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09:21 AM on 02/25/13 
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My life literally just got 10000000000x better not kidding at all
09:23 AM on 02/25/13 
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Never listened to these guys, but wheres a good place to start?

Yeah just grab their last three albums, you need all three.
09:28 AM on 02/25/13 
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This is probably the most excited I have ever been for an album, no hyperbole.
09:36 AM on 02/25/13 
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Seeing as their last three records are three of the absolute best records of the last ten years and they definitely are not tapering off from their peak in any respect I'd say there's about a 0.00001% chance this isn't fantastic.
09:40 AM on 02/25/13 
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And don't go further back than those.

No actually, Sad Songs is also a fantastic album, the Cherry Tree EP is great and the debut is good too if not on the same level.
09:47 AM on 02/25/13 
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If I've said it once I've said it a million times, but I really don't think I have a favorite album of theirs. The last three all about equal for me. If you tied me down and forced me to choose though I'm gonna go with Alligator.

Eh, there are some good songs but I have never been able to enjoy any of the full releases.
I was that way too about Sad Songs for a while. Don't be like me haha.
09:51 AM on 02/25/13 
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oh wow, someone else shares this opinion with me finally! dont get me wrong, i prefer Boxer at times but Alligator is the most addictive album and the one whose songs resonate with me the most.

without warm water in my head
all i see is black and white and red
i feel mechanical and thin
hear me play my violin again
i'm living in the target's shoes
all i see is black and white and blue
i'd lie to lie to lie to lie
to protect the name, and protect the title



It's one of my five favorite records of all time.


She said, "I think I'm like Tennessee Williams
I wait for the click
I wait but it doesn't kick in"
10:01 AM on 02/25/13 
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the National are pretty influential to me, especially considering Matt Berninger's unique frontman role. the lyrics contain some of the most visceral imagery in my library, and i learned from an interview that he writes songs based on moods and as such, they can have multiple or ambiguous meanings -- i found out that's how i'm most comfortable writing my own lyrics. also, i used to get frustrated at my baritone voice because i felt like i had to use my upper range too often in order for the music to be engaging -- the National is an exact counterexample to that, and they have inspired me to write music that works with my comfortable vocal range instead of the other way around.

Dammit Ryan stop with the paragraphs

Seriously though, more power to you then. The National (in my opinion) are a very very unique-sounding band and I really don't think there's anyone who does exactly what they do, if that makes sense. Might get some shit for that but I think it's true.
10:05 AM on 02/25/13 
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i'd be willing to bet that at least half of these 30k posts are at least a paragraph long

Haha wow. Unrelated but :fistbump: for guitar god avvys

POP A MOLLY I'M SWEATIN WOOOO
10:13 AM on 02/25/13 
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I'm terrible with face/appearance recognition, who is yours?

Thurston Moore is so good. he gets a lot of credit for being noisy but i also think he's really creative with the chords he comes up with. ever hear any of his solo material? Trees Outside The Academy is fantastic and one of my favorite things right now.

J Mascis. Yeah I love pretty much everything Thurston's done, but I might prefer Lee just slightly in terms of songwriting.
10:24 AM on 02/25/13 
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oh nice. the longevity that Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth both have is impeccable as well. amazing that they both lasted from the 80s.

what's an example of some Lee songwriting? in Sonic Youth as a band i never know who's behind which specific song

After a little fact-checking I may or may not stand by that statement haha, but this one's Lee:

10:37 AM on 02/25/13 
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Man I'd completely forgotten about the crowd that doesn't like HV until just now damn
11:48 AM on 02/25/13 
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Alligator > High Violet > Boxer > SSFDL > S/T

And songs because I'm bored you know
1. Mr. November
2. Fake Empire
3. The Geese of Beverly Road
4. All the Wine
5. Terrible Love
6. Apartment Story
7. About Today
8. Secret Meeting
9. Conversation 16
10. City Middle
12:39 PM on 02/25/13 
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Alright, that's a respectable choice. I can't get into any songs by him except 'All My Friends,' but fuck if I don't love that song, haha.

I'm kinda this way too. I do like his other stuff, but not like I love that song
07:23 PM on 02/25/13 
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this is very true statement

sort of like how this is exactly how someone would describe Justin Timberlake after the release of his Hella Good Eyesight Extravaganza LP

I laughed way too fucking much at this fyi



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