Zach Galifianakis introduced Vampire Weekend on Saturday Night Live this past weekend (March 6), during the non-stop promotional push for Contra. Pretty soon there won’t be a TV Show that Ezra Koenig and his band haven’t appeared on to promote the record, and this is early days for the album, which is still only a couple of months old.
This version of “Cousins” is tight and together, with the band sounding well-drilled for what is likely to be a long year of touring. It’s barely distinguishable from the many other times the band has performed the song, but at this stage the members of Vampire Weekend are a well-oiled machine who know exactly what hoops they have to jump through to get Contra out to as wide an audience as possible.
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