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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

it's very pretty

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

i don't hate it!

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

& i guess longstreth played on hh

J0rdan S., Friday, 25 January 2019 04:07 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

yes, I totally agree.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 25 January 2019 11:30 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

flopson, Saturday, 26 January 2019 03:09 (one year ago) link

2021 sounds kinda 1975

flopson, Monday, 28 January 2019 03:30 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkPWqnTWj38

flappy bird, Monday, 28 January 2019 17:25 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 28 January 2019 18:18 (one year ago) link

his hair looks the same

flappy bird, Monday, 28 January 2019 18:23 (one year ago) link

he once believed in gel

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

(Also, who cares?)

ahem

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDLZ90Oc8FY

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 11:28 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Long version !
https://youtu.be/qa1t5bjJbms

AlXTC from Paris, Sunday, 3 February 2019 08:35 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

Mordy, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 15:09 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

i am jazzed for this record

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

It's you.

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

ready for 2 more songs

flopson, Monday, 11 February 2019 21:47 (one year ago) link

Are they good live?

Josh (phantompenguin), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 20:05 (one year 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:

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

flappy bird, Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:41 (one year ago) link

so they played all their songs lol

k3vin k., Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:49 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

i think a lot of the underwhelmed response to father of the bride is viewing it in light of what it fails to do which the first three albums did well. which is unfair, because it's not trying to do those things. instead it has this chill late night studio head vibe going on, which i also find special in its own way.

Josh (phantompenguin), Saturday, 9 May 2020 01:50 (three months ago) link

Sorry to post a link to Fallon...
https://youtu.be/fY6nvPvqpZc

AlXTC from Paris, Saturday, 9 May 2020 11:36 (three months ago) link

This is an exceptional album you guys.

― YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Monday, January 6, 2020 4:19 PM (four months ago) bookmarkflaglink

Still is. There's so much to love about it. Hoping people will disinter this one day and hold it up as an absolute classic.

'I don't wanna live like this, but I don't wanna die' has taken on new meaning recently.

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 15:45 (three months ago) link

thankfully that lyric is also on an album that's better than this one

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 15:54 (three months ago) link

lol sorry i'm just being a jerk for fun dl

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 15:54 (three months ago) link

mvotc is better than fotb, but finger back is not better than this life

sleight return (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 15:59 (three months ago) link

that’s basically true but do you mean harmony hall

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 16:02 (three months ago) link

d'oh, yes i do.

sleight return (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 16:03 (three months ago) link

ah yes of course, it's on fingerback too which is just okay

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 16:20 (three months ago) link

i like finger back a lot. could be because i was on the 1 train listening to the song and ezra mentioned 103rd and broadway just as i pulled into the 103rd st station

sleight return (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 16:22 (three months ago) link

it was destiny, maaan

sleight return (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 16:22 (three months ago) link

heard Harmony Hall playing in the supermarket yesterday, so naturally I had to pull the whole album out. genuinely, I think this album is made for me. it gives me the same 'what are they gonna pull out the back next?' feeling I used to get from when I was first getting into Aphex Twin.
I love how it feels slightly unfinished/unfussy in places but also florid and well-realised. I liked previous albums, but certain tracks on MVOTC are cluttered and chaotic and just not pleasant to listen to.
I also feel like this is their first album where they sound like themselves. Yes, there the old influences are still there, but i feel like they're less glaring. It took a while for me to stop thinking of VW as Paul Simon/GAPDY slash fiction, but this seems more like something only they could have made.
Yeah it's their 'Up', it's their 'Adore', and those fond of their more adherents rock sound will find it flimsy and indulgent. I like it for exactly those reasons

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 22 May 2020 09:57 (two months ago) link

ugh that was all written quickly on my laggy Android phone. Sorry for typos

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 22 May 2020 09:58 (two months ago) link

Contra seemed like pretty distinctively only something they could have made, there's enough brilliant ideas there for some bands to have made an entire career out of

ufo, Friday, 22 May 2020 10:52 (two months ago) link

I'm not discounting Contra at all. it's a very good album.

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 22 May 2020 11:13 (two months ago) link

Ezra spoke very well about his thoughts on FOTB's fourth-album-ness on Time Crisis the week before last.

https://timecrisis-withezrakoenig.tumblr.com/post/617840563917602816/episode-120-hbd-fotb

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 22 May 2020 13:05 (two months ago) link

This remains the only VW album I can listen to. I've really come to appreciate it even more though. I think everyone else I know hates them.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 22 May 2020 19:59 (two months ago) link


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