NPR’s Listeners Poll #1 Album of 2013: Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City
It’s always hard to predict how our audience will vote in our year-end polls for the best music. NPR has a large group of listeners with wildly varying tastes. But this year was even harder to call because we had an unusually large pool of contenders for Album Of The Year.
In the end listeners picked Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires Of The City as the year’s best album. No other record came close. It drew more than twice as many votes as the next closest record, Arcade Fire’s Reflektor. (via NPR)
hardto-explain asked: Hi, I wanted to ask if those pictures with "meet Ezra" written on them were really meant to be done for an American apparel campaign or if they belong to a photoshoot. And if you can post them, please! Thanks x
No ohmygod, those are just made by fans. Those photos are by Dustin Aksland and it was for Esquire USA’s May 2013 issue, wherein Ezra wrote an article about his first watch. I have posted/reblogged some of the pics before (you can check this tag) but I have found two more outtakes from Dustin’s site and I’m gonna post them in a bit :)
dreamsofadventures asked: may i now ask for your favorite live sessions and covers from vampire weekend ?
I’m laughing, thank you for asking:
1. I’m Going Down
2. Have I The Right
3. Blurred Lines
1. Maida Vale Studio Sessions 2013
2. Soiree de Poche 2010
3. ADP Literary Society – Columbia University Session 2008 (Because of the Walcott – Mystic Seaport Arrangement)
4. A Take Away Show 2008
girlyouandiwilldieunbelievers asked: what are some of your all time favorite vampire weekend songs?
This is such a difficult question to answer but okay let me try: (these are in no particular order)
1. Walcott (and all its other versions aaahh so beautiful)
2. Taxi Cab
3. Diplomat’s Son
Modern Vampires of the City:
1. EVERLASTING ARMS
2. Hannah Hunt
4. Finger Back
3. California English Pt. 2
camazingly asked: do you think they'll have any more performances in the US? besides those they just listed, that is. i missed their performance in MD and i'm considering going to one of the ones they just announced, but if they're going to tour some more i'll just wait, but i'm not so sure. what do you think? :s
I’m pretty sure they will announce more US dates though I don’t know when. Rostam said (in a recent interview) that touring is definitely going to slow down next yearso like what I’ve said before, if you have the means to go to the recently announced shows you should because you don’t want to regret any missed opportunity in the future. Hopefully they will perform in your hood soon so it’ll be more convenient for you.
Vampire Weekend’s Surf City/Fall Tour shirt is now available at the Vampire Weekend Kung Fu Store (unfortunately they’re only available in girls’ sizes)
Ezra Koenig at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen for Live from the Artists Den in NYC (via @lindsay1791)