September 28, 2010
Duck Sauce is the production duo comprised of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden (heavy stuff). For the video for their song “Barbara Streisand” they were able to recruit some of their best buds for cameos. Any video that features Santigold, Fat Jew, Kanye West, Yelawolf, Chromeo, Vampire Weekend, Quest Love, Diplo and more is a top contender for my video-of-the-year. Surprised this video isn’t being released by Converse or Apple or some other corporation trying to get in with the youth of today…
MP3: Duck Sauce – “Barbara Streisand”
August 18, 2010
I’m here in beautiful Charlevoix, in Northern Michigan, on vacation with my family until Monday, so posting may slow down a little bit this week, with Adrian off in Spain until the 30th. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that the massive changes I mentioned are in full swing right now, and you’ll notice some of them in the very near future. Please be patient with us, and you’ll see it’s worth it.
Real quick before I get back to my picturesque vacation (tennis, sailing, swimming in the lake, golf carting around the farm) check the Basement Jaxx remix of Vampire Weekend’s “White Sky” which has been floating around for a few days. There was a BBC radio rip a few weeks back, but this official version sounds pretty damn awesome, and will be bumped at ATG house parties for the foreseeable future.
MP3: Vampire Weekend – “White Sky (Basement Jaxx Remix)”
March 29, 2010
March is a transitional month. Spring hasn’t quite yet arrived, as warm sunny days are peppered amongst the chilly mornings and windy afternoons. College spring breaks transition students from knowledge-seeking scholars to tuned out lazy bums. Lastly, March represents my transition from year to year, and this year I moved from 21 to 22 years of age (on March 4th, it’s not too late to get me something!), which marks my first of many absolutely irrelevant birthday.
What does this have to do with the March Mixtape? Not much, to be honest, I just wanted to sound profound. The mix is a blend of introverted, self-reflective folk and somber, nostalgic indie rock. Established artists like Built to Spill, The Helio Sequence, and Atlas Sound anchor the mixtape while fresh-faced artists Freelance Whales, Coeur de Pirate, and Local Natives chip in beautifully crafted pop. Faded Paper Figures make their second appearance (see: November Mixtape), but their unique blend of Death Cab-esque self-pitying lyricism with Fujiya and & Miyagi’s too-cool-for-school rhythms and vocalization. Theo London gives us a little taste of his brand of new school hip hop, somewhat in the vein of KiD CuDi, though that comparison is slightly unfair. All in all, the March Mixtape captures the essence of the month: partly comforting and cozy, partly refreshing and hopeful. Enjoy.
.ZIP: All Things Go March Mixtape [mediafire]
MP3: 01: Freelance Whales – “Generator ^ 2nd Floor”
MP3: 02: Built to Spill – “Else”
MP3: 03: Chief – “Far Away”
MP3: 04: Local Natives – “Airplanes”
MP3: 05: Vampire Weekend – “Taxi Cab”
MP3: 06: Coeur de Pirate – “Printemps”
MP3: 07: Faded Paper Figures – “North by North”
MP3: 08: Theophilus London – “Humdrum Town”
MP3: 09: Atlas Sound – “Walkabout (ft. Noah Lennox)”
MP3: 10: The Helio Sequence – “Hallelujah”
February 22, 2010
I am in the surprisingly small minority of listeners who actually enjoy Vampire Weekend’s Contra more than their critically-acclaimed debut. Sure, there’s no “A-Punk” or “Oxford Comma” that sticks out on Contra, and the novelty of the crisp button-down shirts and vintage Ray Bans have worn almost as thin as the pastel Toms sported by the boys from Columbia University. Sure, Pitchfork still gave Contra an 8.6, which probably led the casual listener to blame the tastemakers for jumping on a hipster bandwagon. Sure, there are many reasons to debunk the myth that Contra is a carefully crafted assortment of new and old; of classic thigh-slapping indie-dance (“Holiday” is the new “Mansard Roof”), and of the new synth-driven melodies closer to Rostam Batmanglij’s side project, Discovery (see: “Diplomat’s Son” or “White Sky”). Sure, part of the reason why the album was considered a letdown was that the two first singles, “Horchata” and “Cousins”, are two of the messier songs on an otherwise pristine album. Sure, It took me at least ten full listens trough the album to come to this conclusion. And, sure, even my co-writer doesn’t like Vampire Weekend.
Each and every time, though, I kept coming back to one song that ties the whole album together; the flagship track. “Giving Up the Gun” is a masterpiece of sound, complete with an infections drum pattern, a sing-song melody aided by xylophones, and a guitar rhythm that resonates in my head long after the song is finished. When the band announced a music video for the song starring RZA, Lil’ Jon, Joe Jonas, and Jake Gyllenhaal, my curiosity was piqued. I was rewarded a few days later with this masterful video, in which a young girl defeats a series of competitors in the preppiest game of tennis every played. Jake steals the show with his throat-slashing gesture and pint of whiskey that he drinks while casually rallying with our hero. Check the video for yourself above, and the single below. And, please, give Contra a chance.
MP3: Vampire Weekend – “Giving Up the Gun”
February 8, 2010
Unlike my fellow writers and perhaps the majority of this blog’s readers, I don’t care much for Vampire Weekend. Except for when they record a cover of Rancid’s “Ruby Soho.” Enjoy.
MP3: Vampire Weekend – “Ruby Soho” (Rancid Cover)
January 5, 2010
I liked “Horchata” with its clever word play and obscure references to Spanish drinks I wasn’t aware existed. That’s the type of pretention we’ve come to know and love from Vampire Weekend. But I was not super impressed with “Cousins,” I’ll be honest. Pitchfork referred to it as a “the closest these non-punk punks have come to making a punk song” and frankly, I just wasn’t buying it.
But “White Sky?” I LOVE IT. It sort of re-news my fascination with the band after being disenchanted with their intense over-exposure. Ezra Koenig seems to use his voice as an echo-y windpipe against the backdrop of the bubbly, richly-layered beat and the contrast is intense and quirky and delightful.
Plus the line, “A thousand little Julias that come together in the middle of Manhattan” is a great GREAT lyric.
Fingers crossed that I can make it to a show here in NYC later this month and report back.
MP3: Vampire Weekend – “White Sky”
October 6, 2009
It’s starting to get brisk at night, and the days are getting shorter. Let us pretend it’s still summer for a few moments.
MP3: Vampire Weekend – “Horchata”