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The National will release their new album, Trouble Will Find Me, on May 21st.

The band collaborated with many talented musicians for this record, including Sufjan Stevens (drum machine and synths), St. Vincent’s Annie Clark (vocals), Sharon Van Etten (vocals) as well as Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, Doveman, and Nona Marie Invie from Dark Dark Dark. Richard Reed Parry contributed to High Violet (double bass, electric guitar, piano, vocals, backing vocal arrangements on “Conversation 16”).

Trouble Will Find Me was self-produced by the band and recorded at Clubhouse Studios in New York. Matt Berninger described the album as follows:

For the past 10 years we’d been chasing something, wanting to prove something. And this chase was about trying to disprove our own insecurities. After touring High Violet, I think we felt like we’d finally gotten there. Now we could relax – not in terms of our own expectations but we didn’t have to prove our identity any longer.”

Aaron Dessner added: “our ideas would immediately click with each other. It’s free-wheeling again. The songs on one level are our most complex, and on another they’re our most simple and human. It just feels like we’ve embraced the chemistry we have.”

Bryan Devendorf noted that three album tracks, “I Should Live In Salt”, “Humiliation”, and “Graceless”, were all previously debuted live under different titles.

Trouble Will Find Me Tracklist:
01. I Should Live in Salt
02. Demons
03. Don’t Swallow the Cap
04. Fireproof
05. Sea of Love
06. Heavenfaced
07. This is the Last Time
08. Graceless
09. Slipped
10. I Need My Girl
11. Humiliation
12. Pink Rabbits
13. Hard to Find

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Aaron Dessner said the band has received  “hate mail on Facebook” for supporting Obama. Regardless, The National’s support for Obama has not wavered.

Matt Berninger said:

“This is more important than a rock band. I know we’ve gotten responses from people (who) don’t like the fact that we’ve taken a position on it, and I don’t actually think artists or musicians necessarily have a responsibility to do that. But in our case, the five of us … talked about it and we were like, ‘Yeah, it’s worth it, for sure.’”

read the entire Berninger interview at The Lantern

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Q: Doing a political event like this, has there been any worry amongst the band that you might be alienating a segment of your fans by putting yourselves out there for a specific candidate?

No. I think to us it’s a very clear choice between President Obama and Mitt Romney. There’s really no equivocation for us towards considerations like that, as far as alienating fans who might be Republicans or not agree with our politics. We’re not interested in telling anyone what to think and we’re not a heavy-handed political band as far as our songwriting. It’s in there, but often it’s a backdrop to other issues.

But we all feel that 2008 was a  historic, positive change for the country. There’s been some political gridlock and issues that come with the recession lasting, but we really feel there’s been a lot of positive movement and change that we can be really proud of. We’re very proud to be American and to have a president like President Obama. For us it’s really a no-brainer as far as supporting campaign and we’re terrified of going backwards towards the policies of the Bush era.

(The Bush Era) had a lot to do with the formation of “Alligator” and “Boxer” and even “Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers.” All those albums were written in the Bush Era and I think our fans are quite aware of that. Most people who are fans of The National would be more Democratic, hopefully.

 

read the entire interview HERE

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Matt Berninger and Aaron and Bryce Dessner have contributed to a new children’s iPad story app called Dragon Brush.

The story, which is based on a traditional Chinese folktale, was narrated by Matt. The music was done by Aaron & Bryce. The illustrations were done by John Solimine of Spike Press, who has done the artwork for many of The National’s posters.

Matt Berninger said in a press release: “The story has all my favorite things: waterfalls, magical dragons, and the sound of my own voice.”

preview it below

 

 

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St Vincent goes into the crowd and goes wild. well worth watching.

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via Jambands.com

“The National’s Bryan Devendorf and Scott Devendorf will perform with Bob Weir at his San Rafael, CA TRI studios on Saturday, March 24. Organized by HeadCount, the collaborative The Bridge Session will feature a mix of Grateful Dead classics, National songs and other politically-themed covers as well as a round table discussion moderated by Disco Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein.”

“The entire evening will be broadcast via TRI’s website. For those unable to make it to the performance, Brooklyn, NY’s Littlefield will host an official viewing party on The National’s home turf. Admission is $5 and will include a stream of the entire concert. The show is slated to start at 9 PM. All proceeds will benefit HeadCount.”

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There is no question the Dessner brothers have a musical reach well beyond the saturated rock songs of their day job.

Read the entire review HERE

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