tonight, best-band-in-the-world, the national, performs in my hometown of boston. i’m interested to see how it’ll go, as they’re performing in the open-aired, sprawling bank of america pavilion. as a group that loves getting in close proximity to their crowds (read: matt berninger jumps into the crowd during at least one encore song each live show) i’ve seen them become frustrated performing in assigned-seating venues, which can often be difficult to overcome. regardless, berninger will inevitably clamber atop armrests to get in the audience’s collective face, and i wish i could be there to see it. to those of you who will be, enjoy. the last time i saw them, in prague, was the best live performance i’ve seen them give. they get better and more confident and more comfortable with each other (impressive considering how long they’ve been a band) as time goes on.
all that being said, please enjoy this live performance the national gave last year for minnesota public radio. in addition to some killer tracks off of 2010’s “high violet” and some interesting interviewing and commentary, they also perform the previously unreleased track, “you were a kindness.”