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Read This: The National’s anthems by Barbecue Bros
October 26, 2010, 2:00 pm
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You know I’m a sucker for any somewhat-lengthy article on my favorite band from the past 5 years, especially after seeing them a couple weeks back. Here’s one from yesterday from CNN:

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — The National’s rangy front man, Matt Berninger, is lying on a couch in a dressing room high in the historic Fox Theatre, beer in hand, feet kicked up, legs splayed, and, of course, sunglasses on.
As Berninger’s brother, Tom, videotapes us interviewing the singer and guitarist Aaron Dessner, we joke that Berninger’s acting like Joaquin Phoenix in “I’m Still Here,” but unlike David Letterman, we’re in on the joke.
This room has surely seen rock-star debauchery for decades, but, as Dessner chides Berninger for drinking so early (it’s about 5 p.m., post-sound check), it’s clear that Berninger is goofing around, and we’re not going to witness anything untoward that would cause us to stop rolling our cameras.

Berninger: “I’m just resting. Thank you for indulging me… I won’t be laying down on stage. Well, I might at one point.”
Dessner: “He’s an extremely lethargic individual. That’s the truth.”
Berninger: “I save it all for the field.”

Link (h/t Susong)

Music Video: The National – “Terrible Love (Alternate Version)” by Barbecue Bros
October 20, 2010, 5:19 pm
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I just saw this video for the first time and already love it so GD much. It shows a more playful side of the band, one that you don’t really see from the media or press when they are promoting an album. Between the great live footage, the nod to the self-titled debut album cover (at 2:58 in the video), and the footage of the band cutting up backstage and on the road, what is there not to (terrible) love (sorry)?

Photos: Bonnaroo 2010 Megapost by Barbecue Bros


Here We Go Magic

Local Natives

Neon Indian

The National

The Flaming Lips

LCD Soundsystem

Aziz Ansari

More photos can be found in my Concerts 2010 Flickr set

Linkdown: 6/7/10 by Barbecue Bros

An interview with The National‘s Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner was just posted on Pitchfork today

– Tuned In praises Matt Gilford for his great performance in this past week’s “Friday Night Lights”

Interpol add the awesome David Pajo as their new bassist and self-title their upcoming album

– The Joker will not be returning in Batman 3, says Christopher Nolan

– Interesting post on the use of the same reoccurring newspaper prop in various tv shows over the years

Interview with Jonah Hill and director Nick Stoller on Get Him to the Greek, which finished second behind Shrek 4 this past weekend

– Flavorwire has a primer on the new-but-not-yet-permanent “Daily Show” senior asian correspondent, Olivia Munn

Linkdown: 6/3/10 by Barbecue Bros

– In case you missed it yesterday, an interview with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem

– EW’s wishlist of Hobbit potential director replacements for Guillermo del Toro

– James Cameron refers to everyone dealing with the gulf oil spill as “morons”

– Speaking of the HMFIC, Titanic will be rereleased in 3-D in 2012, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship’s tragic sinking

– The New York Times issues a correction for the recent M.I.A. profile, admitting that some quotes were presented out of order (via Flavorwire)

The National will be touring with Owen Pallett later this year, including a Raleigh stop in October

– The video for the Neon Indian-produced Miniature Tigers track “Gold Skull”

– Flavorwire: 10 Great Music Documentaries to Watch Online for Free, including films on Brian Eno, Pixies, and The Flaming Lips

Linkdown: 5/17/10 by Barbecue Bros

– So there’s going to be a Napoleon Dynamite animated tv series, with the original cast reprising their roles

– Shia Labeouf didn’t like Indiana Jones 4 either

– Conan O’Brien on his new studio at WB Studios in Burbank:

“I can’t wait to interview the cast of Jersey Shore on the same lot where they filmed Casablanca”

Interview with Will Arnett on the set of Jonah Hex

– David Fincher will direct the update of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Interview with Craig Finn and Tad Kabler of The Hold Steady

– Stereogum has a Neon Indian-produced track from Miniature Tigers’ upcoming album Fortress

LCD Soundsystem‘s This Is Happening gets a staggering 9.2 from Pitchfork

You can watch The National‘s D.A. Pennebaker-directed Brooklyn concert from this past weekend on YouTube (via Consequence of Sound)

Music Video: The National – “Afraid of Everyone” (Live on Letterman, 5/14) by Barbecue Bros
May 14, 2010, 10:45 am
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Sufjan Stevens lends vocals, as he does on the album version. In the words of David Letterman after this performance, “Man… wow!”

(via Consequence of Sound)