i’m not holding out for you
i’m still watching for the signs
if i tried you’d probably be hard to find
From The National’s Artists Den show at the Park Ave Armory a couple months ago - Alana won tickets and took me and it was almost certainly the best show I’ve ever seen. Plus, I got a pretty cool audience shot out of it (Two Redheads Dramatically Applauding Dad Rock).
The National // The Rains of Castamere
In a coat of gold or a coat of red,
A lion still has claws,
And mine are long and sharp, my lord,
As long and sharp as yours.
It’s been eight years since Berninger screamed on record, and now that act appears to have served as some kind of exfoliant. (He also quit smoking in 2011.) His vocals are deeper and richer than ever, as well as more tuneful and elegant. The National’s dirty secret is that for all of the Dessner brothers’ orchestral ambitions, these songs are simple things: Instantly memorable melodies and minimal chord progressions become familiar after one listen, and then there’s a pivot, usually undetectable the first time around, that takes the National towards one of their proprietary grand finales. The greatness lies in when the listener connects the two and realizes they’re part of the same song.
Alana had an extra ticket to The National’s secret Artists Den show/taping at the Park Ave Armory tonight and we were right up at the front and they played a ton of songs from the new album and holy shit guys, what an amazing band playing amazing music in an amazing space.
Fake Empire (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Remix) by The National
We’re half awake in a fake empire…
Holy CRAP is this awesome. What a beautiful remix.
Uh this has absolutely no business being as good as it is.
- I Should Live In Salt
- Don’t Swallow The Cap
- Sea Of Love
- This Is The Last Time
- I Need My Girl
- Pink Rabbits
- Hard To Find
8.18 | the national | vanderlyle crybaby geeks
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