A Whole Lotta Vampire Weekend / new music friday: Doja Cat, J. Kole, Imagine Dragons / Ezra Koenig quote (sorta)

morning babble / Friday 04-05-24


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(kongos come with me now)

Today is a good day for new music – let’s do this

(kongos come with me now)

Morning Babble intro

New Music Friday:

Happy Weekend – Happy New Music Friday – that opening song was from the Kongos back in 2014. Unfortunately, they do NOT have any new music for us today. Although, in looking back at their most recent releases, they did have something last May (clip) Yeah – that’s right “Surfin USA” – it was actually on a 5-song EP called Let’s Run Away Nothing else since then though. Normally at this point – I blah, blah, blah say something, but I have so much musical pleasure for our ear holes.


I put together a Spotify playlist of the songs that I talked about and thought about today for New Music Friday. Click here for that!

  • First up – look I know there’s Doja Cat’s deluxe album out and the surprise drop from J. Cole – we’ll get to them – but for now, if you’ve been following along – you know I’ve been waiting for this one. Vampire Weekend (clip) The band’s fifth album – Only God Was Above Us – all out in its glory – 10 songs can be found on it and I’ve listened to them all – twice. BUT – I’m going to keep listening to them. Let me explain. I think the only song that I have heard from the band that I truly loved instantaneously was Horchata (clip) I still haven’t ordered one of those yet – Horchata is a drink by the way. Anyway, I’ve learned that I love the Vampire Weekend sound intially, but I just have trouble finding the hooks or the favorite parts that you look forward to in favorite songs (clip) Their first album – I was not into them. My wife introduced me to them. (clip) I remember back – my wife told me to listen all weekend to Alt-Nation on Sirius XM b/c they were having a Vampire Weekend – Weekend. I didn’t quite understand that at first. I just thought the band was called Vampire and they were playing them all weekend . . . which they were., but it confused me. Leave me alone – this was 2008. I was probably more focused on the Phillies winning the World Series that year (clip) But I also remember telling my wife, “Hey, I really like this Vampire band.” She was like what? Vampire Weekend? – I was like, uh, yeah – them. Vampire Weekend. To this day, I don’t think she knew the way in my screw up. (clip)
  • Whew – that was a lot of Vampire Weekend. Speaking of a lot. Doja Cat’s deluxe edition of her latest album – Scarlet – has a lot of songs on it now (clip) The new release is titled Scarlet 2 Claude and has 24 songs on it – nearly 80 minutes of music. It also includes collaborations with A$AP Rocky and Teezo Touchdown (clip) I have to tangent away slightly and talk about Teezo. I watched an interview with him on YouTube (clip) Did you catch that? The guy doing the interview asks “how did you come up” and then corrects himself and says “how did Teezo come up with the name “Teezo Touchdown.” He’s interviewing Teezo! Here’s the response and yes . . .. flowers are being treated like a microphone (clip) That would just be an amazing interview to do. Quick thank-yous to Elliot and JB of the show Carton Conversations – not that they gave me permission or anything, but I did take their clips. Guys if you need any Morning Babble clips – go crazy.
  • (Clip) That’s some Rap beef right there and it’s doing real good. J. Cole with his song “7 minute drill” from his new album that did a surprise drop on us all. Album is called – Might Delete Later. Couple weeks ago I talked about the song from Future and Metro Boomin called “Like That.” On verse 2, they had a Mr. Kendrick Lamar providing some dissing words towards Drake and J. Cole. (clip) I also said that I’m Team Kendrick, which I still am. But I am amused with this little battle going on back and forth (clip)
  • You up Kendrick – don’t let me down. Several quick hits of new music: Peggy Gou will release her debut album, I Hear You, on June 7th. This announcement comes with a new song, “1+1=11″ – that’s bad math // Charli XCX has shared a pair of songs, “Club Classics” and “B2B,” from her new album Brat which arrives also on June 7th, // Imagine Dragons released albums in 2021 and 2022, but nothing since. Until today, we get the song “Eyes Closed” (clip)

Eyes Closed that reminds me of Jordan dropping in the free throw with his eyes closed. Then, couple years ago, Lebron tried to do the same thing (clip) Jordan is the GOAT.

Thank you to Spotify, Rolling Stone, Apple Music, uDiscoverMusic, Pigeons & Planes, Pitchfork, Louder, Spill Magazine, Dan Deluca of the Philly Inquirer & I know there’s more.

Be sure to check out the playlist on Spotify. As I mentioned in the beginning, it’s a playlist of songs that I’ve talked about and thought about: so, you’ll see some new music there from Glass Animals, Sia, The Black Keys w/ Beck (clip) I cannot believe I didn’t get to The Black Keys – a whole new album out! I smell Missed Music Monday! 

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“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

But I learned it because of the email from Vampire Weekend announcing their album and this was listed as one of lead singer Ezra Koenig’s favorite quotes.

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