Vampire Weekend Bring Their “Cousins” To Letterman

A month shy of two years ago, Vampire Weekend made their network television debut on Letterman with “A-Punk.” They returned last night bringing their punkest bit yet with “Cousins,” a familial and frantic, ska-siphoned racer that always feels its a half-beat from derailing completely, and yet they stick the landing every time. That is probably because before last night, “every time” really just meant every time Contra cued up on the iTunes, but last night’s “Cousins” was just some church bells from its recorded form, right down to Ezra’s ability to convey all the charm he sets to tape each time he’s onstage. As discussed while prematurely evaluating, Contra’s maybe most notable for Rostam’s leap as a producer, but here’s Vampire Weekend, showcasing its least dressed moment — tape art and masks not included.

Mexico’s Toy Selectah became somewhat of a listening advisor to the band during their Contra-cocooning time in Mexico. His remix of “Cousins” is high energy and fairly dope:

Vampire Weekend – Cousinz (Toy Selectah Mex-More Remix)” (MP3)

Contra is an album that will be released by the label XL. “Horchata” is a song on it, and if you missed this year’s MySplice, “Pina Horchata” is a mashup party favor for which it’s worth revisiting that link.

Here’s the album:

On tour:
01/12 – Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater
01/17 – New York, NY @ United Palace Theater
01/18 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
01/19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
02/05 – Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr
02/07 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
02/08 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Apollo
02/09 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
02/10 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy
02/12 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
02/13 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
02/14 – Edinburgh, UK @ Picture House
02/16 – London, UK @ O2 Academy
02/17 – London, UK @ O2 Academy
02/19 – Berlin, DE @ Astra
02/20 – Cologne, DE @ Gloria
02/21 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel
02/22 – Brussels, BE @ AB
02/24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
02/25 – Paris, FR @ Olympia
02/26 – Tolouse, FR @ Le Bikini
02/27 – Barcelona, ES @ Penelope
02/28 – Madrid, ES @ Teatro Circo Price
03/14 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Event Centre
03/15 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
03/16 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre
03/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
03/19 – Denvero, CO @ Ogden Theatre
03/20 – Aspen, CO @ Spring Jam Core Party
03/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
03/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
03/25 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
03/27 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
03/29 – Columbus, OH @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
03/30 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
04/01 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
04/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
04/03 – Washington, DC @ Dar Constitution Hall
04/05 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
04/06 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
04/08 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
04/09 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
04/10 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
04/11 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
04/13 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
04/14 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
04/19 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Theater