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The band has collaborated with artist Ragnar Kjartansson to produce  an art installation called “A Lot Of Sorrow.”

They will perform “Sorrow” for six hours at Moma PS1 in Long Island City, New York on May 5 from 12pm-6pm.

A press release from the gallery reads:

“By stretching a single pop song into a day-long tour de force the artist continues his explorations into the potential of repetitive performance to produce sculptural presence within sound.

As in all of Kjartansson’s performances, the idea behind A Lot of Sorrow is devoid of irony, yet full of humour and emotion. It is another quest to find the comic in the tragic and vice versa.”

In other news, Bryce Dessner will be performing with Eighth Blackbird and Nico Muhly at the Museum of Contemporary Art April 30-May 1. More information and tickets can be found HERE


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for such a serious band, these guys sure do some silly things…

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It’s more like a conversation than an interview. Aaron talks a lot about The National:

It feels like your music is more organic on record than our music. There’s more of an alchemy going on, with accidents and more interactive experiments happening. It feels more live to me. Our recordings, you feel that it’s been, not labored, but you feel that it’s been constructed in a way where sometimes it’s hard for us to create the feeling that this was done in a room. Because the music is written long before any vocals are written, or any vocal melodies. Like “Terrible Love,” what’s on the record is my demo, and Matt sang over it. And for a long time he sang some Nirvana lyrics over it. I liked how shitty it sounded; it’s just this weird, muffled, hazy thing. And I think I was probably overly attached to the sound. The electric guitar sounds there, I think I had on a bunch of different pedals, and I was looping myself as I played, and got this woofy drone beneath it that was hard to make sound that good. And Bryan drummed to it, and there was only one mic up, and he only drummed for 30 seconds or something. It was hard to convince him to play again, so we just ended up using it, and we all liked it. It was either going to be first on the record, or it wasn’t going to be on the record, because it’s this weird, harsh thing.

We played it on the Jimmy Fallon show, and it was the first time we’d ever played it. And actually the label was like, “Don’t play that song. Play ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio,’ the single.” And we were like, “No, we’re going to play this song.” And we played it, and we were like, “Uh-oh, we might have fucked up here.” Because we realized then it was going to be this live rager, and we play it really well. Eventually we did re-record it for use in Europe on the radio, but I kind of hate doing that. I still much prefer the recorded version that’s on the record, because it reminds me of originally doing it. Like you were saying with “Brothers,” I like that it feels more spontaneous than other stuff we do sounds. I think it’s great that bands have lots of different versions, and especially doing things live take on a new dynamic.

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The Irish cultural festival featured this breathtaking performance of The National’s lead single from High Violet

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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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The band’s bassist spills all about Obama’s re-election, the band’s approach to a new record, and Justin Bieber.

Regarding High Violet‘s success:

What’s taken you more by surprise — the critical acclaim or a gold record?

A little of both, I guess. We never know when we finish records how they’re going to be perceived. We’re really happy with both things — that people have really enjoyed the record, and the critical acclaim for it has been a nice surprise, too.

Click below to read the rest of the interview and for the tour dates


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In March of last year, The National debuted a lot of their then-new songs from High Violet to a Brooklyn crowd at the Bell House. I’ve just stumbled upon some quality videos of the night.

Let’s start off with one of my personal favourites,  “Brainy”, which upon morphing to an edgy live rendition, cuts deep into my soul:

click below to watch more videos


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