For those excited to hear some post-Boxer songs, good news: The National are road-testing new material. They did the excellent Rust Belt-anthemic “Blood Buzz Ohio” — it’s more than the name that matters, really — at Montreal’s Metropolis on Friday and repeated the favor at the House Of Blues in Boston on Saturday, where they also performed the more downcast, still somehow ebullient “The Runaway.” We have audio and video for both. Both are crammed-full of Matt Berninger’s smart, incisive lyricism. “The Runaway” video footage was recorded for CBC’s Studio Q, which is why headphones are involved in the above thumb. Remember, the last time we checked in with Studio Q, they were dealing with a big asshole. The National guys (complete with a horn section and a Doveman) comport themselves more kindly. And with better material.
The National – “Blood Buzz Ohio” (Live In Boston) (MP3)
The National – “The Runaway” (Live In Boston) (MP3)
(Via Bloody Pop)
“The Runaway” (Live At Studio Q)
“Blood Buzz Ohio” (Live In Montreal)
The band’s tour is ongoing. Check dates at MySpace.