Ezra Koenig and Chris Baio at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina (Photos by neonreggaesunsplash for Team Vampire Weekend)

Vampire Weekend at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina (Photos by neonreggaesunsplash for Team Vampire Weekend)

upstate ny dreamin!! (via Baio’s Instagram)

upstate ny dreamin!! (via Baio’s Instagram)

Last June 12th, Vampire Weekend had their last venue show at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina. The dubs were kind enough to help me arrange a photo pass and a meet and greet for my friend who helps me on the blog. 
Here’s what she wrote about her experience:
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Back in March, I was really happy to hear that the Dubs would be playing a show in Raleigh, they haven’t been in the area in almost four years and I wasn’t able to see them the last time they came through, so of course I bought a ticket the first day of the pre-sale. Jump to about two weeks before the show and Marice tells me, surprise, I’ll be meeting them too. She had sent them an email about it and they were kind enough to oblige, so the day before the show I talked to their tour manager, Brian, and we arranged a time to meet up. He also put my name down for photo passes which would allow me to bring my SLR (normally prohibited by the venue) and shoot some pics from the photo pit. (I should also add that he asked me if I had tickets for the show because if I didn’t have them, or if they were reserved seating, he would’ve made sure I had GA tickets instead. <yellow heart emoji> <”cool” emoji>)
The next day, we got to Raleigh around 3:30 in the afternoon. The gates were scheduled to open at 6:30 so I checked out the line - around 20 people were at each of the two gates - and then walked around a bit and killed some time.

The weather was concerning because it hadn’t been good for a few days - the Dubs had spent the previous day in Durham and it was pretty bad there too, I was told - and there were some fears that it would storm again, and, worst case scenario, the show might have to be cancelled. It seemed to teeter on the edge of rain a few times, but thankfully things held up.

(Weather, weather, weather)
I got back in line about an hour and a half later and started waiting it out. There were probably around 30 or 40 more people in line at this point and it grew pretty quickly from there.

(Dude on the right held court on a number of topics, including waxing poetic about deep-fried Reese’s, though he lamented that he “could only eat half”. He was also delighted by Patrick Carney’s Instagram.)
At one point, three homebros rolled up wearing coordinating floral/Hawaiian shirts, shorts and boat shoes and they were blasting ‘Hannah Hunt’:

(Did you think I was making it up) (Maybe they theme out for every different show they attend, depending on who the act is)
Around 6 or so, venue folk started coming down the line and handing out wristbands for people who were in GA and the gates were opened shortly thereafter. I was kind of hoping they wouldn’t check bags because then I wouldn’t have to answer any questions about my camera (also all the hard drugs I’d brought with me aka Claritin), but I was also half expecting it to happen (they’re just doing their job). I was going to have a photo pass though, so no big deal, right?
Gate guy checks my bag and says he can’t let me in with my camera. I say I’m supposed to have a photo pass. He says he can’t let me in without the photo pass. I ask where do I get the photo pass. He stares blankly.
I ask Brian for help and he directs me to the box office at will call and says there should be 2 passes being held under my name. »Passes acquired«, I return to entrance and show it to gate guy, but now a gate lady is there as well and they both say that I now have to wait outside the venue, corralled with the other photographers until someone comes and escorts us in, before the opening band goes on. (Ezra, later on, to Brian: “Is there press at this show?”)
Me: “I’m not a concert photographer, I’m here to see the show.”
Gate lady: *shakes head and shrugs*
I updated Brian on the situation and he sent VW’s production coordinator, Laura, to walk me into the venue. She was really nice to talk to and it was great to learn what she does for the band - her job is to handle logistics, which include but are not limited to things like arranging travel/transportation, food/catering, making sure the Dubs have their WI-FI, and credentials. (Of course, there are a number of people who tour with VW, and maybe it’s not something that people really think about, but without all of their hard work the Dubs wouldn’t be able to just roll up into our respective towns with their giant mirror screen and floating half-columns and wow us with their mad performance skillz. Their contributions are really inestimable (one of their guitar techs put out an on-stage fire in Australia, remember?!) and we all should be grateful for them doing what they do.)
Laura talked to the people in the box office and to the gate guy and gate lady but “I work for Vampire Weekend” was repeatedly met with an *”Ehh, I dunno what to tell you (other than ‘no’)” face* (according to Brian, this kind of thing with venues not being in sync with their guest lists happens about 40% of the time), so we ended up being golf-carted around the venue and escorted in through the back entrance. 

By the time I got in, Cults were about to go on. I’ve never listened to them before but they were really good!
Cults:




Arts & crafts during Cults:

After Cults finished, I met up with VW’s tour manager at the same gate I was dropped off at and then we went backstage.
I’ll spare you the details but here are a few random things:
Baio’s aunt works for Sports Illustrated
"There’s another concert happening, 4 blocks away." "Really?" "A street music festival." "What’s it called? We gotta mention it."
Obama 2016
"I was thinking cutoff jean shorts?"
"THE SMOOTHIE KANG!!"
I had planned on taking more pics (like portraits, just 4 u guyz !) but that idea sort of left my brain ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. It probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway because apparently “please push 2 stops during processing” read as “ignore this and do whatever you want” to whoever handled my stuff in the photo lab.

