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Watch Justin Vernon Join The National Onstage

Last night, Bon Iver and the National were both guests on Q, a show on the Canadian network CBC Radio. They came together in a live session, with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon singing backup on the National's High Violet track "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks." Vernon's backing falsetto sounds pretty great alongside Matt Berninger's baritone, but… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 9, 2011

The National – “Rylan” & “I Need My Girl”

Earlier today, Brooklyn indie torchbearers the National played a live session for Toronto's Q1 LIVE where they played two new songs, "Rylan" and "I Need My Girl." No word on whether they'll be on any sort of official release. Hear 'em below. More »

By: Corban Goble / December 8, 2011

The National Cover The Philistines Jr.

Connecticut indie rockers the Philistines Jr. must have some serious pull, because their forthcoming covers compilation If A Lot Of Bands Play In The Woods…, which contains covers and remixes of songs from last year's If a Band Plays in the Woods...? LP, features a number of notable guests like Jónsi, Tokyo Police Club, Nico… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 26, 2011

The National, Neko Case, Sharon Van Etten @ Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood 9/11/11

A full moon shined the background of a lovely evening at the Hollywood Bowl that starred The National with Neko Case (with T Bone Burnett) and Sharon Van Etten. The National had some help on vocals as Annie Clark from St. Vincent and the Calder Quartet joined the band for a number songs. The National… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / September 12, 2011

The National – “Exile, Vilify” Video

The National's latest slice of sublime mopery, titled "Exile, Vilify," came as a soundtrack to the video game Portal 2. Developers Valve Software held a fan-video contest to come up on an official clip for the track, and the National sat as judges, picking the 1st and "1.00000000001th" place videos. Prepare for sock… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 10, 2011

Watch Beirut Join The National On “Fake Empire”

Zach Condon joined the National for a performance of "Fake Empire" at the Paleo festival in Nyon, Switzerland last week (7/19). Here's some professional looking footage of the moment:… More »

By: brandon / July 25, 2011

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

The Forms (Feat. Matt Berninger) – “Fire To The Ground” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Even without the above headline you'd recognize the voice on "Fire To The Ground," a track from the Forms' Derealization EP, a collection that revisits and revamps material from the band's first two LPs. Here, Matt Berninger replaces vocalist Alex Tween as part of an overhaul of the older track "Redgun." "Fire… More »

By: brandon / July 12, 2011

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011

Mumford & Sons Cover The National

Mumford & Sons continue to enjoy astonishing chart success (over 1MM copies of Sigh No More pushed), alongside an interesting penchant for contemporary indie band covers. (Clearly they'd like your attention while the mainstream world stakes its claim.) Last year it was a stomping makeover of Vampire Weekend's "Cousins," and today VH1 reveals the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 15, 2011

Inside The National’s Brooklyn Crib

The New York Post visited The National's Aaron Dessner at his home in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. He lives in a 2,800-square-foot, three-story, two-family Victorian, which he bought for $700,000 in 2003. He rents the top two floors to his bandmate, Matt Berninger. They turned the garage into the studio where they… More »

By: jessica / May 20, 2011

National Bromance

Last week video surfaced of passionate (ostensibly ecstasy-friendly) National fans dry humping to "Bloodbuzz Ohio" at Coachella. The moment was captured by Eric Wareheim, who eventually turns the camera on himself for a "look at these guys" cameo. He should be proud: It's the best Ron Artest-related music clip I've ever seen. More »

By: brandon / May 2, 2011

The National – “Exile Vilify”

This National track comes from the videogame Portal 2's soundtrack. (Thanks for the tip, Christian.) According to a spokesperson from the band's publishing label, Matt Berninger & Co.'s "raw and emotive music evokes the same visceral reactions from its listeners that Portal does from its players." We're entering different emotional terrain than "Pac-Ma… More »

By: brandon / April 19, 2011

Matt Berninger Sings Grinderman

Matt Berninger sings about being evil in the National's "Conversation 16." Now he digs into Grinderman's "Evil," a Grinderman 2 track appearing in various versions on a red glitter 12" single (+ CD) that Nick Cave & Co. put together for Record Store Day. The EP features the original, a demo, a remix Factory Floor… More »

By: brandon / April 13, 2011

The National – “Think You Can Wait”

The National's "Think You Can Wait" is the theme song for Thomas McCarthy-directed (and Paul Giamatti-starring) "sports comedy-drama" Win Win. Matt Berninger told HitFlix that the track, which features guest vocals from Sharon Van Etten, was inspired by McCarthy's material: "It's about very normal and good people trying to do their best and… More »

By: brandon / March 15, 2011

Video: The National Perform Live In NYC

The National visited Webster Hall's tiny downstairs Studio venue for an intimate performance, taped for MTV's Live In NYC series (Warpaint, Matt & Kim, The Drums, and Sleigh Bells are among the previous guests). Check out some of the video below. It's mostly songs from High Violet, and the "Terrible Love" performance i… More »

By: jessica / February 21, 2011

Stereogum Monthly Mix: January & February 2011

After a holiday break and an inclemently weathered January, our Monthly Mix series returns with a two-month/one-mix compilation that sets a defiant tone. If not for the year, then for the persistently re-accumulating, gut-checking frost. The key elements (aside from recency and excellence) are electronics and sequence, with a late-mix flip to stringed instruments, before… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 2, 2011

The Forms – “Fire To The Ground” (Feat. Matt Berninger)

The Forms' forthcoming Derealization EP reimagines material from the band's first two LPs. Ironically, it's these revisitations of older material that have revealed a newly vital band. When posting "Steady Hand" -- a remake of the Forms' "Bones," from their self-titled, second LP, fronted in this new instance by the fluttering operatics of Andrew… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 12, 2011

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… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 21, 2010
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