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Vampire Weekend – Time to Say Goodbye (Con te Partiro) (Andrea Bocelli Cover)

By Will Oliver, January 8th 2014 — with 2 comments

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Vampire Weekend made a bold move by tackling Andrea Bocelli’s classic love song  “Con te Partirò.” They covered it for the upcoming Valentine’s Day compilation Sweetheart 2014. The comp features various bands honoring some of their favorite love songs through covers. It’s being released by Hear Music and will only be available to buy at Starbucks stores on February 4.

Vampire Weekend handle their cover with all the style and grace that made Modern Vampires Of The City such a stand out record. They take some risks, adding a shuffling reggae beat and plenty of their own influence. But at its heart and core, it’s a dedication to the love and passion that bleeds through the song. Ezra hits all the right notes vocally, in one of his most impressive vocal performances to date. Its majestic.

They even outdid the fellas of Boats ‘N Hoes. Well done boys.

Take a listen below.
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Vampire_Weekend - Step

In 2013, Vampire Weekend had as good of a year as any. They released one of my favorite albums of the year, and headlined Barclays Center.

They capped it off in proper style, releasing a “wintertime remix” of “Step” (my favorite song of the year) last week featuring Danny Brown, Heems, & Despot. They shred the remix on twitter, and it’s available to grab as a free mp3 download below.
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Phosphorescent – Ya Hey (Vampire Weekend Cover)

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2013

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The beauty of covers is that you have bands tackle covers that wouldn’t make sense at first glance, but all it takes is one listen to the cover to see otherwise. Bands can take what they love about the original song and incorporate their own feel and something that they hear differently, that makes it a different entity entirely.

Phosphorescent wouldn’t be your first guess as to someone who would cover Vampire Weekend, but with the recent direction that they discovered on their new album Modern Vampires Of The City, it makes a lot more sense than you think.

They performed the cover while visiting radio station KCSN over at California State University. It’s an incredible cover.

Take a listen below.
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Vampire Weekend @ Barclays Center (9.20.2013)

By Will Oliver, September 21st 2013 — with 1 comment

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The first time I saw Vampire Weekend, We All Want Someone didn’t even exist. It was a cold rainy evening, (January 28, 2008, to be exact) at the Bowery Ballroom where Vampire Weekend were celebrating the release of their debut album to a packed crowd. I could have told you right then and there that they were going to be huge. I still remember the performance of “Walcott” from that night, and how there was just something special in the air, that I hadn’t experienced before. I knew they would have success, but it was pretty mind-blowing to see them rocking out at Barclays Center last night.

For the first 3 songs in the photo pit, I was ironically in a relatively similar position as I was at that Bowery Ballroom show 5 years ago. Only, there were a couple thousand more people there with me.

To be quite frank, the band still plays with the same buoyancy and joyful excitement as they always have. Their stage command has improved, and they look more confident and professional. They are now capable of rocking out these large stages because they’ve consistently gotten better as a band.

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New songs such as “Diane Young”, “Unbelievers” and “Step” sounded absolutely massive live, and to hear them mixed with “White Sky”, “Holiday” and “Giving Up The Gun” was an assault of the senses in the fullest manner. Throw in all the classics such as “Walcott”, “A-Punk”, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and what may be my favorite song of theirs because of sentimentality, “Ladies Of Cambridge.” They skipped that one at Roseland the last time they were in New York, to my dismay. Sure still was no “Mansard Roof” or “M79″ but it was a pleasure to hear them flesh out versions of Modern Vampires Of The City tracks such as “Don’t Lie” and “Hannah Hunt.” Oh there was also a rock star cover of Blur’s “Song 2′ that proved that they are very much able to cut it as an arena band.

It’s been a crazy journey to watch these guys evolve as a band. I’m really proud to see how far they’ve come, and that they’ve still stayed humble and true to themselves, and their fans.

Below, find Vampire Weekend’s setlist, as well as more photos from their set, as well as of Solange and Sky Ferreira, who opened the show, providing two different styles of female pop that got the crowd warmed up. There’s also a brief iPhone video I took of their cover of Blur’s “Song 2.”
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Photos: Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Wild Nothing, The Mowglis @ Lollapalooza

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013 — with 1 comment

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With a tight schedule with a lot of hard choices and long walking distances I was only able to run and catch a bit of each set from Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Wild Nothing, and The Mowglis. Vampire Weekend drew one of the biggest crowds at a festival that I’ve ever seen. Beach House sounded great under much drier conditions than the last time I saw them. Wild Nothing were a perfect fit to play on the same stage that The Cure would later play. Young up and comers The Mowglis were fun, and worth seeing just for a kid who climbed a lamp post and hung off a hammock while watching them.

See photos of all 4 sets below:
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Vampire Weekend – Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke Cover)

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2013 — with 2 comments

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Vampire Weekend had fun with their cover for BBC Radio 1’s Love Lounge as they went with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” They had a good time making it and they actually make it sound like a damn good time. They don’t pass up T.I.’s verse either, taking it on in full stride.

Listen below.

[music video]: Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

By Will Oliver, June 3rd 2013

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Vampire Weekend have released an official video for “Diane Young” that features an epic dinner featuring the elite class of indie rock. The dinner features Hamilton Leithauser from The Walkmen, Sanitgold, Chromeo, Dave Longstreth from Dirty Projectors, as well as Sky Ferreira.

It’s one of the most fun music videos of the year. Definitely one of my favorites of theirs in general, as well as of the whole year. Enjoy it below.




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