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07.14.15 Liam Mathews

When I get ahold of Alec Reinstein late on Monday night he sounds tired. It’s been a big couple of days for him. Reinstein, better known as Despot, the rapper from Queens who signed to El-P’s Def Jux label in 2004 and has yet to release an album due to his crippling perfectionism, put out […]

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01.02.14 Andy Cush

Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. Vampire Weekend’s “Step,” one of the best songs of 2013, just got a pretty great rap remix featuring Danny Brown, Heems, and Despot. On the heels of that track, […]

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09.25.13 Marina Galperina

Kids songs suck… But not when they’re covered by your favorite musical acts like sort of Grimes, Vampire Weekend and Danny Brown! That’s why ANIMAL made you this… “Indie Kidz Songs” — the best music compilation for kids OF ALL TIME [recently] featuring timeless children’s classics covered by very cool indie rock bands, hip rappers and […]

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06.04.13 Andy Cush

See how many of your favorite indie musicians you can spot in the video for Vampire Weekend’s “Diane Young.” Look, there’s Chromeo, picking a fight with Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Thomson from across the dinner table! And Santigold playing with sparklers! And, in the video’s greatest moment, Despot smokes a positively tremendous amount of weed […]

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11.23.09 Will Sherman

What with all the artists working in tape, it’s no surprise that the medium and method continues being used for commercial purposes. A new video for Vampire Weekend’s “Cousins” features what appears to be the work of Aakash Nihilani, but is not according to the Village Voice. […]

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