The brothers and Berninger of the National told Billboard that a new album’s in the works, slated for a 2010 release date. They didn’t mention what it would sound like, but that’s what the internet and your aural analytic ability is for. There are three post-Boxer bits to process: “So Far Around The Bend,” featuring arrangement from indie rock’s composer crush Nico Muhly, and these two tunes performed at Carnegie Hall’s Free Tibet fundrasier last week. Both feature stately horns, “Karamazov” more balladic and “Saints” pushed by plinking pianos, and each reassure that the National remain interested in exploring their awesome ability to find a refined, subtle simmering point for their cathartic anthems, rather than push shit into the red like so many of the lesser bands they’ve outlasted, and outgrown.
The National – “Karamazov” (Live) (MP3)
The National – “Wake Up Your Saints” (Live)
Thanks for the heads up, Evan.
Also worth noting: Yesterday word spread of a Matt Berninger appearance at the upcoming Clogs/Bell Orchestre show at BAM with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. (UPDATE: Official word is that Matt WILL NOT be appearing.)
That is good news, especially considering Berninger’s name was mentioned in the same breath as Sufjan Stevens, Owen Pallett, and Shara Worden as the night’s special, unannounced guests. A good source said it can’t be confirmed, so let’s see. Would be a pretty nice lineup for a dark night. Tickets info is here. Grizzly Bear and Final Fantasy do it the same way, at the same space, two days later.
And last rumor: There will be a Dark Was The Night show at Radio City. Maybe.
Aside from rumored solo appearances and rumored compilation recreations, there is actual VERIFIABLE NEWS to report too: The National have confirmed a spring club tour after a March appearance at the Harvest of Hope Festival in Florida. In the interim, they’ll get working on the Boxer followup.
03/08 – St. Augustine, FL @ Harvest of Hope Festival
05/21 – Toronto, Ontario @ Kool Haus
05/22 – Montreal, Quebec @ Metropolis
05/23 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
05/24 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
05/25 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
05/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
05/28 – Raleigh, NC @ Maymendi Concert Hall
05/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
[Photo from Coachella ’08 by Amrit Singh]