Vampire weekend

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Vampire Weekend.




  • Song: "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"

  • Album: Vampire Weekend
  • Year: 2008
  • Comment: Vocalist and songwriter Ezra Koenig said the song was inspired by the intersection between colonialism and African culture. "Kwassa kwassa" is a rhythmic style from Congo.



  • Song: "Holiday"

  • Album: Contra
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: The album Contra derives its title from two very different sources: the rebel groups of Nicaragua and the Contra video game.



  • Song: "Giving Up the Gun"

  • Album: Contra
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: The "Giving Up the Gun" video features several significant performers: the Wu Tang Clan's RZA, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas, and Lil Jon. Star Jenny Murray also appears as the goth girl in the video for "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa."



  • Song: "Unbelievers"

  • Album: Modern Vampires of the City
  • Year: 2013
  • Comment: "Unbelievers" and the rest of the Modern Vampires album was co-produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, known for his work with Solange, HAIM, Sky Ferreria, Madonna, and others.



  • Song: "Horchata"

  • Album: Contra
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: "Horchata" refers to several types of drink of the same name. They can be made with almonds, rice, barley, sesame seeds, tigernuts, or melon seeds.



Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.



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Justin Jacobs, music writer for Relix, Paste and Billboard and contributor to WYEP's The 9:13 Buzz, recently returned home to Tel Aviv after a 7 month journey to India. Naturally, that trip included a lot of listening to music, so Justin very kindly put together a Travel Guest DJ set. Listen to his selections and learn more about them below.

Yemen Blues, Um Min al Yaman - This is a favorite band of mine from Tel Aviv - and when I realized they were touring India while I was backpacking, I had to catch them on the road. I ended up seeing the band tear up the stage at a very formal Indian classical music festival that took place inside a 500-year-old fort on top of a mountain. Epic doesn't begin to describe it.

Vampire Weekend, Hannah Hunt - This was probably the album I listened to the most during my trip. Not only is it an album that my girlfriend and I can agree on all the time, but it's also packed with songs about youth, adventure and love. "You and me, we got our own sense of time." That's pretty much the motto when you're backpacking through India.

Asaf Avidan, Reckoning Song (One Day) - Another Israeli favorite of mine, I found myself singing this song all the time while traveling. The message is perfect: "One day, baby, we'll be old and think of all the stories that we could've told." Basically, don't waste your time, because before you know it you'll be 75.

Justin Jacobs Travel Guest DJ by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud


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Still not over Christmas? That holiday is so two weeks from now. Why not celebrate the next big thing in holidays, Valentines Day? And while you're at it, check out this sweet compilation of romantic covers that Starbucks is putting out in February. This version of Sweetheart is actually the 5th in the Sweetheart series.

The Valentines Day album, called Sweetheart 2014 has a whole bunch of artists we at WYEP love, doing covers of songs about love. You'll hear Phosphorescent covering Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", Beck doing John Lennon's "Love", The Head and the Heart channeling Harry Nilsson in their version of "Don't Forget Me", Vampire Weekend's Andrea Bocelli inspired "Con Te Partirò", and many others. You can find the whole track listing below, and you can find Sweetheart 2014 on sale February 4th.

Sweetheart 2014:

01 Jim James: "Turn Your Lights Down Low" (Bob Marley cover)
02 Vampire Weekend: "Con Te Partirò" (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
03 Beck: "Love" (John Lennon cover)
04 Phosphorescent: "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" (Bob Dylan cover)
05 The Head and the Heart: "Don’t Forget Me" (Harry Nilsson cover)
06 Valerie June: "Happy or Lonesome" (the Carter Family cover)
07 Bahamas: "Always on My Mind" (Willie Nelson cover)
08 Thao: "If You Were Mine" (Ray Charles cover)
09 Ben Harper: "Fade Into You" (Mazzy Star cover)
10 Fiona Apple: "I’m In The Middle of a Riddle" (Anton Karas cover)
11 Brandi Carlile: "The Chain" (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12 Blake Mills: "I Hope" (Bobby Charles cover)
13 Sharon Jones: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours" (Stevie Wonder cover)

Just the track list itself gets us in the mood for lovin', so this album should be pretty excellent. As a sneak peek for your ears, listen to Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) cover Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low" here. Lay back with your sweetheart and a glass of wine, and get ready for this sweet Valentine's Day.


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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:

Vampire Weekend, "Diane Young" - I'm still on the fence about this song because the autotune really is kind of annoying, but I like everything else that goes around it. Despite cribbing from Paul Simon and Talking Heads, this over-hyped band sounded fresh when it first popped up, and two albums later, that feeling remains.

Of Monsters and Men, "Mountain Sound" - Here I am doing my job of breaking new bands on the 9:13 Buzz. Just kidding. There's almost no way you haven't heard this band, unless you only listen to talk radio,
in which case you're probably not reading this anyway. This play was a nod to summer concerts, and this one should be a highlight (Stage AE, June 12, as it's one of the few bands coming we haven't seen before. Whether you like Top 40 or indie rock, it's hard to argue that Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir has a gorgeous voice.


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This week we're are featuring the new Vampire Weekend cd Contra as our featured cd of the week.

The review is here

Enjoy the new Video for "Cousins"


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