OTD Alive: The National at Paddy O's (video, mp3s)

The National, Brainy (Live in Boston)

The National, Secret Meeting (Live in Boston)

The National, Mistaken for Strangers (Live in Boston)

It wasn't that long ago that the National sold out the Roxy, so we didn't expect to see them back this soon: turns out they came back for a fans-only gig put on by WFNX -- which, as frontman Matt Berninger acknowledged from the stage, is one of the few commercial radio stations to play their music. So huzzahs for getting something right. As with Tokyo Police Club, we were worried about how the venue would affect the vibe, but the place feels like a pretty natural Boston rock club: it's got a big, sightline-screwing support pole directly in front of the stage (just like the Paradise!), terrible lighting (just like the Middle East!), a stage that is nearly split into two levels by a gate (just like the old Great Scott!), and, for no good reason, a world-class sound system (just like Harpers Ferry!). In case that sounds like faint praise, let us be clear: we'd go back there anytime they wanna do this again. Maybe without the Miller Lite girls. And maybe we could get the name right next time. But for sure, absolutely.

Above: another of OTD's beta-ish attempts to capture semi-popular rock bands in the ever-popular web-video format. Below: some old-fashioned live mp3s.

DOWNLOAD: The National, "Brainy (Live in Boston)" [mp3]
DOWNLOAD: The National, "Secret Meeting (Live in Boston)" [mp3]
DOWNLOAD: The National, "Mistaken for Strangers (Live in Boston)" [mp3]

- Bradley's Almanac took some photos of the gig.
- And here's one more song from the same show that made it to YouTube.

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