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Saturday, April 05, 2008

The National cover Springsteen

This seems exceptionally fitting to post today, as I have a date with Bruce Springsteen this very evening. The National does a gorgeously arresting cover here. The rich, round tones of the plucking of strings sound for all the world like rain on the roof of a wooden cabin I stayed in once, deep in a redwood forest.

Mansion On The Hill (Springsteen cover) - The National

I think my heart stops at a few points during that song -- the way the strings stretch and hover, pause and swell.

Pitchfork wrote yesterday that The National is including this cover on a new CD called The Virginia EP (a 12-track "EP") which will also contain unreleased demos, b-sides, live recordings, and a song from last year's Daytrotter session.

It's part of a package that will also include the excellent Vincent Moon documentary A Skin, A Night: watch clips here.


[song via, photo credit Valerio]

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7 Comments:

At April 05, 2008 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather,
Thanks for National/Springsteen Post. I happened across yer blog by accident and although I tend to stick to mostly the "Album Blogs", I do find myself surfing a lot of personal blogs, normally when trying to find album posts which often lead to dead ends(I was trying to find the new Jackie Greene Album...note-I still call them Albums; not CDs. Your opinions (and tastes) on many things are similar to mine and not only will I come back for updates, I'll recommend to friends (BTW-I agree with you on the movie Elizabethtown, loved the Road Trip but was bored by the majority of flick-My Morning Jacket's Free Bird scene was a hoot though. Also, I'll try to pick up Haven Kimmel's books. If they're as funny as David Sederis' tomes I'm there!). Rock Steady, ROB B ST LOUIS

 
At April 05, 2008 11:25 AM, Anonymous Christy said...

i (heart) the national. i'm actually flying from little rock to san diego just for their concert in may and can't wait.

 
At April 05, 2008 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does it say that I'd rather go to Red Rocks to see The National than R.E.M. for whom they open? Do I really want to duke it out for those tickets though? *pondering still*

Signed - another Denverite.

 
At April 05, 2008 5:16 PM, Blogger SINEDDIE said...

Not exactly knowing The National's music at all...this cover does little to make me seek them out. Otherwise....I enjoy the blog and read it daily.
Peace.

 
At April 06, 2008 2:43 AM, Anonymous liveon35mm.com said...

Hi there,

thanks for crediting my picture!

Next time i would appreciate if you write a couple of lines and ask in advance to use it.

best
Valerio
liveon35mm.com

 
At April 09, 2008 12:37 PM, Anonymous J$ (Reel Bad Friend) said...

The National is so delectable, and the fact that Springsteen is the framing for their jamb, is even more excellent.

It swirls me into oblivion of joy and fun.

 
At April 10, 2008 1:00 PM, Anonymous megan said...

I love this track but I still seek a studio version of it....

How was your date with Springsteen? A review perhaps? I've actually seen him 3 times on this tour and he's been top notch every night.

 

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