Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006 and currently signed to Columbia Records. The band was formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig , multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij, drummer Chris Tomson, and bassist Chris Baio . The band's first album Vampire Weekend (2008)—which included the singles "Mansard Roof", "A-Punk", "Oxford Comma", "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa", and "The Kids Don't Stand a Chance"—was acclaimed by critics for its world music influences. Their following album, Contra (2010), was similarly acclaimed and garnered strong commercial success. Their third studio album, Modern Vampires of the City (2013), won the group a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2014. Batmanglij departed the group in early 2016. The band will release their fourth album, Father of the Bride in early 2019.[1] As Ezra is the main host of Time Crisis and the frontman of Vampire Weekend, naturally the band is a common subject on the show.


Episodes in which Vampire Weekend is mentioned or discussed.

Episode No. Date Details
8 October 18, 2015 Jonah Hill states he would love to direct a Vampire Weekend music video. He later went on to direct the video for the band's song "Sunflower" in 2019
14 January 31, 2016 Ezra and Chris Tomson play at a rally for Bernie Sanders. Live versions of "Unbelievers" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" are played.
16 April 24, 2016 Ezra talks to Zachary Lipez, who had previously dissed the band in an article
17 May 8, 2016 Ezra breaks down the samples and inspiration behind the song "Step", which is played.
18 May 22, 2016 Ezra remember's the band's first nationwide tour
83 December 16, 2018 The band is said to have been rehearsing an 11-minute version of Bob Dylan's "Jokerman"
85 January 27, 2019 Discussion of the new songs "Harmony Hall" and "2021", which are both played.
86 February 10, 2019 Upcoming tour lightly discussed. "Harmony Hall" is played
87 February 24, 2019 2019 tour discussed extensively including openers, Madison Square Garden, and Chicago. "Harmony Hall" music video deep dive. "2021" and "Harmony Hall" played.
88 March 10, 2019 Discussion of new singles "Sunflower" and "Big Blue", which are both played.
89 March 24, 2019 Ezra talks about Vampire Weekend's appearance on MTV Unplugged in 2010. "Cousins", "Big Blue", and "Sunflower" are played.
90 April 7, 2019 The band's March London shows are discussed and the new singles get a deep dive. "Big Blue", "Time To Say Goodbye (Con te partirò)", "This Life", and "Unbearably White" are played.
92 May 5, 2019 Deep dive on the album Father of the Bride, which is played in its entirety during the episode
93 May 19, 2019 Clips from the band's day-long album release show on May 5th at Webster Hall in New York City are played. Guests and fans attending the show are interviewed inbetween sets. Several songs are played, see episode page for details.
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