Vinyl Press: Version Blog-o-sphere


Posted in love, music, UNC, wailin wednesdays by turkeysaygobble on December 2, 2009

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.

VR PRSNTS: It Is Rain In My Face w/ REAL ESTATE Dec 2nd @ Local 506

Posted in live music, mixes, music, UNC, wailin wednesdays by turkeysaygobble on November 30, 2009

Download his newest batch of echo-chambered breezy jams at beginning TOMORROW (Dec 1)

Its really good.

Lake Inferior // Pegasaur 10″ // 11.12.09

Posted in Lake Inferior, love, music, UNC by turkeysaygobble on October 11, 2009

click the image above to pre-order

Lake Inferior
Pegasaur 10” w/ digital download
(Street Date: Nov 12, 2009)
pre-order here

Lake Inferior’s latest release takes listeners aboard the SS Pegasaur for a celestial and psychoactive journey through the nether-regions of outer space.Pegasaur finds the band delving into swells of electric guitars and washed-out synthesizers, filled with burbling poly-rhythmic delight. The record is equal parts swirling dance atmospheres (“Addressing Parents”) and 8-bit Star Fox soundtrack (“Gepeddo”). Limited to 420 copies worldwide, Lake Inferior’s Pegasaur is set to take off in T-minus 11.12.09 seconds.

For a promotional copy of the album, please contact

Preview “Gepeddo” and “Addressing Parents” at

Booking / Press / Management

Vinyl Records UNC
c / o Tripp Gobble

New Lafcadio Shot Back Show Added

Posted in Lafcadio Shot Back, live music, music, UNC by Matt on July 12, 2009

We’ve added a new Lafcadio Shot Back show to the upcoming events page. The band will be playing the Whiskey Smugglers CD release show at Local 506 on August 22nd. Gambling the Muse will open the night.

Make sure to check the events calendar at the beginning of the semester for more performances from Vinyl Records artists, as well as official VRUNC functions.

Vinyl Artist Update: Lake Inferior Bring the Free Download

Posted in Lake Inferior, music, Vinyl by Matt on May 6, 2009


Lake Inferior

Lake Inferior

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!

Lake Inferior – Spiders
Lake Inferior – How the Wars are Won
Lake Inferior – (I Have) Night Terrors (Live) 

Vinyl Artist Update! Apollo Graduates and Free Downloads

Posted in Apollo, Hip Hop, love, mixes, music, UNC, Vinyl, wailin wednesdays by turkeysaygobble on May 6, 2009
The Architect

Apollo's sophomore release, "The Architect"

Chapel Hill has long been known for its indie rock scene-from Mammoth to Merge Records, to the multitude of noises pulsating within a given hole in the wall, dimly lit alleyway, or down some ominous stairwell on any night of the week. However, a very particular sound floated towards the top of the community’s musical melting pot this year, and it involved deep, rhythmic bass, glistening guitar, emotive keyboards, and some of the most energetic drumming around.

Andrew Rooney’s stage persona “Apollo” and his out-of-this-world “Celestial Starship Band” threw a wrench into the plaid shirts, snap buttons, and tight denim world of Chapel Hill/Carrboro with inventive hip hop backed by funkified, soulful jams that can’t be heard outside of the Triad’s “Solos Unit”, the undisputed local masters fusion hip hop.

From a sold out CD release show at Local 506 with fellow Vinyl Records’ labelmates Lafcadio and Lake Inferior, to nearly every on-campus concert and outdoor festival he could get his hands on, Apollo proved himself a trusted source for socially conscious, local hip hop that kicks out the jams and maintains a party vibe to the nth degree.

Though Apollo can be expected to still make face around Chapel Hill next year, his life leads him a bit east, into the heart of downtown Durham as an up-and-coming high school math teacher. There’s no doubt Apollo and producer Proper-T will continue their musical pursuits, but it does mean he will be parting ways with Chapel Hill-based Vinyl Records UNC, once again finding himself as another face in the vast sea of self-releasing and promoting hip hop artists. What are his distinguishing characteristics? A solid sophomore release, “The Architect,” available at his myspace for only eight bucks, and some incredible familiarity with the local music scene and many of its avid supporters–not to mention he’s a soon-to-be UNC graduate with friends, family, and a university-based swath of supporters to back him up whenever he desires a return to the lime light.

So long, Apollo, and we wish you the best of luck. We can’t wait to stroll down 9th Street and hear “Spittin’ Rhymes” blaring out of Shooters. And for our readers, download these free tunes, including the second single from “The Architect,” “Crusin'” as well as a live version of his anti-Asher Roth “College Life.”

College Life
Tank Top Straps

Vinyl Artist Update: Lafcadio w/ free downloads!

