Posts Tagged ‘Vampire Weekend’
Ra Ra Riot started out as a baroque pop or orchestral pop band fronted by singer Wes Miles amazing voice. In 2013, the band released Beta Love, a record which left the baroque pop sound behind and went in a new direction, towards something more electro pop. As you can imagine, Beta Love was polarizing and not popular with a small but vocal segment of the band’s fanbase. I enjoyed Beta Love and was very interested to hear what the next step in the band’s evolution would sound like. In early 2016, the band released Need Your Light.
I hung out with the band’s singer Wes in Ra Ra Riot‘s busy tour van and we talked. What is the unlikely secret from Wes‘ past in school? What was it like working with Rostam Batmanglij (from Vampire Weekend) on the new record? How did the band navigate the rocky waters of change and growth? Which is Wes‘ favorite track on Ra Ra Riot‘s first record The Rhumb Line? How much does Wes love U2‘s 1991 album Achtung Baby? You have to listen to find out! (I even get him to sing a bit.)
Tracks played on the show…
Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light (2016) “Water”
Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light (2016) “Absolutely”
Ra Ra Riot, The Rhumb Line (2008) “St Peter’s Day Festival” (mp3)
Ra Ra Riot, Beta Love (2013) “Beta Love” (background)
Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light (2016) “I Need Your Light” (mp3)
NO songs CANCON
“Babylon” by rising Los Angeles based artist Jesiah is the sister track of “Diane Young” by Vampire Weekend and romantically simplistic in its composition. Check it out below!
My indie band knowledge is near non existent these days. Guitar music turned into just another age straddled faze. Thankfully for people like me in this predicament producers enjoy these bands music enough to remix them. Thus keeping us folk at least semi in the know about the genre.
Caught this remix by way of Fantastic Fox‘s FB page. Not only does he make good music, he spreads it around to :)
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For those of you who don’t know, Ra Ra Riot is a NY university party-born band known for mixing indie pop with lush string arrangements. They invaded iPods around the same time as band besties Vampire Weekend.
Ra Ra Riot’s latest release, Beta Love, dives headfirst into the highly processed world of synthetic electro-pop. The reception to this career move can be charitably described as mixed, with most long-term fans wondering what the hell happened.
As a fan, I can understand the concern over this change, but you can’t blame a band for wanting to grow. Eager to talk about all of this, I managed to lure Mat from Ra Ra Riot away from the catering at the club. I get him to talk about the direction change in depth and much more.
Ra Ra Riot “Dance With Me” The first track off their controversial third record Beta Love.
Ra Ra Riot “Boy” The band’s most commercially successful track so far. (From their second record, The Orchard.)
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OK so one of our fave Vancouver bands, Fan Death (although they say they are from Christmas Island, which does sounds pretty magical) are opening for one of my other fave bands, Vampy Weekend for their almost completely sold out UK and European dates. As well as Little Boots in NA.
They are taking one of Vancouver’s finest talents to drum for them, the one man spectacle, Mr Tony Dallas (who has graced us on many occasion at our NMS night). This is rad right?
Hurry on back Tony, you will be missed.
Vampire Weekend released their debut album in 2008, aptly titled Vampire Weekend. I liked it. I don’t care. Many people claimed they were ripping off Paul Simon and calling it Preppy, Indie AfroPop. This is not music to feel tough to. This music makes you want to wear blazers and match your belt and shoes and smoke cigarettes out of holders and watch Wes Anderson movies and guffaw at zingers. Which are things I like to do, sometimes! Don’t Judge.
Vampire Weekend have a new album coming out early January 2010, Contra. But! What they’ve done is put a FREE NEW song on their website that you can go and download and decide if you still like them or if it was more of a summer fling.
GO GET IT!
Now all we do is worry about dying!!!!!
The weekend is here and we have some parties for ya. First off, tonight, we have a Winnie party. Myself and Christian Flores are at Library Square playing all our favorite songs from the 90’s at the SHOW ME LOVE night. Shout for list.
Two big parties at Funky Winkerbean’s. Tonight we have the first night of Mutant Disco being done by the people who did the Weirdness parties at the Biltmore. Expect lots of rad-italo with a splash of cheesy 80’s and maybe even a Mr Vain or two.
Saturday at Funky’s, Winnie Cooper presents, Garland + Yarn at our NO MORE STRANGERS night, which is always a good time. But really, how can you go wrong with $1.75 beers? Hope to see you there.
aaaaand some tunes.
Vancouver’s Piper Davis
Winnie pals, Rocca with their latest effort
Fesity and Benny G!
Feist + Ben Gibbard – Train Song
Canada’s k-os is keeping hip hop alive. He has an excellent new album out called, “Yes”. I give it 4 out of 5 Winnies. Look out for our upcoming Winnie-TV segment with k-os!!
k-os – I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman
I’m a sucker for a good cover
Magic Arm – Daft Punk Is Playing In My House (LCD Soundsystem Cover)
And for almost all things Beach Boys
The Beach Boys – God Only Knows (Aeroplane Bootleg Remix)
Pharrell’s behind these dudes. This has been out for a while. So far I’ve only found this one single to be good and the other stuff to be more disappointing.
Chester French – She Loves Everybody
Luvs me a TPC remix
Tokyo Police Club – Graves (Nightsweats Remix)
I don’t want to worry about dying,
I just want to worry about sunshine and giiiiiirls.