Posted in music | tour dates on February 1, 2010

The National

Pitchfork: Sufjan Stevens played on the last album. Do you have any guests on this one?

The National's Matt Berninger: We have a bunch of people who have come in and out of the studio, which is behind Aaron's house. It was sort of an open door policy; friends come over and do stuff. So a lot of people did do things. I don't know exactly how much of everything we're going to keep. I will say that Sufjan did something that we are going to keep on a song. He sang some weird little backing vocal melodies-- no words. It was on a song that had just the right sort of odd, creepy vibe. There are a few other people that have come in and out. I don't want to say who yet [laughs] because we still might be editing them out. But I'm pretty sure that the little Sufjan vocal thing is going to be in there. It really did something special with that song.

It's no surprise that the new National album will have guest appearances by friends of the band. Even before their massively collaborative Dark Was the Night project, the band had a history of working with Sufjan, Thomas Bartlett, Clogs' Padma Newsome and many others. Bryce Dessner was just a guest at St. Vincent's Allen Room show on Friday (January 29th).

The National's spring/summer tour dates are approaching. Only single tickets are left for their Radio City show on June 16th, so not totally surprisingly, the band has added a 2nd show, though not at the same venue or in the same month. It's a ticketed Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park Bandshell Tuesday, July 27th. Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 4th at 2pm.

Various videos of the National with friends (and alone) are below...

The National - "So Far Around The Bend" from Dark Was The Night (official video)

The National- Fake Empire (Live)

The National: Mistaken For Strangers (live)

The National - Slow Show (Live, acoustic)

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Comments (64)

that's gonna be an awesome place to see them.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 2:10 PM

but now I won't be able to get as much for my Radio City tickets I'm trying to scalp!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 2:28 PM

The National are so fucking amazing. On the other hand, I really dig ramones-punk that doesn't ruin the ramones but instead builds on it, instead of having to watch bands quietly, though triumphantly muddle about on stage.

I went out to New Jersey from Bushwick last night to see a band called Diarrhea Planet successfully create one of the best/smoothest sets of new-er edged punk that I've seen in the past 5 years.

Played in some fucking weird warehouse in the middle of nowhere to about 80 people, (someone must be down with this band), and without saying much else, they were NUTS but still tighter than a gnat's asshole. I know it's already been done, but to sum it up, at one point the drummer ripped the heads off his drums, through gun powder in and lit it on fire.....I was fucking floored.

So yeah, this band is gonna start getting noticed for shit like that, and their EP is free, lo-fi as fuck, and listenable and catchy as fuck. get it.

http://www.mediafire.com/?jt5zniuiznm

........enjoy

- Ron Elsen

Posted by Ron Elsen | February 1, 2010 2:34 PM

Only a matter of time before The National announce a Bowery Ballroom or Webster Hall gig to please fans who dig small room shows. Make it happen National.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 2:43 PM

Only a matter of time before Diarrhea Planet announce a Radio City Music Hall gig

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 2:50 PM

Amen 2:43, amen.

Posted by michaelways | February 1, 2010 2:53 PM

Who the fuck is diarrhea planet?

Posted by trent | February 1, 2010 2:57 PM

I can't wait to see The Soundtrack of Our Lives at Irving Plaza in two weeks. Kick ass rock band.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:01 PM

according to google, diarrhea planet is a 'punk' band from nashville with a bunch of hipsters in it

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:04 PM

Diarrhea planet's the stuff dreams are made of!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:06 PM

I'm glad Nashville has a band like DP... I can't take much of this Infinity Cat shit...

Posted by I'm Anon | February 1, 2010 3:07 PM

anyone have an idea of ticket prices for this national/prospect park show?

Posted by eric | February 1, 2010 3:09 PM

i looked on google and found nothing about diarrhea planet having a bunch of hipsters, but i do know they are populated by complete badasses. Diarrhea Planet Rules.

Posted by ben weber | February 1, 2010 3:09 PM

funny.... this show was just taken off of the BP site.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:09 PM

Please stop talking about Diarrhea Planet. If you continue to talk about Diarrhea Planet, I will assume that you are in Diarrhea Planet or personally know someone in Diarrhea Planet, neither of which are very good reasons to bring up Diarrhea Planet on a blog post about The National. Any further attempt to link these two completely unrelated bands will be met with unsympathetic MEHs. Thank you!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:15 PM

dislike seeing shows in prospect park. too disorganized, and the rude security really get my goat.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:16 PM

Who cares about your MEH's, bro?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:17 PM

DiaMEHea PlaMEHet

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:19 PM

Ron - The band blows. No, didn't check out that link, but I' m pretty sure they suck.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:28 PM

who cares about diarrhea planet, bro?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:28 PM

I like you, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:37 PM

I remember seeing The National in 2003. Small venues, good music, really cool in-the-know people. The National would hang out with us, singing songs, signing autographs, and taking pictures. Then they became bigger and things changed... The venues are now larger, I don't really see what's so special about their music any more, the crowd will be a disaster. And I don't think they'll mingle with us after the concert is over. It's a pass for me.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:38 PM

I wish I were as cool as anon 3:38.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:43 PM

Back in the day i was cool, you totally missed it. Seeing a band outside is hella lame Im gonna shave my beard into a mustache that day.
Pass/meh/douche/bro/daft punk

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:46 PM

Why the fuck would you want to "mingle" with the National anyway?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:49 PM

3:38 is the voice of his own generation

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:52 PM

I'm not seeing a band because I want to hang out with them. I want them to play for me. Amuse me.

