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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted March 09 2008 - 05:38 AM

On a whim, I turned on SNL last night just as Vampire Weekend was about to play. Holy sh*t, I REALLY dig this band. They played "M79" and I was blown away. I then spent most of the night trying to find MP3s of their stuff and bought the album today. Great stuff...like a mixture of "Graceland"-era Paul Simon, African beats, The Police and classical yet it works so well. Then to top it off, I go and check the Bonnaroo lineup hoping that they'd be there and sure enough they are. Sweet. Posted Image
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#2 of 11 OFFLINE   Dome Vongvises

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Posted March 10 2008 - 12:42 PM

I like them. It's a very laid back album, and I can forsee this being something nice to listen to when Spring and Summer roll around.

#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted March 11 2008 - 04:04 AM

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I like them. It's a very laid back album, and I can forsee this being something nice to listen to when Spring and Summer roll around.

To me, it's more upbeat than laid back. Agreed...it's gonna be a great one to listen to with the windows rolled down.
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#4 of 11 OFFLINE   Brian L

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Posted March 11 2008 - 01:50 PM

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To me, it's more upbeat than laid back. Agreed...it's gonna be a great one to listen to with the windows rolled down.

I caught a short bit of their 1st song during the SNL performance. Initial impressions....I thought they sounded exactly like The Shins.

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#5 of 11 OFFLINE   Jeff_A

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Posted March 11 2008 - 11:50 PM

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. . . Initial impressions....I thought they sounded exactly like The Shins.

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I haven't heard them yet, but now I am very optimistic.

#6 of 11 OFFLINE   Craig S

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Posted March 12 2008 - 12:24 PM

I caught them on SNL as well, and immediately bought the album from Amazon's MP3 store (only $8). Great stuff.

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Initial impressions....I thought they sounded exactly like The Shins.

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Hmm, can't say I agree with this. I think Ron described their sound quite well. The Soweto influence is prevalent in every song.

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#7 of 11 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted March 12 2008 - 02:37 PM

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I caught them on SNL as well, and immediately bought the album from Amazon's MP3 store (only $8). Great stuff.


Hmm, can't say I agree with this. I think Ron described their sound quite well. The Soweto influence is prevalent in every song.

Add in a dash of Talking Heads?
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#8 of 11 OFFLINE   Jack Gilvey

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Posted March 18 2008 - 01:00 AM

A buddy have me the cd and I'm really digging it. Love the use of strings as more than a sappy backup, and the beats are very interesting.
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#9 of 11 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted March 19 2008 - 06:29 AM

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A buddy have me the cd and I'm really digging it. Love the use of strings as more than a sappy backup, and the beats are very interesting.

Yeah, this CD has really taken me. I can't seem to get it outta my head. Plus, it's nice that you can listen to the entire CD in like 35 minutes...ADD worthy to say the least! Posted Image
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#10 of 11 OFFLINE   Jack Gilvey

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Posted January 20 2009 - 11:07 AM

Lost my copy so I picked up another at Best Buy today (along with "Surfing With The Alien" and "Tommy" on DVD-A(!)). Still digging it. Posted Image
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#11 of 11 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted January 21 2009 - 02:43 AM

There's an 11-minute mini-concert by this group online at Wolfgang's Vault.
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