• New Release Round-Up 11-24-17

     

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon?

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon?Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon?Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon? - Caroline
    Instrumentals, imagined soundtracks and cut and paste experimentation sets a bracing, perception-shattering course for Who Built The Moon?, the keenly anticipated, WORLD TOUR-triggering third album from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Produced by David Holmes and featuring guest appearances from Paul Weller and Johny Marr!

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    Bjork - Utopia - One Little Indian
    Utopia’ is the ninth studio album from the iconic artist Bjork, out this week via One Little Indian Records. The album's artwork was created in collaboration of M/M, Jesse Kanda and James Merry and reflects the records sonic direction; optimism, lightness, utopia. The album is written by Björk with five of the 14 songs co-written by Arca and one of the songs co-written by Sarah Hopkins. All of the songs except one is coproduced by Arca. One of the songs is co-produced by Rabit. Björk formed a twelve piece Icelandic female flute orchestra, which she arranged for and conducted. She also wrote an arrangement for Hamrahlíðarkórinn, a choir conducted by Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir. The album was edited and structured by Björk on Protools. It was engineered by Bergur Þórisson, Bart Migal and Chris Elms. It was mixed by Heba Kadry and Marta Salogni and mastered by Mandy Parnell. The album cover was created by Jesse Kanda, in collaboration with Björk, James Merry and makeup artist Hungry. The rest of the album artwork will feature new digital illuminations and typography from MM Paris. Of the album she explained to Dazed this Summer that, ““Maybe that’s why it became a utopian theme – if we’re gonna survive not only my personal drama but also the sort of situation the world is in today, we’ve got to come up with a new plan, If we don’t have the dream, we’re just not gonna change. Especially now, this kind of dream is an emergency.

    Ramones - Rocket To Russia: 40th Anniversary Edition

    Ramones - Rocket To Russia: 40th Anniversary EditionRamones - Rocket To Russia: 40th Anniversary EditionRamones - Rocket To Russia: 40th Anniversary Edition - Rhino
    Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this classic Ramones release with the 3CD/1LP Rocket To Russia: 40th Anniversary Edition. Including two different mixes of the album: a remastered version of the original and a new 40th Anniversary Tracking Mix by Rocket To Russia engineer/mixer Ed Stasium, plus a previously unissued recording of the band’s 1977 concert in Glasgow, Scotland, along with rare tracks, alternate versions & unreleased mixes. The 40th Anniversary Deluxe edition comes housed in an album sized hardcover book, with 16 page booklet including essays from Sire Records founder Seymour Stein, Rocket To Russia engineer/mixer Ed Stasium & former Creem Magazine writer/editor Jaan Uhelszki, along with rare photo. Among the band’s best-loved records, it features classics like “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” and “Rockaway Beach” along with their signature covers of “Do You Wanna Dance?” and “Surfin’ Bird.”

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    Eagles - Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Edition

