the deep bass of matt berninger met the soulful falsetto of justin vernon at a recent the national show at the glenn gould studio in toronto. the grammy darling joined the national for a performance of “vanderlyle crybaby geeks,” the closing track to last year’s high violet. catch the video up above.
the national also debuted two new songs from their forthcoming album on cbc’s q radio today. check out “rylan” and “i need my girl” here.
covering the national’s “england,” from their album high violet are englander mumford & sons. marcus mumford admits not knowing “whether or not it’s offensive towards english people,” vut care, he doesn’t as his band put a folk spin on the track.
just last month we saw the celebrity addled video for the new pornographers’ “moves.” this month we get the nationals’ video for “conversation 16″ off last year’s high violet – a video that features daily show contributer/flight of the conchords super fan kristen schaal as the president of the us (her nameplate says so), and mad men’s very own roger sterling, matt slattery as a rational secret service agent. it’s pretty wacky, but so are most things schaal has a hand in.
favorite moment: president schaal’s eagerness to red queen the presidential turkey on thanksgiving day.
the above video of the national performing “bloodbuzz ohio” from their album high violet at nyc’s webster hall is just a snippet of a full on concert that was filmed for mtv. hit the link below to watch the whole thing.
performing “conversation 16″ from their fantastic album high violet, the national brought with them arcade fire’s richard reed perry on 3rd guitar too add to their melodious melancholia. i love the line “i was afraid i’d eat your brains” a concern i’m sure everyone can sympathize with.
in the clip for the national’s high violet track “terrible love,” we find the brooklyn band enjoying life both onstage and off: from red dixie cups and air-humping antics backstage, to their very well-lit and electric stage show, the national are just trying to have a good time, maaaan.
those dapper fellows in the national just released their anticipated album high violet, which was just bnm’ed on p4k. the brooklyn boys skipped over to the ed sullivan with special guest sufjan stevens in tow to perform the sufjan guested track “afraid of everyone”. way to brood national. bravo.
boy, that ray concepcion can really make a great live video. here the national take their new song “terrible love” from their forthcoming high violet to an abandoned castle somewhere in new york. those seem to be the most popular settings for impromptu guerrilla showsas of late.