Vampire Weekend at Bowery Ballroom: Backlash Is For People Who Care About Backlash

Last time I saw hometown heroes Vampire Weekend at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in September of 2007, the positive hype was high, uber Anonymous blog readers had already begun to revolt, and their album hadn’t even come out yet.

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Fast forward to last Wednesday night, January 30th–the boys were back in town, playing the second night of their record release shows. The levels of backlash had multiplied 10-fold on every blog (including your mom’s)–I wasn’t even aware there could be backlash to the backlash of the backlash that was backlashed against. The crowd was Manhattanites, which automatically means that at least 10% of the audience will be uninterested in the music at any given time.

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So how did the band do?
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Vampire Weekend on Letterman Tonight

Vampire Weekend was just on Letterman. If you saw the performance, you’d already know that they performed their TRL-approved single, “A-Punk,” off their recently released self-titled album.

As the performance was taped on Tuesday night, they were wearing the same clothes that folks saw them dressed in later at their Bowery Ballroom show. (See photo below, taken by Abby Braden.)

After performing a crisp, precise version of their song, Dave came over and told them that he enjoyed their performance very much, and that was it! Overall a good performance (albeit they seems a tad bit nervous), well done!

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Vampire Weekend’s “A-Punk” Video

Watch the video for Vampire Weekend‘s catchy tune, “A-Punk.” Directed by Hammer & Tong. I’m assuming the entire video was just one shot? Y/N?

Vampire Weekend’s self-titled first full-length album will drop on Beggars and XL Records (UK) at the end of the month. The VW boys will play two sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom on the 29th and 30th to celebrate the release.

Oh, BTW the Hammer and Tongs guys were the dudes responsible for this great work of music video history, Blur’s “Coffee & TV”: