Posted in TV | music on March 2, 2008

Vampire Weekend

Wilco was just awesome on Saturday Night Live.

Vampire Weekend continue to blow up - see above SPIN magazine cover, and watch them as the musical guest on SNL next week.

This week's SNL video promos featuring Wilco & Ellen Page of Juno below...

I'll post the actual performace videos from last's episode when they appear. In the meantime here's the Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton debate (starring the real Hillary)....

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Comments (54)

i love how vampire weekend blew up like this on an indie label. the majors are just getting facialed by the big indies like xl and merge.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 12:23 AM

I thought Wilco was pretty good. The first song kind of reminded me of Joe Cocker.

Unfortunately Ellen Page was up way past her bedtime. Brutal.

Posted by Comedy Blog | March 2, 2008 12:55 AM

i'm not a wilco fanatic but that performance makes me wanna go through a "wilco phase." they really showed how to do the damn thing on national tv.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 1:00 AM

WILCO ROCK!

Posted by CLASHMAN | March 2, 2008 1:28 AM

WILCO ROCKS!

Posted by CLASHMAN | March 2, 2008 1:29 AM

v.weekend remind me of the shins when they first started out. Great pop songs, let's see where it goes once the flavor goes south!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 1:49 AM

CINCO SOCKS!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 2:41 AM

leave it to snl to but into the hype when they've been overlooking more impressive indie bands.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 7:51 AM

Walken was just beautiful.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 8:30 AM

tweedy is a genius. both songs were fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 9:00 AM

Saw Wilco's first song. When did they turn into Van Morrison??? No thanks!

Posted by christopher | March 2, 2008 9:18 AM

"i love how vampire weekend blew up like this on an indie label. the majors are just getting facialed by the big indies like xl and merge."

All the more impressive since Vampire Weekend is shit.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 9:51 AM

one thing you can say about Vampire Weekend is they've really payed their dues....

Posted by ffe | March 2, 2008 10:31 AM

anon 951....you're so edgy for dissing a band people like. congrats....

i seriously don't understand why so many people hate on indie bands that get big. even if it's not your cup of tea you should be happy "one of us" is getting some recognition. MUSIC IS NOT A COMPETITION. just because one band succeeds doesn't mean your band or the band you like won't. no need to hate.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 10:39 AM

You must be new here, Anon. 10:39. People have been hating on Vampire Weekend for months.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 10:45 AM

Isn't it good that SNL is putting on a remotely small new band for a change?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 10:47 AM

No, Anon. 10:47, because it's a shit band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 11:15 AM

I think the fact that Spin put them on the cover and that SNL are booking them is testament to the fact that the old and crusty "powers" that be are feeling pressure, or reading focus group reports to the effect that the general public/viewership is more interested in indie hyped bands than they are in bands with major label money behind them. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing, but it's interesting!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 11:33 AM

Or maybe Vampire Weekend is just using Ivy League connections.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 11:42 AM

I still can't believe all this is happening for vampire weekend


just doesn't make sense

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 11:43 AM

Yeah, or maybe mom and dad are calling in favors...but those are pretty big things to be done as favors - SNL and cover of Spin. It seems like less of a conspiracy than did the rise of the Strokes, and i'll still take them over Fall Out Boy or Incubus, but of all the new indie bands to achieve such a transcendent level of success...Vampire Weekend would not have been my first choice.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 12:23 PM

vampire weekend is the new Strokes. cant you guys see through the "hype"? CONNECTIONS will get you places!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 12:40 PM

You people are hysterical. Seriously hysterical.

Posted by I Hate Bands That Get Popular | March 2, 2008 1:56 PM

connections? please.

they made music a bunch of people like a lot. so you don't like it? good for you. get over it and stop being upset about something that's really not important in the long run.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 2:23 PM

whoa - go Vampire Weekend!

