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Read This: Vampire Weekend’s Mutinous Muse by Barbecue Bros
August 26, 2010, 9:46 am
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An interesting web-exclusive from Vanity Fair about the $2 million dollar misappropriation-of-image lawsuit against Vampire Weekend, photographer Tod Brody and VW‘s label XL Recordings from Ann Kirsten Kennis, the cover model (now 52 years old).

Ever since she was 23, people have been using Ann Kirsten Kennis’s image to sell their products. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, she appeared in magazine advertisements, catalogue pages, and television commercials for a long list of recognizable brands, among them L’Oréal, Revlon, Fabergé, Parliament, Cuervo, Jordache, and Vaseline. She did looker ads and lingerie ads and bathing-suit ads too. Her picture was even on the cover of a romantic novel.

She liked seeing her face in public. For a model, those images meant money in the bank.

But last winter, when Kennis learned that an old Polaroid picture of herself was being used to promote the No. 1 album in the country, she was anything but pleased, she says. Kennis had never heard of the band, Vampire Weekend, and had no idea how her image had made its way onto the cover of the group’s new album, Contra. Nor had she heard of Tod Brody, the photographer who claims to have taken the photo.

Be sure to also check out the online slideshow of Kennis’ modeling portfolio, which is ridiculously 80’s.

Link (via Pitchfork)

Linkdown: 7/8/20 by Barbecue Bros

– Emmy nominations are out; great to see Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler from “Friday Night Lights” finally getting some love!

– Michael Ausiello has some snap judgments on the Emmy noms

Some video from Steve Carell’s appearance on “The Colbert Report” last night and the re-emergence of their “Daily Show” segment Even Stephven

Avatar will return to the big screen in August with 8 more minutes of footage

– Michael Giacchino, composer for “Lost” and Up, will score Let Me In

Listen to the Kid Cudi, Best Coast and Rostam (Vampire Weekend) collaboration for Converse we heard about a week or so back

– Flavorwire analyzes the “Mad Men” cast photo I posted yesterday

 – 10 Classic MTV Shows That Should Make a Comeback; well it looks like “Beavis and Butthead” is actually coming back in 2011

Linkdown: 6/24/10 Here you go Susong edition by Barbecue Bros

TV in a Bottle: 19 great TV episodes largely confined to one location

– John Lithgow and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) join James Franco in Rise of the Apes, the Planet of the Apes prequel

– Neil Patrick Harris is confirmed for A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

– Neil Blomkamp probably won’t direct The Hobbit

Passion Pit covers The Smashing Pumpkins‘ “Tonight, Tonight”

Converse teams up Best Coast, Rostam from Vampire Weekend and Kid Cudi for a new song and video, due next month

Big Boi has a new mixtape out, SouthernPlayalisticMaybachMusic (via Vulture)

– Cinematical: Why Does Pixar Make Growing Up Feel So Bad?

Linkdown: 6/4/10 by Barbecue Bros

Godspeed You! Black Emperor add Weird Al Yankovic (what?) to their All Tomorrow’s Party lineup which includes experimental acts Bardo Pond, Deerhoof, Black Dice and Tim Hecker

An update on the Star Wars kid, Ghyslain Raza

Vampire Weekend played “Holiday” on “The Colbert Report” last night

– Olivia Munn (hott) debuted as a “Daily Show” correspondent last night

– Alan Sepinwall begins his recap of season 3 of “The Wire” (or “The Greatest TV Drama Ever” in his words)

– He also breaks down the Television Critics Association Awards nominations

Interview with Get Him to the Greek director Nick Stoller

– Vulture analyzes the voiceover work of different actors, including John Krasinski, Danny McBride and Jon Hamm

Photos: Vampire Weekend, 4/6/10 by Barbecue Bros
April 7, 2010, 4:49 pm
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Vampire Weekend – 4/6/10, originally uploaded by twoguns.

Vampire Weekend
The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

I always enjoy going to shows at The Orange Peel and Vampire Weekend‘s first show in Asheville (as well as North Carolina) was certainly a memorable one.

This time we stood on the side of bassist Chris Baio. And he was awesome to watch, bouncing and dancing about stage all night long. The band played most of the songs from their two albums, and the crowd ate it up. Fun night, and well worth the two hour drive each way.

More photos from the show:

More photos can be found in my Concerts 2010 Flickr set.

Next up: My Morning Jacket with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Koka Booth Ampitheater in Cary, NC on 4/30 and Beach House and Washed Out at Cat’s Cradle on 5/1

Top 5 (+5): Favorite Albums of 2010 (1Q) by Barbecue Bros

So now that we are a quarter of the way through the year, here is my very early favorite albums list.

1. The Morning Benders – Big Echo (Rough Trade)
2. Vampire Weekend – Contra (XL)
3. Beach House – Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
4. Spoon – Transference (Merge)
5. Toro y Moi – Causers of This (Carpark)

6. Surfer Blood – Astrocoast (Kanine)
7. The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack (Kemado)
8. Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra – Kollaps Tradixionales (Kranky)
9. The Ravenna Colt – Slight Spell (Removador)
10. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor (XL)

Also receiving votes: MGMT – Congratulations (Sony)

Linkdown: 3/9/10 mp3 edition by Barbecue Bros

MGMT‘s latest song “Flash Delirium” is available at and thankfully gets better a couple minutes in

– A new LCD Soundsystem song from the Greenburg soundtrack is available here (via Stereogum)

– Gorilla Vs. Bear has a new Washed Out song from his tour-only CD-R

A CHILLINGR remix of The xx‘s “Islands”

Mumford & Sons covered “Cousins” by Vampire Weekend and Ezra likes it

A new song from the We Were Promised Jetpacks EP The Last Place You’ll Look

– UO Blog has 5 free tracks to download