Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

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whether or not it works is up for debate but it seemed pretty obvious to me that that was done for artistic effect

iatee, Friday, 25 January 2019 00:03 (nine months ago) link

i actually really liked "Harmony Hall" on first listen. not sure why it's so unlike around here.

Bee OK, Friday, 25 January 2019 02:11 (nine months ago) link

i think everything everyone is picking out in harmony hall (the solo, the dead vibe, the piano, the meta chorus) has been done with extreme intent. it's an incredible song and i hope the rest of the album is this worked over because that's what vw does really well.

call all destroyer, Friday, 25 January 2019 02:34 (nine months ago) link

it's very pretty

harvey wall/barrier (voodoo chili), Friday, 25 January 2019 02:51 (nine months ago) link

yeah i'm liking it despite going in skeptical that they could make me care again

ciderpress, Friday, 25 January 2019 03:35 (nine months ago) link

i don't hate it!

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 25 January 2019 04:03 (nine months ago) link

I expected to not care one bit about this, but HH is a very nice song that I might listen to a dozen times over the course of my life.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 25 January 2019 04:05 (nine months ago) link

"harmony hall" is a little fractured structurally and some of the vocal parts are not his best, but i personally love the production

that said i like "2021" better

it all kinda reminds me of dirty projectors a bit, at least as far as the guitars go

J0rdan S., Friday, 25 January 2019 04:05 (nine months ago) link

& i guess longstreth played on hh

J0rdan S., Friday, 25 January 2019 04:07 (nine months ago) link

After a few more plays of HH, it's not as bad as I first thought.
I still don't find it great (nowhere near their previous singles) and am still disappointed after 6 years but the production/arrangements are more vivid than on MVOTC and it does sound good (especially the bass/drums with a kinda madchester groove !).

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:34 (nine months ago) link

Loving 'Harmony Hall', like you know how when bands try and do a 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' thing and it's usually rubbish? This actually pulls it off.

Matt DC, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:42 (nine months ago) link

I liked 'Modern Vampires' a lot as well but I feel like another indie pop record with multicoloured synths and huge clattery drums is the last thing the world needs right now.

Matt DC, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:45 (nine months ago) link

re: madchester and "you can't always get what you want" i definitely thought of "movin' on up" on first listen

"harmony hall" feels exactly where they should be at this point in their career - a little more relaxed & not as frantic or with as much of the tightly wound baroque flourishes, a good way to mature

ufo, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:58 (nine months ago) link

Yeah MVOTC lacked the baroque keyboards/strings as well as the afro guitar licks and a general lightness.
It's good if they go back to these key aspects of their sound.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 25 January 2019 10:38 (nine months ago) link

MVOTC still had some of the baroque aspect ("step" and "don't lie" especially, which were some of the stronger tracks) but lacked that general lightness from the afro guitar etc. and i think that contrast was fairly key to the first two albums. "harmony hall" is a return to that lightness but not quite to the same degree which is what i like about it

ufo, Friday, 25 January 2019 11:14 (nine months ago) link

yes, I totally agree.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 25 January 2019 11:30 (nine months ago) link

All I can think about is how Brad Paisley married the actress from Father of the Bride and then wrote a song about how he married the actress from Father of the Bride and titled it Back to the Future.

peace, man, Friday, 25 January 2019 13:58 (nine months ago) link

Liking "Harmony Hall" a lot. It hits enough positive touchstones for me ("Movin' on Up" was the one that immediately came to mind) and combines them in an interesting and catchy enough way to stand apart. I also didn't notice the "Finger Back" quote until reading it here, but that's not one of my favorite songs on MVOTC. "2021" doesn't do much for me, but seems like a song that may have more purpose for the flow of an album

Vinnie, Saturday, 26 January 2019 02:45 (nine months ago) link

k nvm i love both of these. excited for the rest of the album!!!

