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Old 02-12-2014, 07:29 AM   #766
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That's your interpretation and that's fine. I think there's a bit more to that song.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:35 AM   #767
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For reasons I can't quite explain I'd always say Fake Empire if asked to pick just one.

That is basically my number one song of the decade it came from.
fake empire is how i explain why the drumming in their songs is absolutely perfect. i don't possess the musical vocabulary or something to explain it properly with words, i just go "this song...and this part especially" once it gets to the part where it starts to speed up.

i got a friend of mine from work hooked on the band mainly with fake empire, as well. i informed him at the start of the shift that i'd recently been introduced to the awesome music of this band called the national, and whether he liked it or not we would be listening to them for the whole shift. he was ok with that, liked the two or three songs i'd played first well enough. then i put on fake empire and he goes, "holy shit this is my new favorite band."

fake empire > mistaken for strangers = as strong a 1-2 album opener as any. such a great combination.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:42 AM   #768
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I first heard about The National on here shortly after Boxer was released. I downloaded it (legally you son of a bitch) and hated it. But I still through it in the a playlist that I shuffled through. Over the next few months, every time one of their songs came up, I found myself thinking, "this is great!" Now they are one of my fav bands.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:38 PM   #769
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That's your interpretation and that's fine. I think there's a bit more to that song.
It wasn't a putdown, but I mean it has that sort of vibe about it.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:59 PM   #770
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I don't really have an explanation for the line, either; it just conjures the feeling of being someplace uncomfortable or boring and finding a way to dress it up as exotic.
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:18 PM   #771
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According to Matt himself, it's a straightforward description of something his wife and her friend did to him during a weekend in the Hamptons.





Not really, I don't know.
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A Lemonworld is an invented, sexy, weird place where you can escape from New York. I had some image of it being a big beautiful, maybe semi-decrepit house. You know the documentary Grey Gardens? It’s set in a house out in the Hamptons, it’s about this crazy mother and daughter who live there in their own little world. It’s also very depressing and odd and beautiful. Anyways, I had this sense of a Lemonworld as a place where these two sexy sisters who wear bathing suits all the time and drink a lot, y’know, “put flowers in my mouth and we can say we invented a summer lovin’ torture party” – that’s awesome! That’s sexy, weird, and fun. My wife and her sister are very close in age, they’re both hilarious and sexy and brilliant, so I think I was channeling them a little bit. It’s a fun world.
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Oh, Matt.
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He needs some fucking hi beams on those legs.
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That's the point sometimes with great lyrics. It doesn't have to mean anything concrete, but if it sounds cool and it creates great images in your head, that's a great lyric.
For sure.

I love Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks too, despite that being the most ridiculous song title this side of King of Carrot Flowers.
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Winner of the Need My Girl cover contest

The National - I Need My Girl (Cover with Household Items) - YouTube

And the official video

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Since I'll be in Berlin again for quite some time in June, I decided to buy myself a ticket for their show on 5 June.
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https://twitter.com/nbcsnl/status/438352323002523648

The National and Lena Dunham, together at last.
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I will definitely watch that.
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