We just want to point out that this happened. The Bridge Session, a collaborative concert involving Bob Weir, members of The National, The Walkmen, Takka Takka, Yellow Birds and Thomas "Doveman" Bartlett took place in Northern California (and on the internet) in late March. No it wasn't a collective hallucination. You can read about The National's continuing interest in reinterpreting the Dead legacy elsewhere on the internet, or this more personal take on drummer Bryan Devendorf's appreciation for both the Dead & Phish. Despite our punk & DIY roots here at Brassland, we have erected a big tent all up in here -- and if you go back far enough you sort of start to realize almost all musicians start off doing the kind of crazy DIY-style s**t where our hearts lie. (If we're lying we're dying!)
Anyhoo, if you're short on time, may we suggest you just kick down and chillax to this YouTube grab of the entire concert. If you're even shorter on time we're particularly fond of the band's take on Cass McCombs "Love Thine Enemy" which starts up at the 4:33 mark. (And yes, that time code is eerily familiar.) Finally, for all the New Yorkers in the house -- Further are at the Beacon Theater through next week. They have to put someone in there when we're not using it.
The National curated (and decidedly sold out) All Tomorrow's Parties festival came and went this past weekend at Pontin's Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, England. It was bone-chillingly cold, it got dark very very early, and the sands at Camber Sands were only braved by the very very brave. (Count among the brave the dudes of The National who went out there for a photo shoot one morning.) The long and excellent list of featured musicians included Kurt Vile, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof, Menomena, Hauschka, Richard Reed Parry (three sets!), Sharon Van Etten -- and that's just ....continue....Tweet
The National have found a way to cure the post-tour blues, now that they're keeping busy with curatorial activities throughout the year. The band was recently invited headline the All Tomorrow's Parties festival this December, and as part of that they get to pick the whole line-up. The festival is held in Minehead, UK which is, uh, right near Bristol, which is in...uh...yeah? (Ok, we had to Google Map that.) Anyway, a preliminary line-up has been announced, including (but not limited to): Kronos Quartet, The Antlers, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Sharon Van Etten, My Brightest ....continue....Tweet
The National's tour bus has finally rolled to a stop, with the band concluding their High Violet tour with a series of performances at the Beacon Theater in New York City last week. Their six-show grand finale featured The War on Drugs, So Percussion, Wye Oak, Sharon Van Etten, My Brightest Diamond, and This is the Kit as openers, with various other musical friends like Richard Reed Parry from Arcade Fire and Trey Anastasio from Phish joining the band throughout the week. Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) were both part of the on-stage party on Saturday. The ....continue....Tweet
Now that they've been touring for over a year and a half, The National is winding down with a few last shows before they enjoy a break. Now, don't jump to any conclusions. Just because the band is going to take a breather doesn't mean they aren't thinking about new music. In fact, Bryce and Aaron Dessner recently sat down for an interview with NME to discuss ideas for the next record. In that interview, the twins also discussed the film Summer Lovin' Torture Party, by Matt Berninger's brother Tom (thus completing the triad of ....continue....Tweet