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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-Man Fever”:… More »

By: brandon / April 19, 2011 - 9:44 am

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 - 2:21 pm

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 the struggle… More »

By: brandon / March 15, 2011 - 3:13 pm

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 is especially fun,… More »

By: jessica / February 21, 2011 - 3:56 pm

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 - 11:56 am

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 Thibaldeaux… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 12, 2011 - 5:05 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

The Forms Return With EP Featuring The National, Dirty Projectors, Pattern Is Movement, Craig Wedren

The Forms, now the duo of vocalist/keyboardist Alex Tween and multi-instrumentalist Matt Walsh, are releasing a new “remix” EP, Derealization, in February. The six-song collection features instrumentally reworked versions of older material and a number of guests: The National’s Matt Berninger, Shudder To Think’s Craig Wedren, Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent player Daniel… More »

By: brandon / November 17, 2010 - 12:43 pm

The National – “Terrible Love (Alternate Version)” Video

Power metal fan Tom Berninger directed this playful, somehow affecting video for the alternate version of High Violet opener “Terrible Love.” Highlights include gratuitous air-humping, a nod to the debut self-titled album’s cover art, and plenty of enthusiastic live footage. More »

By: brandon / October 20, 2010 - 2:56 pm

Austin City Limits 2010 In Photos

Austin City Limits hosted some of the nicest weather in years alongside an impressive line up with main headliners The Strokes, Muse and the Eagles. Some tough scheduling choices though needed to be made like choosing Sonic Youth or Vampire Weekend, Broken Bells or Silversun Pickups, Band Of Horses or the Flaming Lips, and Muse… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / October 14, 2010 - 2:35 pm

Obama On Dylan: “He Didn’t Want To Take A Picture With Me”

Back in February Bob Dylan performed “The Times They Are A-Changin’” for President Obama and the First Family as part of a celebration for music from the Civil Rights era. That was a while ago, sure, but we just got Obama’s impressions on it now via a Rolling Stone cover story, impressions that might make… More »

By: brandon / September 29, 2010 - 1:05 pm

The National – “You Were A Kindness”

The National unveiled a new piano-lined track “You Were a Kindness” on Minnesota Public Radio’s “The Current.” Despite some complimentary comments in the lyrics, it’s not so kind. Unless you have a different read on making a slow disaster out of someone. Take a listen. More »

By: brandon / August 17, 2010 - 4:31 pm

Clogs – “Last Song” (Feat. Matt Berninger) Video

The pretty, spare “Last Song” appears on Clogs’ The Creatures In The Garden Of Lady Walton as well as the Last Song EP, a download-only single that pairs it with two unreleased B-Sides. For those of you unfamiliar with Clogs, the band features Bryce Dessner as well as frequent National collaborator Padma Newsome. This particular… More »

By: brandon / July 30, 2010 - 3:06 pm

Bonnaroo 2010: Friday In Photos & Videos

We’re live tweeting and shooting everything ‘Roo at Here’s the best of Friday… More »

By: Erika / June 12, 2010 - 7:09 pm

Watch National’s D.A. Pennebaker-Directed BAM Show

If you didn’t make it to the National’s Red Hot-benefiting show Saturday night at BAM, no worries: AMEX Zync is sponsoring a VEVO event on YouTube, which means you can watch the 5/15 performance on your computer. The footage was directed by Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker. (The latter was last spotted serving drinks i… More »

By: brandon / May 17, 2010 - 11:25 am

The National Bring Sufjan To Letterman, Release Bonus Track “Walk Off”

The National’s performance of “Fake Empire” with Doveman on David Letterman a few years ago was one of those rare instances where Late Night television actually made me feel something. Now, a couple of days after Matt showed off his dance skills for the “Bloodbuzz Ohio” video, the band brought Sufjan Stevens along with them… More »

By: brandon / May 14, 2010 - 10:05 am

The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio” Video

The National have a new album out today called High Violet. It’s really good. This is its first official video for a song you’ve heard before, “Bloodbuzz Ohio.” It was directed by Hope Hall, Andreas Burgess, and Matt’s wife Carin Besser. D.A. Pennebaker shows ups as a bartender. Otherwise it’s Berninger’s show: He offers smooth… More »

By: brandon / May 11, 2010 - 2:17 pm

National, Walkmen, Santigold, St. Vincent Dress Up For GQ

MGMT hit the Coachella stage playing their generally freakier Congratulations material in relatively human clothing, which prompted me to posit an aesthetic axiom: The weirdness of MGMT’s music is inversely proportional to that of their clothes. GQ’s taking that to a further extreme with a fashion spread/feature they’ve titled “Rock The Suit,” putting your iPod… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 27, 2010 - 4:03 pm

Stream The National High Violet

We’ve given you our very positive Evaluation and all the water metaphors a grown man could ever need. Now you can listen to a high-res High Violet from start to finish and see where you stand on the National’s newest. It’s over at NYTimes, along with a large feature on the band. The stream stay… More »

By: brandon / April 23, 2010 - 9:47 am
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