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Stream This Is The Kit Bashed Out

I've been anticipating the release of Kate Stables' Bashed Out, her third album as This Is The Kit, since we premiered the title track at the beginning of February. This is one of those records that you need to let steep, like tea, as the warm, herbal notes emerge slowly. Stables is a songwriter who… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 1, 2015 - 11:46 am

Rone – “Elle” (Feat. Bryce Dessner)

French-born, Paris-based producer Rone (real name Erwan Castex) has teamed up with the National's Bryce Dessner for "Elle," a track from his forthcoming album Creatures. Billboard notes that the two met at a show in Brooklyn a few years back, and that Rone helped on 2013's Trouble Will Find Me with some of the electronics. More »

By: James Rettig / January 14, 2015 - 6:28 pm

The National’s Bryce Dessner Explains The Four-Over-Three Polyrhythm Of “Fake Empire”

We've been learning a lot about the music theory behind pop music lately, most prominently in Owen Pallett's ongoing essay series. But another place to learn about the nuts and bolts of your favorite songs is NPR's ongoing series Rhythm Section. The latest episode deals with polyrhythms -- "think of patting your head and rubbing… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 20, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry Announces Solo LP Music For Heart And Breath

Arcade Fire member Richard Reed Parry just announced the release of a new solo album. Titled Music For Heart And Breath, the album features performances that are played in sync with the musicians' own breathing and heartbeat, according to Parry's website. The album will feature Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of the National,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 21, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Kronos Quartet With Bryce Dessner – “Tour Eiffel” Video

The Kronos Quartet and Bryce Dessner (of the National) have been busy this year. Kronos celebrated their 40th anniversary over the summer (by covering "Where Is My Mind" and jamming with Dan Deacon, Jherek Bischoff, and Amon Tobin no less) and Dessner has been working with David Lang, Nico Muhly, Owen Pallette, and Shara Worden,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 5, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Shara Worden, Owen Pallett, Bryce Dessner, & Nico Muhly – “Pain Changes” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Composer David Lang recently put out Death Speaks, a record built around the lyrics of Franz Schubert, the master of the art song (and a re-appropriater of lyrics himself -- his musical version of Goethe's poem "Der Erlkönig" goes hard). It features musical contributions from Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) on vocals, Owen Pallett (Arcade… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 5, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Bryce Dessner & The Kronos Quartet – “Aheym” Video

Bryce Dessner, one of the two twin brothers in the National, is the band member who studied music composition at Yale before going on to dour indie rock stardom. A few years ago, he arranged a new piece called "Aheym" for the Kronos Quartet, the long-running modern-classical institution, when they were getting ready for a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2013 - 10:12 am

Dessners’ Grateful Dead Tribute To Feature Members Of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile & The Violators

Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National are about to record a Grateful Dead tribute album. The band will also include Scott and Bryan Devendorf. The name of the album will be Dead Hot, a nod to Red Hot, an AIDS charity organization that started curating comps in the '90s. As Relix reports, the National… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Watch Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, & Bryce Dessner Perform More Planetarium Songs

Last week, we posted video of Sufjan Stevens teaming up with the National's Bryce Dessner and indie-affiliated composer Nico Muhly to perform a gorgeous new song called "Venus." As it turns out, that song is just one piece of a larger collaboration that these three guys are working on. They're putting together Planetarium Songs, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 9, 2012 - 10:16 am

Watch Sufjan Play “Pleasure Principle” On Soundcheck

During a trip to WNYC's Soundcheck in anticipation of his Age Of Adz shows at Prospect Park, Sufjan Stevens performed "Pleasure Principle," the final pretty bit of 25-minute Adz closer "Impossible Soul." The National's Bryce Dessner and two backup singers joined him. More »

