The National | Black Session

May 28, 2007 at 5:03 pm (Black Session, mp3s, The National)

Another Black Session, this time from The National. Basically, this Alligator performed live; they don’t even touch anything from their two prior albums, focusing on Alligator and the Cherry Tree EP instead. There’s some insanely good stuff here, with Beringer’s vocals full of conviction, and the instrumentation taking a more prominent role. Highlights include ‘City Middle’, ‘Mr. November’ and ‘Cherry Tree’.


The National – Mr. November.mp3

The National – Cherry Tree.mp3

The National – City Middle.mp3


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Best Of SC | 5/20

May 27, 2007 at 2:17 pm (Best Of, Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya, Blonde Redhead, mp3s, Okkervil River, Queens of the Stone Age, Sufjan Stevens, The National)

The best tracks posted on SC over the past week;


Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya – Tu Connais le Chanson.mp3

Blonde Redhead – Signs Along The Path.mp3

Okkervil River – Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe.mp3

Queens Of The Stone Age – I’m Designer.mp3

Sufjan Stevens – Waste Of What Your Kids Won’t Have.mp3

The National – Mistaken For Strangers.mp3

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The National | Mistaken For Strangers

May 21, 2007 at 6:05 am (mp3s, The National, Videos)

The National If the National were subtle on Alligator, then they’re downright elusive on their latest LP, Boxer. Everything is understated, left to grow on you through repeated listens. It’s a good dozen or so listens before you start to appreciate the album for what it is. I imagine that choosing a single for Boxer was a nightmare; singles are meant to be immediately catchy, something you like the minute you hear it, but Boxer is full of slow growers. So, they chose the darkest, most aggressive track on the album, ‘Mistaken For Strangers’. ‘Strangers’ is the closest Boxer comes to a rock-out like ‘Lit Up’, with it’s tight, quick instrumentation and mournful lyrics. Its video mirrors its claustrophobic nature perfectly, shooting the band from too-close angles in close quarters. Boxer will be released tomorrow (5/22) via Beggars Banquet.

Mistaken For Strangers Video [Dailymotion]

The National – Mistaken For Strangers.mp3

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The National: Ada

March 30, 2007 at 4:30 am (mp3s, The National)

The National

I’ve only listened to this twice, as I just woke up, but I already like it more than La Blogotheque’s video version. That version had a certain low-key charm to it, but the official album one has a bit more of an edge to it. You can look for a full piece on The National’s Boxer sometime next week, after the Cassadaga one. Which, by the way, is coming along quite nicely.


The National – Ada.mp3 (Removed Upon Request)

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Classics: The National – Cherry Tree EP

March 27, 2007 at 6:46 am (Alligator, Cherry Tree EP, mp3s, The National)


While Alligator was the album that introduced most to The National’s newly expanded sound, it’s not actually the first place they showcased it. A few months prior to releasing Alligator, they released Cherry Tree EP. This EP is a fan favorite for a reason. It was the transition between the old, quiet National, to the new, grander one. While it’s now overshadowed by it’s little brother, Cherry Tree EP still remains worth a listen for anyone interested in The National.



The National – All Dolled-Up In Straps.mp3

The National – Cherry Tree.mp3


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Classics: The National – Alligator

March 25, 2007 at 11:53 am (Alligator, Boxer, mp3s, The National)

It’s not too late to get into the most underrated album of 2005, but it will be soon. The National’s new album hits in just a few weeks, but most people still haven’t heard their previous masterpiece, Alligator. Despite receiving high marks from fans and critics alike, Alligator remains almost unknown to most. Here’s your chance to fix that; I’m offering you these three mp3’s to introduce you to The National. Don’t let Boxer suffer the same fate as Alligator.


The National – Karen.mp3

The National – Daughters Of The Soho Riots.mp3

The National – Abel.mp3



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Random Notes: Volta, Sky Blue Sky, and Boxer

March 22, 2007 at 6:56 pm (Bjork, Boxer, mp3s, Sky Blue Sky, The National, Volta, Wilco)

Three things have come to my attention concerning Volta recently; first the cover art:


Gorgeous, huh? Also, another tracklist has appeared, and I think this one may be real:


01. Earth Intruders
02. Wanderlust
03. Dull Flame
04. Innocence
05. I See Who You Are
06. Vertabrae
07. Pneumonia
08. Hope
09. Declare Independence
10. My Juvenile


Finally, a fake leak made it’s way onto a high profile music site tonight, so be wary of any “leaks” in the next few days


Also, a proper leak of Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky has surfaced, throwing the P2P network into a simultaneous orgasm. Finally, two new tracks from The National’s Boxer have made an appearance. Enjoy.


The National – Fake Empire.mp3




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The National: The Boxer Preview

March 19, 2007 at 12:40 pm (mp3s, The National)

It always shocks me to think that The National’s superb 2005 Alligator went almost entirely unnoticed by critics. It’s not as though fans didn’t flock to it; many rightfully hailed it as one of the best albums of ’05. Luckily, it doesn’t look like their upcoming album, The Boxer, will suffer the same critical fate. With critics and fans already latching on to it, i t would be a pretty tough album to ignore. So, it’s my pleasure to present to you two tracks from The Boxer; ‘Start A War’ and ‘Ada’. While these tracks aren’t directly from the album, they should give us an idea of what they should sound like. At this point, I love The National far too much to offer any criticism. Enjoy.


The National – Start A War.mp3

The National – Ada.mp3

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