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  • New Release Round-Up 05-18-18



    James Bay - Electric Light

    James Bay - Electric LightJames Bay - Electric LightJames Bay - Electric Light - Republic
    Following the success of his multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated debut album, Chaos & The Calm, James Bay releases his highly anticipated album, Electric Light, on via Republic Records. The album includes the single “Wild Love,” which recently entered Top 20 at Hot AC radio.

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    Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel - Mom & Pop Music
    The Grammy and Brit nominated Courtney Barnett returns with her second album - ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel.’ It follows her critically acclaimed 2015 debut album ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit’, and a recent top 10 collaborative record, ‘Lotta Sea Lice’, with Kurt Vile. One of the most distinctive voices in music, Courtney is known for mixing witty observations with un inching self-assessment - fast forward to now and although all of the cleaver turns of phrase and an eye for story telling are still there; this new collection of songs see a more serious and outwardly tone capturing the current social landscape yet still retaining moments of intimacy and warmth. As the world becomes more familiar with Courtney Barnett these songs feel comforting and emphatic yet that raw energy and the ability to make the listener think still remain..

    Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Sparkle Hard - Matador Records
    The fact that Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have thrived, rather than simply endured, over 17 years and delivered six albums of buzzy, sub-cultural significance, constitutes an impressive legacy. The challenge with album number seven is one that any successful band with integrity faces: how to safeguard that legacy and hold on to their identity without rehashing old ground (unthinkable), and also say something meaningful while (crucially) having fun doing it? With Sparkle Hard, Malkmus, Mike Clark (keyboards), Joanna Bolme (bass) and Jake Morris (drums) do exactly that. It’s light ’n’ breezy, head-down heavy, audacious, melancholic and reflective, goodtime and bodacious, and it pulls off the smartest trick: it’s both unmistakeably The Jicks and – due to the streamlining of their trademark tics and turns, plus the introduction of some unexpected flourishes (Auto-Tune! A fiddle! Guest vocalist Kim Gordon! One seven-minute song with an acoustic folk intro!) – The Jicks refashioned. If 2014’s Wig Out At Jag Bags balanced the lengthy prog workouts of Pig Lib with Mirror Traffic’s sparky pop moments, then Sparkle Hard bears less obvious direct relation to what’s come before. It also has turbocharged energy and enthusiasm by the truckload.

    Matt Costa - Santa Rosa Fangs

    Matt Costa - Santa Rosa FangsMatt Costa - Santa Rosa FangsMatt Costa - Santa Rosa Fangs - Dangerbird
    Santa Rosa Fangs is critically acclaimed California-based singer/songwriter Matt Costa’s new full-length, his first in five years. The album was produced by Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) and Nick Stumpf (French Kicks). The tale of Santa Rosa Fangs centers around a young woman named Sharon, her two brothers Ritchie and Tony, and their story of love, loss, and coming of age in a timeless yet contemporary California. It is replete with long distance love affairs and nostalgic romances woven through the loom of tragedy and time.

    Early Listen Available Video Available



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    Parquet Courts - Wide Awake! - Rough Trade US
    Wide Awake! is New York’s Parquet Courts’ fifth record since their formation eight years ago. It’s also their most groundbreaking. It’s an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. Love is at its center. There’s also a freshness here, a breaking of new territory that’s testament to the group’s restless spirit. In part, this may be attributed to the fact that it’s produced by Brian Burton, better known as Danger Mouse, but it’s also simply a triumph of their songwriter’s art. The songs, written by Austin Brown and Andrew Savage, are filled with their traditional punk rock passion, as well as a lyrical tenderness, but are elevated to even greater heights by the dynamic rhythmic propulsion of Max Savage (drums) and Sean Yeaton (bass). Ultimately then the message contained in Wide Awake! is complex. “In such a hateful era of culture, we stand in opposition to that — and to the nihilism used to cope with that — with ideas of passion and love,” Brown says. For Savage, it comes back to the deceptively complex goal of making people want to dance, powering the body for resistance through a combination of groove, joy, and indignation, “expressing anger constructively but without trying to accommodate anyone.” “The most exhilarating exercise from New York’s reigning indie-rockers laureate since their legend-making “Stoned and Starving” – as if you didn’t already have reason enough to be on high alert for Wide Awake!” – Stereogum “An urgent, fantastic return that sees the band at the very top of their game, and more together than ever” – DIY Mag

