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VOR
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Question about Vampire Weekend
I’ve seen portions of their set on Austin City Limits and during coverage of a couple of festivals. And my question is WTF? What is their jam? Are they some sort of jam band from the world of Dr Seuss? Really, a lot of disjointed rambling with that dude singing in a child’s voice. I mean is it just over my head?
Are they too hip for me to appreciate?
I will admit that I tend to appreciate well-written songs enhanced by solid musicianship. Quirky and cute just for its own sake doesn’t do it.



Vandyrone
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re: Question about Vampire Weekend
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I mean is it just over my head?
Are they too hip for me to appreciate?




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hogfly
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re: Question about Vampire Weekend
They've just recently become a "jam band" after moving out to California and becoming fans of the Dead/Phish and such. Prior to that, they wrote fairly tight polyethnic ivy league pop rock.

And yes.. the lyrics have meaning. Ezra is smart as hell and puts a LOT of thought into what is written. Here's a decent article on their last album that covers some of the themes, if you're so inclined:

Stereogum
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Htowntiger90
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re: Question about Vampire Weekend
They're Ivy League guys from Columbia. The lyrics are pretty accessible but they hop around quick sometimes and make you listen. I think lots of indie bands tend to ramble live when they're in front of their peeps.
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iwyLSUiwy
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re: Question about Vampire Weekend
I liked their first few albums, but i've never seen them live. I can easily see them being like Modest Mouse live. The voice sounds great in the studio but live it is garbage. I could barely understand a word the Modest Mouse guy was saying the entire concert, and I knew half of the songs.


hogfly
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re: Question about Vampire Weekend
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liked their first few albums, but i've never seen them live. I can easily see them being like Modest Mouse live. The voice sounds great in the studio but live it is garbage. I could barely understand a word the Modest Mouse guy was saying the entire concert, and I knew half of the songs.



I saw them on the Modern Vampires of the City tour. They were actually REALLY good... surprisingly good... to the point that I'm pretty sure a lot of the music/vocals were pre-recorded and being triggered by Rostam during the show. Now that Rostam isn't in the band, they seem to have gotten more jammy and improvisational.


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re: Question about Vampire Weekend
Their first album is a modern day Graceland IMO.

I've seen them a few times live and enjoyed each one. Don't know what to tell ya...they are just not for you I guess?


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rutiger
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re: Question about Vampire Weekend
They are great live.

I love the underlying afrobeat vibes of the first 2 albums.


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VOR
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re: Question about Vampire Weekend
I'll give them a further listen.

I'm sure they and their management will be ecstatic.


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FleetFox504
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re: Question about Vampire Weekend
Not a huge fan of the band but I do like some of their seminal influences. Listen to Malcom McLaren “Duck Rock” album. You’ll see where the VW sound comes from imo. Album is pretty crazy, in a good way, for the era it was released. Just think about the radio sound at that time.


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whoisnickdoobs
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re: Question about Vampire Weekend
Theres audio commentary for their last album available on Spotify that explains their lyrics if you really want to know specifics.


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