Song of the Day #3,384: ‘Hannah Hunt (Master Softee Remix)’ – Vampire Weekend

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?

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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 #3,227: ‘Money’ – Pink Floyd vs. Vampire Weekend

Our next Montauk Madness matchup is a battle across the decades, pitting a 70s powerhouse against an innovative indie band from the past decade. I give you Pink Floyd vs. Vampire Weekend!

My high school self would have had no problem with this choice, as I pretty much lived and breathed Pink Floyd in those years (not to mention that Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig was in pre-K).

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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 #2,299: ‘Holiday’ – Vampire Weekend


Best Albums of the 10s So Far
#16 – Vampire Weekend – Contra

Vampire Weekend has released two excellent albums in the 10s (with more to come, I can only assume). They are the rare band that showed complete mastery of their craft from the very beginning.

Each of their three records is focused and confident, nodding (sometimes very obviously) to influences but converting them into something fresh and unique.

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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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