    The Sidekicks - Happiness Hours

    The Sidekicks - Happiness HoursThe Sidekicks - Happiness HoursThe Sidekicks - Happiness Hours - Epitaph
    On May 18, Ohio-based band The Sidekicks will release their fifth album, Happiness Hours. Nearly three years in the making, Happiness Hours follows 2015’s critically acclaimed Runners in the Nerved World. Produced, engineered, and mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile), Happiness Hours features some of the sunniest, most ebullient songs The Sidekicks have ever recorded—all ringing guitars, charging drums, and soaring vocals. That dynamic is more than apparent on the infectious lead single “Twins Twist,” which premieres today. With its warm harmonies and shining melody, bouncing groove and bittersweet lyrics, “Twins Twist” also reveals the more narrative-driven direction that The Sidekicks pursued in creating Happiness Hours. As vocalist/guitarist Steve Ciolek explains, those narratives reach squarely toward a kind of universal experience. “They are relative to my life, but they aren’t just about me,” says Ciolek, whose bandmates include drummer Matt Climer, guitarist/vocalist Toby Reif, and bassist/vocalist Ryan Starinsky. “Unlike when you’re a kid, when every song has to be about falling in love or breaking up—about me, me, me—you get to a point when you really want your art to be inclusive. You want everyone to be able to locate themselves somehow in your songs.”

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    Burn The Priest - Legion: XX - Epic
    RIAA-certified, Billboard chart-topping, Richmond, VA band LAMB OF GOD may be one of the biggest bands in modern metal, but they will never forget where they came from. Mark Morton (guitar), Willie Adler (guitar), John Campbell (bass), and Chris Adler (drums) formed the first incarnation of the band, Burn The Priest, in the winter of 1994 after meeting four years earlier as students at Virginia Commonwealth University. Less than a year later, in the summer of 1995, they met vocalist Randy Blythe and the rest is global metal history. Guitarist Mark Morton says, "To truly understand the essence of the band BURN THE PRIEST, one must first consider the landscape in which it began: the mid-90s. Grunge and alternative music ruled the airwaves. Social media and the internet had yet to assume their role as our collective sources for entertainment and cultural exchange. It was a time when DIY 'zines turned us onto new bands and regional scenes, and 'copy and paste' still implied a print shop and a glue stick." BURN THE PRIEST's self-titled debut album, released via Philadelphia-based Legion Records, documented what was, in essence, a primal punk band performing metal. Ultimately, as they grew in local popularity, the five-piece chose to stray away from their name to avoid being associated with satanic metal, choosing the name LAMB OF GOD. Morton continues, "As our sound and songs developed, so did our goals... we began playing basement parties and warehouse shows and in doing so, we realized that the energy we were creating was transferable. The shows we played in those squats and warehouses [in Philadelphia] and the people we met there are forever embedded in our collective consciousness and the DNA of our band." As they enter their 20th year since releasing their first self-titled album as BURN THE PRIEST, the band will release a full-length covers album that reflects on the greatness of classic punk, hardcore, crossover and noise - rock subgenres that contributed to what LAMB OF GOD - and indeed, the world - now view as modern heavy metal. As BURN THE PRIEST, the band presents Legion: XX featuring tracks originally performed by Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front, Quicksand, Ministry, Bad Brains, Melvins, S.O.D., The Accused, Big Black and Richmond punk band Sliang Laos. The tracks are performed with the unmistakable precision that has kept the band vital for two decades, but ultimately harks back to the raw, punk-driven sound first explored by four unsuspecting college students and a line cook-turned-vocalist in their formative years. Produced with Josh Wilbur at the helm, Legion: XX exhibits BURN THE PRIEST in their true element. This LP version is 150g vinyl, Coke bottle color with white and black 'smoke.'

     



    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Quiet Slang - Everything Matters But No One Is Listening
    Ray LaMontagne - Part Of The Light
    Forest Swords - Forest Swords Dj-Kicks
    Ash - Islands
    Five Finger Death Punch - And Justice For None
    Joe Bonamassa - British Blues Explosion Live
    Family of the Year - Goodbye Sunshine, Hello Nighttime
    The Sheepdogs - Changing Colours
    Otis Redding - Dock Of The Bay Sessions
    Trent Harmon - You Got 'Em All
    BTS - Love Yourself: Tear
    Deadpool 2 [Soundtrack]
    Lenny Kravitz - Greatest Hits
    Kelly Willis - Back Being Blue
    BOY - Acoustic Collection
    Ziggy Marley - Rebellion Rises
    Joan Armatrading - Not Too Far Away
    Jonny Greenwood - Bodysong.
    Bombino - Deran
    At The Gates - To Drink From The Night Itself
    Eternal Summers - Every Day It Feels Like I'm Dying...
    John Wesley Harding - Greatest Other People's Hits
    TT - LoveLaws


    & More .....

    Calpurnia - Greyhound/Louie [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition]
    Alice Merton - No Roots EP
    Phil Cook - Another Mother's Son








     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Snow Patrol - Wildness

    Snow Patrol - WildnessSnow Patrol - WildnessSnow Patrol - Wildness - Republic
    Since releasing their debut album in 1998, Snow Patrol has gone on to be one of the biggest acts in the world. With over 10 million global album sales, 1 billion global track streams, 5 UK Platinum awards, 6 BRIT Award nominations, 1 GRAMMY nomination, 1 Mercury Music-Prize nomination, a massive and passionate fan base, the band is back with their 7th album, Wildness, out 5/25. Wildness follows Snow Patrol's 2011 record, Fallen Empires, and finds the group reuniting with longtime producer Jackknife Lee.

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    Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes

    Shawn Mendes - Shawn MendesShawn Mendes - Shawn MendesShawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes - Island
    Shawn Mendes to release highly anticipated self-titled album on 5/25 via Island Records. The album will include previously released tracks, 'In My Blood' and 'Lost In Japan.' Current single 'In My Blood' is quickly approaching Top 10 airplay at Top 40 and Hot AC radio formats. He will support the album with numerous media appearances, which will include a week-long residency on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden' in June.

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    Xavier Rudd - Storm Boy

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

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    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 05-11-18



    New Releases 11 May 2018

    Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino - Domino
    Arctic Monkeys return with their new album, entitled ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’. Produced by James Ford and Alex Turner, the album was recorded in Los Angeles, Paris and London.

    Beach House - 7 - Sub Pop
    7 is our 7th full-length record. At its release, we will have been a band for over 13 years. We have now written and released a total of 77 songs together. Throughout the process of recording 7, our goal was rebirth and rejuvenation. We wanted to rethink old methods and shed some self-imposed limitations. In the past, we often limited our writing to parts that we could perform live. On 7, we decided to follow whatever came naturally. As a result, there are some songs with no guitar, and some without keyboard. There are songs with layers and production that we could never recreate live, and that is exciting to us. Basically, we let our creative moods, instead of instrumentation, dictate the album’s feel. For 7, we built a "home" studio, and began all of the songs there. At our best creative moments, we felt we were channeling some kind of heavy truth, and we sincerely hope the listeners will feel that. Much Love, Beach House

    Ry Cooder - The Prodigal Son - Fantasy
    Ry Cooder’s first new release in six years, The Prodigal Son, is all America, our spiritual, hopeful voices, our raw cries and our sly provocations, voiced through the songs of the Pilgrim Travelers, The Stanley Brothers, Blind Willie Johnson, and Ry Cooder himself.

