Posted in TV | holiday music | music on November 20, 2012

The National at Beacon Theater in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
The National

The National are no longer settling for merely having their songs from old albums placed in every episode of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. The Brooklyn band are now active parcipants in the TV game. Earlier this year, the band recorded a version of "Rains of Castamere" (which appears, lyrically, throughout George R.R. Martin's 'Song of Ice and Fire' series) for HBO's Game of Thrones. Now in one week, the band has contributed songs to two more Sunday night shows.

First, while their version doesn't actually appear in the episode, The National cover "Thanksgiving Song" which features in the holiday episode of Bob's Burgers (as sung by Bob's wife, Linda, it's a good episode). It's a typically somber take gives gravitas to the line "kill the turkey" that certainly wasn't there in original. Compare and contrast the two versions in a video (via Vulture) below.

Then they contributed a closing credits cover of a 1924 song, "I'll See You in My Dreams," to this week's episode of Boardwalk Empire. The series has done this before -- Regina Spektor, Nelly McKay and Saint Vincent have contributed covers too in the past. Listen to it below (via Fuck Yeah! The National).

Speaking of TV shows starring Eugene Mirman (Bob's Burgers), Eugene will be hosting a free premiere viewing party for his new one-hour Comedy Central special "Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy In a Fake Underground Laboratory" at The Bell House in Brooklyn on 12/14. Party starts at 11pm. Meanwhile, catch Mirman at the same venue this Sunday (11/25), and then at Symphony Space on 12/7 (both benefits).

Streams are below.


The National - Thanksgiving Song

The National - I'll See You in My Dreams
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Comments (10)

I never thought I would be able to tolerate this band until now.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2012 7:11 PM

No more stumping for Obama?

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2012 8:36 PM


Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2012 9:25 PM

sure, why not

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2012 9:58 PM

Go National! =P

Posted by mixedpt | November 20, 2012 10:08 PM

if rothstein dies i will blame it on the national!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2012 12:51 AM

I used to like The National until I saw them at The Beacon last December. It was then I realized that the emperor has no clothes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2012 7:01 AM

Bob’s Burgers has become one of my favorite animated shows, and I’ve been promoting it as much as possible around my office at DISH. Some coworkers now rank it above American Dad. I love that The National will put their musical talent to use for a holiday episode. I think that the show offers plenty of laughs, so I’ve started saving it all to my DISH Hopper for the nights I need to wind down with some comedy. It’s nice to have a DVR with a 2TB hard drive for my ever-growing TV show list, and the occasional show I decide to save an entire season of. Cheers to the band that gave me “About Today”.

Posted by JJ Goode | November 21, 2012 8:23 PM

nice to hear that they are stepping up.

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