May 10, 2010

The National Garner Heaps of Press, Curating High Violet Annex

Tomorrow, The National's new album, High Violet, will be released in stores nationwide. In anticipation, the press has been pouring in. Pitchfork reviewed the album, tagging it with its "Best New Music" seal of approval. Vanity Fair posted a nice write up, comparing the band to Radiohead and featuring some Vanity Fair-esque photos. A few weeks ago, New York Times Magazine featured the band in a long article that reveals a little band history, a little bit of the recording process, a little bit of everything. If you're curious what songs Steve Reich likes from the new record, be sure to read it.

In addition to the flurry of media attention, Other Music will open up an empty storefront in New York to celebrate the album's release. Temporarily called "The High Violet Annex," the space will feature a series of National-curated events each evening from Tuesday (5/11) through Saturday (5/15). While many of the details are being kept under wraps, we do know that Friday is Brassland Night. There will be performances by special guests. Who, you ask? Could Steve Reich make an appearance? Well, okay, probably not but we're not telling either way. See you there.

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