Thursday, April 22, 2010

It's A National Release

The National have returned...or I guess I should say, are returning. Their new album is called High Violet and is a nervy, melodic, explosive and beautiful set of songs that find the band at the height of their collaborative powers.

The music is wide-ranging in its moods, by turns intimate and rough, expansive and spare, full of stark angles and atmosphere. Berninger’s singing—wild, half-broken, sly—evokes a feeling of being haunted, by love, by paranoia, by something just out of reach. High Violet may be The National’s most thematically twisted record to date but it somehow also manages to be their most infectious and immediate.

And having heard this, if you thought that The National were a big band before, High Violet should take them to the next level somewhere near the stratosphere and The Flaming Lips. This is a mature effort that could have only been made by a band who have slowly plotted their ascent. As if to prove that point, the band will be playing several multi-date shows in a few select cities.

Here's those dates...
Apr 22 The National Richmond, Virginia
Apr 23 The National Richmond, Virginia
May 21 The Wiltern Los Angeles, California
May 22 The Wiltern Los Angeles, California
May 23 Spreckels Theatre San Diego, California
May 26 Fox Theatre Oakland, California
May 27 Fox Theatre Oakland, California
May 29 Sasquatch Quincy, Washington
Jun 2 House of Blues Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 3 House of Blues Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 4 Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 5 Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 6 Dar Constitution Hall Washington DC, Washington DC
Jun 8 Massey Hall Toronto
Jun 9 Massey Hall Toronto
Jun 16 Radio City Music Hall New York, New York
Jul 27 Prospect Park Brooklyn, New York
Jul 31 Osheaga Festival Montreal

Download: Bloodbuzz Ohio



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Hi TP!S,

On behalf of Beggars, 4AD and The National many thanks for plugging "High Violet" on your site (street date 11th May) ... .. thanks, also, on behalf of the label, management and artist for not posting any pirate links to unreleased (studio) material and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, then a full length, high quality version of "BloodBuzz Ohio" (along with artwork) is available for fans and bloggers to link to / post / host etc from the band’s site at and “Afraid of Everyone” is now also available via ... .. for further details of the new album, on-line promotions, videos and 2010 shows, check-out the official site, as well as the band's MySpace at and YouTube channel at ... .. and keep an eye on these official sources for details of further news, preview material and on-line promotions.

Thanks again for your plug.



mens watches said...

BloodBuzz Ohio is a great song... Thanks for posting it. Looking to buy their new album

Paul POP! said...

Thanks for reading!

Jeff said...

Yeah, cool song for sure. A new National release is always worth celebrating.