Thursday, January 7th, 2010

New Video: Vampire Weekend, "California English"

Here's video of Vampire Weekend playing a new song called "California English." I really liked the part in the recent New Yorker article when singer Ezra Koenig said that "There are probably a lot better reasons why you could say we're not good" (as opposed to questioning the authenticity of three preppy white boys and one preppy Iranian-American playing Afropop). This song sounds, and looks, awfully hard to play. It is a fast song. In fact, drummer Chris Tomson has a bit of difficulty-and laughs at himself in a nice way.

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sailor (#396)

Cute but pointless, as so much is these days.

Matt (#26)


Maevemealone (#968)

The string quartet in my kitchen can play faster.

Baboleen (#1,430)

They are adorable, I love the sound, and it looks like they are having a blast.

Flashman (#418)

I particularly enjoyed the allusions to Crassus' ill-fated attempt at 'regime change' in first century Parthia.

oudemia (#177)

Did you type that comment looking back over your shoulder?

LondonLee (#922)

This is the first Vampire Weekend record I have knowingly heard. Normally it bothers me being out of the loop like that as I feel the last vestiges of hip, vital youth slip away, but in this instance I really didn't care.

I heard a tiny bit of Talking Heads below the surface of it but not enough, the rest just made me think of Hootie and The Blowfish and Bob Marley 'Legend' posters.

Dave Bry (#422)

Wow. Yes. Those guys should get a cut.

Natan (#1,967)

I don't see any Lacoste at all in that video. What is your point?!

Natan (#1,967)

"Private schools" mentioned about five seconds in. He really is the kid from Rushmore, isn't he?

slinkimalinki (#182)

ooooooooh, so the drummer's the cute one.

Dave Bry (#422)

Drummers are contractually obligated to be the cute one, right? Mickey Dolenz, etc.

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