Ongoing History Daily: Vampire Weekend’s beginnings

Vampire Weekend emerged out of New York City just at the tail end of an explosion of indie rock from the city in the early aughts that also gave us bands like The Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

With a name like Vampire Weekend, you’d think they were some kind of Goth band. Hardly.

At first, they were a rap act featuring singer Ezra Koenig and drummer Chris Tomson, who met at university and bonded over African music. The name came from a short film Koenig was working on for one of his film studies classes. And before the band took off, Koenig worked as an elementary school teacher while Tomson found a give as a music archivist.

Whatever pays the bills, right?

Yesterday’s post was about fun. facts. (NOT a typo!)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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