    Eagles - Hotel California: 40th Anniversary EditionEagles - Hotel California: 40th Anniversary EditionEagles - Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Edition - Elektra
    Eagles release a new 2-CD/1-Blu-ray Audio deluxe edition of Hotel California that includes the original studio album, ten previously unreleased live recordings, as well as hi-res and 5.1 mixes. Presented in an 11 x 11 hardbound book, the set also features rare and unseen photos from the era, a replica tour book, and three stand-alone posters. The collection also marks the debut of ten live tracks that were recorded during the band s three-night stand at the Los Angeles Forum in October 1976. The concert recordings which were recorded about a month before the album came out features one of the first ever live performances of Hotel California and New Kid In Town along with other Eagles classics including Already Gone, Take It To The Limit, and Witchy Woman. The Blu-ray Audio disc that accompanies HOTEL CALIFORNIA: DELUXE EDITION features the 5.1 Surround Sound mix originally released on DVD-A in 2001 along with a hi-resolution, 192 KHz/24-Bit stereo mix.
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    New Fumes - Teeming 2 - Rad Cult
    ''Teeming 2'' features Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips and members of Def Rain. From goodrecordsrecordings.com: ''Daniel Huffman is the sole creative force of New Fumes. Huffman has lent his talents to a multitude of diverse bands. He was a member of the 90s space rock outfit Comet as well as the Bitches Brew-loving improv group Ghostcar, and he's been a touring guitarist for the Polyphonic Spree. He's been part of the touring entourage for and a collaborator with the Flaming Lips.'' A noise musician and visual artist, Daniel Huffman spent years recording and touring with names like The Flaming Lips, Polyphonic Spree, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, My Bloody Valentine and Tobacco. He even performed with The Flaming Lips when they broke the Guinness World Record for most shows played in a 24 hour period. Huffman also creates some of the most gorgeous vinyl records on the planet. He has appeared on the albums ''Wastoid'' by Stardeath and White Dwarfs and ''With a Little Help from My Fwends'' by The Flaming Lips. ''Teeming 2'' is the sophomore album from New Fumes. It falls somewhere in the zones of offbeat electronic and colorful weirdo rock. Mostly recorded in a Monolithic Dome surrounded by crack houses in Dallas, Huffman spent five years recording his new album. Daniel has come up with his own process for pouring records by mixing colors so each piece is an individual with its own effect. All copies of ''Teeming 2'' were hand-made this way.

    Tom Waits - Real Gone: Remixed And Remastered

    Tom Waits - Real Gone: Remixed And RemasteredTom Waits - Real Gone: Remixed And Remastered - Anti
    On Real Gone, Tom Waits walks a fraying tightrope. By utterly eliminating one of the cornerstone elements of his sound -- keyboards -- he has also removed his safety net. With songwriting and production partner Kathleen Brennan, he strips away almost everything conventional from these songs, taking them down to the essences of skeletal rhythms, blasted and guttural blues, razor-cut rural folk music, and the rusty-edge poetry and craft of songwriting itself. Real Gone is like two records in one and the contrasting emotions of each play off of each other perfectly. The up tempo tracks are some of the rawest and most kinetic he’s ever laid down, while the ballads are among his most haunting and beautiful, even chilling at times. Taken as a whole, the experience is breathtaking. Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan have personally remixed and remastered Real Gone from the original master tapes bringing a new sonic brilliance to their 2004 creation. You can find a collection of Tom's other remastered releases HERE.




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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Wu-Tang - The Saga Continues [2LP]
    Airbourne - Diamond Cuts: The B-Sides [LP]
    Prayers - Baptism Of Thieves
    Sun Records 65th Anniversary: Born From The Blues
    Engelbert Humperdinck - The Man I Want To Be
    Dude York - Halftime For The Holidays
    Godflesh - Streetcleaner Live At Roadburn 2011
    INXS - Kick: 30th Anniversary Edition [Deluxe 3CD/Blu-ray]
    Ben Vaughn - Instrumental Stylings [LP]
    Yes - Topographic Drama - Live Across America [3LP]
    Phil Collins - Take A Look At Me Now... The Complete Studio Collection [8CD]
    Sufjan Stevens - The Greatest Gift [Translucent Yellow LP]
    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder: 10th Anniversary Edition [LP]
    Bring Me The Horizon - 2004-2013
    Scorpions - Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads




    & More .....

    Ed Sheeran - You Need Me EP [Vinyl]
    Ed Sheeran - No.5 Collaborations Project EP [Vinyl]
    Ed Sheeran - Loose Change EP [Vinyl]
    Ed Sheeran - Songs I Wrote With Amy EP [Vinyl]
    Ed Sheeran - Live At The Bedford EP [Vinyl]
    Frightened Rabbit - Recorded Songs EP [Vinyl]
    Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell Live [Translucent Blue Vinyl Single]
    Jason Molina - The Black Sabbath Covers EP [Vinyl]
    Butthole Surfers - Locust Abortion Technician EP [10in Vinyl]
    Van Morrison - Broken Record






     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Chris Stapleton - All American Made

    Chris Stapleton - All American MadeChris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 2Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 2 - Mercury Nashville
    Chris Stapleton's From A Room: Volume 2 will be released December 1 on Mercury Records Nashville. The multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning musician first shared the album news from stage during the first of two sold-out shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena this past Friday. Of the special hometown concerts, CMT praises, “…cemented his status as one of music’s greatest talents to emerge from the current decade.”  The forthcoming album takes its name from Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (the capital “A” in “From A Room”) where it was recorded over the last year with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb. Along with Stapleton on vocals and guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar, the album features Morgane Stapleton on harmony vocals as well as longtime band-members J.T. Cure on bass and Derek Mixon on drums. In addition to seven songs co-written by Stapleton, the album features versions of Kevin Welch’s “Millionaire” and the Homer Banks/Lester Snell-penned song made famous by Pops Staples, “Friendship”. Volume 2 follows the release of From A Room: Volume 1, which debuted earlier this year at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and, with its RIAA Gold certification, remains the #1 best-selling country album of 2017. Stapleton’s 2015 double-platinum solo debut, Traveller, is currently the #2 best-selling country album of the year.

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    Ella Fitzgerald - Ella At Zardi's

    Ella Fitzgerald - Ella At Zardi'sElla Fitzgerald - Ella At Zardi'sElla Fitzgerald - Ella At Zardi's - Verve
    Rescued from the vaults: ‘Ella At Zardi's’ is the Verve Records' first live recording, and is being heard for the first time anywhere. The two sets from the evening, in front of a lively crowd, was captured February 2, 1956, a few days before Ella Fitzgerald began recording Verve’s first album, ‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book.’

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    WE ARE STILL LISTENING TO 

    Maxwell Miranda Parsley - Catskill Christmas

    Maxwell Miranda Parsley - Catskill ChristmasMaxwell Miranda Parsley - Catskill Christmas - DangerbirdMaxwell Miranda Parsley - Catskill Christmas
    A Iove letter to holiday celebrating; Christmas Songs with classic Brill Building sparkle_ A rosy cheeked, cashmere-sweathered, evergreen-scented, hot toddy fueled testament to warm hands, full hearts, and beautiful music. Producer/performer Chris Maxwell, composer for the hit Fox TV show Bob's Burgers and at whose studio the collaboration was forged, brings o playful spirit for timeless melodies. Ambrosia Parsley, widely beloved for her band Shivaree owl smoldering contributions to many pivotal creative scenes, parries mischevious musings with Holly Miranda's earthy and soulful vocals, which bring a depth befitting the upstate NY environs the songs were birthed in A merrier trio of holiday aficionados could not be found. We looked.

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  • New Release Round-Up 11-17-17

     

    New Releases 17-November-2017



    Morrissey - Low In High School - BMG Rights Management
    Low In High School is the 11th full-length solo release for the British indie rock singer-songwriter Morrissey and was produced by Joe Chiccarelli. Be sure to look out for the Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Green LP.

    Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Of A Woman - Daptone
    Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' final studio album, Soul Of A Woman is a lush, orchestral masterpiece. A true testament to the life and career of Daptone's fearless leader and one of the world's greatest performers. In the year prior to her death from pancreatic cancer in 2016, Sharon Jones toured and performed tirelessly, and was also the subject of Miss Sharon Jones!, an acclaimed documentary by Oscar-Winning director Barbara Kopple. Yet somehow, the beloved and heroic soul singer found time to complete a studio album. Soul of a Woman features eleven songs which reveal that the emotion, dynamics, and drama of Jones' voice remained at full power until her final days. The songs on Soul Of A Woman exemplify two distinct sides of the band s sound. Side One showcases the grittier, bluesier material like Matter Of Time and Sail On giving Sharon the room to flex her vocal prowess, creating a liveness that few studio albums possess. Side Two takes on a more sophisticated orchestral mood. Tracks like When I Saw Your Face and These Tears (No Longer For You), capture a soft vulnerability in Sharon's vocals that draws you deep inside, and yet they remain nuanced with the signature toughness that never allow you to forget she's steering the ship. The finished product is an album that captures a band and a singer at their peak.

    Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black - Anti
    “Mavis has done it all and worked with just about everybody from Bob Dylan to Prince to Jeff Tweedy… She still is singing for justice and equality and influencing a new generation of musicians and fans.” -PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. Mavis Staples is an American Music legend. She was at the forefront of the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, as singer for the legendary gospel group, The Staples Singers. Mavis, along with her father, Pops, and siblings marched and worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on the fight for equality in this country. In December 2016, Mavis went to Washington, DC to receive the coveted Kennedy Center Honors from President Obama, with whom she has had a long standing friendship. Mavis invited Wilco frontman and dear friend, Jeff Tweedy as her guest for the weekend’s festivities. The two spent hours discussing the current events and how today’s fight for equality is very similar to those in the 60’s. Inspired by these events, Mavis and Jeff got together and wrote Mavis’ new album, If All I Was Was Black, produced by Jeff Tweedy. The new album is a perfect message for our time and is by far Mavis’ best work to date.


    Black Sabbath - The End - Eagle Records
    Almost five decades ago, the toll of a bell and rolling thunder marked the conception of an ear splittingly monolithic riff. In that moment, Black Sabbath and the sound of Heavy Metal were forged. The band embarked on what Ozzy describes as the most incredible adventure you could think of, a journey that would go on to define a genre. The End is a celebration of Black Sabbath's final hometown concert at Birmingham's Genting Arena on February 4th, 2017. With a hit packed set list including Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs, and many more, the high production values, visual effects, and pyrotechnics wowed fans, as the band delivered the most emotionally charged show in their history. The End captures a once-in-a-career performance, an essential snapshot of musical history, and a fitting farewell to true innovators and original heavy metal icons, Black Sabbath. Featuring Ozzy Osbourne (vocals); Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass), with Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards / guitar).

    Sia - Everyday Is Christmas - Atlantic
    Sia's first ever Christmas album. The collection of original holiday songs was written by Sia and Greg Kurstin. Everyday Is Christmas' lead single, "Santa's Coming For Us," has several counterparts on the album including other festive songs like "Candy Cane Lane," "Ho Ho Ho," and "Puppies Are Forever" which are anchored by ballads "Underneath The Christmas Lights," "Snowman," and "Snowflake."

    Paul McCartney - Capitol
    This week Paul McCartney is reissuing eight solo and Wings albums on CD and Vinyl including Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Color variations. The available albums are: Paul McCartney - McCartney [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Red LP]Paul McCartney - McCartney II [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]Paul McCartney - Tug Of War [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Blue LP]Paul McCartney - Pipes Of Peace [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver LP]Paul & Linda McCartney - RAM [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Yellow LP]Paul McCartney & Wings - Band On The Run [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque White LP]Paul McCartney & Wings - Venus And Mars [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red/Yellow LP] and Paul McCartney & Wings - At The Speed Of Sound [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Orange LP].






