Captain Boring of the S.S. Shut Up

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This is a great article, and clears up a lot regarding the sound of this album vs what we were hearing about. I still remember the band saying they weren't releasing the B-sides from Trouble Will Find Me because they were strong enough for another album and being really excited for a quick follow up. I hope they actually do it this time around.
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August 22, 2017 on Processing The Darkness: The National On Their Adventurous New Album And The State Of The World
Wow, that is some goatee. Tracing this bands stylistic evolution has been nearly as fascinating as their musical one, though the former is often less successful than the latter. And yes, a new album is long overdue.
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July 31, 2017 on Watch Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner Sing “Smooth” At Karaoke
This is pretty good! I like it better than like half the tracks from the last Local Natives album. Just hope Kendrick doesn't sue him for the period thing...
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July 20, 2017 on Jaws Of Love. (Local Natives’ Kelcey Ayer) – “Jaws Of Love.”
Holding On - James Vincent McMorrow Ti Amo - Phoenix No Coffee - Amber Coffman Hot Thoughts - Spoon Morning Sound - Grizzly Bear
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July 19, 2017 on Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2017
The National are my absolute favorite band, and I think this is a gorgeous song. I'm really happy with everything I've hear so far and can't wait for this album. But, and I don't mean this as a criticism, more an observation, it seems kind of weird to me how much of an effort has been made to build this narrative that the band is going in new directions with their sound, that they aren't going to repeat themselves, etc. and then both of these new songs mostly just sound like great National songs. Sure there are small textural flourishes that are new, but, at least based on these two songs, and the live versions of many others, I just don't get the hype about a "new sound." And again, I'm totally happy with that! There is no band I'd rather listen to than The National. They hold a really special place in my heart. It's just weird. Same with the new Fleet Foxes for the most part.
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June 29, 2017 on The National – “Guilty Party” Video
Oh for sure, knowing Waters' subtle and nuanced approach to this topic, and all of the previous times he's tried to gently engage other artists about it, I'm definitely inclined to believe him here...
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June 5, 2017 on Roger Waters Responds To Thom Yorke’s Defense Of Radiohead’s Israel Concert
Man, what does James Vincent Mcmorrow have to do to get mentioned on this site? He just dropped a great album out of nowhere only 9 months after his last album, which was also great and put together with a lot of the key players on the OVO team. He's doing some really interesting things in the neo-soul, R&B, singer-songwriter space and absolutely deserves more attention.
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June 2, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Elder Reflections Of A Floating World
My favorite, and also one of my favorite National songs period, is Tall Saint. Just shows how at the top of their game the band was when they recorded Boxer.
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May 23, 2017 on Boxer Turns 10
My favorite album of all time, and in my opinion, a perfect album. Thank you for this write up.
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May 22, 2017 on Boxer Turns 10
I've listened to this 5 times in a row and it is making me so happy. I love this band so much. This definitely has a lot of classic National flourishes: driving bass, horns, distinctive piano flourishes, but the small electronic glitches add an interesting texture and the guitar solo is definitely in line with the jammier Dead stuff they've been doing. I was definitely in favor of the idea the band might be better served pushing their sound in a newer direction for this album, and hearing this now, I'm not sure this song really qualifies and yet I 100% don't care. I'm just super excited for this album.
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May 11, 2017 on The National – “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” Video
Sounds like they've gone full 21 pilots...
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March 16, 2017 on Weezer – “Feels Like Summer”
This is sooooo good. So glad to have new FF back in my life. Does anyone know who is drumming for them now? I was never the biggest fan of Tillman's drumming (though obviously he contributed a lot to the harmonies), and I think the drums sound great here, so not unhappy with the change.
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March 7, 2017 on Fleet Foxes Announce New Album Crack-Up; Stream “Third Of May / Ōdaigahara”
Wait, she named her kids Aaliyah and Aubrey but she's NOT a rap fan???
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October 5, 2016 on This Lady Is So Upset About Vince Staples
I really like Try! and apparently listened to Continuum enough that I remember (and enjoy) some of the songs embedded here. I also always remember being super impressed by the song "Neon." That song is just super impressive technically. But the greatest contribution John Mayer has made to my life is that he used to find unsigned artists on MySpace and promote them, and that's how I discovered Kunek, who went on to be Other Lives, who are one of my absolute favorite bands. So thanks John Mayer!
