The National's show here in Austin this past weekend was just about perfect (we have pictures/videos to prove it). Seriously, I don't think I've ever heard Austin Music Hall sound so good. Seeing them again live further entrenches them as one of favorite bands. The only complaint (and it's a petty one) was secretly hoping the band would perform a new song or two. Well, I finally got my wish, albeit a few days later.
The band recently performed at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio for CBC Radio Show Q, and the set included two amazing new songs entitled, "Rylan" and "I Need My Girl". Both songs are down below, so grab your headphones and enjoy. (via)
"I Need My Girl"
The band also performed an incredible acoustic version of "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks", with a special appearance from Bon Iver. I really loved how they finished the Austin show with this song. It was such a beautiful thing to see the entire crowd singing along.
"Warning Sign" (Talking Heads Cover)
"Mistaken For Strangers"
"Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks"
Recently a contest was held to make a video for The National's contribution ("Exile, Vilify") for the video game, Portal 2's soundtrack. The winner (out of 320 entries), as chosen by the band themselves, is about a sad looking sock puppet. I have to say though, I prefer the video that was chosen as #1.00000000001. Watch both down below.