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    The National

    So this band is still good.

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    Seeing them on Sunday, can't wait. I honestly didn't think they'd top Boxer, but High Violet is amazing.

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    Seeing them on Saturday myself. Don't know how I am going to contain myself.

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    Holy fuck what an amazing night. Gotta say, even with pretty high expectations, The National surprised me and exceeded them more than I could have imagined. Enjoy tomorrow's show guys

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    Love love LOVE these guys.

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    High Violet is such a fucking awesome album. I'll be honest, I haven't listened to much else but I have every intention to.

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    OH MY FUCKING GOD! This show was mindblowing. Everything was perfect. Matt screaming during "Afraid of Everyone" and finally hearing "Secret Meeting" were great. He came in the crowd during "Terrible Love" and I patted him on the back, it was amazing. And an acoustinc version of "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" where everyone was singing was perfect. Just an incredible band all around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kid Charlemagne View Post
    OH MY FUCKING GOD! This show was mindblowing. Everything was perfect. Matt screaming during "Afraid of Everyone" and finally hearing "Secret Meeting" were great. He came in the crowd during "Terrible Love" and I patted him on the back, it was amazing. And an acoustinc version of "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" where everyone was singing was perfect. Just an incredible band all around.
    Sounds awesome. The only time I've been able to see them is when they opened for Arcade Fire this past April. They played for an hour, which was great, but there was still plenty of sunlight and Matt was limping around all night so he didn't come into the crowd. But the show was the day after Gerard from TV On The Radio passed away, so the last song was a super touching performance of About Today, that was dedicated to him. I would absolutely love to finally get to see them play a proper headline set, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardp View Post
    Sounds awesome. The only time I've been able to see them is when they opened for Arcade Fire this past April.
    Part of me is a little sad that this lineup isn't flipped around, because The National are by far the better band

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kid Charlemagne View Post
    OH MY FUCKING GOD! This show was mindblowing. Everything was perfect. Matt screaming during "Afraid of Everyone" and finally hearing "Secret Meeting" were great. He came in the crowd during "Terrible Love" and I patted him on the back, it was amazing. And an acoustinc version of "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" where everyone was singing was perfect. Just an incredible band all around.
    Holy shit, I just saw the setlist for yr guys' show. Santa Clara??! I don't think they play that much and it's probably in my top 3. Awesome. Wish they had played Available and Cardinal Song at the SF show as well but we got Abel which was amazing and they played Son from the S/T album.

    And yeah The National > Arcade Fire.

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    I do have to say that when i saw them last year they were really amazing. I knew they would be good but I honestly didn't expect to get that pumped from a show like that. He walked off through the crowd during the last song when i saw them too which i thought was a nice way to end the show.

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    Probably my favorite band and one of the best live acts I have ever seen . I hate when this band gets thrown in discussion as just another indie band, the band is more than that . Leaps and bounds better than the arcade fire and most other bands that pitchfork loves . They have made 5 extremely good albums in a row . I'm a super fan boy and I don't care to admit it
    Last edited by Rdm; 11-29-2012 at 06:38 PM.

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    I love these guys. I remember finding out about them back when they only had one or two albums out, but I didn't really like them at first. Then when Boxer made such a big splash, I started buying their albums. Still can't decide which album I love more out of Boxer and High Violet.

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    Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers is alright but doesn't hold a candle to their later work, so I can see not being into them to begin with. However, from Alligator on they've hit the ball out of the park at each and every at bat. Their albums are the very definition of growers though. Which isn't to say they aren't immediate or great upon first listen, they are, but that they only seem to truly reveal themselves after you've heard them quite a lot. I remember the very first time I listened to High Violet, utterly enthralled, but I wasn't quite sure if it was Boxer good. However it's grown with me as I've listened to it and now it's probably my favorite album of theirs. I constantly catch myself singing Sorrow absent-mindedly .

