Video | Kid Cudi+Rostam Batmanglij+Bethany Contentino, “All Summer”

A couple of days ago, I posted a free song called “All Summer” from Kid Cudi+Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Bethany Contentino of Best Coast. The song is part of the Converse 3 in 1 series.  Well they just dropped the official music video for the song. Enjoy.


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Freebie | Kid Cudi + Rostam Batmanglij(Vampire Weekend) + Best Coast, “All Summer”

A little over year ago Converse put out a track featuring Santigold, Julian Casablancas(Strokes), and Pharrell from N.E.R.D. Well Converse is back with another collaboration this time it is Kid Cudi, Rostam Batmanglij(Vampire Weekend) and Best Coast.  The appropriately titled “All Summer” is available for free download from Converese’s website.

Kid Cudi + Rostam Batmanglij(Vampire Weekend) + Best Coast – “All Summer”

New Music Wednesday: Vampire Weekend, Cold War Kids, Paul Cebar, Mishal Moore

New Music Wednesday 11/18/09, we have new music from Vampire Weekend, Cold War Kids, Milwaukee’s Paul Cebar, and Mishal Moore. Listen to the tracks below and then let us know what you think by voting for your favorite tune. We’ll announce the winner next week.

New Music Wednesday is sponsored by Penebaker Enterprises

You can also grab this week’s picks in our iTunes store!

Vampire Weekend – “Cousins”
Mishal Moore – “Oh Lord”

Are You Feeling This: Kenan Bell, Deer Tick and Discovery

Lots of songs never make it to the radio that are getting lots of attention online.  Live tracks, sanctioned and unsanctioned remixes, mash-ups, overlooked gems by unsigned artists.  Every week on “Are You Feeling This,” we invite you to hear what the buzz is all about.  You tell us what you think.  Vote in the Are You Feeling This poll, leave a comment, send us an e-mail.

The Last winner of Are You Feeling This was El Michel’s Affair’s cover of Wu-Tang’s classic “C.R.E.A.M.”

This week on ”Are You Feeling This” we have music from rapper/producer and cousin of Karl Malone – Kenan Bell and music from his project Good News: The Mix-Tape with remixes of songs by artists as wide-ranging as Pink Floyd, Lily Allen, Gang Gang Dance, Jose Gonzalez, Peter, Bjorn & John, Duran Duran and Neil Diamond. We also have music from the band Deer Tick that blew away Rolling Stone magazine with their performance at last month’s SXSW. The final track for this week’s AYFT comes from a project from Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Wes Miles of Ra Ra Ri called Discovery. Take a listen below and let us know what you think by voting in the “Are You Feeling This” listener poll.

Deer Tick – “Easy” (download via RCRDLBL)

New Music Wednesday: Blitzen Trapper, Coldplay f. Jay-Z, Flobots & Vampire Weekend

For New Music Wednesday 11/12/08, we’ve got four brand new songs: Blitzen Trapper, Coldplay feat. Jay-Z, Flobots and Vampire Weekend. Listen to the tracks below and then let us know what you think by voting for your favorite tune. We’ll announce the winner next week.


Blitzen Trapper – “Gold For Bread”

Coldplay feat. Jay-Z – “Lost!”

Flobots – “Stand Up”

Vampire Weekend – “The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance”

SXSW in 4 gigabytes or less…(update)

SXSW in 4 gigabytesIf you missed SXSW like me, you can have an opportunity to hear all the artists and bands from the comfort of your ipod. I briefly mentioned it in an earlier post. A kind gentleman by the name of Greg Hewgill compiled music from all the artists that were showcased at this year’s SXSW. It is a little over 3 gigabytes of music. You will need a torrent client to download the file. If you need help to download the file, go here for guidance.

If you download it and listen to some of the music, let me know some of your favorite tracks. I will post some of my favorites after I finish downloading the file. While you are waiting for your download, take at a look at some of the video coverage of the event. (Update) I just found out someone who took the time to review the over 768 songs that is included in the torrent. Check it out here.

Vampire Weekend at SXSW

N.E.R.D. at SXSW

Video Wise: Vampire Weekend

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Here are some videos for the new group now playing at the station, Brooklyn’s Vampire Weekend who have been the buzz of the East coast for a few months for their up-style, hipsturban blend of pop sensibilities that owe much to Africa and the crucible that New York City creates. Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, and Chris Tomson are Vampire Weekend, a a quartet that puts Soukous in their style and England in their pop, polyrhythmic and punky. And the wonder is that NYC didn’t just eat ’em back up as she does with much of her young talent, instead they’ll soon have to set sights farther afield and I for one would love to hear them in Milwaukee. See for yourself on this video for their latest single “A-Punk”…

And another one for the song “Mansard Roof”

And in their own words, from an article in The Fader:

Where did you guys get your name?
Rostam Batmanglij: We bought it in an auction.

Christopher Tomson: On Ebay.

