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Vampire Weekend is an American indie rock band formed in 2006 in New York City. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. The band consists of four members: lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, guitarist/keyboardist and backing vocalist Rostam Batmanglij, drummer and percussionist Chris Tomson and bassist and backing vocalist Chris Baio. The band released its first album Vampire Weekend in 2008, which produced the singles “Mansard Roof”, “A-Punk”, “Oxford Comma”, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and “The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance”. The band’s most recent album, Contra, was released in 2010. Their third studio album, Modern Vampires of the City, will be released on May 14, 2013.
Vampire Weekend contributed a cover of “Exit Music (For a Film)” for Stereogum Presents… OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer (2007), a free tribute album celebrating 10 years of Radiohead’s album OK Computer. They have also covered “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac, “I’m Goin’ Down” by Bruce Springsteen, “Have I the Right?” by The Honeycombs and “Ruby Soho” by Rancid.
The band also contributed the song “Ottoman” to the soundtrack to the 2008 film Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Ottoman was then taken and sampled by rapper Kid Cudi. Two tracks from their debut record also appeared in the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man. A new song, “Jonathan Low”, was released on June 8, 2010, appearing on the soundtrack to the third installment of the Twilight Saga films, Eclipse.
Rostam Batmanglij has made a record with Wes Miles from Ra Ra Riot called Discovery, featuring Ezra Koenig on the track “Carby”. Koenig is also featured on the song “Warm Heart of Africa” by The Very Best.
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