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Baritone brooder Matt Berninger hangs out with two sets of brothers -- the Dessner guitarists and the Devendorf rhythm section -- and forms a band. Originally a fairly punky, snide proposition, they’ve become more inwardly anxious, using ornate more »

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Big Red Machine
Big Red Machine

Ahh these minstrels will soothe my jangled nerves. Big Red Machine is a collaborative record between Bon Iver Sadboy 2.0 Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, songwriter and guitarist in The National. Dessner seems to be at the desk on this one, while Vernon's doubling ...view item »

The National
Boxer: Live In Brussels

Well, it's Boxer by the National, but live. In spite of album artwork that clearly indicates the band performing their music out at a respectable function hall, the original record was a studio undertaking. True. Now coloured in, that artwork makes true on its former lie because it's ...view item »

The National
Trouble Will Find Me

Sixth studio album from critics’ favourite The National. Following the massive success of ‘High Violet’ and a string of festival headlining spots, ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ has got the music press and fans alike salivating. From the offset this sounds like a band that have honed the...view item »

The National
Sleep Well Beast

The National have slowly seeped into our consciousness over the past few years simply by selling truckloads of records and becoming a thing we regularly compare other bands to when at a loss to describe moody rock music. Their success really is quite remarkable. Anyway here’s another album which contains more of...view item »

The National
High Violet

Who the National are is anybody's guess, they've swooped over my radar and nestled in the international "mature" indie higher echelons with ease. They look like a bunch of old acid head dudes largely, if the unflinchingly stark portraits of them inside the sleeve are owt to go by. Musically, they play heavy-hearted anthemic American rock with so...view item »

The National

The Boxer LP (released on beggars Banquet) from The National finds the Ohio quartet, well on the way to perfecting their now trademark dour sound, on this their fourth studio release. Although released in 2007 the LP more than hints at the sensationally, sombre, sound they would perfect by the time last years “Trouble Will ...view item »

Day Of The Dead EP

Remember that 'Day of the Dead' mammoth compilation thingy the National curated? Well 4AD have released a limited edition 12" vinyl of the four song 'Terrapin Station (Suite)' with folks from Grizzly Bear, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, TV on the Radio, Sonic Yout...view item »

The National
A Lot Of Sorrow

An experiment in how far one track’s emotional resonance can be help through repetition by The National and Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson. The entire performance features the track Sorrow played repeatedly for six hours. 105 versions are here on clear vinyl in a deluxe LP box set from 4AD. Exhausting and ...view item »

The National
Terrible Love

Can't say I've ever paid any attention to The National mainly due to fact that they seem to blend effortlessly into the background. I remember playing a gig with them years back and thinking not much at all of the experience. Word is they're a very popular band nowadays, think I might have even seen them on Jools Holland. Anyway, this 7" isn't r...view item »

The National
Bloodbuzz Ohio

I can't say I've been particularly impressed with The National in the past though they are generally held in high regard by press and punters alike. I've always thought of them as a bit of a Violent Femmes rip-off infused with overly dramatic modern production techniques. 'Bloodbuzz Ohio' only confirms this for me but it's by no means a bad ...view item »

The National
Apartment Story

The National: 'Apartment Story' (Beggars Banquet) Is all bass heavy thrum and deep sounding croon developing into a jangly guitar and drum smattering sing-along. From the LP 'Boxer', it's on 7" yellow vin...view item »

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Knotty Pine/Once Around the Bend (Dark Was the Night)

I could say anything about this 7" and it'd still sell. It's got The Dirty Projectors doing a song with David Byrne called 'Knotty Pine' and The National doing one called 'So Far Around the Bend', plus it's for an AIDS charity. I could tell you that I saw this record raping a hedgehog on the way to work and it'd still fly out like runny dog shit fr...view item »

The National

Who are The National? Well they are from Brooklyn, New York and 3 of them have beards. They sound like a gruff blue collar update of the Jesus and Mary Chain. Kind of like Violent Femmes playing Jesus and Mary Chain songs fronted by Bruce Springsteen. This is a 3 track single on Beggars Banquet...view item »

The National
Mistaken For Strangers

Here's a quickie from Our work experience man Alex who's been doing a fantastic job! The National. 'Mistaken for strangers' I never heard The National but now when I hear the song its very similiar to Interpol.The bands singer has a very sad voice, but it matches the song very well. 'Blank Slate' this song is very much the same as the first so...view item »