Finally, right?! Today you guys finally got to hear the album that’s been making people go crazy on both sides of the Atlantic, in every newspaper, magazine, and blog you read. Even Pitchfork can’t resist their Columbian charms, giving the self-titled debut a Best New Music stamp. All the way from Harlem (ha) to the spotlight; it’s a real riches to riches story, and, it couldn’t have happened to nicer guys (seriously). With all that out of the way, there’s only one thing left: the backlash. They’ve been on our radars for just about a year, right? It’s about time.

OK, not quite yet. According to NY Mag’s crystal ball, the saturation point, which will take the band from being buzzy to being overhype-y, will be hit with the conclusion of tomorrow night’s sold-out Bowery Ballroom show; in other words, tonight’s sold-out Bowery Ballroom show is your last chance to say-you-were-there-when, before saying-you-were-they-when is like totally passé. This is, in fact, what the not-so-distant future possibly maybe holds:

In late 2008, after Vampire Weekend has guested on Saturday Night Live, sold out the Theater at Madison Square Garden for nine consecutive nights, and licensed songs for commercials for every product in Apple’s lineup, Zach Braff discovers a hip, new underground band called “Vampire Weekend.” He adds them to the soundtrack for his new movie, a coming-of-age story about Zach Braff sleeping with whichever currently popular 22-year-old actress is the hottest. He explains in the CD’s liner notes: “Their songs sound like Graceland by Paul Simon, another artist with which I am newly familiar.”

Vulture has the rest of the trajectory which, worry not A-Punk t-shirt owners, includes the all-is-forgiven/backlash-to-the-backlash phase, tentatively scheduled for the third album, after they’ve come to terms with P4K’s 1.3 drubbing of the sophomore effort.

Fun and games aside, Vampire Weekend’s enjoying a crowning moment: they are the Strokes, the Arcade Fire, the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Arctic Monkeys, the Beirut, the Peter Bjorn & John of the day. The record’s out today — it’s very good indeed — and the tour starts … now:

01/29 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom !
01/30 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
01/31 San Francisco, CA @ Popscene
02/01 San Francisco, CA @ Amoeba Records
02/04 Los Angeles, CA @ Amoeba Records
0206 Washington, D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel
02/07 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
02/08 Williamstown, MA @ Williams College Currier Ballroom
02/09 Boston, MA @ Museum of Fine Arts
02/11 Toronto, Ontario @ Horseshoe Tavern
02/13 Cincinnati, OH @ The Gypsy Hut
02/14 Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center
02/15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Andy Warhol Museum
02/21 London, England @ ULU
02/22 Wolverhampton, England @ Civic
02/23 Oxford, England @ Academy
02/24 Brighton, England @ Audio
02/27 Manchester, England @ Academy 2
02/28 Glasgow, Scotland @ Classic Grand
03/06 Orlando, FL @ The Social
03/07 South Florida Everglades, FL (Langerado)
03/08 St. Augustine, FL @ Café Eleven
03/09 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
03/10 Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
03/12 – 03/16 Austin, TX SXSW
03/19 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
03/20 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
03/22 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
03/23 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop
03/25 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03/26 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
03/27 Vancouver, British Columbia @ Richards on Richards
03/29 Missoula, MT @ Badlander
03/30 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
04/01 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
04/25 Indio, CA @ Coachella

UPDATE: Bowery Ballrom looks like it was fun last night. Anybody go while it was still cool to like them?

Comments (128)
  1. Tommy  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    Boo Urns, I say. Boo urns.

  2. Finn  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    That is pretty damn funny. God, the hype is going to kill them. Poor guys. Of course, I mean “poor” as in I feel sorry for the beating their gonna take.

  3. Judd  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    At least they’re putting it all on the table with a tour like that – US, UK, and Canada, with 2 huge festivals in the mix – I’m glad their first SF show is this week because they’re going to be worn the hell out 2 months from now.

  4. Panda  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    I enjoy Vampire Weekend a lot but it’s no 8.8. The album doesn’t really feel like a full concept or anything, it’s more like 2 EPs stuck together, though the first half is really good… It’s sort of a dumb score. Hissing Fauna only got an 8.7 andd everything you know. Oh well, I guess Pitchfork sux.

  5. anon  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    for me it’s not the hype that causes the backlash. it’s the shitty, obnoxious music.

  6. i predict MTV in one month or less. they are already in target and in the window at virgin megastore union square. i dont know, i think that bands need the chance to grow and to go through some shit before they blow up.

    this is like the strokes all over again – and look what happened to them

  7. they’re already on mtv u and mtv 2…
    oh well,
    i saw ‘em live and they put on a good show. but, here’s to hoping they can break the limitations of their sound. VW are in danger of having every song sound the same.
    hype or no, this first effort is solid. jump on the bandwagon lest ye come off as pretentious.

