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Old 05-11-2011, 11:38 PM   #646
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Start a War and Guest Room don't do much for me, but Green Gloves might be my favorite track on Boxer after Brainy. It's a gorgeous song, and your statement has required me to revoke your National fanboy card.

However, you are completely correct about this. They claim that the ending to that song only works live, but I call bullshit. I think the whole song makes so much more sense if it builds to that. I understand the idea of a buildup that stops suddenly, but I don't think that it makes the song better in the context of the album like they claim it does.

I generally find most bands I listen to are better live than they are in the studio. The National, U2, Springsteen, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, even Radiohead (that might be a contested statement by some). I think it's rare for a band to be worse live, personally.

Devendorf is the best drummer going right now.
I owe a lot to Matt, because the show I saw was in an all-seated venue, and I hate sitting at shows. But from maybe the second or third song he told everyone to stand and thankfully I was able to stand for the rest of the show. But during Green Gloves even I was tempted to sit down. Maybe I'd enjoy Boxer more if I had the lyrics in front of me while listening.

I too think most artists I've seen are better live than on record - you wouldn't go to shows otherwise. Some hip hop acts are the exception here.

I think I'd have to agree about The National's drummer. He slays live, and even on the more boring National songs he still plays an interesting part, and more often than not it holds the song up.
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Green Gloves is all about the lyrics. If they weren't so poignant, I don't think it would mean that much. The music-vocals-lyrics combination is just pitch perfect. I love the build at the end with the organ. In an album with very little release, it's a subtly very satisfying release at the end of that song.
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Here's the thing:

God bless The fucking National. So good, still evolving, put on a great show, etc. If the only thing I got from interference was people recommending this band to me, that alone would make dealing with psychos like Laz worth it.
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These two bits right here are the reason why Green Gloves kills me:

Falling out of touch with all my
friends are somewhere getting wasted,
hope they're staying glued together,
I have arms for them.


Now I hardly know them
and I'll take my time
I'll carry them over, and I'll make them mine.


I don't know exactly what Matt might be singing about, but for me, it just reminds me of how quickly I have fallen away from all of my friends from high school, and now even college.
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If the only thing I got from interference was people recommending this band to me, that alone would make dealing with psychos like Laz worth it.
And he doesn't even listen to the National.

I think we should just get rid of Laz.
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Then who would keep up the cock?
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Lance's mom can keep the cock up without Laz's help.
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We need Laz, he serves as a nice cautionary tale for some of you kids.
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About how volatile a combination hats, mutton chops and boats can be?
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For starters, and, that made me laugh.
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Dessner said the band will play songs they don't normally play on tour as well as new material, including a song called "Think You Can Wait" for the new independent film, "Win Win." The concert will also feature a film component and a light show.

"In the spirit of MusicNOW," he said, "we'll push ourselves to make it something special."
makes me even more chuffed to see them this Sunday!

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YouTube - The National perform Think You Can Wait Live @ MusicNOW 2011

This was actually uploaded by an Interferencer. Yay.
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They played Exile Vilify, too:
YouTube - The National- Exile Vilify (5-15-11) MUSIC NOW FEST. Cincinnati
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