I was all ready for this week’s jam when Twitter derailed my plans:
It's finally here! Find out who made our list of the 50 Best Albums of 2013: http://t.co/eyABMfYNKP
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) December 2, 2013
Rolling Stone named Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City the #1 album of 2013. The album is really great. I mean REALLY great. Therefore, it only felt right to switch my jam and honor Vampire Weekend with the Jam of the Week
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Vampire Weekend has a ton of really good songs. A punk, Diane Young, and Giving Up the Gun are a few of my favorites. The video for Giving Up the Gun is full of cameos including ones by Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas, Lil’ Jon, RZA, and…did I mention…Jake Gyllenhaal!!!
The song I chose, though, is a cover of one of my favorite Bruce Springsteen songs: I’m Goin’ Down. Springsteen’s lyrics are wonderfully crafted as they describe a love that has lost its fire:
I pull you close but when we kiss I can feel a doubt.
I remember back when we started, my kisses used to turn you inside out.”
I love what Vampire Weekend does with this cover too. The modern indie beat fits so well with Ezra Koenig’s voice singing Springsteen’s vocals. It all just works. I can listen to this one over and over and over.
Update 12/5: I Just saw that Modern Vampires of the City made the AV Club’s 2013 Best Albums of 2013 (#5).