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Vampire Weekend Age Gracefully on ‘Modern Vampires of the City’


As part of our newly updated survey of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, we’re publishing a series of pieces on the making and impact of key records from the list. Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City came in at number 328. 

Vampire Weekend hadn’t even finished work on their second album, Contra, when, in June of 2009, multi-instrumentalist and producer Rostam Batmanglij began writing music for Modern Vampires of the City, the group’s career-defining third LP. The genesis was an early version of what would end up becoming album opener “Obvious Bicycle.” “It started with a very hectic drum beat,” said Batmanglij, who eventually added basic piano chords inspired by John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band to the raw demo. 

The band would spend the next three years working on Modern Vampires in fits and starts at Batmanglij’s Brooklyn apartment and, eventually, on a songwriting retreat

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Subsidies for electric vehicles likely from next week, says transport minister Gahlot – delhi news

As many as 1,280 new electric vehicles (EVs) have been registered in the national capital since the notification of the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy, 2020, on August 7, but these vehicle owners are yet to get the subsidy promised to them by the policy.

This is because the Delhi government is yet to set up the state EV fund and transport minister Kailash Gahlot said subsidies and other benefits such as a waiver on road tax and registration fee are likely to be launched next week.

The government had announced a subsidy of ₹1.5 lakh (₹10,000 per kWh of battery capacity) for the first 1,000 electric four-wheelers. A subsidy of up to ₹30,000 (₹5,000 per kWh of battery capacity) was to be given on the purchase of each electric two-wheeler, auto-rickshaw, rickshaw and freight vehicle.

Also, those buying electric vehicles are to be exempted from paying road tax and registration

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