Watch Vampire Weekend star-studded last supper video for new single ‘Diane Young’.

Published on Jun 3, 2013

From the new album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ out now and available for purchase: http://smarturl.it/mvotcpreorder

Directed by Primo Kahn

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The video for the song, which is lifted from the band’s latest album ‘Modern Vampires of the City’, features a number of famous friends including Sky Ferreira, Santigold and Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. Other cameos come from P-Thugg and Dave1 of Chromeo, Primo Kahn and Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen. See above to watch the video now.

Meanwhile, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig recently admitted that American politics “mostly just stresses me out”.

The New York band were noted early supporters of current US President Barack Obama and publicly stated their intention to back him when he campaigned for election in 2008. However, speaking earlier this year, Koenig said: “George Bush was President when our first album came out. Isn’t that just crazy to think? I find American politics mostly just stresses me out. But this record – more than any of the others – hopefully reflects our feelings about the country and the city that we live in.”

Vampire Weekend recently played at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend alongside Biffy Clyro, The Vaccines and Calvin Harris. The annual bash took place this year in Derry, Northern Ireland on the weekend of May 24-26.

The Seductive ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ – Vampire Weekend

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Album Review – Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend redefine independent artistry with mature third album “Modern Vampires of the City”. Co-produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and band member Rostam Batmanglij, the third full-length release from the indie rock quartet was inspired by New York City.

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Modern Vampires of the City
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Grade: A+

Vampire Weekend just made it that much more difficult for all other indie bands of the day. The New York group had already charmed a sizable legion of fans and critics with 2008′s Vampire Weekend and its irresistible follow-up 2010′s Contra, both gold-sellers. But the third album, Modern Vampires of the City, is on a lofty new plane.

What Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio and Chris Tomson created on Modern Vampires of the City is an opus full of breadth, maturity and adventure. The record is a cavalcade of sonic soldiering, a collection of a dozen tunes that explore the high and low soundscapes of the iconic place the guys call home. Lyrically the record name drops Harry Hudson and The New York Times while it explores love in an uptown falafel shop, the engulfing melancholy of church organs and haunting choirs, and the euphoric rush of synthesizers in interval mode. They speed up into breathless paces before they slow down again for a breather.

One of the most impressive aspects of Modern Vampires of the City is the production by Batmanglij and Ariel Rechtshaid. Koenig’s voice is so brilliantly mixed with the textured and sometimes intricate instrumentation. His singing is clear, crisp and upfront. We hear the piano, the trumpet, the trombone, the tuba, the strings, the bass, the drums, the guitars, and even the banjo. Nothing is cluttered; this isn’t a record over-washed in cascades of compressed sounds.

Vampire-Weekend-Modern-Vampires-of-the-City-300x300But yes, the immediate songs are brimming with hooks and melodies. I’m talking about “Diane Young,” “Don’t Lie,” “Unbelievers,” “Everlasting Arms” and the totally catchy “Ya Hey.” This time, though, there’s a much more sophisticated air to the choruses than we heard on Contra, which is perhaps the band’s poppiest disc. Yet on the other side of the spectrum, Vampire Weekend enthrall us with gorgeous dirges such as “Hudson,” “Young Lion,” “Hannah Hunt” and the quietly rhythmic opener “Obvious Bicycle.” Also, we have “Step,” an ethereal ballad that borrows inspiration from such disparate artists as ’90s New Jersey rapper YZ, Oakland, California rap group Souls of Mischief, ’70s soft rock band Bread and the late R&B-jazz saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr.

There are so many audible rabbit trails here that you’ll discover something new with each listen. Modern Vampires of the City was recorded in New York, Los Angeles, Hollywood and Martha’s Vineyard after Vampire Weekend took a much needed break following the extensive Contra tour, which stopped at Dallas’ House of Blues in April 2010. It is a rare record that actually ups the creative ante of a buzz band that could’ve easily lost its way after the initial critical and commercial headiness. These guys just redefined independent artistry.

