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  • [Music] Believe the hype: Vampire Weekend

    Last summer my buddy Rob kept bugging me about a new New York band called Vampire Weekend. I was horrified to discover that damn near every trend-o-blog on the planet was yapping about these guys; I have a pretty low tolerance for overhyped New York bands nowadays, and I think I gave one of their songs about 30 seconds and decided "this is way too precious" and filed them in the suck column and forgot about 'em.

    Now that the first Vampire Weekend CD has gotten proper, non-bootlegged release the hype (and resulting backlash) have only gotten louder; these guys made the cover of SPIN before the disc even came out, and you can expect to hear their songs all over hipster commercials and crap in the coming year. Again, having found nothing worthwhile in other overhyped bands like this, I basically just tried to ignore the band. Until last week, I couldn't have picked a Vampire Weekend song out of a lineup.

    That changed though last week; walking home from a poker party at a buddy's in the wee hours of a balmy spring night with the satellite radio thing going, I heard the VW song "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" and something about the circumstances and lack of expectations got to me; without knowing what song I was listening to, I found myself utterly captivated. I got home, found my copy of the disc that I'd discarded after 30 seconds, and realized after two spins that this was a disc every bit worthy of the tons of hype piled upon it; the debut Vampire Weeked CD might be the best disc I've heard all year.

    No one bothered to explain to me what their modus operandi was, and that's what upset my original expectations, so I'll try to do that for y'all if you ain't already heard them. Vampire Weekend is 4 recent college grads from NYC who have combined Paul Simon's "Graceland" influence with some other Afro-beat stuff to the soundtracks Mark Mothersbaugh does to Wes Anderson movies with a little indie rock coolness thrown in. You'll hear bits of calypso, reggae, and ska brushing shoulders with strings, mellotrons, and harpsichords. Even off that description, this sounds too smart and too smug for its own good, and the miracle of this group is that this isn't the case--the disc is the most engaging, happy, pull-you-in record I've heard in a while.

    Here's the video for their song "A-Punk". Irresistible:





    ...and their first video, "Mansard Roof"



    I like cheese.

  • #2
    ...[I'm still trying to track down a copy of your last suggestion]...

    "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
    Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
    -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 007 View Post
      ...[I'm still trying to track down a copy of your last suggestion]...
      Which was... maybe Hysterics?
      I like cheese.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by triggercut1 View Post
        Which was... maybe Hysterics?
        Bingo...can't find a borrowed copy of it anywhere...

        "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
        Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
        -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 007 View Post
          Bingo...can't find a borrowed copy of it anywhere...
          I'll see what I can come up with after breakfast.
          I like cheese.

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          • #6
            VW is solid.

            My second favorite album of the year so far, behind Liam Finn.
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            "When you say 'radical right' today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye."
            -Barry Goldwater

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            • #7
              I think I gave one of their songs about 30 seconds and decided "this is way too precious" and filed them in the suck column and forgot about 'em.
              I'm still at this point. Saw the first video above, decided it was too clever for it's own good and that I'd seen that act before (style over substance), and passed. I'm stupid-judgmental like that sometimes.

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              • #8
                I like the album. It will be interested to see how they evolve - if the Paul Simon stuff is just a "phase" they're in or if it's what they're all about.

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                • #9
                  hey trigg, how goes that search for hysterics??

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                  • #10
                    I'm only gonna have this up for a day, so grab it now. If you find yourself not listening to this after a few days, delete it. If you find yourself listening to it a lot, throw $10 the band's way and pay for a copy off Amazon's digital download service (which is terrific). These kids are teenagers and need the cash.

                    http://www.popnarcotic.com/hysterics.rar

                    (Oh, and give it about another minute to finish uploading!)
                    I like cheese.

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                    • #11
                      Just get eMusic, people. It's sweet.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by backstop View Post
                        Just get eMusic, people. It's sweet.
                        Yep.
                        I like cheese.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by backstop View Post
                          Just get eMusic, people. It's sweet.
                          I don't download music enough to justify the cost...

                          If trigger suggests something or if I catch wind of a new band are essentially the times I go and get music...

                          "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
                          Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
                          -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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                          • #14
                            i am slowly getting this with pepsi points, i am hoping the band gets the money anyway!!

                            thanks trig, i will now here the whole thing!

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