Back in 2005, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, the oblique folk-music enigma otherwise known as Will Oldham, teamed up with Chavez frontman Matt Sweeney for the ragged and beautiful Superwolf — quite possibly the best album that either Oldham or Sweeney has been involved with. “Beast For Thee,” a strange and layered ballad, was one of that … More »
Here is the genius of Songland: It’s every music reality show you’ve ever seen, but it’s also every makeover show you’ve ever seen. Like the best minds in the songwriting industry it spotlights, the NBC series — airing Tuesdays at 10PM ET — has managed to distill lots of familiar ingredients into something fresh. There’s … More »
The National just played Stephen Colbert’s Late Show last week, but they were already back at the Ed Sullivan Theater last night to do it again. Or maybe they never left? As the YouTube caption puts it, “Ed Sullivan Theater residents The National emerge from their living quarters to stage the first televised … More »
The National have been working on “Rylan” for a long time. They first performed the song way back in December of 2011 — it even made it onto our list of the National’s best songs back in 2013 — but after a few fleeting performances, “Rylan” disappeared from their live show … More »
This week marks the grand return of the National, the moody kings of indie rock. On Friday, they will release I Am Easy To Find, a new album that’s heavy with collaborations. And earlier this week, they dropped a short film, also titled I Am Easy To Find, directed by Mike … More »
Two minutes and 10 seconds into “Not In Kansas,” the National disappear. It’s a key track on their new album, I Am Easy To Find, and you could imagine the ways a younger version of the band may have treated the arrangement; you could picture an successor to “England,” a song slowly ratcheting up tension … More »
The National will release their new album I Am Easy To Find at the end of this week. Despite its instantly recognizable sound, for several reasons, it’s not your average National album. One of those reasons: The project was conceived in partnership with director Mike Mills — not the R.E.M. guy, the guy who made … More »
In a few weeks, the National are putting out a new album, I Am Easy To Find. They’ve debuted the entire album live at this point, with a series of exciting performers including Feist, Julien Baker, and Phoebe Bridgers. They’re still rolling along with new singles, though: So far, the band has shared … More »
The National are releasing their new album I Am Easy To Find in just a few weeks. And they’ve already been performing much of it live for fans around the world at special events including a Q&A session, a screening of Mike Mills’ companion film, and lots of friends and collaborators. More »
HBO and Columbia Records have released For The Throne (Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones), just in time for fans to indulge right before the final season’s third episode airs on April 28. The album features from some of music’s biggest artists, including The Weeknd, SZA, Travis Scott, The Lumineers, A$AP Rocky, Lil Peep, Maren Morris, and more. The LP boasts 14 total tracks, each of which bears its own distinctive voice and stylistic influences. Track names like “Power is Power,” “Hollow Crown,” and “Too Many Gods” find their inspiration from characters and plot-lines that Game of Thrones viewers will recognize, and certainly appreciate.
Game of Thrones previously enlisted the help of the music world for various collaborations, which prompted cameos from Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Sigur Rós, and the infamous “Rains of Castamere,” as recorded by The National. The most recent original song, “Jenny of Oldstones,” was written by Florence and the Machine for the eighth and final season. The song shattered Shazam’s all-time record —previously held by Adele’s “Hello”— after it debuted during Episode Two’s ending credits.
For The Throne is available both digitally and in vinyl. The collection comes in 11 different vinyl configurations. Listeners will have the choice of nine different variants, with each representing a house crest. There is also a fire and ice stylized configuration, as well as a standard.
H/T: Consequence of Sound