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New Release Round-Up 09-22-17

 

The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful

The Killers - Wonderful WonderfulThe Killers - Wonderful Wonderful - IslandThe Killers - Wonderful Wonderful
The Killers are releasing their 5th studio album Wonderful Wonderful. Featuring the singles "The Man" and "Run For Cover", the album is produced by Jacknife Lee alongside The Killers with Additional Production by Erol Alkan on "The Man" and Stuart Price on "Out of My Mind". The band will be embarking on a North American tour in early 2018.

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Van Morrison - Roll With The Punches

Van Morrison - Roll With The PunchesVan Morrison - Roll With The Punches - CarolineVan Morrison - Roll With The Punches
Roll With The PunchesVan Morrison's 37th studio album - sees him simultaneously hand-picking a selection of rhythm and blues classics (by the likes of Bo Diddley, Mose Allison, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Lightnin’ Hopkins among others) and recording a set of new self-written songs. It’s an album that features raw, intimate interpretations of some of the cornerstones of rock’n’roll alongside five new numbers by one of our most consistently brilliant recording artists. Roll With The Punches was produced by Van Morrison and recorded with an incredible team of studio collaborators including Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Jeff Beck, Paul Jones and Jason Rebello.

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Metz - Strange Peace

Metz - Strange PeaceMETZ - Strange Peace - Sub PopMetz - Strange Peace
Since releasing their self-titled debut record in 2012, which The New Yorker called, “One of the year’s best albums…a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing,” the Toronto-based 3-piece METZ have garnered international acclaim as one of the most electrifying and forceful live acts, touring widely and extensively, playing hundreds of shows each year around the world. Now, Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), along with Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass) are set to unleash their highly-anticipated third full-length album, Strange Peace, an emphatic but artful hammer swing to the status quo. "The best punk isn't an assault as much as it's a challenge — to what's normal, to what's comfortable, or simply to what's expected. Teetering on the edge of perpetual implosion,” NPR wrote in their glowing review of METZ’s 2015 second album, II. Strange Peace was recorded in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) in their hometown, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh. Strange Peace isn’t merely a collection of eleven uninhibited and urgent songs. It’s also a kind of sonic venting, a truculent social commentary that bludgeons and provokes, excites and unsettles. With all the pleasurable tension and anxiety of a fever dream, Strange Peace is equal parts challenging and accessible. It is this implausible balancing act, moving from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, that only a band of METZ’s power and capacity can maintain: discordant and melodic, powerful and controlled, meticulous and instinctive, subtle and complex, precise and reckless, wholehearted and merciless, brutal and optimistic, terrifying and fun. “Their whiplash of distortion is made with precision, a contained chaos. But you would never talk about them like that. Because METZ are not something you study or analyze,” wrote Liisa Ladouceur in Exclaim! “They are something you feel: a transfer of energy, pure and simple.” In other words: to feel something, fiercely and intensely, but together, not alone.

