• Ezra Koenig & Hamilton Leithauser / Photo by Soren Solkaer Starbird; Amelia Alpaugh

    Vampire Weekend and the Walkmen Frontmen Grill Each Other

    First of all, I wanna give a big shout-out to SPIN magazine. Next, I wanna say hello to all the readers of SPIN magazine. Hamilton Leithauser and I first met ten years ago when I was a freshman in college, interning at the Walkmen's studio in Harlem, Marcata. I remember walking from the gates at 116th Street up Broadway to 132nd shivering (because I wasn't wearing socks like an idiot) but ecstatic because I was going to be in the presence of what I thought was the best band in New York. Hamilton remains one of my favorite singers. It was nice to catch up and shoot the shit. We had a long conversation over whiskey near the Bowery Ballroom. Ezra Koenig: I'm pretty sure that the Walkmen are the band that I've paid to see the most in my life. Hamilton Leithauser: Really? That's awesome. I'm pretty sure I've seen you here at the Bowery Ballroom probably five times.

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