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Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

I think some of you ReleBlog readers will like this music. Vampire Weekend combines the island grooves of Paul Simon with the garage rock simplicity of The Strokes, resulting in the first great Pop-Rock album of 2008. This self-titled debut circled around the internet early last year, but hasn’t seen a proper release until today (1/29). XL Recordings is taking this Afro-dance college music to the masses, it will definitely rouse up some ears this year.

Now be warned you listeners: there will be swearing, but it will be as cute as the f-word can be. This is music for a Wes Anderson soundtrack, just waiting to be fit somewhere between The Kinks and Mark Mothersbaugh. Max Fischer will hop on the Belafonte in your mind when you hear M79.
I hate to make this post right after Vampire Weekend gets “Best New Music’d,” but it’s definitely worth a listen or two. Here’s a nice video to watch:


They’re on tour. Go see them and tell me how the show is (they won’t be in my town unfortunately):

Jan 29, 2008 8:00P:
Bowery Ballroom [16+] w/Sam Rosen and Beat the Devil (SOLD OUT) New York, New York
Jan 30, 2008 8:00P:
Bowery Ballroom [21+] w/Aa, Plastic Little (SOLD OUT) New York, New York
Jan 31, 2008 8:00P:
Popscene San Francisco, California
Feb 1, 2008 7:00P:
Amoeba Music San Francisco, California
Feb 4, 2008 7:00P:
Amoeba Music Los Angeles, California
Feb 6, 2008 8:00P:
The Rock and Roll Hotel Washington DC, Washington DC
Feb 7, 2008 8:00P:
First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 8, 2008 8:00P:
Willams College Willamstown, Massachusetts
Feb 9, 2008 8:00P:
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 11, 2008 8:00P:
Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Ontario
Feb 12, 2008 8:00P:
The Blind Pig Ann Arbor, Michigan
Feb 13, 2008 8:00P:
Gypsy Hut Cincinnati
Feb 14, 2008 8:00P:
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus, Ohio
Feb 15, 2008 8:00P:
Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar 6, 2008 8:00P:
The Social w/ THE WALKMEN Orlando
Mar 7, 2008 8:00P:
Langerado Festival-Big Cypress Indian Reservation Clewiston, Florida
Mar 8, 2008 8:00P:
Cafe Eleven w/ THE WALKMEN St. Augustine, Florida
Mar 9, 2008 8:00P:
The Earl w/ THE WALKMEN Atlanta
Mar 10, 2008 8:00P:
The Bottletree w/ THE WALKMEN Birmingham
Mar 19, 2008 8:00P:
The Casbah San Diego, California
Mar 20, 2008 8:00P:
El Rey Los Angeles, California
Mar 25, 2008 8:00P:
Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon
Mar 26, 2008 8:00P:
Neumos Seattle, Washington
Mar 27, 2008 8:00P:
Richards on Richards Vancouver, British Columbia


“Why would you lie about how much coal you have?
Why would you lie about something dumb like that?
Why would you lie about anything at all?
First the window, then it’s to the wall,
Lil’ Jon, he always tells the truth.”

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