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actwithoutwords

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The National
« on: March 21, 2007, 02:09:03 PM »
I don't think I have seen this band mentioned before on this forum (and obviously the search function is currently not much help in this regard). But I absolutely love them. Their last album Alligator is one of my favourite records of the last few years. There isn't a bad song on it. I don't know what it is about them, but their songs feel incredibly strong. I think it's the combination of an excellent sense of both melody and drama.

Anyway, they have a new album Boxer, coming out in May 21st and I can't wait. Videos of two new songs have surfaced this week from the Take Away Concert Series (which is worth checking out: www.takeawayshows.com).
They are beautifully shot, and the songs themselves sound lovely.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1fwmf_403-the-national-start-a-war

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1gw4m_404-the-national-ada

Also, here's the video for Lit Up from Alligator:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAjw8sKBbCg

So any other fans around? Anyone going to the Astoria gig in May?

The National
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2007, 02:20:44 PM »
I'm a big fan of '90 Mile Water Wall' and I bought the 'Abel' single but I've yet to explore them further.

The National
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2007, 02:25:52 PM »
Someone who used to post on here a lot persuaded me to get Alligator, but I haven't listened to it nearly enough as I perhaps should. It sounds like it is good, but I haven't quite got used to his voice yet. I'll give it some more airtime this week.

Anon

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The National
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2007, 10:19:22 PM »
Ooh, looking forward to this a lot - Alligator really is a very consistent album (and the one before it ain't bad either), although I hope it's more in the vein of songs like Karen than Abel.  Still, I'm sure it'll be good stuff regardless.

actwithoutwords

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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2007, 11:10:01 PM »
Just a bump for this super soaraway thread in advance of the release of Boxer next week. I gave in and downloaded the leak some time ago and it's really lovely stuff. I don't think it's quite as good as Alligator but it's still probably my favourite album of the year so far. It's lacking in some of the adrenaline of Alligator, but the more consistent mood works well I think. It hangs very well together as an album. Like their previous releases it is a grower though. They are ridiculously underrated, which I put down to a combination of their nondescript name and the fact that their albums take a while to settle and reveal their greatness. I suspect that the music media realises they fucked up a bit in not recognising Alligator at the time, so Boxer is getting much more heat already. More people knowing about this band can only be a good thing.

Anyway, here is an MP3 of Fake Empire, the first track on the album. Great stuff. The horns at the end are gorgeous.
Can't wait for the Astoria next week.

actwithoutwords

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The National
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2007, 11:15:45 PM »
Double post overenthusiasm.

Re: The National
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2007, 05:38:03 PM »
Boxer is possibly, nay probably my favourite album in years. The National deserve so much more attention than they get, and no one I've recommended to has been disappointed yet. BOXERRRRRRRRRR

Re: The National
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2007, 09:45:51 PM »
Never managed to get into them. They are alright, but just seem a bit dreary.

Anon

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Re: The National
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2007, 09:54:04 PM »
Yeah, been listening to Boxer a bit recently - maybe not quite as good as Alligator, but that still leaves one bloody good album.  As actwithoutwords pointed out, it's a very consistent album with pretty much nothing in the way of flab whatsoever.  Do, do check em out.

actwithoutwords

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Re: The National
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2007, 10:33:52 PM »
Someone actually bumped this thread. Fantastic.
Saw them at Latitude Festival yesterday. An afternoon set of only about half an hour, using other bands' equipment, but absolutely blisteringly good. They have grown into an incredible live band. The dynamics of the songs change significantly, lots of building to huge climaxes, which I love more than life itself.
The Boxer songs sound much more muscular live. They are playing Shepherds Bush in November, if anyone hasn't seen them, go go. You won't regret it.

falafel

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Re: The National
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2007, 09:11:50 AM »
I saw them at Roskilde Festival two weeks ago. They was awesome. I got all my friends into them too. 'Apartment Story' was especially stunning. I agree with everyone here - if you haven't got Boxer you should get hold of it, or I'll get the taste police onto you.

actwithoutwords

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Re: The National
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2007, 01:02:52 AM »
BUMPITY

They are playing two nights at the Shepherd's Bush Empire this Wednesday and Thursday. If you have ears, go, you cunts.

Re: The National
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2007, 01:51:47 PM »
Ooh christ, I love this band, and I'm in Shepherds Bush on Weds - I MIGHT GO!

Thanks for the heads up.

