The End of Scarcity #6: Vampire Weekend

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In the age of digital streaming music, entire discographies are at your fingertips but the concept of the rarity is on its last legs. The End of Scarcity is a feature that attempts to spotlight the deep cuts from big names that can’t be found on Spotify or bought on iTunes. Demos, B-Sides, Covers, whatever — things that require a close searching. Today: Vampire Weekend.

I associate Vampire Weekend with a certain type of floaty buoyancy. It’s upbeat, off-kilter, and often grandiose. The brooding crumbling of “Exit Music (For A Film)” by Radiohead does not seem like a natural fit for them. Still, when Stereogum asked them to cover a song from OK Computer back in 2007, back when they weren’t one of the biggest indie bands in the world, this is what came out. It’s appropriately spindly and menacing, and that’s a muscle they don’t normally get to stretch.

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