Vampire Weekend - A-Punk (Unplugged)
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Ezra Koenig told the Daily Mail the concept behind A-Punk on May 23, 2008:

We had a riff that sounded like a Punk song, but we played it on the high notes to make it sound more interesting.

This performance includes a six-piece strings-and-woodwind ensemble and Rostam on the piano. 

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Vampire Weekend: In the studio

Rostam and Ezra talk about making music while in the studio for Modern Vampires of the City

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Ezra Koenig at Leeds Festival 2014

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Ezra Koenig at Leeds Festival 2014
supremedolphins:

I’m sorry

supremedolphins:

I’m sorry

Rostam Batmanglij - Upper West Side, 1982
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Upper West Side, 1982 - Rostam Batmanglij (Music from This Is Our Youth)

" Dennis Ziegler, 21 years old 
Warren Straub, 19 years old 
Jessica Goldman, 19 years old 

The play takes place in Dennis’s one-room apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The time is late March, 1982.”

…reads the first page of Kenneth Lonergan’s script for This Is Our Youth. As soon as I read it I thought about myself at that age, I had just moved to upper Manhattan to go to school. A bunch of my time in that period of my life was spent studying piano, and the piano’s this instrument you can find in apartment buildings throughout New York. So it was important for me to write something that could realistically be heard coming down the hall— maybe from an apartment next door to Dennis’s. And it was also important to me that there be a bit of the feeling that a person has maybe come home late at night, in a somewhat altered state, and they sit down at a piano and this is what comes out of them and it’s never existed before. -Rostam Batmanglij (via Pitchfork)

understandingezra:

California English Part 2 - Live for the first time ever

Vampire Weekend - California English Pt. 2
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vwsongfacts:

In reference to California English Koenig explained to Mojo magazine November 2009:

“When we say ‘Californian,’ people might think of Jefferson Airplane or Black Flag, but for us, it means a group of people, an aesthetic and a vibe. New York is essentially full of man-made things, but what makes California is the way people interact with the natural landscape. It’s much more dramatic in a lot of ways than the East Coast and I think that has a deeper cultural resonance and affects the way people live.”

To date this is the only Vampire Weekend song with a direct sequel. California English pt 2 was released as the B-side to the Cousins single.

vwsongfacts:

In reference to California English Koenig explained to Mojo magazine November 2009:
When we say ‘Californian,’ people might think of Jefferson Airplane or Black Flag, but for us, it means a group of people, an aesthetic and a vibe. New York is essentially full of man-made things, but what makes California is the way people interact with the natural landscape. It’s much more dramatic in a lot of ways than the East Coast and I think that has a deeper cultural resonance and affects the way people live.
To date this is the only Vampire Weekend song with a direct sequel. California English pt 2 was released as the B-side to the Cousins single.
teamvampireweekend:

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

teamvampireweekend:

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

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Pitchfork’s 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far (2010-2014) : #46 - Contra and #6 - Modern Vampires of the City

haimtheblog:

Listening to My Song 5 like…

haimtheblog:

Listening to My Song 5 like…

Ezra Koenig in Haim’s My Song 5 music video