flopson, Saturday, 26 January 2019 03:09 (nine months ago) link

2021 sounds kinda 1975

flopson, Monday, 28 January 2019 03:30 (nine months ago) link

Feels like a slight move back towards the bubbly synthetic touches of Contra. Is it me or has his voice/singing changed (seems a bit more generic somehow)?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 28 January 2019 16:31 (nine months ago) link

flappy bird, Monday, 28 January 2019 17:25 (nine months ago) link

Wow he still looks so juvenile. I could say he’s like 22 or something !
Will watch the whole intw later, thanks for posting it.
As for his singing/voice on HH, I find it’s the same as it was. Same inflexions and even melodic touches.
But the generic/MOR impression might come from the melodies that I find a bit lazy (hence my initial comparison with a 90s romcom opening song !).

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 28 January 2019 18:03 (nine months ago) link

what happened to his hair and sartorial sense :(

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 28 January 2019 18:13 (nine months ago) link

The intro and verses are very nice (both melody and guitar licks). The chorus and instrumental chorus are feel good enough and by the final it’s groovy/fun. The piano and guitar solos are great. The prechorus is the part I don’t enjoy much.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 28 January 2019 18:14 (nine months ago) link

I think it’s just his « radio » look !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 28 January 2019 18:18 (nine months ago) link

his hair looks the same

flappy bird, Monday, 28 January 2019 18:23 (nine months ago) link

he once believed in gel

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 28 January 2019 18:25 (nine months ago) link

He probably knew he'd be wearing headphones that day, and planned accordingly.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 28 January 2019 19:11 (nine months ago) link

He's 34 years old and has a brand new baby. He's probably past the hair gel and boat shoes? (Also, who cares?)

alpine static, Monday, 28 January 2019 19:52 (nine months ago) link

I actually think he wears his pyjamas in that radio intw !
Especially as they say it's very early in the morning...

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 11:19 (nine months ago) link

(Also, who cares?)


Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 11:21 (nine months ago) link

To stay on sartorial issues : the baggy flashy sweatpants here are a strange combination with the with shirt/overcoat...

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 11:28 (nine months ago) link

Harmony Hall is gorgeous and amazing and it should/will have a place on every Wes Anderson-core film soundtrack till the end of time

alpine static, Thursday, 31 January 2019 19:34 (nine months ago) link

listened to the singles from the s/t last night and goddamn what a perfect group of songs. I still get such a thrill from A-Punk.

flappy bird, Thursday, 31 January 2019 20:58 (nine months ago) link

Long version !

AlXTC from Paris, Sunday, 3 February 2019 08:35 (nine months ago) link

I still haven't heard the new songs - will probably just absorb the LP as a whole when it comes out.

Groove(box) Denied (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 4 February 2019 00:06 (nine months ago) link

They plan to release 2 songs/month until April apparently.
So it’s like getting an LP first then a regular album.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 4 February 2019 08:37 (nine months ago) link

just got tickets for philly!!!!! :D::D:D:D:D:D:D

Mordy, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 15:09 (nine months ago) link

Just came here to say that "Harmony Hall" is a fucking jam. The second new song I enjoy while it's playing, but can't remember how it goes when it's off... it's just kinda forgettable. Got tickets for Red Rocks on the last date of their fall tour. Hope the next couple songs draw out more of the relaxed, Grateful Dead-esque vibe from "Harmony Hall."

ilxor, Saturday, 9 February 2019 15:46 (nine months ago) link

A friend just surprised me w/tix for the Houston date!

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 9 February 2019 18:47 (nine months ago) link

i am jazzed for this record

jazzed (it's a boy!), Sunday, 10 February 2019 06:08 (nine months ago) link

Maybe just me but every time I hear the chorus of Harmony Hall I think it's Jeff Tweedy.

Evan, Monday, 11 February 2019 21:32 (nine months ago) link

It's you.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 February 2019 21:43 (nine months ago) link

ready for 2 more songs

flopson, Monday, 11 February 2019 21:47 (nine months ago) link

Are they good live?

