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The National – High Violet

Woah woah woah woah woah! Listen to The National’s new album High Violet. This new masterpiece is going to drop in stores on May 11th.


Listen to the whole album HERE!
Listen to the whole album HERE!
Listen to the whole album HERE!
Listen to the whole album HERE!
Listen to the whole album HERE!

Let us know what you think!

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Happy Birthday Little Blog;

Today, February 4, 2010 is Pick Apart The Past: Wolves Among The Sheep’s one month birthday! It may seem like a month is not monumental enough to be celebrating but for us, it is a pretty big deal. We entered this vast and intimidating world of blogging with, I can truly say, no expectations what-so-ever.

We are beyond grateful for the minds that have been curious enough to pay us a visit, the eyes that have been interested enough to read our words, the ears that have trusted our opinions enough to listen, the fingers that have been generous enough to share us with others that are way out of our reach and to the blogs that have been nice enough to befriend us in our fetus-like days. We thank you from the bottom of our wild and slightly animalistic hearts and we appreciate you all immensely and please always feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions – they matter to us!

To all of the bands that have created music that is too beautiful to not be hunted, chewed, digested and praised – we thank you as well because none of this would have been inspired without your music. Especially to those musicians who have been wonderful enough to contact us, let us know that they have stopped by and offered words of encouragement – it means more to us than you will ever know! Thank you.

I would also like to thank my blogging half; it has been a long, slightly bitter but entirely enjoyable experience, which without you and your do-er and push-er ways, I would never have had the pleasure of becoming a part of. You are so annoying the best!

In exactly a month, we have had the privilege of featuring music from 21 bands which include:

The Antlers
The Balconies
David Bazan
Beach House
Bon Iver
Brand New
Built to Spill
Camera Obscura
Cedarwell
Destroyer
Kevin Devine
Metric
The National
Other Lives
Phoenix
The Republic of Wolves
Serena Ryder
Thrice
Tigers on Trains
Justin Vernon
Rachael Yamagata

and the days only look brighter from this point forward! We have a few new ideas in store for the future along with tons of music to discuss and we can not wait to let it all unfold – we only hope that you continue to stick around! Yes, you! You! You! You gorgeous creatures!

Forever blogging and feeling,
The Wolf & The Sheep

The National; tour dates!!!


Along with their new album which is dropping sometime in May 2010, The National is doing a spring tour! Make sure to stop by your date:

26-28 MARCH: KNOXVILLE, TN – BIG EARS FESTIVAL 2010 / TENNESSEE THEATRE
22 APRIL: RICHMOND, VA – THE NATIONAL
23 APRIL: RICHMOND, VA – THE NATIONAL
06 MAY: LONDON, UK – ROYAL ALBERT HALL
07 MAY: PARIS, FRANCE – LE ZENITH w/ PAVEMENT // FNAC
09 MAY: BERLIN, GERMANY – ASTRA
22 MAY: LOS ANGELES, CA – THE WILTERN
23 MAY: SAN DIEGO, CA – SPRECKELS THEATRE
27 MAY: OAKLAND, CA – FOX THEATRE
02 JUNE: BOSTON, MA – HOUSE OF BLUES
05 JUNE: PHILADELPHIA, PA – ELECTRIC FACTORY
06 JUNE: WASHINGTON, DC – DAR CONSTITUTION HALL
08 JUNE: TORONTO, CANADA – MASSEY HALL
16 JUNE: NEW YORK, NY – RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

Pre-sale started yesterday!
We can not tell you how pumped we are for this.

Love,
the very excited wolf & sheep

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The National; You know you have a permanent piece of my medium sized American/Canadian heart

Some people are just suckers for bands that have a distinct vocalist. With these bands, you usually love them right away, or you need to listen to them and “get used” to the sound to really love them. Either way, if you are one of those people, then you are sure to enjoy/love/get a tattoo of The National. Matt Berning sings in a sombre voice which makes even explosive songs (instrumentally) sound mellowed out. He takes his time to get each word out with absolute confidence and seriousness in what he is saying (even when it sounds something like: Karen put me in a chair/fuck me and make me drink). And why shouldn’t he? His amazing lyrics are worthy of such a strong voice. And trust me, they will make you feel like you could have written these words about someone you’ve been missing. One of my very favourite lyrics is:

Build a room for your love
Take your time when you tell her
How she lives in your blood
You should’ve looked after her better
You should’ve looked after her more
You should’ve locked the door

Val Jester

Val Jester is a beautiful song that is about taking things for granted. This is something we all do with things in our life, and also more severely with people in our life. We don’t appreciate them and what they do for us. We do not take the time to think about how our lives would be different if this person were not in it. Then, when they are gone, all we can do is live in regret and miss them to death and feel like you don’t deserve them. (At least, that’s my take on this song… Listen to it and tell me what you think!)

If you are new to this band, we recommend that you start with Alligator because… well it is the one we started with, and there are several outstanding tracks such as Daughters of the Soho Riots(!!!), Val Jester, All the Wine, and The Geese of Beverly Road( just to name a few). The key feelings that are expressed in the album are those of guilt, regret, and desperation; feeling like everything in your life is not right and was maybe better at another point.

Having said all of this, something tells me that this may be one of those albums where every song is about the same girl (uh… Karen?). It is usually boring and repetitive to listen to albums that revolve around one girl. But even though Alligator may very well be about the same girl or the same relationship, it explores many points where things went wrong in a relationship that has been dragged out. There are so many of these levels that you could literally write a whole album/book/great American screenplay about it..

The guys have a new CD they’ve been working on, which is hopefully coming out sometime this year! In the meantime, we will all just hold ourselves over with Alligator (or any of their other albums!) which is definitely music that everyone who has feelings can connect with, so give it a listen! (Unless you’re a robot.. or an animal… like a zebra.. in that case, we’d really like it if you said hi to us!).

Happy Listening!
Love,
the wolf & the sheep

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