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Carly Rae Jepsen – “Warm Blood”

Here it is: “Warm Blood.” Say what you want about the first four E•MO•TION singles, but Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest is indisputable, unfuckwithable pop genius. On my first run-through of the album — which was only a little over a month ago, something that’s insane to think about compared to how many times I’ve played… More »

By: James Rettig / July 31, 2015 - 9:53 am

Q&A: Carly Rae Jepsen On Her All-Star Indie Collaborators And Really, Really, Really Anticipated New Album

Following up a juggernaut like “Call Me Maybe” has got to be intimidating. There hasn’t been a song like that since, one that was so immediately pervasive and so utterly inescapable. The second that track hit, through a series of almost chance circumstances, it was swept up into the zeitgeist and spit out into ubiquity. More »

By: James Rettig / March 5, 2015 - 11:28 am

Watch Charli XCX Perform “Need Ur Love” With Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij On Letterman

Charli XCX continued her Sucker promotional tour with a stop by David Letterman where she played album closer “Need Ur Love.” She was joined by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, who she wrote the track with, and a few backup singers. Charli dances around on top of the piano for most of the performance, wearing lingerie… More »

By: James Rettig / December 17, 2014 - 8:51 am

Diplo, Ed Droste, & Rostam – “Long Way Home”

Diplo just tweeted a link to “Long Way Home,” a new collaboration with Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij built around Diplo and DJ Dahi’s beat from Ty Dolla $ign’s “Stand For.” It’s an unexpected and monumental rock-star collab, and you can hear it below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 11, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Charli XCX – “Kingdom” (Feat. Simon Le Bon)

Charli XCX’s contribution to the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack has also surfaced. “Kingdom” is a collaboration with Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij. Here’s what she had to say about it in an interview with Pitchfork from earlier this week: “It was definitely exciting to be working with… More »

By: James Rettig / November 13, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Major Lazer – “Vegan Vampire” (Feat. Ezra Koenig)

“I would never bite you. I would never bite anybody. I may be a vampire, but I’m also a vegan. Pshh, you wouldn’t understand.” That’s some dialogue from Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, in character as vegan vampire Rylan, on a weird, wild, collage-like Major Lazer song tentatively titled “Vegan Vampire.” It sounds very much… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 5, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Rostam Batmanglij – “Upper West Side, 1982″

Vampire Weekend producer and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij studied classical music, but he hasn’t made a whole lot of it, at least not since he became famous. But Batmanglij did write five new instrumental pieces for the new revival of Kenneth Longeran’s 1996 play This Is Our Youth, which stars Michael Cera and Tavi Gevinson and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij Discusses His Broadway Scoring Debut

As previously reported, Vampire Weekend producer and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij has written the score for the new revival of Kenneth Longeran’s 1996 play This Is Our Youth, which stars Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Tavi Gevinson. Talking to Associated Press, Batmanglij explained his working process and why he decided to take on the challenge i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 21, 2014 - 10:32 am

Charli XCX Shelving Punk Album For Pop Album Feat. Weezer, Rostam, & Stargate

When I spoke with Charli XCX last fall, far before “Fancy” significantly raised her profile, the plucky British pop singer was talking about making an album with lots of live instrumentation and a punk-rock edge. Here’s how she described it:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 2, 2014 - 11:11 am

Hamilton Leithauser – “I Retired” (Feat. Rostam Batmanglij) Lyric Video

Hamilton Leithauser, the once and perhaps future Walkmen frontman, is a couple of weeks away from releasing Black Hours, his elegantly beaten-down solo debut. Leithauser worked with a host of new collaborators on the LP, including Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, who produced the lead single “Alexandra.” Batmanglij also produced the album track “I Retired,” a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2014 - 10:28 am

Rostam From Vampire Weekend Is Scoring Michael Cera’s Broadway Debut

Kenneth Lonergan’s 1996 play This Is Our Youth is coming to Broadway, and as The Hollywood Reporter reports, it’s bringing some other newcomers with it. For one, the play will mark the Broadway debuts of Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson. It’s also the first Broadway tilt for Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanlij,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 9, 2014 - 11:03 am

Cloud Nothings & Wavves (& Rostam?) Collaborative Album Is Almost Done

Dylan Baldi has a new album coming out with Cloud Nothings, but he’s also been working on a collaborative project with Nathan Williams of Wavves. And according to Baldi, it’s nearly finished. Baldi told Exclaim! about the origins of the project, which involved waking up in Paris with a hangover and a random text message… More »

By: Sam Behrens / March 27, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Charli XCX Working With Rivers Cuomo, Rostam Batmanglij On New Album

When I spoke with Charli XCX in October, she was eyeing a spring release for her follow-up to last year’s debut True Romance. Sounds like that’s probably not going to happen, but given the latest news about the project, it’s intriguing enough to wait around for. Charli told Complex she’s done sessions with Weezer frontma… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 13, 2014 - 10:55 am

Hamilton Leithauser – “Alexandra” (Feat. Rostam Batmanglij) Video

Just last night, Hamilton Leithauser, the (former?) frontman of the Walkmen and the owner of one of indie rock’s greatest voices, announced the impending release of Black Hours, his debut solo album. And now he’s already shared the video for “Alexandra,” the album’s first single. Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij produced and co-wrote the song, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2014 - 10:54 am

Vampy Weeks Thought Trent Reznor Was Pissed At Them!!

Vampire Weekend won Best Alternative Music Album for Modern Vampires Of The City at Sunday’s Grammys pre-telecast against a field that included Neko Case, the National, Tame Impala, and Nine Inch Nails. So when Trent Reznor tweeted angrily and profanely about being disrespected at the Grammys, at first Vampy Weeks thought Reznor’s ire was directed… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 28, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Jenny Lewis – “Completely Not Me”

The third season of Girls premiered last night on HBO, and it featured a bouncy yet melancholic new Jenny Lewis song called “Completely Not Me.” The tune, recorded with Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend, will see release next month as part of the new compilation Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do…, which also feature… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 13, 2014 - 11:11 am

The Blow – “You’re My Light (Gun Drum Mix)”

The Blow put out a long awaited new album this year and spoke to us about it. This remix of LP closer “You’re My Light” comes courtesy of Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Discovery. He keeps the intimate, romantic magic of the track but adds a wonderfully warm synth line that sounds almost like… More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 16, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Vampire Weekend, Steve Buscemi & Fred Armisen @ Roseland Ballroom, NYC 4/28/13

Roseland Ballroom is up on 52nd St. in Manhattan, about 40 blocks higher than most indie rock bands ever venture. But in an amusing case of geographic razzmatazz, last night it hosted uptown’s most resplendent indie rock band, for whom 52nd St. was once a way-downtown destination. After Fred Armisen’s quick opening set as Thatcher-loving… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 29, 2013 - 10:12 am

Katy Perry x Beirut – “Scenic Cold” (Rostam Mashup)

“this is from a few years ago, never released it out into the world, but played it when people asked me to DJ at things, now you can too ; )” Vampire Weekend’s multi-instrumentalist, producer, occasional solo artist, and Carlie Rae x Annie Lennox mashup artist Rostam posted this to his Tumblr via his TwitterMore »

By: Amrit Singh / December 4, 2012 - 9:54 am

Come To Nitehawk Cinema For The Opening Run Of DOSA HUNT, A Film By Amrit Singh

Some of you may remember the month of February, which was about eight months ago. On Valentine’s Day, I released the trailer for a film I’ve been making called DOSA HUNT. Well, the movie is finally complete! And I’m very proud of it. It’s premiering at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg this weekend, and I want… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 2, 2012 - 1:51 pm
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