Tag: The National

Weekend Showcase 3.35

Weekend Showcase 3.35

In what has been arguably the best week of the year in terms of new music, the Weekend Showcase 3.35 edition has 52 of those songs. This mega-playlist is awesome. Reflecting the diversity of the artists and band, 17 countries are represented, including: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Ghana, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Scotland, Sweden, Wales, […]

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The National's new album, Sleep Well Beast, comes out Sept. 8.

First Impressions: The National – ‘Sleep Well Beast’ (album review)

The National are arguably one of the best studio bands making music these days. The Brooklyn-based indie band with a global appeal have been crafting their non-traditional rock sound for nearly 20 years, delivering genre-defining albums like Boxer (2007) and High Violet (2010). Now with their seventh studio LP, Sleep Well Beast, we examine where this “thinking person’s rock” band stands. Does this album […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.34

Weekend Showcase 3.34

On this first weekend of September – a long weekend for some around the world – let the sparks fly with the Weekend Showcase 3.34 edition. This mega-playlist features 52 fantastic new songs, including a few song-of-the-year candidates. So sit back, grab a cold one, and play these sweet tunes by artists representing 12 countries. They are Australia, Canada, Denmark, […]

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The Matinee August 29th

The Matinee August 29th

Simplicity can be beautiful, exhilarating, and brilliant, and this is the theme of The Matinee August 29th edition. Even the most uplifting and exciting song doesn’t need a whole of instruments and textures to get the adrenaline flowing. We start things off with a band that has long perfected this art. The National – “Day I Die” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.31

Weekend Showcase 3.31

It might be Sunday but there’s no better time to discover new music, and the Weekend Showcase 3.31 edition is the answer. This week’s playlist features 49 songs by 48 artists and bands, who represent 11 countries: Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. The playlist and tracklisting, as usual, follows the […]

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The Matinee August 10th

The Matinee August 10th

Around the world we go and where we stop is… The Matinee August 10th edition, of course! Just yesterday, Ben was watching The War on Drugs perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and we were pondering who could be the next indie band or artist to play on one of the late-night talk shows. Our mini-playlist today, as such, reflects who we […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.25

Weekend Showcase 3.25

2017 is half over, and the first six months of the year featured incredible music. This past week, though, was full of surprises and may have the best of the year. Reflecting how awesome the past seven days were, the Weekend Showcase 3.25 edition is the longest mega-playlist in our short history. It features 60 songs, although the final five […]

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The Matinee June 30th

The Matinee June 30th

The Matinee June 30th features another exhilarating set of new music. Nine songs once again are shared. There are some familiar names and a few that are still making a name for themselves. Listen right to the end because the final song is one of the year’s most stunning. CYMBALS – “Car Crash” (London England & Paris, France) RIYL: Future […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.18

Weekend Showcase 3.18

Another week has passed, and another opportunity to review the best new music of the past 7 days. The Weekend Showcase 3.18 edition features 51 songs by artists representing ten (10) countries. They include: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the United States, and Wales. The playlist and tracklisting, as usual, follows the list of articles from […]

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The Matinee May 12th

The Matinee May 12th

The Matinee May 12th has 9 awesome new tracks for your listening pleasure. One from a favorite of all of us of course and a few more alumni and also brand new artists for you to take a listen. The sampling today is worldwide with artists representing Denmark,  France, Sweden, the US and the UK today. The National – “The System […]

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51 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

51 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Choosing our Most Anticipated Albums of 2017 is an extremely difficult exercise. We considered listing 100, but that was unmanageable; 25 would have been too few. So, we settled on 51 albums, many of which have been confirmed and others are simply wishful thinking. Alice Glass (TBA) After a messy departure from Crystal Castles and former bandmate Ethan Kahl, Alice Glass has […]

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WTF?!? Post-election playlist

WTF?!? Post-election playlist

As the world breathes a collective sigh in the wake of the U.S. elections, we turn to music to help us process our spectrum of emotions. Whether you’re in the heartland of America, a bustling European capitol, or on a tranquil beach in New Zealand, you probably share the world’s “WTF?!?” feelings of surprise, dismay, or relief. This playlist features […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 29

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 29

Welcome to your Monday serving of new music cocktails! This week we’ve got a full plate of audio delights with a slight concentration on Pacific Northwest artists. Feast your ears upon new indie folk and garage rock from Seattle, some uptempo singer/songwriter fare from Vancouver, a bit of Portland indie supergroup action, as well as some chill shoegaze from Colorado […]

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First Impressions: “Day of the Dead” (various artists)

First Impressions: “Day of the Dead” (various artists)

A few years ago, brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National set out to curate an epic tribute album to The Grateful Dead. The brothers collaborated with a diverse set of musicians with an effort to re-imagine classic Grateful Dead songs for a new generation of listeners to enjoy. Their initial plan was to create one album of 10 songs. The result is a […]

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Mundo 11: Mother’s Day

Mundo 11: Mother’s Day

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than with some of our mothers’ favorite songs! We asked some mothers to tell us their favorite songs, and the responses were awesome, ranging from the sad songs of The National to Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved”. June (2 kitties) – Bob Marley, “Could You Be Loved” It’s […]

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Mundo 20 – The Lounge Chair Edition

Mundo 20 – The Lounge Chair Edition

The best music is cathartic. Each listener will have their own emotional reaction. This reaction might be sadness or joy; it might be the desire to go for a run or to just curl up in your room and be in the moment; or it might be to mix yourself a cocktail or poor a large glass of your favorite beer.  […]

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Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

For the past few weeks, we’ve taken a look back at the year that was in music for 2014. Now it’s time to look ahead to some of the albums that we are highly anticipating for 2015. Some of these are guesses (and educated ones at that), and ones we will be monitoring closely. Here’s the list in alphabetical order […]

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Matthew Hock of Phosphorescent joins The National for a song

Mundo 10: Cool Cameos

It’s the time of year where giving is better than receiving, so we thought we would highlight some of our favourite “cameos”. A few months ago, we did create a list of celebrity guest stars on videos, but this list is focused on musicians who have played or sung backup for fellow stars (ok, some of the below are more […]

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Mundo Musique: Mina Tindle “Parades”

Mundo Musique: Mina Tindle “Parades”

French singer-songwriter Pauline de Lassus, aka Mina Tindle is, as my friend Laurence described her, ”French pop music at its best”.  She spent some time in Brooklyn, NY and supplied some vocals for The National’s classic Boxer.   She’s now back in France, and last week she released Parades, a great album with songs performed in English as well as French.  […]

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The National Rule Ottawa Folk Festival

The National Rule Ottawa Folk Festival

According to the official reports from Ottawa Folk Festival, the crowd for The National was one of the biggest of the festival.  The National’s albums have always been well received, often making year’s best of lists, but that doesn’t always translate to crowds. Over the years, especially since their breakthrough album Boxer, The National have established a strong following, and this […]

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