Posted in music | pictures on January 20, 2010

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Vampire Weekend

New York band Vampire Weekend sees its sophomore set "Contra" debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 124,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is only the 12th independently distributed album to top the Billboard 200 chart since SoundScan began powering the list in May of 1991.
Vampire Weekend not only celebrates its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, but the New York band also notches its best sales week yet. The quartet's previous best sales frame was earned when its self-titled first album opened with 28,000 copies in its opening week. That set debuted and peaked at No. 17 on the chart and has since sold 498,000.

"Contra" also is the second independently-distributed album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the past year. It is distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance and marks the first indie set to top the tally since Pearl Jam's self-released "Backspacer" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 10, 2009. [Billboard]

They knew there was a chance, but Vampire Weekend got the definitive news last night (Tuesday, 1/19) at Bowery Ballroom where they were to play their hometown of NYC for the third night in a row. Sunday was at United Palace. Monday was at Webster Hall. More pictures from Tuesday below...

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Nat Baldwin opened the show.

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Comments (66)

ADA isn't INDEPENDENT!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 2:20 PM

I still don't get this phenomenon! I saw them open for the NEw Pornographers at Bowery and I think the crowd thought they were a fucking joke.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 2:22 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 2:32 PM

this band is shit- whats the hype? here today, gone tomorrow

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 2:32 PM

124,000 ! holy moly... that will buy a lot of izods !

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 2:32 PM

Rich get richer

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 2:36 PM

Here today, gone tomorrow is what was said when they first hit the scene. Keep fooling yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 2:36 PM


i want these guys to go away, along with billboard and the whole sound scan racket... it's irrelevant anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 2:44 PM

lame. au

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 3:00 PM

Everybody was dancing! Check out this pick from peeps wild n' out during Mansard Roof!

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Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 3:00 PM

C'mon, people! There isn't enough hate for this band!! There needs to be more hate! Let's GO!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 3:09 PM

Love this band, no apologies. Catchy, unabashedly cheerful pop music with a slew of erudite musical references. Some don't understand the hype; I don't understand the hate. To each his own, I just don't see the point in getting whipped into a frenzy over something that doesn't appeal to one's musical sensibilities. Focus on the positive--hate is a huge burden to bear.

Posted by rosie | January 20, 2010 3:10 PM

wtf....where is the set list!?!?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 3:17 PM

slumpire bleekend?

or the new tomorrow..product endorsement!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 3:37 PM

this band sucks

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 3:38 PM

the setlist is the same as the other two shows. I do like these guys, but I wish they'd change up the order once and a while. They did the same set (in order) for 2 years on the last album.

Posted by @willbah | January 20, 2010 3:42 PM

number one selling album in the country. haters keep hating,...

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 4:02 PM

I'm with the mob: VW's music lacks balls...but excels in the whiny category; and they play their instruments well.

Posted by NotHateN | January 20, 2010 4:03 PM

it's pop and pop is sort of cute without balls once in a while

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 4:05 PM

what's up the 'au' ?? another 'meh' ??

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 4:11 PM

the term "indie" is total joke and is now meaningless. It's not like this record was recorded and pressed a guys basement and hand distributed to a few stores...and found in a mail order 'zine etc.

This thing was sold in Wal-Mart and Target for fuck sakes

tens of thousand of dollars was spent making and marketing this product...all while giving the impression to idiots that this shite act is still "indie"??

give me a fucking break, they are indeed the Ke$ha of indie rock

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 4:28 PM

the rich get richer, thats the law of the land

Posted by dave moss | January 20, 2010 4:36 PM

yeah, who do you think is the cutest out of all of them?

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 4:37 PM

i gotta question why they hatin on me

Posted by soulja boy | January 20, 2010 4:47 PM

I'm not really a fan of this band. However, do you guys really think if they had not blown up that they would have just called it quits or something? I do really believe this band has good intentions and should not be to blamed for the wide appeal they've drawn.

Having said that I really attribute they're success not to their sound (which like it or not is distinctive and at least somewhat original) but instead to their name Vampire Weekend.

The American public can be very fickle. Think about it all these popular vampire shows on tv and in the movies. Young people see the two words Vampire Weekend as the name and they automatically decide they will like music, probably without even hearing it first.

Its sad but I really do believe (at least with indie acts) that these days the chance of becoming widely known and popular has a lot to do with band name.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 4:48 PM

they had that Juan's Basement set on Pitchfork. Doesn't that automatically make them indie? Ha!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 4:50 PM

The new record is just awful. There is absolutely nothing left of what made the first record so great. It's as if a completely different group of people wrote the new songs. Worst case of sophomore slump I've ever witnessed.

A perfect example of having your entire life to write your first record and 8 months to write your second. They spent years perfecting all those great pop hooks on the first record. The new one sounds like it was tossed off over a long weekend.

It's always hard to live up to a great debut, but these guys have failed beyond expectations.

Posted by FRX | January 20, 2010 4:59 PM

reading these comments you would think there is a big difference between the bands usually found on this page. there isn't. this is disposable pop music. in one ear, out the other if you have half a brain.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 5:08 PM

you guys are out of your minds. Most newer bands bore me, are tuneless, and are trying to be oh so hip. Seeing VW live the past 2 nights I can understand the hype - especially live. It is easy to enjoy their music - Unlike the band Place to bury strangers - which is good on cd but pure torture live.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 5:09 PM

I love that people dancing is a negative on here. Oh, that's what makes indie rock shows so boring.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 5:28 PM

Seems Haterade is in strong supply on the mean streets of BV, you anonymous troglodytes.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 5:57 PM

the rich get richer, thats the law of the land

Posted by شات صوتي | January 20, 2010 6:15 PM

"It's always hard to live up to a great debut, but these guys have failed beyond expectations."