Posted in Lafcadio, lion, love, music, UNC by turkeysaygobble on May 4, 2009

Lafcadio arrived on UNC’s campus with the voracity of a lion last September, quickly signed on as one of Vinyl Records’ inaugural artists. With boots made for walking all over anything that came in their way, Lafcadio immediately found themselves as part of the fierce vanguard of up-and-coming Chapel Hill musical talent–twang, vests, sultry vocals, and the kind of alt country that spans the entire gamut from KT Tunstall to Uncle Tupelo, with all the blues, soul, and balladeers you can think of in between.

Most recently, the band that shot back was spotted performing a primetime Thursday night slot at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival to a wildly entertained audience consisting of members of the Holy Ghost Tent Revival and many a Cheerwine enthusiat.  Soon after, the band graced the stage of’s Studio B for a live webcast available here to check out if you haven’t done so already.  There’s no point in whispering once the Lion has growled.

After a May 9th show at The Cave, summertime will inevitably find Lafcadio going their separate ways only to reunite in August with new songs in preparation for their yet-to-be-titled sophomore Vinyl Records release.  Be on the look out for a sound with more southern-fried fixins than ever before, with maybe even a hint of Jameson and Bailey’s to match as guitarist and one of the band’s songwriters Ryan Dowdy makes his way into the potato-famined lands of Ireland to study folk music during Lafcadio’s summer hiatus.

Don’t forget to check out the final Lafcadio performance for the next couple of months this SATURDAY MAY 9th at THE CAVE, and feel free to snatch up a few free downloads the good folks over at Vinyl Records have been able to muster up for your aural pleasure.  Songs include the second single, “Seven Leagues” off of their debut EP, as well as two live tracks from January’s sold-out album release party at Local 506, titled “Nowhere to Fall” and a cover of “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair.”  Do download, and do share with friends.

Seven Leagues
Nowhere to Fall (live)
Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair

D.I.Y.? Vinyl’s Holding a Workshop!

Posted in music, UNC, Vinyl by Matt on April 21, 2009

Denizens of Chapel Hill, your attention please!

Vinyl has been running a little under the radar lately, planning out some stuff for next year, but on Friday we’re bringing the noise again. We’ve brought out the local experts to dole out a step by step guide to every aspect of putting out an album. Come get the low down from these talented pros:

The event takes place from 5pm to 7pm in the FPG Student Union’s Great Hall. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to stop by – it doesn’t matter if you’re a student or not. 

See you there!

Vinyl Updates for 3/19/2009

Posted in Apollo, Hip Hop, Lafcadio, Lake Inferior, list, music, UNC, Vinyl by Matt on March 19, 2009

Vinyl Records’ frontline artists are all making sweet, sweet music this weekend, and here’s what you need to know:

  • Tonight, Lake Inferior is headlining a show at Local 506 that also features I Was Totally Destroying It, as well as Pink Flag. Put on by Relay for Life, the night is their Cancer Sucks Benefit Show. This week’s Independent said our boys in LI, “cap the show with glowing indie pop that elicits thoughts of Brian Eno’s pop production. Stark but warm, dynamic but restrained, Lake Inferior is already a fully functional unit, but still radiates the promise of even better things to come.” HOT DANG!
  • On Saturday, 3/21, Apollo, Lafcadio, and Lake Inferior will ALL be playing at Duke Coffeehouse for the yearly throwdown we all know as the Duke/UNC Battle of the Bands. UNC’s the Nothing Noise took the title home last time this was held, and I’ve got my money on another UNC group wiping the floor with the Duke groups at this one. The show starts at six, and the acts are as follows
    UNC bands:
    – The Huguenots
    – Lake Inferior
    – The Nomad Kings
    – D.LIV(E)
    – Apollo
    – Lafcadio

    Duke bands:
    – Cool Ethan
    – Panda Force
    – Soulless Dogs
    – David Eisenband
    – Tauri Wind
    – Hopus

    Without knowing anything about any of the Duke groups, I’m going to go ahead and say Cool Ethan is a Jason Schwartzman cover band (with an amazing name). Panda Force is probably lo-fi synth rock. Soulless Dogs sounds like a Tom Waits album name, so I’m going with a cross between Waits and Nick Cave. David Eisenband…Dave Matthews meets German leider. Tauri Wind: jam band? Hopus should probably be death metal that draws heavily from Native American musical signifiers. 

Good to be back! Go Heels!

Lake Inferior Tonight!

Posted in Lake Inferior, music by Matt on February 20, 2009

If you  can brave the cold, try to make it out to Local 506 tonight to see Lake Inferior open for Boxbomb’s CD release show, along with House of Fools, a band that has some deep roots in NC music. It is going to be a pure trifecta of tunes.

And not only that, but we’re only a week away from the next artist being chosen to join Vinyl Records!