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The band debuted three songs in Berlin on Thursday: “Heavenfaced”, “Fireproof”, and “Graceless”.  Watch them below:

Heavenfaced:

 

Fireproof:

 

Graceless:

Here are the older songs, which will also appear on the band’s sixth album:

I Should Live in Salt:

 

Humiliation:

 

I Need My Girl:

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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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tnThe National have confirmed that their new album with be released in May.

They are also touring with Dirty Projectors. You can find tour dates for each band below

The National 2013 Tour Dates:
05/16 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theater
06/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
06/06 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion ^
06/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts ^
06/08 – Richmond, VA @ The National
06/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre ^
06/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE ^
06/13 – Montreal, QC @ Lachine Canal
06/14 – Toronto, ON @ Yonge Dundas Square
06/15 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
06/13-16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/21-23 – Scheessel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival
06/21-23 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival
06/25 – Brussels, BE @ Cirque Royal
06/28 – Cork, IR @ Live at the Marquee
06/30 – Rome, IT @Parco Della Musica
07/01 – Milan, IT @ City Sound Festival
07/02 – Zagreb, CR @ Salata
07/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Festival

* = w/ Youth Lagoon
^ = w/ Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors 2013 Tour Dates:
04/19 – Portsmouth, NH @ Portsmouth Singer-Songwriter Festival
04/20 – Providence, RI @ Brown University
05/10 – Napa, CA @ Bottle Rock Festival
05/19 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival
05/24-27 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Festival
06/06 – Columbia MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *
06/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts *
06/08-09 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball
06/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre *
06/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE *
06/12 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
06/13 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (two shows)
06/14-16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo

* = w/ The National

No Chicago dates for TN so far 😦 I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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The band played these gems for Toronto’s Q1 LIVE. I love the direction the band is taking, but I want more! Listen and download below:

The National – Rylan [mp3]

The National – I Need My Girl [mp3]

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About their new album, Matt Berninger said:

“We’ve barely begun. I don’t know what we’re going to do. We try not to have any plan at all and just see what stuff gets us excited. We’re really thankful and lucky to have gotten where we are but we realise how easy it is for a band to disappear and for people not to care so we don’t take it for granted… I don’t know what the next record is going to be like but we’re not going to phone it in, I can promise that…

“We’ve tried for years to make poppy songs and I think some of them are but we desperately want to shake off that miserabilist personality or image that we have. I don’t know if it’s possible though, maybe it’s in our DNA.”

listen to Bryce Dessner’s new brassy, instrumental song, “Rose of Lincoln”, below:

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Sooo pretty. visit The National’s website for links to order your copies

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Fans of the band know that it usually takes The National a couple of years to finish up an album. But there’s good news, we might not have to wait that long for the follow up to High Violet.

According to Scott Devendorf, “We sort of know that worst-case, it’s going to take us a long time, every time. We’re tired of it taking forever.”

“Think You Can Wait,” a song written for the movie Win, Win was written and released quickly. Scott said “We were under deadline, so that helped, and it was someone else’s deadline, not our own. It was refreshing to do something quick.”

About the new album:

“We want to make something a little more direct sonically and a little less gauzy,” he says. “We’ll see — it could all change.”

Devendorf and the Dessner twins are also collaborating to release a Grateful Dead tribute album. The boys love the band, but, thankfully, don’t look to them for musical inspiration.

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