New National Tunes, Peformance On Late Was The Night With Jimmy Fallon

By Amrit Singh / May 7, 2009 - 9:34 am

Hey, it’s a blog post relating to Dark Was The Night. Sunday night’s live event around the indie-scene-portrait compilation was a certain success, and the National’s final victory lap came last night with a performance of “So Far Around The Bend” for Jimmy Fallon with woodwinds, strings, and a Nico Muhly. We have video of that, but also and more intriguingly, we have NYC Taper-captured MP3s of the two new tunes performed at Radio City this past weekend: the first is the excellently overcast “England,” which I had then mentioned has an intro recalling Sufjan’s “Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois” (standing by it) before turning into a The National song, paired with “Vanderlylle Crybaby” which features a smoking guitar-hero solo from the night’s MVP, Justin Vernon. Take those, along with the Fallon video and YouTube of Bon Iver and Berninger doing “Big Red Machine” at Radio City:

Here’s the Fallon take on “So Far Around The Bend”:

And the new tunes from Radio City. The National are at their best when they push to a climax they never fully punctuate, which is why “England” is the National at their best.

The National – “Vanderlylle Cry Baby” (Live W/ Bon Iver) (MP3) [removed at label request]
The National – “England” (Live) (MP3) [removed at label request]

Bon Iver + Berninger = “Big Red Machine”: