The National at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

I seriously just had, what will go down in history as, one of the best nights of my life.

The NationalThe National – Live at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery! The National is one IS my favorite band. They are on tour with their latest album: Trouble Will Find Me (listen now – buy it today!) I admit to being a tad bit of a fangirl… stalking them on instagram and twitter, liking and commenting on their every post, but I really am a huge fan of the music!

The lyrics Matt comes up with are flawless, the way he forms words together some of the strangest word choices, words you’ve never heard strung together. But when sung out of his baritone and whiskery lips they make you melt. You don’t know whether to fist pump or cry, so instead we all resort to the notorious hunched-over-mic-fist-bang, (Matt’s go to move).

Then there’s the music. The Dessners and Devendorfs are instrumental geniuses, a band of brothers, to say the least. I’m no music nerd, I wish I could tell you about the beat count and the rhythm and how they chord progression is reminiscent of Beethoven’s 5th. But soft, my music knowledge truly ends at: “it has a good beat and you can dance to it.” So instead I will describe how it sounds, in my own words:

The Concert As Heard by Lisa: “And start. really good chords, really good chords, you should know me better than that, strumming of guitar, trumpet in background, and wait for it, i should leave it alone but your naaaaaa, and drums, and more great sounds, and more, and wait for it, and I SHOULD LIVE IN SALT, Naaaaa, adding drums, adding strums, bringing it back, the words just string together, his voice is so simple, like he’s just speaking, but with a low purr, forming words that melt into you. You breathe them in with your lungs and they linger. Like smoke. …I’m smoking in his songs. Now the drums are beating, and guitar, strum, strum, it’s Don’t Swallow The Cap! and drum, and drum, and drum, everything I love is on the table, everything I love is out to sea, and now a violin, where did that come from, and more, and harmony.”

The songs continued, view the set list here, each new song flooding us with excitement as we recognized the first chords, wine bottles in hand, dancing, shouting, singing along. The crowd was very cool with our enthusiasm. It’s not like we haven’t seen The National before, this was my 3rd time, Caitlyn’s 5th, Michelle’s 2nd… And there we were, this time together in the middle of a crowd, three very different best friends with the same obsession, rocking out, grabbing each other to make sure it was real, and loving (belting at times) every moment of every song. Of course Mr. November happened during the encore and we rushed deeper into the crowd as Matt did his rounds of crowd surfing, right on cue, always on cue.

Another perfect show, on a great day in LA. It took me a day to remember a day. Cliche – I know) but I was on the best kind of Bloodbuzz. 

“All the wine is all for us”

Scratch that, “all the wine is all for Caitlyn!” (unlike me, she’s a music guru, follow her on tumblr)

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Mr. November alter ego forming – hopping into crowd seconds later

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Who What Wear – With The National | Los Angeles

Now I only think about Los Angeles when the sun kicks out (Pink Rabbits | The National)

Lucky for us the sun did kick out, just on time as we were in the city celebrating our favorite band’s movie preview! Here is a quick fix of what Caitlyn and I wore to the Mistaken For Strangers screening in Los Angeles.

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Here I am in my “Loose Lips Sink Ships” t-shirt, inspired by The National‘s song Cherry Tree. This shirt is fitting because Mistaken For Strangers is a movie about The National, and Cherry Tree is such a great song, and Loose Lips Sink Ships is such a great saying. In this shirt I can do no wrong.  I’m also wearing a black blazer, denim shorts (cause it’s summer!) and suede booties.

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Caitlyn is wearing her favorite polka dot skirt, also with booties and a tank top. A cute get up for any long summers day of sight seeing and obsessing over our favorite band.

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To make this shirt more comfortable I cut the sleeves off.  The art of cutting sleeves, as seen in my previous post “Rock Your Style” is in exposing the right amount of skin.  If you just clipped your shirt down the sides, you would expose too much skin in the front, and not enough in the back. That is why I first cut off the sleeves along the stitch line, then I turn the shirt around and trim out the back, dipping lower and towards the center and work my way up. Once you have the shirt on you can stretch out the opening with your thumbs to give it a natural looking finish.  And remember, this is your shirt – Rock it however you want!

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Summerbaby, show me the town.

Hello readers of Lisa’s blog, nice too e-meet you. I’m Caitlyn, recordsLisa’s longtime friend and self-appointed music mentor. If this blog was a movie, Lisa would be the director, producer, writer, lead actor, costume designer, location scout, so on and so forth. But I’m quite positive she would let me be in charge of the soundtrack, which is about all the responsibility I could handle anyways. I take this role pretty darn seriously, because let’s be honest, life is far too short to listen to Katy Perry (Lisa will totally debate me on this one, but I’ll tell her to shut up and turn up LCD Soundsystem).

I mused on what kind of playlist I would create for my inaugural contribution, and as I live in Southern California, immersed in sunshine and pavement and heat waves and beach cities, I couldn’t escape the inevitable. This is going to be “Just Another Summertime Playlist” playlist, two thousand and thirteen edition. If you’ve been vaguely conscious for any of 2013, you probably know that it has been one hell of a year for new music releases. Whether it’s a musical juggernaut releasing a solid new album (Vampire Weekend, The National, for god sakes Daft Punk), or relatively new bands releasing albums that leave you begging for more (Cayucas, Savages), 2013 is one for the record(store) books.  So here are some sunshine jams, from the best that 2013 has to offer (so far):