Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig has recorded an a cappella version of the Seinfeld theme for The Junior Mint, a bizarre video game that allows players to pretend they're the comedy's Jerry Seinfeld or Cosmo Kramer while attempting to throw Junior Mints into an open surgery wound.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O is set to be joined onstage at Sunday's (02Mar14) Oscars ceremony by Vampire Weekend guitarist Ezra Koenig. The frontwoman will perform the The Moon Song, which has been nominated for the Best Original Song award, from Spike Jonze's movie Her.
Vampire Weekend rocker Ezra Koenig is hoping it pours with rain during the band's set at Glastonbury festival as he loves performing in the U.K.'s notoriously volatile summer weather. The New York native is adamant playing outdoor gigs in scorching sunshine is boring, and he would much rather sing to thousands of fans in the middle of a downpour.
The band is due to play on the festival's main stage on Sunday (30Jun13) and Koenig is praying for a spot of bad weather over the site.
He tells British newspaper The Sun, "We've played twice before. When we played one time, it was so warm and sunny it threw me off. For us, we play Coachella and it's hot, so I like the cold U.K. summer vibe. When I picture Glastonbury it's grey and wet, there's something kind of cool about that, too."
Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig wanted to quit the band last year (12) and launch a movie career instead. The singer/guitarist has confessed he felt trapped by the group's success as the rockers prepared to head into a Los Angeles recording studio to begin work on their new album Modern Vampires of the City.
Koenig considered ditching his blossoming music career and starting at the bottom in Hollywood as a writer's assistant, but admits he often dreams of escaping to a new life.
He tells NME magazine, "I met a lot of people who worked in movies and TV. And I thought, 'Well, if I just started out as a writer's assistant, I could start a new job at the very bottom.' And why not? What's permanence in your life? There's a void and the momentum stops.
"I still loved music but I had this weird feeling... But when I say I daydream about going to law school, or becoming a freedom fighter instead, it's not because I'm brave, but because I'm restless. And when I start to feel the walls closing in on me... it depresses me."
Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig has been left disappointed by U.S. President Barack Obama, admitting he was "naive" to believe the politician could change America. The New York-based rockers were vocal advocates of the Democrat prior to his election victory in 2008 but they have since felt frustrated by his failure to introduce sweeping changes to the country.
The lack of progress has left the band's singer/guitarist Koenig doubting the wisdom of voting for Obama and made him realise political change often fails to impact on the general populous.
He tells NME magazine, "Things haven't changed in a massive way since Obama was made president. Probably even Obama would agree with that. But that sense of hope people had when he was first elected has dissipated. You realise there's certain things so ingrained into the fabric of how our government works that to expect one man to change that is a little bit naive.
"That makes you feel even worse, because the whole system's predicated on people waiting every four years to pretend that one person is going to change those things. That makes me feel like the whole system's broken. So, on that level, of course there's disillusionment."
Imagine, if you will, the unexpected strangeness of Steve Buscemi just showing up unannounced at your job. Thre you are, going about your day, and Steve f**king Buscemi pokes his interesting little face in. Now, that would be a bizarre occurence in and of itself, but then Buscemi, the very same guy who met the better half of a wood chipper in Fargo, tries to tell you how to do your job. Oh, and this is all after discovering you're distant relatives.
No, this isn't a nightmare you had last night, or even the plot of the next Coen Brothers film, but what indie rockers Vampire Weekend recently endured with the actor. As it turned out, band member Chris Baio's maternal great-grandmother was related to the paternal great-aunt of Buscemi. And since family's gotta stick together, the hipster-friendly group asked the star to direct their American Express Unstaged concert at New York City's Roseland Ballroom on April 28, which will be streamed live on online outlets like YouTube's mobile website for fans not lucky enough to catch the show in person.
While that's all fine and good, Buscemi showed up unannounced to one of the band's rehearsal sessions and it went... well, exactly as you'd imagine it would. If, that is, you imagine Steve Buscemi showing up, confusing you for one of your band mates, saying he didn't quite understand your music, and suggesting how to raise your profile. It's wonderfully weird and hilariously awkward, just like Steve Buscemi himself.
Of course these videos, including one in which the Boardwalk Empire actor mistakenly calls the band "Vampire Holiday" (honest mistake, really, considering they have a popular song called "Holiday") are all in good fun. In a press release, lead singer Ezra Koenig said, "We are thrilled to be working with Steve Buscemi, a wonderful actor, a NYC legend and a great director. We couldn't have picked a better guy to man the cameras for our April 28th event."
Watch the clips below, cringe/sing along, and keep your eye out for Buscemi. You never know when that guy might just show up.
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