In a certain sense a lot of the music that influences us is pop music. So I always admire people who write good catchy pop songs and I think The Strokes are a great example of that. I think a lot of bands copied them in bad ways and made worse versions of it. But yeah, The Strokes… It’s almost incredible how good a mind they have for writing pop songs. -Ezra Koenig, 2008
Pitchfork’s 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far (2010-2014) : #46 - Contra and #6 - Modern Vampires of the City
Listening to My Song 5 like…
Ezra Koenig in Haim’s My Song 5 music video
Pitchfork’s 200 Best Tracks of the Decade So Far (2010-2014) : #88 - Step and #26 - Hannah Hunt
Ezra Koenig in the My Song #5 trailer
Vampire Weekend performing an unplugged/acoustic version of Run.
This performance includes a six-piece strings-and-woodwind ensemble and Rostam on the piano.
Steve Buscemi and Baio taking a selfie during A-Punk
NME’s 100 Most Influential Artists: #76: Vampire Weekend (09 August 2014 issue)
Behind the scenes photos of Vampire Weekend’s music video for Oxford Comma (directed by Richard Ayoade in 2008)
Behind the scenes video of the making of Contra: Ezra Koenig
"I’ve been thinking a lot about the tour and I’m getting lots of inspirations and writing new songs and I had one idea for a title, ‘California English’, something like “bounced across a Saudi satellite dish, through your brain to California English”. I thought that was kind of witty.”
VAMPIRE WEEKEND ON THE MAKING OF CONTRA
On August 25th XL Recordings will be releasing Pay Close Attention, a compilation that celebrates the key releases and moments from XL’s 25 year history. The compilation boxset will include a bonus DVD & poster / CD / Download as well as a wealth of new and unseen content - including new interviews and performance footage from Vampire Weekend, The White Stripes, Tyler, the Creator, The Prodigy and Bobby Womack.
(via XL Recordings)
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