Posted in music | pictures on September 12, 2011

photos by David Andrako

The National
Yo La Tengo

"The National returned for a few encores, and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo joined in on guitar for an exhilarating version of "Terrible Love." The energy roaring from the stage prompted Berninger to dive into the audience, and make his way through the crowd and head to the back of the room, where he walked along the circumference of the lower level taking a victory lap while still singing with mic in hand. This was followed by a tender a capella reading of "Vanderlyle Cry Baby Geeks." In a word, glorious.

Yo La Tengo, hand-picked by The National, opened the show. Every indie-rocker worth his flannel knows Yo La Tengo formed in 1984 and that their named translates to "I have it." Twenty-seven years on, they should consider changing the name of the band to "Todavía tienen que," or they still have it. They still can seamlessly segue from tortured guitar noise freakouts to breezy folk-rock topped with ethereal vocal harmonies. Hands down, the highlight of their set was "Periodically Double or Triple" which featured Kaplan churning away on the keys in a manner which would have made Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs proud while bassist James McNew and drummer Georgia Hubley nailed down the greatest Stax-Volt groove never heard.

Opening this wonderful bill was Baltimore's Wye Oak, touring in support of their latest release, Civilian. Guitarist Jenn Wasner's vocals were dreamy and her guitar playing was nothing short of towering. And watching Andy Stack playing both drums and keyboard simultaneously was a complete delight." [Phawker]

The review is from the first of two shows The National played with Yo La Tengo (complete with Sun Ra Arkestra horn section) and Wye Oak at Philadelphia's Academy of Music last week. The pictures in this post are from the second (9/8).

Since then the National headed to LA for another great triple bill last night (9/11) at Hollywood Bowl. They played that show with Neko Case and Sharon Van Etten. Their next scheduled gig is November 6th in Singapore. Hopefully more NYC shows get announced soon, but for now they have nothing coming up in North America at all.

More pictures and the National's setlist from Philly, below...

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The National setlist
Start a War
Anyone's Ghost
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Afraid of Everyone
Conversation 16
Lemonworld
Available/Cardinal Song
Slow Show
Squalor Victoria
Sorrow
Apartment Story
Daughters of the Soho Riots
England
Fake Empire
Exile Vilify
Mr November
Terrible Love
About Today
Vanderlyle Crybaby Cry (Acoustic and unamplified)

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Comments (24)

The National one of the best bands in the last 10 years. definitely Brooklyn's pride.

Posted by arngutz | September 12, 2011 1:02 AM

Arcade Fire/The National NYE show @ MSG

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 1:07 AM

Again with the non nyc shows. There are way too many posts to wade through as it is. No one wnts to see these...or change the the site name.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 1:13 AM

Dream on 1:07 Phish has the Garden on NYE again this year.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 1:13 AM

academy of music is a historic venue.

saw bright eyes there couple years ago.

it was beautiful.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 2:16 AM

the National - most boringest band ever.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 4:18 AM

grainy photos.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 8:26 AM

"Brooklyn's Pride?" They're from Ohio. Brooklyn can be proud of many things, but shouldn't claim bands that went through their formative years elsewhere.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 8:48 AM

Your Spanish isn't very good, Phawker.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 9:05 AM

Hummus is only "Brooklyn's Pride"

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 9:05 AM

The National and Arcade Fire are 2 of my favorite bands (yes, I'm that uncool.)

Still, I'm hoping to see Phish again at MSG for NYE. It just doesn't get better.

Posted by Dan | September 12, 2011 9:46 AM

lcd wuz ~speciale~

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 9:47 AM

Hummus is only "Sabra's Pride"

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 9:48 AM

hand-picked! by the NATIONAL! oh my, what an honor for ylt, they must have been giddy like schoolgirls, or like nas being hand-picked to open for wiz khalifa!

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 12:47 PM

is this philly vegan? hand picked and given $15k

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 12:56 PM

great photos of the national!

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 1:22 PM

One of the best shows this year

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 2:27 PM

yo la tengo has been around for 25 years, and outplayed the national to an embarrassing degree last night.

the national are gonna be long gone within a few years. lesson for the day kids: go out and get as much yo la tengo as you can.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 2:51 PM

Phish is just the lite beer version of The Grateful Dead

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 2:57 PM

4 nights @ Beacon in Dec

Posted by Fly Lo | September 12, 2011 3:02 PM

That theater is GORGEOUS. Woah.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 3:15 PM

The National with special guests Yo La Tengo present an evening of too young to die, too old to rock.

That said, I love Yo La Tengo and hope they continue rocking forever. The National. Yeah, I like a song or two or three, but, for the most part, they're a snoozefest.

Posted by Ignatius J. Reilly | September 12, 2011 5:06 PM

Great Show. Terrific Photos!

Posted by Greg | September 16, 2011 12:44 PM

This is just cool

Posted by Greg | February 8, 2014 5:20 PM

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