Vampire Weekend

Watch Vampire Weekend perform “Sunflower” on “Kimmel”

Vampire Weekend performed on last night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” where they performed “Sunflower” from their new album Father of the Bride, which was released today. Watch it below.

Father OfThe Bride is Vampire Weekend’s first album in six years, and features contributions fromRostam, Danielle Haim, Steve Lacy, Ariel Rechtshaid, and more.

Vampire Weekend, Killer Mike to perform at Bernie Sanders rally

The Iowa Caucus is only a few days away and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is bringing in some notable musicians fo a last minute push. Vampire Weekend, Killer Mike, and Foster the People are all set to perform at a rally that is held by Sanders at theUniversity of Iowa Field House this Saturday.

The performance will mark Vampire Weekend’s beginning as a three-piece after the departure of Rostam Batmanglij and their first live performance since August 2014.

According to Ezra Koenig, frontman of Vampire Weekend, the lineup for Saturday will Koenig, drummer Chris Thompson, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, and the University of Iowa Hawkapellas a capella group. He also said that the want to perform a separate show other than the main event.

For Killer Mike, the rally is just the newest in his various public appearances he has made for Sanders. The Run the Jewels MC has been a sort of de facto campaign spokesman. He has interviewed Sanders at his barbershop, introduced him at a rally in Atlanta, and spoke to the media after a Democratic debate.

The rally 2ill begin at 6:30 p.m. local time and is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

On February 5th, Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform at a Bernie Sanders fundraiser at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Click here for more info.

Ezra Koenig gives update on new Vampire Weekend album

It has been two years since the release of Vampire Weekend’s last album, Modern Vampires of the City. The frontman Ezra Koenig’s recent interview on the No Effects Podcast may have indicated that fans could have to wait longer for the band’s fourth album to come out.

Alrhough the band members have been in the studio in the past year, they have been spending time for various side-projects of their own and solo work. Koenig has worked with Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Major Lazer; Chris Baio has signed with Glassnote Records for his solo releases; and Rostam Batmanglij has been seen spending time with Charli XCX, Wavves, and Cloud Nothings since 2013. For the band as a whole, they are regrouping, slowly but surely.

Koenig says:“Right now we’re definitely gearing up to start working on another album but, we’re not in a zone of like getting in there everyday or anything. There have been discussions, of course there’s…in some ways, you know, we’re always working.”

Koenig hasn’t described what exactly it is they’re “working” on, but he does mention that some tracks may be from the Modern Vampires of the City sessions. “There are songs that are left over, not to diminish them, but songs that just weren’t quite right for the last album that I’m very excited about for the next album, so you know there’s little demos that I kind of listen to everyday.”

Koenig says that this period “in-between albums” is their “off-season,” something that s relazing and he emphasizes that it was a long time coming for the New York band. He says that they are “working on some other things, doing things here and there but you know, really just trying to not think about music too much.” “Every once in a while I’ll like, I’ll watch an interview with another musician, or hear a piece of music that gets me excited about it, but really this is kind of the point that … I’ve always wanted to reach – this is what I’ve been dreaming about for years,” Koenig explains.

He continues, “In some ways those three albums was like kind of one massive period of obsessing, making music, touring, all those things. And I think now for the first time in a long time I kinda feel like, a little bit more relaxed like ‘Yeah we’ll definitely make a fourth album.’ I’m not in a rush to dive into making an album because I feel like I want the next album to kinda feel like a new era anyway, so I’ve been kind of enjoying this time just chilling.”

Find the full transcription below:

Right now we’re definitely gearing up to start working on another album but, we’re not in a zone of like getting in there everyday or anything, it’s definitely…there have been discussions, of course there’s…in some ways, you know, we’re always working – there are songs that are left over, not to diminish them, but songs that just weren’t quite right for the last album that I’m very excited about for the next album, so you know there’s little demos that I kind of listen to everyday.

There’s songs that we’ve begun that I’m confident will be on the next album, but, right now it’s really kind of feels like the off season. Working on some other things, doing things here and there but you know, really just trying to not think about music too much. Every once in a while I’ll like, I’ll watch an interview with another musician, or hear a piece of music that gets me excited about it, but really this is kind of the point that…I’ve always wanted to reach – this is what I’ve been dreaming about for years.

