Listen to the first episode of Ezra Koenig’s Time Crisis radio show

Vampire Weekend frontman spins a lot of Billy Joel and pokes fun at iTunes' five most popular songs


    “Time Crisis” is the biweekly Beast 1 Radio program from Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. Sharing the time slot with Pharrell, Koenig’s debut show aired yesterday, and it featured quite a few highlights.

    Amid a setlist that opened with ABBA and featured a whole bunch of Billy Joel (five songs, no joke), Koenig chatted with the likes of Mark Ronson and Despot, the latter of whom debuted a new track, “House of Bricks”. Rashida Jones also made an appearance to tell an equal parts amusing and frightening tale involving Michael Jackson’s pet chimp Bubbles (skip to the 12:05 mark on the stream to hear it).

    The best part, however, was likely when twitter comedians Desus and Kid Mero came on. Together, the pair and Koenig took a listen to iTunes’ current top 5 songs, and completely destroyed each one. They had a little respect for Omi and Taylor Swift with Kendrick Lamar, but very little respect for just about everyone else. They take down iTunes users on the company’s home turf, and it’s funny as heck.


    Take a listen to the whole show below (with the playlist all the way at the bottom), followed by individual streams of the iTunes discussion and “House of Bricks” (via Stereogum).

    “Time Crisis” Episode 1:

    iTunes Top 5 Discussion:


    “House of Bricks”:

    ABBA – “One Of Us”
    Earl Sweatshirt – “Hive”
    Skepta – “Shutdown”
    Billy Joel – “Vienna”
    Michael Jackson – “The Way You Make Me Feel”
    Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”
    Billy Joel – “The River Of Dreams”
    Fetty Wap – “679”
    Mark Ronson – “Feel Right”
    A$AP Rocky – “Everyday”
    Mark Ronson – “Ooh Wee”
    Nikka Sosta – “Like A Feather”
    Jay Z & Dynasty – “You Me Him And Her”
    Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk”
    Amy Winehouse – “Rehab”
    Rae Sremmurd – “Throw Sum Mo” (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
    Carnage – “I Like Tuh”
    Billy Joel – “Movin Out”
    iTunes Top 5 Discussion
    Billy Joel – “The Longest Time”
    Despot – “House Of Bricks”
    Leikeli47 – “Fuck The Summer Up”
    Drake – “Used To” (Feat. Lil Wayne)
    Billy Joel – “Big Shot”

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