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High Violet

The National, a brooklyn based quartet, will release High Violet tomorrow. The Band’s previous album’s Boxer and Alligator were conglomerations of jack-and-coke anthems, and step-down-the-ballroom-stairs swaggers that established their distinctive sound. This sound is evolved and perfected on High Violet.

Songs like “Daughter’s of the SoHo Riots” and “Fake Empire” submerged the listener in a New York City sound tracked by melodies of pondering. High Violet feels as though the City were scoring the sheet music of one’s brain. The album is consistent with The National’s musical diction and tact, but has pulled away from the single throbbing line of the band’s previous albums. The poignant¬† reflectiveness remains, but seems to have adopted a more global weight on the grains of Matthew Berninger’s baritone. His voice stands solitary and eager to react to the delicate rising of the strings.

The album is like a family of seals swimming in interweaving harmony.

The old National is apparent on High Violet. Songs like “Sorrow” are reminiscent of “Slow Show”; the steady stroke of the guitar, the emphasizing send of the snare, and the lugubrious rumble of the baritone. However, songs like “Afraid of Everyone” establish a previous un-sprung freshness. A subtle morphing that rivals the screaming power of Alligator’s “Mr. November,” is built into a crushing anthem, and then effortlessly wound into a tight percussive drive.

High Violet categorizes The National with Radiohead, Coldplay, Iron and Wine, and Modest Mouse. The National’s success with High Violet is not exclusively the effortless perfection of their brand of music, but their ability to innovate within their own territory and sacrifice nothing to redundancy or chicanery.


The Yellow Bird Project

I might suggest that the greatness of a human should be calculated by the amount that they do for the benefit of others. When I was a younger man I was fond of banking self esteem on the backs my peers. I teased and harassed classmates, my parents, and my sister. While I committed my acts of terror I was happy and content, but when left to myself (in the folds of nature, or on the open seas) I found nothing savory in my actions.

I moved a distance since middle school, and have discovered, yes, (drum roll) doing nice things is rewarding. I stumbled today upon an organization dedicated to this principle.
The Yellow Bird Project is a non-profit organization that sells t-shirts designed by musical artists for charitable causes. This is Indie rock philanthropy. Artist’s such as TV on the Radio, Elvis Perkins, Devendra Bandhart, Grizzly Bear, and Bloc Party all have T-Shirts featured on the website.
The proceeds of the shirts go to causes decided by the Artists. Tunde Adebimpe, TV on the Radio’s Frontman, submitted this t-shirt;

TV on the Radio

TV on the Radio T-Shirt

for Haitian relief. Charity organizations include Brighter Planet, World Wide Fund for Nature, Interval House, and Safe Space.

Originally what attracted me to this organization was their theme song. The song was written and recorded by The Tallest Man on Earth, a Swedish singer/songwriter. He is on tour, has a lovely little mustache, and sings folk-inspired ballads. His music is exclusively for enjoyment and will be showcased at the Middle East Rock Club on the evening of April 21, 2010.

The Tallest Man on Earth

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