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The National – “I Need My Girl” Video

This being Valentine’s Day, we should expect a parade of love-related releases today, and it all starts right here. The National have given us their stately, kaleidoscopic video for “I Need My Girl,” the broodingly romantic tune from last year’s Trouble Will Find Me. Director Sophia Peer has filmed a bunch of fancily dressed couple… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2014 - 9:14 am

Watch The National’s Full Show At Sydney Opera House

The National are playing a handful of concerts in Australia this week, and tonight’s show at Sydney Opera House was webcast live on YouTube. If that wasn’t conducive to your timezone, you’re in luck: the whole thing has been archived. Watch below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 8, 2014 - 11:11 am

The National – “Learning” (Perfume Genius Cover)

The National will release “I Need My Girl” as the next single from 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me, and the B-side of that single will feature the band covering “Learning,” the title track from Perfume Genius’ 2010 debut album. This version originally appeared on the Japanese deluxe vinyl of Trouble, but is only now o… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 4, 2014 - 12:16 pm

The Bird And The Bee (Feat. Matt Berninger) – “All Our Endless Love” (Stereogum Premiere)

The soundtrack for the new movie Endless Love (initially framed as this ominous thriller in the trailers and now being marketed as a melodramatic love story in TV ads) features that new Tegan And Sara song we heard yesterday, but it also features another prominent indie rocker, Matt Berninger. The National’s baritone mouthpiece shows u… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 29, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Hear Matt Berninger On Bret Easton Ellis’ Podcast

Matt Berninger has been popping up on podcasts more and more frequently of late. First there was The Nerdist, then Pete Holmes’ You Made It Weird, and now Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast. Berninger doesn’t come on until about 7 minutes in, but Ellis opens the podcast with a story about how he spent his summer… More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 27, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Watch The National On CBS This Morning

CBS This Morning’s weekend edition has upped its indie rock game in recent months, airing performances by and profiles on folks like My Morning Jacket, Tegan And Sara, and Okkervil River. Today the show featured Best Alternative Music Album Grammy nominees the National. Watch the Brooklyn band get interviewed by Anthony Mason and perform a… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 25, 2014 - 4:29 pm

The National Announce 2014 North American Tour

The National, America’s foremost purveyors of dour-yet-triumphant guitar-driven elegance, just announced a new round of tour dates, but that doesn’t even begin to account for all the busyness during this second year of the Trouble Will Find Me promotional cycle. For starters, CBS This Morning will air a profile of the band this Saturday plu… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 21, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Hear Matt Berninger On Pete Holmes’ You Made It Weird Podcast

Back in August, National frontman Matt Berninger showed up on the Nerdist Podcast to talk about the rockumentary Mistaken For Strangers, and now he’s shown up on the affiliated program You Made It Weird from comedian Pete Holmes. It’s worth checking out because Holmes is a really enthusiastic fan (he explains upfront that the National… More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 8, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Watch The National Play “Silver Bells” On Colbert

On The Colbert Report last night, the National continued their long quest to appear on every single TV show on Matt Berninger’s DVR queue. This is Christmas carol week on Colbert, which means Colbert will sing a holiday standard with a different guest every night. And last night, it was Berninger and the two Dessner… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 17, 2013 - 9:32 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 50 Albums Of 2013

Starting today we’re rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum’s annual readers’ poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013’s best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we’re revealing… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 16, 2013 - 12:38 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

Watch The National Sing About Gravy In An Animated Video From Bob’s Burgers

One of the greatest parts of Bob’s Burgers, much like The Simpsons, is its songs. Last year we got an awesome Thanksgiving song about love, being thankful, and killing turkeys which was adapted into a dour ballad by the National, and now we’ve gotten something similar. This week’s Thanksgiving special featured a typically surreal and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 27, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Stream The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack

As we noted earlier, the Hunger Games film series has taken over for Twilight not only as the default literary/cinematic obsession for brooding teeny-boppers but as the pipeline for connecting those fans with something resembling alternative music. Whereas the vampires stared longingly to the sounds of Thom Yorke and Bon Iver, the soundtrack for TheMore »

By: Chris DeVille / November 12, 2013 - 6:14 pm

The National – “Lean”

The first Hunger Games movie grossed a million trillion dollars, so you can expect to see and hear a lot about its sequel Catching Fire in the coming weeks. Today, for example, we’ve got news about Jennifer Lawrence’s new haircut and the National’s new song for the soundtrack. Matt Berninger recently revealed that the track… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 6, 2013 - 8:28 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

Watch The National Play Jools Holland

The National’s smoldering intensity is the sort of thing that travels well; I’ve seen people in Europe freak out just as hard over them as people back home. And they certainly looked poised on the most recent episode of the BBC’s Later… With Jools Holland, brooding elegantly through the Trouble Will Find Me single “SeaMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 4, 2013 - 8:58 am

Watch Justin Vernon Join The National In Austin

This past weekend, the National were in Austin, Texas for the Austin City Limits festival, and they also played an aftershow at the local venue Stubb’s. Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, who had just played with his blues-rock side project the Shouting Matches, joined the band onstage for two songs, singing and playing guitar o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 10, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Photos: Austin City Limits 2013

The first of two Austin City Limits weekends took place in Zilker Park over the weekend, with performances by Depeche Mode, the Cure, Kings Of Leon, Atoms For Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, the National, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, HAIM, and dozens more. Check out photos from the festival by JWMore »

By: Stereogum / October 7, 2013 - 11:30 am

Watch The National On The Mindy Project

They’ve already lent music to Game Of Thrones, Bob’s Burgers, and Boardwalk Empire, and now the National are continuing their television dominance by appearing on the next episode of Mindy Kaling’s Fox sitcom The Mindy Project. On the show, the band will perform an acoustic version of “This Is The Last Time,” and frontman Matt… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 27, 2013 - 4:27 pm

The National Wrote A Song For Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack

The Hunger Games was a movie about children who are forced to fight each other to the death in an apocalyptic arena, for the entertainment of millions. The forthcoming sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (and this is, I suppose, spoilerish) is about former victors of past bloodbaths, coming together to fight each other to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 23, 2013 - 9:37 am
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