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

And the namedrop 'Israelites'

Frederik B, Monday, 27 May 2019 14:14 (one year ago) link

yes, of course !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 27 May 2019 14:27 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

(And the shaker plays that guitar rhythm)

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 27 May 2019 15:49 (one year ago) link

Actually « Gold Rush » is a reggae too !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 27 May 2019 15:51 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

Frederik B, Thursday, 11 July 2019 06:42 (one year 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 (one year 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 (eleven 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 (eleven months ago) link

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

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

live stream was only available in the US ffs

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

Awesome show !

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

https://youtu.be/GXzfOsuyATc

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

they sound incredible as a live band these days

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

two months pass...

Hot take: this is their second-best record (after Modern Vampires). I love how heartfelt and touching the whole thing is.. the run from Flower Moon to Spring Snow is a rollercoaster of emotion for me

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 25 November 2019 01:27 (eight months ago) link

Ah, I just went back to it yesterday after a few months.
Still good but I wasn't really in the mood for it so finally I went back to MVOTC instead.
For me it would be MVOTC/VW first, depending on the mood I'm in (moody or jolly) then FOTB then Contra.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 25 November 2019 11:16 (eight months ago) link

I think it’s probably my least favorite of their records but it has some joints. J/NY/B probably their best closer

k3vin k., Monday, 25 November 2019 13:06 (eight months ago) link

i’d agree with that. def their worst record

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 25 November 2019 13:32 (eight months ago) link

it's a lot better than mvotc which is easily their worst

ufo, Monday, 25 November 2019 13:36 (eight months ago) link

not the biggest fan but really dig this life

nxd, Monday, 25 November 2019 13:44 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, "J/NY/B" and "This Life" (and maybe "Married in a Gold Rush") are the best songs on this one and among their best work.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 25 November 2019 14:04 (eight months ago) link

There's a really annoying song by probably Maroon 5 on the radio that plays on Pachelbel but if it had been done by VW I'd probably like it

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Monday, 25 November 2019 16:08 (eight months ago) link

I'm a fan of the intro track on this. Sounds like dude is playing out in the park playing along to one of those chord books or Ultimate Guitar Tab and having to turn the page every so often.

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Monday, 25 November 2019 16:14 (eight months ago) link

a really annoying song by probably Maroon 5 on the radio that plays on Pachelbel

Please someone link to this :)

Frederik B, Monday, 25 November 2019 16:16 (eight months ago) link

Maroon 5 - memories

https://youtu.be/SlPhMPnQ58k

Supposedly dedicated to their manager who died last year, yet those doot doots make it sound like they’re not really sad about it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 25 November 2019 16:21 (eight months ago) link

Still sounds like a solo Ezra record to me, which shouldn’t be a problem at all but mostly I just prefer that VW//Contra//Modern Vampires vibe.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 25 November 2019 16:22 (eight months ago) link

What song is the bassline from How Long referencing? It's really bugging me

― frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:43 PM (six months ago) bookmarkflaglink

it kinda kinda sounds like 'where is my mind?'

― i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:49 PM (six months ago) bookmarkflaglink

I'm hearing some sort of early-2000s hip hop tune from the Dre/Eminem/D12 era??

― frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:57 PM (six months ago) bookmarkflaglink

It was 'I'm Back' by Eminem I think

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Monday, 25 November 2019 16:27 (eight months ago) link

there’s good stuff on here but my least fav of theirs pretty easily

J0rdan S., Thursday, 28 November 2019 03:11 (eight months ago) link

For sure. Their least essential album, but it's a better album than when David Byrne turned TH albums into solo projects.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 November 2019 03:59 (eight months ago) link

Guess who.

Composer-vocalist Ezra Koenig (age 35) takes the idea of emotional reparation in “Sympathy” from one of Britain’s great post-punk bands, New Order, who revolutionized politicized dance pop in the Eighties and Nineties (with such devout political recordings as “Temptation,” “True Faith,” and “Technique”). Here, Vampire Weekend echoes New Order’s versatility, rhythmic ingenuity, and its romantic-social undercurrent. It’s what, in less fragmented times, was once called “folk music” but now for an era when the term “folk” needs to be redefined.

That endeavor gives the 58-minute Father of the Bride its surprise, excitement, and grandeur. Over 18 tracks, Koenig and company work through the sophistication that defeats us, experimenting with assorted song styles — plus high-information worldliness — without losing the insouciance of their eponymous 2007 debut. Initially known for their preppy eclecticism, Vampire Weekend expands into miscellany as never before. The group’s signature audacious Afropop (a cheeky, bright, guitar-based cross-culturalism) blends into melodies that are closer to home — and so it seems quirky to audiences who are unaccustomed to what used to be classic and traditional.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 20:32 (eight months ago) link

Haha I guessed that but figured “nah, he’s a movie critic.”

DJI, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 22:06 (eight months ago) link


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