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You should be listening to The National

The National is the indie band of brothers (seriously, it is two sets of brothers and a lead singer) strengthened by the unique baritone of lead singer Matt Berninger.  Formed in Ohio in 1999 and currently based in Brooklyn, The National released their self titled debut in 2001. 

Their sophomore release, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, was well received and paired them with producer Peter Katis who would remain at the helm for their next two critically acclaimed albums Alligator and Boxer.

The National Discography:

  • The National (2001)
  • Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003)
  • The Cherry Tree EP (2004)
  • Alligator (2005)
  • Boxer (2007)
  • The Virginia EP (2008)
  • High Violet (2010

Upon forming, most members kept their days jobs and performed locally on the weekends.  As their fan base grew, they began to tour regularly and eventually hit the U.S. festival circuit with sets at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, and All Points West.  They were also able to add a little European flavor to their festival resume with sets at Glastonbury, Haldern, and Lowlands.

Top 5 The National Songs:

  1. Fake Empire (Boxer)
  2. Anyone’s Ghost (High Violet)
  3. All the Wine (Alligator)
  4. Mistaken for Strangers (Boxer)
  5. Bloodbuzz Ohio (High Violet)

For those of you who take occasion to watch some television, you might have caught The National on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, or perhaps The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  If you are more of a series kind of TV watcher, you might have heard the band on shows such as:

  • Chuck
  • Gossip Girls
  • One Tree Hill
  • Southland
  • Defying Gravity

Their sound is dark and a bit despondent due in large part to the brooding vocal inflections of Berninger.  While dark, their music is also reassuringly real.  Their lyrics deal with banality of daily living.  They are writing and singing about the things we are living. 

Check out The National at www.americanmary.com

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Great music awaits!


Tune In Tuesday: 5/25/10

Welcome to another addition of Tune in Tuesday!  Today’s musical choices are all relatively new and all exude musical greatness in some form or fashion. 

Now that the requisite pleasantries are over, let’s get to the music!

End Times

Eels

Sparsely produced and largely recorded on a four track recorder, this album is the second installment in the trilogy that began with Hombre Loco.  The theme seems to focus on the loss of love and the dark bits associated with divorce.  This is the eight album released by the band whose only constant is the singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett or E as he is known in most circles.

Key Tracks:

In My Younger Days, Gone Man, A Line in the Dirt, and On My Feet

Broken Bells

Broken Bells

Broken Bells is the self titled debut album of the mash up of Brian Burton a.k.a Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley) and James Mercer (The Shins).  In 2004 the two met and decided to work together and four years later they actually got together and began recording.  The album was released in March 2010.  The music has an experimental edge to it but it is also bathed in melody. 

Key Tracks:

The Ghost Inside, The High Road, The Mall and Misery, and Trap Doors

Brothers

The Black Keys

This is the eighth album for this Akron, Ohio duo.  I think this band is absolute greatness ad cannot believe two white dudes from Ohio can make this much music.  Formed in 2001, the band has not had a bad album since their inception.  If you have not heard of them, I’m sorry, go out and buy or download their music right now.  You will not be disappointed.  Steeped in blues and guitar driven rock, this band is all that is right with music today.

Key Tracks:

Next Girl, Too Afraid to Love You, Ten Cent Pistol, and I’m Not the One

Infinite Arms

Band of Horses

Infinite Arms is the third release for the band and they do not drastically alter their musical playbook from their previous releases.  The music has an ethereal framing that is supported by the dulcet vocal styling of lead singer Ben Bridwell. 

Key Tracks:

Compliments, On My Way Back Home, Neighbor, and Infinite Arms

High Violet

The National

This is the fifth studio album for the Brooklyn based indie band.  The distinguishing baritone of lead singer Matt Berninger continues to be the calling card of the band.  The band has a little more musical force on this album than their previous release but never strays too far from their comfort zone.  Terrible Love, the opening track, and Conversation 16 seem to be the furthest reach of the album and they still connect.

Key Tracks:

Sorrow, Bloodbuzz Ohio, Little Faith, and Lemonworld

Sea of Cowards

The Dead Weather

This is the second album from Jack Whites third band and it is every bit as good as anything he has ever done.  White and Alison Mosshart continue to share the vocal responsibilities on this album.  Mosshart’s angry howl is the perfect accompaniment for White’s primal scream.  This album is in your face from start to finish and might not sit well on the musical palate of all.  It is well worth the initial listen just to check out the cornucopia of musical talent that resides in this band.

Key Tracks:

Blue Blood Blues, Die by the Drop, The Difference Between Us, and Jawbreaker

Great music awaits!