Song of the Day: Vampire Weekend – Mansard Roof (Live @ KEXP)

Vampire Hunter Weekend: The Movie

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is Vampire Weekend’s Mansard Roof, which appears on their 2007 self-released demo, Vampire Weekend, sometimes known as the Blue CD-R. This version was recorded live in the KEXP studio on 7/22/07.

Vampire Weekend – Mansard Roof [Live @ KEXP] (MP3)

Last week, we featured Vampire Weekend and the other bands that will be performing at the upcoming John in the Morning at Night series. Well, we couldn’t help featuring this band once again. Their infectious blend of afrobeat, punk, and ska, yes ska, has been running rampant through our ears for the past several months.

Did you know that “Vampire Weekend” is actually the name of a movie guitarist and vocalist Ezra Koenig began working on while in college? During an interview with Fader, Koenig reveals, “It was about a guy, that I played, called Walcott whose dad gets killed by vampires because vampires take over his country. His dad’s dying words were, ‘you have to go to Cape Cod to tell the mayor that vampires are taking over your country and you have to kill ‘em all,'” adding, “It’s still the second thing that pops up when you google ‘Vampire Weekend.'” Sounds like he was pulling their leg, right? He wasn’t. Here’s the trailer:

In case you missed our past coverage of this quartet of Columbia grads, check them out here and here. Also, listen to the entire in-studio session this song was taken from by subscribing to our live performance podcast. Vampire Weekend is about to venture out briefly with Dirty Projectors and Yacht. Check the band’s MySpace page to see if you’re within driving distance of one of those shows. Seattle-ites, if you haven’t already, mark your calendars for 9/22 as Vampire Weekend shares the stage during the John in the Morning at Night even with Maps, Jamie T., Das Llamas, and Joy Wants Eternity, all taking place at the Crocodile and all proceeds benefiting KEXP.

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  1. debora
    Posted March 11, 2008 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Hi, this is a bit after the fact, but was the song “Mansard Roof” in a movie, part of a movie soundtrack, etc. We’re3 going nuts trying to think of why it sounds soooooo familiar…help!

  2. Posted March 11, 2008 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Hmm… not that I know of. We’ve been playing the hell out of it for about a year, so that’s why it’s probably familiar to most people… and the band has some pretty obvious influences… but if you figure it out, let us know!

  3. Johnnie Walker
    Posted April 28, 2008 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    \\\\Hi, this is a bit after the fact, but was the song “Mansard Roof” in a movie, part of a movie soundtrack, etc. We’re3 going nuts trying to think of why it sounds soooooo familiar…help!////

    I’ve been thinking the exact same thing since buying their album a few days ago.. SURE I remember hearing it in a Napoleon Dynamite-esque movie a while back. Great album, anyway

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