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Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

November 30th, -0001

Formed:
2006 in New York, NY

Genre:
Alternative

Years Active:
'00s, '10s






Vampire Weekend

Biography

Describing their sound as "Upper West Side Soweto," New York City's Vampire Weekend mix preppy, well-read indie rock with joyful, Afro-pop-inspired melodies and rhythms. Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, and Chris Tomson formed the band early in 2006, when they were finishing up their studies at Columbia University. Taking their name from a movie Koenig made during his freshman year, the band started out by playing gigs at the university's literary societies and at parties. Word spread about Vampire Weekend's unique sound and lyrics ("Oxford Comma," one of the band's earliest songs, referred to comma use in a list of three items), buoyed by the band's self-released EPs, which they recorded in locations spanning from their Columbia dorm rooms to a family barn. The buzz around Vampire Weekend reached a peak in 2007: that summer, the band embarked on its biggest tour yet, made several appearances at that year's CMJ Music Marathon, and signed with XL Records that fall. The Mansard Roof EP was Vampire Weekend's debut release for the label, followed by their self-titled first album early in 2008. Debuting within the Top 20 of both the American and U.K. album charts, the eponymous record proved to be one of the year's most popular indie releases. Vampire Weekend celebrated its success by hitting the road for the better part of two years, and keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij gathered additional accolades by releasing an album with Discovery, his electro side project with Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles. Amidst this flurry of activity, Vampire Weekend found time to return to the studio for the creation of Contra, which arrived in early 2010. Late in 2011, the band returned to the studio to work on its third album. As sessions progressed, the group worked with Ariel Rechtshaid in his home studio; he co-produced the album with Batmanglij. Early in 2013, Vampire Weekend played a couple of songs from the album, "Diane Young" and "Ya Hey," at that year's SXSW festival. Modern Vampires of the City was released that May. . Describing their sound as "Upper West Side Soweto," New York City's Vampire Weekend mix preppy, well-read indie rock with joyful, Afro-pop-inspired melodies and rhythms. Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, and Chris Tomson formed the band early in 2006, when they were finishing up their studies at Columbia University. Taking their name from a movie Koenig made during his freshman year, the band started out by playing gigs at the university's literary societies and at parties. Word spread about Vampire Weekend's unique sound and lyrics ("Oxford Comma," one of the band's earliest songs, referred to comma use in a list of three items), buoyed by the band's self-released EPs, which they recorded in locations spanning from their Columbia dorm rooms to a family barn. The buzz around Vampire Weekend reached a peak in 2007: that summer, the band embarked on its biggest tour yet, made several appearances at that year's CMJ Music Marathon, and signed with XL Records that fall. The Mansard Roof EP was Vampire Weekend's debut release for the label, followed by their self-titled first album early in 2008. Debuting within the Top 20 of both the American and U.K. album charts, the eponymous record proved to be one of the year's most popular indie releases. Vampire Weekend celebrated its success by hitting the road for the better part of two years, and keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij gathered additional accolades by releasing an album with Discovery, his electro side project with Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles. Amidst this flurry of activity, Vampire Weekend found time to return to the studio for the creation of Contra, which arrived in early 2010. Late in 2011, the band returned to the studio to work on its third album. As sessions progressed, the group worked with Ariel Rechtshaid in his home studio; he co-produced the album with Batmanglij. Early in 2013, Vampire Weekend played a couple of songs from the album, "Diane Young" and "Ya Hey," at that year's SXSW festival. Modern Vampires of the City was released that May.

Top Albums

Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend
1. Modern Vampi..
Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
2. Vampire Week..
Contra (Bonus Track Version), Vampire Weekend
3. Contra (Bonu..
iTunes Session, Vampire Weekend
4. iTunes Sessi..
White Sky (Remixes) - EP, Vampire Weekend
5. White Sky (R..
Holiday, Vampire Weekend
6. Holiday
Giving Up the Gun - EP, Vampire Weekend
7. Giving Up th..
Cousins - Single, Vampire Weekend
8. Cousins - Si..
The Kids Don't Stand a Chance - Single, Vampire Weekend
9. The Kids Don..
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa - Single, Vampire Weekend
10. Cape Cod Kwa..
Oxford Comma - Single, Vampire Weekend
11. Oxford Comma..
Mansard Roof - Single, Vampire Weekend
12. Mansard Roof..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
UnbelieversModern Vampires of the City3:22$1.29
2.
Diane YoungModern Vampires of the City2:40$0.69
3.
A-PunkVampire Weekend2:17$0.99
4.
StepModern Vampires of the City4:11$1.29
5.
Oxford CommaVampire Weekend3:15$0.99
6.
HolidayContra (Bonus Track Version..2:18$0.99
7.
Ya HeyModern Vampires of the City5:12$1.29
8.
Hannah HuntModern Vampires of the City3:57$1.29
9.
HorchataContra (Bonus Track Version..3:26$0.99
10.
Cape Cod Kwassa KwassaVampire Weekend3:34$0.99
11.
Obvious BicycleModern Vampires of the City4:11$1.29
12.
Giving Up the GunContra (Bonus Track Version..4:46$0.99
13.
Worship YouModern Vampires of the City3:21$1.29
14.
WalcottVampire Weekend3:41$0.99
15.
Everlasting ArmsModern Vampires of the City3:03$1.29
16.
White SkyContra (Bonus Track Version..2:58$0.99
17.
Kids Don’t Stand a ChanceVampire Weekend4:03$0.99
18.
CampusVampire Weekend2:56$0.99
19.
OttomanHoliday4:02$0.99
20.
CousinsContra (Bonus Track Version..2:25$0.99
21.
Diplomat's SonContra (Bonus Track Version..6:01$0.99
22.
Finger BackModern Vampires of the City3:25$1.29
23.
I'm Going Down (iTunes Session)iTunes Session3:04$0.99
24.
M79Vampire Weekend4:15$0.99
25.
Don't LieModern Vampires of the City3:33$1.29

Top Music Videos

A-Punk, Vampire Weekend
1. A-Punk
Giving Up the Gun, Vampire Weekend
2. Giving Up the...
Cousins, Vampire Weekend
3. Cousins
Oxford Comma, Vampire Weekend
4. Oxford Comma
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, Vampire Weekend
5. Cape Cod Kwas...
Mansard Roof, Vampire Weekend
6. Mansard Roof
Holiday, Vampire Weekend
7. Holiday
Diane Young, Vampire Weekend
8. Diane Young


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