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Shout Out Louds - Ease My Mind - Merge Records
In their 15 years as a band, Shout Out Louds have toured the world many times. The band played a show in the Brazilian rainforest with a freezer box for a dressing room. They once performed in Yokohama, Japan, for an audience of two Austrians. They played in a Sicilian rainstorm so heavy they had to shake out their instruments afterwards, with the soaked backdrop left hung to dry on a hotel façade. The music sites will remind you that the band have performed for David Letterman and Jay Leno and toured with The Strokes during their heyday, but most importantly, they have released four albums of brilliant pop music. Ease My Mind, the band’s fifth full-length, is a welcome return from these Swedish pop masters. After the departure of drummer Eric Edman who played on 2013’s Optica, the band recruited Lars Skoglund, known for his drumming with Lykke Li. One could say that Shout Out Louds returned to their roots. They recorded the album with Fredrik Swahn (from the band The Amazing) who filled the band with such new energy that they were willing to commute to the ’burbs during the darkest months of the year. He was joined by Måns Lundberg who produced the song “Souvenirs” and Axel Algmark who produced “No Logic” and “Angel.” After a three-year break for family life and side projects, Adam, Bebban, guitarist Carl von Arbin, and bassist Ted Malmros decided to focus on Shout Out Louds once again. This was an active choice—as it has to be, perhaps, to keep going after having already spent half a lifetime together. The four band members have been friends since high school and grew up together as colleagues and travel companions. You never get to know someone as closely as you do when you’re crammed together in the same touring vehicle, mile after mile. Are the band members more like siblings or an old married couple, then? “We’re more like siblings than anything else. We all know what everyone else hates about ourselves at this point,” they all agree. “We all have sides that are easy to make fun of. We play because we enjoy it so much, but we’ve also done this for half our lives. We’ve learned not to take everything to heart, and to just go for it.” The title of the second track, “Paola”—Bebban’s given name—was chosen by Adam as a tribute to the band members’ longstanding friendship. He explains, “It’s about a time in our lives before we started the band. It’s about finding a different way of living than the one you came from. Choosing another path. I had different lyrics for it at first, but then I felt like the album needed a song like this one.” Adam and Bebban write: “The world is a different place now than it was in the beginning of the 2000’s. We didn’t grow up very aware of political messages in music and probably didn’t feel much of an urgent need to understand the world around us, in that sense. However, that has changed over the years. The world has seemed extremely dystopic and frail for quite a while now, and having children and getting older forces you to open your eyes to issues more devastating than heartbreak and feeling lost. But in our music, we still allow ourselves to address things the way we always have: through emotions rather than analysis. Music as a means of escape, a need to take a break from feeling petrified with fear. Ease My Mind is a lot about that for us.”

Cut Copy - Haiku From Zero - Astralwerks
Cut Copy return with their first studio album in 4 years, Haiku From Zero. In the past decade, the GRAMMY Nominated band has become an international act, headlining massive sold-out tours and festivals including Coachella, Ultra, Lollapalooza, Primavera, Pitchfork and more. Their high-energy live show is matched by the beautiful complexity of their songs with nods to many genres cleverly combined to create indelible pop songs. The new album showcases a band in full command of their powers to move people both emotionally and physically.

YUSUF / CAT STEVENS - The Laughing Apple

YUSUF / CAT STEVENS - The Laughing AppleLeon Russell - On A Distant Shore [Indie Exclusive Deluxe Edition] - Palmetto Records
Leon Russell turned 74 years old in 2016. At the time, he’d already logged more than half a century onstage, weaving a legendary path through the worlds of rock & roll, soul, country, blues and classic pop music. He was still active in the recording studio, too, where he spent much of the year working on a new album, On A Distant Shore, during breaks in his busy touring schedule.  On a Distant Shore arrives 10 months after Russell’s passing. It’s his final album, offering up a stunning batch of original material — including updated versions of three hits from his older catalog — all influenced by the timeless sounds of the Great American Songbook. These aren’t cover songs. Instead, they’re Russell’s own version of pop and jazz standards, filled with sweeping strings, upright piano, pedal steel, horns, and a voice that retained its powerful, poignant punch until the very end.  This collection of songs will be released in two configurations, a 12 song CD, and an Indie Exclusive Deluxe Edition of 16 songs, including 4 additional songs+lyric booklet.  

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Enter Shikari - The Spark

Enter Shikari - The SparkEnter Shikari - The Spark - PIAS AmericaEnter Shikari - The Spark
In fifth album The Spark, Rou, Chris Batten (bass), Rob Rolfe (drums) and Rory Clewlow (guitar) have written a soundtrack to our tumultuous world; a record for everyone who’s filled with frustration, but hasn’t lost the capacity for hope. “The spark is a new connection, a new beginning,” says Rou. “It can be short and insignificant, but it can create something so significant. The spark is that light at the end of the tunnel – when everything seems to be falling apart, but you’re able to see some sort of path out of the dark.” Produced by David Kosten (Everything Everything, Bat For Lashes), it’s Enter Shikari's most melodic album, invigorated by the energy they felt as a band after a sold-out 2016 arena tour, and one that will see them break beyond punk to be recognised as a great British band in a lineage spanning The Beatles via Pink Floyd and Joy Division to Blur. “We’re here to disgrace that list or be embraced into that list, I haven’t decided which yet,” Rou grins.

