Posted in music | pictures on February 9, 2011

photos by David Andrako

The National

There was quite the lineup of shows at Webster Hall last night (2/8). While Gang of Four was tearing up the main stage, a band that could easily fill that room (and much more) was in a smaller one in the same building, The Studio at Webster Hall. That band was The National, whose surprise performance in the tiny space was part of an MTV 'Live in NYC' taping that will be available to watch on MTV.com on 2/21...

As I expected, the band plays their heart out no matter what the circumstances are or the size of the stage. Berninger is much a exciting performer now, then he was back in the day. He screams, he jumps on things, he rocks back and forth and even tried doing a little crowd surfing. Can you blame him? That band has progressed nicely into one of the premiere American rock bands...

Despite the rather cramped settings, this was great show to witness. They picked all crowd pleasing tracks from High Violet, The Boxer and Alligator. Lucky You from Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers was a nice surprise... When Matt mentioned the taping for MTV, he insisted that all the songs were inspired by Jersey Shore. -[Music Snobbery]

It kicked off at 9pm, and the band left the stage around 10:20. Check out the setlist (all bolded titles were taped for MTV), and more pictures from the show below.

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(the National play again somewhere in NYC tonight)

setlist
Runaway
Anyone's Ghost
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Slow Show
Squalor Victoria
Afraid of Everyone
Conversation 16
Lucky You
Able
England
Fake Empire
Mr. November
Terrible Love

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Tags: MTV, The National

Comments (41)

looks like they played a long time considering it was for MTV. decent set list. wish i could've gone...

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 12:39 PM

WYATT CENAC on trumpet

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 12:39 PM

"Berninger is much a [sic] exciting performer now,[sic] then [sic] he was back in the day."

Posted by Grammer Snobbery | February 9, 2011 12:41 PM

I would've been there but I was waiting outside for LCD tickets instead.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 12:45 PM

lol @12:39

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 12:46 PM

Matt berninger signed my birthday card after the show, class act dude, and fantastic show

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 12:47 PM

Resnick is a deadly ninja on the horn.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 12:48 PM

Amazing pictures - I must have been standing right next to you but bits of me were in several shots. I was in line right in front of you outside and I am still trying to warm up from being outside waiting. Thanks for posting so many pics of the night - one of the best performances I have ever seen. The power and passion of their in person performances is well known but in a small venue like last night it was a true experience and I get goose bumps thinking of their performance of Terrible Love.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 12:49 PM

I wasn't there but some people were....FACT!

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 12:58 PM

Wow...Lucky you...that song rarely gets played.

And Matt Berniger was always fine performer, check out the black sessions on mp3. google that shit. I think the boxer support shows in arenas, and the boxer tour in general lent it self to MAtt being subdued. Thier shows have the potnetial to be very dynamic if they play a varied setlist.

Also, why would MTV make a show called 'Live in NYC' and showcase a show that would not happen without MTV funding. Seems kind of disingenuious, and the concept seems about four years late.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 12:58 PM

hey "grammer snobbery," i appreciate your edits, but it's spelled "grammar." sigh.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:04 PM

The National Terrible Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ngoDtDfgCQ

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:06 PM

Oh 12:49 just shaddup with the over effusive praise. Is this the first time you have seen The National. You realize most people living in NYC and reading this have seen the band many times in small places like this. The show last night was very good as they usually are but far from their best shows. The Bell House ones last year were much much better.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:07 PM

Awesome pics! (I was standing next to you.)
Lucky me to have been at such an intimate
super amazing show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:10 PM

THEY'RE AMAZING!

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:14 PM

Was there something special about the songs on the setlist with an asterisk?

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:24 PM

everyone was standing next to everyone... that's how tight it was

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:25 PM

i still say my top national shows are bowery ballroom!!! and the outdoor show at the seaport was fun

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:28 PM

I wish I had known about this sooner. This looks really amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:29 PM

ADA!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:29 PM

@1:24 The songs with the asterisk are the ones being broadcast by MTV

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:30 PM

Another clip of Terrible Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKtrFE9rOcU

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:46 PM

Fake Empire is one of the best songs in recent years...FACT!

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:55 PM

Raise our heavenly glasses squalor victoria squalor victoria

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 2:06 PM

Quality show. Really cramped space. Lucky You was a bust out and Anyones Ghost was upbeat and solid. Otherwise, typical set. The show kicked some ass.

Posted by JM | February 9, 2011 2:32 PM

Which show are they doing tonight for Fashion Week?

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 3:07 PM

"Which show are they doing tonight for Fashion Week?"

Why does it matter?!? It's not like you are getting in.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 3:27 PM

Amazing photos! This was the first time I was able to see The National in such a small space, and they didn't disappoint.

Judging by Matt, Aaron & Bryce's stage banter, the three of them should do improv tours once they retire from music.

Posted by smulligan | February 9, 2011 3:59 PM

how did people find out about this? had tix for trail of dead anyway last night but just curious..

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 4:04 PM

Fashion week show is at Milk Studios.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 4:06 PM

4:04 ..fan email list or "friends"

Posted by Burg | February 9, 2011 4:30 PM

i really like their music, but his onstage persona really bothers me. so overly dramatic and annoying. just play yer goddamn music.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 4:43 PM

overly dramatic??
Were you even there last night? He spent much of the show telling jokes in between songs.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 4:59 PM

One of worst lyricists around.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 6:56 PM

Hey, 6:56. Have you listened to Best Coast?

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 10:18 PM

Oh 1:07 just shaddup period. The National are a popular band. Deal with it or move on.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 10:54 PM

the national are like the band crash test dummies -- for hipsters

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 11:54 PM

the national are by far the best 'mainstream indie' band. i would put alligator/boxer/high violet up against any 3 straight albums by any band with that indie sound (arcade fire, spoon etc).

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 12:54 AM

cmon bv.. using a review from music snobbery? dude has the writing skills of a 12 year old. easily one of the most irrelevant blogs in the ny area

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 10:20 AM

I like the National when they were good--back when they were British and called Tindersticks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 7:27 PM

Just to be really annoying like the guy at the concert and to follow up on the other shout out

ADA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was funny the first 2 times, but by the 20th totally disruptive

The show was awesome because of the venue, everyone was in the cold and it was a complete last minute concert so it was even better

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 8:38 PM

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