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Episode 431: Nerdist Podcast
Ezra Koenig
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Nerdist Podcast: Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend

Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend hangs out with the guys to talk about the different types of people who come to their concerts, the science in making albums that their fans will like, and what it means to be satisfied in life!

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  1. Sherwyn says:

    Ezra is cool beans, man.

  2. mariabintexas says:

    Hi I’m listening to the Erza Koenig interview. Y’all talked about whether or not guitarists were actually “found” or “discovered” at Guitar Center. Several years ago a teenager named Monte Pittman moved to LA an got a job at Guitar Center he’d only worked there a short while when he sold Guy Ritchie a guitar for his, then wife, Madonna. The purchase included guitar lessons. Monte first became Madonna’s guitar teacher and then she quickly hired him to be the lead guitarist in her touring band. This was just before her release of her album titled MUSIC. Monte has worked for her ever since. 🙂

  3. Mark says:

    Not sure why anybody would complain about a guest they’re not interested in. Why not listen to one of the other FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY episodes of this podcast alone??

  4. Pete says:

    I googled the guest, and was surprised, he looks identical to all my uncles, and if you put tits on him, like my aunts too! All of them originally hailed from Poland, but ultimately took a German name when they emigrated which they’ve kept ever since. So it’s interesting to hear his story as well.

    I’d never heard of this band, but am now looking into them. Thx for another nice interview & turning me on to new music.

  5. kimmy says:

    Thank you for having Ezra on the podcast! Huge Vampire Weekend fan. I literally squealed when this popped on my phone. Great interview! I’ll probably be listening to this more than twice!

    Also, Chris, are you taking any guests request list? :p

  6. Rob S. says:

    Matt Mira what about Areosmith and Run DMC? Chris I love this podcast. I think you do a great job. BUT on some of these people who are not Harrison Ford or Weird Al, maybe just a word on you they are? Just drop a credit in the intro. Sometimes I don’t read the bios before I DL the eps into my phone.

  7. Sangria says:

    Here’s the rap song Ezra was talking about.

    This was a fun episode, I don’t really listen to the band, but it’s always fun to learn about new bands and such.

  8. Wildride says:

    Here’s the thing: No one ever teaches kids how to accept gifts graciously, but then are baffled upon realization that they don’t know how.

  9. Calcifer says:

    Great interview with Ezra. I also love the idea of a steampunk rap group. It seems like that should already exist, but who knows.

    I just want to point out that Bring the Noise was not on the Judgement Night soundtrack. I’m guessing the idea for the soundtrack came from that song though, as it was the first big rap/metal crossover, though not the first rap/rock one, obviously. 🙂

  10. Avi says:

    Thank you, Nerdist! I appreciate how much VW cares about and loves their music-making and how articulate, thoughtful, and hilarious they are. Amazing on recording, AWESOME live.

  11. Calcifer says:

    I’ll be in Durham that weekend for the con, but I sadly don’t have the funds to make your show. I hope it goes well though.

  12. Nina says:

    HUGE Vampire Weekend fan. This was great.

  13. BassBone says:

    Can I tell you how much I’ve been enjoying the “hostful” intros recently? I love when Matt derails the advertisement or Jonah busts out some Bruce Gutter. Seriously, I love these intros. The episode itself is pretty good, too. Just a nice conversation.

  14. David says:

    Thanks guys for the podcast! One of my favorite bands and one of the best live performers out there. Great to hear Ezra talk about his craft.

  15. Kathryn says:

    I completely relate to when ezra talks about making the album; when I am writing its stressful and hard and yes theres great moments but you don’t want to stop that stress because you are doing what you love and doing what you love is satisfying.
    Also his voice, it’s one of my favourite voices ever. I also love that he likes the x-men, such a great guy.

  16. Robyn says:

    Ezra!! I love him, thanks Nerdist! You continue to be awesome.

  17. Timber Ton says:

    @Chris Hardwick @josh c I have a feeling that my house was built on an ancient Canadian burial ground.

    The doors open mysteriously when I go to walk through them and close behind me, almost as if some incredibly polite shade was getting the door for me. Whenever I try to watch football the channel invariably changes to hockey.

    One time I bought bacon and it started frying by itself right there on the counter. I heard some strange noises coming from the fridge so, terrified, I crept to the the door, pulled it open, and a muppet demon appeared in a temple surrounded by swirling clouds and lightning. It looked directly into my eyes – into my very soul – and spoke a word that I will never forget. It said….”Soory!”

    Hoorifying, eh?

  18. Tiffany says:

    See I don’t get why you’d want to give anybody crap for this episode… this isn’t a band that I was ever all that interested in, but I also knew almost nothing about them, and after hearing this episode, the guy seems like a cool regular guy that I could have a conversation with, which will make me a lot more open to their music whenever I hear it.

    I know the internet likes to tear everything apart but getting to know someone beyond whatever it is that they do makes me more interested in what they do if they seem like a cool person.

  19. @josh c: I have a feeling people don’t have to listen if they don’t like it…

  20. Andrew says:

    This guy has the prototypical effeminate hipster voice.

  21. Brian says:

    The Music-ist

  22. josh c says:

    I have a feeling you’re going to get some shit for this one…

  23. Tiffany says:

    When I first heard the name of this band, I thought it was a practical joke. Though, I thought the Spice Girls were made up band for a Pepsi commercial the first time I saw/heard about them, so I’ve been wrong before.