Vampire Weekend vs Daft Punk

If you haven’t seen this gorgeous video yet or heard one of the prettiest songs of the year, then shit, my girl, step to it.


Thank you to Bryan for posting a biscuited video for Daft Punk right below this. Cause the most interesting music conversation going on right now is how these two brand new and absolutely brilliant albums of 2013 relate to each other. The conversation’s as interesting as anything about Madmen, G.O.T, or the stupid IRS. Join the fun and download these albums immediately. And happy Memorial Day all my loved ones!!!

My favorite lyric of the year: “Wisdom’s a gift, but you’d trade it for youth.” Fuck Ezra Koenig for saying true things like that. But also thank you for my favorite expression of the year: “What you on about?”

Now go find a way to use it.

9 responses to “Vampire Weekend vs Daft Punk”

  1. Bryan says:

    Hey, that was great. And I hadn’t listened or looked up anything abt the new VW cause I’ve never really been a fan. But I liked this, and I really love (surprise, surprise) how the video foregrounds the lyrics, which are pretty great, literate and witty and just coy enough. I’d like to think the Moby-Dick reference traces to a friend who taught at least one of these guys at Columbia.

    You should have just made this a regular post.

  2. Smearcase, Mr. says:

    This track exemplifies how this album is breaking my heart . It’s perfection until the last 20 seconds and then they do that stupid vocoder joke voice that kind of ruins it. This happens on several tracks. I think once I take these songs off my phone and listen to the rest, it will be my favorite Vampire Weekend album*. On the subway this morning I actually found myself wondering about downloading editing software and learning it enough to lop off the slo-mo voice from this perfectly lovely song.

    *though I will always be sentimentally most attached to a song on the first album. Once when I was falling in love I would play it on subway rides home from Brooklyn.

  3. T-Mo says:

    This is really quite lovely, both the song and the video. I agree that the voice distortion right at the end is completely unnecessary and counter to the beauty of the song. That may have been the point of using it, but it just doesn’t work for me. Smearcase, you could probably use an editing program to clip the opening vocal of that line and replace the vocoded one at the end.

    Coincidentally, J-Man and I watched Manhattan again the other night. Of course, the shots of NYC here are very reminiscent of that movie.

    I expected that the video would have provoked some kind of nostalgia for your soon-to-be-ex-city, Smearcase. Or are you over it?

    I loved the use of the lyrics printed on the screen, too, but I didn’t pick up on the Moby-Dick reference, Bryan. Can you help me out? Google has failed to yield the quote.

  4. Bryan says:

    strike the sun

  5. Mister Smearcase says:

    If man will strike, strike through the mask! (Is that from the same part?)

    I forgot to watch the video. I just listened while I did something in another window. Stuff like Manhattan kind of makes me cry right now though so probably just as well.

  6. Bryan says:

    3, 5: yeah, that’s what i heard behind “You cursed the sun when it stepped to your girl.” The link I was thinking was “Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.” I probably over-listen Moby-Dick into everything.

  7. Bryan says:

    So I actually really dig the ending of that song. I read it as an acknowledgement (finally) of how precious this band is. It’s kind of like a confession — ok, I get it, it’s a little too precious. Otherwise I might want to punch someone.

    In the hypothetical death match of Farrell’s title I’m not sure what I think would prevail. The new Daft Punk is a little on the gentle side too. I love it, though. And I think I’d rule in its favor (though I admit I’ve now only listened to a couple songs from the VW album) because it seems like the album most likely to result in somebody getting laid.

  8. Dave says:

    This is nice. And yeah, the line Farrell calls out is quite awesome.

    I suspect people are getting laid to the Vampire Weekend, maybe not in such quantities.

    I will posit that the most interesting conversation in pop music right now is between Lady Gaga and Janelle MonĂ¡e.

  9. T-Mo says:

    Oh, hey, I just became aware that this is an “homage” to a Souls of Mischief song.