I would just like to note how much I am loving The National right now. Yes, I come to musical things late sometimes (John Allison made fun of me for buying a DJ Shadow cd that was produced in 1997) but sometimes it is worth discovering late because then you get a full selection of new stuff (to you) to peruse and listen to. No waiting for a band to get it together for a second or third album, it's all right there, like 5 albums to choose from!
So far I have their albums "Boxer" and "Alligator". Great stuff. Their lyrics are imaginative and funny and the lead singer, Matt Berninger's voice is deep and sad and unique.