Tag: Vampire Weekend
The summer is here, and that means that the men are hot, hot, hot.
Two years ago, we had our list of hot women, and the temperature is now ripe for the opposite sex. Here are our list of the 88 Hottest Men in Indie Rock (we love you Jack White!).
- Sufjan Stevens
Our WKNC djs had bellowing arguments and fisticuffs to put Sufjan Stevans on top. Ever since he invited us to “Come on feel the Illinoise!”, his soft, luring voice only complimented his angelic good looks. If only he felt the way about us as he does about the fifty states. And it doesn’t hurt that he played a cover of The Innocence Mission’s “Lakes of Canada” with a banjo ON TOP OF A ROOF! Could you get hotter than that? We didn’t think so.
2. Andrew Bird
There’s a reason why his last name is “bird”.
Andrew Bird is well versed in violin, guitar, and the glockenspiel. But his greatest instrument is that fabulous whistle. That croon could attract many an avian creature and delighted female alike. His classic countenance combined with his folky and eclectic sound makes him number two on our list.
3. Phil Moore (Bowerbirds)
Moore comprises half of Raleigh favorites, The Bowerbirds. Even though the band is very in-touch with Mother Nature (“In our Talons”; also both Moore and Beth Tacular currently reside in a trailer in the woods of Pittsboro), this mountain man could not bathe for weeks on end and still be hot. Recently he has been sprouting a long ponytail, and he still looks prettier than most women.
4. Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend)
What band is Ezra Koening not in? He played saxophone for the Dirty Projectors, interned with The Walkmen, recorded with MIA and The Very Best, and provided vocals on Discovery’s LP, not to mention front. A graduate of Columbia, Koening is intelligent enough to woo you with talk about unnecessary punctuation and sweet enough to teach your little sister’s class room. What a pile of sugar, spice, and everything adorable.
5. Chris Chu (Morning Benders)
The lead singer of Morning Benders looks like me if I were a male, but that is not the sole reason he makes a top slot in our hot list. Plus he piled in massive amounts of musically inclined in the studio to record the Yours Truly Recording of the epic ”Excuses”.
6. Sondre Lerche
Countless Viking blood must have been shed to make this Norwegian hottie. So pale, so gorgeous. Only the warmth of his delicate voice will save you from the cold of his country.
7. Will Hackney (Midtown Dickens, Mount Moriah, Lost in the Trees)
I remember seeing the keyboard man in Mount Moriah and commented to myself, “Hot damn. That keyboard man is ridiculously attractive.” He was so attractive, it was ridiculous. As it turns out, the man behind the keys is actually the co-owner of Trekky Records and partakes in what seems like every single local band.
8. Christopher Bear (Grizzly Bear)
Despite the fierce moniker of his last and band name, Christopher Bear has a baby face. I wish I had the right to bear his hands.
9. Kristian Matsson (Tallest Man on Earth)
With a voice like Bob Dylan, the Tallest Man on Earth is actually of average height. And he’s from Sweden! But that rough voice is only a front for his soft, story-spinning heart. I want to be the Queen of Spain.
10. Matt Berninger (The National)
That deep set baritone contributed the soundtrack to Obama’s campaign video and probably bedded a lot of women.
11. Paul Banks (Interpol)
My love for Interpol is for one of those bands that I will consistently love and support despite the fact that their recent releases have been subpar. One of the reasons for this is because of Paul Banks, his bilingual vocals, and his smashing attractiveness. I don’t think I can ever have enough of this Julian Plenti.
12. Damian Kulash (OK GO)
When OK GO toured Raleigh last year, Damian Kulash lauded Raleigh for the homeplace of his grandfather, the one who invented a species of beetle. His other grandfather invented the Fish Stick. Good genes apparently pour into this sex creature.
13. Andrew Vanwyngarden (MGMT)
This adorable cutie from MGMT looks so young and innocent, I feel almost shameful for putting him on this list.