By: brandon / July 25, 2011 - 1:39 pm

Hear Two Xmas Songs From Sufjan, The National, Arcade Fire

This is an off-year for Sufjan's Xmas-album-release schedule, but the Dessner brothers of Bluzzbood, Ohio have helped bridge the gap this holiday season by leaking a couple of previously unheard yuletide treats via their guest DJ stint on the BBC 6. The leak of these Christ songs likely have Sufjan's blessing because they are Christ… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 21, 2010 - 11:21 am

Bon Iver – “Crawling Back To You” (Tom Petty Cover Live At MusicNOW 2010)

When we posted about MusicNOW a couple weeks ago, I mentioned I first learned about the Ohio festival via a 2007 video of Sufjan Stevens' moving take on "John Wayne Gacy, Jr.," which he did with the assistance of Bryce Dessner. This year, on the last night of the event, Dessner accompanied Justin Vernon o… More »

By: brandon / April 14, 2010 - 9:39 am

MusicNOW Festival 2010 @ Memorial Hall, Cincinnati

Shaky YouTube video of Sufjan Stevens performing a haunting "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." at MusicNOW in Cincinnati is what first put the festival in the back of my mind. (That and the city's historic Memorial Hall as an unmistakable backdrop.) The take is from 2007. Bryce Dessner, who sits in with Stevens in that clip,… More »

By: brandon / April 2, 2010 - 4:22 pm

The Long Count (Bryce & Aaron Dessner, Kim & Kelley Deal, Matt Berninger, Shara Worden) @ BAM 10/28/09

A few weeks ago we posted an early take of "When You Were Born" (aka "When Yer Born") from The Long Count. At the time, Aaron Dessner told us the track would eventually include Kim Deal singing on it. Now that we know the piece focuses on twins via the Dessners and the Deals, the… More »

By: brandon / October 29, 2009 - 1:23 pm

CMJ ’09: Weekend In Photos

One last gargantuan batch of photos from an exhausting, exhaustive week of NYC showgoing. On Friday Jessica Amaya joined us at Doveman's record release party at the Elevated Hole, a Chelsea loft owned by the Yale English Dept. chair Michael Warner. The room was a perfect foil for Doveman's candlelit Conformist material, along with guest… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 26, 2009 - 9:07 am

Sufjan Stevens/Cryptacize @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 10/6/09

Recently Sufjan revealed he's "at a point where I no longer have a deep desire to share my music with anyone, having spent many years imparting my songs to the public." Later that day, high-quality video of three mind-bending new Sufjan Stevens tunes took over all the websites you read. Add those to the pending… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 7, 2009 - 9:17 am

New Aaron Dessner – “When We’re Born” (from The Long Count)

This is the first available full piece of music from Bryce and Aaron Dessner and Matthew Ritchie's BAM-commissioned The Long Count, which runs 10/28-31 at the 2009 Next Wave Festival. As the breathless BAM copy tells us: In an inspired collision of creative worlds, three inexhaustibly original artists--brothers Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of indie… More »

By: brandon / August 13, 2009 - 3:46 pm

Dark Was The Night Live @ Radio City Music Hall, NYC 5/3/09

The fear with any supertalent variety show like last night's Dark Was The Night live event is that the appeal on paper will far outstrip the appeal of having your ass glued to a seat for four hours. And it was a very impressive piece of paper. But like the record that inspired it, last… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 4, 2009 - 9:24 am

Your Favorite Bands Do Red Hot Comp

The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner curated this one, and its contributor list reads like the contents of your iPod, including Arcade Fire, Beirut, Beach House, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, Antony, MMJ, Feist, Ben Gibbard, Spoon, Sufjan, Yeasayer, Yo La Tengo, the National, and a massive etc. All tracks are exclusives, and proceed… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 3, 2008 - 10:37 am

The National Go Acoustic In Northern Ireland

While in Belfast this past July to play a show at Mandela Hall, Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner sat down and recorded acoustic takes of a couple beloved Boxer tracks. Our tipster, Comprachio, mentions that the "filming took place in a kitchen set from an upcoming Irish independent movie which was on a break from… More »

By: brandon / September 29, 2008 - 11:59 am
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