“Cousins” (MTV Unplugged)


    You can’t spit without it landing on a Vampire Weekend story these days. Those guys have seriously committed themselves to canvasing the entire blogosphere in support of next week’s release of Contra. The extremely polarizing indie rock quartet just released their edition of MTV’s newly revived Unplugged series, a show the network trots out every few years to try and regain lost music industry clout and silence complaints that they never play music anymore. Ezra Koenig and company sat in for six songs, three from 2008’s Vampire Weekend and three from the upcoming Contra, accompanied by a six-piece string section. Head over to MTV to check out the whole show, then come back here to debate the ethnomusicological repercussions.