Vampire Weekend - ‘Vampire Weekend’ + Cape Cod
Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounces vodka, 4 ounces cranberry juice
Mixing Instructions: Combine in a highball glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
Notes: In 2008 Vampire Weekend debuted with a style of music that filled a need we didn’t know we had — bright, African-infused, prep-pop. Their album could only come from a college dorm room as no one else would be crazy enough to try it, the irony would be too overwhelming.
Collegiate themes percolate throughout, but not shallow party trash. Listening to this album is akin to reading a short story in The Atlantic, one set on an Ivy League campus that, though you went to State, makes you feel a strange amount of warm reminiscing, as if you were there along with the characters, laughing at the same jokes, boating together on the weekend, cramming for finals. Of course, you weren’t, but that’s the magic of Vampire Weekend…you want to write the whole thing off as a preppy self-indulgence, but it’s all too smart and so absurdly good.