Ezra Koenig performing “The Moon Song” with Karen O at her show at Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel (via @zuyis and @downpour_girl)

Ezra Koenig performing “The Moon Song” with Karen O at her show at Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel (via joe_saturday)

Ezra Koenig performing “The Moon Song” with Karen O at her show at Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel (via joe_saturday)

Vampire Weekend Beach Towel is now available at the official merch store (selected Vampire Weekend shirts are also on sale!) 

Vampire Weekend Beach Towel is now available at the official merch store (selected Vampire Weekend shirts are also on sale!) 

Rostam Batmanglij - Upper West Side, 1982
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Upper West Side, 1982 - Rostam Batmanglij (Music from This Is Our Youth)

" Dennis Ziegler, 21 years old 
Warren Straub, 19 years old 
Jessica Goldman, 19 years old 

The play takes place in Dennis’s one-room apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The time is late March, 1982.”

…reads the first page of Kenneth Lonergan’s script for This Is Our Youth. As soon as I read it I thought about myself at that age, I had just moved to upper Manhattan to go to school. A bunch of my time in that period of my life was spent studying piano, and the piano’s this instrument you can find in apartment buildings throughout New York. So it was important for me to write something that could realistically be heard coming down the hall— maybe from an apartment next door to Dennis’s. And it was also important to me that there be a bit of the feeling that a person has maybe come home late at night, in a somewhat altered state, and they sit down at a piano and this is what comes out of them and it’s never existed before. -Rostam Batmanglij (via Pitchfork)

Rostam did a Reddit AMA today, and here are some stuff that you might have missed:
His favorite songs that he worked on are Don’t Lie (“it has a special place in my heart”) I Retired, (“a song i did with Hamilton Leithauser from the Walkmen is also pretty dear to me…”) and Need Your Love (“which is coming out in October on Charli XCX’s new album is a song that i’m really proud of”).
He talked about This Is Our Youth and how it’s different from Vampire Weekend: the melodies are on instruments so they can go places that voices can’t really go. in both cases i’m focused on chord progressions and how they move you through various emotions. with ‘this is our youth’, the melodies can move in weird and unexpected ways since they are mostly on piano. they can be more angular. also when i’m working on a song i’m always obsessed with the drums. there are drums in the music i wrote for the play but they are less central. i feel like with most songs the drums need to be at the heart of everything.
He also explained why they aren’t any b-sides on MVOTC: MVOTC is the album we wrote the most songs for… and there are a lot of scraps left over and half-written songs lurking about. i think some bits and pieces might turn out in the next thing we do.
His application essay to Columbia: i actually wrote it about music and what it meant to me. how i applied music theory to everything i listened to, including pop songs like “hit me baby one more time” (it was 2001 at the time)
And he is a “really big fan" of Alex Turner’s Submarine EP.

Rostam did a Reddit AMA today, and here are some stuff that you might have missed:

  • His favorite songs that he worked on are Don’t Lie (“it has a special place in my heart”) I Retired, (“a song i did with Hamilton Leithauser from the Walkmen is also pretty dear to me…”) and Need Your Love (“which is coming out in October on Charli XCX’s new album is a song that i’m really proud of”).
  • He talked about This Is Our Youth and how it’s different from Vampire Weekendthe melodies are on instruments so they can go places that voices can’t really go. in both cases i’m focused on chord progressions and how they move you through various emotions. with ‘this is our youth’, the melodies can move in weird and unexpected ways since they are mostly on piano. they can be more angular. also when i’m working on a song i’m always obsessed with the drums. there are drums in the music i wrote for the play but they are less central. i feel like with most songs the drums need to be at the heart of everything.
  • He also explained why they aren’t any b-sides on MVOTC: MVOTC is the album we wrote the most songs for… and there are a lot of scraps left over and half-written songs lurking about. i think some bits and pieces might turn out in the next thing we do.
  • His application essay to Columbia: i actually wrote it about music and what it meant to me. how i applied music theory to everything i listened to, including pop songs like “hit me baby one more time” (it was 2001 at the time)
  • And he is a “really big fan" of Alex Turner’s Submarine EP.
WNYC Soundcheck - Rostam On Scoring 'This Is Our Youth'
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In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Rostam Batmanglij explains how he came to score This Is Our Youth and how writing for the stage is different than writing pop songs with Vampire Weekend. Plus, hear excerpts from the score, performed live by string quartet in the Soundcheck studio. 


“1993” (via Rostam’s instagram)

1993” (via Rostam’s instagram)

Baio, CT and Ezra visiting Tottenham Hotspur with Nihal Arthanayake 

Baio, CT and Ezra talk about Spurs VS music with Nihal Arthanayake

Vampire Weekend Special ft Nihal | Spurs Vs Music

What’s more important…Spurs or Music? Tottenham fan Nihal Arthanayake interviews Vampire Weekend to find out what is most important to the New York based band.

Baio - On&On&On&On

Baio’s third EP, On & On & On & On/Missive, is set to be released on September 29, 2014 [iTunes or 12” vinyl]

I AIN’T NEVER LOST (via CT’s Instagram)

Ezra Koenig at Fool’s Gold Day Off in Brooklyn (via J. Patel)

Ezra Koenig at Fool’s Gold Day Off in Brooklyn (via J. Patel)

Stood around and made a few jokes with talented pretty man @arzE (via Heems’ Instagram)

Stood around and made a few jokes with talented pretty man @arzE (via Heems’ Instagram)

hi! do you have a link to all the speeches that vw has made at awards shows? cos those are always great : ) and great blog too!

Sure:

2013 Q Awards

2013 AIM Awards (I don’t have the full speech but that’s EK giving the speech in a rocking chair)

56th Annual Grammy Awards