Vampire Weekend ‎– Modern Vampires Of The City

XL Recordings ‎– XLLP556
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, White, 180 gram

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A1 Obvious Bicycle
Backing Vocals – Angel DeradoorianDrum Programming [Additional], Programmed By [Synth - Additional] – Ariel Rechtshaid
A2 Unbelievers
Accordion – Brendan RyanDrum Programming [Additional], Programmed By [Synth - Additional] – Ariel RechtshaidFlute – Johnny CuomoPiano – Ezra KoenigTrombone – Elizabeth LeaTrumpet – Danny T. LevinTuba – Seth Shafer
A3 Step 4:12
A4 Diane Young
Drum Programming [Additional], Programmed By [Synth - Additional] – Ariel RechtshaidDrums [Additional] – Jeff CurtinEngineer [Additional] – Jeff Curtin, Juan PieczanskiSaxophone – Adam Shatz
A5 Don't Lie
Lyrics By [Additional Lyrics] – Rostam Batmanglij
A6 Hannah Hunt 3:58
B1 Everlasting Arms
Bass [Additional] – Ariel Rechtshaid
B2 Finger Back
Backing Vocals – Fanny Franklin
B3 Worship You
Backing Vocals – Angel Deradoorian
B4 Ya Hey
Written-By [Bass Line Of Bridge Section] – Ariel Rechtshaid
B5 Hudson
Drum Programming [Additional], Programmed By [Synth - Additional] – Ariel RechtshaidTrombone – Elizabeth LeaTrumpet – Danny T. LevinTuba – Seth Shafer
B6 Young Lion
Backing Vocals – Angel DeradoorianLead Vocals – Rostam Batmanglij

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Limited edition white 180 gram vinyl exclusive to pre-orders and independent record stores. Includes 24x24" fold-out poster of the album art and download coupon for album in high quality MP3s.

A3 contains elements from "Aubrey" (Gates). Published by Kipahulu Music. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Thanks to YZ's "Who's that girl" for our hook "Every time I see you in the world you always step to my girl."

A1 features a sample of 'Keep Cool Babylon' by Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus, licensed courtesy of Trojan Recordings Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Stickered): 634904055608
  • Barcode (On Sleeve): 634904055615
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): XLLP 556 A Ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): XLLP 556 B Ⓤ

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
XLCD 556J, BGJ-10167 Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City(CD, Album) XL Recordings, Hostess Entertainment Unlimited XLCD 556J, BGJ-10167 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
XLLP556 Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City(LP, Album + CD, Album) XL Recordings XLLP556 US 2013 Sell This Version
HN1077CD, none Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City(CD, Album) High Note Records, XL Recordings HN1077CD, none Taiwan 2013 Sell This Version
XLCD 556 Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City(CD, Album) XL Recordings XLCD 556 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
XLCD 556 Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City(CD, Album) XL Recordings XLCD 556 Australia & New Zealand 2013 Sell This Version


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April 25, 2015
My copy has some very loud pops during Obvious Bicycle, but is otherwise OK. Another less than stellar pressing from United.


December 9, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
This is one of the best albums released in the past ten years. That said, the vinyl pressings have thus far been absolute rubbish. Every copy I've played (and I've gone through about six on multiple players) has had a distinctive hiss in the left channel. The reason I listen to music in this format is because of how awesome it sounds. A flaw like this on a new pressing is unacceptable for me. I can't help but focus on that noise when I hear the record. So I'm just going to give up on this. If I were you, I'd wait a few years before investing, because it's a gamble if you're going to get a decent copy.


August 15, 2014
you all have these problems because you all play this record on ur fuckin urban outfitters crosley suitcase


March 8, 2014
Awesome album yet the vinyl mastering/production is no miracle. I have the XLLP556 black version and it's a little hissy and has some surface noise. But overall it's OK.


January 17, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
I went through 3 copies before I found one without defects. The first two had the bleeding of the label on the final minute of "Young Lion". The second had the creases and other black marks. The final copy I got is almost flawless (slight bleeding of the label on the final track) and sounds great. Luckily I only paid for one. I would only purchase if you get the chance to give it a good look/ play test.


July 28, 2013
Had the same noise issues that others have noted with the white vinyl (plus what appeared to be bleeding of the label ink on side two that made the last track unlistenable)... when I swapped it out I got the regular black version, sounds flawless.


May 30, 2013
I had an issue with the white vinyl -- if you hold it in the light, there seems to be slight creases (?) in certain areas. I returned one copy, due to one of these creases (a slightly deeper one) causing a skip on Side 2, Track 1. The second copy I got also had the marks, but played fine, so I let it be.


May 23, 2013
My white vinyl has sounded fine. No complaints about the quality.


May 23, 2013
Had two copies on white vinyl, both noisy on Side 1. Annoying for a major label release, but I'm guessing all the white vinyl has this problem!


May 16, 2013
Does anyone know the difference in quality between this white vinyl and the normal black vinyl?

Thinking of getting this but I've been reading that coloured vinyls (esp white, apparently) are significantly worse in quality and durability than traditional black ones :/