I felt like all through my 20s, you know, with Vampire Weekend, it kind of felt like things started off at like a pretty fast pace and there was like a lot of pressure – you know, self-imposed pressure to make a follow-up album fairly quickly, and you know to make anything remotely good you know you have to put a lot of pressure on yourself, and then even with the third album, I still had this feeling personally of like, “Well okay. We made two albums, we have real fans, nobody could call us like a total flash in the pan or anything.” But even then, I still felt like, I still had this vision like “Yeah but if you could really make three albums, that’s like when it feels like a career or something”, and you know there’s something about the number 3 that seems like a natural type of unit. So I think finally–in some ways those three albums was like kind of one massive period of obsessing, making music, touring, all those things. And I think now for the first time in a long time I kinda feel like, a little bit more relaxed like “Yeah we’ll definitely make a fourth album”.

I’m not in a rush to…to dive into making an album because I feel like I want the next album to kinda feel like a new era anyway, so I’ve been kind of enjoying this time just chilling, and every once in a while like getting excited about making music but not quite to the point of wanting to be like making a schedule yet or anything like that.

Listen to Phantogram’s Black Out Days remixed by Danny Brown

Having worked with artists on tracks such as Vampire Weekend, Charlie XCX, Purity Ring, and Portugal. The Man, there is no surprise that the MC, Danny Brown, has teamed up with Phantogram for a remix of their single, “Black Out Days”.

With the help of Brazilian producer Leo Justi, the song is turned into a club anthem.Take a listen here.

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Ragged Wood – Fleet Foxes

2. Mansard Roof – Vampire Weekend

3. The World at Large – Modest Mouse

4. Don’t You Evah – Spoon

5. Caring is Creepy – The Shins

6. You Only Live Once – The Strokes

7. Lazaretto – Jack White

8. Glacier – James Vincent McMorrow

9. Not A Crime – Gogol Bordello

10. Pink Wonton – Man Man

11. Cayucos – Cayucas

12. For Someone Far Away – Jordan Velez

13. Grand Optimist – City and Colour

14. Sugar – Shout Out Louds

15. Change Your Mind – The Killers

16. Out of Control –  Clear Static

17. Many of Horror – Biffy Clyro

18. Would That Not Be Nice – Divine Fits

19. Percussion Gun – White Rabbit

20. You, Me and the Bourgeoisie – The Submarines

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) – Arcade Fire

2. Under the Texas Sky – Ferraby Lionheart

3. X’s On Your Eyes – Nightmare and the Cat

4. 2 Atoms in A Molecule – Noah and the Whale

5. New Slang – the Shins

6. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa – Vampire Weekend

7. Mississippi Isabel – King Charles

8. Can’t Stop Now – Keane

9. Acts of Man – Frightened Rabbit

10. Relax, Take it Easy – MIKA

11. Thieves & Kings – the Peach Kings

12. Light Out – Javelin

13. Lovers -Brothertiger

14. Silver Screen – Beat Connection

15. I Wanna Go – Summer Heart

16. Corvette Cassette –  Slow Magic

17. Tonight – Tourist

18. Lover’s Spit – Broken Social Scene

19. The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

20. Walking – The Dodos

Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend, an indie pop band from New York City, released their third full-length album, Modern Vampires of the City, and seems to give the band more of a fluid sound than their previous releases. The band consists of Ezra Koenig (lead vocals and guitar), Rostam Batmanglij (keyboards and guitar), Chris Tomson (drums and percussion), and Chris Baio (bass). Although there is a new sound on this album, there are still elements in these songs that are reminiscent to Contra and Vampire Weekend, such as Koenig’s bright vocals and their rich melodies. Vampire Weekend seems to experiment more on this album, especially with pitch shifting on various aspects of the instrumentation and Koenig’s vocals.

Throughout Modern Vampires of the City, the lyrics touch upon more mature themes, such as religion, in an imaginative way. It seems as though Koenig questions his faith in God throughout many of the tracks on this record, such as “Unbelievers” and “Ya Hey.” Even with these themes, Koenig keeps his vocals seemingly effortless, much like Vampire Weekend’s previous works. The effects Koenig puts on his voice in this album gives the album an exciting result. The choruses in this album are sweeping and yet catchy which makes them compelling.

Instrumentally, this album is far different from Vampire Weekend and Contra in the sense that Vampire Weekend seems to pull away from their world music influences and tries to create their own style on this new record. There are some beautiful orchestral arrangements throughout the album that are combined with experimental melodies. Staccato percussion in “Worship You” seems to drive this song in a fast tempo and this type of instrumentation has always seemed to play a key role in Vampire Weekend’s sound. The plucking cello and the piano in “Young Lion” bring this mostly energetic album into a quiet and subtle end.

Overall, Modern Vampires of the City seems to be a step away from Vampire Weekend’s typical sound and yet, there is still something about it that remains characteristic to the band. Vampire Weekend seems to strip away the elements they are most known for in this new album as they head into a different direction.