Posted in music on May 7, 2013

by Andrew Sacher

Vampire Weekend at Roseland Ballroom last month (more by Robert Altman)
Vampire Weekend

The new Vampire Weekend album, Modern Vampires of the City, comes out on May 14 via XL, but you can now listen to the whole thing ahead of its release date on iTunes. Similarly to Contra's relationship to their debut, Modern Vampires of the City doesn't drastically different from its predecessor, but it works new subtleties into their sound which make the new record as essential as the first two. There's huge hooks here, great production, and as always, a few eccentricities thrown in too.

Vampire Weekend just played Roseland Ballroom, and their tour has them playing a much larger hometown show on September 20 at Barclays Center (tickets). In the midst of all that they made videos with Steve Buscemi, played Coachella, were just announced for ACL Music Fest, and will be on SNL this week. Streams of three tracks from the new album are below.

Survival / Classixx
SurvivalClassixx

You can also stream the psychedelic alt-metal self titled debut LP from Liturgy's Hunter Hunt-Hendrix's new project, Survival, over at Pitchfork. Their release party for the album happens this Thursday (5/9) at Acheron (tickets).

You can stream the dance-y new Classixx record, Hanging Gardens, over at NPR. Their tour has them opening for The Presets at Terminal 5 on Wednesday (5/8) (tickets), and they'll play their own NYC show in June.

John Grant, who recently played NYC, and returns on tour in July, is giving his new synth-filled album, Pale Green Ghosts, a US release on May 14 via Partisan and you can listen to it now over at Paste.

Talib Kweli's new guest-filled LP, Prisoner of Conscious, came out today (5/7) and it can be streamed in full at Billboard.

Vampire Weekend song streams below...

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Vampire Weekend - "Ya Hey"

Vampire Weekend - "Diane Young"

Vampire Weekend - "Step"

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Comments (7)

This VW album is going to be massive. Sounds like it's full of hits

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2013 9:00 AM

New VW's first half is quite mellow, good to listen at night. Still have to get through the second half
John Grant's is a masterpiece

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2013 9:27 AM

Pansy rock

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2013 10:12 AM

^Awesome..I work at a florist! Will turn it up!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2013 11:23 AM

new VW is going to b all over the place as it should be

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2013 1:51 PM

Yo this is actually a really deep thing he's talking about here. Feeling God, but wondering where He could possibly be. Nothing makes sense. The whole "Ya Hey" thing is also a play on the word "Yahweh".

Posted by Wilma | May 11, 2013 1:10 PM

After analyzing the lyrics I highly doubt this is an anti-God song. The line that says "And Babylon don't love you but you love everything." The singer is saying that despite many not loving God, he still loves them". He then juxtaposes that with his struggle to believe when no one else does and wonder hos God loves everyone even if they don't love him

Posted by Strout | September 29, 2014 2:43 PM

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