The National to start working on new album this fall

Matt Berninger of The National

Matt Berninger of The National

 

While the National are still on tour supporting their 2013 album Trouble Will Find Me, the band is setting their sights on making a new record. In an interview with Gigwise, frontman Matt Berninger revealed the band’s plans to get together in October to begin work on their seventh studio album, CoS informed.

For the first time, the band plans to to write together in the same room, as Berninger explained, “We always work on little things and email back and forth. We have no idea whether it’s going to work or not, but that’s as far as we’ve got with the new record: trying to work out a plan and a different approach.”

“That might fail miserably,” Berninger added, “but then we’ll try it a different way.”

Below, watch the band perform “Graceless” on Saturday Night Live earlier this year.

 

Listen: The National cover Perfume Genius’ “Learning” + New Tour Dates

Matt Berninger of The National

Matt Berninger of The National

Photo by Jeremy Larson

The National offer baritone and brooding textures on their rendition of Perfume Genius’ “Learning”. The cover acts as the B-side to “I Need My Girl”, the latest single from Trouble Will Find Me.

While the band’s take mostly stays true to the moving, piano-led original — a highlight off Perfume Genius’ 2010 album of the same name — Matt Berninger’s deep bellow seems to add another dimension of previously unexplored sentimentality. It’s dark, heavy, and all the resonant. Check it out below.

The National – Learning (Perfume Genius cover)

Update: The National have also announced new tour dates.

The National 2014 Tour Dates:
02/04 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
02/06 – Adelaide, AU @ Thebarton
02/07 – Sydney, AU @ Opera House Forecourt
02/08 – Sydney, AU @ Opera House Forecourt
02/09 – Melbourne, AU @ Myer Music Bowl
02/11 – Bribane, AU @ Riverstage
02/14 – Perth, AU @ Perth Festival
02/16 – Tokyo, JP @ Hostess Club Weekender
02/18 – Taipei, TW @ Hostess Club Taipei
02/20 – Manila, PH @ Hostess Club Manila
02/22 – Singapore @ Hostess Club Weekender
03/01 – Manchester, UK @ BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
03/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
04/09 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/10 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/11 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center
04/15 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/17 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/21 – Austin, TX @ The Moody Theater at Austin City Limits Live #
04/22 – Austin, TX @ The Moody Theater at Austin City Limits Live #
04/26 – Berkley, CA @ Greek Theatre %
05/09-11 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/23-25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/01 – Mannheim, DE @ Malfeld Derby
06/02 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
06/04 – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark
06/05 – Berlin, DE @ Zitadelle
06/09 – Warsaw, PL @ Amiteatr
06/10 – Leipzig, DE @ Parkbuhne
06/11 – Cologne, DE @ Tanzbrunnen
06/13 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
07/10 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
07/12 – London, UK @ British Summer Time Hyde Park ^
07/14 – Cork, IE @ Live at the Marquee !
07/16 – Galway, IE @ Galway Arts Festival !
07/18 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens !
07/19 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens
07/22 – Ferrara, IT @ Piazza Castello
07/25 – Vasto, IT @ Siren
07/26 – Lucca, IT @ Piazza Napolene
07/29 – Brescia, IT @ Anfiteatro del Vittoriale
07/31 – St. Petserburg, RU @ A2
08/01 – Moscow, RU @ Arena Moscow
08/03 – Kiev, UA @ Stereo Plaza
08/06 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Fest

* = w/ Daughter
# = w/ Warpaint
% = w/ Portugal. the Man
^ = w/ Neil Young
! = w/ PhosphorescentUpdate: The National have also announced new tour dates.

