As our friends across the pond are well aware, The National headlined a night at last month's 2011 Latitude Festival. Not only did they thoroughly rock the house (err, arena), but they went all out. For us. Halfway through the set, they knocked out "Available" off of Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers. But, oh, it got better. Towards the end of set came this little bit of magical:
Reaching into their back catalog, they pulled out this sweet medley of two of their most beloved songs (of the stuff that we released): "Son" from their self-titled album and "About Today" off of the Cherry Tree EP. Aaron Dessner told the crowd that they wanted to play a song from each of their albums. And, well, they did.
NME has more deets, including a full set list.
And hey, if you live in the UK and missed out on The National's set, you've still got time! They'll be touring Europe all throughout the month of August (including the world famous Reading and Leeds festivals) before returning to America for some of their biggest shows yet including the Washington DC metro area's Merriweather Post Pavilion and Los Angeles's own Hollywood Bowl. Check out their tour dates for more info.
The National's European fans are certainly getting the royal treatment. While on tour in the UK recently, the band performed tunes from their earlier albums at the Latitude Festival. But that's not all. At the Holland Festival on June 2, the Aaron and Bryce Dessner decided to perform "Tests," from their 70-minute composition The Long Count. Feeling bummed because you missed out on the good times in Europe? Fret not, for we present you with a video of the "Tests" performance, featuring vocals by Matt Berninger: For those of you in Europe, why are you ....continue....Tweet
Oscar-nominated director Marshall Curry's new documentary, "If a Tree Falls" premieres in New York this week. It will have one-week screenings in theaters across the country throughout the summer. The film is about the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and their agressive defense of the environment. Why are we so excited, you ask? Well, first of all, we like woodland creatures and forests and stuff. But that's not the reason. We'll let the trailer speak for itself. (Hint: keeping one ear tuned to the background music at the 1:00 minute mark.): Why yes, that IS the title ....continue....Tweet
Just like a mountie on patrol, Brassland is here to serve you, Canada.
Brassland records are now available in Canada via our friends at Secret City Records. We're starting with The National's catalog but look for our other releases soon. Or- even better, request them. Help out! If you can't find something of ours at your local store, let them know!
There are quite a-many Canadian clips we can place to really drive home the point... but none really does Canadians justice (as well as sum up American ignorance) like this:
On February 8th, the National played a small, packed show at The Studio at Webster Hall. MTV filmed the show for their Live in NYC series. You can watch video of five songs here. Also make sure you tune into PUSH on MTV when they air some of the footage. Be sure to check them out on their upcoming European dates and also three shows with Arcade Fire. MAR 03: HELSINKI, FINLAND / THE HOUSE OF CULTURE // w/ SHARON VAN ETTEN MAR 04: HELSINKI, FINLAND / THE HOUSE OF CULTURE // w/ SHARON VAN ETTEN MAR 15: SINGAPORE MOSAIC MUSIC FESTIVAL (ESPLANADE THEATRE) MAR 17: TOKYO, JAPAN / ....continue....Tweet