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The National

Laugh Track

    The surprise companion to The National's April release First Two Pages of Frankenstein, 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, and captured those invigorated versions in impromptu sessions at producer Tucker Martine’s Portland studio. Two nights later in Vancouver, the nearly eight-minute album closer “Smoke Detector” was recorded during 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.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Laura says: Released as a companion album to ‘First Two Pages Of Frankenstein’, ‘Laugh Track’ was written during the same sessions but feels more dynamic, largely due to Bryan reverting to ‘real’ rather than programmed drums. After all, it’s his fluid, scatter-shot drumming that has always been the perfect foil for Matt’s melancholy. This LP sounds much more like The National we love and closing track “Smoke Detector” possibly hints at the future direction of their evolution.

    TRACK LISTING

    Alphabet City
    Deep End (Paul’s In Pieces)
    Weird Goodbyes Feat. Bon Iver
    Turn Off The House
    Dreaming
    Laugh Track Feat. Phoebe Bridgers
    Space Invader
    Hornets
    Coat On A Hook
    Tour Manager
    Crumble Feat. Rosanne Cash
    Smoke Detector

    Various Artists

    The Virgin Suicides (Music From The Motion Picture) - National Album Day 2023 Edition

      This soundtrack features music from Todd Rundgren, Boston, Heart, Sloan, The Hollies, Al Green, Gilbert O'Sullivan, 10cc, Styx, and two tracks by Air, which includes a previously recorded material, and an original composition, especially for the film. Sofia Coppola wanted to convey the theme of adolescence in the suburbs in the soundtrack.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side One
      1. Heart - Magic Man
      2. Todd Rundgren - Hello It's Me
      3. Sloan – Everything You’ve Done Wrong
      4. AIR – Ce Matin Le
      5. The Hollies – The Air That I Breathe
      6. Al Green – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
      Side Two
      1. Gilbert O’Sullivan – Alone Again (Naturally)
      2. 10cc – I’m Not In Love
      3. Todd Rundgren – A Dream Goes On Forever
      4. Heart – Crazy On You
      5. AIR – Playground Love (Vibraphone Version)
      6. Styx – Come Sail Away 

      Siouxsie & The Banshees

      The Rapture - National Album Day 2023 Edition

        Siouxsie & The Banshees final album ‘The Rapture’ includes the title track as well as ‘Fall from Grace’ and ‘Not Forgotten’ which were produced by the band in 1993. The release comes as a limited edition 140-gram turquoise transparent vinyl. 

        TRACK LISTING

        Side A
        O Baby
        Tearing Apart
        Stargazer
        Fall From Grace
        Side B
        Not Forgotten
        Sick Child
        The Lonely One
        Falling Down
        Side C
        The Rapture
        Side D
        Forever
        The Double Life
        Love Out Me
        Stereophoni

        Wu-Tang Clan

        Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - National Album Day 2023 Edition

          Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is the debut studio album by the American hiphop group Wu-Tang Clan, originally released on November 9, 1993.

          The gritty, distinctive sound of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) created a blueprint for hardcore hip-hop during the 1990s, and helped return New York City hip-hop to national prominence. Its sound also became greatly influential in modern hip-hop production, while the group members' explicit, humorous, and free-associative lyrics have served as a template for many subsequent rap records. Serving as a landmark release in the era of hip-hop known as the East Coast Renaissance, its influence helped lead the way for several other East Coast rappers, including Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep, and Jay-Z.

          Despite its raw, underground sound the album received positive reviews from most music critics, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) has since been widely regarded as one of the most significant albums of the 1990s, as well as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. In 2020, the album was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone's updated list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2022, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

          TRACK LISTING

          Side A
          1. Bring Da Ruckus
          2. Shame On A Nigga
          3. Clan In Da Front
          4. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber
          5. Can It Be All So Simple / Intermission
          6. Protect Ya Neck / Intermission
          Side B
          1. Da Mystery Of Chessboxin'
          8. Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit
          9. C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)
          10. Method Man
          11. Tearz
          12. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber - Part II

          R.E.M.

