Song of the Day #3,269: ‘Diane Young’ – Vampire Weekend vs. Ben Folds Five

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

Song of the Day #2,316: ‘Obvious Bicycle’ – Vampire Weekend


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.

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Song of the Day #2,036: ‘Diane Young’ – Vampire Weekend

vampire_weekend_stepThe 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.

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Song of the Day #2,021: ‘Step (Live)’ – Vampire Weekend

vampire_weekend_stepGuest blogger Dana continues…

Dana’s Best Songs of 2013
Avicii – ‘Wake Me Up’

Here’s another instance where, but for you beating me to the punch, I would have put ‘Hannah Hunt’ on my “best of” list, so you can consider it added here.

However, I will also take this slot to feature another big time favorite from this great album, ‘Step.’ Another track I would throw in here for good measure would be ‘Ya Hey.’

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Song of the Day #1,995: ‘Hannah Hunt’ – Vampire Weekend

vampire_weekend_stepBest Songs of 2013 – #1

This is the sixth year-end countdown I’ve done since I started writing Song of the Day posts. The very first was in 2008 and Vampire Weekend reached the #1 spot with the track ‘M79’ off of their debut album.

Five years and two albums later, they’re back on top.

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Song of the Day #1,797: ‘Ya Hey’ – Vampire Weekend

vampire_weekend_stepEvery year I set aside a few weeks in late December to recap my favorite songs of the year. It’s the one blog feature that I actively think about throughout the year — deliberately holding off from posting certain new songs because I know they will likely factor into the best-of series.

But sometimes I get bitten. It sounds funny, but occasionally I’ll post a song before I realize how much I like it. Or I’ll post a track in my “songs of summer” week only to discover that it’s also one of my favorites of the year.

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