    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Bob Seger - I Knew You When [LP]
    Electric Wizard - Wizard Bloody Wizard [LP]
    Mike Love - Unleash The Love
    Whitney Houston - I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard
    Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - The Rest of Our Life [LP]
    Ducktails - Jersey Devil [LP]
    Barenaked Ladies - Fake Nudes
    Green Day - Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band [LP]
    Chase Rice - Lambs & Lions
    Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest [2LP/CD]
    Jeff Lynne's ELO - Jeff Lynne's ELO: Wembley Or Bust [2CD]
    Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage 2 [Deluxe Edition]
    Kodak Black - Project Baby 2
    Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls: Live Chapter [LP]
    Godflesh - Post Self [LP]
    The Doors - Strange Days: 50th Anniversary Edition [Expanded 2CD]
    Saturday Night Fever [Soundtrack]
    Queen - News Of The World: 40th Anniversary [Super Deluxe Box Set]
    Bob Marley & The Wailers - The Legend Live - Santa Barbara County Bowl: November 25th 1979 [Limited Edition 3LP Red/Yellow/Green Vinyl]
    Nine Inch Nails - Downward Spiral: Definitive Edition [2LP]
    Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile [3LP]
    Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile: Deviations 1 [Limited Edition 4LP]
    Nine Inch Nails - Broken: Definitive Edition [LP+7in]
    Various Artists - A Tribute To Dan Fogelberg
    Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - The Luckiest Man
    Various Artists - Not Another Teen Movie [Soundtrack LP]
    Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You [Soundtrack]



    & More .....

    Brent Cowles - Cold Times EP [Vinyl]
    Charly Bliss - Soft Serve EP [Vinyl]
    Nine Inch Nails - Add Violence EP [Vinyl]
    Nine Inch Nails - Not The Actual Events EP [Vinyl]
    Kissing Candice - Safeword EP
    Native Sun - Songs Born From Love And Hate EP
    Keith Urban - Female
    Operation: Mindcrime - Under Control
    Tommy Emmanuel - Borderline











     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon?

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon?Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon?Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon? - Caroline
    Instrumentals, imagined soundtracks and cut and paste experimentation sets a bracing, perception-shattering course for Who Built The Moon?, the keenly anticipated, WORLD TOUR-triggering third album from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Produced by David Holmes and featuring guest appearances from Paul Weller and Johny Marr!

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    Ramones - Rocket To Russia: 40th Anniversary Edition

    Ramones - Rocket To Russia: 40th Anniversary EditionRamones - Rocket To Russia: 40th Anniversary EditionRamones - Rocket To Russia: 40th Anniversary Edition - Rhino
    Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this classic Ramones release with the 3CD/1LP Rocket To Russia: 40th Anniversary Edition. Including two different mixes of the album: a remastered version of the original and a new 40th Anniversary Tracking Mix by Rocket To Russia engineer/mixer Ed Stasium, plus a previously unissued recording of the band’s 1977 concert in Glasgow, Scotland, along with rare tracks, alternate versions & unreleased mixes. The 40th Anniversary Deluxe edition comes housed in an album sized hardcover book, with 16 page booklet including essays from Sire Records founder Seymour Stein, Rocket To Russia engineer/mixer Ed Stasium & former Creem Magazine writer/editor Jaan Uhelszki, along with rare photo. Among the band’s best-loved records, it features classics like “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” and “Rockaway Beach” along with their signature covers of “Do You Wanna Dance?” and “Surfin’ Bird.”

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    Eagles - Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Edition

    Eagles - Hotel California: 40th Anniversary EditionEagles - Hotel California: 40th Anniversary EditionEagles - Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Edition - Elektra
    Eagles release a new 2-CD/1-Blu-ray Audio deluxe edition of Hotel California that includes the original studio album, ten previously unreleased live recordings, as well as hi-res and 5.1 mixes. Presented in an 11 x 11 hardbound book, the set also features rare and unseen photos from the era, a replica tour book, and three stand-alone posters. The collection also marks the debut of ten live tracks that were recorded during the band s three-night stand at the Los Angeles Forum in October 1976. The concert recordings which were recorded about a month before the album came out features one of the first ever live performances of Hotel California and New Kid In Town along with other Eagles classics including Already Gone, Take It To The Limit, and Witchy Woman. The Blu-ray Audio disc that accompanies HOTEL CALIFORNIA: DELUXE EDITION features the 5.1 Surround Sound mix originally released on DVD-A in 2001 along with a hi-resolution, 192 KHz/24-Bit stereo mix.
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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!

     

    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 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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