  8. mike  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    Their music is meh, but their whole rich-kid new england preppy persona is what’s cool about them (however contrived it may ultimately be). I been rocking topsiders and oxfords and shit without irony for years. I wonder if the band’s popularity will spark a trend where hipsters dress more like their parents.

  9. annie onymous  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    i’m with anon. it doesnt take hype and backlash for me to dislike music that isnt good.

  10. YO YO YO MONEY  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0


  11. “it doesn’t take hype and backlash for me to dislike music that isn’t good.”


  12. oh and  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    [QR5 do "the Paul Simon thing" alot better] >>

  13. anon #5  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0


    At least one of their songs is OK.

  14. matt  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    the hype is ridiculous on this shit. pitchfork dude tried to say they sounded like orange juice the other day. the hell’s he listening to?

    i wonder if they’ll be on anyone’s 87th generation ipod in 20 years.

  15. robbit  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    it becomes backlash once a good band starts getting popular. no one complained when vampire weekend was SG’s band to watch.

    also, honestly, how many of the bands you listen to now will you listen to in 20 years? (i can think of one, personally). scratch that, considering you’re at a music blog right now and probably visit other ones too, how many of these bands will you listen to next year?

  16. robbit  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    oh, btw, this band was never good to begin with.

  17. jr  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    no, really. they straight up just suck.

    lucky for them they never had (or needed) day jobs eh?

  18. adrienne  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    i plan to listen to silent alarm in 20 years.

  19. sandanista  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    wow this album is really piss poor junkfood music. i wish i had not even bothered to steal it.


  20. west  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    They’re not that bad, not that great. They’re just an average band that got caught up in the big ole hype machine (ha!). It just sucks for them cause now they’ll never please anyone ever again.

  21. Beans  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    @us, we [in between]: Yikes. I can’t believe it took 8 people to make music that shitty! That takes effort.

  22. Steve Schroeder  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    “lucky for them they never had (or needed) day jobs eh?”

    I know that Ezra taught high school in Bedstuy (i think) for at least 1 year if not 2.

  23. josef  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    as I’ve been saying since August (what, they really broke in July?) they will be the next Clap Your Hands Say Who?

  24. derf  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    i have to say, even the most hard-core haters of hype and bullshit gimmick indie bands i know *still* love Vampire Weekend. so those of you popping up to anonymously/semi-anonymously take your shots, you just look like the jowls on mitch mcconnel.

  25. Greyscale  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    Seriously. This album is not 8.8 or Best New Music worthy. Especially not if P4K is going to give Black Mountain’s new one a mediocre 7.ish score. Don’t get me wrong I like Vampire Weekend, but it gets so much less good after track 6 or so, which is crazy for such a short album.

  26. It’s sad when a band’s trajectory can be planned out like this. Boo to hype.

  27. Johnnyboy  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    I only heard them for the first time last week, and I’m already sick of them. I’m sure they’re nice guys and all, but the trust-fund-brat shtick really rubs me the wrong way. Having said that, I wish them success, because there are a lot of very successful bands that I find it quite easy to ignore.

    And hey, if they get huge, better them than Times New Viking!

  28. dang  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    Retarded anon blog commenting types pissed off nobody likes their band/cubicle bound douches with too much free time, will always find something creative to hate without putting their name on said hate. You kids should own up or shut up. Or spend the time you just wasted making something. Seriously. All you are good for as a result of stringing some poorly crafted “criticism” together in the form of a one liner, is lending hot air to the already prevalent entropy that’s been consuming the universe since the beginning of time.

  29. whitechocmacadamia  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    to the haterz-
    guess what? i am eating a cookie and enjoying “oxford coma.” BOOYAH.

  30. razzle  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    well said, dang

  31. Professor PHD  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    to whitechocmacadamia-
    i guess you don’t share vampire weekend’s passion for grammar and spelling.

    anyway, i think “oxford coma” is a bauhaus song.

  32. kidacomputerok  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2008 0

    They have a cool name, at least.

  33. john moore  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2008 0

    well, actually, vampire weekend was already playing on MTV between show while credits were rolling on Monday night. So, no need to wait a month for them to be on MTV already done.

  34. tommy  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2008 0

    um i really like 4 of their songs that i got from hype machine and i feel like i might keep on liking them for another month or so. for new bands that’s kind of as awesome as it gets anymore.

  35. mrs  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2008 0

    God forbid a new band make a well-crafted album thats….dare I say it….catchy?????

    The youngster hipsters are whining in their PBR right now, something like “Animal Collective was robbed!” blah blah blah.

