Saturday, April 11, 2009

vampire weekend ...

Vampire Weekend, what's the buzz? How do you say "overrated" with a Brooklyn accent? The European tours, the Rolling Stone covers, the glowing reviews: how did this happen? Trust me, in 5 years, there are going to be many people embarrassed by the fact that they bought so heavily into this.

I mean, I have no personal animosity against the band members; I'm sure they're all decent fellows. And if I had gone to a campus party, somewhere back east, and heard Vampire Weekend for the first time there ... I might have talked about it with others afterward. Maybe. I might have found them good for a local college band.

But basically, they've been handed to me, and you, and everyone else, as the Next Big Independent Thing. And that shit don't fly. You feel me?

Vampire Weekend is like Phish Lite, then dialed down just a notch or two. And "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" is the most precious song title of all time. Now, I don't know what a kwassa kwassa is - it may be the coolest f*&#%!!ing thing on the planet, for all I know - but it does NOT belong next to "Cape Cod" in any context, song titles especially.

VW also has this song that sounds exactly like Tom Petty's "Don't Do Me Like That," except the singer does this little squeaky thing with his voice at the end of each line. And that's precious, too.

Did any of you out there mistakenly think I was putting Vampire Weekend in my Top 50? Good god. Once again, it's nothing personal - I was just bitterly disappointed. So much buzz ...

3 comments:

Somnath said...

What about BTS - "Perfect from now on"?

Brian said...

I know what you mean- I was turned off by the hype and put off listening to them until just recently. I think I saw a picture of them somewhere and one of the members had a sweater tied around his neck. Not a good sign. But I eventually checked out their CD from the library and discovered that it's actually pretty catchy. I'm not going to say they're deserving of the hype, but I'm willing to forgive them for the sweater incident.

Trevor said...

Som, you know I like Built to Spill and all, but Boise is just not big-time enough to make this guy's Top 50 list. And I know you're gonna be lobbying for the rest of your favorite Northwest bands, so I'll just come out and tell you right now: there will be no Western State Hurricanes. No Queensryche. No Sanjaya Malakar. And no Huey Lewis & The News.
(Just kidding about that last one: I know you like 'em, but they were actually from the Bay Area and not the Northwest, weren't they?)