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Performing at Fall Fest!

Posted in music by vinylstaff on August 7, 2010

Vinyl Records is excited to announce both Group Mentality and Sikz Pointz will be performing at Fall Fest 2010.  Group Mentality will go on at 9:30 pm, and Sikz Pointz is set to perform at 1:15 am.  Both performances will take place on the South Road stage.  We will be providing on the spot coverage from our twitter, so be sure to tune in.  Don’t miss this!

New from Grizzly Bear

Posted in love, music by vinylrecordsunc on June 16, 2009

Last Thursday Grizzly Bear played to a sold out Cat’s Cradle with opening band Here We Go Magic. I was there along with fellow Vinyl Press writer Matt Poindexter and I have to say I was expecting a lot out of the show. After all Grizzly Bear blew me away with their Yellow House, their 2nd full length released in 2006 on Warp Records, and after only a week or so of listening to their new album Veckatimest the jury was still out.

But there’s no doubt that these are consummate musicians and the set they played, a glorious retrospective of their earlier efforts interspersed with about half the cuts off the new records was more than enough to validate the hype surrounding this Brooklyn based quartet. Particularly stunning was how they were able to create such deeply textured renditions of their already expansive songs in a live setting. My personal favorites from Yellow House were “Colorado”  and “Little Brother’, the latter complete with an elongated take on the haunting refrain “Pride of my countrymen/ My little brother will be born again.” The set opened with the first cut on the new album, “Southern Point” and included another memorable number in “While You Wait For The Others.”

I encourage anyone who hasn’t heard this group yet, or for that matter any skeptics of the new record to check out a couple of videos that I think give a little taste of the wonder and beauty of their music, their sound is honestly unlike alomst anything else out there right now. If pressed to find a reference point, I would have to draw a comparison between their songs and a great landscape paiting by the likes of Gustave Klimt (see “Church in Cassone“, 1913) because of the magnetic quality of both, they draw you in deeper and deeper with each listen or glance.

The first video is the first from the new album, the second track called “Two Weeks” and is directed by Patrick Daughters, and honestly I don’t know what to make of it, but here’s to a revival of some good old Doo-wop:

The second is from a french website called La Blogotheque, that features a section called “Concerts a Emporter” (“shows to go”), wherein various groups, usually from the indie/alternative/blues scene play in back alleys and strange settings around Paris live in one continuous shot, filmed almost always by Vincent Moon. The site is well worth checking out, I’ve spent hours mesmerized by the intimate performances before, but one of my favorites is Grizzly Bear’s a Capella version of “Knife,” which is amazing even without instruments:

enjoy the rain,

Adam Sherwood

Lake Inferior Tour Poster

Posted in Lake Inferior, music, UNC, Vinyl by Matt on May 15, 2009


It's so pretty

It's so pretty

Lafcadio at the Cave Tonight

Posted in Lafcadio, lion, mongoose, music, UNC, Vinyl, Zoology by Matt on February 28, 2009



Vinyl Zoology!

That band that named themselves after a lion (we love zoology at Vinyl Records) is oping up the late show at the Cave tonight. They should start at 10 o’ pm. You should be there to fawn over them.

Also, for good measure – mongoose.

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Lafcadio and Buffalo Coming Up this Week

Posted in Lafcadio, music, Vinyl by Matt on February 24, 2009

Taking a break from our coverage of the upcoming February Face-Off, we must remind everyone of a great night of music happening on Saturday. Our very own Lafcadio will be opening for The Whiskey Smugglers for the late show at the Cave, but not before a fantastic band from Asheville named Buffalo takes the stage for the early show.




If you like folk music, standup bass, loud banjo, and maybe some spoons or dobro if they feel inclined, this is the band for you.  After Buffalo are done with their set, have a drink or two and wait for this ball of gorgeous to take the stage:




 Buffalo plays at 7:30, Lafcadio at 9:30. All times approximate and subject to change.