    La Luz - Floating Features - Hardly Art
    Los Angeles has often been described as a “dream factory”--both a mecca where dreamers converge to pursue long-held aspirations, and a topography of hallucinogenic contradictions: enchanting tangerine sunsets diffused by smog, crystal-clutching spiritualists mingling with deep-pocketed narcissists, rows of scenic palms competing with garish billboards for commuters’ attention. It was against this backdrop that the four members of La Luz--singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland, drummer Marian Li Pino, keyboardist Alice Sandahl, and bassist Lena Simon--conceived of Floating Features, the band’s third studio album. For this, their most ambitious release yet, La Luz consulted landscapes both physical and psychological. 

    The National Reserve - Motel La Grange - Ramseur Rec.
    For nearly half a decade, The National Reserve has spent its' Friday nights lighting it up at a Brooklyn bar, winning over barflies with epic sets and remarkable breadth of songcraft and showmanship. Now, with their stunning new Ramseur Records debut, Motel La Grange, the band has captured every bit of that energy, emotion, and entertainment for all to hear.

     



    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Charlie Puth - Voicenotes
    Simian Mobile Disco - Murmurations
    Luke Winslow-King - Blue Mesa
    Jerry Garcia - Before The Dead
    Glenn Frey - Above The Clouds: The Very Best Of Glenn Frey
    Las Rosas - Shadow By Your Side
    Marian Hill - Unusual
    John Mellencamp - Plain Spoken From The Chicago Theatre
    Richard Edwards - Verdugo
    Brent Cobb - Providence Canyon
    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland [Fuzz Club Version LP]
    Jess Williamson - Cosmic Wink
    The Sea And Cake - Any Day
    Gin Wigmore - Ivory
    Loreena Mckennitt - Lost Souls
    Mark Kozelek - Mark Kozelek
    Sevendust - All I See Is War
    Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By [2LP]
    RSO - Radio Free America
    Eminem - Revival [2LP]

    & More .....

    Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives Remixes Part 1 EP
    Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives Remixes Part 2 EP
    Bicep - Opal (Four Tet Remix)
    Crooked Teeth - Pastel EP
    Childish Gambino - This Is America
    Eleanor Tomlinson - I Can't Make You Love Me
    Celine Dion - Ashes (From Deadpool 2)







     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    James Bay - Electric Light

    James Bay - Electric LightJames Bay - Electric LightJames Bay - Electric Light - Republic
    Following the success of his multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated debut album, Chaos & The Calm, James Bay is set to release highly anticipated album, Electric Light, on 5/18 via Republic Records. The album includes the single “Wild Love,” which recently entered Top 20 at Hot AC radio.

    Video Available





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    Matt Costa - Santa Rosa Fangs

    Matt Costa - Santa Rosa FangsMatt Costa - Santa Rosa FangsMatt Costa - Santa Rosa Fangs - Dangerbird
    Santa Rosa Fangs is critically acclaimed California-based singer/songwriter Matt Costa’s new full-length, his first in five years. The album was produced by Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) and Nick Stumpf (French Kicks). The tale of Santa Rosa Fangs centers around a young woman named Sharon, her two brothers Ritchie and Tony, and their story of love, loss, and coming of age in a timeless yet contemporary California. It is replete with long distance love affairs and nostalgic romances woven through the loom of tragedy and time.

    Early Listen Available Video Available



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    The Sidekicks - Happiness Hours

    The Sidekicks - Happiness HoursThe Sidekicks - Happiness HoursThe Sidekicks - Happiness Hours - Epitaph
    On May 18, Ohio-based band The Sidekicks will release their fifth album, Happiness Hours. Nearly three years in the making, Happiness Hours follows 2015’s critically acclaimed Runners in the Nerved World. Produced, engineered, and mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile), Happiness Hours features some of the sunniest, most ebullient songs The Sidekicks have ever recorded—all ringing guitars, charging drums, and soaring vocals. That dynamic is more than apparent on the infectious lead single “Twins Twist,” which premieres today. With its warm harmonies and shining melody, bouncing groove and bittersweet lyrics, “Twins Twist” also reveals the more narrative-driven direction that The Sidekicks pursued in creating Happiness Hours. As vocalist/guitarist Steve Ciolek explains, those narratives reach squarely toward a kind of universal experience. “They are relative to my life, but they aren’t just about me,” says Ciolek, whose bandmates include drummer Matt Climer, guitarist/vocalist Toby Reif, and bassist/vocalist Ryan Starinsky. “Unlike when you’re a kid, when every song has to be about falling in love or breaking up—about me, me, me—you get to a point when you really want your art to be inclusive. You want everyone to be able to locate themselves somehow in your songs.”

