Posted in music | pictures on July 30, 2010

photos by Matthew Eisman

Terminal 5

"They opened with a strong, stirring rendition of "Start A War" (Featuring the immortal lyrics: "You were always weird but I never had to hold you by the edges like I do now. Walk away now. And you're gonna start a war.") and they never looked back. Highlights included stellar performances of "Bloodbuzz, Ohio," "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," "Fake Empire" and "Mr. November" some charming, semi spastic arm waving gestures by the tall skinny lead singer with the wonderfully soulful baritone voice and a delicious veggie dog from the roof deck. They closed the show with "Terrible Love"--the opening song from their newest album. The only disappointment for me was they they did not perform "Racing Like a Pro" or the magnificent "Gospel." But it was a really great night. And a great live musical christening of my second half century." [Teddy Vegas]
Two days after their Prospect Park show, The National headlined the fourth SPIN/ZYNC party at Terminal 5 (The National's 2nd ZYNC gig this year). Openers at the Thursday night show were Kurt Vile and Suckers. NYC Taper taped the show and you can download it at his site. More pictures and the National's setlist, below...

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The National setlist (as made by NYC Taper for the tape)
[Total Time 1:23:21]
01 [introduction]
02 Start A War
03 Anyone's Ghost
04 Bloodbuzz Ohio
05 Mistaken For Strangers
06 Brainy
07 Squalor Victoria
08 [banter]
09 Afraid Of Everyone
10 Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
11 [banter]
12 Lemonworld
13 Conversation 16
14 Apartment Story
15 Abel
16 [banter]
17 England
18 Fake Empire
19 [encore break]
20 Runaway
21 Mr. November
22 [band introductions]
23 Terrible Love

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Comments (29)

ugh. gavula holding the setlist. that kid is a real piece of work.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2010 8:24 PM

Snacks for days.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2010 8:54 PM

amazing shots!!!

Posted by ja | July 30, 2010 9:11 PM

Not the hugest fan of the National, but I gotta say, these photos of them are especially really awesome. The conflux of clear-eyed shots and pretty sweet lighting almost seems too perfect! Nice, Eisman!!

Posted by soysalami | July 30, 2010 9:19 PM

SUP WITH THE HARP ON TWO SONGS VILE? OVERDO IT MUCH?

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2010 9:43 PM

Maybe it was the 2 6'7 guys in front of me, or an ability to get a beer after about 9:30, or the fact that they went on so late and half the band was drunk, but I wasn't feeling last night's show. It did get a lot better towards the last third of the show, but I stood next to the sound guy and it seemed like he was doing a lot more work with the knobs than usual. That place is a tough motherfucker to make sound good. He earned his paycheck last night.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2010 9:51 PM

^^ sorry, *inability* - it was so packed the usual beer ho wasn't running around the place.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2010 9:52 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2010 10:27 PM

Yeah, I want to hear about Kurt Vile with the harp, how was that?

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2010 10:48 PM

I saw Kurt Vile with the harp a few weeks ago but you couldn't hear the harp in the mix...

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2010 11:05 PM

I LOVED songs 8, 11, and 16!

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2010 11:16 PM

Why is this band so bland and boring?

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2010 11:39 PM

Been to a couple of their shows this year. This was by far the worst.

Posted by actually a fan | July 31, 2010 12:23 AM

how was Suckers? love them dudes.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2010 12:37 AM

9:51, not only is T5 hard to get a good sound mix in but I'm not sure their sound guy is the greatest. Their sound left a lot to be desired at their Prospect Park gig the other night, and it wasn't the park because the sound was good tonight for The Swell Season, so...

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2010 12:49 AM

I had tix and blew off the show. Was at Flaming Lips earlier this week and it made me realise that I have had it with T5. Unless one is willing to rush in at 7pm just to stake a claim on the floor or by the fence in the balcs, you just are not gonna see anything. And the sound is going to suck.

Posted by eek | July 31, 2010 12:50 AM

I'm glad I WAS on the balcony. That floor was scary packed. I didn't really notice the harp being played so much, but Kurt Vile was the best. I wish he had played longer. He's really amazing.

There's no way in hell I would be on that floor. Lots of bouncers, lots of doors...but only one being used for exit, then they corral you further when you get outside. Why bother with doors if you don't use them? Morons.

I had a good spot to see the show, but I think I'll stay downtown from now on.

Posted by anon | July 31, 2010 1:48 AM

kurt vile is awesome

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2010 1:58 AM

Suckers were the worst band I've ever seen. I wanted to punch someone in the face as they played.

The National were just fine.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2010 2:41 AM

no 'fashion coat'? gay.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2010 3:09 AM

They never play fassion coat. I cannot remember the last time they did? I see that Available was replaced with "Geeks". Kinda lame fellas. Matt you need to scream more at live shows, and tone it down with the pre show drinking routine. What are you Dean Martin?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2010 8:43 AM

I guess once you've seen one picture of The National live, you've kinda seen them all, right?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2010 10:12 AM

BrooklynVegan would be my favorite place were it not for all the anonymous hatred.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2010 12:10 PM

suckers killed it

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2010 1:14 PM

beach fossils was amazing

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2010 1:33 PM

12:10, agree 100% We have to fight the hate! Gothamist is even worse.

Personally, I didn't love the Suckers, but whatever.

Kurt Vile should be a headliner, and I hope he's back in NYC really extremely soon.

Maybe BV can help us with getting him back here, hint, hint.

Posted by Anon | July 31, 2010 3:09 PM

Kurt Vile is playing Galapagos on August 4

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2010 12:51 PM

Kurt Vile is playing my house

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2010 4:30 PM

Kurt Vile is playing in my head..right now like:)

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