I was six years old in the back of my mom’s 1980 red-and-black Buick station wagon with Bryce on the way to the Baseball Card Corner to pick out cards for our birthday. We chose three cards for about $50— a 1963 Mickey Mantle, 1961 Whitey Ford, and a 1959 Duke Snider.
We really wanted a 1961 Roger Maris that had just come in— and the guy in the store says it’s the year he broke Babe Ruth’s single-season record with 61 homers and that is why it costs $28, but mom said that was more than we were allowed. We didn’t press her because she had that scary tone of voice and had just worked all day at the veterans hospital in the psych unit. On the way home she put in a Chuck Mangione tape that we hated. So we asked her to put on the horse song again."
Photos by Patrick Wamsganz
aaron “interlocking fingerpicking” dessner
Matt Berninger on the Dessner brothers on Who Charted? (ep. 157)
furreal this is why i could never interview them i’d be like well ur hot as fuq and the dessners are and i aint even gonna talk about those devendorfs. its a problem i struggle with every day. then there would be an awkward silence and i’d be like so… the recording process for this album…
Aaron & Bryce Dessner interviewed by Richard Bienstock for Guitar Aficionado
Photography by Justin Borucki [x]
Drinking with a straw - a sequel to this
Lyrically, I think this is one of their best songs.
Daily Dessner Appreciation
The National track by track interviews. There are 3 videos on the site, here and Matt and Aaron discuss each song. Very interesting. I never would have thought Afraid of Everyone was about America/politics like that.
worth watching just to hear matt trying to describe the guitars in terrible love