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The National - Clampdown (The Clash cover)
from The Clash: Unkut Tribute Disk
—Ashamed of the Story I Told
Ashamed of the Story I Told by The National
originally by Polaris (Mark Mulcahy)
This track is featured on Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy which features other covers by Thom York (of Radiohead), Micahel Stipe (of R.E.M.), Dinosaur Jr., Mercury Rev, and many others.
Mark Mulcahy is the former front many of 80s/90s group Miracle Legion as well as Polaris, the house band for the mid 1990s Nickelodeon television series “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” (their “Hey Sandy” is featured in the opening credits).
Mulcahy’s wife, Melissa, died suddenly in September 2008, and proceeds from the sale of the album will go to Mulcahy to help him continue his music career while raising his 3-year-old twin daughters.
(song via thatgirlpatty)
—Sleep All Summer (Crooked Fingers Cover)
'Sleep All Summer' (Crooked Fingers Cover) by The National & St. Vincent, SCORE! 20 Years of Merge Records: THE COVERS! (2009), Track 4
Now that I’ve played [this song] for a couple years, I think there’s a lot about the narrator I identify with. I don’t know if that comes from owning the song or from interpreting it in the light of how Berninger’s ubiquitous über-narrator has evolved in the last two years, across Boxer and High Violet. It’s always startling to hear Berninger sing in his baritone about being delicate and fragile, and it’s even more startling when you’re at a show surrounded by 20 beer-chugging, fist-pumping bros, singing along with lines like, “I’m afraid of everyone.” His narrator is a regular dude, a hard-working, well put-together dude who mumbles all this brilliant commentary on male weakness.
Silver Swans - Anyone’s Ghost (The National cover)
Bloodbuzz Ohio by Oh Land [The National Cover]
Abel | Editors (The National Cover)
Q:How’d that wedding photo come about?
Matt Berninger: In that picture, we’re at Peter Katis’ wedding—he produced Boxer, and we worked with him on several records before. That picture was just taken randomly. It wasn’t set up or anything.
Q: It’s kind of self-deprecating.
MB: Yeah, there was some of that to it, but mostly I think the reason we liked it was that it has this kind of surreal-looking, archival-footage feeling to it. It looked like it was from the ’50s. I think Boxer has this kind of disconnected-from-reality vibe going on.
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—I'll See You In My Dreams
The National | I’ll See You In My Dreams (Cover) | Boardwalk Empire
The HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, has been delivering popular songs from the 1920’s covered by modern artists for almost 3 seasons.
The song plays during the end credits of Season 3, Episode 10, titled “A Man, a Plan…”.
"I’ll See You In My Dreams" was written by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was originally released in 1924 and recorded by Isham Jones and The Ray Miller Orchestra. (Wikipedia)