Posted in music on April 23, 2010

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"Over the years, [The National's] Matt [Berninger] has accumulated a flock of snide nicknames from his band mates, including the Dark Lord, the Naysayer, Mumbleberry Pie, Mr. Knee Jerk, Mr. Sony Headphones and the Echo Chamber -- the last for the coterie of musically astute persons whom Matt frequently invokes supporting his opinion of whatever song they are arguing about. Since the only one of these gifted listeners Matt has ever introduced to the others is his wife, Carin Besser, who until recently edited short stories at The New Yorker, it is Aaron and Bryce [Dessner]'s belief that Matt is not the only fiction expert in the marriage. Matt's assessment of the situation is: "Everybody thinks everybody else has secret ulterior motives because we all do. We purposefully set up decoys and red herrings to attack a song. That we're all playing mind games is sort of funny, but it's also frustrating."" [NY Times]
As promised, the new National album is streaming at the NY Times website now (down the left side next to the article).

The National's temporary NYC venue, the 'High Violet Annex', opens May 11th.

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Comments (21)

downloaded the shitty leak a few days ago, must say I am really digging this album...

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 10:13 AM

so
good

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 10:22 AM

Sounds great

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 10:34 AM

Saw them last night in Richmond and the blew the roof off the place

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 10:44 AM

solid play all the way through ... really like is so far.

Posted by Burg | April 23, 2010 10:45 AM

I really like this record more than the previous one. Good overall!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 11:20 AM

Can't find the link to this anywhere on the NY Times website, or next to the article. Maybe it's my browser? Can anyone help?

Posted by Emily | April 23, 2010 11:47 AM

They took it down 20 minutes ago or so. Jerks!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 11:50 AM

My stream froze, and then i think they took it down. Im guessing it'll be back up soon.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 11:50 AM

Probably didn't anticipate so many people streaming. They'll need to work to catch up to NPR on this!

Posted by Emily | April 23, 2010 11:52 AM

What the crap?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 11:55 AM

High Violet was a trending topic on teh twitter for a while

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 11:55 AM

Promoting a link that doesn't even work =Another example of the New York Times horrible sense of business.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 11:56 AM

Website is now saying:

"Editor's Note: Due to security issues, the full stream of the "High Violet" has been removed. A condensed version of the album will be posted shortly."

Posted by Emily | April 23, 2010 12:01 PM

It seems to be there now

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 12:18 PM

It's back up!

Posted by Emily | April 23, 2010 12:27 PM

sounds a lot better than the leak... like all their records, it does really take a few dedicated listens to fully appreciate. love it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 2:12 PM

amazing, amazing, amazing! can't wait to hear this stuff live. total winner, album of the year!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 2:13 PM

18 comments so far and all positive with regard to the band and the album. A new BV record!

Posted by Dan | April 23, 2010 4:10 PM

this record is beautiful

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2010 4:28 AM

18 comments so far and all positive with regard to the band and the album. A new BV record!

Posted by patcota | November 3, 2012 5:23 AM

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