Vampire Weekend

Release date
26 Feb 2008
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Mansard Roof 2:06 503,352
2 Oxford Comma 3:14 788,602
3 A-Punk 2:17 1,002,405
4 Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa 3:33 677,322
5 M79 4:14 408,153
6 Campus 2:55 458,464
7 Bryn 2:11 405,612
8 One (Blake's Got a New Face) 3:10 271,125
9 I Stand Corrected 2:38 347,728
10 Walcott 3:38 426,114
11 The Kids Don't Stand a Chance 4:02 383,626

About this album

Vampire Weekend is the debut album by American band Vampire Weekend, released January 2008 on XL Recordings. The album was produced by band member Rostam Batmanglij, with mixing assistance from Jeff Curtin and Shane Stoneback.
In the United States, the album sold over 27,000 copies in the first week of its release, debuting at number 17 on the Billboard 200 and as of 20 January 2010, has sold nearly half a million copies. In the album’s 11th week in the UK chart, it peaked at number 15. The album also reached number 37 in Australia.

The album’s distinctive cover photo is a Polaroid picture from one of their early shows in Columbia University.
The first single, “Mansard Roof”, was released on October 28, 2007. The second single, “A-Punk”, was released in early 2008. The album was ranked as the 5th best album of 2008 by Time, the 56th Best Album of the Decade by Rolling Stone and 51st on Pitchfork’s list of the Top 200 Albums of the 2000s.

Recording History

The album was recorded in a variety of environments including; a basement where there was “a good set up for recording drums”; a barn; the apartments of two band members and Tree Fort studio in Brooklyn. The locations bore an effect on the sound that was produced, demonstrated by a session recorded early in 2007 at a barn, which resulted in “really echoey drums”.
In October 2007, the lead singer Ezra Koenig, said that the band had “some of the tracks […

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