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The National at Boston Calling 2014

By Will Oliver, September 6th 2014 — with 1 comment

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It can be tough to see the band that you love suddenly become the band that everyone else loves too. Not that there is anything wrong with a band finding new fans through the fame that they ultimately deserve, but depending on the band, and the new fans that come flocking, it can be a tricky subject.

The National are the rare case of a band that has somehow stayed the same, even with all the new waves of success that have come their way. Sure the crowds have gotten bigger, and the stage set-up a little fancier, but this is still the same band I saw rock South Street Seaport for free in summer 2007.
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_2DSC_6616Photos by Andrew St. Clair

Last week The National played three consecutive sold out shows at Prospect Park. I was at night one of sold out three-night-run at Prospect Park which saw Phosphorescent open things up. Find my write up and photos on that right here.

Andrew St. Clair was there for night two, where Lord Huron opened. He captured some gorgeous photos of both them and The National, which you can find in the gallery posted below.
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The National Fallon

If you’re a fan of The National and haven’t seen their recently released documentary, Mistaken For Strangers, get on that right now. It’s fantastic.

To support it they stopped by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to perform “This Is The Last Time”, one of the many highlights off last year’s Trouble Will Find Me. They are supported by a string section, which only heightened the already mighty live version of the song.

Watch below.
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The National Play SNL

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2014

The National SNL

Things are finally calming down for me after a busy and wild 10 trek in Austin for SXSW. As you could tell I didn’t have time to post, so I’m playing catch up in a major way.

One of the things I sadly missed was The National‘s epic Saturday Night Live debut. Although I wasn’t able to watch it live, I was just proud to see that they killed it as usual.

They performed a very riveting performance of “Graceless” and a refined offering of “I Need My Girl.” It was a big stage for them, but they brought it home (literally). Very proud to see them on the SNL stage. About damn time, if you ask me.

I’ve shared both of their performances below, in case you also were busy at SXSW, or if you just want to see it again.
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The National To Play SNL

By Will Oliver, February 28th 2014

The National

“It’s about god damn time.”

That’s what I said out loud when I read that The National were booked as the musical guests on the March 8 episode of Saturday Night Live. Lena Dunham of Girls will be the host.

After all these years, it feels like a victory to see the band booked for SNL. They sure do deserve it. It will continue to push them towards a much bigger audience, something that they’ve been growing steadily with every year it seems.

No one deserves this more. Be sure to tune in or set your DVR’s. This is going to be awesome.

The National Bobs Burgers

Last Thanksgiving The National teamed up with Bob’s Burgers and covered a song from the show called “The Thanksgiving Song.” This Thanksgiving they teamed up once again for an original song from the show titled “Gravy Boat.”

Watch them play the song in an animated video that puts The National in the Bob’s Burgers world as characters in gravy. It’s awesome. Read the rest of this entry »

The Hunger Games Soundtrack

Come November 22, I will be catching a midnight screening of Hunger Games: Catching Fire for a review over at MMM. I was pleasantly surprised by the first film, and am excited to see what comes next.

The first had a good soundtrack featuring original songs by Arcade Fire and The Decemberists. The new soundtrack also has some good tracks, featuring new music from artists like Coldplay and The National. We already shared the vintage sounding Coldplay song, “Atlas.”

Now take a listen to The National’s offering, “Lean.” It sounds like it would have been right at home on Trouble Will Find Me, with a more widescreen epic approach that makes it a good fit for a movie of the Hunger Game’s scope.

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