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Midland - On The Rocks

Midland - On The RocksMidland - On The Rocks - Big Machine RecordsMidland - On The Rocks
Midland intentionally nods to the wild west with Country music reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s, channeling idols Dwight Yoakam and Willie Nelson, both legends whom they previously opened for on the road. Their 2016 self-titled debut EP was featured in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and Billboard and their music video earned them their first CMT Music Awards nomination for Group Video of the Year. On The Rocks is Midland's anticipated first full-length release on Big Machine Records.

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Otherwise - Sleeping Lions

Otherwise - Sleeping LionsOtherwise - Sleeping Lions - Nettwerk RecordsOtherwise - Sleeping Lions
Otherwise release their third, full-length album, Sleeping Lions. The band has been on tour this summer, playing some of the new tracks from the album to live audiences prior to the release. The group believes that the title captures their essence in a way that touts who they are as artists, and how they have evolved. “We named the album Sleeping Lions because that’s what we feel like — we’ve been hibernating in our neon desert cave, licking our wounds and regaining our strength for the hunt,” says Otherwise frontman Adrian Patrick. “Now we’re back on the prowl again, and our eyes are wide open. The album title absolutely references a bigger awareness of who we are and what we’re capable of. The last thing you ever want to do is wake sleeping lions.” The 12-track offering runs an emotional gamut that parallel real life struggles. Among the suggested highlights in the press materials include the blistering “Angry Heart,” the more heartfelt “Blame,” the gut punch of “Bloodline Lullaby,” the chaos of the relationship-based “Monster” and the symphonically emotional “Nothing to Me.” 

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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 Tuesday (9/26) you can pick up Gary Clark Jr. - Live North America 2016 [Limited Edition Pink LP]Lord Huron - Strange Trails [Limited Edition Pink LP]Dustin Kensrue - Please Come Home [Limited Edition Pink LP]Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand [Limited Edition Pink LP]Blue October - Home [Limited Edition Pink LP] and Portugal. The Man - Woodstock [Limited Edition Pink LP]
 



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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers [LP]
Josh Ritter - Gathering [2LP]
Circa Survive - The Amulet [LP]
Macklemore - Gemini
Ledisi - Let Love Rule
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - The Long-Awaited Album [LP]
The Bronx - (V) [LP]
Cradle Of Filth - Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness Of Decay [Limited Edition Blue LP]
Noah Gundersen - White Noise [LP]
Stephen Stills and Judy Collins - Everybody Knows
Hiss Golden Messenger - Hallelujah Anyhow
Horrors - V [2LP]
Brian Wilson - Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology [2LP]
The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request: 50th Anniversary Special Edition [2 LP/2 SACD]
Ted Leo - The Hanged Man [LP]
Cub Sport - Bats [Limited Edition Clear with Black Splatter LP]
Balmorhea - Clear Language [LP]
Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun [LP]
Tricky - Ununiform [LP]
Sleeping With Sirens - Gossip [LP]
Fergie - Double Dutchess
Twin Peaks [TV Series] - Twin Peaks [Limited Event Series Original Soundtrack 2LP]
Twin Peaks [TV Series] - Twin Peaks (Music From The Limited Event Series) [2LP Soundtrack]
Lecrae - All Things Work Together [LP]
Marc Almond - Shadows And Reflections


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Mastodon - Cold Dark Place EP
David Bowie - Heroes [40th Anniversary Limited Edition 7 Inch Picture Disc]
Marilyn Manson - Kill4me\
The Black Dahlia Murder - Matriarch
Whitney Rose - You Don't Scare Me






 

UPCOMING RELEASES

Pearl Jam - Let's Play Two

Pearl Jam - Let's Play TwoPearl Jam - Let's Play Two - RepublicPearl Jam - Let's Play Two
With Chicago being a hometown to Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam forged a relationship with the city, the Chicago Cubs & Wrigley Field that is unparalleled in the world of sports & music. 'Let's Play Two' shuffles through Pearl Jam's ever-growing catalog spanning the band's 25-year career. Through the eyes of Danny Clinch and the voice of Pearl Jam, the film showcases the special relationship. Republic Records will release the soundtrack on September 29 in conjunction with the film's theatrical release.

