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Vampire Weekend on World Cafe | October 7, 2013

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This segment, from Jan. 24, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafeseries, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

Vampire Weekend emerged from a fertile New York indie-rock scene; all four members met while attending Columbia University. Still, they stand out for two reasons. First, their endearingly wordy lyrics make Vampire Weekend's songs sound collegiate in the best possible way. And second, their unique sound inventively mixes contemporary American indie-rock, Western classical music and South African traditional music.

The band aims to capture its Afro-pop fandom in its songwriting, and it does well: Stylish songs such as "A-Punk" blend ska and woodwinds, while "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" invokes African dance music, but with lyrics about raging hormones. Vampire Weekend's highly anticipated self-titled full-length is out now. (via World Cafe)


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Little Comets “Violence Out Tonight” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Vampire Weekend “Unbelievers” Modern Vampires of the City
Haircut 100 “Love Plus One” Pelican West
Alt-J “Tesselate” An Awesome Wave
((Vampire Weekend “Oxford Comma” Vampire Weekend))
Vampire Weekend “Mansard Roof” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Vampire Weekend “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Vampire Weekend “Campus” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Vampire Weekend “A-Punk” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Vampire Weekend “Mansard Roof” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
San Fermin “Sonsick” San Fermin
Death Cab For Cutie “Cath” Narrow Stairs 
Diego Garcia “Sunnier Days” Paradise
Foxygen “San Francisco” We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
The Zombies “Time of the Season” Greatest Hits
Joe Henry “Time Is A Lion” Civilians
((Bright Eyes “Four Winds” Cassadega))
Widespread Panic “Hope In A Hopeless World” Butterflies & Bombs
Jesse Woods “Cold Blood” Get Your Burdens Lifted
Jesse Woods “Broken Bottle” Get Your Burdens Lifted 
Bill Callahan “Small Plane” Dream River
Rosanne Cash “Dance With the Tiger” Interiors
((Horse Feathers “This Bed” Thistled Spring))
Haim “The Wire” Days Are Gone
The Replacements “Alex Chilton” Pleased To Meet Me
Zeus “Are You Gonna Waste My Time?” Busting Visions
((Arcade Fire “Modern Man” The Suburbs))
Pearl Jam “Sirens” Lightning Bolt
REM “Try Not To Breathe” Automatic For The People
Laura Mvula “Green Garden” Sing To the Moon
Thunderclap Newman “Accidents” Hollywood Dream