Ezra Koenig: Vampire Weekend was a movie I started making the summer after my freshman year of college. It was about a guy, that I played, called Walcott whose dad gets killed by vampires because vampires take over his country. His Dad’s dying words were, “you have to go to Cape Cod to tell the mayor that vampires are taking over your country and you have to kill ‘em all.” It was actually about vampires, although fun fact: you can still watch the trailer online. It’s still the second thing that pops up when you google “Vampire Weekend.” The first song I wrote for this band was about Walcott, and it’s vaguely about the movie. We were picking names and I was having cold feet about Vampire Weekend. I thought maybe we should just go by Weekend. But we made the right choice, I can safely say that now.

Did you guys all dig on the same kind of music when you got together?
EK: We all listen to a ton of music, but when we started you could definitely say that we were all on the same page as far as what we wanted it to sound like. We wanted to bring in some Brit-pop, some New-Wave and some African music as well.

Are you all in to African music?
EK: Yeah, but Chris the most.

CT: I just go record shopping all the time and I grab these weird African compilations. You might not necessarily know who all the people are but it’s always really good. It’s almost entirely in major keys and using only three chords, but with the percussion it’s always really really good. I haven’t been disappointed yet.

You can really hear that most in the live percussion, Graceland clearly seeming like the strongest reference point.
EK: It’s true. The music that Paul Simon listened to then is the same we’ve been listening to.

RB: But Paul Simon didn’t just listen to that music, he used it as a structure to work from. We haven’t done anything like that. All our music is pretty original, I think.

CT: That’s not to hate on Graceland, but there is this compilation called The Indestructible Beat of Soweto and there is a song on there with this “Gumboots” sort of beat and there is a song on Graceland with the same band and same tune, but with Paul Simon’s lyrics over it all. There are elements and little bits that we try to work in, but we don’t copy.

EK: He actually had those African session musicians play on the album.

There definitely seems to be a buzz about town.
EK: When we first started playing off campus, we started to get written up. The press sort of compounds itself and more and more people have been coming to shows. Last night was the high point though. The biggest thing we’ve ever done.

Chris Baio: We were all taken aback by the number of people that showed up.

Are you guys shitting yourselves right now?
RB: With excitement or with fear?

Half and half. Choosing a label must be a lot like picking the right college.
RB: Yeah! I guess it is.

CT: It can go so many ways and it’s pretty daunting, but the future looks bright for young Ez’[ra]. (laughs)

Have you been entertaining a lot of offers recently?
CT: We’ve had a lot of meetings.

EK: A lot of people have shown interest. We’ll see exactly where it goes. We’ve had a few good meals.

CT: I think that one sushi restaurant was the best meal we’ve had so far.

Did you guys have any long-term goals when you started?
EK: Yeah, just to be able to do it full-time. We all felt like our dream job would be to play music but obviously you can’t just apply for that.

RB: Musically, we wanted to write songs that were catchy and exciting, but to also bring different worlds together. I think you’ll hear that on the record.

How long have you guys been jamming out together?
EK: We started it our last semester in college, February ‘06. We had been playing elsewhere but Vampire Weekend has been around for a year and four months.

CB: The majority of our shows were on campus at first, playing for campus literary societies (ADD and St. A’s) and at parties.

RB: We were able to get a room because Baio worked at the radio station. That’s where we recorded the drums for “Oxford Comma.”

CT: Eventually, we had to rent out a space in Midtown.

So where did you record?
RB: In a few places. We started in that room at Columbia and then we did some stuff in CT’s family barn. Have you heard of Juan’s Basement? It’s a television program on this network called Plum TV. It wasn’t anything actually when we started; just our friends from Columbia and they live in this house and they have a basement with drums set up and eight mikes and they’re ready to go at all times. It’s awesome. We started there.

CT: It was over the course of a good many months. We weren’t recording it to be our debut album. We just had these songs and we liked to record.

EK: We have twelve or 14 songs with others in the pipeline. Those we don’t play live, but we have ten recorded.

CT: It just ended up becoming this more album-ish group of songs.

So the first pressing was an EP, then?
CT: Well, we just burned them.

EK: Yeah, the first official release will be a three song EP. The album depends on the label stuff, but no matter who we end up putting it out with, I imagine it will be early next year, with singles before that. We are putting out a seven-inch right now.

Are you guys self-releasing everything right now?
EK: Yeah. Well, the seven-inch is a collaboration with these guys that have this pseudo-record label. Their main thing is they run an art gallery in Philadelphia called Space 1016.

You guys start your first tour in July, right? How did you book everything?
RB: Baio took the reigns and started sending out e-mails. We don’t have a manager. We just use our e-mail account to manage ourselves. It’s actually worked out really well so far.

CT: Chris wrote an AWESOME form letter.

CB: It was pretty well-written. Plus, Ezra had a lot of contacts because he toured in Dirty Projectors for a while. We booked the majority of the tour by ourselves, but we just met a great booking agent and he has helped make the tour so much better. It’s going to be a real mixed bag: we’re playing a house party in Roanoke, a show with a bunch of emo bands in Jacksonville, and some really good shows in California as well. There’s been some talk about doing a Depeche Mode dance party in Omaha.