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About the new google ad featuring The National, Matt Berninger told stereogum:

I don’t remember the specific connection but somebody high up there is a fan. I think Sergey Brin. They showed us a rough idea a few months ago. It was as much a commercial for us as for Goggle so we were happy to help. Originally the ad ended with a Youtube clip of me climbing into the seats screaming in people’s faces, but Google got cold feet about encouraging illegal filming of concerts. I think they are web only but I’m not sure. I wonder If we’re censored in China?

I’m pretty sure he was referring to this video.


The National playing All The Wine live.

Don’t miss The National live on Jimmy Fallon, Wednesday March 10th

And if you are lucky enough to be able to attend a Jimmy Fallon show, go here.


The National’s new song, Terrible Love. From Fallon’s show

The National - Afraid of Everyone live on Big Ears Festival

This is the song where Sufjan Stevens provides de haunting backing vocals.


The National - Conversation 16 live on Big Ears Festival

The National - Sorrow live at The Bell House

The National

—Murder Me Rachael [Live]

'Murder Me Rachel (Live)' by The National, Cherry Tree - EP (2004) Track 6

The National - Anyone’s Ghost live on

this time, there are no shots of insects…

'Terrible Love' by THE NATIONAL on WNYC Soundcheck live (Pt. 3 of 3)

'Afraid of Everyone' by THE NATIONAL on WNYC Soundcheck live (Pt. 2 of 3)

'Anyone's Ghost' by THE NATIONAL on WNYC Soundcheck live (Pt. 1 of 3)

Little Faith by The National, Castle Rock Sessions, SPECIAL PRESENTATION by Pitchfork TV

The National + Sufjan Stevens Play Letterman


Sufjan Stevens, who recorded vocal and harmonium parts on one of this week’s most beloved indie rock records, High Violet, joined the National for their live rendition of “Afraid of Everyone” tonight, providing backup vox and tambourine on the Late Show with David Letterman.

It was a stunning performance (duh), not to mention one which just might give Matt Berninger and the boys an edge in the race for the highest selling album of the week. High Violet’s lead competitor is reportedly the Dead Weather’s Sea of Cowards, so yeah, we won’t be going all Sophie’s Choice on this one. Either way, good music wins this week.

Watch Sufjan, the Dessner/Devendorf brothers, and a small horn section play “Afraid of Everyone” below (via Audio Perv):

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The National

—About Today [Live]

'About Today [Live]' by The National, The Virginia EP (2008) Track 12