I'm not really a fan, but I'm always pleased to see a real band get big, as in one that started out little versus the usual put-together-by-a&r-dudes route.

would be a little more enthusiastic were they not such blue bloods, but such is the way America works.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 3:03 PM

What this shows is that Spin & SNL are desperate and going for anything that they perceive will generate a buzz. I for one think that Ra Ra Riot and other indie bands are way more interesting, more deserving, have paid more dues in every way and should be getting exposure like this instead of Vampire Weekend who got a bit of buzz and then hired the manager of The Shins and more importantly, The White Stripes & Raconteurs. This is an obvious "favor trade" to insure exclusive or 1st looks at the next Raconteurs and White Stripes projects.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 3:10 PM

they bore me. i don't see what's so special.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 3:27 PM

I had never seen Wilco play before but I am impressed. Every member of the band played his ass off. Now that's musicianship!

Posted by Ben Dover | March 2, 2008 5:20 PM

SNL should book either No Age, High Places or Genghis Tron and broadcast them playing at Market Hotel or SIlent Barn because as we have been made aware all the bands KILL there and are some of the best shows ever seen.

Posted by Typical BV idiot | March 2, 2008 5:32 PM

maybe they will start booking these bands once they see people respond to the connection they have with the audience. It' not pandering (yet) -- it's people who give a shit getting a chance to promote good music.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 6:32 PM

As for the VW "connections" theory - ridiculous. Though I'm not a big fan of their music (I only have the EP), it's easy to see they have a lot going for them. First off, their sound: The whole "Graceland-era Paul Simon-meets-(fill in your favorite indie band here)"? Egghead music critics LOVE such odd stylistic collisions. Not to mentin the whole culture-clash of "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" and the obscure "Oxford Comma" reference. These guys know what they are doing! Again, music critics, esp. lazy music critics, LOVE this kind of thing! Makes their job easy! Then, there are the boatshoes and the preppy thing and the Izod whatever -- not that it's all calculated affectation (I have no idea), but either way, it doesn't matter. The crits have seized upon it (it dovetails so well with the multiculturalism, the Ivy League, etc), and BAM! they are on their way.

They are musically moreless as deserving as most anyone else of all this hype. But they have all these extra elements that have pushed them over the top.

Just a theory.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 11:45 PM

Connections?

The lead singer used to teach grade school in Brooklyn before "hitting it big."

And as for the hate, it's obviously coming from a bunch of people who went to shitty colleges (or no colleges at all), or are in a shitty band, and are extremely jealous. There really is no other reason for all of the vitriol, since it really is completely unprovoked.

They make catchy tunes. Deal.

Posted by MARLOW | March 2, 2008 11:53 PM

Oh no, god forbid someone would post here after having gone to a "shitty college"...or worse yet..."no college at all".

Can you even imagine what these "people" must be like? Yeesh.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 12:09 AM

I went to Yale and i don't think Vampire Weekend is all that good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 12:36 AM

I went to a Vampire Weekend show and I don't think Yale is all that good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 12:39 AM

you are right SNL should do a remote from Market Hotel, then maybe people will see what a real music scene is all about.

You know not all critics love this and not all critics loved Paul Simon and his Graceland phase. I think one of the Village Voice critics pointed out that sure as hell they weren't listening to Graceland in 88 and they weren't about to get into this VV shit now. It was the woman critic over there.

also, we are not hating, just backlashing. why are you loving them already? anyway, maybe its good, some kids always will go for shit like goo goo dolls and all that crap. This is not punk!

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 1:18 AM

yeah, SNL should broadcast from market hotel... That's a great idea. What, so we can all start hating high places and team robespierre too? They should book parts and labor and matt an kim for next years new years in times square as well. Maybe we'll get the death set and dan deacon to bring wham city to regis and kelly. Then we can hate just about everybody we used to be into until it wasn't cool any more.

VW played the Todd P acoustic BBQ a year ago. They played Glasslands too. What about the east river music project?

If they were still only drawing a hundred people in Ridgwood queens there wouldn't be this hatred. God forbid anyone appeal to a broader audience. I know it just eats us up inside to think that a band some of us once went to see at a diy dive could be on the stage wilco played a week before in front of a national audience w/ that girl from Juno. Just makes us feel dirty and totally not with it. worse yet they harken back to music our parents liked. Fuuuuck parents are so not cool. how are we supposed to feel rad about drinking our 40s of colt 45 when we hear something that reminds us of sunday afternoons at home with mom and dad. parents are so lame.

And fuck columbia too. Elitist assholes. Lord knows pratt is totally inexpensive and open to the working class indie/bike riding/painter hat wearing kid. nobody's folks have to pay to send their child to that school. I think they even let you trade showpapers for screen printing classes. What a deal!

