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Old 01-10-2011, 10:03 AM   #481
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Ha, I had an awful summer of luck for concerts, the only one I actually did catch was The National.
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i went to very, very few concerts last year. not so much due to horrible luck, just due to not liking the idea of going anywhere much anymore.
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:42 AM   #483
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he can't dance though. he does this weird little robot thing with his forearms.
Haha, yep, that's Matt for you. His awkwardness onstage and the fact that he looks like he doesn't know what to do with himself if not singing are so endearing though.

Easily one of my favorite live bands/bands in general of the past several years. Glad you enjoyed the show, Danny!
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Squalor Victoria, a song that leaves a lot to be desired on the album, fucking rocks
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the drummer is really awesome.
Hell yeah.

Really glad to hear that not everyone around you was a total bummer, Danny. All-seated shows can be a mixed bag just like GA; it all depends on the temperament of whoever is around you + the band you're seeing. National fans strike me as pretty awesome.
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I saw them at the Electric Factory, which is all standing room and has an upper deck around the floor. It fits like 2500. It couldn't have been a better venue for them. Matt ran through the floor on Abel and then through the upper deck on Mr. November.
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this was the set:

Runaway (strange, strange opener...)
Anyone's Ghost
Bloodbuzz Ohio (this and Terrible Love i would say are the band's "best" songs in the eyes of Australians)
Brainy
Slow Show (this was quite good, i forgot what it was since i don't really listen to Boxer)
Squalor Victoria
Lemonworld ("this is about cannabalism, but in a good way, a funny way")
Afraid of Everyone (dedicated to the Tucson, AZ victims)
Conversation 16
All the Wine
Available (didn't know this, but it was great!) / Cardinal Song (outro, didn't know this either)
Apartment Story
Sorrow
Green Gloves
England
Fake Empire

Lucky You ("this is really old", said a guitarist. "KAREN!" some bitch screamed. "Nope, sorry, it's older than that." very good)
Mr November (into the crowd again, awesome)
About Today
Terrible Love
Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

woah, way more Boxer than i thought.

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Haha, yep, that's Matt for you. His awkwardness onstage and the fact that he looks like he doesn't know what to do with himself if not singing are so endearing though.

Easily one of my favorite live bands/bands in general of the past several years. Glad you enjoyed the show, Danny!
cheers! he is quite endearing! it just looks weird!

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Hell yeah.

Really glad to hear that not everyone around you was a total bummer, Danny. All-seated shows can be a mixed bag just like GA; it all depends on the temperament of whoever is around you + the band you're seeing. National fans strike me as pretty awesome.
you also described them as "assholes" about 12 hours ago.
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Lucky You? Awesome. That's a hidden gem.

I'm thinking the cannibalism line was about Conversation 16, not Lemonworld.

You hadn't heard Available before? That song fucking rocks.
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Lucky You? Awesome. That's a hidden gem.

I'm thinking the cannibalism line was about Conversation 16, not Lemonworld.

You hadn't heard Available before? That song fucking rocks.
i stand corrected.

are Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers and the debut worth picking up?
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"Lucky You?" Holy fuck am I jealous.

Yes, get them. SSFDL is their second best album.
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Yes, get them. SSFDL is their second best album.
Agreed. That Melbourne set is amazing with Lucky You and About Today in it. Lucky bastards.
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Yeah, Sad Songs is a must-have. I personally think that it trumps Alligator.
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Sad Songs is real good. And Cherry Tree is good too.
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Ah yes, Cherry Tree. It's awesome as well. And I just noticed that Cobbler also got to see "Green Gloves." That setlist was divine.
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I don't like Green Gloves. Even I felt like sitting down during that song.

I also forgot to mention that going solo was quite okay! Felt a bit weird before and after but not nearly as bad as I thought.
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I also forgot to mention that going solo was quite okay! Felt a bit weird before and after but not nearly as bad as I thought.
We've converted another!

"Lucky You" and "Available" in one setlist too? Sublime. LIQUOR ME UP!

And, yeah, get Sad Songs. It's probably their most diverse album, in addition to everything else being said.
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