Monday, January 18, 2010

Live - Vampire Weekend @ Henry Fonda Theater 1/12/09


Photo from Stereogum

Any band that comes on stage to DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat" would be considered lame. That is, unless you are Vampire Weekend.

Ezra Koenig, frontman of VW, hopped onto the stage, threw on his guitar, and started to bounce back and forth to the hip hop classic. Needless to say, it was a great start to a perfect show.

The band played their new album Contra in full (minus I Think UR A Contra), and the majority of their debut.

They did an outstanding job playing all their new tracks; most of which were the first performances of the songs. In fact, the band had to start their song Diplomat's Son over because they started playing off beat to one of their samples. But they started over, and played the song to perfection.

The show could not have been better, with Ezra and Co. using all their energy to please the crowds.

One big highlight of the show was the ending encore of Walcott. Not one person in the audience was standing still on the last crashes of the track. It was a beautiful sight to see so many true Vampire Weekend fans enjoying the record release party.

Setlist:
White Sky
Holiday
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
I Stand Corrected
M79
California English
Run
A-Punk
One (Blake's Got A New Face)
Taxi Cab
Diplomat's Son
Campus/Oxford Comma
Giving Up The Gun
Horchata
Mansard Roof
Walcott

An outstanding and perfect performance. 10/10.

That is all.

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