    And yeah, they are spectacular live. I saw them with The Antlers opening, and that was probably the best concert I've ever been to because it's rare to see both the opening band and the headliner absolutely nail it. No one seemed to know The Antlers in the crowd but as soon as they were done I heard a few people saying "Wow" and asking questions about them and I basically explained to the group of people around me the concept of Hospice and how it was in my opinion undoubtedly the best album of 2009.

    The National killed it as well, hearing Terrible Love live was like a religious experience for me. Also, About Today was spectacular, and the cool thing was I hadn't heard the Cherry Tree EP before that, I'd only listened to their albums (incessantly I might add haha) so I got to hear what has become one of my favorite songs by them for the first time live.

    So yeah, in conclusion, The National is definitely one of the best bands in music today. I wouldn't tear down other bands to elevate them though. I saw Arcade Fire a few months after The National and they're every bit as good a live band. I enjoyed The National more though because the Arcade Fire show was in a larger venue, had assigned sitting, and we were pretty far back, whereas at the National I was literally right under Matt Berninger. Could have reached out and touched his foot if I were so inclined. The coolest part was I helped this girl lift him back on stage when he came down into the crowd too. He'd disappeared in the crowd for quite a while and I'd turned back around to watch the rest of the band play since I couldn't see him anymore, and then caught the girl next to me out of the corner of my eye (who was all of five feet) trying to help lift him back up but she was having a hell of a time so of course I immediately reached down and the girl and I made a step stool out of our hands for him. Matt then gave her his copy of the set list as a thank you for gallantly volunteering her meager stature to get him back to his rightful place on the stage, haha.

    I promise I didn't intend to type that much when I started, but I just love these guys so much.

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    ^^ Awesome story there haha

    Here's 2 brand new songs!

    http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2011/12/08/...ew-songs-on-q/

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    Rylan sounds like its going to be really good. the other one I feel like i need more time with it, or maybe I should just wait till the album drops.

    The band has really got a rhythm right now. Heres a brand new interview with news about a new album.

    http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/N/...rtainmentmusic

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    Great interview. I would love a more raw, immediate National album for sure.

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    I like both the new songs. I remember when they played Runaway a few months or so before High Violet came out and it was incredible. I get the same feeling from these new songs. Just so fresh. There's a video of them from the same session playing 'Vanderlye Crybaby Geeks' with Justin from Bon Iver. So good.

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    The national setlist was insane TONIGHT!!!!!! Karen, Daughters, Santa clara, 90 mile water!!????!!!

    Thirsty
    Karen
    Mistaken for Strangers
    Anybody's Ghost
    Bloodbuzz Ohio
    Squalor Victoria
    Afraid of Everyone
    Conversation 16
    Geese of Beverly Road
    90-Mile Water Wall
    Abel
    Rylan
    Sorrow
    Daughters of the Soho Riots
    England
    Fake Empire
    About Today
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    Santa Clara
    I Need My Girl
    Mr. November
    Terrible Love
    Vanderlyle singalong

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    I watched them last night on livestream in HD. It was really good!

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    http://consequenceofsound.net/2012/1...ksgiving-song/

    Happy Thanksgiving from The National

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    I'm convinced The National is the best band in the world.

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    I want to ad that I also adore them, great band!

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    well, the thanksgiving song was super awesome

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    One awesome alternative band, i really like them and i think "Boxer" it's true art (each song is carefully crafted)
    I also like "High Violet", but i think "Boxer" is superior in every way, i saw them live too a few years ago, i hope they come nearby again and play this beauty:


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    In case you missed it

    The national cover I'll see you in my dreams for boardwalk empire


    http://fuckyeahthenational.tumblr.co...-see-you-in-my

    <3 The National

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    Goddamn that is so good.

    I can't wait for a new album/tour.

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    I keep hoping every time this thread gets bumped we're getting a new album.

    I mean I think we're pretty much due one for 2013 but the anticipation is killing me.

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    The Virgina EP got released today on vinyl. It's a really cool tie dye black and yellow color vinyl . The national color vinyl are hard to come by so if you want it make sure not to stall.


    http://i.imgur.com/COlit.jpg
    Last edited by Rdm; 12-10-2012 at 06:45 AM.

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