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Second Motion News http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog New Releases, Upcoming Shows and Inside Stories Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:13:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Schoolkids announces two Record Store Day releases! http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/2017/03/schoolkids-announces-two-record-store-day-releases/ http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/2017/03/schoolkids-announces-two-record-store-day-releases/#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:23:55 +0000 http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/?p=362 Schoolkids announces two Record Store Day releases!

Bettie Serveert “Damaged Good” Colored LP, Gatefold w/ CD insert

The Veldt “Symmetry b/w Slow Grind” 7” Single

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — March 21, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store and label, Schoolkids Records announced today that two exclusive limited-edition vinyl titles will be released as part of the Tenth Annual Record Store Day event, to be held on April 22nd, 2017.

Bettie Serveert
Damaged Good (LP)
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.  

Videos

Bettie Serveert
Love Sick (feat. Peter te Bos)

Bettie Serveert
Unsane

The Veldt
Symmetry

The Veldt
Slow Grind

Bettie Serveert
Never Be Over (feat Prof. Nomad & Co)

Bettie Serveert
Mouth Of Age

These titles are very limited and will only be available at your local independent record store nationwide.  For a list of participating stores and a list of all 2017 Record Store Day releases for the US, please visit: http://www.recordstoreday.com and please call your local record shop to find out more details!

 

Label Contact:

Stephen Judge

schoolkidsrecordsnc@gmail.com

Retail: http://www.schoolkidsrecords.com

Label: http://www.secondmotionrecords.com

Bettie Serveert: http://www.bettieserveert.com/

The Veldt: http://secondmotionrecords.com/artists/the-veldt.html

 

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Happy Abandon Spring Tour ‘17 w/ Toma! http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/2017/03/happy-abandon-spring-tour-17-w-toma/ http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/2017/03/happy-abandon-spring-tour-17-w-toma/#respond Sat, 04 Mar 2017 12:32:31 +0000 http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/?p=355 Happy Abandon Spring Tour ‘17 w/ Toma!

Tour runs up the east coast April 13-23

Band has finished recording their debut full-length stated for August 2017

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — March 4, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store and label, Schoolkids Records announced today that Happy Abandon will head out on the road for a special east coast tour with pals Toma starting next month.  The band just finished recording and will be playing tracks from their forthcoming debut album, slated for release in August 2017.  Dates are below.

Happy Abandon & Toma

Spring Tour 2017

Thurs, April 13th – Chapel Hill, NC- The Cave (HA only)

Tues, April 18th – Carrboro, NC – The Cat’s Cradle Back Room (Toma only)

Wed, April 19th – Asheville, NC – The Compound

Thur, April 20th – Salem, VA – Parkway Brewing Company

Fri, April 21st – Washington, DC – The Velvet Lounge

Sat, April 22nd – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall

Sun, April 23rd – Philadelphia, PA – Pentajawn

Also, the band recently stopped by A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater to record a set for the city of Raleigh’s “Oak City Sessions”.  You can watch the performance for “Heavy Lines” by clicking here or on the image below:

 

Happy Abandon History

(click on link for history and video links)

The stage is set for Happy Abandon to be a ground-breaking group” (Paste Magazine)

Happy Abandon is an orchestral indie rock band, based out of Chapel Hill, NC.  Formed in 2015, the band members met as students, at the University of North Carolina.   Consisting of Peter Vance (Vocals, Guitar), Jake Waits (Drums, Percussion), Justin Ellis (Bass) and Alex Thompson (Keyboards, Programming).

Happy Abandon’s sound can only be aptly described by a hybrid of their critical praise: “A crescendo of chiming guitars, layered with bright textures, propulsive bass lines, stormy and tight percussion and fuzzy synth.  With a wide influence of music from around the globe, the band emulates theatrical imagery while exploding into a rousing instrumental coda with dreamy vocals and highly intelligent lyrics.”

Their self-released debut EP “Heavy Lines” was produced by Grammy-nominated producer John Custer (Corrosion of Conformity, Cry of Love) and is a stunning debut for a band that had only formed a few months prior to recording.  Happy Abandon is currently in the studio with Producers Jamie Candiloro (REM, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson) and Jason Merritt (Tift Merritt, Hot Hot Heat) to record their debut full-length album which is set to be released on the indie label Schoolkids Records (Tommy Keene, Bettie Serveert, Swervedriver, The Church) in August 2017.

Receiving rave reviews from local and national press alike, a band wise beyond their years, Happy Abandon poses to be one of the next break-out bands from the talent-rich North Carolina music scene, which has garnered success from such artists as:  The Avett Brothers, Tift Merritt, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Ben Folds and Ryan Adams, to name a few.  This simply, is a band on the verge of creating their own identity and making its mark.

In regards to the lyrical meaning, in a recent interview with Paste Magazine, singer Peter Vance commented:

“The inspiration for the song ‘If I Stare’ comes from the question of what makes someone happy, what makes someone scared, and how the two are related. It is human nature to fear death. Time ticks in one direction, and we can’t control that. We all want to feel accomplished before time undoubtedly stops, but what if you don’t know what you want to accomplish before that happens,”

“The fear of never finding out can ultimately prevent people from ever finding out. It creates this sort of feedback loop where one is using so much energy, but never actually accomplishing anything. So instead of looking forward at the unknown, people find comfort in looking back at what has already been set in their own personal timeline. I feel overwhelmed by this idea all the time, and it’s exhausting. I feel like I have to be someone I’m not just so I can be as present as possible.”

PRESS QUOTES

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
As a dynamic first statement, ‘Heavy Lines’ makes a case that Happy Abandon could break through to the big stages its idols occupy – Spencer Griffith, Indy Week

There is a strong spirit of dream pop embedded in a gutsy sound. They achieve a big sound as the production is strong as the guitars ring out steadily. It is the lead vocals that resonate profoundly, as the singer pulls and pushes his words with a dramatic flair with no shortage of grace. This is smart music, well produced, and with lots of heart.

– David Hintz, DC Rock Live

 

Booking:

Justin Ellis

To Be Heard Booking

ravarymusic@gmail.com

 

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

To Be Heard Booking: https://www.tobeheardbooking.com/

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An Evening with Tommy Keene & Ivan Julian http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/2017/02/an-evening-with-tommy-keene-ivan-julian/ http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/2017/02/an-evening-with-tommy-keene-ivan-julian/#respond Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:32:09 +0000 http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/?p=345 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

Tommy Keene History

(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.

Tommy Keene
Laughing In The Dark
Schoolkids Records/Second Motion
4 Sept 2015

PRESS

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

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 Contact:

Stephen Judge

schoolkidsrecordsnc@gmail.com

Retail: http://www.schoolkidsrecords.com

Label: http://www.secondmotionrecords.com

Tommy Keene: http://www.tommykeene.com

Ivan Julian: http://www.ivanjulian.com/

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Veldt Tour with Phantogram and Modern English! http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/2017/02/the-veldt-announce-us-tour-with-phantogram/ http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/2017/02/the-veldt-announce-us-tour-with-phantogram/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:18:13 +0000 http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/?p=336  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 — February 14, 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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North Carolina based Schoolkids Records re-launches in-house label http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/2017/02/328/ http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/2017/02/328/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:03:16 +0000 http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/?p=328

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

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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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