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Demi Lovato - Tell Me You Love Me

Demi Lovato - Tell Me You Love MeDemi Lovato - Tell Me You Love Me - IslandDemi Lovato - Tell Me You Love Me
Demi Lovato returns with new album 'Tell Me You Love Me' featuring worldwide smash 'Sorry Not Sorry,' which has surpassed 100 million global audio streams. She will join forces with hitmakers Oak (Alessia Cara, Kehlani), DJ Mustard (Rihanna, Tinashe), Sean Douglas (Dua Lipa, Fifth Harmony) and more. The album is a follow up to RIAA gold-certified album 'Confident,' which was Grammy-nominated for Best Pop Album. She's one of the biggest names on social media, with a combined following of over 150 million.

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Lucinda Williams - This Sweet Old World

Lucinda Williams - This Sweet Old WorldLucinda Williams - This Sweet Old World - Highway 20 RecordsLucinda Williams - This Sweet Old World
In a rare instance of an artist taking a full-length reconsideration of an earlier work, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams will release This Sweet Old World – a complete re-recording of her 1992 album Sweet Old World – via Highway 20/Thirty Tigers on Sept. 29.  Produced by Williams and Tom Overby, This Sweet Old World — recorded to mark the 25th anniversary of the original album’s release by Chameleon/Elektra — features all-new renditions of the ’92 set’s 12 songs, some of which have been dramatically rearranged and rewritten.



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Airbourne - Diamond Cuts

Airbourne - Diamond CutsAirbourne - Diamond Cuts - Nettwerk RecordsAirbourne - Diamond Cuts
The “Diamond Cuts” Collectors Box Set includes discs of the band’s classic studio albums: "Running Wild", "No Guts. No Glory", "Black Dog Barking", plus the brand new “Diamond Cuts - The B-Sides” featuring 2 previously unavailable tracks (“Money” & “Heavy Weight Lover”; a bonus DVD of the new band documentary “It’s All for Rock n’ Roll”, all encased in a slipcase box with original “Diamond Cuts” art.

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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 09-15-17

New Releases - September 15 2017

 
Foo Fighters - Concrete And Gold - RCA
"I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin's sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead's version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that." So speaks Dave Grohl of the mission statement made manifest in Foo Fighters' ninth epic, the aptly-titled Concrete and Gold, out on Roswell Records / RCA Records. Concrete And Gold was written and performed by Foo Fighters, produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters, and mixed by Darrell Thorp. 

ARIEL PINK - Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

ARIEL PINK - Dedicated To Bobby JamesonAriel Pink - Dedicated To Bobby Jameson - Mexican SummerARIEL PINK - Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
Ariel Pink will release his new album, Dedicated To Bobby Jameson, on September 15. The recording is his first solo album since his highly acclaimed 2014 prog-pop opus pom pom, and first full-length release with the Brooklyn-based independent label Mexican Summer. The new release’s title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life Los Angeles musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story. The album will also be available on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP.

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Ringo Starr - Give More Love - UME
Recorded at Ringo Starr's home studio in Los Angeles, Give More Love has 10 new tracks featuring collaborations with friends including: We’re On The Road Again featuring Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather; Laughable co-written and performed with Peter Frampton as well as Benmont Tench, Timothy B Schmit, Richard Page and Amy Keys; Show Me The Way co-written and performed with Steve Lukather and with Paul McCartney; Speed of Sound co-written with Richard Marx and featuring Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton and Nathan East; Standing Still co- written with Gary Burr; King of the Kingdom including performances by Dave Stewart and Edgar Winter; Electricity co-written with Glen Ballard and featuring Joe Walsh and Don Was; So Wrong For So Long co written and performed with Dave Stewart; Shake It Up co written and performed with Gary Nicholson and including Don Was and Edgar Winter; and Give More Love co-written with Gary Nicholson including Timothy B Schmit and All Starrs Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette. Give More Love also has four bonus tracks: Back Off Boogaloo, You Can’t Fight Lightning, Photograph and Don’t Pass Me By. This version of Back Off Booglaloo is based on the original recording Ringo made when he wrote the song. He recently discovered the tape when he moved houses. The other three bonus tracks are collaborations based on performances from Starr’s 2016 Peace & Love Birthday event. Alberta Cross performed You Can’t Fight Lightning and Vandaveer performed Photograph and Don’t Pass Me By. Starr loved their renditions and asked them to each record them for his new album, also adding his own vocals.

