Posted in music on December 14, 2011

The National & friends @ Beacon Theater (by sarabel17)
National

Last night, 12/13, was the second National show at Beacon Theater. Sharon Van Etten opened the show and then joined the National again on stage for "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks", as did Wye Oak (who open tomorrow and play the Rock Shop tonight) and Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, as you can see in the video below...

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The National & friends - Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks (LIVE at The Beacon Theater

Here is Sharon playing her own song:

Sharon Van Etten, Serpents (Live at The Beacon Theater 12/13/11)

and the National:

The National - Mr. November - Live Beacon Theater, New York City.

Pictures from the first night are HERE. So Percussion open tonight.

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Comments (39)

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Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:19 PM

they got medication for that now, 4:19

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:24 PM

ha, I didn't even last that long (to see Wye Oak etc) . I was out of there after 6 songs. I kept on thinking it couldn't get worse, but it did. Boring show........lights and camera can't make up for (what occurred to me) a flat performance, although people seem to applaud when the lights flashed quickly. Very exciting.I'm sure that there were people that enjoyed it immensely. To each his own..

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:37 PM

Like it or not, The National is Brooklyn's own and is extremely relevant to the local music scene, just like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:38 PM

loooooooooooooooooooooooooove the yeah yeah yeahs

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:39 PM

if you don't like the national then you have bad taste. period. it's a fact.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:42 PM

Yeah, only bands that suck can play six sold out shows.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:47 PM

@4:37...lawl. did you rush to get tix when they first went on sale and subsequently soldout just to walk out?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:49 PM

The people who comment on this blog are so much cooler than me.

Posted by Dan | December 14, 2011 5:01 PM

@4:47 the shows are not sold out. They have been selling tickets every day this week. Next!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 5:03 PM

never saw them before.. was excited by the prospect.. they just didn't do it for ME. If you liked it,that's great.Ive gone to over 40 shows in the last few months and The National was the first one I walked out on.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 5:07 PM


Killer photo!
Quality youtube clips!

Classy coverage.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 5:10 PM

The National is, musically, fine. It's that front man that sucks. He's so boring and his lyrics are boring and it offends me that great musicians (Annie Clark, Sufjan, etc.) who are way less boring lyrically and vocally go onstage to sing background vocals for that goon on a semi-regular basis. The music is fine, but I just can't understand the appeal of that guy -- I've tried, I just don't get it. There's something really pretentious and annoying about the whole aesthetic.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 5:19 PM

@5:19 there's something pretentious about your pretentiousness

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 5:57 PM

The appeal of Matt Beringer is his rich baritone and he's a classy boozer. I actually think his lyrics are interesting,

"I'm a birthday candle in a circle of black girls/ God is on my side."

I don't know what the fuck it means but its a cool image.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 6:09 PM

^ it doesnt mean anything. thats the point.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 6:19 PM

what with the horns?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 6:29 PM

berninger's lyrics are typically pretty elliptical but most of my favorite songwriters dabble in such (spencer krug, neil young, dan bejar, etcetera)...

also, he's phenomenal at stage banter. which is always nice.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 6:37 PM

no one knows what his lyrics mean, but they're provocative.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 6:45 PM

"Another uninnocent elegant fall into the unmagnificent lives of adult"

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 6:46 PM

"showered and blue-blazered, fill yourself with quarters"

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 7:04 PM

all the very best of us string ourselves up for the....

this was magical.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 7:20 PM

I leaned on the wall and the wall leaned away

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 7:28 PM

yyy>national

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 8:43 PM

Bitch all you want; I enjoy it. At the end of the day, however, all that matters is that we agree on the fact that KEXP needs to be boycotted and the programming of KCMU needs to come back. John Richards & Co. need to get the hell out of dodge and stop kissing Pitchfork's ass.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 9:59 PM

The War On Drugs > The National

I'm glad I got there early on Monday to catch the set, although it was way too short and they kinda just walked off the stage at the end (like Kurt Vile at Sonic Youth this summer)

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 9:59 PM

LOL at 5:19 praising Sufjan but complaining that another musician was pretentious. A piece about the fucking BQE? Albums about states? All those fucking goofy stage outfits? Shit, that may be the funniest thing I've read all year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:16 PM

i'm with who said it's the frontman who makes this band suck. also, that's some boring guests. Yah, i'm a hatah

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:22 PM

If you don't like the national that's fine, you're above them, below them, whatever . . . but what kind of person who dislikes or hates a band spends time writing shit on an bv article about a band they don't have time for?

A LOSER WITH NO LIFE

Posted by joecoke | December 15, 2011 1:05 AM

^^These are the second most popular kinds of comments on BV after hummus jokes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2011 1:35 AM

I love that people post all the time how they had to walk out of shows because it was so boring/terrible/dirty diaper etc...

I usually go to shows where I know I enjoy the music. I don't just buy random tickets to shows (especially more costly ones like at the Beacon) and go and see IF I like it. weird people.

honestly, i think it's more of the case that someone wants to feel internet important and posts against whatever the topic is:

"hey, they're giving away free money around the corner"

"whatever, they are fifty dollar bills...I hate the way they smell and the picture of Grant is the worst...."

Posted by your mom's dad. | December 15, 2011 8:46 AM

Wish I could've been there, hopefully next time.

Posted by SS | December 15, 2011 9:35 AM

I do not get the National. They've been boring me for years now...
People seem to love them though... good for them. I'd be a terrible A&R guy...

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2011 10:26 AM

"Blah blah blah and I'm walking with spiders"

I texted that to my cousins this weekend

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2011 11:27 AM

*blast of righteous snarky truth*

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2011 2:04 PM

@5:19 I happen to find Sufjan Stevens and Annie Clark more complex lyrically & musically than The National, but calling Beringer a goon? What's that about? And the aforementioned musicians go onstage to sing backup because they want to. They support each other. It's called community.

I'm grateful to all three artists for being contributors to the always- growing category of intelligent music.

Posted by Megan (aka not yet another anonymous hater) | December 16, 2011 12:46 PM

And remind me why I stupidly wrote Beringer just because someone else did? His name is Berninger.

Posted by megan | December 16, 2011 12:49 PM

When did The National take the stage?

Posted by Oxymoronic | December 16, 2011 1:14 PM

this is awesome to me.

Posted by jordon | August 10, 2013 2:58 PM

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