All I want to do is drink beer and train like an animal.
- Rod Dixon

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SOTW: Holiday - Vampire Weekend

[Just a reminder that the SOTW can now be streamed via the widget on the sidebar]

The preppy New England afro-pop aficionados Vampire Weekend dropped their sophomore album Contra a day early today. Their eponymous debut album was one of my favorite albums of 2008/2009 as well as the perfect soundtrack to my memorable Martha's Vineyard vacation with my friend Evan last summer. I featured the single Oxford Comma off that album as a previous SOTW.

Contra is a more varied offering than VW with lots to enjoy. Despite this those who thought VW was an over-hyped airy rip off of afropop will find little to like on the new disk. But if you liked VW's bright clean arrangements and deceptively simple lyrics you will find some surprising gems on Contra.

While I enjoy the evolution in their sound I'm adding the track Holiday to the SOTW playlist, a track that is most closely resembles their debut material. I picked it because when I hear this song I feel summer. Feel it. I'm back at the Vineyard with Evan driving with the windows down to the beach or the bars. I can see the sun, the sky, the ocean, the girls. I think the TWSS crew going to Miami in 3 weeks to wreck every bar and race in the area knows what I'm talking about.

The year is just starting and while the "Happy New Year" part of January is fading fast I'm still taking aim. I'm setting my sights for the middle of the summer. I'm launching myself into this year. I'm not optimistic or even particularly happy right now (I think the current banner clearly reflects this) but I can imagine a time a time in a few months when I'm fit, tan, warm and happy. Racing bikes, hangin' outside and drinking in life.


But if I wait for a Holiday
Could it stop my fear?
To go away on a summer's day
Never seemed so clear

Thanks for reading.


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    Hi Chasing Something,

    On behalf of XL Recordings and Vampire Weekend, we would kindly ask you not to post copies of "Contra" on your site (or any non-preview tracks from Vampire Weekend's new album - street date 11th Jan UK & 12th Jan US).

    We do appreciate that you are fans of / are promoting Vampire Weekend, but the label and artist would greatly appreciate your co-operation in removing your links to the pirate files in question.

    Thank you for respecting the artist's and label’s wishes and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, then full length versions of "Horchata" and "White Sky" are available for fans and bloggers to link to / post / host etc at . Additionally, all three tracks from the Vampire Weekend Meets Toy Selectah bonus CD "Contra Megamelt" ("Cousinz", "Contramelt A" and "Contramelt B") have now also been designated as fan previews for sharing ahead of release … .. for further details of the new album, on-line promotions, videos and 2010 shows, check-out the official site, as well as the band’s Myspace at and XL’s YouTube channel at ... .. and keep an eye on these official sources for details of further news, preview material and on-line promotions.

    As a special, New Year’s gesture to fans and bloggers, an exclusive preview stream of the full album is now also available at the band’s MySpace page ... .. this is for hyper-linking ONLY and for streaming by fans directly off the band’s MySpace , so please reciprocate this goodwill gesture by NOT ripping or embedding these files ... .. similarly, a streaming widget is now also available off the band’s web-site for fans and bloggers to embed / enjoy pre-release but – again – please only use the official widget and don’t offer or embed ripped / pirated files.

    Thanks Again & Best for 2010,


  2. Snap! You fought the law and the law won!