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[new]: The National – “Sunshine On My Back”

By Will Oliver, April 2nd 2015

The National - Sunshine On My Back

There’s not much better than getting a new song out of the blue from one of your favorite bands. We got that today with a brand new single from The National called “Sunshine On My Back.” It’s not the first single of a new album, but rather a leftover from the Trouble Will Find Me sessions and it’s being included as a bonus for fans who purchase the bands documentary Mistaken For Strangers.

It’s a beautiful sweeping track that features the always fantastic Sharon Van Etten on backing vocals. It’s a great song, but I can sort of understand why it was left of the album. Not a knock on it, but stylistically it doesn’t seem to fit as well.

If you didn’t purchase the movie, you can find the single available to stream on Spotify and available to purchase on iTunes.

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Last week The National played three consecutive sold out shows at Prospect Park. I was at night one of sold out three-night-run at Prospect Park which saw Phosphorescent open things up. Find my write up and photos on that right here.

Andrew St. Clair was there for night two, where Lord Huron opened. He captured some gorgeous photos of both them and The National, which you can find in the gallery posted below.
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The National Fallon

If you’re a fan of The National and haven’t seen their recently released documentary, Mistaken For Strangers, get on that right now. It’s fantastic.

To support it they stopped by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to perform “This Is The Last Time”, one of the many highlights off last year’s Trouble Will Find Me. They are supported by a string section, which only heightened the already mighty live version of the song.

Watch below.
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The National Bobs Burgers

Last Thanksgiving The National teamed up with Bob’s Burgers and covered a song from the show called “The Thanksgiving Song.” This Thanksgiving they teamed up once again for an original song from the show titled “Gravy Boat.”

Watch them play the song in an animated video that puts The National in the Bob’s Burgers world as characters in gravy. It’s awesome. Read the rest of this entry »

[new]: The National – Lean (From ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Soundtrack)

By Will Oliver, November 11th 2013 — with 1 comment

The Hunger Games Soundtrack

Come November 22, I will be catching a midnight screening of Hunger Games: Catching Fire for a review over at MMM. I was pleasantly surprised by the first film, and am excited to see what comes next.

The first had a good soundtrack featuring original songs by Arcade Fire and The Decemberists. The new soundtrack also has some good tracks, featuring new music from artists like Coldplay and The National. We already shared the vintage sounding Coldplay song, “Atlas.”

Now take a listen to The National’s offering, “Lean.” It sounds like it would have been right at home on Trouble Will Find Me, with a more widescreen epic approach that makes it a good fit for a movie of the Hunger Game’s scope.

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The National Sea Of Love Jools Holland

The National are going strong off the release of this year’s spectacular Trouble Will Find Me. They’re still out working hard, promoting the album. They recently stopped by Later… With Jools Holland to perform a fired up version of “Sea Of Love.”

The track always continues to surprise me with how powerful it can be live, and this performance was no different.

Check out the performance below.
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[music video]: The National – Graceless

By Will Oliver, August 27th 2013

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Sure the VMA’s just happened, but The National just released the video of the year. In what other video can you see a band is suits, swimming, shooting potato guns, playing beer baseball, and going down slip and slides?

The National remind us that they have fun too, its not all just serious sad songs, despite what people may think. The video was shot at Matt Berninger’s parents house in black and white. It’s a glorious thing to watch. My favorite music video of the year so far.
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