The songs, originally available only in Japan, are now streaming worldwide.
Last May, Vampire Weekend returned from a five-year hiatus with their fourth studio album, Father of the Bride.
At 18 tracks and an hour long, it marks the seminal indie band's most expansive release yet—yet there's still more where that came from. Today, Ezra Zoenig and company have shared three additional songs from the Father of the Bride sessions, originally included as bonus tracks from the Japanese release of the album: "Houston Dubai," "I Don't Think Much About Her No More," and "Lord Ullin's Daughter."
"Houston Dubai" is an upbeat acoustic tune that harks back to Vampire Weekend's first releases. "I got a wife back home you know / She always thinks I cheat," Koenig sings. "I think about those dead end days / When life was light and sweet." "I Don't Think About Her Much No More," a hushed Mickey Newbury cover, features echoing background vocals that are reminiscent of Bob Dylan. A surprise cameo comes from Jude Law on "Lord Ullin's Daughter," who reads a 200-year-old Scottish poem over an early piano rendition of FOTB track "Big Blue."
"At first, I wanted to make two 23-song albums on some human chromosome s--t," Koenig explained upon announcing FOTB. "But then 23&me started doing Spotify playlists and I don't know…felt we'd been scooped."
Maybe we'll get that massive double-album someday, but for now, you can check out the new-to-streaming bonus tracks below.
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Production on the end of the world has been a mess since day one
With June of 2020 nearly here and no sign of the final cataclysm we've been promised, it's beginning to seem like The End Times will forever be near, without ever being upon us.
While the early phases of civilization's collapse into a burning hellscape were promising, progress on the more dramatic culmination of armageddon has been repeatedly stalled by restructuring, miscommunication, and the high rate of turnover within the ranks of the Great Old Ones' loyal subjects.
"The slow burn is great and all," said John Knӕlgghyrt, née Phillips, who was briefly the high priest of Cthulhu's Dark Order—prior to being scooped unceremoniously into his lord's tentacled maw—"but trying to get the big stuff done has been a real challenge." The main struggle he points to is the lack of cohesion and structural order among the death cult working haplessly to hasten Earth's return to a state of desolation and chaos. "It's like herding cats sometimes. Insane, death-obsessed cats."
The greatest threat to the human race has always been our own bodies.
Our vulnerability to infectious diseases has caused the greatest calamities in recorded history, from the Black Plague to the astounding threat still posed by the common flu. But behind each health catastrophe is a story of blind greed or hubris, with humans spreading diseases due to rampant consumption, ecological destruction, or just plain ol' bureaucracy. Such is the case with the coronavirus, which, despite emerging in humans only recently, has made historic disruptions to everyday life. The World Health Organization recently declared the virus a pandemic, in addition to being a global emergency.
Luckily, we have movies to turn to in times like these to educate us on how to survive (and prevent) a global pandemic. So what can we learn from virus outbreak movies?
Contagion is an especially relevant thriller that follows the global spread of a deadly virus, along with researchers' attempts to contain and cure the disease. As the plot progresses across several lines of perspective, we witness the mass social disorder caused by the pandemic.
But the real twist comes at the end, when we see the virus' source [SPOILER]: A bulldozer plows through a Chinese jungle, which disturbs a bat that infects a pig, which is then handled by a chef who doesn't wash his hands before shaking hands with Gwyneth Paltrow, who is Patient 0. So the lesson here is that the virus is entirely humans' fault for engaging in deforestation, and also wash your f*cking hands.
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