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No love for James Vincent McMorrow’s Post Tropical? It’s a fantastic album in my opinion. Later Bon Iver/James Blake territory, but also something fresh about it. Highly recommended.
Arctic Monkeys are the band with by far the most quality B-Sides, and also among the more generous bands in terms of sharing non-album tracks. They probably have another 2-3 albums worth of quality songs available.
So is the Arctic Monkey’s…
There’s a band called Lightning Bolt with an album called Pearl Jam? What a weird coincidence!
I like Alt-J, but they should really add some touring members. Their sound is so thin live. It really doesn’t do the songs any justice.
You guys actually posted a link to a live full band version of this song at SWSX this year. It sounds great both ways!
I really dig this. Get it? You get it. But seriously, this is good.
This is pretty awesome. It sounds like a post-rock take on The Social Network soundtrack.
I was just thinking that. The only difference is, I think this is better than Los Porcos. With Yuck, it seems like they are both continuing the carry the torch of the first albums sound for the most part, which I’m glad about because now it’s just more music I like. With WU LYF, I like Ellery’s song (though I still think it would be better as WU LYF), and I’m not totally digging Los Porcos, so I feel like they’ve watered both projects down.
This is pretty good, but between this and Los Porcos, I think it’s safe to say WU LYF was greater than the sum of it’s parts, and hopefully they’ll realize that and get back together. This is definitely in the right vein, but it’s missing those skyscraping post rock guitars and insistent drum beats.
This song is awesome. Between this and R U Mine, I really like the direction they are going, which seems kind of like like a tighter version of Humbug.
Well this is awesome.
Is the guy on Zooey’s left with the hat Jeff from Freaks and Geeks??
Yes, that is irrefutable proof. Bulletproof logic. You should check out the Brooklyn Vegan comment board. You might feel more at home there.
Plus Local Natives, Caveman, Mount Moriah, and solid albums by Phoenix and Iron & Wine too. It’s been a crazy good year. Which is why I can’t get over the fact that this feels so much better than all of them.
It’s been a pretty fantastic year for new music. If all the of albums that have already come out so far were the sum total of 2013, it would probably still be the best year for music in a long time. And despite that, Trouble Will Find Me still feel like the best album of the year, and it doesn’t even feel very close.
Obviously there is some bias involved, because I love The National, but this album feels like a real accomplishment. It’s incredibly cohesive in terms of being an “album,” Matt voice has vastly improved in range and depth, the lyrics are very strong, and music is incredibly intricate and layered, without sounding fussy and overdone. Every time a song ends, I think that was probably the best song on the album, and then the next one starts, and every time the album ends, I want to start it again. I agree there is nothing particularly groundbreaking here in terms of “new sound,” but it feels like they’ve managed to release an album with the incredible cohesion of Boxer with some of the musical elements and textures of High Violet, which to me is the perfect formula.
Good God, this album!!! Tonally, it’s closer to Boxer, with a bit of High Violet influence, so for me, the perfect album. Heavenfaced and Humiliation are the two that stand out to me the most, though every song is incredibly strong. My gut tells me that when all is said and done, this album will blow HV out of the water, which is really saying something.
These videos are only one song each. Not sure if that’s a mistake or the blurb about watching the shows in full is…
Not that High Violet wasn’t cohesive, but I didn’t feel cohesive in the same way that Boxer was music wise, and so far, these two singles make me feel like this new one will be, which really excites me.
I don’t think I could come up with my 10 favorite National songs, but if I had to make the list for this site, this is probably how I’d do it:
10. Mistaken For Strangers
9. All The Wine
8. Afraid of Everyone
6. Conversation 16
5. Mr. November
4. Fake Empire
3. About Today
2. Apartment Story
1. Slow Show
Why would you use such an old picture from the band when you purposely left out that entire era of their music for this list?
I was shocked Slow Show wasn’t here. Or Apartment Story. And I also disagree with the notion that nothing from Alligator, Cherry Tree, or Sad Songs. I think it’s really hard to say with any sense of certainty what their 10 best songs are, but I always thought of these lists as the essential songs, and earlier records are important to their body of work as artists.
6. So is Cherry Tree
I just listened to the live performances of these songs. They do line up on the whiteboard. Lola has the words “I should live in salt” in the chorus, and Sullivan has the word “tunnelvision” in it’s chorus. They are both fantastic songs.
Or maybe the names on the left side that line up with the names on the right side are just alternate titles?