YUSUF / CAT STEVENS - The Laughing Apple

YUSUF / CAT STEVENS - The Laughing AppleYusuf / Cat Stevens - The Laughing Apple - VerveYUSUF / CAT STEVENS - The Laughing Apple
One of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time releases his latest studio album, The Laughing Apple. The Laughing Apple features original songs and covers, though the covers on this album are Yusuf's own. He celebrates some of his earliest material, with new presentations of the songs. Conceptually, The Laughing Apple returns to the journey of the Tillerman, as he recalls his travels and life lessons to a younger generation. The albums cover features Yusuf's own illustration, the first time he has designed one of his covers since 1972. Yusuf has drawn additional works of art for each of the 11 songs on The Laughing Apple

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SLOTFACE - Try Not To Freak Out

SLOTFACE - Try Not To Freak OutSløtface - Try Not To Freak Out - Nettwerk RecordsSLOTFACE - Try Not To Freak Out
On their debut album Try Not To Freak Out Norwegian four-piece Sløtface deliver political punk wrapped in pop packaging. They’ve won over fans and critics alike with their massive hooks, scorching riffs, and sometimes biting, sometimes earnest, yet always relatable lyrics. Sløtface are a young band poised for a break-out year on the back of a fully-formed, tenacious debut. Prior to the album’s release, the band – lead singer Haley Shea, guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad, bassist Lasse Lokøy, and drummer Halvard Skeie Wiencke – are taking on the EU/UK festival circuit with their powerful live show. And they are planning a North American tour in support of the album this fall.

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THE TEXAS GENTLEMEN - TX Jelly

THE TEXAS GENTLEMEN - TX JellyTHE TEXAS GENTLEMEN - TX Jelly - New West RecordsTHE TEXAS GENTLEMEN - TX Jelly
The Lone Star-bred collective, The Texas Gentlemen, takes its cues from some of the iconic acts of the past — the quicksilver brilliance of The Wrecking Crew and Bob Dylan’s one-time backers The Band are the most obvious examples. Founding member, Beau Bedford, who shares chief engineering and production responsibilities at Dallas’ Modern Electric Sound Recorders, assembled The Texas Gentlemen as an all-purpose backing band for an eclectic array of singer-songwriters, including Leon Bridges, Nikki Lane, Jonathan Tyler and Paul Cauthen. That deft fusion of what came before with what is right now develops through the members’ unswerving dedication to simply play to the best of their abilities, trusting their instincts, and letting the music guide them. Case in point: TX Jelly was created in less than a week — four days, start to finish — at Muscle Shoals’ singular FAME Studios. Pared down from the 28 songs the Gentlemen recorded in that 96-hour span, TX Jelly effortlessly connects way back to what’s next, summoning the spirits of American songcraft even as it heralds the arrival of 21st century talent. Cut live, with little use for the blinding polish and careful presentation of so much modern music, TX Jelly oozes with skill backed up by that hard-won authenticity. TX Jelly moves between contemplative and raucous, encompassing the full breadth of the American experience. The music touches on blues, soul, folk, country, rock and gospel — from first track to last, you can feel The Texas Gentlemen reaching deep inside themselves and finding what’s genuine — what illuminates the truth of the country’s rich, complicated and singular artistic history — and delivering it the only way they know how: real, raw and righteous.

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ANGUS & JULIA STONE - Snow

ANGUS & JULIA STONE - SnowAngus & Julia Stone - Snow - Nettwerk RecordsANGUS & JULIA STONE - Snow
The Sydney-born siblings produced and largely engineered Snow themselves, in Angus's cottage studio, Belafonte, in the Byron Bay hinterland. “It was quite magical because Angus and I have never spent that much time together, just the two of us,” says Julia. “The last phase of writing and recording was just eight weeks of him and me and the quiet of the land. It was a beautiful time.” Since they began in 2006, Angus & Julia Stone have amassed multi-platinum sales and numerous ARIA awards at home, and won a fanbase of millions over tours of the UK, Europe & North America.

