As far as television stations go, MTV’s support of VMPRWKND has been early and often. (Take that, CW11.) Now they’re MTV’s Artist of the Week this week, which means we get to hear “A-Punk” during the credits of That’s Amore. You’re psyched. More awesomely, though, as with all of MTV’s Artists to Watch thingys, the network got the band to film a series of interstitial spots. You can watch them play in a cafeteria, talk about an uncredited Selena/David Byrne collab track, discuss Owen Wilson, and illustrate oxford commas in the context of You, Me And Dupree here. We’ve got the best bit, though: the Columbia kids on a bus (the M79?), Ezra picking up a girl and speaking in service of prophylactic awareness. This only makes us love them more.

For Ezra, picking up chicks is easy when you’ve got that sweet cardigan. Seriously though, we were just talking about it this morning: they’ve got the blog love, the Pitchfork love, the music mag love, the UK love, the Byrne love, they’re young, cute, and funny. And they have a great debut album. That’s the most universal love we can remember, closest thing to it is maybe the Strokes around Is This It. The tarnish for the Casablancas crew came around album two (and in fairness we weren’t reading Byrne’s blog back then to know if he was a fan), so some folks will similarly wait to pass judgment here as well … but that is some remarkable buzz.

Comments (8)
  1. bookwibble  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2008 0

    Oh my god Ezra is so fucking hot.

  2. sam  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2008 0

    AGREED. Also this was only a matter of time. I’m glad I caught them live before MTV got to them.

  3. israel  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2008 0

    Way to go Sam! They were so cool back then!

  4. Liam  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2008 0

    as if i needed another reminder that vampire weekend have way more sex than i do. fuck this shit.

  5. Jessie  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2008 0

    If Vampire Weekend continue for much longer on this path of world domination, pretty soon they will beat out all present candidates to become President(s) of the United States. VW for Pres!!

  6. They’re smart – they could run for president.
    Ugh that was kind of a lame short though.

  7. This is just a bit odd – I wrote a review of them on Artrocker.com with various condom metaphores in… something along the lines of them being like the Strokes only they use condoms and the Strokes don’t. I doubt this has anything to do with that but… Weird.

  8. and this is one of the reasons..
    i’m hungry..
    hungry to be in a successful indie band
    while perhaps attaining a degree
    in a prestigious university
    and dressing in hip preppy fashions.

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