Josh (phantompenguin), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 20:05 (nine months ago) link

Saw them at Barclays in fall 2013 and they were fucking great. Obviously can't speak for the new lineup but I really loved that show - can't beat this setlist:

White Sky
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Diane Young
Everlasting Arms
Finger Back
California English
Boston (Ladies of Cambridge)
Ya Hey
Don't Lie
Song 2 (Blur cover)
Oxford Comma
Giving Up the Gun
Obvious Bicycle
Hannah Hunt
One (Blake's Got a New Face)

flappy bird, Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:41 (nine months ago) link

so they played all their songs lol

k3vin k., Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:49 (nine months ago) link

haha almost! no problem for me, they don't have a bad song imo. would've loved to have heard Bryn tho but I can't complain.

Sky Ferreira and Solange opened. I got there for SF and there were maybe 300 people in the whole arena. this was a month before Night Time, My Time came out. she was great, I saw her perform again two months later to a rapturous sold out 9:30 Club. Barclays crowd was still kinda thin during Solange but VW packed it, pretty sure they sold it out.

flappy bird, Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:52 (nine months ago) link

Saw them in 2008, 2011, 2012, each time fantastic, even in 2008 when I was scowling at the idea of "Vampire Weekend" seconds before they went on stage.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:04 (nine months ago) link

I've found a kind of chamber version of "This Life" on Spotify which is minor but still very charming and different from the original version.
Also, I have watched their Glastonbury set on youtube and it's pretty good.
The highlights for me were the brilliant intro to "White Sky" and the version of "Jerusalem, NY, Berlin" with the long outro.
I love the album version but that final bit adds something very moving.
They didn't play a lot from FotB though (but surprisingly opened with "Sympathy").

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:39 (four months ago) link

The White Sky intro is absolutely fucking great! They opened with 6/7 minute version of Sunflower in Dublin, which was whopper.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 21:15 (four months ago) link

Yeah, they played that version of Sunflower at Roskilde as well. Missed White Sky :(

Frederik B, Thursday, 11 July 2019 06:42 (four months ago) link

About "White Sky" : yeah, the moment you realize what song they are playing is pure joy !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 11 July 2019 08:41 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Seeing them at MSG tomorrow. They are doing a free livestream of it

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 6 September 2019 02:02 (two months ago) link

saw them last night - great show. they played a streets of philadelphia cover the crowd loved it

Mordy, Friday, 6 September 2019 02:21 (two months ago) link

I’m guessing maybe they play a Billy Joel cover tonight

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 6 September 2019 10:26 (two months ago) link

They seem to be big into Springsteen these days. They've covered "I'm Going Down" and "Atlantic City," and Koenig said he wanted FOTB to feel kind of like The River.

Lily Dale, Friday, 6 September 2019 16:28 (two months ago) link

also seeing them at the garden tonight.

the album holds up really well imo.

normal fucking rockman (voodoo chili), Friday, 6 September 2019 20:53 (two months ago) link

this rainy friday afternoon is also the first time i've really embraced the mccartney-esque schmaltz of 'my mistake'

normal fucking rockman (voodoo chili), Friday, 6 September 2019 21:02 (two months ago) link

live stream was only available in the US ffs

in twelve parts (lamonti), Saturday, 7 September 2019 08:09 (two months ago) link

Awesome show !

(•̪●) (carne asada), Saturday, 7 September 2019 14:04 (two months ago) link

indeed it was, they did a good job of stretching out their songs for a live setting. helps to have virtuosos on the guitar and keys.

normal fucking rockman (voodoo chili), Saturday, 7 September 2019 20:53 (two months ago) link

(•̪●) (carne asada), Sunday, 8 September 2019 00:06 (two months ago) link

they sound incredible as a live band these days

ufo, Sunday, 8 September 2019 04:02 (two months ago) link

yes, really one of the best sounding shows i've seen in a big venue.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Monday, 9 September 2019 16:12 (two months ago) link

man, that msg show is some serious well-oiled machine shit. wow.

(i mean that in a good way)

alpine static, Monday, 9 September 2019 20:58 (two months ago) link

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