Headline says it. Yesterday you saw photo and blurb that introduced this far-flung pop cultural consortium, today it materializes. What does it say about this band that somehow this lineup of Friends Of Vampire Weekend not only doesn’t surprise but seems entirely logical to me? Like of course RZA, a JoBro, Lil Jon, and Donnie Darko are gonna get down with Contra. Because at this point who isn’t? Can’t stay mad at an album that drops and repeats so effortlessly, save those critics with overly prickly sensitivities for the embedded semiotics of race and class issues in pop music. Anyway this video is super fun: You may recognize the main lady here from the “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” video (her name IRL is Jenny, because of course her name in IRL is Jenny), you’ll definitely recognize most of the rest of the faces from their being famous. Tennis is the game, RZA’s the line judge, Gyllenhaal is funny, this is all sort of great. Here’s what Ezra had to say about pulling it together.
We always thought RZA would be perfect. We’d been in touch with Lil Jon since the first album. He heard the reference on ‘Oxford Comma’ and sent us some cases of Crunk Juice. Joe Jonas and Jake Gyllenhaal were both excellent — lot of improvisation and some surprisingly powerful serves.