As the weather starts to turn toward the springtime that’s theoretically upon us, it’s difficult not to find oneself in the mood for Vampire Weekend‘s infectious warm-weather indie-pop. What’s more, with a May 7 release date, the coming of spring parallels the budding anticipation for the band’s third album, Modern Vampires of the City.
You may remember that back in September we posted an interview with “Fleet Foxes.” That’s “Fleet Foxes” in quotes, since it wasn’t actually Fleet Foxes, but a guy who covered pop songs in the harmony-acoustic style of Fleet Foxes, and did so damn well. Since then, the imposter known as Fleet Foxes Sing has gotten more press, from the likes of New York Magazine and BlackBook (who claims our interview blew the lid on the farce, though it wasn’t exactly a secret).
As we’ve mentioned, Vermont locals Chamberlin have been working on an EP of stripped-down covers, involving their fans in the process by holding a contest to choose the tracklist and releasing their versions of Passion Pit’s “Little Secrets” and Kanye West’s “Lost in The World” ahead of time. They’ve just released the finished product for purchase, rounding off the 5-song set with their takes on “Go Outside” by Cults, “Giving Up The Gun” by Vampire Weekend, and “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People. Named the Cabin Covers EP after the rural home where they recorded it, the record has taken on a humanitarian role. Hurricane Irene flooded much of the area around the cabin during the recording process and the band decided to donate all the proceeds from the EP to relief efforts. In true Vermont fashion, you can buy the EP alone or bundled with a pound of dark roast coffee
When Ryan Adams covered the first two tracks off Vampire Weekend’s debut album on his Facebook page last week, we speculated this was the start of a full-album set. Well, he just posted the third song last night, which would seem to confirm it. Except, that is, for the accompanying comment: “‘A-Punk’ Vampire Weekend cover,” he wrote. “Never will learn the whole record- I’ll never figure it all out. KISS covers next?” This, incidentally, replaced a description he posted previously that worried about “oversharing.”
After a (very brief) break from music last year, multi-talented singer/songwriter Ryan Adams is returning to the spotlight in a big way, announcing a new album and a European tour. Always prolific, Adams followed up his announcements with a pair of DIY covers this week. On Facebook, he posted back-to-back acoustic versions “Mansard Roof” and “Oxford Comma,” the first two tracks from Vampire Weekend‘s debut album. Adams introduced “Mansard Roof” as “track one,” which has many fans speculating that these videos could be the first installments of a longer series.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
We bring you five instantly accessible tracks today, perfect to groove to over the holiday weekend. Pirate-holler Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, folk Vampire Weekend, and pop-punk Eddie Money are sure to make you the hit of your 4th of July BBQ. Download those and more below.
On April 1, cover fans missed something incredible – or, at least, those of us who couldn’t be in Dublin did. Neil Hannon (of The Divine Comedy) covered Vampire Weekend‘s self-titled debut album in its entirety, with the help of Cathy Davey, Romeo Stodart (of The Magic Numbers), and the band Jape. The show was organized by The JD Set, a Jack Daniels venture into the music scene of the British Isles.
When they broke out in early 2008 with their self-titled debut, Vampire Weekend‘s champions and critics made essentially the same claims about the band. Detractors accused the band of stealing elements of world music, while fans heralded them as the heirs to Graceland-era Paul Simon (who faced similar accusations). Perhaps that made frontman Ezra Koenig an obvious choice to take on Paul Simon’s “Papa Hobo” for the soundtrack to the upcoming movie Ceremony, but the track is actually a bit of a departure from the typical Simon influence in Vampire Weekend’s music.