An Evening with Tommy Keene & Ivan Julian
Tommy Keene Catalog on Sale @ Schoolkids Records for a limited time!
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — February 26, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store and label, Schoolkids Records announced today that Tommy Keene will head out on the road for an intimate tour co-bill tour with legendary musician Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Lovelies) Dates are below.
An Evening with Tommy Keene & Ivan Julian
March 18- Los Angeles, CA- McCabes Guitar Shop
April 18- Cambridge, MA –Atwood Tavern
April 19- Brooklyn, NY- Union Pool
April 21- Philadelphia, PA- Kung Fu Necktie
April 23- Baltimore, MD- The Metro Gallery
April 25- Pittsburgh, PA- Club Cafe
April 27- Chicago, IL- The Hideout
April 29- Madison, WI- Kiki’s House of Righteous Music
April 30- St. Paul, MN- The Turf Club
May 4 – DC- The Black Cat
To celebrate, we are putting the entire Schoolkids Records (Second Motion) catalog on sale for one week only! The following titles are sale priced until March 5th 2017: click here to buy!!!
In The Late Bright: CD and Digital Download
Tommy Keene You Hear Me: Retrospective: 2xCD and Digital Download (includes booklet)
Behind The Parade: LP, CD and Digital Download
Excitement At Your Feet: LP, CD and Digital Download
Laugh In The Dark: LP, CD and Digital Download
(click on link for history and video links)
After nearly 30 years in the music business, you might expect someone like Tommy Keene to start slowing down. If you did, you’d be wrong. Tommy’s latest effort, Laugh In The Dark (Schoolkids/Second Motion) continues his career-long run of premier, melodic guitar-based rock, following up 2011’s Behind The Parade and 2009’s stellar In The Late Bright with yet another batch of winning tunes.
In 1984, a six-song platter of pop perfection titled Places That Are Gone (Dolphin) put Tommy Keene onto the CMJ charts and atop the Village Voice EP of the Year poll. Blatantly romantic, unapologetically melodic, bittersweet but absolutely invigorating, it was the sort of record that you could put on before you went out on a Saturday night, or sit around and mope to if you didn’t feel like facing the world. It still stands as a powerful statement, not only establishing Tommy as a unique singer-songwriter, but also as a guitarist with a sound as distinctive as Pete Townshend or Johnny Marr.
Over 30 years later, Keene has continued to endure an adoring loyal fanbase who have followed him through his many collaborations with such artists as: Jules Shear, members of R.E.M. and Wilco, Paul Westerberg, Jesse Valenzuela (Gin Blossoms) and Guided By Voices to name a few, while he has garnered up an incredible catalog of music, including over 20 studio albums to his name.
Though by no means nearing the end, if you are looking for a great place to start with Tommy’s vast catalog, may we suggest the collection: Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009 (Schoolkids Records/Second Motion), a two-CD collection holding over 40 of his best tunes (including an unreleased acoustic take of Crashing The Ether’s “Black And White New York”). Even then, fans debated what he included vs. what he left off – further proof of the man’s enduring songwriting prowess.
Laughing In The Dark
Schoolkids Records/Second Motion
4 Sept 2015
Tommy is one of the finest guitar-pop singer-songwriters rock has ever produced. (Magnet)
Tommy Keene has been making brilliantly written, recorded and performed guitar pop for, as the subtitle indicates, over a quarter of a century (Michael Toland/The Big Takeover)
Anyone who thinks guitar pop is dead hasn’t heard Tommy Keene (Nick Zaino/Blurt Magazine)
If you love bands like Cheap Trick or the sweet sounds of Matthew Sweet, and you want to expand your knowledge of the power-pop genre, you would do no wrong with Tommy Keene. (Zachary Houle/Pop Matters)
The power chords that roil under Keene’s vocals and the mini-rave-ups that bracket the last verse all flip the bird at self-pity. By the time the song rushes to its conclusion, it’s clear that everything will work out just fine. (NPR “Song of The Day”)
With swirling guitars and touches of keyboard, Keene’s post-punk and folk-pop compositions demonstrate a career’s worth of strengths (NPR’s “World Café”)
FOR FANS OF: Big Star, Guided by Voices, Matthew Sweet, The dBs, Paul Westerberg/The Replacements, Wilco, Marshall Crenshaw
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 Gryner. Schoolkids also owns the music publication, Blurt Magazine and Blurt Online and has three retail stores in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Tommy Keene: http://www.tommykeene.com
Ivan Julian: http://www.ivanjulian.com/