Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Live Review: The National@Double Door 3/24/06

The National has been struggling on the indie circuit for years now, and it's great to see the band finally get it's due. That said, there were still an amazing amount of people talking during their set and a very random crowd made up almost entirely of people over 6'4" in height (men and women, I swear- apparently the National caters to the freakishly tall demographic) and a few silly fratboy-types who actually high-fived between songs, and reached over several people to do so. Still, the band put on their usual impassioned intense show made up mostly of songs from their latest album Alligator, again skipping over two of their arguably best songs, "Karen" and "Friend of Mine." I was pleasantly surprised to hear them play the gorgeous "Wasp's Nest" from the Cherry Tree EP, a song recently featured (sort of) in Syriana (playing in the background at a bar George Clooney was drinking morosely at). Opening the night was The Cloud Room, another Brooklyn band that has an interesting back story and one incredibly poppy song that Pitchfork deemed "the smash that wasn't", "Hey Now Now." Sadly, none of the rest of their music lived up to that song, not even the one apparently about Elenor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces, which we learned about after the singer told a too-lengthy story about trying to talk to her about doing a song together only to realize she wasn't listening to a word he was saying. Meh.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're totally right about the crowd. I was nonplussed.
The worst transgressors were the "petronas towers:" some dude and a blonde chick with short hair that thought it was funny to intentionally shuffle so that people trying to get by couldn't.
Every venue has those natural arteries where people are constantly streaming.
If you don't like people walking in front of you all the time, then I guess that's why that space is open, isn't it?
Jerks. Absolutely the worst crowd I've experienced in a long time.

3/29/2006 10:56:00 AM  

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