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I'm the Only One of My Friends Who Likes the New National Album

Why does the new National album irritate everyone? I like it! by Rich Smith E veryone I know has been talking trash about the National's seventh album, Sleep Well Beast. It doesn't matter that it's been generally well received by critics. Show More Summary

Watch The National Perform Boxer In Its Entirety In Brussels

2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The National just wrapped up a European tour in support of their new album Sleep Well Beast, but at their final show in Brussels tonight, they celebrated a different album entirely. The performed all of Boxer, which turned 10 earlier this year, front to back in concert for the first time ever, and you can…

New Videos: The National, Spoon

Two great bands share two new videos for two great songs off their two great albums.The National, “I’ll Still Destroy You” from Sleep Well Beast.Spoon, “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” from Hot Thoughts. Continue reading

The National – “I’ll Still Destroy You” Video

Now that we're well into autumn it's a good time to revisit Sleep Well Beast, the latest impeccable LP from the National. They've thoughtfully reminded you of its existence today by releasing Allan Sigurðsson and Ragnar Kjartansson's video for "I'll Still Destroy You." In case you've forgotten, that's the eerie electronics-infused brooder accented by what…

With 'Sleep Well Beast,' the National brings new layers to gloom and heartache

Seven albums into the band’s career, there’s a level of fame to be expected from being in the National, who headline the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday. Frontman Matt Berninger, who was reached by phone at his hotel room between a recent run of shows in the U.K., described some of his response to...

Watch The National Cover Queen & Cat Power In London

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The National have been touring in support of their excellent new album Sleep Well Beast, and they've been sneaking a bunch of unexpected covers into their setlists. We've already posted about them covering New Order and Talking Heads this week, and during their two-day stand at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday and Thursday, they broke…

Watch The National Cover Talking Heads In London

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last night, as part of the tour behind their excellent new album Sleep Well Beast, the National played a show at London's Eventim Apollo. And as part of their encore, they played a song they've never covered before: "Heaven," the philosophical ballad from the Talking Heads' 1979 album Fear Of Music. It's a fairly faithful…

Stream The National's new LP Sleep Well Beast

The new National album, Sleep Well Beast, is out today. We think it’s pretty great. From our review: “These songs are thoughtful and experimental, and it lends a tension that would otherwise be absent. Despite the slower tempo of many of these songs, the use of synths, pops and clicks renders... Continue reading

Review: The National, Sleep Well Beast

You disappoint me, America. As a non-citizen, your political situation bums me out to no end. November 8, 2016 was a miserable night, and the ensuing months have been about as bad as one would have cared to imagine. One silver lining it felt reasonable to hold out hope for was an uptick in... Continue reading

New Music: The National, Wolf Parade, Matthew Dear + Tegan and Sara, Deradoorian

The National are releasing their great new album, Sleep Well Beast, on September 8. Before today they had shared three tracks: “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”, “Guilty Party”, and “Carin at the Liquor Store”. Here’s a fourth—“Day I Die”—and it’s wild music video. Check it out... Continue reading

Watch the National Perform Sleep Well Beast Songs With Bon Iver

The night after Aaron and Bryce Dessner joined Justin Vernon during his own concert

New Album Releases: SLEEP WELL BEAST (The National)

BUY NOW FROM AMAZON Artist: The National Genre: Alternative Rock Total Time: 57:41 Record Label: 4AD Purchasing Links: CD, MP3, Vinyl, iTunes Release Date September 8,... For more, visit our blog !

Karl Rove Responds To The National

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

"Walk It Back," the third track on the National's great new album Sleep Well Beast, features a long spoken-word passage that may or may not be a Karl Rove quote. Here it is:…

The National played Bowery Ballroom w/ Sufjan & Doveman (pics, review, setlist)

They played their their excellent new album Sleep Well Beast in full, and broke out the very rare "American Mary." Continue reading…

Watch The National Play Four Songs On CBS This Morning

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

To celebrate the release of their excellent new album Sleep Well Beast, the National returned to CBS This Morning today for the show's weekly Saturday Sessions segment. They played four songs from the LP -- "Day I Die," "Nobody Else Will Be There," "Turtleneck," and "The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness" -- live at…

The strange and curious case of a supposed Karl Rove quote on The National’s new album ‘Sleep Well Beast

3 months agoNews : The Raw Story

I never expected to use Karl Rove and The National in the same sentence. But 2017 is full of strange pop culture pairings. Taylor Swift and Right Said Fred? Sure, she interpolates “I’m Too Sexy” on her latest hit. Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher? Yeah, why not. The ex-nemeses have...

The Curious Case of a Supposed Karl Rove Quote Used on The National's New Album 'Sleep Well Beast'

The National's new album, 'Sleep Well Beast,' bashes Trump using a Bush-era quote often attributed to Karl Rove. We asked Rove what he thinks.

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