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22.11.2007
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City/Town: Zurich
Event Type: Concert/Show
Meeting Point: Bar Sol, Manessestrasse 132

Seems like a lot of us are going to see The National on November 22nd at Abart. We might as well meet up.
Hayden is opening for TN, starting at 8. We could meet at 7 at Bar Sol, which is right across the railroad track from Abart (Manessestrasse 132, 13/33 to Utobrucke). It's a nice place for tapas and drinks.

I know for a fact that some of you have tickets, so sign up for Bar Sol or only the gig itself.

looking forward!
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  • konijn - we can put a little something in our lemonade and take it with us
  • Uncle Max - Racing like a Pro. On the Binz Bahnli. Not cruising in Belize: that would be horrible...
  • sambrightman - bar & gig
  • ric - prob just gig
  • Yokine - Have a ticket, but cant make it earlier than 8pm. See you inside Abart.
  • Simon - A spare ticket has come my way. Count in Dan L as well
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  • Moran - It pains me greatly to miss them but I will be sailing somewhere along the coast of Belize
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Old 21.11.2007, 20:52
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Re: concert: The National

BUMP!

Tried booking a table at Bar Sol, but they don't take reservations. I'll be there at 19.15 wearing a red carnation as usual. Anybody else?
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hey,

we'll be there (at the gig). :-)
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“The National”at The Abart

We arrived at the Abart for a gloating look at the poor guys standing outside looking for tickets. It was destined to be a busy gig and indeed the interior was packed. The opening act had already started, and Hayden was doing a solo set of music-for-a-hanging. Sorry, that’s not quite fair. But let us say he was embracing melancholy in his life very enthusiastically. My colleague spent the whole set waiting for an inevitable Leonard Cohen cover. He was not disappointed .The man alternated between guitar and piano, and as the visibility was limited, every time he sat down he disappeared from view completely. At one point he even asked whether we wanted guitar or piano…

After a few uplifting songs: “this is a song about someone who was murdered”, and similar themes : here-is-another-one-who-has-just-found-out-he-is-dying-and-things-are-about-to-get-worse-for-him he described a song “about giving a lady a flower and having difficulty delivering it”. I thought that was quite a touching subject for a song and pretty much summed up the set for me: very worthy and musical, but I suspect that the set was not what the punters on this night were after. All this didn’t stop our very own hardcore-muso konjin whinging about people talking through the set. That included a group of saddos behind me that were observing that: Jeremy has set “not in a relationship” on his Facebook entry. You know who you are.

The venue was great: spacious with walls entirely matt black with down-firing pin-spots and offering an occasional flicker interest as someone passes. Some nice disco glitterballs, robotic lighting rigs, and PA that was obviously up to the task, as the backline instrument amps were minimal.

The bar was adorned with many bottle of spirits, with an easy-reader drinks price list all across the back wall that could be read from the moon. The beer however was dreadful. Avoid..

It is obviously obligatory to have a full beer in either hand , angled slightly outwards to help your progression through the crowd to the front of the stage. Thanks to yokine for that tip…

The main act came on about 2215 and Matt Berninger, the vocal graciously thanked Hayden for supporting their tour and thanks us many times for coming and supporting their gig. What a polite chap. Even at that point I suspect either Val or Ric would have taken the guy home.

The quality of the sound was excellent with the vocal cutting though the mix. Only the poor guy with the fiddle had problems trying to put across his manic riffs. Only DanielL was really disappointed at the lack of proper harmonica opportunities.

A Jingle-Jangle indie ; marked absence of guitar solos, plenty of repeated pedal notes on the guitar and more jingly-jangly triplets, and arpeggios played high up the neck like a frustrated mandolin player. Someone even used the words “early-Edge”, or even “late-Velvet-Underground when-they-were-a-proper-band” and were not lynched. By this time the violionist was sawing wildly at his instrument like the protagonist in Texas Chainsaw Massacre whose weapon of choice had malfunctioned.

The “Geese Of Beverly Road” was done with great enthusiasm and aplomb and the band had the dynamic right as the gig developed into a more frenzied experience.

