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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

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

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… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / October 14, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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… More »

By: brandon / May 14, 2010

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:… More »

By: brandon / May 11, 2010

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… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 27, 2010

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. More »

By: brandon / April 23, 2010

The National – High Violet Premature Evaluation

We talk a lot about "anticipation" when it comes to new releases, but it feels like folks have been awaiting the National's High Violet with a special excitement, one that's picked up with each leaked (or officially released) track or live performance. The band's longer, slower climb from their 2001 self-titled debut to their… More »

By: stereogum / April 20, 2010

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 Justi… More »

By: brandon / April 14, 2010

The National – “Afraid Of Everyone” (Feat. Sufjan Stevens)

In Brandon's beautiful review of the National's excellent show at Bell House last month, he mentioned "Runaway," a song that will be the slow jam of 2010. We're still waiting on its studio form, but until then there is "Afraid Of Everyone," which is another previously previewed in concert track and follows "More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 13, 2010

The National – “Afraid Of Everyone” & “Conversation 16″ Live Video

To summarize: So far we've heard "Bloodbuzz Ohio," watched the guys debut "Terrible Love" on Fallon, and caught "Sorrow" "Little Faith" and "Anyone's Ghost" at their Bell House show last month. Now here's footage of two more High Violet songs, bringing us ever-closer to the full tracklist. "Afraid Of Everyone" has a… More »

By: jessica / April 5, 2010

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 i… More »

By: brandon / April 2, 2010

The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio”

After attending one of the National's High Violet-related shows at the Bell House a couple of weeks ago, I sorta went off on the water imagery in Matt Berninger's lyrics. "Bloodbuzz Ohio," a song we heard in earlier form a year ago, isn't as obviously drenched or drowned as the others, though… More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2010

The National @ Bell House, Brooklyn 3/12/10

I don't know what it is with the National and rain. That's not true ... I do. Their self-titled first album had so much water imagery -- from Bryan Devendorf in a pool on the cover to the precipitation, moisture, dampness, etc., in the songs -- and its continued across their subsequent releases. I don't… More »

By: brandon / March 15, 2010

National Debut “Terrible Love” On Fallon

Actually, on This hasn't even aired yet. "Terrible Love" is our first listen from and the first track on the National's forthcoming LP High Violet. Are you ready for some good music? More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 11, 2010
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