August 16, 2008

New from The National :: “A Thousand Black Cities” (live in Copenhagen)

I’m pretty sure that this is the first new National song unveiled since Boxer, in its debut performance earlier this week at The Vega in Copenhagen, Denmark. This mp3 is just a rip from the video above (more pics from the taper here), but for us addicts I suppose it will do temporarily. The title could also be “Believe Me.” Swirling atmosphere and sonorous horns . . . I can’t wait to hear a clean copy of this.

A Thousand Black Cities (new, live 8/12/08) – The National

Also check out the amazing podcast of The National at Lollapalooza, or from the same site, Explosions in the Sky.

[thanks Erica!]

May 6, 2008

the earth is not a cold dead place

We’ll leave after midnight on a warm night with no moon. I know a place above the city where we can lay back on a wool blanket and feel the rocks under our bones. We’ll watch as the stars ignite their first tentative glimmers of the night, fighting initially through the atmospheric haze. It’s never easy when you first start to find your light. My iPod is charged; maybe bring that base that plays music with no cords because we’ll be far from any outlets and I have something I want to hear. I know life’s been hard on you lately, hard on me. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be easy. The grey of life makes tonight’s sky seem all the more brilliant. A galaxy, a comet, a supernova. We’ll listen to (and watch for) those explosions in the sky. The stars will sing – maybe tonight our music doesn’t need the words.

First Breath After Coma
Catastrophe And The Cure
The Birth And Death Of The Day
Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean
Greet Death
It’s Natural To Be Afraid
Your Hand In Mine
The Only Moment We Were Alone


Explosions In The Sky is a band from from Austin, Texas that tells amazing stories through songs which happen to lack words. Try it and see for yourself, the dizzying landscapes they can take you through.

This show was the second of three sold-out nights at the classy Great American Music Hall in San Francisco just back in March.

[thanks to the original taper. Pics from daryldarko and chaybert]

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

Mp3s are for sampling purposes, kinda like when they give you the cheese cube at Costco, knowing that you'll often go home with having bought the whole 7 lb. spiced Brie log. They are left up for a limited time. If you LIKE the music, go and support these artists, buy their schwag, go to their concerts, purchase their CDs/records and tell all your friends. Rock on.

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