    Video Available

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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

     

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  • Build Your Record Collection

    BUILD YOUR RECORD COLLECTION



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


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

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

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

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



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


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

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



    And Our Monthly Feature..

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

    Coming in Feb: 
    Rhythm & Blues, Soul & Funk

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


    here are our current releases:

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

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

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

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

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


    Download Now! 

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  • Announcing the Schoolkids Records App!

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


    Download Now!

    Three killer features on the first launch of our App:

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

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

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

     

              
     

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


    here are our current releases:

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

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

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

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

    Contact Label | Visit Store | Visit Label 

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  • Tommy Keene

    Tommy Keene (1958-2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Tommy Keene (1958-2017)

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

    Wear the shirt that both Zach Galifianakis and Bon Iver wear with pride! Makes the perfect holiday gift!

        Carol Van Dijk of the Dutch-band Bettie Serveert (on Schoolkids Records - label) rocks out with the classic Schoolkids Records Tee (photo by Tinca Veerman)

    Our "classic" fish logo design in colors: Green, Purple, Red and Pink.  Also available in Carolina Blue at the Chapel Hill location only. Sizes S, M, L and XL. Some XXL available in limited colors.

    Also available our limited edition 80's retro shirts.  Two styles to choose from! Hats will be back in touch soon!

    Shirts are $13.99 plus shipping, hats are $19.99. 

    if you are interested, just drop us an email at: schoolkidsrecordsnc@gmail.com letting us know the color, size and style you are looking for and we'll work out the rest

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Music Releases 05-18-18

Artist Title Price
James Bay Electric Light [LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
Video
Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel [LP] New Vinyl: $26.98
Video
Matt Costa Santa Rosa Fangs [LP] New Vinyl: $20.98
Video
Beach Slang Everything Matters But No One Is Listening [Quiet Slang] [Clear LP] New Vinyl: $22.98
Ray LaMontagne Part Of The Light [LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
Forest Swords Forest Swords Dj-Kicks [2LP] New Vinyl: $33.98
The Sidekicks Happiness Hours [LP] New Vinyl: $19.98
Video
Ash Islands New CD: $11.98
Alice Merton No Roots EP New CD: $11.98
Burn The Priest Legion: XX [Coke Bottle Color With White And Black Smoke Vinyl LP] New Vinyl: $20.98
Five Finger Death Punch And Justice For None [Limited Deluxe Edition] New CD: $21.98
Family of the Year Goodbye Sunshine, Hello Nighttime [LP] New Vinyl: $19.98
The Sheepdogs Changing Colours [LP] New Vinyl: $29.98
Otis Redding Dock Of The Bay Sessions [LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
Trent Harmon You Got 'Em All New CD: $10.99
Jonny Greenwood Bodysong. [LP] New Vinyl: $22.98

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Movie Releases 05-18-18

Artist Title Price
Red Sparrow [Movie] Red Sparrow New Blu-Ray: $34.99
Jeff Beck Still On The Run - The Jeff Beck Story [Blu-ray] New Blu-Ray: $21.98
Joe Bonamassa British Blues Explosion Live [Blu-ray] New Blu-Ray: $24.98
I Kill Giants [Movie] I Kill Giants New Blu-Ray: $29.97
Early Man [Movie] Early Man New Blu-Ray: $29.99
Wonderstruck [Movie] Wonderstruck New DVD: $14.98
Lady and The Tramp [Disney Movie] Lady and The Tramp [Signature Collection] New DVD: $29.99

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