once in a long while, MTV will do something so great that I temporarily
forget that it has essentially become a 24/7 showcase for my two least
favorite types of people, pregnant teenagers and cheesin' juice heads.
But this bit of greatness arrives in the form of a special "Live in NYC"
performance with everyone's favorite angsty Ohioans, THE NATIONAL
THE NATIONAL just leaked the first song from their highly-anticipated album HIGH VIOLET, due May 11. Download it after the jump . . .
The thing about THE NATIONAL is that each of their albums has been the kind of thing that's taken me a few listens to get a real handle on and more listens still to really start to love. I mean that as a compliment: Alligator was one of the best albums of the last decade. But this particular tendency makes it difficult to form snap opinions of their new songs in isolation (especially when they debut via NBC's streaming video player and its inherent poor audio quality).
Kicking Ourselves Dept.: The National played in town this past Saturday, and I totally slept on it. "What's the point?" I thought. "They're not doing anything new or anything like that."
Well, joke's on me, clearly, as they did play two new songs at the House of Blues. Above is video of one songs, "The Runaway," done at Studio Q in Canada.
Last night, indie rock luminaries like Bon Iver, Feist, the National, Dirty Projectors, and David Byrne gathered at Radio City Music Hall to perform, among other things, music from the recent Dark Was the Night compilation, which benefits the Red Hot Organization.
Last night was also Pete Seeger's 90th birthday, so Sharon Jones, who, along with the Dap Kings, were set to close out the night, invited the whole crew up on stage to do "This Land Is Your Land."