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Vampire Weekend plays entire catalogue

Posted by admin On April - 7 - 2008

This has to be the first time I’ve ever seen a band play literally every song they know. I can happily report that Vampire Weekend closed their sold-out tour* by going over my estimated 48 minute show time … by a whopping five minutes.**

Good news: Vampire Weekend is already working on a new album and the two songs they played off it are possibly even better than the album. It’s rare for new songs to be met with the same admiration as tried and true favorites***, but the new songs (which sound even more Graceland –esque than the album) rocked hard and were met lovingly. It’s worth noting that keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij was utilized more for his guitar and back-up vocals than keyboard on the new songs.

A bizzare opening set from Yacht, a poor man’s Of Montreal, featuring no instruments, just a wildly dancing and singing man- woman duo and their macbook was unconvincing at first, but won me over eventually. Somewhere between them going eight rows deep into the crowd to sing and their opening up for an impromptu Q and A I bought into it. Overall, I don’t think I’d ever listen to them, but it was an interesting show to say the least.

It was easily 80 degrees inside the Metro tonight, and not really b/c it was a dance party. It was more of your typical indie-rock human bobble head night.

Vampire Weekend kicked off at 10:20 with album opener “Mansford Roof.” I was hopeful they’d just play the whole album in order, though I didn’t complain when they strayed from album order, playing my favorite song, “Campus,” next. The crowd (far more couples and, far fewer indie/preppy kids than expected) all belted the line “Is your bed made? Is your sweater on?!” without being prompted by lead singer Ezra Koenig.

Koenig did lead us on a call and response later to echo “Blake’s got a new face” (made me sad my buddy Blake didn’t end up coming for the show.

I think it would feel eery to chant that line if it was your name.

Vampire met my exceptionally high expectations, filled me up with 53 minutes of pure pop-rock head bobbing delightfulness and left me wishing they hadn’t sold out of t-shirts earlier in the tour. After about 40 minutes I looked at a friend and we noted they had played everything except “Oxford Comma” and “Walcott,” which they promptly played.

I’m glad Koenig has a sense of humor about having so few songs. He said, “We played some new stuff. Otherwise it would be really short. He introduced the encore of “Walcott” by saying, “This is the last song we have in our repertoire.”

What a lovely repertoire it is, though.

by Zack

*Utah didn’t sell out. Silly Utah.
**Before the encore they played exactly 48 minutes. They played three new songs, one more than I knew they had. I was so close!
***It’s gotten so bad, even Michael Stipe has to promise to keep new ones short and practically apologizes for not playing hits.

I stayed up until 3 a.m. writing this. I totally ruined my sleep schedule this week.

1 Response

  1. Teibs and Shore Said,

    I saw the Fray the summer they were popular, and they did the exact same thing. Except that I’m not entirely sure that they didn’t just play the whole album over the PA really loudly and pretended to play their instruments. At least they played a couple of covers, my favorite being Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” -AS

    Posted on April 7th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

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