(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ Team Vampire Weekend is celebrating its third anniversary today!
When I started Team Vampire Weekend three years ago, I never imagined that it would become as big as it is now. It never crossed my mind that the blog would have its contents linked on reputable media outlets (Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, Spin, Stereogum, Rolling Stone, MTV, Vulture, The New York Times blog to name a few) and would reach thousands of Vampire Weekend fans on and outside Tumblr. I never expected that the dubs themselves and their management would appreciate all the hard work I put into the blog, that they would arrange a special meet and greet for me and help me arrange a surprise meet and greet for my best friend. I never thought that Ezra Koenig himself would tell me that the blog is an “important part of the VW Community”, call it “the most respected Vampire Weekend news source on the internet”, thank me for all the “good work” I do and call me a “pillar” and the dubs’ “five star general”. How crazy is that right?

Running the blog has been a fun, crazy and surreal experience. It taught me a lot of things that could help me in my future endeavors—-how to sort out my priorities, how to survive 48 hours with no sleep (this happened when the MVOTC onslaught was in full swing and iced coffee was my savior), how to never be afraid to step out of my comfort zone to get what I have always wanted, how to let go of petty issues and choose my battles (the ignore/block button on Tumblr is your best friend), etc.

Anyway, before I get too emo, I would like to thank everybody who has supported Team Vampire Weekend over the years. Thank you to those kind souls who have told me that they appreciate the time and effort that I put into the blog (messages like those make me tear up every time). Thank you to all of my friends who have been with me through thick and thin (you know who you are), most especially to my best friend who has been there for me during the best and worst times. Thanks for always having my back, bb. You are my rock and our friendship is definitely one of the most important things that I got from this experience. Thank you to Vampire Weekend and their management, for always being so nice and kind to me.

And to YOU, who is reading this post, thank you. Thanks for being in this journey with me and here’s to many more years of sharing the love and respect for Ezra, Rostam, Chris and Chris.

(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ Team Vampire Weekend is celebrating its third anniversary today!

When I started Team Vampire Weekend three years ago, I never imagined that it would become as big as it is now. It never crossed my mind that the blog would have its contents linked on reputable media outlets (Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, Spin, Stereogum, Rolling Stone, MTV, Vulture, The New York Times blog to name a few) and would reach thousands of Vampire Weekend fans on and outside Tumblr. I never expected that the dubs themselves and their management would appreciate all the hard work I put into the blog, that they would arrange a special meet and greet for me and help me arrange a surprise meet and greet for my best friend. I never thought that Ezra Koenig himself would tell me that the blog is an “important part of the VW Community”, call it “the most respected Vampire Weekend news source on the internet”, thank me for all the “good work” I do and call me a “pillar” and the dubs’ “five star general”. How crazy is that right?

Running the blog has been a fun, crazy and surreal experience. It taught me a lot of things that could help me in my future endeavors—-how to sort out my priorities, how to survive 48 hours with no sleep (this happened when the MVOTC onslaught was in full swing and iced coffee was my savior), how to never be afraid to step out of my comfort zone to get what I have always wanted, how to let go of petty issues and choose my battles (the ignore/block button on Tumblr is your best friend), etc.

Anyway, before I get too emo, I would like to thank everybody who has supported Team Vampire Weekend over the years. Thank you to those kind souls who have told me that they appreciate the time and effort that I put into the blog (messages like those make me tear up every time). Thank you to all of my friends who have been with me through thick and thin (you know who you are), most especially to my best friend who has been there for me during the best and worst times. Thanks for always having my back, bb. You are my rock and our friendship is definitely one of the most important things that I got from this experience. Thank you to Vampire Weekend and their management, for always being so nice and kind to me.

And to YOU, who is reading this post, thank you. Thanks for being in this journey with me and here’s to many more years of sharing the love and respect for Ezra, Rostam, Chris and Chris.

We first met at South By Southwest at 3am, outside a hot dog stand. We became friends and hung out from time to time. We had four or five days once, where we were just together the entire time. We were married – sleeping in the same bed, cuddling, watching TV. He’s brutally honest with me, and it’s good because not a lot of people are. When it comes to my label, I’m quite bratty. I think I know best, and I always shut them down. Whereas, he does that to me. He tells me to shut the f*ck up when I need it. Sometimes, though, he drives me crazy because he likes to take his time. He’ll sit for 20 minutes considering if we should change the word “fire” to “flame”.
Charli XCX on Rostam Batmanglij
Baio’s third EP, On&On&On&On/Missive is out today on vinyl and digital.

Baio’s third EP, On&On&On&On/Missive is out today on vinyl and digital.

