Download VR PRSNTS’ latest release, a five song, tumbleweed cowboy infused EP from our good friend It is Rain in My Face here
Its really good, and we wouldn’t lie to you.
IRIMF plays TONIGHT with Real Estate at Local 506. Show starts at 9:30.
Download Lightspeed Champions’s June 17 Mercury Lounge show here
Dev Hynes is indie rock’s Brooklyn-by-London-by-Texas answer to the 60s’ Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, aka Taj Mahal. Dev’s newest project, Lightspeed Champion, creates dark, Fleetwood Mac style country/blues infused rock featuring subtle instrumental buildups and teasing riffs, often curtailed just before climax, that lightly set you back down into murkier, keyboard-jangling passages to float you a bit further down the river Lightspeed.
Did that make any sense? Probably not. But if nothing else, Dev is one cool cat (#20 according to NME magazine last year) and you should give Lightspeed Champion some itunes attention. He’s played back-to-back shows here in NY over the past two days, first headlining Mercury Lounge, then as opener for newly pronounced indie(read: arena) rock gods Phoenix at last night’s Music Hall of Williamsburg midnight extravaganza. With previous band names and musical endeavors such as “Blood Orange” and “Test Icicles,” how can a man now calling himself “Lightspeed Champion” go wrong? Brooklyn’s “SpaceCamp” currently acts as touring band and also assisted with the new album’s recording (that’s right, its coming! Sorry, but I’m sworn to secrecy on name and release date). For more info, visit the Champ’s myspace and buy a record, or check out a show. It’s worth it.
And don’t just take my word for it, download the June 17 Mercury Lounge concert bootleg here. Rocking and rolling; gentle breeze, lots of steeze.
Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare’s earliest tragedies.
Its also the name of a group of four dirty Jersey Boys that create massively thick walls of hardcore shoegazing rock music that lyrically expresses disdain for the “system” / “machine” / “man” and searches for a meaningful existence in a mucky sea of depression, ignorance, and oblivious bystanders.
Not straying far from their English namesake’s own literary intents, Titus Andronicus’ angsty/artsy persona and brute musical force has allowed them to quickly gain nods from some of indie rock’s most acclaimed critical circles.
Their most recent album “The Airing of Grievances” was released via XL’s Merok Records subsidary this past January. For any of us who have a secret place in our hearts for catchy emo/pop-punk rhyme schemes and seemingly metaphorical but possibly bullshit lyrics, while demanding a more developed, or at the very least overwhelming, sound packaged alongside, Titus Andronicus is a must listen. Don’t worry if its not your favorite record, because it probably won’t be, but give it an escuchando and pretend you’re a literary buff/English major, too. And if you get the opportunity, tell Milo and Chris at Merok that they should give the group a second chance/album.
For now, download the live show from June 6, 2009 at Music Hall of Williamsburg here
setlist: Joset of Nazareth’s Blues / Arms Against Atrophy / My Time Outside the Womb / Upon Viewing Brueghel’s “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” / new song / Titus Andronicus Forever / You Will Always Be a Loser / No Future / No Future Pt. 2: The Day After No Future / Cock Sparrer cover / Titus Andronicus / Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ / Albert Camus
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Now that the end of the academic year is upon us, it would serve everyone well to take a look at what Vinyl Records recording artists Lake Inferior are up to. In the past few months, they’ve gone from self-recording tracks in their house to releasing the Lake Inferior EP with VR and being profiled on the national music website Aquarium Drunkard. Even though no one seems to be able to describe what Lake Inferior sounds like (there are, like, synths and pop and indie stuff, but not indie synth-pop), the band has still been a hit both in the local scene and the national scene. There are Youtube videos of teenage girls from California singing “Spiders” into the camera. The 30-year-old guy with mutton chops who always wears the Polvo t-shirt and works at the record store down the street raves about “Landlocked Surf Rock.” Lake Inferior’s audience is as all-encompassing as their style.
This summer, the band looks to test out that appeal on their East Coast tour, starting in Georgia and going up to New York. After that, it’s back to North Carolina to work on songs and eventually make the next Lake Inferior record, to be released next year. Talk around the office is that the band might even have a limited edition 7″ in the pipeline. The next year for Lake Inferior should be a fruitful one.
However, before any of that happens, LI will be playing at Local 506 on Thursday, May 7th. The night will be the EP release show for Aminal, with Schooner also performing. All three acts are well worth any trouble or money it takes to see them, so be there and be early, because we all know what happened the last time a Vinyl artist was playing an EP release at 506. Line stretching a block away, and people not getting to see Lake Inferior, that’s what.
Check out below, where we’ve got three free mp3′s from Lake Inferior: “Spiders” and “How the Wars are Won” from the Lake Inferior EP, and a live recording of “(I Have) Night Terrors.” Enjoy!
The showdown throws down beginning around 8pm! Its in Gerrard Hall, wedged between Memorial Hall and the Campus Y. FREE SHOW!
You know the drill: Vinyl Records is offering another free download before our CD Release party on January 30th. This time, Lafcadio’s first single – “Lord Knows” from the Lafcadio EP – is up for grabs. You need this.
Hooray for (legally) free music!
- Matt Poindexter
The new semester is a day away, which means the Vinyl Records 2009 assault on the music world is getting ready to roll. We have the FREE VINYL RECORDS RELEASE PARTY AT LOCAL 506 coming up on January 30th (so go to http://www.local506.com for info). Before that though, we’ll be posting the first singles by Apollo, Lafcadio, and Lake Inferior here on Vinyl Press.
I’ve listened to everything so far, and I can definitely say Vinyl Records has three products that we can get behind and push hard. We hope you’re as impressed with the releases as we are.
Finally, Vinyl Press is looking for writers. If you are a student at UNC and are interested in writing you should contact Vinyl Press. We’d love to have you!
Good luck with the semester, and come support Vinyl Records!
- Matt Poindexter
Hey all you wonderful Vinylites! Today marks the beginning of our glorious and much needed fall break. There won’t be a post every day form now until Sunday but expect some updates over the weekend to satisfy your musical cravings. From what I’ve heard around campus there is going to be a free, yes it costs nothing, James Taylor concert on Monday the 20th here at UNC on Fetzer Field. The pickup point for required free tickets is at Morehead Planetarium, where you can also vote early (hint, hint). So since Sweet Baby James is going to Carolina in perosn and not just in his mind, do the right thing like Spike Lee, and vote…or die!
Have a bookworthy break everyone, and stay tuned to whats going on around you, its probably important.