Posted in music | pictures on January 18, 2010

photos by Diana Wong

Vampire Weekend

"Now we know Contra has bloggers and music lovers torn down the seams, with some loving the album and the rest hating every minute of it, but last night the band had nothing but fans in the seats and played to them by mixing up tunes from their self-titled debut and their new record alike. Older favorites like "A-Punk", "Oxford Comma", and "Ottoman" were all sung along with and new tunes like "Horchata" and "Run" also seemed to get people crooning along with Ezra Koenig and company.

Watching the band you could see the exhaustion of the early promotional efforts was starting to get to them, but the soldiered on with energy and gusto hitting every note and making sure folks were dancing along to each song. Between tunes Ezra or Rostam would chat with the crowd, telling us this may have been the longest show they had ever played. It truly seemed that way as they seemed to work in just about every song we've ever heard from the band, missing a few but we're assuming we just happened to miss those.

The show was pretty amazing, and while seeing them at the far more intimate Webster Hall or Bowery Ballroom would have been a trip, they seem to have grown to the point where the United Palace Theater is now the perfect setting for the band. The spacious, historic space seemed like home for Vampire Weekend on Sunday night and considering they spent years storming the area not too far south from there it makes all the sense in the world that this would be their homecoming show and that they would receive such an outpouring of love all night long." [PTST]

Vampire Weekend's show at United Palace last night (1/17) was the first of their three night run that continues at Webster Hall (with Holly Miranda opening) tonight (1/18). More tour dates HERE. More pictures and some videos from Sunday (with Titus Andronicus opening), below...

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Comments (34)

I have a feeling it's going to get worse from here.....

VW = last year's Animal Collective.....

They will be everywhere and anonymous comments will be at 100!

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | January 18, 2010 1:58 PM

So great they combine my two favorites
Vampires and Weekends...mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Very HOMOgenous

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 2:01 PM

weird seeing them in such a huge venue with GIANT FUCKING KRISTEN staring down at you. Funny that the first video posted (Walcott) caught the only off moment of the whole night at clips end (Rostam hitting the wrong chord). Besides that, they were in top form from beginning to end. Run and Taxi Cab were show highlights.

Posted by @willbah | January 18, 2010 2:01 PM

Paul Simon is better

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 2:04 PM

great photos!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 2:08 PM

all the investment bankers with their biggest-ever bonuses are going to pump vampire weekendsin their ferraris

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 2:11 PM

Paul Simon is better

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 2:33 PM

Original non-predictable posts are better.

Fucktwat.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 2:43 PM

God, how many line-up changes has Titus been through?!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 2:48 PM

god you people are intolerable.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 2:48 PM

Question: Do people know what a neo nazi rally looks like?

Answer: No, nobody saw Death to Smoochy, The Wave, or Magnolia.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 2:54 PM

Setlists?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 2:59 PM

Wanna Horchata Love.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 3:17 PM

2:48 you got a point they have new guitarist every few month it seems lol. But at least the core members have stayed constant. The singer and bassist have always been in the same and the drummer for at least a few years.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 3:32 PM

over-rated

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 4:15 PM

The Pop Tarts Suck Toasted kid is literally the worst writer on the circuit. Can't figure out how to keep his grammar awake and trafficks in so many conditionals and tautologies that he's not readable. Source anyone else please.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 4:27 PM

"crooning along" or "dancing along"? which?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 4:29 PM

i'm being followed by a horchata
horchata, horchata
leaping & hopping on a hortchata
hortchata, horchata

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 4:30 PM

Losers. I was at Dino JR!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 4:57 PM

that last picture is amazing, wow

Posted by genevieve | January 18, 2010 5:00 PM

how was titus? new songs?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 5:01 PM

titus andronicus has a girl in the band now?

Posted by imkoreansowhat | January 18, 2010 5:02 PM

First time seeing them. I am now obsessed =]
Here is my link Bv I hope its ok that i put this here, let me know otherwise...
http://wewereyoungdarlin.wordpress.com/

Posted by Yulissa | January 18, 2010 5:15 PM

pop tarts suck toasted is one of the best blogs around...Pat actually has his ear to the ground and gets behind some weird cool shit instead of being a hype-mongering fucktwat wanker like Dave BV.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 5:29 PM

set time please?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 6:02 PM

does anybody know the set times from last night?

Posted by joe | January 18, 2010 6:06 PM

call the mercury lounge box office, they will tell you the set times. learn the routine people

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 6:31 PM

set time 10pm

that so hard?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 6:38 PM

surprised at the titus set, very happy with the VW set, and a big, big fan of Contra...

here's my review... http://www.rocknycliveandrecorded.com/2010/01/vampire-weekend-with-titus-andronicus.html

Posted by Iman Lababedi | January 18, 2010 9:02 PM

they must've went on around 915 last night, wtf, also missed the beginning of the set

Posted by brian | January 18, 2010 10:48 PM

awww, I love it! love & hate in one source! it's like blogger gold feeding one of our ego's like this! I hope you can read this comment! thnx for the blog love Dave!

Posted by Pat | January 18, 2010 11:44 PM

lots of videos from tonights webster hall show being uploaded here:

http://www.youtube.com/maestro416

some holly miranda in there too

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2010 12:40 AM

Not so sure Titus Andronicus and Vampire Weekend were a good match. Loved VP - 20 songs - they really gave it up.

Frank Grimaldi
www.concert-log.com

Posted by Frank Grimaldi | January 21, 2010 11:54 AM

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