If an album drops in a
forest and nobody listens, does it actually make a sound?
By Fred Mills
The weekend will be here in 18 minutes EST, so what better
way to kick things off than with a news item on Vampire Weekend?
Hyperventilating, hairy-palmed blogospherians went into
overdrive earlier today as word got out that the NYC band has been working on
their next album in a Brooklyn studio for a
proposed September release. Keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij is producing,
according to a report filed by Entertainment
Weekly in which singer Ezra Koenig commented on how things were
progressing, saying, “It’s definitely going to be a recognizably Vampire
Weekend sound, but there are going to be new sounds. We’re trying to challenge
ourselves not to use the same bag of tricks that we used on the first album.”
We can only hope that’s true of the m.o. for the most
overrated indie band of the past couple of years.
On a more promising note, the band is in Spartanburg,
S.C., tonight (hey! just down the street from
BLURT’s southern bureau!) doing a free concert at Wofford College.
It’s hosted by the ONE campaign’s poverty-battling “Campus Challenge,” details HERE,
with the band rewarding the small college for taking top honors in a related
Incidentally, you realize that when news about a hipster
buzz band starts getting broken by a publication like Entertainment Weekly, you know it’s definitely jumped the shark….