The news that Vampire Weekend is returning to the stage is exciting music lovers the world over. Like the re-emergence of the Arctic Monkeys, their return has compelled fans to unfurl their cherished records from a box in the basement. According to frontman Ezra Koenig, the song is based on meeting a friend of his girlfriend, called Blake, and assessing his face. But deeper down it touches on a time when the Japanese gave up guns in favour of swords.
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The end result was a handful of people arguing for about 25 different tracks, which is quite amazing seeing as the indie pop band from New York City have only released a total of 33 album songs and a handful of B-sides. But Vampire Weekend are one of those groups that have a nearly flawless back catalogue and a cadre of hardcore fans endlessly arguing over their individual album and song rankings to no avail. Impeccably consistent across their three releases spanning , there are no right answers, not even a consensus best album for fans to rally behind, showing how strong of songwriters and producers the former quartet truly are. For a special subset of the millennial generation, myself included, they were the band that defined the peak of the indie rock era, soundtracking our first relationships, college parties, road trips, and everything in between. Hell, their most recent album, Modern Vampires of the City , a more mature and slightly darker departure from their peppy afro-pop influenced sound with lyrics about finally growing up and finding your place in the world, came out the day I graduated college. With two new songs released yesterday, we thought it was time to come up with our own list of our favorite Vampire Weekend songs in celebration of their return. Ambitious and brilliant, this is likely the song that separates Vampire Weekend from its contemporaries, putting Rostam in incredible demand for his production work for the better part of the next decade. Sounds boring right? That sound you heard when you first listened to the song in was the thousands of kids rushing to their computers to find the guitar tabs for that solo. Few songs, if any, immediately transport you back to quite like this.
Their following album, Contra , was similarly acclaimed and garnered strong commercial success. The band members met while enrolled at Columbia University , beginning with a rap collaboration between Koenig and Tomson named "L'Homme Run". Koenig toured with The Dirty Projectors during a period of experimentation with African music, inspiring the band to incorporate world sounds into their earliest work. The internet hype had its backlash, however, as critics reacted against a perceived image of Vampire Weekend as privileged, upper-class Ivy League graduates stealing from foreign musicians. One critic went so far as to call Vampire Weekend the "whitest band in the world," to which they took exception, given their Ukrainian, Persian, Italian, and Hungarian heritages. The band's second album, Contra , was released on January 11, in the UK and the following day in the US, after being pushed back from the original release date for the fall of The album's second single, " Cousins ", was released as a single on November 17, Initial copies of the CD and LP sold at independent record stores in the US included a 3-track bonus CD containing two "melts", which featured bits of album tracks and a remix. Contra was the band's first album to debut at No. It is the band's first album to reach number one on the Billboard , and the 12th independently-distributed album in history to reach the number one spot on the Billboard since Nielsen Soundscan began recording data in , while also being the first independent artist to have done so without ever having signed with a major label, after already established rock bands Radiohead and Pearl Jam and before Arcade Fire 's The Suburbs.
July 4, by Melody Danielle Rice. Vampire Weekend are my favorite band of my lifetime. When I first heard their debut, it has not only become an all-time favorite for me, but the record also gave me the encouragement to seek out more new music, to find more new bands I could fall in love with. The two albums that came after both blew me away as well, moving their sound in new directions while also keeping what I loved about them — the songwriting, the inventive production, and the all-around craft. At the same time, its best moments completely reaffirm my love for this band. If nothing else, I discovered Ezra Koenig singing opera. People have spent way too much time hating Twilight when the Twilight soundtracks are right there. What the fuck? The weakest moment on their self-titled debut — sonically stagnant and lyrics painfully literal, before Koenig learned how to make literalness compelling. A fun cover of the Honeycombs single, featuring some nice bass work from Chris Baio.