Album Review: Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend


AlbumFather of the Bride
Artist: Vampire Weekend
Release Date: May 3, 2019
Favorite Tracks:

  • Hold You Now
  • Harmony Hall
  • We Belong Together
  • Sympathy
  • Jerusalem, New York, Berlin

Thoughts:

I’ve liked Vampire Weekend since I first heard “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” a dozen years ago.  But I like them with the uneasiness of a white, preppy dude who grew up in the suburbs and likes the sounds of music of non-Western cultures listening to other white, preppy dudes who grew up in the suburbs incorporate those sounds into their pop music.  We’re all probably guilty of some level of cultural appropriation.

The sound on Father of the Bride is more stripped down than preceding Vampire Weekend albums.  It’s more of a folk rock sound with a little Laurel Canyon singer/songwriter. The lyrics also show the band in a different place, older and concerned with mortality and an uncertain present.  “I don’t wanna live like this, but I don’t wanna die,” bandleader Ezra Koenig sings on “Harmony Hall.” Those are words capture the zeitgeist of the times, and yet are hidden in a sunny pop tune that typifies much of the album.

Rating: ***

 

 

2013 Year in Review: Favorite Songs


With the top ten or so songs listed for every year of my existence, it’s time for the year-end review of my favorite songs of 2013.

For previous year-end lists of previous years check out my lists for 2012,  2011,  2010  and  2009.

I’ve featured many of this songs in my Song of the Week posts this year.  If you see a link from a song title it will take you back to the Song of the Week post for that song.

San Francisco – Foxygen

That’s ok, I was bored anyway

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GMF – John Grant

You could be laughing 65% more of the time

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.Number 9 – Moon Hooch

Please stand away from the platform edge

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A Tattered Line of String – The Postal Service

In the glow of the nights golden hue

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Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins) – Shad

Now when you’re Third World born, but First World formed/
Sometimes you feel pride, sometimes you feel torn

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White Foxes – Susanne Sundfør 

For the gravy of your soul

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Indians From All Directions – A Tribe Called Red feat. Das Racist

To the L to the L to the L to the Ella

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Delicate Cycle – The Uncluded

And my heart started with a quarter

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Step – Vampire Weekend

The truth is she doesn’t need me to protect her

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Slyd – !!!

No, that’s weird

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Honorable Mentions:

Song Most Often Played at the Request of My 5 y.o. Son:

Feel this Moment – Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera

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Funniest Viral Song that You Can Dance To:

The Fox – Ylvis

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Best Boston History Lesson Set to Music:

The Great Boston Molasses Flood – The Dead Milkmen

[Listen on The Dead Milkmen website]

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Best Drunken Barroom Sing-a-Long of a Traditional American Folk Song:

Shenandoah – Tom Waits w/ Keith Richards

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Scariest Song You Can Dance To:

The Terror – Flaming Lips

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Best Song That I Was A Part Of Creating With a Video That’s Not Safe For Work:

The Wolf is on the Hill – Beck (arranged by Krissy Skare, performed by a 50 voice chorus, choreography by Sugar Dish)

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Let me know what you think of these songs in the comments, and of course, let me know you’re favorites for 2013

Ten Favorite Songs of 2010


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2010.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

2010 was the second time I published a year-end list of favorite songs, offering a chance to see what’s changed in the intervening years.

Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National 

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The Cave – Mumford & Sons 

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Down By The Water – The Decembrists

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Horchata – Vampire Weekend 

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Howlin’ For You – Black Keys

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MC’s Can Kiss – Uffie 

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Money Grabber – Fitz and the Tantrums 

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Rill Rill – Sleigh Bells 

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Rolling in the Deep – Adele

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The Sweetest Thing – JJ Gray and Mofro 

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And three songs from 2010 worth of an honorable mention:

Fuck You  – Cee Lo Green

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Good Day Today – David Lynch 

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Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire

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Ten Favorite Songs of 2008


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2008.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Bag of Hammers – Thao Nguyen

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Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa – Vampire Weekend

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Furr – Blitzen Trapper

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Growl – Tanya Tagaq

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In the Night – Basia Bulat

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White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes

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You Don’t Know Me – Ben Folds Five w/ Regina Spektor

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Sleepyhead – Passion Pit

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S.E.X.Y.R.O.B.O.T – The Pinker Tones

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Why Do You Let Me Stay Here – She & Him

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And my song of shame for 2008: Rime of the Hip Hop Mariners – Captain Dan & The Scurvy Crew

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What did you rock out to in 2008?  Let me know in the comments!

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