The Vampire Weekend/Steve Buscemi Chronicles Continue

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With only a few days left until the American Express Unstaged Concert Series on Sunday, the Vampire Weekend/Steve Buscemi chronicles continue with episode three and four.

In episode three, we catch Buscemi hanging out in the park when he runs into Claire Boucher or Grimes like she is better known as, and her friend James Brooks from Elite Gymnastics.

Buscemi goes on to invite her to an Easter brunch when she declines because she “just doesn’t feel like it.” He even tries to coax her into coming by saying Vampire Weekend will be there, but not even that gets her to come along.

Best part is after she leaves and Buscemi goes on a little rampage about inviting her every year, and every single year she declines.

(Episode Three)

Episode four, unlike episode three features more family bonding time as the band and the actor sit around, dyeing Easter eggs, talking about Easter. Oh, the awkward family bonding time.

(Episode Four)

Vampire Weekend and Steve Buscemi: Episode Two

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Over the last couple of weeks, Steve Buscemi and Vampire Weekend have been getting closer. This upcoming weekend, the Boardwalk Empire star will be directing the band’s live stream from New York’s Roseland Ballroom as part of the American Express Unstaged Series.

This also doubles as some family bonding time since it was revealed that Vampire Weekend’s bassist, Chris Baio and Buscemi were actually related.

Check out the (awkward) funniness below as they head to Sunset Park’s Melody Lanes.

Vampire Weekend Webcast to be Directed by Steve Buscemi

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Turns out that this weekend’s Easter Parade march featuring Vampire Weekend and Steve Buscemi did have some ulterior motive. The band have announced today that they will be hosting a livestream of their performance at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom on April 28, as part of the American Express Unstaged series and Buscemi will be directing it.

Bassist Chris Baio originally reached out to the Boardwalk Empire star when he found out that they were in fact distant cousin while retracing his family tree. When he found out, the band posted on their Twitter this tid-bit of information also confirming that Buscemi was excited about the idea.

Baio said the following to Rolling Stone Magazine in an interview:

“He really is a great director. Growing up, I was a huge “Sopranos” fan and one of my favorite episodes is “The Pine Barrens”, which he directed. Also, I just realized this morning he directed the ‘Leap Day” episode of “30 Rock” last year; that’s one of my favorites. I feel safe in his hands.”

This New York performance will be the group’s first performance in two and a half years and will feature some of their new tracks from their upcoming album, Modern Vampires of the City. Buscemi will also be recording some bonus documentary footage of the show while at it.

Until then, relive the randomness that is Steve Buscemi singing “Diane Young” through a megaphone with the band members just hanging around.

Modern Vampires of the City is set to be released on May 14 through XL Recordings.

Vampire Weekend and Steve Buscemi Head Up Easter Parade

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What an unlikely scene it must have been to see Boardwalk Empire star, Steve Buscemi and the boys of Vampire Weekend heading the Easter Parade in New York yesterday, but yes indeed, it did happen.

Before the bunny hopping holiday even began, the band tweeted that bassist Chris Baio was digging through his family history only to find out that he is in fact “a distant cousin of actor Steve Buscemi.” They continued by letting fans know that, Buscemi was excited about finding out about their family connection.

“He has reached out to Mr. Buscemi who was VERY EXCITED about the connection. We are thrilled about the potential for showbiz synergy. There is more exciting news to come! For now, look at these beautiful, long-lost cousins”

The band and Buscemi were on present to hand out chocolate eggs at New York City’s Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival. Buscemi took on the role of Easter bunny by wearing the floppy ears and handed out Easter eggs. Just in case there was some kind of misunderstanding about what was going on, the band and the actor held a huge banner that let the unsuspecting (or suspecting?) people  know what was happening.

Thanks to Coup de Main magazine, here are some pictures from the parade.

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Here’s a snippet of Buscemi singing through a megaphone the band’s new song, “Diane Young”: