The Week in Reviews (21-28 Jan, 2016)

Conan and co

Rostam Batmanglij steps away from Vampire Weekend (kinda)
I say Rostam “steps away” rather than “quits” because he promises he will continue to collaborate with the band in some capacity, and it is on this condition only that I—Vampire Weekend devotee—accept this resignation. While he dropped a strong solo single titled ‘EOS’ just a fortnight ago, his production sorcery is going to be necessary if Vampire Weekend are to continue their hot-streak into LP number four, which I assume the band is working on between performing at Bernie Sanders rallies and dropping hot memes on Twitter.

The Bay saves Late Night TV
To an outsider, American late night talk shows have a curiously large draw; they are often miserably inane, yet occasionally produce such treats as Ty Dolla $ign performing ‘Saved’ with E-40 on Conan. I may never sit through an entire episode, but I will happily hit up Youtube just to hear E-40 spit, “Tattoo on her tummy / Booty hella chunky,” to a live studio audience.

The A$AP Mob combine for a remembrance track
A$AP Yams passed just over a year ago, and A$APs Rocky, Nast, Ant and Ferg have combined to pay tribute to their mastermind in one of the camp’s best posse tracks in recent memory, ‘Yamborghini High‘. Fittingly, the mob celebrate getting wasted in Yams’ memory, and Juicy J is enlisted for a beat redolent of the Three 6 Mafia classics that influenced Rocky’s first tape.


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