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I’ve told people for a while that I hate Vampire Weekend, but I wasn’t quite sure why. So I put on the ol’ headphones the other night and listened to all three of their albums straight through. Here’s what I wrote down as I listened:
1. Sampling at the end of “Holiday” (weird)
2. Autotune in “California English????”
I also find Ezra’s warbling to be incredibly annoying. But that’s it. I did not find the music especially grating, and I can’t fault VW for having poor mixing, production or instrumentation. And that’s certainly not ground for developing hate, right? Maybe I can FINALLY slap them in a playlist and get on with my life, right?
Well, no. At the end of my listen through “Modern Vampires of the City” I found myself rocking back in forth in my chair in my little Claremont single, begging for the end to come. I still utterly detest VW, and here’s why. More »
At tonight’s VMAs, Vampire Weekend won’t be the only act repping the Light Blue. Kate Eberstadt, CC ’14, will join pop icon Lady Gaga in her opening performance of her new hit, “Applause” (music video below).
Eberstadt got the gig through her summer residency at the Watermill Center International Program, where she performed as a live body paint model under the direction of the avant-garde Bob Wilson. Wilson has been collaborating with Lady Gaga on her upcoming album, “ARTPOP,” and Eberstadt was asked to be part of Gaga’s performance tonight. The performance of “Applause” is expected to have a very experimental feel.
The VMAs will be on MTV at 9 p.m. tonight.
Today, the guys of Vampire Weekend, the loveliest of Columbia alums, did a Reddit AMA. They answered questions from Reddit users on everything from where they buy their salmon-colored shorts to some of their songs’ origins.
Ezra Koenig, lead singer and guitarist in Vampire Weekend, commented on his time at Columbia in response to a question about how their parents felt about them going into music after time at an Ivy League school.
Many students own up to the fact that part of what really attracted them to Columbia was that Vampire Weekend formed here.
But, my story is somewhat more embarrassing. To be honest, it was actually the introduction to Jack Kerouac’s On the Road that first drew me to Columbia.
So, when I found out a couple days ago that a film adaptation of Kerouac’s classic beat novel will be released next year, starring Garret Hedlund as Moriarity, Twilight’s Kristen Stewart as his wife, and Sam Riley as narrator Sal Paradise, I was just a little skeptical.
Having outgrown the sixth floor of Dodge years ago, Rostam Batmanglij, CC ’06, has reached heights as grandiose as headlining Radio City Music Hall and topping charts with Vampire Weekend, which he serves as producer, keyboardist, background vocalist, and occasional songwriter. As if that all wasn’t enough, he started a R&B group on the side, Discovery, and now Boys Like Us, a solo project that started out with remixes of pre-exisiting songs and has lately turned toward offbeat compositions to be accompanied by a string quartet. It was for this last project that Rostam took the stage at Le Poisson Rouge last night to play a few songs with The Calder Quartet, an acclaimed group of cellists and violinists that perform work by young, emerging composers. Full review after the jump. More »
Rostam Batmanglij, CC ’06, (of Vampire Weekend and Discovery) will perform as a special guest under the moniker “Boys Like Us” with The Calder Quartet tomorrow night at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. The new creative remix music is the pet project of Batmanglij, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/keyboardist/producer/songwriter. This gig promises to debut new material supported by orchestra music from The Calder Quartet. Doors are at 6 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Look out for a round-up of the show on Monday. In the meantime, click here to listen to more of what Boys Like.
Duck Sauce, a New York collaboration between DJs Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, just released the video to their impossibly catchy, high-energy new single, “Barbra Streisand.” And—look at that!—alongside Kanye West, Pharell, Questlove, and countless other famous friends of the duo, Columbia favorites Ezra Koenig, CC ’06, of Vampire Weekend and current professor David Macklovitch, aka Dave 1 of Chromeo, make appearances in the video, stylized as a New York travelogue.
Watch the video above and try to spot all the industry bigwigs you can, including Macklovitch at 1:04 and Koenig at 2:10—that is, if you can resist jumping up and dancing like a crazy person. Don’t worry, we’re not judging.
Columbia’s favorite band is getting sued! Kirsten Kennis, the model pictured on the cover of Vampire Weekend’s Contra, is seeking over $2 million, claiming that the band didn’t have her permission to use the 1983 photo. Whoops.
But wait! Vampire Weekend has her signature on the photographic release form. That’s not stopping Kennis from taking Ezra and co. to court, though. She’s claiming that the signature was forged and holding the band responsible for not checking its validity. Oh snap! [TMZ]