They've failed to meet your expectations regarding how successfully they'd meet your expectations.

How very idiosyncratic of you!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 6:16 PM

if these fags werent from columbia, would they be famous?

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 6:17 PM

I LOVE MY INDIE ROCK SHOWS

ALL THOSE BLANK STARES AND FOLDED ARMS WHILE THE PERFORMERS PULL OUT AN EPIC PERFORMANCE

GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 6:22 PM

Vampire Weekend tops Billboard charts
Twilight tops the movie charts
Scott Brown wins Mass special election

Coincidence? I think not.

WAKE UP PEOPLE! Vampires are taking over. And they are doing it with gutless but enjoyable pop, hot male teenagers, and nude centerfolds in Cosmo.

How about that for an oxford comma?

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 6:49 PM

Anon 6:49

That my friend was not a correct use of an oxford comma.

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Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 7:17 PM

"do you guys really think if they had not blown up that they would have just called it quits or something?"

Yes. They could easily furnish themselves with alternative careers given their Ivy pedigrees. And that's exactly what they would've done were they not at the right place at the right time for "indie."

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 8:33 PM

do you hate because they are successful, or becasue they went to columbia, or because they are "preppy"?

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 9:23 PM

I was at this show. First of all, all you pretentious haters, just give it a rest - we all know how horrifying it is for you to see indie bands becoming successful and moving out of Billysburg, so please, just go back to attending Todd P shows wearing ironic faces.

Second, VW is great live, but the crowd at Bowery SUCKED. I felt like I was the only person there who wasn't 14.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 9:42 PM

they have some talent, i guess, but it's just such pussy music. way overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 10:09 PM

i dont even know why im bothering to respond since its a lost cause (this is my first post in 3 weeks) but youth isnt a valid reason to give for why a crowd sucked. Did they talk during the show? jump into other people? what exactly were these 14 year old vampire weekend fans guilty of?

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 11:41 PM

BV commenters live to hate the music that BV posts about. Circle of life.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 12:20 AM

11:41- THEY WERE GUILTY OF LOVE, ANONYMOUS

Posted by Tipsy Rod Sterling | January 21, 2010 12:27 AM

they deserve it. just like you do.

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Posted by lucky | January 21, 2010 2:52 AM

"I was at this show. First of all, all you pretentious haters, just give it a rest - we all know how horrifying it is for you to see indie bands becoming successful and moving out of Billysburg, so please, just go back to attending Todd P shows wearing ironic faces.

Second, VW is great live, but the crowd at Bowery SUCKED. I felt like I was the only person there who wasn't 14."

Maybe YOU should go to more Todd P shows, then.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 10:38 AM

You people are p-a-t-h-e-t-i-c! I love how a band becoming successful is threatening to so many of you. You must truly live very sad lives. Those of you who don't feel threatened might enjoy reading this article http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jan/20/vampire-weekend-indie-label-number-one. Those of you not interested take a deep breath and realize the music you listen to is of very little importance. Exhale . . .

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 11:26 AM

@Anon 8:33

After Ezra graduated Columbia, he worked as a teacher at a public school in Bed-Stuy. Dude clearly was not in a hurry to further his secret evil hedgefund career, or whatever you're implying.

These guys did their time playing the clubs, and they would have kept doing that if they had never been picked up by a big label. I saw them at Cake Shop about 3 years ago, and they were having fun and playing music they were proud of.

Put up or shut up, you know? What have you done?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 12:08 PM

Hey anon 11:26 Go fuck yourself. Music may not be that important to you but its VERY important to me. If that makes me a loser or pathetic in your eyes than so be it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 12:10 PM

Well it's clearly more important to you than your grammar. Good luck with your success.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 12:14 PM

the chick at the t-shirt booth is hooottt!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 1:55 PM

good comments, would read again

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 9:25 PM

Yes. They could easily furnish themselves with alternative careers given their Ivy pedigrees. And that's exactly what they would've done were they not at the right place at the right time for "indie."
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shouldn't you be using your clairvoyance powers for good, and not evil?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 9:28 PM

Yes. They could easily furnish themselves with alternative careers given their Ivy pedigrees. And that's exactly what they would've done were they not at the right place at

Posted by شات صوتي | August 17, 2010 4:34 AM

Yes. They could easily furnish themselves with alternative careers given their Ivy pedigrees. And that's exactly what they would've done were they not at the right place at

Posted by شات | September 17, 2010 4:36 AM

good comments, would read again

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Posted by منتدى | November 12, 2010 11:07 AM

Yes. They could easily furnish themselves with alternative careers given their Ivy pedigrees. And that's exactly what they would've done were they not at the right place at the right time for "indie."
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Posted by دردشة مكتوب | November 24, 2010 8:48 AM

Oh, and what about those question marks on Sunday's text in the concert poster below? No, that isn't saving a spot for a Smiths reunion or U2 debut on the Coachella stage, it's the way that Yorke presents himself as a solo star, the marquee at his Orpheum concert had the same punctuational flourish.

Posted by منتديات | January 12, 2011 3:43 PM

the setlist is the same as the other two shows. I do like these guys, but I wish they'd change up the order once and a while. They did the same set (in order) for 2 years on the last album.

Posted by الملتقى العربي | January 28, 2011 9:19 PM

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