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Beyonce - Lemonade [Deluxe Yellow 2LP] - Sony
Lemonade is Beyonce's sixth studio album, originally released on April 23, 2016. This release includes the first pressing of the 180 gram, yellow, four-sided vinyl, allowing for a higher sound quality.




ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Prophets Of Rage - Prophets Of Rage [LP]
Wyclef Jean - Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee [LP]
The Lone Bellow - Walk Into A Storm [LP]
Seaway - Vacation [LP]
Son Little - New Magic [LP]
Michael McDonald - Wide Open [LP]
Madonna - Rebel Heart Tour [2CD]
Gary Numan - Savage (Songs From A Broken World) [LP]
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Echo Of Pleasure [LP]
Eamon - Golden Rail Motel [LP]
Deer Tick - Deer Tick Vol. 1 [Red LP]
Deer Tick - Deer Tick Vol. 2 [Yellow LP]
The Doors - The Singles [2CD/Blu-ray]
Rostam - Half-Life [2LP]
Lee Ranaldo - Electric Trim [LP]
Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) [2 CD]
Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - Choir Of The Mind [LP]
Paradise Lost - Live At The Roundhouse [LP]
Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP + 7 Inch]
Willie Watson - Folk Singer Vol. 2 [LP]


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Noah Gundersen - California / All Your Love [Vinyl Single]
Mitch Woods - Friends Along The Way EP
Ben Folds - So There Piano/Vocal EP
Michael Jackson - Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)
The Smiths - The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (Live)
Electric Wizard - See You In Hell
Awaken I Am - Wolves
Blitzen Trapper - Rebel
Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black




 

UPCOMING RELEASES

The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful

The Killers - Wonderful WonderfulThe Killers - Wonderful Wonderful - IslandThe Killers - Wonderful Wonderful
The Killers are releasing their 5th studio album Wonderful Wonderful on 9/22. Featuring the singles "The Man" and "Run For Cover", the album is produced by Jacknife Lee alongside The Killers with Additional Production by Erol Alkan on "The Man" and Stuart Price on "Out of My Mind". The band will be embarking on a North American tour in early 2018.

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YUSUF / CAT STEVENS - The Laughing Apple

YUSUF / CAT STEVENS - The Laughing AppleLeon Russell - On A Distant Shore [Indie Exclusive Deluxe Edition] - Palmetto Records
Leon Russell turned 74 years old in 2016. At the time, he’d already logged more than half a century onstage, weaving a legendary path through the worlds of rock & roll, soul, country, blues and classic pop music. He was still active in the recording studio, too, where he spent much of the year working on a new album, On A Distant Shore, during breaks in his busy touring schedule.  Released in September 2017, On a Distant Shore arrives 10 months after Russell’s passing. It’s his final album, offering up a stunning batch of original material — including updated versions of three hits from his older catalog — all influenced by the timeless sounds of the Great American Songbook. These aren’t cover songs. Instead, they’re Russell’s own version of pop and jazz standards, filled with sweeping strings, upright piano, pedal steel, horns, and a voice that retained its powerful, poignant punch until the very end.  This collection of songs will be released in two configurations, a 12 song CD, and an Indie Exclusive Deluxe Edition of 16 songs, including 4 additional songs+lyric booklet.  



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Van Morrison - Roll With The Punches

Van Morrison - Roll With The PunchesVan Morrison - Roll With The Punches - CarolineVan Morrison - Roll With The Punches
Roll With The PunchesVan Morrison's 37th studio album - sees him simultaneously hand-picking a selection of rhythm and blues classics (by the likes of Bo Diddley, Mose Allison, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Lightnin’ Hopkins among others) and recording a set of new self-written songs. It’s an album that features raw, intimate interpretations of some of the cornerstones of rock’n’roll alongside five new numbers by one of our most consistently brilliant recording artists. Roll With The Punches was produced by Van Morrison and recorded with an incredible team of studio collaborators including Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Jeff Beck, Paul Jones and Jason Rebello.