14. James Blake
The cover of James Blake’s eponymous album is blue and distorted and basically obscures James Blake’s beauty. Why hide behind a blue blob, James Blake? Maybe he didn’t want his “pretty boy” countenance to be the deciding factor in his music, which is commendable, but it doesn’t hurt that he is a’smokin’.
15. and 16. Flight of the Conchords (Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement)
In this New Zealand duo’s rap ballad, “Hiphopopotamus vs Rhymenoceros”, McKenzie and Clement proclaim that their “rhymes are so potent that in this small segment / [they]I made all of the ladies in the area pregnant,” which is a fairly accurate description.
17. Kele Okereke (Bloc Party)
Not only is he on our hot list, but last year, Kele Okereke was named the
Sexiest Out Gay Male Artist by music website LP33. Quite an accomplishment. Kele is known for being very political in his songs, and we commend that kind of fortitude.
18. Johnny Flynn
He may be the Justin Bieber of Indie Rock, but Johnny Flynn is one promising hot young artist. He writes his own poetry, and cites Yeats and Shakespeare in his lyrics. A man that well-versed deserves a spot in our hot list.
19. Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes)
The founder of Fleet Foxes has this shy, coy look about him, like an animal emerging from the forest about to be hit by a car. But when he opens his mouth, out bursts the love child of Crosby, Stills, Nash and / or Young. Not to mention that beard completes this fox’s face.
20. M. Ward
M. Ward is the Him of She and Him but don’t let Zooey Deschanel (#2 on our Hottest Women of Indie Rock list) distract you from how hot he is. Take a gander at “Poison Cup” and his intense longing croon will win any girl over.
21. Carter Gaj (Max Indian)
Carter of Max Indian wore sunglasses during his performance in Double Barrel Benefit, and he is the only man who can pull off doing so at night. His cool attitude could only be the product of some magical force that drifted from Aphrodite’s sea foam waves.
22. Kevin Drew (AC Newman, Broken Social Scene)
A founding member of a Canadian supergroup, Kevin Drew has dated hot indie women, Feist and Emily Haines. We can tell why of course. With talent like that, it’s hard to resist.
23 and 24. The Dodos (Meric Long and Logan Kroeber.)
A dodo is an endangered bird but “The Dodos” are two fetching men who rock out with the intensity of gods.
25. Thomas Mars (Phoenix, Air)
Mars is the baby daddy of Academy Award-winning director Sophia Coppola’s baby. What a father. Here we have a lead of the Grammy-award winning French dance pop band Phoenix, and my, is he hot. I hope he runs into me with a lasso.
26. Spencer Krug (Frog Eyes, Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade)
27. Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
28. Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)
29. Bon Iver
30. Jens Lekman
31. Ryan gosling (Dead Man’s Bones)
32. Matt Johnson (from Matt and Kim)
33. Brian Corum (Lonnie Walker)
34. Dan Whitford (Cut Copy)
35. Dave Monks (Tokyo Police Club)
36. and 37. Ratatat (Mike Stroud, Evan Mast)
39. Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses)
40. Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio)
41. Chris Keating (Yeasayer)
42. John Paul Pitts (Surfer Blood)
43. Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus)
44. Stephen Malkmus (Pavement)
46. Bill Callahan
47. Dan Auerbach (Black Keys)
48. Sam Herring (Future Islands)
49. Stu Mclamb (The Love Language)
50. Noah Lennox (Animal Collective, Panda Bear)
51. Julian Casablancas (The Strokes)
52. Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips)
