"I Didn't Get Any Sex" - Things Overheard During the National's Set at LouFest

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Steve Truesdell
The National, continuing to provide a soundtrack for the crowd's ridiculous remarks.

"Do you recognize my hand? YOU DON'T, DO YOU?" - a really, really drunk man waving his hand over the tummy of his friend, who was lying on his back in the grass.

"HEY! He needs to say 'please!'"
"What?"
"Your friend! He needs to say 'please!'"
"I don't even know who that is."
"Well, whoever the fuck he is, he needs to say please." - the same drunk dude giving a manners lesson to a random guy following someone who's cutting through the crowd willy-nilly.

"I've only blacked out twice before this summer, but now I black out all the time." - a proud young woman trading secrets with her BFF.

"What are you doing? Stop! Wait! Why don't you just get drunk already? Stop! Listen! Stop! What are you doing? Brad? Stop talking to Brad! Start drinking! Stop! What are you doing?" - a hammered, panicked man to his girlfriend, who is somewhat sober and is texting nonstop.

"This is one of the best songs on the new album! YES!" - a man excited to hear the National play "I Need My Girl" from Trouble Will Find Me, released in May. Yes, we know this isn't exactly a weird thing to include; we just wanted to throw in something pertaining to the show to demonstrate that we tried paying attention a little.

"Your shit is shit." - an angry St. Louis Post-Dispatch delivery boy who finds out we're with the RFT.

SETLIST

I Should Live in Salt
Don't Swallow the Cap
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Sea of Love
Afraid of Everyone
Conversation 16
Squalor Victoria
I Need My Girl
This Is the Last Time
England
Graceless
Fake Empire
Terrible Love

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

* Bryan Devendorf introduced "Conversation 16" by saying, "This is for my friend Roth, who likes zombies."

* At the end of "Graceless," Berninger stopped pacing and hiding, opting instead to push out a primal scream before throwing the mic down.

* Berninger spent most of "Terrible Love" singing among the crowd, first surfing on shoulders and then prowling through the first twenty or so "rows" of people.

See Also:
- Wilco Creates Thunder at LouFest, Dedicates Song to Bob Reuter: Review, Photos and Setlist
- LouFest: Fun for the Whole Family? A Study
- Slideshow LouFest 2013: Wilco Closes Out Day 1

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