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The National: High Violet -- May 11th

Old 03-05-10, 10:24 AM
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The National: High Violet -- May 11th



High Violet:

01 Terrible Love
02 Sorrow
03 Anyone's Ghost
04 Little Faith
05 Afraid of Everyone
06 Bloodbuzz Ohio
07 Lemonworld
08 Runaway
09 Conversation 16
10 England
11 Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks


I was just listening to a mix of these guys while working out this morning. Not a good band to work out to but I do love their albums. This is high on my list of must-haves this year. Hope they swing through Michigan on this tour.

from pitchfork:

May is shaping up to be a prime time for festival-ready indie rock with the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Broken Social Scene, Band of Horses, the Black Keys, and the Hold Steady releasing new albums that month.

Here's another big name: The National's fifth LP, High Violet, is due out May 10 in the UK and May 11 everywhere else via 4AD.

They've already got a slew of tour dates lined up for the spring:

The National:

03-28 Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre (Big Ears Festival)
04-22 Richmond, VA - The National
04-23 Richmond, VA - The National
05-05 London, England - Electric Ballroom
05-06 London, England - Royal Albert Hall
05-07 Paris, France - Le Zenith *
05-09 Berlin, Germany - Astra
05-21 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
05-22 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern #
05-23 San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre #
05-26 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
05-27 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre #
05-29 Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Festival
06-02 Boston, MA - House of Blues %
06-03 Boston, MA - House of Blues %
06-04 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory %
06-05 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory %
06-06 Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall %
06-08 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall %
06-09 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall %
06-11-13 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06-16 New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall %
07-27 Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park ^

* with Pavement
# with Ramona Falls
^ with Beach House
% with the Antlers

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Old 03-05-10, 12:47 PM
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Re: The National: High Violet -- May 11th

Awesome! Boxer was excellent. And I find it funny that National are playing two shows at the National. (I hope to go to one of those shows.)
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Nice! Loved pretty much everything so far, the Virginia EP was ok for a collection of mostly demos.
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One of the best bands working today. can't wait.
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One of my 3 favorite bands. I've been listening to Clogs non-stop to hold me over until this album drops.
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one of my favorite bands, goin to the prospect park show.
I think this album is gonna kinda sound like a cross between boxer and alligator

I wish the Antlers were opening up for that show, but I'm diggin the Beach House album also.
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Great to hear. The past two albums have been nothing short of amazing.

Disappointed not to see a Chicago date on that schedule though. Hopefully they'll add some midwest shows later.
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Old 03-11-10, 11:16 AM
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Album art and Jimmy Fallon performance of opening track here:

http://stereogum.com/296301/national...es/lead-story/
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I really like that new song they performed on Fallon. Looking forward to the upcoming album even more now.
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Added tracklisting to first post.
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Old 03-27-10, 01:22 AM
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Download "BloodBuzz Ohio" from this link now for free - http://www.highviolet.com/

Awesome tune and can't wait for the full length. Pre-ordered the vinyl yesterday and the wife and I (all 6 3/4 months pregnant of her) will be making the trip to L.A. to see them on May 22nd.

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Yeah, Bloodbuzz Ohio is a great song. Has me even more psyched.
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new song on Pitchfork. Afraid of Everyone. Really like both of the new tracks, this is going to be a great album.
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Both songs thumbs up!
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via Pitchfork: NY Times is streaming the entire album right now until April 27th. sorry i can't post the link since i'm new here and DVDtalk won't let me. albums sounds great anyway.
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Gave it a listen, and it has some fantastic moments (like the two songs already mentioned). I don't think anything was immediately arresting like the few on Boxer or Alligator, but it'll definitely be a a grower.

I'm just ashamed that I didn't know about this band a long time ago. I fail to see how they could disappoint.
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Sheesh. I wish it was possible for me to see them with the Antlers opening. It's tough to imagine a combination of today's bands that would be more appealing.
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I don't think it's less immediate than Alligator or Boxer. This one grabbed me right away... love the consistent mood throughout the whole record. I could see this one becoming my favorite of theirs in time.
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Wow. I just listened to this for the first time at the NY Times website. I must say I am very impressed. It normally takes a little while for The National albums to grow on me, but this one had me from wall to wall at the start.

I can't wait to own this one.
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Conversation 16 and Lemonworld are excellent, excellent tracks.
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Although not advertised, $7.99 at Best Buy this week.

The album is terrific.
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Excellent album. Got the ltd edition purple vinyl yesterday.
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Originally Posted by Pillowhead View Post
Excellent album. Got the ltd edition purple vinyl yesterday.
the purple vinyl is gorgeous, I saw pictures over at The National board.


after a few weeks of listening, this sits right up there with Alligator and The Boxer. Damn, what a fucking awesome album.
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I think every The National album has been a slow burn for me. I'll bet most people feel that way about the band. In particular, "Boxer" struck me at first as an extremely bland and uninteresting album. Then, after about three listens through, the intelligence, subtlty and world-wearyness of the songs suddenly clicked with me and it became probably my favorite album of 2007 (I think I rank Battles first that year...). The National makes adult music for adults, they're not going to pander. Once the songs get inside your head, they have immense resonance. Alligator and Boxer are albums I constantly go back to now.

I'll get the new one tonight, can't wait to listen through...
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they are performing on Letterman tonight BTW.
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