The National & John Slattery

A few days ago I noticed that Pitchfork was running small, not-clickable pictures of John Slattery. Then the images started including members of The National. The band’s been cryptic with their advertising before (High Violet ads appeared on websites with no link to or mention of the band), but it was clear something was coming. And here it is, a video for High Violet’s “Conversation 16” featuring Mad Men star John Slattery (as opposed to The Adjustment Bureau star John Slattery, or the Sex And The City politician who liked to urinate on women have women pee on him John Slattery). Weirdly, Slattery’s romantic competition here is James Urbaniak, who played Buster, the guy with a foot fetish, on Sex In The City. In the video they fight over Kristen Schaal. She wasn’t on Sex And The City to my knowledge. The video was directed by Scott Jacobson, a writer for The Daily Show. Watch:

High Violet is out now.

Comments (21)
  1. This video looks like it was directed by a writer.

  2. the video looks like a semi-porn movie from the early 90s.

  3. This video is entirely awesome.

  4. Kristen Schaal 2016!

  5. Yikes. That was terrible. Still a great song, just close your eyes while the vidoe is playing.

  6. She’s just doing this to make Bret and Jemaine jealous.

  7. That looks nothing like Uzbekistan!


  8. came for the Slattery, stayed for the Schaal.

  9. The guy on the left

    here looks like TV’s Jon Dore (


  10. “the Sex And The City politician who liked to urinate on women John Slattery”

    i remember it being he wanted carrie to urinate on him? #mlis&tc

  11. If this video included indian food and a Donald Glover cameo it would actually contain everything I like.

  12. russian words are fake)

  13. enjoyed Bloodbuzz more, although I like how all the band members are in this one…

  14. John Slattery certainly has got an eloquent face. It’s been nice to see the band being a bit silly with their videos recently. Reminds me of some of the wry lyrics Berninger was penning on Alligator. High Violet maybe could have done with a re-injection of that kind of warmth.

  15. Kristin Schaal was also in Mad Men. Season 1, she was one of the telephone operators.

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