    That, and what derf said.

  36. Jesse  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2008 0

    I like their Daytrotter Session a lot. I just bought their album. Went thru it once. Good enough. I guess everyone just forgot about Bishop Allen?

  37. -Let’s all hate on Vampire Weekend.-

    “VW play sucky music…”

    -We look cooler if we say that we never thought they were any good from the start.-

    “I hated them back in July. Fuck that. They sucked at birth.”

    -Oh and the fact that they’re getting hype must mean we were right in the first place since no one worth listening to ever gets hype.-

    “I only listen to music that most people don’t like because I have better taste.”

    Too bad we’re all wrong.

  38. Katie  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2008 0

    See recent quote from Yannis Philippakis of the Foals in NME:

    “I’m not really that interested in whether a kind of music’s commercial or not – if it’s good, it’s cool. I like Gwen Stefani but then I like stuff that will only sell three records. I won’t not listen to something because it’s commercial. That’s a weird idea that you enjoy a band but then the moment they become more palatable to more people all of a sudden they’re not as cool. There’s something almost elitist about it, like you’re only into bands that are part of some secret Masonic thing – free masonry – secret handshake, the way you fold your letter when you send your demo to the press. Popularity’s good, it means we get to eat, otherwise we’d be washing dishes – the more pop kids that like our music the better.”

    Seems like a good amount of the Vampire Weekend haters out there don’t like them because their name is everywhere lately (not all since it is okay to not like their music). As Yannis says, it’s kind of ridiculous to dislike something just because they are getting some attention. God forbid an indie band should make money or acquire new fans.

  39. I agree with Katie above and the many others who’ve said the same things. Just as long as the hype doesn’t get to their heads and they start to refuse to speak to sick children and their own mothers.

  40. Liam  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2008 0

    oh those poor young, rich, attractive, ivy-league grad boys. whatEVER will they dooooo when the backlash comes about?!?! HEAVENS TO MURGATROYD!!!!!

    i echo the first gentleman’s jeer of “boo-urns”. boo-urns to this band. BOO-URNS.

  41. jason  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2008 0

    What backlash? Folks posting comments here? Maybe New York scensters will get all whiny, but that’s as far as it will go.

  42. Andrew  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2008 0

    You actually prefer Black Mountain’s portentous Led Zeppelin posturing to VW?

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m bored to tears by all of this sad-bastard music.

    Black Mountain and their ilk should take a cue from Homer Simpson and change their name to “Sadgasm” just so I know to keep the fuck away.

    Jesus? when did music become so humorless?

  43. erik  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2008 0

    this band sounds way more like sublime than paul simon. could you not all too easily envision them doing “santeria?” that sounds like a vampire weekend song, only sublime is the, uh, original?

  44. hipster doofus  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2008 0

    VW is Guster for the new generation. Bo-ring.

  45. minorrockstar  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2008 0

    what ever happened to liking a band (or not liking them) and then going about your business? why do you have to share? when people knowing whether or not you like a band becomes more important than the actual feeling, that’s where the hype steps in. listen, enjoy, or don’t enjoy, and then don’t whine to everyone else about how your opinions don’t line up.

  46. @ minorrockstar:
    Why would you come to a COMMENTS section at a MUSIC BLOG to complain about people sharing their opinions on music? How about this: Whatever happened to people who have *nothing* to contribute to a discussion (unless pointing out that there is a discussion is somehow relevant), either reading comments (or not reading them) and then going about their business? Troll.

    On point:
    VW… seriously? I really doubt anyone will be talking about this band for very long. I have a feeling the hype cycle will be longer than their careers. The music’s nothing outstanding, the playing is amateurish, full of specific references to New England that very few people are going to get or find as “brilliant” as an over-educated Music journalist from Connecticut will, all on purpose I’m sure. Sounds like a filler description for most indie-pop bands out today. p4k admitted (twice, by my count) that they’re buddy-buddies with this band, so I can’t take anything they say/rate seriously. Like any ivy league grad, VW are probably going to be hit pretty hard with how little money there is in music, and they’ll move on to something more lucrative/less annoying to everybody who started listening to music before 1997.

    But in the meantime, enjoy the preppy boy psuedo “African” Strokes music.

  47. NLP  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2008 0

    The album is nice, but it’s just that – nice. It’s pleasant music, but certainly not earth shattering. If you’re evaluating it as an afro-pop record it does not compare favorably to stuff put out by the likes of Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, etc., at least not with the instrumentation, but the lyrical content makes it endearing. It’s okay, but certainly not what it’s been blown up to be. And I think we could all agree that if they were from somewhere in the midwest, they wouldn’t be getting all the press.

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