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November 29, 2010

Vampire Weekend shills for Tommy Hilfiger, Honda

Vampire Weekend has allowed its "Holiday" to be used for a couple of new ads. Among them? The Macy's man Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger. You see, the preppy New Yorkers can still surprise us. It is at least only a single, not as bad as the truckloads of Christmas CDs I've been getting. The other ad is for Honda. The band played Merriweather Post Pavilion in September. (via Stereogum)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 11:30 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Music News


oh jeez erik, who cares? You shill for Rye Rye. Is it not their job to make money at what they do?

Oh come on Anon, i found the update onthe Soul Train awards to be very relevant toward Baltimore Nightlife!

You don't seem to be making a point here... do you think that this is appropriate? Or is this a sell out move? Or are you just reporting this relevant information to your rapt readers?

Here are two salient points that come to mind::

1. Since Vampire Weekend is a group of cultural-raping, upper crust, yuppie dbags it seems totally appropriate for their song to be used in a Tommy commercial. My first thought when I saw it was: "yeah, freaking perfect." The real problem with that stupid commercial is that, stylistically, it is poorly aping a Wes Anderson film. Oddly, the honda commercial seems to be aping the Tommy commercial, which is just confusing.

2. In an age when artists are making less and less money from record sales, the commercial industry has become a necessary outlet for musicians (particularly indie rock bands) to make money. Does that make them sell outs? Hardly—in 2010, this is tantamount to having your song featured in a film. I do not think that making money off of good music is a crime or a sell out move, particularly if it allows one to become a career musician.

I am not against you, Eric. I just don’t understand. And BTW, that Chipmunks Christmas album is freaking awesome.

I like Christmas albums. You should hold some sort of lame-o contest and give them out!

I still want a hula hoop.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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