Vampire Weekend/Avi Buffalo @ Art Theater, Long Beach 11/2/09

Vampire Weekend’s sold out show at the Art Theater of Long Beach followed a couple of secret-ish L.A. outings — at the former site of Madame Wong’s on Halloween (Ezra was dressed as Jon Gosselin, or a douchebag, or both) and at Hollenbeck Rec Center the following day — but Koenig called last night the first “official” show of their California itinerary (and first “movie theater” gig). Local buzz band and recent Sub Pop signees Avi Buffalo (grab an MP3 below) were there to open things up, while Ice Cream Man stuck around afterward to make sure people went home with frozen treats. Between those bookmarks, VW dedicated “Horchata” to Lola’s, the Mexican restaurant across the street, and stated a number of times that they dig California. Of course, the setlist included “California English,” but the song was not performed. (UPDATE: Ezra was apparently too hoarse.) As far as new ones, they also did Contra’s “White Sky,” “Holiday,” “Run,” and “Cousins.” Along with Andrew Youssef’s terrific photos, check out the setlist and newly expanded tour itinerary.

Avi Buffalo – “What’s In It For?” (MP3)
Vampire Weekend – “Horchata” (MP3)

Set list:
01 “White Sky”
02 “Holiday”
03 “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”
04 “I Stand Corrected”
05 “M79″
06 “Cousins”
07 “California English”
08 “One (Blake’s Got a New Face)”
09 “A-Punk”
10 “Run”
11 “Campus” / “Oxford Comma”

12 “Mansard Roof”
13 “Horchata”
14 “Walcott”

A UK leg was announced today:
11/05 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet’s
11/07 – Lafayette, CA @ Town Hall Theatre
11/08 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
11/09 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
11/10 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brew
11/12 – Bakersfield, CA @ Chencho’s
11/14 – Lomita, CA @ VFW Hall
11/17 – Tokyo, JAP @ Tokyo Unit
11/21 – Sydney, AUS @ Oxford Art Factory
02/07 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
02/08 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Apollo
02/09 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds O2 Academy
02/10 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham O2 Academy
02/12 – Newcastle, UK @ Newcastle O2 Academy
02/13 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
02/14 – Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh Picture House
02/16 – London, UK @ Brixton O2 Academy