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 1:47 AM

"I went to a Vampire Weekend show and I don't think Yale is all that good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 12:39 AM"

Awww hating because you could not get into one of the top schools in the country.

"you are right SNL should do a remote from Market Hotel, then maybe people will see what a real music scene is all about."

Wow, this person completely missed the point of the original comment

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 2:08 AM

"Awww hating because you could not get into one of the top schools in the country."

Apparently, a sense of humor isn't a requirement for a Yale diploma.

Posted by Anon. 3/3 12:39 AM | March 3, 2008 2:31 AM

really, just embarassing. colleges/unis don't matter, it's what the people that come out do. i've seen stars from 'crap' colleges and duds from ivies, and vice versa.

and being a neutral observer on this site in general, just listen to the bands you want to, and enjoy them. if you don't like them, listen to something else. i'm pretty absolutely sure almost no one cares whether you like vampire weekend or not.

in all honesty, if you can't find a bar and a drinking buddy to bitch about the bands you don't like, you're just not trying hard enough...

...although i guess i'm no better, since i'm responding to all of this malarky (although temporarily being stuck away from nyc in a place where the bars are already closed might explain why i'm doing so).

Posted by holier than thou | March 3, 2008 2:42 AM

The Monkees.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 5:07 AM

I am sure they are a fine band. And I am sure they make catchy tunes. This is however....a fad. It's unfortunate because I am sure they have talent but it may be too much too soon for these lads.

Posted by DK | March 3, 2008 10:15 AM

Did Ellen Page come out?

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 10:16 AM

Remember when FEAR were on SNL? I do. But this Vampire Weekend... That's some challenging shit. Really gonna turn pop culture on its ear!

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 10:38 AM

Wilco sounded like Maroon 5 on SNL. No thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 10:51 AM

"
I think the fact that Spin put them on the cover and that SNL are booking them is testament to the fact that the old and crusty "powers" that be are feeling pressure, or reading focus group reports to the effect that the general public/viewership is more interested in indie hyped bands than they are in bands with major label money behind them. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing, but it's interesting!
"

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008 11:33 AM

I think it's testament to the fact that modern "indie" rock is just pop music, packaged and marketed to consumers who want to feel in-the-know and "forward thinking." Or simply that it's garbage and as boring, whitebread and palatable to middle america as Justin Timberlake-- because it's made by boring whitebread yuppies from middle america with no deep connection to a true DIY ethic (though paying lip service to one and posturing are definitely necessary if an artist wishes to be taken "seriously" by their target demographic...).

Let's call it "late capitalism"

Also, I'd have to take a look at my back issues of SPIN, but I seem to recall them mentioning bands like the Dead Kennedys, DOA and Husker Du on their covers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 10:57 AM

To the person who said that Ra Ra Riot should be getting the attention that VW are getting (and I agree) - did you know Ezra and Wesley are roommates, apparently? Also this month's Spin had pictures of a HS band that they were both in. Kinda cool.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 3:31 PM

God, I love this message board. The wit, the vitriol, the apathy, angst, and elitism, combine to make such a treat.

Winners so far,

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I went to Yale and i don't think Vampire Weekend is all that good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 12:36 AM

I went to a Vampire Weekend show and I don't think Yale is all that good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 12:39 AM
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that and the Vampire Weekend connections conspiracy theories make me laugh

Posted by Shashank | March 4, 2008 12:04 AM

laugh at your own risk there, fella!

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2008 12:22 PM

So, what songs will they play?? I wonder!

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2008 4:11 PM

meh, they've been hyped up by the kexp morning dj for about a year now...

album isn't bad.

seeing them live is quite the opposite, though.

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2008 4:59 PM

I have no reason to hate on this band as I'm not caught up in the blog wars on this band but after seeing their SNL performance, I truly don't get them. I'm just not into their songwriting and they come off as the antithesis of rock. I mean they make Bishop Allen look like GG Allin for goodness sakes.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2008 12:14 AM

^^alec ounsworth^^

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2008 12:21 AM

are they indie-rock or ivy-league-rock? was that dude wearing a shawl?

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2008 12:55 AM

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