The list of celebrities might confuse you, but this is the official video for Vampire Weekend’s “Giving Up The Gun,” from their new album, Contra. The album has received high praise across the boards, elevating Vampire Weekend into another indie band, no longer really–indie? At SFCritic we’ve passed on discussing the album because well, everyone else is talking about it. At Spinner Ezra Koenig explained how all the celebrities became involved:
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.
Is Vampire Weekend still indie in your mind?