@AndyShore Will Eminem survive the first round of our tournament? Will Vampire Weekend live while they’re (Diane) young? It’s a weird matchup. That’s for sure. I think Zack and I are probably in the small middle section of the venn diagram of the fans crossover for these two artists (the section is even smaller if you also get the third band referenced in this intro). That may make this a polarizing vote. Both artists showed an ability to continue to put out great, relevant music. They both deserve their spots in this year’s bracket. However, only one can survive (hint hint).
@AndyShore You only get one shot. One opportunity … to vote for Eminem’s “Survival.” The anthemic guitars, hook and crashing drums on this track really make it a banger. Eminem once again demonstrates he’s one of the all-time greats. It’s already been the track used to promote the new Call of Duty game. I’d put money on it spinning on repeat during March Madness as well. I can’t imagine it losing in the first round of our tournament either.
@ZackTeibloom We’ve given artists a lot of credit for how much they’ve grown with their latest albums. Maybe the Vampire Weekend isn’t as evident, but I think they’re as vibrant and essential as ever. This is the third time they’ve made the contest, with “Cousins” and “A-Punk” being their last two entries. This is as explosive and catchy and fun as both of those. I love the word play of Diane Young/dying young. The distorted “Baby, baby, baby, right on time” leading up to the explosive drums and “oooooh let him go” keeps me locked in throughout and is at the centerpiece of my second favorite album of the year. Vampire Weekend can do no wrong in my eyes.