Friday, July 06, 2007

Vampire Weekend

Does your favorite new rock band talk like this?
....the idea of grammar as this obviously construct that a categorical imperative because it's so specific to the English language. It's kind of linguistic imperialism.
This is "Vampire Weekend". Fantastic band.

Even though the band's name sounds somewhat metalish (and makes you think they play Gibson Flying Vs), their sound is actually closer to ska and Afropop. Nearly every review of this band's EP (including a recent one in NYT) compares the sound to Paul Simon's Graceland.

What sealed the deal for me was that absolute ear-worm of a song, "Oxford Comma". It starts with the most compelling rhetorical question I've heard in years: "who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma". (In case you've forgotten what an Oxford comma is.)

The band's website has streaming versions of "Oxford Comma" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa".

Give "Vampire Weekend" a spin. You'll love it.


Tabula Rasa said...

wonderful, thanks so much!

km said...

TR, the pleyyure is all mine.

J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Answer to compelling rhetorical question - Lynn Truss. And your's truly.


km said...

JAP: I knew it! And how many brown shirts do you have in your wardrobe, eh? :)