Posted in music | pictures on December 19, 2011

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

The National
The National

The guest-filled six-night run of National shows came to an end on Saturday night (12/17), complete with an opening set by Bristol, England-based group This is the Kit who the National discovered on their recent tour of Europe. Maybe you watched the whole show livestreaming online.

Most of the guests on Saturday were the same as Friday, though no Trey. Saturday guests were Thomas Bartlett, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Rob Moose, Nadia Sirota, Conrad Doucette and yMusic. Ben Lanz, who also played Thursday and Friday, was on trombone again after leaving the band earlier this year to join Beirut full time.

More about Night One HERE. Night Two HERE. Night Three HERE. Night Four HERE. Night Five HERE. More pictures and the setlist from Night Six, below...

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The National at Beacon Theatre, New York, NY,
on December 17, 2011 -- setlist

Thirsty
Karen
Mistaken For Strangers
Anyone's Ghost
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Squalor Victoria
Afraid of Everyone
Conversation 16
The Geese of Beverly Road
90-Mile Water Wall
Abel
Rylan
Sorrow
Daughters Of The Soho Riots
England
Fake Empire
About Today

Encore:
Santa Clara
I Need My Girl
Mr. November
Terrible Love
Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
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Comments (42)

As a fan of the National and having attended the Thursday show, I thank you BV for your coverage of the shows last week. I enjoyed all of the pictures and reading about every set.

BV, I seriously hope you ignore all of the hateful, misogynist and racial comments on this blog.

Posted by Dan | December 19, 2011 9:20 AM

rename the blog BROklynNATIONal. think about it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 9:26 AM

Nice that Karen was played. They don't play enough stuff off of Alligator.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 9:32 AM

The Mehtional

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 9:33 AM

Glad to see he ventured out during "Terrible Love" again. The two nights I went (Thur/Fri) he stayed on stage. He mentioned a hurt knee from jogging, so I'm guessing that's why, but still, it's one of the best parts of the show.

Posted by Paul | December 19, 2011 9:34 AM

Amazing show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 9:36 AM

zzzzzZZZZZZzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzz

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 9:43 AM

Anywhere to download a rip of Fuse's stream?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 9:54 AM

My condolences to all the poor souls who are now in sleep-induced comas. :(

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 9:59 AM

Thank god this is over and I'll never have to read about this self congratulatory masturbation fest again.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 10:11 AM

TREY IS GOD

Posted by Kyle | December 19, 2011 10:47 AM

Shared an elevator with Trey at the Four Seasons San Fran a few months ago. He smelled vaguely of shit.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 10:56 AM

Great show, great setlist as well. Nice to see them end this tour on such a high note.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 12:07 PM

I don't have any strong opinions about this band either way, but six fucking nights? Of virtually the same songs? From a seriously mediocre alt-rock band that's had no hits?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 12:09 PM

When this band breaks up (soon please!) the world will be a much better place! Such pretentious crap...Thomas Doveman needs to go faaar away for a loooong time!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 12:22 PM

I liked the show. Be nice people

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 12:49 PM

These gigs would have been welcomed if they had been billed as "farewell shows."

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 1:13 PM

I saw the National at Jones Beach several years ago. Were any of these 6 shows: a) better than Jones Beach; (b) worse than Jones Beach; or (c) equal with Jones Beach. Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 1:42 PM

snore.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 1:55 PM

@12:09 - your post is a study in self-contradiction - just FYI.

The National ruled. They are a great band.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 3:21 PM

they were/(always are) awesome!!!! (mon, wenz, sat)
I agree w the first poster, thanks BV for posting about every night, loved reading about the nights i was there as i was reliving them the next morning and reading about nights I couldnt make

Posted by slt | December 19, 2011 4:41 PM

once again, overrated band

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 4:43 PM

The National,one of the best live band around,thanks for the tix last friday

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 5:23 PM

@1:42:

A) Better than Jones Beach.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 5:56 PM

Honestly, I'm just happy as fuck for the band. What an incredible week it must have been for them, to hang and play and just spend time with their fans and people close to them. That's the beauty about residencies. You think about those positive and it blocks out the grind aspect of it, then again there really isn't THAT much energy expelled during these songs. But yeah. Fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 7:30 PM

Residencies? 7:30 has a serious crush on this band.

Please promoters, book them for MSG, so they can fade away like Arcade Fire

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 8:41 PM

I like the National and all but FUCK GO AWAY ALREADY! ENOUGH OF THIS! This is getting like LCD Shitsystem. FUCK!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 9:12 PM

Can anyone explain the plethora of haters on the National? One of the best, most creative bands of the past decade? If you don't have anything to say about the band, why say it at all?

And 8:41, a show at MSG propels a band forward, since it's 20,000 people, not causes it to fade away. Give them maybe 3 more years and another album, and they'll be playing MSG.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 9:27 PM

8:41

I haven't heard a single National track and I swear that on mother's life. Just looking at those photos and feeling happy for those dudes who are clearly having a good time. Is 6 nights not long enough to warrant the usage of the word 'residency' for you? How long does it need to be?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 10:58 PM

I go to mamouns about 6 days per week... I consider myself to have a "residency" there, so I feel this comparison is justified.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 11:22 PM

Shit boring band.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2011 3:52 AM

that lead singer has a serious fetish for wanting to be touched by many people at once. but his fans just think it's cool that he crowd surfs

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2011 8:26 AM

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Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2011 1:59 PM

National hummus YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMM

Posted by Sam | December 20, 2011 5:04 PM

"Residencies? 7:30 has a serious crush on this band.
Please promoters, book them for MSG, so they can fade away like Arcade Fire"

Um, hey dumbass, I saw the National play MSG. They opened for REM.Do you really think that the Arcade Fire playing MSG has caused them to "fade away"?

I get the feeling all these too-stupid-to-be-real comments are coming from people who just want to read about metal...

Posted by onceler | December 21, 2011 3:42 PM

I for one write and talk shit about bands i love just to see assholes blow up on the internet!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 12:49 AM

No matter how many times I've listened to High Violet, I could never get into this band. Way too depressing, and pretty much all of their songs build up the same exact fucking way.

Anyway, as my brother has said, their vibe is completely pretentious, admit it people. Glad they're getting gigs but I couldn't imagine wanting to see them live.

Posted by Sam | December 22, 2011 4:32 AM

Wow...snark attack! Do any of you wastes get how sadly hypocritical it is to deride a band for "being pretentious" in such a pretentious manner?

Pray thee, oh bastions of great taste and indie cred...who should I be listening to instead?

Posted by gordo | January 18, 2012 11:48 AM

Point Reyes

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 3:39 PM

The National = One of the most important bands on today's music scene and also, one of the most down to earth/sincere/humble/hard working bands I know...Bless them.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 11:56 AM

No matter how many times I've listened to High Violet, I could never get into this band. Way too depressing, and pretty much all of their songs build up the same exact fucking way.

Anyway, as my brother has said, their vibe is completely pretentious, admit it people. Glad they're getting gigs but I couldn't imagine wanting to see them live.

Posted by Believe Josh Groban Polar Express Download | January 10, 2013 6:50 AM

the national played

Posted by jordon | August 10, 2013 1:45 PM

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