(In full color, this photo looks like it has been cross processed and dipped in acid)
Let’s hear it for cell phones though:

(The guy in the blue shirt is their friend - they brought him out on stage at the end of the show, it was really cute)
— RAPID FIRE QUESTION ROUND —
Do you have more pics with them? Yes
Are you going to post them? Nah
Any more tour dates? As of right now, no plans for any more touring in the immediate future, aside from Reading and Leeds “which are just kind of random”.
iS EZRA A FCUKING NERD LOSER aN-  - you’re done.
How was the show? “Outstanding” would be a huge understatement
Fave moment? Obvious Bicycle, it was magic
Speaking of the show, I have to say that one of the great things about VW is that they really are a legit band (as opposed to being ‘the lead and some other guys’). If you haven’t seen them live, then maybe it’s something you’ve noticed on a live stream, but the interplay and sort of cognitive rapport between them while performing is much more evident and pronounced in person and it’s really fantastic to watch. Ezra, Rostam, Chris and Chris are all equally integral to Vampire Weekend and together they form something that’s truly greater than the sum of their parts, like Voltron or a candy necklace.






(It was the 12th, not the 10th)
Shout out to Marice for even thinking of this (she’s the best, right?!?) and huge thanks to the Dubs for agreeing to it + Brian and Laura for being so nice and helpful, they’re all honestly some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
The Dubs have worked hard over the past few years to bring MVOTC to life and then tour behind it and every accolade or award they’ve received has been legitimately well-deserved. Watching it all go down has been at turns exhilarating, overwhelming (Marice remember when we traded off 24 hour shifts for Stubb’s lmao), and sometimes crazy and weird (some people are really crazy and weird and not in a good way !). But then sometimes there’s also this cool emotion called elevation and it makes everything else pretty much irrelevant. 
TL;DR - Harry is a horcrux and Snape kills Dumbledore.
THE YEAR IS 2014
THE VIBE IS INFINITE

Last June 12th, Vampire Weekend had their last venue show at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina. The dubs were kind enough to help me arrange a photo pass and a meet and greet for my friend who helps me on the blog. 

Here’s what she wrote about her experience:

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CT and EK give “advice”

Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend) Talks Phish’s Fuego, for The Talkhouse: [x]
Chris Tomson currently plays drums for Vampire Weekend. When he was a child he and his mom decided his spirit animal was a cheetah. He loves sandwiches, bowling, the Nets and his future wife.

I used to be obsessed with Phish. I once responded to a $1000 cash offer for my ticket to their NYE ’02 show with a terse yet decisive, “No fucking way, bro.” I once drove 12 hours to see a weekend of Phish shows in northern Maine and competed in the attendant Runaway Jim 5K for a chance to get onstage. I still know what YEM, PYITE, TMWSIY and DWD are acronyms for and who Jeff Holdsworth is. I’ve seen 25-30 Phish shows in the last 15 years. And, to a lot of people, that still makes me a newbie who doesn’t know shit.

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I point that out merely to say that, while I’m a fan of Phish, I’m not now nor ever was at a depth that many, many people are.  The level of sustained devotion Phish has inspired over that last 30-odd years is hard to fathom, much less replicate, in today’s world of digital infinity.  A mix of devoted weekend warriors and nomadic tribespersons, all buying or selling grilled cheese sandwiches for a buck (pre-Goldman collapse, anyway), Sammy Smith’s (1 for $3, 2 for $5) continue to show up by the tens of thousands anywhere/everywhere they play.
This is precisely the reason why Phish have been and always will be dismissed offhand by many (including, possibly, most people reading this).  While a lot of Phish fans do not conform to the stereotypes that are the anathema of cool for young, urban, liberal, internet hipsterdom, many in fact do. HACKY-SACK AND FRISBEES.  WHITE PERSON DREADLOCKS/TRUSTAFARIANS. KICKING A DOOB WHILE DANCING WITH A HULA HOOP AROUND YOUR WAIST. This is scary stuff, people.
To dismiss an artist because of such window dressing is bullshit, I think, but it still occurs. It certainly influences attitudes towards the band itself and how people approach its music.  Do they have long songs? Yes. Are they hippies with synthesizers? No.  As evidenced in their late-’90s-era documentary Bittersweet Motel (from director Todd Phillips, the man who brought you all three The Hangovers!), Phish’s intrinsic Phishiness is something the band has struggled both to get away from and embrace, often simultaneously.
With all that, here comes Fuego, Phish’s 12th studio album in 25 years.  It finds both their strengths and weaknesses still thriving all these years on, the very things that have kept them appealingly idiosyncratic and made them increasingly anachronistic.  If you are wary of too many guitar solos, you’re getting hit with a ten-minute punch to the dome straight out the gate; if you are excited for a lot of guitar solos, you’re blissfully rolling along with a ten-minute opening jam that switches tempos and grooves on a dime.  If you love lyrics like “The Prince of Silence walks below/inside a cave of ice and snow,” you get them; if you hate lyrics like “The Prince of Silence walks below/inside a cave of ice and snow,” you also get them.  And so forth.  Personally, I enjoy it more when they break out of the more-or-less classic rock wheelhouse, like the Billy Breathes-y “Waiting All Night” or even the goofy “Wombat.” It certainly all sounds crisp sonically, but might it be more interesting to work with a producer who’s never recorded a guitar solo before rather than someone who cut his teeth working with Alice Cooper in the early ‘70s?
I first came to Phish in high school. (When else?) For a teenaged white male in central New Jersey who didn’t feel particularly angry about anything, or self-identifiably “cool,” they allowed me to feel like I had A Thing that connected me to a larger social, cultural and geographic world/community. (This was pre-Facebook, LOL.)  Even if I grew apart from that world or slipped out a sidehatch at some point since then, I still love it and find it comforting that not only does it still exist but is still flourishing.  If you’re someone who thinks middle-aged, medium-rich white men have nothing culturally to say to you (which is a perfectly valid opinion!), then, duh, you’re not going to like this band, much less this record.  But if you like what Phish does, and they do it very well, you probably will.  I think what I hope the most is that Phish still enjoy being themselves, because so many people enjoy them being Phish.
Somewhere this summer, many people will buy their first lot shirt or see Chris Kuroda’s lights for the first time or hold up their print-at-home ticket during “Golgi Apparatus.”  And while they probably won’t enjoy “the greatest musical experience in rock history,”  it will probably be pretty chill. To those people, whoever you are nowadays, I say godspeed. Complete that full hack for me.

Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend) Talks Phish’s Fuego, for The Talkhouse: [x]

Chris Tomson currently plays drums for Vampire Weekend. When he was a child he and his mom decided his spirit animal was a cheetah. He loves sandwiches, bowling, the Nets and his future wife.

I used to be obsessed with Phish. I once responded to a $1000 cash offer for my ticket to their NYE ’02 show with a terse yet decisive, “No fucking way, bro.” I once drove 12 hours to see a weekend of Phish shows in northern Maine and competed in the attendant Runaway Jim 5K for a chance to get onstage. I still know what YEM, PYITE, TMWSIY and DWD are acronyms for and who Jeff Holdsworth is. I’ve seen 25-30 Phish shows in the last 15 years. And, to a lot of people, that still makes me a newbie who doesn’t know shit.

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via Rostam’s twitter

via Rostam’s twitter


“thanks for bring the funk @oiab !!! #chrisbaio #baio #theverybest #newalbum #bass #vampireweekend” (via The Very Best)

thanks for bring the funk @oiab !!! #chrisbaio #baio #theverybest #newalbum #bass #vampireweekend” (via The Very Best)

Ezra Koenig performing at ‘If I Loved You: Gentleman Prefer Broadway — An Evening Of Love Duets’, Luminato Festival 2014. (Photo by Sarah Rix)

Ezra Koenig performing at ‘If I Loved You: Gentleman Prefer Broadway — An Evening Of Love Duets’, Luminato Festival 2014. (Photo by Sarah Rix)

Ezra Koenig performing at ‘If I Loved You: Gentleman Prefer Broadway — An Evening Of Love Duets’, Luminato Festival 2014. (Photos by Sarah Rix)

Ezra Koenig at the ‘If I Loved You: Gentleman Prefer Broadway-An Evening Of Love Duets' after party at The Shore Club in Toronto, Canada (Photo by George Pimentel)

Ezra Koenig at the ‘If I Loved You: Gentleman Prefer Broadway-An Evening Of Love Duets' after party at The Shore Club in Toronto, Canada (Photo by George Pimentel)

This Is Our Youth poster (submitted by whorchacha)

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Hey, did you hear that YouTube is threatening to remove music videos from indie music labels? (because they won't sign a deal to give YouTube more money) That includes Vampire Weekend, which means all our favorites might disappear...

Yeah I did but I wasn’t able to make a post about it because I was too busy and sick! :(

Anyway for those who missed it:

Independent music labels such as XL, Domino and 4AD were in dispute with YouTube over the launch of a new subscription service. The labels refused to sign the agreement over highly unfavorable licensing terms.

If the labels don’t sign, Youtube would have the right to remove videos from each of the labels’ respective rosters which includes Vampire Weekend (XL), Arctic Monkeys (Domino) and The National (4AD), among others.

To counter the drama, Youtube released a statement (published on Rolling Stone) saying that they will only block content from the unsigned labels in certain countries.

According to a statement, Youtube’s ban will happen “in a matter of days”.

:-/

hi! sorry to bother you, but i've been searching on the internet forever for that vampire weekend covers/b-sides/rarities download pack, and all the links i've found have been dead :( do you have any idea where i can find a working download link? thank you so much :-)

Hmm I think I can help you with that and post download links for the stuff you need except for the b-sides (because I might get in trouble for that).

Just let me know and I’ll see if I can do something about it. :)

hi, is there anywhere i can download l'homme run stuff? the link in the master post of ezra's old stuff didn't work ): thanks!