New Vampire Weekend Album Announced…Via the New York Times’ Classifieds?

Pitchfork has posted a picture of a mysterious ad that has appeared in today’s print edition of the New York Times’ Classifieds section. Vampire Weekend sent out a tweet just minutes ago that simply said: “NYT Classifieds…” If you will notice, the sole listing under the “Notices & Lost and Found” heading reads simply:

Modern Vampires of the City, May 7, 2013

 Here is the mysterious classified post for the new Vampire Weekend Album:


Could this be the long awaited follow-up to Contra? Pitchfork also notes in the same article that, when VW announced the release date for a new record on their website, the simple monogram “MVOTC” was inscribed in cursive in the bottom left hand corner. The date announced (May 6/7) would correspond with the ad that just appeared today in the paper.

Theatrical? Hell yes. But I love the fact that VW are sticking to their roots here. They’re a distinctly “New York” band through and through, and I can’t think of a better, more mysteriously Metropolitan way for them to announce their next bit of pop mastery.

UPDATE: Well…that was fast…Vampire Weekend have now confirmed the title, release date, a tour, and have released a cover art and track list:



Modern Vampires of the City:

01 Obvious Bicycle
02 Unbelievers
03 Step
04 Diane Young
05 Don’t Lie
06 Hannah Hunt
07 Everlasting Arms
08 Finger Back
09 Worship You
10 Ya Hey
11 Hudson
12 Young Lion


Vampire Weekend Spring Tour:

13- 16 Austin, Texas @ SXSW

12 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Cosmopolitan&
14 – Indio, Calif. @ Coachella
16 – Davis, Calif. @ Freeborn Hall at U.C. Davis&
17 – Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theater
21 – Indio, Calif. @ Coachella

8 – London, U.K. @ The Troxy
10 – Paris, France @ Casino De Paris
15 – Boston, Mass. @ Agganis Arena
16 – Toronto, Ontario @ Sony Centre
17 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore Detroit
19 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Midland Theater
20 – Denver, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheater^
21 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
23 – Portland, Ore. @ Keller Auditorium

^-Co-headline with Of Monsters and Men
&-With Tanlines

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