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Hear Ezra Koenig On The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast

Bret Easton Ellis has used his podcast to reach out to musicians to engage in some pretty compelling discussion. Recently he invited Matt Berninger of the National on the show, and today he’s put up his interview with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. Koenig speaks very frankly about his family, the shifts in generation o… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 10, 2014 - 6:13 pm

Karen O & Ezra Koenig – “The Moon Song”

It’s a testament to Karen O’s incredibly strong songwriting that the delicate “Moon Song” manages to stand out amidst the lush melancholia of Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett’s score for Her. The song was originally written as a duet between Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix’s characters in the film, but it’s been rerecorded with Ezra… More »

By: James Rettig / February 10, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life (Baio Remix)”

Keep up, if you can, with all the side-project stuff happening in this post. Broken Bells, if they can still be called a side project, are the side-project duo of Shins frontman James Mercer and producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse. Meanwhile, for his own side project, Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio DJs and produces lush, tropical dance… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2014 - 9:21 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

Grammys 2014: Winners List

UPDATE: Check out GIFs and performance videos from the Grammys here and our wrap-up essay here.

Here we go! The festivities are underway and the hardware is being handed out, and in this space we’ll keep track of your 2014 Grammy award winners as they are announced. Of course, a crushing-majority percentage of… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 26, 2014 - 6:59 pm

The Week In Pop: Grammys Preview, Starring, Um, Sara Bareilles

Which album are you gunning for at the Grammys? If you’re a regular reader of this site, chances are you’re hoping Daft Punk gets lucky with an Album Of The Year win for Random Access Memories, or perhaps you’d prefer if Kendrick Lamar took home top honors for good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Both acts are… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 23, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Watch Vampire Weekend Play Kimmel

In fall 2012, months before they announced their staggering third album Modern Vampires In The City, Vampire Weekend appeared on one of Jimmy Kimmel Live’s special Brooklyn shows and debuted the eventual album highlight “Unbelievers.” Last night, we got an encore performance of sorts — VW coming through Kimmel’s big outdoor stage in L.A. and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2014 - 9:14 am

Governors Ball 2014 Lineup

We already knew that OutKast would headline this summer’s Governors Ball festival in New York; it followed Coachella as the second reunion show that the legendary duo had announced. But the rest of the lineup for Governors Ball, which comes to New York City’s Randall’s Island 6/6-8, is online now; as Idolator points out, it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 15, 2014 - 10:20 am

Vampire Weekend – “Con Te Partirò” (Andrea Bocelli Cover)

Starbucks’ Sweetheart 2014 compilation, the coffee chain’s latest Valentine’s Day-themed collection of contemporary artists covering older love songs, looms imminent, and we’ve already posted Beck’s version of John Lennon’s “Love” and Jim James’s take on Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low.” But this morning, we get to hear maybe the most fascinating track o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 7, 2014 - 8:57 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We skipped 5 Best Songs last week because of the holiday, so we considered any music that dropped between last week and this one eligible for this week’s installment. And wouldn’t ya know it: Over the course of two truncated weeks we got five new songs from straight A-listers. Stakes is high. But who took… More »

By: Stereogum / January 3, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Vampire Weekend – “Step (Remix Feat. Danny Brown, Heems, & Despot)”

Vampire Weekend were lyrically namechecking Lil Jon the first time we ever heard them, nearly seven years ago now, but it’s taken them until now to drop an all-star rap remix. “Step,” the gorgeously shimmering midtempo jam from their 2013 album Modern Vampires Of The City (one of our favorites of the year) might be… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 2, 2014 - 8:57 am

Staring Down Mortality With Vampire Weekend And Kanye West

During a trip to the movie theater last May, I noticed that with their respective post-apocalyptic sci-fi epics Oblivion and After Earth, Hollywood buddies Tom Cruise and Will Smith seemed to be releasing the same film at the same time. Movie studios are vacuous trend whores, same as any other industry that feeds on buzz,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 31, 2013 - 9:50 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Songs Of 2013

Oh, what a Gummy Awards it’s been! As Stereogum and Videogum’s readers poll has rolled on, we’ve seen your picks for 2013’s best albums, new bands, music videos, TV shows, movies, and viral videos. Now it’s time to conclude the festivities with a rundown of the 10 best songs of 2013 as voted by you. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 24, 2013 - 9:43 am

The Year In Unconventional Album Launches, From artRave to Indiegogo To SNL

The literary giant Alexis Krauss said it best: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. From big-budget campaigns to no-budget crowdfunding, the haves and have-nots alike made selling albums an art unto itself this year, staving off the format’s impending extinction for now and turning music fandom into an exceptionally… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 20, 2013 - 10:21 am

The Producers: A Year-End Q&A With Ariel Rechtshaid

As part of Stereogum’s year-end coverage, The 2013 Experience, this week we’re presenting a series of interviews with the producers of our favorite songs of the year. Today, we’ve got Ariel Rechtshaid.

Ariel Rechtshaid might be the only person on the face of the earth who’s worked with both Cass McCombs and Usher… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 17, 2013 - 3:52 pm

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 50 Albums Of 2013

Starting today we’re rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum’s annual readers’ poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013’s best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we’re revealing… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 16, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

Determining the year’s best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal way to sum up a year in music. It is a process of appreciating the trees in a forest so sprawling it can never be mapped out entirely, celebrating the… More »

By: Stereogum / December 12, 2013 - 1:09 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

Ezra Koenig Weighs In On “Selfies”

Oxford Dictionaries releases its new word of the year around this time (last year it was verb usage of “gif”) and the “word of 2013″ has been announced. Selfie (a term still new enough that I battle with auto-corrected every time I type it) is now officially defined by Oxford Dictionary as: “a photograph that… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 22, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Hear Ezra Koenig On Zane Lowe’s Soundclash

The BBC radio host Zane Lowe, best-known around these parts for the recent epic Kanye West interview, runs a regular segment on his show called Soundclash, where he and a visiting musician or group will face off over a series of songs. It’s pitched as a battle, but of course it’s really more of a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 15, 2013 - 3:33 pm
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