January 29, 2020

VINYL ME PLEASE & The National special vinyl editions & catch-up - turn this into a studio story

- SNL > O2 Arena
- slipmats

As much as we love to surprise you, we know that whatever news we have concerning The National has probably already been seen and reacted to by at least a few thousand people. That's kind of how things work with these guys nowadays. Everyone's in the loop. Even your mom. But it’s okay, we still want you to feel special for keeping up because we know you have good taste, and also because your mom seems really cool.

Even though it’s been a year since we’ve posted anything about them here at Brassland, we still watch The National from afar like an anxious parent secretly monitoring their child’s Facebook account. It’s about time we caught up with our old friends, because they’ve got a lot exciting things going on right now. And though we may stare at their Instagram photos with a kind of vicarious jealousy, we just tell ourselves they can’t be having that much fun without us, right?

That’s what we thought.

Now, prepare to have your mind blown: hanging out with Clifford is not the most exciting thing to happen to The National recently. But that’s only because their latest album, Trouble Will Find Me, has just been nominated for a Grammy!

[Insert rousing applause]

All we can say is the “Best Alternative Music Album” category better batten down the hatches, because a baritone storm is coming. We’ve got our fingers crossed.

But wait, you think. Why is there still this much article left? What could possibly top the exciting news of a Grammy nomination? Well, maybe you forgot The National just had a documentary made about them, in which case… surprise! They’ve had a documentary made about them! And it may just be coming to a theater near you.

The film, Mistaken for Strangers, was directed by Tom Berninger (brother of lead vocalist Matt Berninger) and chronicles his experience as he accompanies the band on tour. Maybe you saw it when it screened on the opening night of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (yes, that happened). It’s part tour documentary, part personal journey, and all definitely worth seeing. It turns out a film about The National is just as emotionally poignant as their music. Don’t believe us? Check out the press it’s been getting, and watch the trailer below.

Mistaken for Strangers will have its theatrical premier during one big concert-slash-screening event at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles this coming March. If you’re lucky enough to be in LA when this hits and you still haven’t gotten tickets… well, there's only so much we can say.

See? From Grammys to documentary films, we weren’t exaggerating when we said there was a lot of exciting news. Ah, the joy of catching up with old friends, especially when they’re this cool. You didn’t hear it from us, but we may be plotting some… commemorative objects to celebrate the loving LTR (long-term relationship) between Brassland and The National. What are your opinions on promise rings?

Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for more news about our favorite indie rockers. Till then…

Godspeed you, The National.

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