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At first it was annoying, but I’ve decided to just act like it’s the old days before internet leaks/previews, and buy the albums based solely on the the fact that I love the band and want to support them. Then, I can revel in hearing the music for the first time off the album that I personally bought from the band. It’s pretty satisfying, you just have to block out the noise/hype surrounding the albums leading up to release day.
Agreed! I can’t get over how fucking good it is. Which is cliched or something, but whatever. So. Fucking. Good.
That Melody’s Echo Chamber video reminds me of the vaguely out of place scene in season 2 of Eastbound and Down where Kenny and his girlfriend and her kid ride a roller coaster at some fair in Mexico and the show suddenly gets this artsy indie vibe that somehow totally works.
Everyone’s posting about the sign, BUT WHAT ABOUT THAT SONG. It”s a lousy recording, but Jesus Christ, even through that I feel like it’s gonna be a sweet track. Dark, yes. Heavy, yes. Awesome, yessss.
So I missed the part where we found out that this project was some skinny white dude from the Netherlands (wearing a Raiders hat?!). I’m more than a little sad about this. The music is still great, but the videos and imagery were making me feel pretty nostalgic about my time spent in Georgia, and now I feel like my emotions have been taken advantage of a little. Call me naive (and too hung up on authenticity), but I thought this guy was the real deal. Like when I grew up listening to CCR and then found out they were from California and not some Southern swamp after all.
Good thing, too. You really shouldn’t consume clothing.
Unfortunate timing for that cover art.
Super 8 generally refers to the film, not the camera, and would be properly rendered as “…filmed on Super 8…” The “a” is not necessary.
Sorry for the nitpick.
As for the song, you’re right, it didn’t ruin my day, but it didn’t make it either.
This is going to be RSD release with Criminal Fingers, a song they’ve been playing live since their last album.
“Jay-Z released a rap today.”
A truly staggering display of being culturally aware. Bravo, madame, bravo.
Nope. As I said before, I really enjoyed most of High Violet, and a few of those songs are my favorite (and I’m currently in love with Demons, and can’t wait for the new album). I just don’t get the “buzz” around Bloodbuzz, to me it really doesn’t hold a candle to the rest of their work.
The last third of Slipping Husband gets me every time.
I remember literally literally quivering with anticipation when Bloodbuzz came out…and then the crushing dissapointment once I had listened to it through 3 times. This is it? This is all you’ve got? Really?
The rest of the album was much better, but Bloodbuzz is still a glaring misstep in my opinon. It does not belong on this list. I was working at a radio station at the time, and a lot people really loved the song, those people being mostly those without any prior knowledge of the band. It’s a National song for people that don’t really care for the National, and therefore does not deserve the top spot here.
Well, the argument here seems to be that The National get better with each album. Therefore, once Trouble Will Find comes out, Alligator will no longer be relevant, and the author wanted to squeeze one song from there into the list.
Or something equally head-bashingly stupid.
…is on this list.
Are you saying it should be higher? Or just making the statement that it is, in fact, a National song worth praising?
I usually disagree with statements like this, but I’m afraid there might be some truth in it this time…
This is mystifying. First off, choosing ten songs from a large catalogue of spectacular songs is a difficult prospect (although, that’s true for most of these lists), but the lack of any pre-Alligator songs is baffling (as is the statement that nothing before that album seemed to stick). Maybe those songs and albums weren’t anything special at the time of their release, but in hindsight they are a vital part of the band’s appeal. I’m not a fan of their debut, but Sad Songs and Cherry tree certainly have songs that are as important as those on High Violet (Murder me Rachael, All-Dolled Up in Straps, 90-Mile Water Wall, About Today).
I know this is all subjective, but you made some bold and broad statements, Harley, and I don’t know that you back them up well.
What was dope about this? I read a slightly below average review of a slightly below average album from a slightly below average band.
That’s what you got out of this story? SXSW is worth going to because of readily available free drinks?
Makes it sound like a second-cousin’s wedding. “Oh. Free drinks? Sure, I guess I’ll show up.”
It’s just you.
I’m digging this album, but my personal pick for album of the week is The Men. That shit is gonna get me through a lot of long work days…