Published on Mar 18, 2013

From the new album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ out May 13th/14th. Pre-order now: http://smarturl.it/mvotcpreorder

More info: http://vampireweekend.com

Music by Rostam Batmanglij and Ezra Koenig, lyrics by Ezra Koenig, 2013 Vampire Weekend Music(ASCAP)/Imagem Music. Lyrics reproduced by kind permission. This composition contains elements from ‘Aubrey’ (Gates). Published by Kipahulu Music. Used by permission. All rights reserved. ‘Step’ interpolates a vocal melody from ‘Aubrey’ by David Gates, and lyrics from YZ’s ‘Who’s That Girl’. Thanks to YZ’s ‘Who’s That Girl’ for our hook “Every time I see you in the world you always step to my girl.”

Modern Vampires of the City:
01 Obvious Bicycle
02 Unbelievers
03 Step
04 Diane Young
05 Don’t Lie
06 Hannah Hunt
07 Everlasting Arms
08 Finger Back
09 Worship You
10 Ya Hey
11 Hudson
12 Young Lion

Vampire Weekend Tour Dates:
03-13-16 Austin, TX – SXSW
04-12 Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan *
04-14 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-16 Davis, CA – Freeborn Hall at UC Davis *
04-17 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater *
04-21 Indio, CA – Coachella
05-08 London, England – The Troxy
05-10 Paris, France – Casino De Paris
05-15 Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
05-16 Toronto, Ontario – Sony Centre
05-17 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
05-19 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theater
05-20 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^
05-21 Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
05-23 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
* with Tanlines
^ with Of Monsters And Men

Watch Vampire Weekend Play ‘Saturday Night Live’

Vampire Weekend returned to Saturday Night Live last night to promote their new album, Modern Vampires of the City. 

The band are about to release their new album this week (May 14) via XL , and ahead of that release they made their return to Saturday Night Live last night. They performed two of the new album’s cuts, “Diane Young” and “Unbelievers.” Kristen Wiig hosted.

Vampire Weekend is touring for much of this year, and they’ll do a big hometown show in NYC on September 20 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show are still available.The band started off with the hard-driving rockabilly-and-synth rhythms of “Diane Young,” the lead single off the record, as a gentleman in a top hat played a giant bari sax against Ezra Koenig’s pitch-shifting vocals. They returned for the second set with “Unbelievers,” also from the new album, opening with an Elvis Costello-esque organ riff and filling the sound out near the end with a brass and wind quartet.

“Things that we might have found boring in the past, we’ve started to find more fresh,” Koenig told Rolling Stone in January, as the album neared completion. “This record has more piano and acoustic guitar and organ. But at the same time, that means we needed to find ways to flip it.” Modern Vampires of the City ,Vampire Weekend’s third album, is due out on May 14th.

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That’s the album art above and the tracklist is below. No music from the album has been posted yet.

Modern Vampires Of The City Tracklist:
1) Obvious Bicycle
2) Unbelievers
3) Step
4) Diane Young
5) Don’t Lie
6) Hannah Hunt
7) Everlasting Arms
8) Finger Back
9) Worship You
10) Ya Hey
11) Hudson
12) Young Lion

Vampire Weekend — 2013 Tour Dates
3/13-16 Austin, TX – SXSW
4/12 Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan (w.Tanlines)
4/14 Indio, CA – Coachella
4/16 Davis, CA – Freeborn Hall at UC Davis (w.Tanlines)
4/17 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater (w.Tanlines)
4/21 Indio, CA – Coachella
5/8 London, UK – The Troxy
5/10 Paris, FR – Casino De Paris
5/15 Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
5/16 Toronto, ONT – Sony Centre
5/17 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
5/19 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theater
5/20 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (co-headline w. Of Monsters And Men)
5/21 Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
5/23 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium

‘Ya Hey’ latest video from New York band’s new album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’

A lyric video for their new song Ya Hey has been posted by the band Vampire Weekend today – watch the video above now.

The video shows lyrics across the screen with people in the background spraying bottles of champagne behind them. The video was directed by Greg Brunkalla.

Frontman Ezra Koenig sings:

“America don’t love you / So I could never love you / In spite of everything,” “I can’t help but feel that I made some mistake,” sings Koenig. “But I let it go.”

“Vampire Weekend’s frontman Ezra Koenig recently opened up about considering quitting music. The band’s third album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ is due for release on May 13 via XL but the singer has said he contemplated getting a proper job before work on the record commenced,” NME said today.

“I still loved music but I had this weird feeling,” he told NME. “I met a lot of people who worked in movies and TV and I thought, ‘Well, if I just started out as a writer’s assistant, I could start a new job at the very bottom’.” He added: “But when I say I daydream about going to law school or becoming a freedom fighter instead, it’s not because I’m brave or restless.”

Vampire Weekend released two new songs ‘Everlasting Arms’ and ‘Obvious Bicycle’ during a gig in New York on April 30th.

Vampire Weekend @ Roseland Ballroom NYC

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Vampire Weekend Get Cinematic at NYC Roseland Ballroom

Vampire Weekend returned to New York on Sunday, April 28th for a sold-out show directed by Steve Buscemi for the Tribeca Film Festival’s #amexUNSTAGED series, where they played 19 songs, including new ones from their highly anticipated album “Modern Vampires Of The City.”

Vampire Weekend is an American indie rock band from New York City formed in 2006. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. The band consists of four members: lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, guitarist/keyboardist and backing vocalist Rostam Batmanglij, drummer and percussionist Chris Tomson, and bassist and backing vocalist Chris Baio. The band released its first album Vampire Weekend in 2008, which produced the singles “Mansard Roof”, “A-Punk”, “Oxford Comma”, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”, and “The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance”. The band’s second album, Contra, was released in 2010. Their third studio album, Modern Vampires of the City, will be released on May 14, 2013.

Formation and rise to fame (2006–2007)

Members of the band met while matriculating at Columbia University in New York City, beginning with a rap collaboration between Koenig and Tomson. They bonded over a shared love of punk rock and African music, and Koenig toured with The Dirty Projectors during a period of experimentation with African music, inspiring the band to incorporate world sounds into their earliest work. The band chose the name “Vampire Weekend” from the title of a short film project Koenig worked on during the summer between freshman and sophomore years in college. While home for the summer, Koenig watched a 1980s vampire film and was inspired to make a Northeastern version of the film in which a man named Walcot travels to Cape Cod to warn the mayor that vampires are attacking the United States. Koenig abandoned the project after two days. The band began playing shows around Columbia University, starting with a battle of the bands at Lerner Hall. After graduating from college, the band self-produced their debut album while simultaneously working full-time jobs, Tomson as a music archivist and Koenig as a middle school English teacher.

In 2007, Vampire Weekend’s song “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” was ranked 4th on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Best Songs of the Year.” In November 2007, they toured the UK with The Shins. Success came to the band in the now common form of blog hype and internet buzz, built during the year that their album was on the internet before its official release. The internet attention led to a large prerelease following, which in fact enabled them to go on three full tours before their debut album dropped. They were declared “The Year’s Best New Band” by Spin magazine in the March 2008 issue, and were the first band to be shot for the cover of the magazine before releasing their debut album. Four songs from the band’s first album also made the Triple J Hottest 100, 2008. The internet hype had its backlash, however, as critics reacted against a perceived image of Vampire Weekend as privileged, upper-class Ivy League graduates stealing from foreign musicians. One critic went so far as to call Vampire Weekend the “whitest band in the world,” to which they took exception, given their Ukrainian, Persian, Italian, and Hungarian heritages. Koenig responded in a November 2009 interview by saying, “Nobody in our band is a WASP.” Furthermore, the backlash involving their social backgrounds was largely unfounded, as Koenig explained in the interview that the band members got into Columbia on scholarship and used student loans; he himself was still paying off student loans in 2009. Such reactions were not repeated for later world music-inspired musicians, suggesting Vampire Weekend may have cleared the way for their style of fusion.

All concert photos by Ashley Mungo.

Sources: Youtube, Wikipedia, Google, Ashley Mungo, Coachella 2013