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Re: The National
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2007, 02:15:59 PM »
Videos of two new songs have surfaced this week from the Take Away Concert Series (which is worth checking out: www.takeawayshows.com).

Well, you have already got more replies than my previous thread on this got.

Fucking cunts the lot of you.

You're running me close now...

Vitalstatistix

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Re: The National
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2007, 11:00:46 PM »
I am absolutely loving Boxer at the moment, been playing it non stop for about a week now. For some reason I didn't think I'd like this band, but they just have such a great vibe, and as someone pointed out above, a great sense of drama. The album sounds gorgeous, and there's some really great emotionally enveloping moments, not to mention an absolutely fantastic drummer.

I can't wait to check out some of their earlier stuff, as I really do love this album!

Re: The National
« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2007, 12:23:19 AM »
Boxer has grown on me more than any other album this year.

Vitalstatistix

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Re: The National
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2008, 03:24:10 PM »
Finally got round to checking out Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (which is pretty good on first listen) and Alligator (which is just absolutely brilliant). These guys just continually surprise me at just how fucking good they are..

Anyone heard any Clogs? They're a folky instrumental post-rockish outfit featuring one of The National's guitarists, and apparently the person who did all the orchestration on Boxer. Their latest album Lantern is very nice, though they'll never be as affecting as The National without a vocalist, especially considering the immense talents of Berninger.

On a final note. A heads up to National fans - They've been added to the line-up to the Explosions curated ATP. Booya, I am so fucking there! Yes!

actwithoutwords

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Re: The National
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2008, 05:04:05 PM »
Lantern is absolutely lovely. Padma Newsome is a very talented chap indeed. Also hilarious to watch onstage. The forthcoming Clogs album will have lots of guest vocalists actually, including Berninger himself*. Clogs are playing with the National in Syndey. Please please please may they join them on the ATP bill. That would be absolutely perfect.

Edit:* Ooh, and Sufjan. Late spring apparently.
« Last Edit: January 13, 2008, 05:16:26 PM by actwithoutwords »

Anon

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Re: The National
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2008, 09:57:20 PM »
Finally got round to checking out Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (which is pretty good on first listen) and Alligator (which is just absolutely brilliant). These guys just continually surprise me at just how fucking good they are..

Anyone heard any Clogs? They're a folky instrumental post-rockish outfit featuring one of The National's guitarists, and apparently the person who did all the orchestration on Boxer. Their latest album Lantern is very nice, though they'll never be as affecting as The National without a vocalist, especially considering the immense talents of Berninger.

On a final note. A heads up to National fans - They've been added to the line-up to the Explosions curated ATP. Booya, I am so fucking there! Yes!

Yeah, The National have yet to produce an album less than very good - although there's a definite jump in quality between the first two and Alligator and Boxer, which are just classics.  The self-titled debut, while perhaps their weakest album, still has lots of great songs on it, and it's well worth investigating once you've digested Sad Songs and Alligator.  I'll have to check out that Clogs band though, sounds pretty interesting.

Vitalstatistix

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Re: The National
« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2008, 08:37:15 PM »
New EP released entitled The Virginia, along with a documentary film called A Skin, A Night.

It's a bit of an odds n sodds comp with some excellent b-sides, few dodgy demos, few okay live songs and a cover. The new version of You've Done it Again, Virginia and the new song in demo form called Forever After Days are the highlights for me. This is one for the big fans though, admittedly.

Haven't seen the doc, so would be interested to hear some views.


Tracklisting:

1) YOU’VE DONE IT AGAIN, VIRGINIA (previously unreleased)
2) SANTA CLARA (UK b-side)
3) BLANK SLATE (UK b-side)
4) TALL SAINT (demo)
5) WITHOUT PERMISSION (unreleased cover)
6) FOREVER AFTER DAYS (demo)
7) REST OF YEARS (demo)
8) SLOW SHOW (demo)
9) LUCKY YOU (daytrotter session)
10) MANSION ON THE HILL (live)
11) FAKE EMPIRE (live)
12) ABOUT TODAY (live)

vrailaine

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Re: The National
« Reply #20 on: May 22, 2008, 08:43:29 PM »
they done a 30 minute set at oxegen last year which was outstanding.

dont ask me why they were only designated 30 minutes, insanity perhaps?

Vitalstatistix

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Re: The National
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2009, 01:17:20 PM »
Bumpo for new songo

http://www.darkwasthenight.com/

It's in the Listen box on the right.

I like it, wild instrumentation.