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September 18, 2016 on Trying To Make Sense Of John Mayer’s Career, 10 Years After Continuum
I agree with both the comments that this is excellent and that the ads are annoying. But what I want to know is what happened to Mike Noyce? It's weird seeing Bon Iver without him. He's been there since the beginning, and grew up in that band.
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September 15, 2016 on Watch Bon Iver Debut “8 (circle)” On The Tonight Show
I always knew my tastes from 7th grade would prove to be wise. It took a while, but who is laughing now!
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July 20, 2016 on Third Eye Blind Antagonize RNC Crowd At Cleveland Show
Wow, I love this band. This song is fantastic. Very psyched for this album. Hope they come over the US to support it.
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April 4, 2016 on Adult Jazz – “Eggshell” Video
The live clips of this are absolutely amazing: I first saw it when I was going to see Adult Jazz open for him at CMJ and wanted to see who the headliner was and I was really psyched to see him and then mid set of Adult Jazz, all those Ebola reports came out and I was too freaked out waiting around for Moses so I left. And I haven't seen him since and it's a real bummer.
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March 30, 2016 on Moses Sumney – “Everlasting Sigh”
Holy shit. I listened to her album a couple times when it first came out but never really revisited for some reason. Will definitely be remedying that now. Wow.
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March 7, 2016 on Watch Julien Baker Play New Song “Funeral Pyre”
This sounds more in line with their soundtrack work than their previous albums. I agree they seem to be veering away from those major climax moments that were so common on their previous albums. Obviously still excited for this, but not sure what to expect.
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February 29, 2016 on Explosions In The Sky – “Logic Of A Dream”
This is pretty good. It reminds me of the first single from their last album in that it's a bit short and static to feel like a great EITS song, but I still like it and am definitely excited for the album
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January 11, 2016 on Explosions In The Sky – “Disintegration Anxiety”
A real missed phrasing opportunity to say: "But what's the deal with the Seinfeld-esque T-shirt-tucked-into-jeans look??"
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September 18, 2015 on Watch A$AP Rocky & Schoolboy Q Do “Electric Body” On Kimmel
Also, the song "Free Me" is amazing.
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September 17, 2015 on Stream Youth Lagoon Savage Hills Ballroom
This is a really, really good record. I like it so much better than his last one. Between this, Kurt Vile, and Deerhunter, the next few weeks are going to be awesome.
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September 17, 2015 on Stream Youth Lagoon Savage Hills Ballroom
I don't understand how the Foo Fighters haven't done the Super Bowl yet. They are a huge rock band who play giant arenas with tons of recognizable songs for the TV audience and they love bringing out the type of old guests who usually end up appearing at these things anyway: Genuinely surprised this hasn't happened yet.
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September 9, 2015 on NFL Offers Bruno Mars Super Bowl Halftime Again
This song is really fun and Matt seems so loose. I wonder if he's going to bring that energy back to The National and end up with a record sounding closer to Alligator than their previous releases. As much as I love the last 3, that could be a fun change of pace.
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September 3, 2015 on EL VY – “I’m The Man To Be”
I was curious what he was going to do next. I loved his debut and I though his last one, despite some real highlights, was a bit too queasy for my tastes. I'm really digging this new song. Excited for the album.
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July 13, 2015 on Youth Lagoon – “The Knower”
Yep, their music is nearly as predictable and boring as this joke.
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April 19, 2015 on Foo Fighters – “Empty Handed” & “Kids In America” (Kim Wilde Cover)
Driver Surprise Me is definitely in my top 10 National songs. Such an incredible song. They have so many good B sides and I just remembered that Matt said in a Reddit AMA that they had another album worth of songs that were too good to release as B sides when TWFM came out. I wish they released them.
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April 13, 2015 on Alligator Turns 10
This song is so, so good but it's been up on Spotify since January. Glad to hear official word of the EP. Any new music from SVE is sure to be amazing.
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April 8, 2015 on Sharon Van Etten Announces I Don’t Want To Let You Down EP