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Jam of the Day | EL VY – I’m The Man To Be

If you don’t know EL VY just yet, you probably know of it’s collected parts as an avid reader of this here blog  See, it’s the collaborative project of the National’s Matt Berninger and Menomena’s Brent Knopf — two SiC favs and two guys who apparently make beautiful music together. They just shared the below … Read more

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The National Announce Boxed Set, ‘A Lot Of Sorrow’

Sorrow found me when I was youngSorrow waited, sorrow won As you might remember, The National collaborated with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson to perform the song “Sorrow,” a three-minute, twenty-five second song, continuously for six hours. That happened on May 5, 2013. Today, The National announce a boxed set of that recording, “featuring nine pieces … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The National – Sunshine On My Back

via Line Of Best Fit The National have just released a surprise single called “Sunshine On My Back” that was recorded during the sessions for 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me. Matt Berninger’s morose croon dances over a propulsive hi-hat groove and the track is immediately, unmistakably The National, but an element of intrigue is presented when … Read more

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LouFest starts today in St. Louis

Daylight come Daylight go How far will it reach Ain’t nobody know LouFest begins today in St. Louis with local favorites Kentucky Knife Fight kicking things off on the BMI stage. From there, you’ll have plenty of choices like Ra Ra Riot, The National, Wilco, and the guy who we’re featuring today: Jim James of … Read more

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LouFest Preview | The National

Photo by Jason Gonulsen Today, you were far away And I didn’t ask you why What could I say? I was far away The lyrics above are taken from “About Today,” my favorite song by The National. Some of you will know it from its inclusion at the end of Warrior, a fine film with … Read more

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Lollapalooza Recap | Our 17 Favorite Sets of the Weekend

Frightened Rabbit | All photos by Jason Gonulsen Another Lollapalooza is now in the books, but we wanted to take one last look back on what we experienced, which we’re happy to report was a weekend defined by freedom and expression. It didn’t matter if you were shaking it at Perry’s Stage, rocking to Queens … Read more

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Lollapalooza Day Two Recap + Photos | The National, Haim, Local Natives, Charles Bradley, Blondfire, Court Yard Hounds, Family of the Year

Este Haim | All photos by Jason Gonulsen Day Two of Lollapalooza delivered as promised with engaging sets by The National, Local Natives, Charles Bradley, Haim, and Blondfire, to just name a few. The National’s Matt Berninger let out a wail during “Squalor Victoria” that was manic and suggested he was in the wild hunting … Read more

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Video | The National – Sea of Love

If I stay here Trouble will find me If I stay here I’ll never leave As exhausting as this is to watch (emotions flood near the end), I suppose that’s the reason why we listen to The National: to go all in, 100 MPH into the wind and rain, mostly unprepared for what will happen … Read more

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Listen | The National – Demons

Well happy Monday to you! We’ve woken up this morning to news that we have our first sanctioned taste of the new album from The National, Trouble Will Find Me, which will be out May 21st.  It’ll be, amazingly, their sixth studio LP, which officially makes those of us who saw them back in their … Read more

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Jam of the Day | NO – Another Life

Ok, let’s get the obvious shit out of way, Bradley Hanan Carter’s voice is reminiscent of Matt Berninger’s from The National. There. No need to discuss that any more. From the the first time you hear his vocal chords rattle, the familiar baritone is present, but it’s also apparent that there is no intent to impersonate or … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | The National – About Today

Hey, are you awake?  Yeah, I’m right here  Well, can I ask you about today?  If you’ve ever lost someone, listen to this song. If you’ve ever fought with someone, listen to this song. If you’ve ever really loved someone, listen to this song. If you’ve ever felt something or someone slowly slip away, listen … Read more

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MP3 | Oh Land – Bloodbuzz Ohio (The National)

Back in August, Oh Land took part in our 10 to Spin series and gave us a playlist of her favorite covers. That was great and all, but little did we know that she had a gem of a cover up her sleeve: her take on The National’s “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” our favorite tune of 2010. … Read more

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10 to Spin | Act As If

As a passionate fan of music, I was delighted to find Act As If’s “There’s a Light” earlier this year — so much, that we at Speakers in Code made it a Pajammy Jam of the Day back in April. It’s a feel-good tune, with the road ahead of us viewed as a positive one … Read more

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The Best Albums of 2010 | Part Four

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Well, this wraps it up, folks. If you want to see the entire list of Best Albums of 2010 (all fifty of ’em), click thisaway. Thanks very much for playing. Dom | Sun Bronzed Greek Gods (Burning Mill) [buy] Dom’s Sun Bronzed Greek Gods is built like a rock-solid soundtrack for a … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2010 | 25 – 1

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Click here to see the entire list, from 100 – 1. 25 Sufjan Stevens – From the Mouth of Gabriel The most classic Sufjan song of the 2010 onslaught of Sufjan songs, “From the Mouth of Gabriel” is haunting and just plain beautiful. Flutes and clarinets, plucking guitars and lyrics that … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2010 | 50 – 26

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Wanna see the entire list so far? Click thisaway. 50 The Fresh & Onlys – Waterfall Gloomy guitars jangle flawlessly as angelic voices call out of the tugging wind and darkness, pleading with singer Tim Cohen to deliver hazy, yet romantic vocals. [buy the album] [more from The Fresh and Onlys … Read more