Stream ‘The National: Juicy Sonic Magic, Live in Berkeley, September 24-25, 2018’

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The National has always had a knack for storytelling and the band tackled an amazing one with Juicy Sonic Magic. The Cincinnati five-piece released the story of legendary taper Mike “The Mike” Millard on cassette for Black Friday Record Store Day around Thanksgiving but have now shared it on streaming just in time for Christmas.

Millard gained cult fame from taping concerts by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and more in Southern California in the 1970s and ‘80s by sneaking then bulky taping equipment into shows with the help of a friend and a wheelchair. The story so intrigued producer and archivist Erik Flannigan that he decided to try and recreate Mike’s methods by taping The National during a two-night stand at the storied Greek Theatre in Berkely, California.

The National were very receptive to the idea, as lead singer Matt Berninger explains in a documentary short about the project, mainly because of The National rhythm section Bryan and Scott Devandrof’s affinity for the Grateful Dead and Phish and the taper culture that surrounds those bands. The result of the taping experiment is called The National: Juicy Sonic Magic, Live in Berkeley, September 24-25, 2018. Stream it and also check out the documentary short below:

Tracklist:

Night 1 – Sept. 24th 2018

  1. Nobody Else Will Be There
  2. The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
  3. Walk It Back
  4. Guilty Party
  5. Don’t Swallow the Cap
  6. Bloodbuzz Ohio
  7. I Need My Girl
  8. Green Gloves
  9. Brainy
  10. Slow Show
  11. All the Wine
  12. I’ll Still Destroy You
  13. Dark Side of the Gym
  14. Day I Die
  15. Carin at the Liquor Store
  16. Graceless
  17. Rylan
  18. Fake Empire
  19. Light Years
  20. Mr. November
  21. Terrible Love
  22. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

Night 2 – Sept. 25th 2018

  1. Light Years
  2. The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
  3. Walk It Back
  4. Guilty Party
  5. I Should Live in Salt
  6. Don’t Swallow the Cap
  7. Afraid of Everyone
  8. I Need My Girl
  9. This Is the Last Time
  10. Wasp Nest
  11. Born to Beg
  12. Sorrow
  13. Apartment Story
  14. Pink Rabbits
  15. England
  16. Day I Die
  17. Rylan
  18. Fake Empire
  19. About Today
  20. Lemonworld
  21. Mr. November
  22. Terrible Love
  23. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
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