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Monday, June 23, 2008

Biters

posted by on June 23 at 17:40 PM

So, yes, the new Vampire Weekend video for “Oxford Comma” bites Wes Anderson (and perhaps by extension French New Wave/Rive Gauche) about hard as the band supposedly does Paul Simon (harder, in fact). But, really, who gives a fuck? The album is catchy as hell, and this song is smart and funny and sweet, turning Lil John-isms into worry about deceit and sexual anxiety, making the phrase “your diction dripping with disdain” sound vaguely dirty. Why would you lie about how much you obviously love it?

Vampire Weekend play the Capitol Hill Block Party, Friday July 25th

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I think it's cool that Vampire Weekend blazed forth such a new path for music videos. Maybe someday (if we're lucky) film will also catch on to this exciting new "one take" technique?!?

Posted by what CAN'T Vampire Weekend do? | June 23, 2008 6:29 PM
2

once bitten, forever smitten

Posted by ndrwmtsn | June 23, 2008 7:29 PM
3

god they are soooooo boring

Posted by jab my eyes out | June 23, 2008 8:23 PM
4

ughh. not since Garden State has a piece of pop culture seemed so blatantly fabricated to appeal to my age/class/racial demographic. fuck this band for reminding me that the overwhelming majority of art is still primarily just business and marketing.

Posted by brian cook | June 23, 2008 8:38 PM
5

I like it...pulling up in the white monte carlo with plush maroon interior was a nice touch...

Posted by Thig Natty Ice | June 23, 2008 10:12 PM
6

What Brian said. This band sucks.

Posted by Jeff Kirby | June 24, 2008 12:45 AM
7

Ugh, so lame. Lazy music and lazy video idea.

Posted by Strath | June 24, 2008 7:25 AM
8

Golly gosh, stop hating on these guys, cause they rule. Y'all must not like melody, or rhythm, or story-telling in songs, go gaze at your shoes or something.

...One thing though, their roadies do look like they're cooler than the band.

Posted by E | June 24, 2008 8:37 AM
9

Why? ... for the same reason that I'd lie about how much coal I have.

Posted by josh | June 24, 2008 9:05 AM
10

jesus christ grandy get off their nuts, what a horrible band.

Posted by no talent ass clowns | June 24, 2008 10:27 AM
11

"Bobcat" @ 10, why would you lie about anything at all?

Posted by Eric Grandy | June 24, 2008 12:08 PM
12

Dirty Projectors

Posted by Eric F | June 24, 2008 1:44 PM
13

I long ago realized that the Stranger and lineout are good places to learn about local events -- dates, times, etc. -- but that any opinions of taste are absolute garbage.

And lining up the horrible write-off of Cold War Kids from the Sasquatch guide with all of this Vampire Weekend masturbation just proves me right again.

Posted by Nick | June 24, 2008 2:12 PM
14

#4 nails it.

Posted by Dougsf | June 25, 2008 7:12 PM
15

#4 nails it?

jesus christ, just because you don't like vampire weekend now it's garden state? are you for real? these guys are a band that made their own brand. garden state is "indie style" for scientologists. you are realy dumb if you think there's some giant conspiracy involved in people liking VW. how dumb are you? exactly as dumb as the superfans you hate, because you are equally reactionary to the contrary.

nice backlash, dude. what else sucks? everything you are "supposed" to like?

you are a snowflake, just like me.

Posted by ndrwmtsn | June 26, 2008 11:03 AM
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Word, Matson. Obviously, Vampire Weekend are being marketed, and well. The boat shoes, the academic bona fides, the Cape Cod as Cape Town ennui—it all makes for a really nice package. But I don't know how fair it is to get mad at the band about that packaging, when it's just as much the work of PR flacks, music journalists, photographers, art directors, and the like.

Would it be better if these dudes attempted to obscure their class backgrounds by dressing like poor urban bohemians? Because then you just get the Strokes. And if it doesn't matter what they do with their class backgrounds, whether they exaggerate or obscure or are honest, then are you just hating on them for being bourgeois? (I can relate, but just call it what it is.)

Posted by Eric Grandy | June 26, 2008 11:46 AM
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@15 - calm down. i just don't like the band. it's just an opinion. and like every other overhyped act on the market, having to hear about the band all the time gets really irritating.

you wanna know what else i'm gonna hate on? Wes Anderson movies. hate 'em. don't find 'em amusing. so to see a band that every new millennium yuppie loves paying homage to a film maker that appeals to the same demographic, it becomes doubly unappealing. but a giant conspiracy? no, it's just savvy marketing. congratulations to everyone involved with the record that's making millions. you found quite the formula.

we all want to be individuals, but we also all want things that bind us together as a culture. i don't think VW is really worthy of entering into the canon of indisputably classic records. it ain't no Dark Side of the Moon or OK Computer, so don't get so bent out of shape by people rolling their eyes at their two-and-a-half minute four chord pop songs.

really looking forward to that new Hold Steady record, though.

Posted by brian cook | June 27, 2008 12:50 AM

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