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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… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 16, 2013

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… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013

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… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 27, 2013

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 12, 2013

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… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 6, 2013

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, andMore »

By: Miles Bowe / November 5, 2013

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 4, 2013

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

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 More »

By: Stereogum / October 7, 2013

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,"… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 27, 2013

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

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

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Watching the VMAs on Sunday night, something struck me: The music videos themselves were fairly beside the point, but almost every video that won a major award was absolute bullshit. Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" video, which won Video Of The Year, is pretty-enough boring nonsense. Meanwhile, Robin Thicke's problematic-but-fun "Blurred Lines" video, which did more… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 30, 2013

Hear Matt Berninger On The Nerdist Podcast

The Nerdist puts out a ton of great podcasts, you know this, but what you may not know is that they just did a massive interview with Matt Berninger. It's as funny as always, and especially interesting when Berninger gets into playing Outside Lands (which we covered a few weeks ago), and what it'… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 29, 2013

The National – “Graceless” Video

Every once in a while, the members of the National like to remind us that they do not just sit around morosely brooding all day, and it's always fun when that happens. Case in point: The video for "Graceless," an elegant wallow of a song from their new album Trouble Will Find Me. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2013

Matt Berninger – “I’ll See You In My Dreams” (Isham Jones Cover)

Matt Berninger must have so many HBO coffee mugs in his house. First, Berninger's band the National recorded "The Rains Of Castamere" for HBO. And now Berninger has recorded another song for another HBO show, Boardwalk Empire. This time around, he's solo, and backed by Vince Giordano And The Nighthawks, going fully era-specific. Berninger'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 21, 2013

Watch The National Play Conan

The night before last, the National played on the big outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live, and one of the two songs they played was "This Is The Last Time," a slow simmer from their new album Trouble Will Find Me. Last night, the band kept their late-night TV streak going, once agai… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 15, 2013

Watch The National Play Kimmel

If you've been to a few big music festival in the past five or six years, you've probably seen the National play a huge outdoor stage like the one they played on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and you've probably noticed that they tend to sound incredible on those stages. On that stage, the band… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 13, 2013

Photos: The National, Daughter @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood 8/11/13

After having Bob Weir make a special appearance during their set at Outside Lands, the National made their way south for a haunting set at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Matt Berninger couldn't help himself by quipping that it looked dead out there. Some of the many highlights included "Conversation 16" which had the crowd… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / August 12, 2013

Outside Lands 2013 Friday: Paul McCartney, The National, Chromatics, & More

Yesterday Outside Lands '13 kicked off in San Francisco, and there's already been a ton of memorable moments, from food to comedy to many great sets. The first real highlight of the day was the Men. They've quickly evolved into such a diverse sounding band in just a few years, and played a nice, rough… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 10, 2013
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