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Old 07-17-2013, 06:17 AM   #361
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Xanadu, Queensland?

They did two stand-alone gigs in Brisbane in 2008.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:22 AM   #362
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I was barely aware of the band in 2008. I was keeping an eye out in 2010/2011 whenever it was, but on that occasion, there was no show in Brisbane.

No matter; as my earlier comments might have indicated, the National are very much that band where the album recordings are paramount. I don't say that about U2 or Radiohead, or even The Arcade Fire. On the other hand, I would say that about REM.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:27 AM   #363
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On the other hand, you have improvements and song extensions to tracks like Squalor Victoria, About Today and Humiliation, so it is absolutely essential to listen to them live as well, just as it is for U2 or Radiohead. Not to mention the energy level goes way up, so the "National are so boring" critics can STFU.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:41 AM   #364
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Well...

a. I would never say the National 'are so boring'.
b. I don't know if essential is the word I'd choose. Look, if I caught them on a night when Matt's voice was in good shape, I'd probably enjoy it. Essential, probably not.
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a. Who said I was referring to you?

b. And the live experience is dependent on many more factors than whether Matt had hit this or that note. Don't judge it by YouTube clips in any case.
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a. Who said I was referring to you?
Nobody. Sorry if you took that from my hastily typed post.

[/quote]b. And the live experience is dependent on many more factors than whether Matt had hit this or that note. Don't judge it by YouTube clips in any case.[/QUOTE]


Well, sure. As I say, it's kind of moot.
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Well, sure. As I say, it's kind of moot.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:59 AM   #368
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I think they'll do shows next year. They're definitely coming for a festival.

And I have to say - I was a pretty casual National fan till I saw them live. Then I became a rabid fan. They really are astonishing live, djerdap is right, aside from Radiohead and U2 I can't really think of any band who improves pretty much every song live. Seen them twice, top five all-time both times.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:06 AM   #369
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I can't really think of any band who improves pretty much every song live.
I wouldn't go that far. About half of their songs are better in the studio I feel. I can think of more bands though where 90% of their catalogue does sound better live to these ears (Pearl Jam, The Cure, Led Zeppelin).

But songs that do improve really do improve, so much that their studio counterparts sound like glorified demos (Squalor Victoria as the primary example). This is why it is essential to experience them live, or at least listen to a great-quality bootleg.
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I literally thought everything they played sounded better live (and I'm a huge rap for High Violet).

Pearl Jam is definitely one of those bands though, yeah.
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I basically just listen to U2's 1993 Sydney rendition of Running to Stand Still and say, that's it, that's live reinterpretation done right there. Albums are fine.

That said, definitely like what they've done with Squalor Victoria in (one of) the recent shows.
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I basically just listen to U2's 1993 Sydney rendition of Running to Stand Still and say, that's it, that's live reinterpretation done right there. Albums are fine.
As I've said before that's the pinnacle of music, for me. RTSS/Streets, ZooTV.
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We are in agreeance there.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:25 PM   #374
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We hope you will accept our apologies for the extreme delay of the deluxe vinyl edition of Trouble Will Find Me. The production has been plagued with problems and if we had known there would be this many delays we would have thought up something different. The plant hired to make the box seems to have overreached their die-cutting expertise and failed to tell us that the design might cause problems. The prototypes seemed to work, but the proofs we received after we had put the box up for order had issues and had to be redesigned. We knew the boxes would be delayed after street date, but were told the beginning of June as a delivery date, which seemed reasonable. After experiencing delays first in getting the box, we encountered a second production delay as the pressing plant is shorthanded, so vinyl jobs are backordered. We are told they are working as fast as possible, and hope to have finished boxes to 4AD next week, but we've been promised next week for about a month now. We are as frustrated as you are and wish there was something more we could do to get these finished and in your hands. You should have been contacted by 4AD with the offer of a full refund or the option to continue waiting. If you haven't been given this option or haven't received a response from 4AD, please send a
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Thanks again for your patience and please understand that we are pestering all involved daily to try and get this finished and shipped!

Have a good weekend. -- thanks for your support! /the national
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Wonder if that means more will go go on sale if people opt for refund
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