"He loves sandwiches, bowling, the Nets and his future wife.”
Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend) Talks Phish’s Fuego, for The Talkhouse: [x]
Chris Tomson currently plays drums for Vampire Weekend. When he was a child he and his mom decided his spirit animal was a cheetah. He loves sandwiches, bowling, the Nets and his future wife.
I used to be obsessed with Phish. I once responded to a $1000 cash offer for my ticket to their NYE ’02 show with a terse yet decisive, “No fucking way, bro.” I once drove 12 hours to see a weekend of Phish shows in northern Maine and competed in the attendant Runaway Jim 5K for a chance to get onstage. I still know what YEM, PYITE, TMWSIY and DWD are acronyms for and who Jeff Holdsworth is. I’ve seen 25-30 Phish shows in the last 15 years. And, to a lot of people, that still makes me a newbie who doesn’t know shit.
lol so the other day ezra gave me his number and i txted him asking a question but started the message with an early morning selfie so he knew it was me. but i think i got the area code wrong because next thing i know someone who is not ezra is asking me to send “ass pictures” and basically i am incapable of using a cell phone
Lorde on meeting Ezra Koenig
When Ezra was asked about the phrase “such a modest mouse” he gave some detail on Step. In Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend: The Gloves Are Off, Ezra said:
" I saw some kids on Twitter and YouTube debating, “Is [‘such a modest mouse’] a reference to the band or is that a reference to Virginia Woolf?” Because that’s where they got their name, from a phrase that she used. But to me — and this is hard to describe without sounding too highfalutin — basically that whole song,'Step', can sometimes give the impression of being a bunch of random words and phrases put together, which I think at times people have accused Vampire Weekend lyrics of being something like that, just random shit put together, but to me that song is kind of using that randomness, but still actually telling a story.
It’s kind of like a conversation between two people and rather than somebody saying, “Oh, you’re talking yourself up” or “You’re being immodest,” they would say it in a referencey way and call somebody a modest mouse, perhaps sarcastically. It’s referencey because of the band and because the band’s name is a reference too. It’s certainly no kind of a commentary or reference to their music, but it’s just the idea of somebody calling a modest mouse.”
10. Ezra and Rostam’s involvement in Richard Ayoade’s ‘Submarine’
There has been lots of questions on why Ezra and Rostam were listed on the credits of Richard Ayoade’s debut film, ‘Submarine’. If you are one of those who are wondering, well here’s the answer: Richard Ayoade directed Vampire Weekend’s Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa video (and ‘Oxford Comma’ which was hailed by GQ as one of the most stylish videos of all time) and he then asked Koenig, a keen amateur writer prior to forming Vampire Weekend and Rostam for feedback on early versions of the script. ‘Ezra’s a good writer so I wanted to get his opinion’, Ayoade says. ‘He was very nice about the script and he said he thought it was definitely worth pursuing.’
Rostam, CT and Ezra also attended the after party of the movie in NYC (as pictured above).
Ezra Koenig discussed the World Cup with Isha Sesay at CNN International back in 2010. It’s been four years, so hopefully in the time since, CT has been able to explain to Ezra how the FIFA World Cup actually works.
6/14 - the bae himself in toronto tonight
Listen to all of their albums. You can Youtube some interviews here are some:
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