Records on February 24, 2017. The record includes nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote while she and her band toured after Tomorrow Is My Turn's 2015 release, along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, "Birmingham Sunday" and Staple Singers' well-known "Freedom Highway," from which the album takes its name. Giddens and the band will tour the U.S. in the spring.
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ALL THEM WITCHES - Sleeping Through The War

ALL THEM WITCHES - Sleeping Through The WarALL THEM WITCHES - Sleeping Through The War - New West RecordsALL THEM WITCHES - Sleeping Through The War
Produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Rival Sons) and mixed/engineered by UK-bred young-gun Eddie Spear, All The Witches' Sleeping Through The War is the quartet’s most bold and well-crafted record to date. The album’s creation marks the first time in the band’s history that a record was written before entering the studio. This process allowed for an alignment of the band’s art, desire and time. Convening in Nashville for only six days after a year of relentlessly touring their New West Records debut Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, the band’s spirit coalesced in a rhythm of statement and melody that simply needs to be heard...repeatedly. With the guidance of Cobb and Spear, Sleeping Through The War captures the truest energy of the group, full blast, fun and contemplative. The record was made with volume in mind. Sleeping Through The War is meant to be played loud, cranked up and without reservation. Feel it live through your stereo system or listen to it speak in tongues through your headphones. The sounds are nothing without the songs, and the songs are nothing without the lyrics. This record is a result of constant touring, world travel, overstimulated/divided humanity, and a learning of awareness and compassion.
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LITTLE BIG TOWN - The Breaker

LITTLE BIG TOWN - The BreakerLITTLE BIG TOWN - The Breaker - Capitol NashvilleLITTLE BIG TOWN - The Breaker
Little Big Town announce the release of their seventh studio album, The Breaker (Capitol Records Nashville), available February 24. The album, produced by Jay Joyce, features lead single, Better Man, written by Taylor Swift, and is currently climbing the charts at radio. The Breaker is about letting go of things that break you, it's about the new ground you try and break as a human being and as a musician. Sometimes you're the one that's broken and sometimes you re the breaker, said Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild. It's a sentimental record because we're feeling super grateful for our friends and family and the chance to share the next chapter.


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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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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! 

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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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