The Trials Of Van Occupanther
(Bella Union) 2006
Vampire Weekend’s self titled debut was one of the finest albums of 2008, and was even recently crowned the 51st best album of the decade by Pitchfork. This was all well deserved in my opinion, Vampire Weekend was solid from start to finish (give it a listen below), included four great singles (“Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” “Oxford Comma,” “A Punk,” and “Mansard Roof”), and had a very new and distinct sound (the band calls it Upper Westside Soweto) that heavily incorporated African rhythms. The band also stood out of the pack with their Ivy League beginnings and preppy attire to match (Alice Cooper called them pussies). Without comparing the two musically, it is a bit reminiscent of the arrival of Weezer with the Blue Album.