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Enter Shikari - The Spark

Enter Shikari - The SparkEnter Shikari - The Spark - PIAS AmericaEnter Shikari - The Spark
In fifth album The Spark, Rou, Chris Batten (bass), Rob Rolfe (drums) and Rory Clewlow (guitar) have written a soundtrack to our tumultuous world; a record for everyone who’s filled with frustration, but hasn’t lost the capacity for hope. “The spark is a new connection, a new beginning,” says Rou. “It can be short and insignificant, but it can create something so significant. The spark is that light at the end of the tunnel – when everything seems to be falling apart, but you’re able to see some sort of path out of the dark.” Produced by David Kosten (Everything Everything, Bat For Lashes), it’s Enter Shikari's most melodic album, invigorated by the energy they felt as a band after a sold-out 2016 arena tour, and one that will see them break beyond punk to be recognised as a great British band in a lineage spanning The Beatles via Pink Floyd and Joy Division to Blur. “We’re here to disgrace that list or be embraced into that list, I haven’t decided which yet,” Rou grins.

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Midland - On The Rocks

Midland - On The RocksMidland - On The Rocks - Big Machine RecordsMidland - On The Rocks
Midland intentionally nods to the wild west with Country music reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s, channeling idols Dwight Yoakam and Willie Nelson, both legends whom they previously opened for on the road. Their 2016 self-titled debut EP was featured in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and Billboard and their music video earned them their first CMT Music Awards nomination for Group Video of the Year. On The Rocks is Midland's anticipated first full-length release on Big Machine Records.

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Metz - Strange Peace

Metz - Strange PeaceMETZ - Strange Peace - Sub PopMetz - Strange Peace
Since releasing their self-titled debut record in 2012, which The New Yorker called, “One of the year’s best albums…a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing,” the Toronto-based 3-piece METZ have garnered international acclaim as one of the most electrifying and forceful live acts, touring widely and extensively, playing hundreds of shows each year around the world. Now, Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), along with Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass) are set to unleash their highly-anticipated third full-length album, Strange Peace, an emphatic but artful hammer swing to the status quo. "The best punk isn't an assault as much as it's a challenge — to what's normal, to what's comfortable, or simply to what's expected. Teetering on the edge of perpetual implosion,” NPR wrote in their glowing review of METZ’s 2015 second album, II. Strange Peace was recorded in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) in their hometown, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh. Strange Peace isn’t merely a collection of eleven uninhibited and urgent songs. It’s also a kind of sonic venting, a truculent social commentary that bludgeons and provokes, excites and unsettles. With all the pleasurable tension and anxiety of a fever dream, Strange Peace is equal parts challenging and accessible. It is this implausible balancing act, moving from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, that only a band of METZ’s power and capacity can maintain: discordant and melodic, powerful and controlled, meticulous and instinctive, subtle and complex, precise and reckless, wholehearted and merciless, brutal and optimistic, terrifying and fun. “Their whiplash of distortion is made with precision, a contained chaos. But you would never talk about them like that. Because METZ are not something you study or analyze,” wrote Liisa Ladouceur in Exclaim! “They are something you feel: a transfer of energy, pure and simple.” In other words: to feel something, fiercely and intensely, but together, not alone.

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Otherwise - Sleeping Lions

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Otherwise have announced the release of their third, full-length album, Sleeping Lions, set for a Sept. 22 release. The band has been on tour this summer, playing some of the new tracks from the album to live audiences prior to the release. The group believes that the title captures their essence in a way that touts who they are as artists, and how they have evolved. “We named the album Sleeping Lions because that’s what we feel like — we’ve been hibernating in our neon desert cave, licking our wounds and regaining our strength for the hunt,” says Otherwise frontman Adrian Patrick. “Now we’re back on the prowl again, and our eyes are wide open. The album title absolutely references a bigger awareness of who we are and what we’re capable of. The last thing you ever want to do is wake sleeping lions.” The 12-track offering runs an emotional gamut that parallel real life struggles. Among the suggested highlights in the press materials include the blistering “Angry Heart,” the more heartfelt “Blame,” the gut punch of “Bloodline Lullaby,” the chaos of the relationship-based “Monster” and the symphonically emotional “Nothing to Me.” 

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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! 

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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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