January is typically a slow month for music releases, so we're psyched that today marks the release of the first dope album of 2010: Vampire Weekend's Contra. We recently featured the NYC-based band in the "Mantras" column from our December/January 2010 issue, where we asked each member to let us in on the keys to their success on the eve of their sophomore release. We just put the full article online, so hit the link below to read the guys' advice about quitting your day job, getting rejected by women, sharing drugs, and believing in your own band...

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE "MANTRAS: VAMPIRE WEEKEND" ARTICLE

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