Saturday, February 23, 2008

Obsessed

I have a new musical obsession. I'm so excited. Where do I begin?? OK, slow down...breathe...I'll just start from the beginning... ILOVETHEMTHEIRNAMEISVAMPIREWEEKENDANDTHEYROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK... calming down... So here's how it all started.... I scored a copy of Spin Magazine in the mail room last week. I thought this would be a great way to catch up on some of the latest and greatest musical groups. On the cover was a band called "Vampire Weekend." However, they don't look like vampire's at all. Rather they look like some clean cut college boys who maybe attended an all boys catholic high school and now row on the crew team of their east coast ivy league college. I mean that's what they look like. And I'm not too far off...they are indeed a group of ivy leaguers who are stirring so much buzz they are the first band to be featured on the cover of Spin before their first record is even out. So I went to their Myspace page and listened to the 4 songs they have featured and I HAVEN'T TURNED THEM OFF SINCE. I've been playing these 4 songs over and over. Anyway, I know for those of you in the know, this might be old new...but to a stay at home mom who doesn't get out as much as she used to this is straight up rad. It's hard to describe their sound, so I'll let someone else do that...here's a review from Rhapsody:

Despite a very gothic name, Vampire Weekend is actually a preppy indie-rock band from New York City. The quartet — which includes singer Ezra Koenig, bassist Chris Baio, drummer Chris Tomson and keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij — combines jangly rock and Afro-pop. Literate songwriting that’s heavy on the happy vibes is combined with swirling guitars and African rhythms; imagine if Paul Simon had a World Studies-majoring love child with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Vampire Weekend formed in early 2006 while all four members were still attending Columbia University. Their self-released EP drew high praise from The New York Times, which called it one of 2007’s best debuts. The band has since signed to XL Recordings, and its debut is expected in early 2008.

That pretty accurate...but to me they sound like I should be on a boat off the coast of Spain (or Guatemala) dancing in the sun. Yeah...that's what they sound like.

And get this...I sent them a quick email on MySpace telling them how much I like their music and they even wrote me back! Great music and nice manners to boot. If you're a music lover like me please check them out...in fact why don't I just post a video for you to watch here. This song is called APunk, it's great and it's not even my favorite!



There. Have fun.

8 comments:

  1. I'm diggin' their shoutout to an apartment in Washington Heights!
    Fun stuff. Thanks for educating us fellow stay-at-home mamas.

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  2. Yeah thought you might like that. :)

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  3. I've always found Vee Dub are reminiscent of The Walkmen (who I also like), a less shouty cousin if you will.

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  4. my husband just saw them in concert (he has been a fan for a while) and said they were even better live, and yes, very preppy.

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  5. amy.
    i thank you.

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  6. yay! I'm glad you guys like em too.

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  7. They are awesome. I just discovered them about two weeks ago.

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