Baio’s favorite tracks:

The track I’ll be opening my next DJ set with Baio: On&On&On&On
I wanted it to be romantic while also having hard-hitting drums that make people want to sway. It’s make-out house music!
The track that currently gets the most rewinds Tom Demac: Linda’s Theme
The whole thing is just immense-sounding – it’s deeply evocative of 60s rock while sounding entirely modern.
The track I wish I’d signed to my label KZA: Le Troublant Acid
Romantic and lush-sounding with a strong swagger. I wish there were thousands more records like it.
The track I’d play to show off my eclectic tastes Lindisfarne: Meet Me On The Corner
There’s something about it that makes me think of walking home from a big night out.
The track I’d play at my auntie’s wedding The Cars: Just What I Needed
A band that really has an incredible amount of great songs that I never gave enough attention to.
The best track by my favourite new artist Max Graef: No 5
All his tracks have neat grooves. Something about the samples reminds me of D’Angelo’s Voodoo while still operating in a different musical world.
The track I think has been unfairly slept on this year Floating Points: Sparkling Controversy
Fantastic, like everything else he makes.
The track I always play to rescue a dancefloorNew Order: Bizarre Love Triangle
”It’s better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it” is a line from the movie True Romance. “It’s better to have Bizarre Love Triangle and not need it than to need Bizarre Love Triangle and not have it” applies to my DJ career.
The track I’d play at sunset in Ibiza Baio: Sunburn Modern
Did I pick two of my own tracks? I’m a pretty wack guy! That said, in all honesty, I think this shit kills during a sunset.
The track that should have been a crossover hit Bonnie & Sheila: You Keep Me Hanging On
This song is not the Supremes classic, but, after spending the last month listening to it obsessively I’ve come to believe that it’s just as good.
The track I’d play at my funeral Isaac Hayes: Joy
I’d like to think that I’ve been a joy to people.

Baio’s favorite tracks:

The track I’ll be opening my next DJ set with
Baio: On&On&On&On

I wanted it to be romantic while also having hard-hitting drums that make people want to sway. It’s make-out house music!

The track that currently gets the most rewinds
Tom Demac: Linda’s Theme

The whole thing is just immense-sounding – it’s deeply evocative of 60s rock while sounding entirely modern.

The track I wish I’d signed to my label
KZA: Le Troublant Acid

Romantic and lush-sounding with a strong swagger. I wish there were thousands more records like it.

The track I’d play to show off my eclectic tastes
Lindisfarne: Meet Me On The Corner

There’s something about it that makes me think of walking home from a big night out.

The track I’d play at my auntie’s wedding
The Cars: Just What I Needed

A band that really has an incredible amount of great songs that I never gave enough attention to.

The best track by my favourite new artist
Max Graef: No 5

All his tracks have neat grooves. Something about the samples reminds me of D’Angelo’s Voodoo while still operating in a different musical world.

The track I think has been unfairly slept on this year
Floating Points: Sparkling Controversy

Fantastic, like everything else he makes.

The track I always play to rescue a dancefloor
New Order: Bizarre Love Triangle

”It’s better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it” is a line from the movie True Romance. “It’s better to have Bizarre Love Triangle and not need it than to need Bizarre Love Triangle and not have it” applies to my DJ career.

The track I’d play at sunset in Ibiza
Baio: Sunburn Modern

Did I pick two of my own tracks? I’m a pretty wack guy! That said, in all honesty, I think this shit kills during a sunset.

The track that should have been a crossover hit
Bonnie & Sheila: You Keep Me Hanging On

This song is not the Supremes classic, but, after spending the last month listening to it obsessively I’ve come to believe that it’s just as good.

The track I’d play at my funeral
Isaac Hayes: Joy

I’d like to think that I’ve been a joy to people.

BAIO - Missive
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Baio - Missive

Baio’s third EP, On&On&On&On/Missive, is set to be released on September 29, 2014 [iTunes or 12” vinyl]. Stream the other two tracks—-On & On & On & On (HNNY Remix) and Missive (Neville Watson Remix)—-via The Fader.

The story’s been told time and again that Vampire Weekend were once just four guys bouncing around Columbia University making music before they hit it big. While at Columbia, frontman Ezra Koenig was an English and Creative Writing major and contributed to on-campus publications.

A 2006 edition of Quarto, the undergraduate literary magazine of the university’s creative writing department, was recently unearthed. In it, you can find a five-paragraph short story called “Off the Grid” by Koenig, then a college senior. It deals with themes familiar to any Vampire Weekend fan: love, New York, finding your place in the world. Also, his contributor’s bio is as prescient as prescient gets:

Ezra Koenig is a senior English and Creative Writing major. He enjoys writing short prose pieces and pop songs, especially about post-hippie domesticity and the tenuous connection between preppiness and colonialism.

(via Pitchfork)

Ezra Koenig: alone in a greenhouse // alone in LA

alone in LA (via Ezra’s Vine)

Could you tell me what each of the guys majored in at Columbia?Thanks so much -- blog is amazing!

Sure:

  • CT - Music and Economics
  • Ezra - English
  • Rostam - Music
  • Baio - Russian Regional Studies, Minor in Math
can you link to the park bench video? I can't find it anywhere

Here you go:

AOL’s Park Bench with Steve Buscemi*

*It’s the video where this gifset of Ezra and Steve is from (for those who missed it)

Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij at The Opening Night party of 'This Is Our Youth' on Broadway at The Cort Theatre in NYC

Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij at The Opening Night party of 'This Is Our Youth' on Broadway at The Cort Theatre in NYC

Ezra Koenig and Steve Buscemi talk about the status of New York City for AOL’s Park Bench