The National on Bandwidth podcast

Strong as the San Diego Street Scene lineup was, there was little doubt that seeing the National was my main event. (Side note: After Black Crowes canceled as the Saturday headliner, why not bump the National into that role instead of adding an old, withering Devo? Seriously, now. Devo?)

There’s really little doubt at this point — my fourth time seeing the National (though not once in my own home state) — that this is my favorite band, though I take some exception to the group all but abandoning pre-Alligator songs in its live set. At least give me Murder Me Rachael.

For what it’s worth, singer Matt Berninger looked like your college geology professor when they took the stage in San Diego — dark-rimmed glasses, navy blazer. It all looked very studious, until, of course, he became a tad unhinged during Abel.

For a more composed picture of Berninger, check out these performances from the Bandwidth podcast (via Stereogum). Here, Berninger remains calm — perhaps because he’s in a kitchen? — wearing dark glasses, like he’s singing himself out of a hangover.

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2 thoughts on “The National on Bandwidth podcast”

  1. The national is one of my favorite bands and I got to see them for the first time at street scene. I totally wish they could have headlined and played a longer set though.

  2. The last time I remember The National being in AZ was 2005 when they played at The Modified with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. What’s with them never coming here? I almost went to the street scene just to see them. Looks like I probably should have.

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