We shouldn't be friends with out entertainment. Just like we don't need to be friends with our food. I don't go out to the pastures and hang out with cows every time I eat a cheeseburger.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:52 PM

A Pass For Me: The 3:38 Story

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 3:56 PM

saw them at south street seaport for free... yawn...

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:00 PM

3:16, leave your goat at home...

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:01 PM

I love that bandshell ... so nice to just relax and listen to music there.

Posted by Burg | February 1, 2010 4:04 PM

DIARRHEA PLANET IS AWESOME. This band is totally what nashville needs, Infinity cat bands are all overrated

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:09 PM

he should figure out what to do with his hands...

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:11 PM

What were you listening to in 2003? The National? I don't think so. Your opinions are worthless becasue you didn't see the great talent and potential of this band when it MATTERED, when it COUNTED, when it was WORTH SOMETHING. Now it's easy to say that you love them - who doesn't. Thank you, HIPSTERS:(

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:25 PM

saw the national open for clem snide a bunch of years back at warsaw ... man, have they come a long way ... still, i have no idea how they're going to pull off a radio city music hall show, they're just not that exciting on stage ... same question with respect to spoon ... only my morning jacket could slay that hall (and did) ...

Posted by eli | February 1, 2010 4:28 PM

Hipsters: Liking Music Because It's Easy since the 2Kwhatever

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:33 PM

i remember the good old days when diarrhea planet would hang out with the national, singing songs, sharing cumrags, drinking night train in a warehouse with a bandshell. times sure have changed.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:35 PM

How did it MATTER
How did it COUNT
What was it WORTH

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:35 PM

I remember when Diarrhea Planet was a small band of bros chilling with kids in Nashville. That's when they mattered...

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:39 PM

I remember when Diarrhea Planet hired a college intern as their publicist and he went around spamming unrelated blog posts about this "great band".

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:57 PM

The National/Diarrhea Planet world tour '010?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 5:24 PM

i remember when Anonymous pooped his pants at a baseball game

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 5:25 PM

All of you are stupid as fuck arguing over this kind of petty bullshit.

Story or not, I saw diarrhea planet AND the national last year on separate occasions and can say both were incredibly enjoyable.

Relax internet dweebs.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 5:33 PM

Never understood the animosity between the National heads and Okkervil River.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 5:41 PM

am i the only person who laughs every time someone tries to mention "diarrhea planet" in a serious context?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 5:50 PM

I just pooped my pants 12 times thinking about this supposed planet filled with/covered with liquidy excrement and the beautiful sounds that could come from said planet

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 5:57 PM

5:50 yes you are. wait, actually me too.

I downloaded that EP. It's pretty damn good considering I thought it would be total trash.

Despite from some of the recordings not being the best, it's super fun. Some sloppy playing, but still good.

On the other hand, the National never ever disappoint, fucking love them.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 6:22 PM

6:22 = 2:34

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 7:51 PM

Guys....relax...The National have lost their indie cred and are now attempting mainstream ($$$$$$). The uber cool circle that use to enjoy their music in small numbers is a thing of the past. This happens with so many bands so many times. Get use to it. It is the way of the world. They need money to survive and continue making the music you hold dear. Get use to it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 8:12 PM

Kurt Vile and The Violators are now that cool band that the uber cool listen to in small circles. You heard it here first.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 8:17 PM

Kurt Vile? Sounds like a general in The Army of Northern Virginia.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 8:42 PM

Rebel Yell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tell Hill he must come up!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 8:50 PM

hey guys i really think diarrhea planet has what it takes!! they have that "it", i know it!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 9:16 PM

diarrhea planet will fuck your basement up with paint and wood chips motherfuckers! you brooklyn cooky pops

Posted by yaaa | February 1, 2010 9:51 PM

@8:42 - You don't think he sounds like a 1920s German composer?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 10:32 PM

Give'em hell 54!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2010 12:54 AM

the National are boring as heck

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2010 7:06 PM

Beach House is opening

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2010 8:47 PM

does anyone know the presale password

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2010 9:04 PM

password is 'diarrhea planet'

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2010 9:10 PM

Was there actually a pre-sale this morning at all? There was a bit on the TM page yesterday about one at 11 today - I couldn't be on at 11, and understood that it could sell out quick, but when I got on at 11:10 it looked like there never a pre-sale.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2010 11:25 AM

I live in Nashville.
Please don't judge us by diarrhea planet cuz no one likes them here except the one guy who is posting all this shit, no pun intended, about how good they are.
They're not.

Posted by jolene | February 4, 2010 6:17 PM

i live in nashville too. please dont judge us by jolene. im pretty sure her mom has a dick and she is on a permanent period. DP is pure fun, hating them is like hating santa claus.

Posted by ho'dad | February 9, 2010 10:04 PM

Yeah Diahhrea Planet is actually the lead singer of the National's side project.

Posted by Broseph | February 24, 2010 7:55 PM

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