Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

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No more than anyone else. If you're unsure about your opinions, then it's your problem.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 May 2019 10:49 (five months ago) link

What a bizarre thing to complain about on a message board.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 May 2019 10:49 (five months ago) link

I like this album a lot and still listen to it regularly but somehow, the main effect this whole release campaign has had on me is making me rediscover... Dylan's "Jokerman" (and the accompanying album) !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 27 May 2019 11:00 (five months ago) link

I was surprised to hear Ariel Rechtshaid refer to Ya Hey as a reggae song. It doesn't feel reggae at all to me. Am I mad?

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 27 May 2019 13:02 (five months ago) link

hum. It is a little, yeah. The bassline/rhythm.
Even Ezra's delivery, actually !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 27 May 2019 13:59 (five months ago) link

And the namedrop 'Israelites'

Frederik B, Monday, 27 May 2019 14:14 (five months ago) link

yes, of course !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 27 May 2019 14:27 (five months ago) link

Basically, if you just throw in the typical reggae guitar rhythmic lick, you get a reggae song.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 27 May 2019 14:29 (five months ago) link

(And the shaker plays that guitar rhythm)

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 27 May 2019 15:49 (five months ago) link

Actually « Gold Rush » is a reggae too !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 27 May 2019 15:51 (five months ago) link

What a bizarre thing to complain about on a message board.

― recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 May 2019 12:49 (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

That's just your opinion, man!

dorsalstop, Monday, 27 May 2019 16:16 (five months ago) link

Basically, if you just throw in the typical reggae guitar rhythmic lick, you get a reggae song.

― AlXTC from Paris, Monday, May 27, 2019 3:29 PM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I can imagine that "chick-eh" guitar part but without it I just feel it as four on the floor, references to Babylon and "The Israelites" notwithstanding.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 06:43 (five months ago) link

Oh I agree. Before that mention upthread I had never thought of that song as a reggae song.
But now, with that in mind, I can't hear it another way !
If you consider the shaker's rhythm, the drums that has a reggae groove, not a disco type 4 on the floor, the use of the reverb and most importantly, the syncopated bass line on the verses and Ezra's delivery and pronounciation (+ the lexical field :zion, babylon, israelites...), it's clear !
Actually, it's a pretty amazing production/arrangements to make a reggae song that no-one will notice...

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 07:54 (five months ago) link

maybe i'd find the groove on "ya hey" less awkward if they'd committed to the reggae thing on it more strongly, i can hear what they were going for now but it doesn't quite get there for me

ufo, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 10:27 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Finally listened to this last night and it was nice but sorta breezed by without catching my attention much. Last track is great.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 16:57 (four months ago) link

Saw them in Dublin on Monday and they were absolutely excellent. Great set mixing all four records. None of the duets.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 18:44 (four 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

https://youtu.be/GXzfOsuyATc

(•̪●) (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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