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A New Vampire Weekend Album

Sohm looks at the color and how fine the mousse is — the fine streams of bubbles — a sign of great quality.

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Legendary sommelier Aldo Sohm on rarer bubbles.

The Perfect Pour

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The Perfect Pour

A deep dive into the world of Macallan Scotch whisky.

The Write Stuff


The Write Stuff

A dip into the world of luxurious fountain pens.

The title of Vampire Weekend’s third album, Modern Vampires of the City (May 7, XL), is a slight misnomer. Though the New York quartet has always sung about a rarefied Manhattan, much of Modern Vampires was actually written far outside the city limits, at a friend’s guesthouse in Martha’s Vineyard. “It was the off-season and still sort of empty and mellow, a little misty,” frontman Ezra Koenig says. They’re not the first urban band to find inspiration in the serenity of a coast—the Rolling Stones famously fled to the South of France in 1971 to record Exile on Main St.—but the location happened to be a perfect fit for the group’s WASPy aesthetic. The resulting album—imagine four natty Columbia grads channeling Graceland-era Paul Simon—is perfect for blasting with the windows down on your way out of town.


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