The National 2014 Tour Dates:
02/04 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
02/06 – Adelaide, AU @ Thebarton
02/07 – Sydney, AU @ Opera House Forecourt
02/08 – Sydney, AU @ Opera House Forecourt
02/09 – Melbourne, AU @ Myer Music Bowl
02/11 – Bribane, AU @ Riverstage
02/14 – Perth, AU @ Perth Festival
02/16 – Tokyo, JP @ Hostess Club Weekender
02/18 – Taipei, TW @ Hostess Club Taipei
02/20 – Manila, PH @ Hostess Club Manila
02/22 – Singapore @ Hostess Club Weekender
03/01 – Manchester, UK @ BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
03/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
04/09 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/10 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/11 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center
04/15 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/17 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/21 – Austin, TX @ The Moody Theater at Austin City Limits Live #
04/22 – Austin, TX @ The Moody Theater at Austin City Limits Live #
04/26 – Berkley, CA @ Greek Theatre %
05/09-11 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/23-25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/01 – Mannheim, DE @ Malfeld Derby
06/02 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
06/04 – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark
06/05 – Berlin, DE @ Zitadelle
06/09 – Warsaw, PL @ Amiteatr
06/10 – Leipzig, DE @ Parkbuhne
06/11 – Cologne, DE @ Tanzbrunnen
06/13 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
07/10 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
07/12 – London, UK @ British Summer Time Hyde Park ^
07/14 – Cork, IE @ Live at the Marquee !
07/16 – Galway, IE @ Galway Arts Festival !
07/18 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens !
07/19 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens
07/22 – Ferrara, IT @ Piazza Castello
07/25 – Vasto, IT @ Siren
07/26 – Lucca, IT @ Piazza Napolene
07/29 – Brescia, IT @ Anfiteatro del Vittoriale
07/31 – St. Petserburg, RU @ A2
08/01 – Moscow, RU @ Arena Moscow
08/03 – Kiev, UA @ Stereo Plaza
08/06 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Fest

* = w/ Daughter
# = w/ Warpaint
% = w/ Portugal. the Man
^ = w/ Neil Young
! = w/ Phosphorescent

The National – Upcoming Shows + First Video from latest album

The first video from the album Trouble Will Find Me, out now:

Video credits:
Director: Sophia Peer
Producer: Michelle Cameron
Production Coordinator: Naomi Wells
Starring: Rivers Curry
Director of Photography: Zoe White
Editor: Sophia Peer
Set Builders: Bennett Wilson and his team at Windmill Studios
Colorist: Michael Dwass
Color Grading Producer: Chavvah Stuart
Color Facilities Provided by: CVLT Production
Assistant Camera: David Sosnow
DIT: Rocio Ruiz
Gaffer: Freddy Cintron
Key Grip: Gautam Kadian
Hair & Makeup: Celina Santory
Wardrobe: Sandy Sui
Choreographer: Erica Magrey
Art Director: Annie Sicherman
Sound Effects: Christopher Keyes
Production Assistants: Dan Coch, Giovanno Montoya
Special Thanks: Winston Case, Marshall Curry, Liz W. Martin, Gus Hauser, Gabe Spierer, Dawn Barger, Andy Bodor, Allen Cordell, John Morena, Stephen Venezia, Glasslands, Jenny McManus

THE NATIONAL UPCOMING SHOWS

11 December 2013
Mexico City, Mexico
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13 December 2013
Mexico City, Mexico
SOLD OUT   /
02 January 2014
Aspen, CO, USA
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03 January 2014
Aspen, CO, USA
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31 January 2014
Honolulu, HI, USA
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04 February 2014
Auckland, New Zealand
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06 February 2014
Adelaide, Australia
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07 February 2014
Sydney, Australia
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08 February 2014
Sydney, Australia
SOLD OUT   /
09 February 2014
Melbourne, Australia
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11 February 2014
Brisbane, Australia
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14 February 2014
Perth, Australia
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16 February 2014
Tokyo, Japan
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18 February 2014
Taipei, Taiwan
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20 February 2014
Manila, Philippines
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22 February 2014
Hostess Club Weekender
Tickets go on sale December 13th at 10am local time
Singapore, Singapore
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13 June 2014
Aarhus, Denmark
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12 July 2014
British Summer Time Hyde Park
w/ Neil Young Tickets go on sale December 13th at 9am local time
London, United Kingdom
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The National ‘Lean’ The Hunger Games Catching Fire Soundtrack

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Brooklyn band The National

 

The National sound restrained and somber on “Lean,” their new contribution to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The band builds a moody texture of acoustic guitars and, later, violin embellishments as frontman Matt Berninger portends doom with lyrics like, “Everybody needs a prayer and needs a friend/Everybody knows the world’s about to end.” Throughout the song’s four minutes, though, the band barely break a sweat, keeping their cool even as Berninger coos “Dying is easy” in the chorus.

 

 

 

 

From Unruly Hearts:

 

Please visit the NYC  Coalition Against Hunger, a voice for 1.5 million New Yorkers struggling against hunger,  and learn how you can help!

 

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Bon Iver, The Black Keys, Tame Impala, The National, Wavves, Charlie XCX, And Other Musicians Customize Converse For Charity Auction.

