Best Albums of the 2010s – #5
Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend (2013)
Here we go. This week I will reveal my five favorite albums of the last decade. Three of these appeared on my list of “best albums of the decade so far” back in 2014, though in slightly different order. The other two were released during the past five years.
At #5 is the third album by Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City. This was the band’s final album with multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij in the lineup, and it remains their best work to date.
Kicking off Week Five of the 30 Day Music Challenge, our task is to name ‘A Favorite Song With a Person’s Name in the Title.’
This challenge made me laugh, because it reminded me of my wife’s irrational aversion to songs written about (and titled after) specific women. Hall & Oates’ ‘Sara Smile,’ for example, which also makes her shit list for the opening line “baby hair, with a woman’s eyes.” What the hell does baby hair look like on a grown woman?
Two innovative indie bands face off today in Round Two of Montauk Madness.
Vampire Weekend got here by defeating Pink Floyd with 70% of the vote. Ben Folds Five had a slightly harder path, taking down Aimee Mann with 60%. I voted for Vampire Weekend and against Ben Folds Five in the first round, but would have reversed those votes had they switched their opponents. Continue reading
Best Albums of the 10s So Far
#4 – Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
Yesterday I wrote about artists who kick off their careers with five or six amazing albums and earn a place in my personal pantheon.
Vampire Weekend haven’t been around long enough to meet that criteria just yet, but based on the three albums they’ve released so far, they are well on their way.
The 15th, 16th and 17th songs on Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll have already been featured on this blog. They are Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball,’ Phosphorescent’s ‘Song for Zula’ and Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Follow Your Arrow.’ All good choices, as is #18, today’s SOTD.
Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City shows up second (to Kanye) on the accompanying list of the best albums of 2013, a sentiment I wholly endorse, having listed the album as my favorite of last year.