The National have been pretty occupied this summer in a low key kind of way, playing shows and working on their latest studio creation. Recently, their short tour of the Midwest - which also included a stop in Ottawa - ended with a headlining spot at the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 18th.
In other news, a stream of The National's take on Polaris' "Ashamed of the Story I Told" has been circulating around the interweb. We enjoyed it and thought maybe you'd like a listen:
For those unaware, the song is the group's contribution to Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy, a tribute/benefit album for Mark Mulcahy, the former leader of Miracle Legion and Polaris. The album comes out in September via Shout! Factory.
While there's been a brief lull in performances, you can catch the band next at New York's All Points West on July 31st. Then it's off to Europe for a set of August festival dates. To see when and where they'll be, click over to the shows page.
That about does it for now. Take care.