In a new charitable auction called In Their Shoes, a whole mess of musicians have custom-decorated pairs of Converse Chuck Taylors, selling those shoes off on eBay and raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and other charities. Bon Iver (pictured), the National, Tame Impala, Santigold, Tegan And Sara, Wavves, the Black Keys, Charlie XCX, New Order, Foals, Moby, Frightened Rabbit, JEFF The Brotherhood, and a ton of others all have shoes up for auction. The auction runs until 10/29, and you can find all the info here

Bon Iver:

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The Black Keys:

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Tame Impala:

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The National:

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WaVVes:

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Charlie XCX:

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Foals:

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Listen to The National’s beautiful performance for KCRW

The National - Photo KCRW

The National – Photo KCRW

Following their performance at Outside Lands and last night’s appearance on Kimmel, The National stopped by KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic to play a special, stripped-down set. The band performed what they called “chilled out versions” of Trouble Will Find Me tracks like “I Should Live In Salt”, “This Is the Last Time”, and “Fireproof”, due to the absence of drummer Bryan Devendorf, who sat out the session in order to rest his injured back. Listen to the entire 45-minute program here.

The National may be a New York institution, but the band was in Hollywood last night as guests of Jimmy Kimmel Live!. As they continue to support their second straight CoS Top Star-earning record in Trouble Will Find Me, Matt Berninger and his brotherly bandmates performed “Graceless” and “This is the Last Time”. Watch the replay below.

In related news, The National are reportedly hard at work on a star-studded Grateful Dead tribute album with Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile & The Violators, and others. Can’t wait.

More about The National here

Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala, The National, Palma Violets Play Open’er Festival

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Arctic Monkeys played their first gig since headlining Glastonbury at Open’er Festival Wednesday, July 3.

Playing an identical set as their Pyramid Stage performance last Friday (June 28), minus the string section for ‘Cornerstone’ and Mardy Bum’, the band opened with new track ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ – the first single taken from their forthcoming fifth album ‘AM’.

“Good evening everyone, we are the Arctic Monkeys from Sheffield, England,” said frontman Alex Turner, during the middle of second song ‘Brianstorm’, as the dark clouds overheard began to clear. “Gydina! How ya feeling everybody?” he added before launching into ‘Dancing Shoes’.

After the band’s Glastonbury set, Turner was on the end of criticism for having lost his natural Sheffield accent for a more Stateside twang, but he continued with his unusual stage persona in Poland saying, “thankyerverymuch” in an Elvis-like twang before the band played ‘Don’t Sit Down Cause I Moved Your Chair’.

That song was followed by ‘Teddy Picker’, which segued into ‘Crying Lightning’, before the band played ‘Brick By Brick’ and debut album highlight ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’. “I’m gonna play some ‘Humbug’ music,” said Turner before ‘Pretty Visitors’. “Some of that full moon music for ya!” he added as he snarled the opening lyrics of the song.

This was followed by ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, ‘Do Me A Favour’, ‘R U Mine?’, new track ‘Mad Sounds’ and ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, before they finished their main set with ‘A Certain Romance’.

“Can you stand a couple more?” asked Turner on the band’s return to the stage for the encore. They then proceeded to play ‘Cornerstone’ – this time without the backing of a string band – before finishing with ‘Mardy Bum’, ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ and ‘505’.

Arctic Monkeys played:

‘Do I Wanna Know?’
‘Brianstorm’
‘Dancing Shoes’
‘Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’
‘Teddy Picker’
‘Crying Lightning’
‘Brick By Brick’
‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’
‘She’s Thunderstorms’
‘Old Yellow Bricks’
‘Pretty Visitors’
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘Do Me A Favour’
‘R U Mine?’
‘Mad Sounds’
‘Fluorescent Adolescent’
‘A Certain Romance’
‘Cornerstone
‘Mardy Bum’
‘When The Sun Goes Down’
‘505’

Before Arctic Monkeys took to the stage, the festival’s Main Stage saw a performance by Tame Impala. The Australian psych-rock outfit played during a rainstorm but songs such ‘Elephant’ and ‘Half Full Glass Of Wine’ failed to dampen the spirits of those who braved the downpour.

Day two of Open’er Festival was brought to a close by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. Playing a longer set than their Glastonbury appearance last weekend, the band played a set of new and classic tracks, including ‘Jubilee Street’, ‘Deanna’ and ‘Stagger Lee’.

Open’er Festival will continue today (July 5) with performances from Queens Of The Stone Age, The National, Disclosure and Palma Violets.