There was a good mix of slowies for the ladies (“Secret Meeting”, “Abe”l, “Squalor Victoria”) and uptempo numbers (“Ada”, “Daughters of the Soho riots”). The front-man was pretty lacking in front for some of these, although there was the inevitable nose-to-the-sky-self-embracing-elbow-hugging-angst position so beloved of indie singers. One fellow punter noted that he has a long running bet that the singer would ever complete a song keeping his eyes open throughout…

Suddenly, like Ali-Bongo, a tight-wad-accordion was produced from nowhere: a keyboard stuck in the mouth the save the cost of the bellows…A wild rendition of Mr November included the vocals doing a bit of crowd-surfing, well maybe unsuccessfully, as he suddenly disappeared into the audience for a few minutes while the howling continued.

The postmortem before we were kicked out in the cold was overwhelming positive and even I had a great time. The songs were well-developed, tightly performed and offered real communication. For a Zürich gig which are often quite staid, this was outstanding performance and more importantly entertainment.

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Re: concert: The National

You what, Dave?
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Re: concert: The National

Here's what some locals thought about the crew behind us
http://www.last.fm/user/dannessie420...1273/#comments
"ja und die englischen banker mit kravatte...... das sind die grössten deppen."
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I must confess though while not entirely innocent myself, the level of non music (non even heckling) noise in the venue was the highest I have heard. It did seem like for many people the band was simply a distraction from the club night...

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"ja und die englischen banker mit kravatte...... das sind die grössten deppen."
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Old 26.11.2007, 12:59
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I am still convinced that 'Famous Blue Raincoat' was never meant to be performed for a live audience. Clearly, Hayden didn't realize how deep into the darkest caverns of his soul he allowed us to look. Especially the jerks-in-suits behind me that were yakking throughout his performance had no right to this. Good thing I directed all my sneezing and coughing towards them, they deserved it.

As to Matt Berninger, he did not deserve it (awesome performance), so I left him alone after the show. Did you get lucky (ehm, with him, that is), Ric?
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I was totally chatting through Hayden. I was there to see The National, and I cannot understand how somebody so different was chosen as support...?

Kinda Jack Johnson on downers.
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I sneeze on you!
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Kinda Jack Johnson on downers.
Expect more of the same at Bling tomorrow
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Is it the openmic thang again tomorrow night ? You should schedule the event in the calendar...

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Terry, let us know!

Do they provide rotten veg or do we have to bring our own?
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Do they provide rotten veg or do we have to bring our own?
Well in the worst case scenario, if you bring your own and they've already provided then there's twice as much to throw
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As to Matt Berninger, he did not deserve it (awesome performance), so I left him alone after the show. Did you get lucky (ehm, with him, that is), Ric?
Ahem. I only said I would CONSIDER turning gay for him, I'm not actually that way inclined.. maybe if the opportunity arose to talk to him that might have changed, but it didn't, so still straight now. Just thought I would make that clear before any gossip ensues.

I know that daniesse guy who wrote the review on last.fm and he does have a very good point. I'm pretty sure you lot weren't as bad as the group near us for Beirut last night. They must have taken a hundred photos thorughout the performence, but of themselves. Not once did they direct the camera at the band and were chanting along throughtout. There should be some kind of test at the at the entrance of these gigs, to prove that you know the name of at least one song of theirs before you can enter..
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There should be some kind of test at the at the entrance of these gigs, to prove that you know the name of at least one song of theirs before you can enter..
Yeah, but then I would have been turned away from Interpol...
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Yeah, but then I would have been turned away from Interpol...
That would have meant more elbow room for me.
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you'd better tell us the name of one song you'll be playing at Bling tomorrow, Terry, or they might not let us in
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*sigh*

That was just a suggestion of a test, I wasn't the only one complaining about annoying crowds. Somebody, please, suggest something else. Automated machine guns for hecklers?
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I'm pretty sure you lot weren't as bad as the group near us for Beirut last night. They must have taken a hundred photos thorughout the performence, but of themselves. Not once did they direct the camera at the band and were chanting along throughtout. There should be some kind of test at the at the entrance of these gigs, to prove that you know the name of at least one song of theirs before you can enter..
Another reason I vowed to be at the foot of the stage last night. Though there were still a few "tourists" there. I mean, what are you going to do with dozens of shitty mobile phone photos of a band?

The band knowledge quiz at the door would be nice start, but I think the ultimate solution would be giving konijn a knife
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