July 27, 2007

MASTERS OF UPPER WEST SIDE SOWETO:

Dracula in Disneyworld: Vampire Weekend's goofy charms (Kevin O'Donnell, July 24th, 2007, Village Voice)

As fresh-faced Columbia grads, the four guys in Vampire Weekend are aiming to perfect the smartest brand of party rock since David Johansen moonlighted as Buster Poindexter. Not to mention the weirdest. Crying out for a record deal, they're unlike any other band going in New York, offering up a killer blend of funked-up Afrobeat, slick '80s pop, and polite punk. And their lyrics--mixing references both low- (Peter Gabriel, Louis Vuitton) and highbrow (Oxford commas, mansard roofs)´┐Żare by turns goofy and whip-smart. Their musical influences are symptomatic of just how much stuff people can absorb these days: Cuts like "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" mix Radio Disney bubblegum with the diluted world music of Paul Simon's Graceland, whereas "APunk" could be a toss-off from the Clash's Sandinista. Still, doesn't their band name sound like a black-metal group from Scandinavia? "It fits the music," guitarist Ezra Koenig explains. "Although, once you get past the 'vampire' part and you realize it's more about 'vampire-plus-weekend,' then it kind of makes sense." Sure.

MORE:
MP3s: "vampire weekend" (HypeMachine)
-PROFILE: Vampire Weekend (Mike Powell, 2007-06-25, Stylus Magazine)
-REVIEW: Preppie Afro-Pop and Other Odd Blends (KELEFA SANNEH, 6/18/07, NY Times)

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2007 12:05 PM
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