So this is supposed to be a post about Snoop Dogg, revolving on his endearing "Larry King Live" appearance this week, and how I think "Sensual Seduction" is his masterpiece. But really, it's going to be about our man JW, who's been crackin' it off lately.
First, there's the whole Vampire Weekend thing -- I've known Warminsky a long time and have rarely seen such instant disdain not just for a band's sound but their whole atmosphere. God forbid they ever do a record with Arcade Fire, I think he'd actually self-immolate.
My own thoughts on the "Upper West Side Soweto": Decent live show -- I saw them last summer at Johnny Brenda's (with RaRa Riot and Tokyo Police Club, who have a new record coming). Overall, an interesting and distinctive sound, but the record gets tiresome after a while. Listen to it on shuffle.
Take, for instance, "Mansard Roof." Excellent song, danceable and bright and not really like anything else you're hearing. But watch the video and tell that by the end of it, you don't want to smack at least one of them. Like, you know that boat belongs to one of their parents.
Over on Black Plastic Bag, JW wonders at the vast reach of the Appolonia/Vanity fashion aesthetic vis a vis "Project Runway" and "Sensual Seduction." I don't watch PR, but in re: Snoop, the real genius moment isn't even the singing, because he doesn't do it well, but the way he references Paul Hardcastle's "Rainforest" without actually sampling.
PHAWKER: Vampire Weekend at the FU Church