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The National - "First Two Pages of Frankenstein" - 4/28/23 & "Laugh Track" - 9/18/23

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The National - "First Two Pages of Frankenstein" - 4/28/23 & "Laugh Track" - 9/18/23




1. Once Upon A Poolside (feat. Sufjan Stevens)
2. Eucalyptus
3. New Order T-Shirt
4. This Isnít Helping (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
5. Tropic Morning News
6. Alien
7. The Alcott (feat. Taylor Swift)
8. Grease In Your Hair
9. Ice Machines
10. Your Mind Is Not Your Friend (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
11. Send For Me


First Two Pages of Frankenstein is available for pre-order on standard black vinyl, indie-exclusive opaque red vinyl, white vinyl, CD and digital from 4AD and americanmary.com. Cherry Tree members who pre-order First Two Pages of Frankenstein via the member store will also receive a Flexidisc single of ďWeird Goodbyes (feat. Bon Iver).Ē Previously released digitally, this will be an initial physical release of the song ahead of its future home.

We are embarking on a world tour this year in support of the new album, and are excited to have Soccer Mommy, The Beths and Bartees Strange supporting us at many of these shows. Patti Smith and Her Band will be joining us for one special night in New York City at the iconic Madison Square Garden. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 27th at 10:00AM local time to the general public, except for Madison Square Garden which goes on sale Friday, January 27th at 12:00PM EST.

Cherry Tree members active as of January 17th will be eligible for a special members-only presale on Wednesday, January 25th at 10:00AM local time. Member email to follow.

The National On Tour

North America

05.20.23 Chicago, IL *

05.21.23 Chicago, IL *

05.24.23 Washington, DC *

05.26.23 Boston, MA - Boston Calling

05.28.23 Napa, CA Ė Bottlerock Festival

05.30.23 Los Angeles, CA *

06.02.23 Troutdale, OR *

06.03.23 Troutdale, OR *

06.04.23 Redmond, WA *

06.05.23 Burnaby, BC*

08.01.23 Philadelphia, PA ~

08.03.23 New Haven, CT ~

08.07.23 Detroit, MI ~

08.08.23 Madison, WI ~

08.09.23 Minneapolis, MN ~

08.11.23 Denver, CO ~

08.15.23 Nashville, TN ~

08.16.23 Atlanta, GA ~

08.18.23 New York, NY +



UK/EU

21.09.23 Dublin, IRE *

23.09.23 Leeds, UK *

24.09.23 Glasgow, UK *

26.09.23 London, UK *

29.09.23 Amsterdam, NL ^

30.09.23 Berlin, DE ^

01.10.23 Munich, DE ^

04.10.23 Madrid, ES ^

05.10.23 Porto, PT ^

06.10.23 Lisbon, PT ^



Support:

* Soccer Mommy

~ The Beths

^ Bartees Strange

+ Patti Smith and Her Band

For tickets and information, please visit www.americanmary.com

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re: The National - "First Two Pages of Frankenstein" - 4/28/23 & "Laugh Track" - 9/18/23

I texted my daughter the info about the Patty' Smith show at MSG. This was her response
yeah i saw and i NEEEEED to go
That's what I figured.

BTW : I dig Soccer Mommy. She'll be a great opening act. Can't wait to hear the Taylor and the Phoebe songs

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Will probably go to the MSG show, but would rather see The Beths as an opener…. So maybe will do Philly… I guess it’ll depend on price and ticket location.

Saw The National last September at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. They were great as always and all the new songs they played sounded really good.
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Album is out today.

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The National has released a surprise second album of 2023, Laugh Track, which the band announced Friday night while performing at its Homecoming Festival in Cincinnati. The 12-song Laugh Track is a companion to and features material originally started in the same sessions as First Two Pages of Frankenstein, which was released by 4AD in April. The National has also confirmed additional U.S. tour dates this fall, as well as Australian shows next spring with support from longtime friends Fleet Foxes.

Laugh Track is the band's most freewheeling, all-hands-on-deck album in years. If Frankenstein represented a rebuilding of trust between group members after 20+ years together, the vibrant, exploratory Laugh Track is both the product of that faith and a new statement of intent. Reveling in the license to radically upend its creative process, The National honed most of this material in live performances on tour this year, and captured those invigorated versions in impromptu sessions at producer Tucker Martine’s Portland studio, Flora Recording & Playback. The nearly eight-minute album closer “Smoke Detector” was recorded in June during a Vancouver soundcheck, completing a body of work bristling with spontaneity and vintage rock energy that makes a perfect complement to the songs found on its more introspective predecessor.

Laugh Track features guest appearances by Phoebe Bridgers and Rosanne Cash, as well as the Bon Iver collaboration “Weird Goodbyes,” which was released as a standalone track in August 2022. “It felt like the story had already been told. It was its own thing,” says Aaron Dessner of the latter track. “But it also felt related to what we were doing. That was part of the logic for making another record — let’s give ‘Weird Goodbyes’ its own home.”

There was another side of the story in the songs left uncompleted, which ranged far beyond the gentleness of Frankenstein. Over the years, Aaron admits The National has often bailed on grand ideas of making a rock record. “It’s not because we don’t enjoy sitting in a room banging around ideas. It’s just that it wasn’t that productive, so we developed a fairly elaborate way of building songs in which drummer Bryan Devendorf had a very important but compartmentalized role,” he says. “This time we had the desire to make something that was more alive so that Bryan’s playing would drive more.”

Thematically, there’s no intentional split between Frankenstein and Laugh Track. But if the former found frontman Matt Berninger in search of sanctuary, here there is a newly clear-eyed assessment of what matters. His fierce need for intimacy is heightened by an ever-greater fear of modern life’s unreality. The characters on this album (no first names, other than a tour manager named Alice – just “I” and “you”) cover for one another, dream for one another, and help maintain appearances – living up to the promise of absolute care that Matt made on Frankenstein closer “Send for Me.”

As for what doesn’t matter? “Turn Off the House” concludes the emotional inventories Berninger took on “Weird Goodbyes” and Frankenstein’s “Eucalyptus,” a desolate surrender to leaving everything behind. “Tell them that you’ve gone to see / If you can find out what it means / When your mind leaves your body,” he sings. His recent struggles with writer’s block and depression still lingers, but there’s acceptance in it. “Let’s just turn everything off and walk away,” he says. “Bail out of your head, of all the things you’re worried about, your career, your whole identity, how strong you thought you were.” Then, of course, there’s “Smoke Detector.” “It felt like the epitaph,” says Matt. “Burn it all down at the end.”

First Two Pages of Frankenstein debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock and Alternative Album charts, while “Tropic Morning News” spent five weeks atop its Adult Alternative Airplay tally, marking The National’s first song to hit that peak since 2017. NME proclaimed it the band’s “finest album in a decade,” while the Wall Street Journal called it “a wry, melancholy album full of remarkable focus.”

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