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Columbians Make Music

The entire lineup of CU Records has been slated for a showcase at the CMJ Music Marathon! This Saturday, Night Eyes, MJWaterFire, Jake Snider, Tara Priya, and Life Size Maps will be performing at 7 p.m. at the Charleston. Give your midterm-addled brain a break and head down to Brooklyn to check them out for […]

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Bwoglines: In This City…

In the Bronx, as part of a gun buyback program, people got cash for turning in their guns… even BB guns. (Gothamist) In Manhattan, there are so many transgender name change requests that its Civil Court could be one of the nation’s leading name-changing institutions. How topical! (NYT) In Stuyvesant Town, all is not well. […]

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This Band Vampire Weekend Went to Columbia

The world’s best known former Ruggles inhabitants, Vampire Weekend, released their new album Contra yesterday. The album has received positive reviews so far, including  a shockingly high 8.6 from notoriously picky Pitchfork Media.  The band was recently interviewed for a Wall Street Journal music blog, Speakeasy. The band talked about books and wore cardigans. VW […]

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Vampire Weekend Recommends Horchata

Horchata is really good, apparently. Or so you might think after listening to the newest single from Columbia alums Vampire Weekend, off their second album Contra. Word on the street is that the album (dropping in January 2010) is the heavy favorite for “most formulaic Stuff White People Like Post of the Year.” Bwog has […]

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What’s This Hip-Hop of Which You Speak?

Bacchanal is upon us, and the week’s most eagerly-anticipated festivity has come and gone.  All Bwog can hear now is the obnoxiously soothing tooting of a zampoña from the street fair on the East side of Broadway.  But only moments ago, Talib Kweli asked us “who here listens to hip hop music?”  And, after a […]

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Vampire Weekend Cancels?

Grab your pitchforks, music fans: Bacchanal members tell Bwog that Vampire Weekend dropped out of the concert early last night. No word yet on the actual reasoning behind the cancellation, although we strongly suspect that last Tuesday’s events have something to do with it. More updates coming shortly. UPDATE (12:57 p.m.): Sources confirm that Vampire […]

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Talib Kweli to Play Bacchanal ’09

Late-breaking news for music fans: Talib Kweli will be part of this year’s Bacchanal. A tipster noted earlier today that his website listed a show at Columbia on April 18th, and Bacchanal board members confirmed this evening that the MC will be one of the artists. No word was forthcoming, though, on who the other […]

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Beautiful People Alert

Finally, documented proof that Columbia can turn out attractive people. Page Six Magazine has named Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig one of New York’s 50 Hottest Bachelors. Koenig beat out another Columbia affiliate, Keith Gessen, by several spots, but ranks lower than Devendra Banhart, presumably for failing to meet some sort of facial hair quota. […]

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School Spirit, Televised

Tipster Dhruv Vasishtha noticed a Columbia reunion of sorts at MTVu’s Woodie Awards–the very same Woodie awards that featured members of the CU debate team–as your favorite bands Vampire Weekend and Chromeo performed “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance” together. It sounded a bit like Graceland but it felt like “Roar, Lion, Roar.” The 2008 […]

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CMJ Music Marathon Returns!

Do like music and stuff? Well if you do, you’re in luck cause this week CMJ Music Marathon returns to NYC.  The marathon features over 1,000 bands almost all with peculiar names. Columbians probably have a slightly distorted perspective on the difficulty of making it in today’s music world due to the providential success of […]

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Vampire Weekend: The Return to Morningside

One commenter has pointed Bwog in the direction of Vampire Weekend‘s latest concert video/interview with Pitckfork.tv, which takes place in the ADP house. The band characterizes their ADP shows as some of their most memorable: ADP is “not really a rock club, and there’s something I like about that,” says keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij. Bedecked in […]

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The Sound of Music

For careful listeners, the best soundtrack on campus is the rotation of Vampire Weekend, Radiohead and other indie darlings at Cafe 212. Bwog cultural correspondent Merrell Hambleton sits down with the man behind the mix. I find Café 212 manager Robert Bell working to hang up two small bulletin boards. “I’m actually doing something with […]

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QuickSpec: Surprises Are Fun Because They’re Unexpected Edition

Vampire Weekend not worth the $10 you didn’t pay for their CD on iTunes Breaking: Super Bowl more popular, lucrative than environmentalism   No asterisk for the vowel?   It’s a walk-off! CC’s got Obama, GS has about what you’d expect The cookbook that Americans…er, New Yorkers…er, diet-conscious East Harlemites can’t get enough of!   […]

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Vampire Weekend Roundup

Columbia’s current favorite sons, Vampire Weekend, seem to be doing pretty well for themselves lately. With their full-length album coming out in three days and two sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom kicking off a national tour next week. “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” was Rolling Stone‘s 67th best song of the year, and a snarky Pitchfork […]

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Oxford Kwassa Kwassa

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Vampire Weekend. Whether you saw them at ADP or Saint A’s or read the Bwog interview (their first, I think), these four boys were definitely in the business of invigorating the (almost nonexistent) campus music scene. So here we are, just a little more than […]

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