53. Jose Gonzales
54. Hamilton Leithauser (the Walkmen)
55. and 56. Seth and Scott Avett
57. Jack Beva (Foals)
58. Dave 1 (Chromeo)
59. Robert Schwartzman (Rooney)
60. Twin Shadow
61. Yoni wolf (Why?)
62. Owen Pallet
63. Calvin Harris
64. Chuck Chriss (Freelance Whales)
65. Alex Scally (Beach House)
66. Britt Daniel (Spoon)
67. Dougy Mandagi (Temper Trap)
68. Michael Angelakos (Passion Pit)
69. Patrick Phelan (Luego )
70. Win Butler (Arcade Fire)
71.Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend)
72. Ivan Howard (The Rosebuds)
73. J.Roddy Watson
74. Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)
75. Jack Penate
76. John Darnielle
77. Ari Picker
78. Brett Harris
79. Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony)
80. James Mercer (Shins, Broken Bells)
81. Conor Oberst
82. Ben Gibbard
83. Matt Voorhis (SNMNMNM / Rooster for the Masses)
84. Ash Bowie of Polvo
85, 86, and 87. The beards of Megafaun (Phil and Brad Cook, Joe Westerlund)
88. Jack White
by DJ Ones on Dec.28, 2010, under Daytime
Another year is practically in the books, and with it comes time to recapture our favorite moments in music from the past year. I sought to get a large number of Daytime deejays to give us their favorite albums of the past year. And what a year it was! Below is the collection of great albums as decided by a great deal of Daytime deejays. See you next year!
1. Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues
2. Various Artists – Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: The Songs of John Prine
3. John Prine – In Person & On Stage
4. Megafaun – Heretofore
5. Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt
1. Peggy Sue – Fossils and Other Phantoms
2. Tallest Man on Earth – Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird
3. Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
4. Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Cairo Gang – Wonder Show of the World
5. Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas – Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas
1. The National – High Violet
2. Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
3. The Black Keys – Brothers
4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
5. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
1. Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
2. The Black Keys – Brothers
3. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
4. The National – High Violet
5. Blair – Die Young
1. The Love Language – Libraries
2. Future Islands – In Evening Air
3. Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt
4. Phantogram – Eyelid Movies
5. MGMT – Congratulations
1. Future Islands – In Evening Air
2. Beach House – Teen Dream
3. The Morning Benders – Big Echo
4. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
5. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
1. Future Islands – In Evening Air
2. Beach House – Teen Dream
3. Surfer Blood – Astro Coast
4. Caribou – Swim
5. Four Tet – There is Love in You
1. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
2. LCD SoundSystem – This is Happening
3. Beach House – Teen Dream
4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
5. Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
1. Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More
2. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
3. Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt
4. Vampire Weekend – Contra
5. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
What are some of your favorite albums of 2010? Leave your comments in the comment section below.
by DJ Mollypop on Oct.12, 2010, under Promotions
Hey guys! Fall seems to really be here, and no better way to celebrate the cool weather than a local show!
How can you go to one of these great local shows for free?!? Well, by calling in at the appropriate time on WKNC and telling the deejay whatever it is they want to know!
This week you could win:
10/16: Rocktober @ the Pour House
10/16: Sisters w/ French Miami @ Slim’s Downtown
There are some shows there I am itching to go to… but remember, you have to listen to win!
by DJ Ones on Sep.03, 2010, under Sound Off podcast
This week we talked about the pending legal problems from Vampire Weekend, The X Factor banning Autotune, and we review new releases from Ra Ra Riot and Jenny and Johnny. Remember to follow us on twitter @wkncSoundOff
by DJ Elly May on Aug.24, 2010, under Promotions
Vampire Weekend will be playing with special guest Beach House at the Raleigh Amphitheatre on Sunday, October 17 in support of their new album Contra. Tickets go on sale at Livenation.com on Friday, August 27, but WKNC has them now. Just be the correct caller when the DJ asks for it, and you could win!
