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Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend) – “Tanto” (Feat. Matias Aguayo)

Chris Baio, Vampire Weekend’s bassist, will soon release Sunburn, his first-ever solo EP. (He’s recording under his own famous last name.) One of the EP’s three tracks is a tropical dance tune called “Tanto,” which features the Chilean singer and producer Matias Aguayo. Stream it at Soundcloud (via Pitchfork).

Sunburn is out 5/21… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 19, 2012 - 10:57 am

Watch The Trailer For Amrit Singh’s DOSA HUNT, Starring Members Of Vampire Weekend, Neon Indian, Das Racist, Yeasayer, Vijay Iyer

Since last summer, our Amrit Singh has been making an independent short film called Dosa Hunt, starring Das Racist’s Himanshu Suri and Ashok Kondabolu, Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder, Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo, and NYC jazz stalwart Vijay Iyer, and himself. It chronicles a day spent by the group in pursuit of NYC’… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 14, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Obama Seeks Endorsements From Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend?

MTV reports that President Obama has “a wish list” of campaign supporters for his upcoming 2012 run for re-election and points to a document obtained by The Tennessean. The list includes, among others, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Jay-Z, The Roots, Counting Crows (?), the Band Perry (??) and a boatload of other celebs, CEOs, musicia… More »

By: Corban Goble / January 18, 2012 - 11:40 am

Watch New Pop-Up Videos For Vampire Weekend, White Stripes

The vaguely snarky but ridiculously informative VH1 video-trivia show Pop-Up Video is totally back, and it’s lately shone its spotlight on a couple of indie-ish artists. Recent episodes have included pop-up treatments of the Malloys’ video for Vampire Weekend’s “Holiday” (the one where they wear powdered wigs) and Sophia Coppola’s video for the White Stripes’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 16, 2011 - 9:03 am

Rostam – “Don’t Let It Get To You”

Back in September, Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist and producer Rostam Batmanglij posted a new track called “Wood,” a lighter-than-air Bollywood/classical/pop fusion, on his Tumblr. Today, he’s followed it up with “Don’t Let It Get To You,” a glimmering electronic pop piece. Listen to it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 1, 2011 - 5:05 pm

Rostam – “Wood”

Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist and production guru Rostam Batmanglij has posted a new track called “Wood” on his Tumblr. It’s six minutes long, and it throws incandescent string arrangements over Bollywood-style drums. It’s pretty gorgeous, actually. Grab it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 27, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Ryan Adams Covers Vampire Weekend

A little laptop-cam serenade from D.R. Adams, a flashback to the days he fed his blog more frequently. In Ryan’s hands, Vampire Weekend’s “Mansard Roof” is finger-picked and singer-songwriterly. In Ryan’s words, “I do it no justice but I love it. I sung it imagining being on a beach made of diamonds with a darkened… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 19, 2011 - 1:28 am

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be see… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am

Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes To Headline Inaugural MTK Festival

A new two-day festival, Music To Know, launches this August in East Hampton, New York with appropriate headliners Vampire Weekend and Bright Eyes along with Cold War Kids, Matt & Kim, Chromeo, Tame Impala, Ra Ra Riot, and M. Ward, among others. Vampire Weekend’s appearance is one of their few planned shows this year. Take… More »

By: brandon / May 10, 2011 - 12:16 pm

Indie Rockers Before They Were Famous

After watching the recently unearthed footage of Arcade Fire playing a house party in 2002 and a 17-year-old Robin Pecknold covering Radiohead and Simon & Garfunkel, I thought it would be fun to collect more early videos of our favorite bands from before we ever heard them. Well, fun for us, maybe not so much… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 21, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Ezra Koenig Covers Paul Simon

Most of the Ceremony soundtrack is an original score by the Fruit Bats’ Eric D. Johnson (with a little help from Van Dyke Parks), but there are a few additional songs from The Animals, Pete Townsend, and Star, as well as this cover of Paul Simon’s 1972 solo track “Papa Hobo.” Grab Koenig’s cover below,… More »

By: jessica / April 7, 2011 - 10:08 am

Watch Ezra Koenig’s Passionate Cover Of Dave Matthews’ “Crash”

Looks like “Crash” is going to be a significant influence on future Vampire Weekend material as soon as Ezra can figure out the chords. He recently posted this to YouTube with the comment “fuk the haters.”… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 14, 2011 - 12:01 pm

Vampire Weekend & The Black Keys Hit Colbert For A “Sell-Out-Off”

Last night’s Report featured Stephen’s analysis of the Grammys (he’s a voting member of NARAS since he won a gramophone last year). It centered mostly on the Best Alternative Album category, which served as a good setup — and netted a couple of Colbert one-liners on Arcade Fire, Band Of Horses, and Broken Bells –… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 12, 2011 - 10:27 am

While We Were Out

… and then it was 2011. Hopefully your New Year’s celebration involved doing something more celebratory than being berated by a solo Ariel Pink from a makeshift stage in a Bushwick warehouse, and hopefully you are back on the internet with a lot of hard drive space and some well rested ears: There was a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 3, 2011 - 9:53 am

Vampire Weekend – “Fight For This Love” (Cheryl Cole Cover)

2010’s cornerstone artist on Madison Avenue’s nondenominational holiday mixtape, Vampire Weekend recently filed a BBC Radio 1 session. They came armed with horns, a maneuver with precedent (see: Flying Lotus’s own recent BBC performance, and/or Vampire Weekend’s KCRW stop-in). They also knocked out a curveball modern British pop-charts cover while referencing a fundamental ’90s R&B… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 16, 2010 - 9:00 am

Vampire Weekend Contra Photographer Subpoenaed

Over the summer we told you about Ann Kirsten Kennis, the model on the cover of Vampire Weekend’s Contra, and her case against the band and photographer Tod Brody. An interview with Kennis from the Fairfield Citizen put a lot of holes in Brody’s story. Since the band thought they were legitimately purchasing the photo… More »

By: jessica / November 30, 2010 - 3:33 pm

Vampire Weekend Soundtracks Hilfiger, Honda “Holiday” Ads

Vampire Weekend created a commercial-friendly non-denominational holiday song with “Holiday.” And now that things need to be bought and sold for Christmas, “Holiday” is showing up in a few places. The first is this ad for prep purveyor Tommy Hilfiger, which uses a Futura, or Futura-like font for the title card. It’s the font that… More »

By: jessica / November 29, 2010 - 9:42 am

Download Rocapella’s “A-Punk” Cover For Free, If You’re Into That Sort Of Thing

Are you? Take a listen before making any commitments. More »

By: brandon / September 29, 2010 - 5:26 pm

Vampire Weekend Play Ellen

Since you watch Ellen every morning you already know that Vampire Weekend visited the show today and played “Holiday,” and the did “Cousins” for the studio audience. It was their first Daytime TV appearance. Unfortunately the online clips don’t show Ellen DeGeneres talking to, or dancing with, the band. I’m guessing it happened though. Watch:… More »

By: jessica / September 28, 2010 - 11:55 am

Duck Sauce – “Barbra Streisand” Video

About the only person who doesn’t appear in crate-digging duo Duck Sauce’s new video is the actual Barbra Streisand. Instead, Armand Van Helden, A-Trak, and a Baba impersonator are joined by Kanye West (+ his chair), Questlove, Pharrell, Chromeo, Vampire Weekend, Santigold, Yelawolf, Diplo, DJ Premier, and various other anonymous and sorta well-known others. More »

By: brandon / September 28, 2010 - 11:33 am
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