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Committee of Cool: Vampire Weekend

You Sparklers were all aflutter after last week’s Committee of Cool; we never knew you were such HUGE fans of OK GO! Of course, your borderline obsession is completely justified: those guys are RAD (we’ve been saying “rad” a lot lately, and we’re concerned it might make us sound like a surfer in a bad 80’s movie. Thoughts?). Many of you mentioned that you’d like to see reviews for OK Go’s Here it Goes Again and This Too Shall Pass—unfortunately, we already used both as Awesome Things of the Week, and the latter got the HIGHEST SCORE OF ALL TIME. So it seems we’ve beat you to the punch, which is definitely a first around here—usually, we move at such a sluggish pace that even sad, bullied tortoises (remember them from our last chat?) can beat us to the water cooler. But enough obscure turtle references! It’s time to introduce this week’s music video, which happens to be spectacularly brilliant and super hilarious—even funnier than the word “butt clown,” which is very funny indeed. Think those claims are too bold to be true? Just wait ’til you get a load of Jake Gyllenhall in short-shorts. May we just say: YUM. And, BARF.

Music Selection by: Ninjaviking
Artist:Vampire Weekend
Song: Giving Up the Gun

TRANSCRIPT OF LIVE CHAT:

Chelsea: HEY I THINK WE’RE ALL HERE MAYBEEEE. WHAT’D YOU GUYS THINK OF THIS VIDEO?? HUH?? I LOVED it. LOVED IT LOVED IT.
Emily: Stop talking in all caps.
Chelsea: DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO. Love the Joe Jonas, love the Jake G, love the anonymous tennis-playing redhead, love it, LOVE IT, LOVE IT.
Emily: Joe Jonas is in this?
Chelsea: He’s the very first cameo! He’s in his little shorts! He looks disgruntled!
Emily: I like when he loses and wipes her handshake off on his shirt.
Emma: Is Lil John in this? Is that Lil John?
Chelsea: I like when Jake tries to hug her and falls over. I wish he would accidentally pull me down in a failed mess-up hug.
Emily: I like that too. He is beautiful.
Chelsea: JAKE, WHY CANT I QUIT YOU???
Emma: I just want to talk about who everyone is.
Emily: I am surprised this was a single. This song is meh, right?
Emma: Yes, very meh. And I say that as someone who loves Vampire Weekend!
Chelsea: I liked it! I like the part when he says “when I was 17 my wrists were made of steel and I felt complete.” I don’t know what that means, but I know that I LIKE IT.
Emily: Let’s do Holiday instead. It’s better.
Chelsea: WHHAAAA???
Emily: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vraoiVCDdaM&NR=1

Emma: Ok!
Chelsea: But the other one has a Joe Jonas cameo! I WON’T SWITCH. WON’T DO IT.
Emma: We’re doing this one. Case closed. “This one” meaning the new one.
Emily: No.
Emma: Your one. With the wigs.
Emily: The old one. That one is much better. Yeah.
Emma: Argh, no, sorry!
Emily: I want to do wigs.
Emma: Me too.
Emily: But Chelsea isn’t even speaking to us.
Emma: And we are doing wigs.
Chelsea: I AM POUTING.
Emily: Ok good. Wigs.
Chelsea: I AM HAVING A POUT.
Emma: Pout while you watch the new video, crybaby.
Chelsea: I AM WATCHING IT. They’re putting on lipstick and playing golf. I like when they get in a fight with the surfers, I guess. *shrugs defeatedly*
Emily: FYI, we have a meeting at 3. That’s in 7 minutes.
Chelsea: I’M  NOT GOING. I’M TOO DUMB TO GO ANYWAY.
Emily: You have to go. Stop whining. I like when there’s a pup in the water! And champagne in the water too! Are we allowed to say “champagne”?
Chelsea: Neat costumes. *heavy sigh* Very elaborate.
Emma: Puppy in the water? I didn’t see it! Where??
Emily: Chelsea, did you just write “heavy sigh”?
Chelsea: No. *quiet crying noises* The sand cartwheels were cool, maybe.
Emily: Puppy is in the beginning, in the pool. Also, I like the Marie Antoinette scene, with the cakes.
Chelsea: THEY ARE ALL MARIE ANTOINETTE SCENES.
Emily: Stop shouting. You’re getting LESS FUNNY.
Chelsea: LESS FUNNY BY THE SECOND.
Emily: 4 minutes til the meeting! But this is important: why are they wearing those silly outfits? What are your answers to that question?
Emma: Because they’re so rich?
Chelsea: It’s a metaphor for the inevitable downfall of the French monarchy.
Emily: Where is the downfall?
Chelsea: In your history book, HELLO.
Emily: In the VIDEO, where is it?
Emma: I think the video is set in the future. In the future, this is what hipsters wear.
Chelsea: That’s a cool idea. *sobbing* I like that.
Emily: But how can it be a metaphor for a downfall when they don’t fall down or even fall? Why are you still crying?!?
Chelsea: I’M NOT CRYING. SHUT UP. They do fall down. I will find you the exact SECOND that it happens. Also there’s a rifle and one guy jumps off a roof and that should count.
Emily: In the BEGINNING?
Chelsea: AT 1:03. Falling. Down. BITE ME.
Emily: That’s hardly a big deal. That’s more of a dance move than anything else. “The Fall-down.” Like “the Sprinkler.”
Chelsea: What about when they kill those surfers, that’s a metaphor.
Emily: For winning!
Emma: For the triumph of the aristocracy.
Chelsea: THANK YOU, EMMA
Emma: No, Chels, you were arguing that it’s about the DOWNFALL of the aristocracy.
Emily: Yeah.
Chelsea: LET’S PRETEND I WASN’T DOING THAT.
Emily: We are 3 minutes late for the meeting.
Chelsea: How many seconds is 3 minutes?
Emily: 400, Chelsea. 400 seconds.
Chelsea: 400 SECOONNNDDSSSS. Where is the meeting at?
Emily: Your house.
Chelsea: Your mom’s house.
Emma: Your mom’s pants.
Chelsea: OOOOHHHHHHHHHH
Chelsea has left.
Emily has left.
Emma has left.

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