Here are the top 30 albums played in WKNC’S Daytime format over the past week, compiled by Daytime Music Director John Hubbard:
1. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
2. Toro y Moi- Causers of This
3. Javelin -No Mas
4. Local Natives- Gorilla Manor
5. Gigi- Maintenant
6. Surfer Blood-Astro Coast
7. Via Audio-Animalore
8. Oh No Ono- Eggs
9. Angelo Spencer- Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets
10. Golden Triangle- Double Jointer
11.Laarks- An Exaltation of Laarks
12.Beach House -Teen Dream
13. Gospel Gossip- Drift
15. Joanna Newsom-Have One On Me
16. Efterklang- Magic Chairs
17. Hot Chip- One Life Stand
18. Soft Tags- Mathematical Monsters
19. Yeasayer- Odd Blood
20. Shout Out Louds-Work
21. Butterfly Bones- Pretty Feelings
22. Xiu Xiu- Dear God, I Hate Myself
23. Four Tet- There is Love in You
24. Field Music- Field Music (Measure)
25. Los Campesinos! -Romance is Boring
26. Vampire Weekend- Contra
27. Ernest Gonzales- Been Meaning to Tell You
28. Midlake-The Courage of Others
29.Ruby Suns -Fight Softly
30.Titus Andronicus- The Monitor
Check out the top 30 albums played during the past week, compiled by Daytime Music Director John Hubbard:
1. Soft Tags – Mathematical Monsters
2. Surfer Blood – Astro Coast
3. Olof Arnalds – Vig o Vig
4. Oh No Ono – Eggs
5. Beach House - Teen Dream
6. Spoon – Transference
7. Toro y Moi – Causers of This
8. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
9. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
10. Hot Chip – One Life Stand
11. Gigi – Maintenant
12. Vampire Weekend – Contra
13. Four Tet – There is Love in You
14. Animal Collective -Fall Be Kind
15. Cold Cave – Love Comes Close
16. The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack
17. Los Campesinos – Romance is Boring
18. Final Fantasy - Heartland
19. Postdata – Postdata
20. Midlake - The Courage of Others
21. Asobi Seksu – Rewolf
22. Fan Death – A Coin for Well
23. Magnetic Fields – Realism
24. Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM
25. Savages – Graveyard Cities
26. Allison Weiss – Was Right All Along
27. Smile Smile – Truth on Tape
28. Via Audio – Animalore
29. Jeff the Brotherhood – Heavy Days
30. Album Leaf – A Chorus of Storytellers
With only a few days left before the Krispy Kreme Challenge, many of the deejays are beginning to mentally prepare for the arduous task. The benefit for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital has two physical challenges that competitors must overcome. The first is the two mile run from the NC State Bell Tower to the Krispy Kreme Store on Peace St. and then the two mile run back to the Bell Tower.
The second is the overwhelming 12doughnuts each runner must eat before returning back to the starting line, all within the hour. Over the past weeks, many deejays have been spending time outside the studio and on the track, building their frail skinny deejay bodies into lean athletic beasts. Others have taken more unconventional approaches such as avoiding physical exercise altogether and have just been binge eating. (For many this hasn’t been much of a lifestyle change.) With fighting style will win out? One can only wait to see the results this upcoming Saturday.
Now to meet the brave deejays willing to take on the Krispy Kreme Challenge. Each has selected a top playlist of songs they will wield to push them to the brink during the race.
- Death From Above 1979 - “My Love Is Shared”
- Mindless Self Indulgence – “Tom Sawyer”
- Muse - “Knights of Cydonia”
- Drake- “Best I Ever Had”
- Coldplay- “Life in Technicolor ii”
- The Who- “Baba O’Riley”
- The Killers- “Mr. Brightside”
- The Juliana Theory- ”We’re at the top of the World”
- Kid Cudi- ”Day ‘N’ Night”
- Linkin Park- ”New Divide”
- Amanda Blank- “Make It, Take It”
- Duck Sauce- “Anyway (Armand Van Helden and A-Trak Remix)”
- Thieves Like Us- “Fass”
- Thin Lizzy – “Cowboy”
- Built to Spill- “Goin Against My Mind”
- Anything from LCD Soundsystem
- Anything from The Light Pines
Eye on the Triangle’s own Saja “It’s Fresh” Hindi will be doing live air breaks on site during the race periodically through La Barba Rossa’s Mystery Roach show. The race is this Saturday (February 6) on Double Barrel Benefit 7 weekend. This year the challenge will boast 6,000 eager competitors. Be sure to check for the WKNC banner at the finish line this year as WKNC is partnering with the Krispy Kreme Challenge as a Silver Level Sponsor.
Be sure to listen only on 88.1FM or streaming online.