New Event Added for Valentine’s Day

Posted in Lafcadio, music, UNC, Vinyl by Matt on February 7, 2009

If you’re still looking for a great way to spend the evening a week from today, Lafcadio will be performing at the SYFAS Community Dinner, held at the Hargraves Center in Chapel Hill.

The people involved in putting on the dinner never fail to impress with food that can usually be described as local, organic, healthy, and delicious.

For information, check out our events page, the SYFAS facebook group here, or go to the group website, .

Vinyl Records in the Daily Tar Heel

Posted in Apollo, Hip Hop, Lafcadio, Lake Inferior, music, UNC, Vinyl by Matt on February 5, 2009


Doubly Endorsed!

Doubly Endorsed!

If you’re in Chapel Hill today, make sure to pick up a copy of the Daily Tar Heel. Jordan Lawrence, the DTH’s Assistant Arts Editor, provides a review of the Vinyl Records CD Release show at Local 506 last week. Lawrence seemed to enjoy things – he says that he’d never seen a crowd have that much fun at Local 506, and the worst thing he writes is that Apollo sounded too much like Jay-Z. At this stage, we’ll take Jay-Z.

If you won’t be able to grab a paper, the review is online here.

The Daily Tar Heel blog also had a recent post about the CD release, complete with photos by Sarah Acuff.

Thanks to Lawrence and everyone at the DTH and Dive for their coverage.

Vinyl Records Packs Local 506

Posted in Apollo, Hip Hop, Lafcadio, Lake Inferior, music, UNC, Vinyl by Matt on February 3, 2009

all photos by Sarah Smolen



When the staff opened doors at 8 pm, a line was already formed to get in.

When music started thirty minutes later, it was difficult to make it into or out of the performance room at Local 506, and the line outside stretched past storefronts to the end of the block. No one expected this  – Local 506 staff rushed to make more membership cards to accommodate the stream of people. Halfway through the night, Local 506 was full – owner Glen Boothe deemed it to be at capacity. Even with Boothe’s decree though, people stood outside and waited until someone else left so they could come in. A new chapter in the Vinyl Records story had started.



People were there because of the music. On a night when each artist released a record, the Vinyl Records groups pulled out all the stops: Lafcadio brought out a keyboard and midi foot pedals to recreate string sounds. Apollo had a full band on stage and guest vocalists as well. Lake Inferior brought out a string section for “Gaela” and a projection screen for their “multi-media experience.” Each artist played to a packed house of friends and fans while Vinyl Records staff members sold t shirts, stickers, posters, and most of all, new CDs from each artist.

Lake Inferior

Lake Inferior

Step one for Vinyl Records was signing its current artists.
Step two for Vinyl Records was what happened Friday night – a successful CD release.
Step three is coming soon – sign one more artist in February, and continue to push the releases from Apollo, Lafcadio, and Lake Inferior. If step three goes as well as the first two have, Vinyl Records will be in better shape than anyone could have imagined this time last year.

To get a look at the photos (186 in all) that Vinyl photo wizard Sarah Smolen posted from the CD release, go to the Vinyl Records Flickr page!

Also, check out the slideshows of Apollo and Lake Inferior from the Album Release Party, brought to you by our friends at Lake Inferior Slideshow and Apollo Slideshow

Posted in Apollo, Hip Hop, Lafcadio, Lake Inferior, music, UNC, Vinyl by Matt on January 30, 2009



News Brief – January 28th

Posted in Apollo, Hip Hop, Lafcadio, Lake Inferior, list, music, UNC, Vinyl by Matt on January 28, 2009

Some quick notes from Vinyl Press:

  • A wonderful article about the inner workings of Vinyl Records can be found in this week’s Independent, as well as online at this link. We’re extremely excited about getting such great publicity!
  • If you’re looking for something to do tomorrow afternoon, the Thursdays on the Terrace music series at the Johnston Center is now curated by Vinyl. Performances by kapow! music and Aminal Music will be going on from noon until 2pm.
  • Friday night! Apollo/Lafcadio/Lake Inferior! Local 506! Free! CD Release Showcase!