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The National – “Carin at the Liquor Store”

Don’t be fooled—there’s no liquor store in this video. We were expecting to see some liquor, maybe some beer, even this girl Carin, but all we get is negatives of some bearded dudes.

Also, that piano melody sounds like the one from “I Don’t Believe In The Sun.”

“Carin at the Liquor Store” is taken from The National’s upcoming Sleep Well Beast album.

-Scott Bryson

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The Hood Internet – “Won’t F— Us Over” (feat. BBU, Annie Hart)

I have no idea what just happened.

At first I thought I was following the video storyline just fine.  A bunch of youths break into an abandoned movie theatre (at least, that’s what it looks like to me) and party by playing games and overdosing on junk food – of course, not until everyone’s there. It’s bad etiquette to break into a bag of Funyuns without waiting for everyone to arrive, don’t you know.

And then things get weird. I mean, really weird. We see the repercussions of too many Funyuns (note to self: never eat those).  Naturally, no video is complete without a battle with a tribal warrior involving a toothbrush stabbing and a child doctor.  There’s more weirdness, but I don’t want to spoil it for you.

The only thing I can confirm is the obvious: the hook is The National’s “Mr. November”.  “Won’t F— Us Over” is from The Hood Internet’s first studio album Feat, released in 2012 on Decon.

-Michelle Farres

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The National – “Graceless”

“Okay, everybody out of the pool!”

If a lifeguard were on duty that is likely what he’d say as soon as he witnessed The National horsing around in someone’s backyard swimming pool – in formal wear, no less.  If the surfing on inflatable rafts isn’t cause for violent whistle-blowing, I’m sure riding a bike right into the water is, although the pool guy doesn’t seem to be too concerned.

Someone must have said something, because after shotgunning a few brews, the band is off to play beer can baseball, wasting much of the beverage.  Their drunken jumping in the random bouncy castle indicates that maybe they’ve had enough beer for one day.

-Michelle Farres

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NXNE 2013: The National at Yonge-Dundas Square

It’s that time of year again, Toronto: North by Northeast 2013 (June 10-16)!  For the next week, the Telescope will be your prime source for NXNE previews and reviews, so stay tuned!

I’ve always described The National as the equivalent to your favourite sweater – perfect for when you want to snuggle up and feel cozy, warm and content.  That feeling was magnified by 100 as Matt Berninger’s beautiful baritone filled the night sky.

NXNE seems to be raising the bar on their free shows year after year.  Friday night’s performance likely has most attendees wondering who could possibly top it in 2014. A balanced set of new songs and old favourites, the free show rivaled any costly concert at the Air Canada Centre.  Happy fans closed their eyes and swayed to “Pink Rabbits” and got moving to crowd pleasers “Abel” and “Mr. November”, while Berninger moved through the crowd with the help of security to carry the incredibly long cord attached to his microphone.  You are aware that they now have wireless models, right Matt?

The night couldn’t have ended on a more perfect note; an a cappella version of “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” for a fan sing-along, and oh, did we sing.

-Michelle Farres

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