Label: XL Records
by Jon Gomes
It’s almost exactly two years since the world got its first taste of Vampire Weekend. The self-titled debut was, in essence, four white boys from Columbia University curiously fiddling with African rumba beats and singing about oxford commas and Peter Gabriel. Though the description suggests typical indie pomp and pretense, the final product turned out to be one of the most memorable releases of 2008.
Suffice it to say, then, that anxious ears have been anticipating the band’s sophomore release, entitled Contra, for quite a while. Probably the most pressing question was whether or not the band would maintain the characteristic sound established on their first album. The answer is not readily clear, but after a spin or two, Contra feels like the natural next step from the self-titled debut.
The lead track “Horchata” delivers the buoyant melodies and quirky lyrics one would expect, but also explores new sonic territory with its prominent xylophone romps. Lead singer Ezra Koenig sings as if you’re in the room with him: “In December / Drinking horchata / I look psychotic in a balaclava.” The song transitions almost imperceptibly into “White Sky,” which features a falsetto melody that sticks to the ears like sugar coating.
Like its predecessor, Contra evokes a sense of mirth; it is very much an audio accompaniment to summertime frolics or lazy sunny afternoons. Though the spirit is shared, the music on Contra is more adventurous. The beautifully disjointed “California English” sounds like an unreleased Animal Collective b-side, while the spunky “Cousins” flurries with sixteenth-note guitar runs and snare rolls.
There are occasional moments where Contra sounds conventional, but only in a relative sense. The saccharine, straightforward pop hooks in “Giving Up the Gun” are atypical for the band—strings are traded for synths and the rhyming isn’t outlandish. Still, Vampire Weekend renders the song in such a way that it feels familiar.
To balance out the newer sounds, there is still plenty of classic material; syncopated rhythms, string flourishes, and sunny lyrics abound in tracks like “Run” and “Diplomat’s Son.” The latter is six minutes of rocksteady rhythms and cryptic lyrics that hint at the 1981 Contra movement in Nicaragua—just the kind of madness you would expect from Vampire Weekend. Contra coasts to a stop with the subdued “I Think Ur A Contra.” A gorgeous, acoustic guitar-based melody underlies the gentle yet accusatory lyrics: “I think you’re Contra / I think that you lie / Don’t call me Contra / Till you’ve tried.” It’s absolutely sublime.
So what does “Contra” have to do with anything? The band chose the term as the album’s title to suggest opposition against external expectations. According to singer Ezra Koenig, the album is a reaction to the media pigeonholing the band as erudite, polo-wearing preps from Columbia (bluntly illustrated by the album cover). For Vampire weekend, Contra is uncompromised self-expression. It’s not an extension of the first album, but rather an evolution that still sounds very much like Vampire Weekend. Though Contra is not intended to cater to anyone’s expectations, it ends up surpassing them.
by DJ Ones on Nov.16, 2009, under Daytime
1. Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig has revealed that the inspiration for Vampire Weekend’s next album, Contra, comes from both the popular 1987 Konami game and the Nicaraguan rebel groups. He added, “I did have a moment where I stopped and thought, ‘wow, everybody my age, when you say “Contra,” thinks of the video game, and everybody my parents’ age thinks of the counter-revolutionaries in Nicaragua.” via (NME)
2. Singer Jarvis Cocker received a honorary degree from his hometown’s university, Sheffield Hallam. In regards to receiving the he said, I’m called a doctor now,” and, “Don’t worry, I won’t open a surgery. But I guess if you are a songwriter maybe I could have some kind of musical surgery. via (NME)
3. Animal Collective has revealed plans for their follow up to this year’s album “Merriwether Post Pavilion”. The five-track EP, which is titled Fall Be Kind, is set to be released for digital download on November 23, with a CD and vinyl version set to be released in December. via (NME)
4. !!! drummer Jerry Fauchs has passed away after an elevator accident in Williamburg, New York. The 34-year-old died after attempting to leap to safety from the elevator to the fifth floor of the building. via (NME)
5. Peter Gabriel (formely of Genesis) is set to have orchestral covers of bands including Bon Iver, Radiohead, and Arcade Fire. Althogh no dates have been officially announced the album is set to release some time next year. via (Pitchfork)