          Automatic For The People - National Album Day 2023 Edition

            Released in 1992, Automatic For the People is the eighth studio album from R.E.M. The reflective album, featuring the singles ‘Drive’, ‘Everybody Hurts’ and ’Man On The Moon’, reflects a soothing melancholy through the acoustic arrangement. Selling over 18 million copies worldwide, this release comes as a limited edition 140-gram Solid Yellow vinyl.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            Drive
            Try Not To Breathe
            The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
            Everybody Hurts
            New Orleans Instrumental No. 1
            Sweetness Follows
            Side B
            Monty Got A Raw Deal
            Ignoreland
            Star Me Kitten
            Man On The Moon
            Nightswimming
            Find The River

            The National

            First Two Pages Of Frankenstein

              Anchored by evocative melodies and an enthralling lyrical narrative, First Two Pages of Frankenstein signals a thrilling new chapter in the band’s beloved discography. The 11-song album was produced by The National at Long Pond Studios in upstate New York and features guest appearances by Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers and Sufjan Stevens.

              The follow-up to 2019’s top five hit album I Am Easy To Find, First Two Pages of Frankenstein was initially stalled while lead singer Matt Berninger navigated “a very dark spot where I couldn’t come up with lyrics or melodies at all, and that period lasted for over a year. Even though we’d always been anxious and argued quite a lot whenever we were working on a record, this was the first time it ever felt like maybe things really had come to an end.” Instead, The National “managed to come back together and approach everything from a different angle, and because of that we arrived at what feels like a new era for the band,” according to guitarist/pianist Bryce Dessner, whose bandmates also include his brother Aaron (guitar/piano/bass) as well as brothers Scott Devendorf (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).

              First Two Pages of Frankenstein channels the group’s revitalized chemistry into a body of work that beautifully balances elegant musicality with the National’s more idiosyncratic impulses. Tracks such as “Grease in Your Hair” and “Ice Machines” were road-tested in 2022 before they were recorded, allowing the band to hone the material in real time (another song, “Weird Goodbyes” featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, was released as a standalone track last August). “To me the power of this record has to do with the intentionality and structure of the music meeting with a lot of accidental magic,” says Aaron Dessner.

              Swift duets with Berninger on the luminous “The Alcott,” continuing her recent string of collaborations with members of The National on her chart-topping albums folklore and evermore and Aaron Dessner’s Big Red Machine project. The song finds Berninger and Swift inhabiting the roles of a couple attempting to resurrect a troubled relationship, forging a finely drawn story nearly novelistic in scope. “It’s about two people with a long history returning to a place and trying to relive a certain moment in time,” says Berninger. “It’s got the feeling of a last-ditch effort to hold onto the relationship, but there’s a hint of something positive where you can see the beginnings of a reconnection.”

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Liam says: Succeeding on from the beautiful yet gut-punching 'I Am Easy To Find', 'First Two Pages Of Frankenstein' is another exquisite slice of moving and expansive indie from Berninger and co. Boasting huge guest spots from Taylor Swift, Sufjan Stevens and Phoebe Bridgers, this record further cements The National as the generational talent we've always known them to be!

              TRACK LISTING

              Once Upon A Poolside (feat. Sufjan Stevens)
              Eucalyptus
              New Order T-Shirt
              This Isn't Helping (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
              Tropic Morning News
              Alien
              The Alcott (feat. Taylor Swift)
              Grease In Your Hair
              Ice Machines
              Your Mind Is Not Your Friend (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
              Send For Me 

              The The

              Soul Mining - National Album Day 2022 Edition

                Originally released in 1983, ‘Soul Mining’ is the debut major label album by post punk outfit, The The, fronted by Matt Johnson. Including the singles “Uncertain Smile”, “Perfect”, and the iconic “This Is The Day”, the album, which is Gold certified in the UK, has been long out of print on vinyl, except as part of a limited run 30th anniversary 2 LP boxset reissue in 2014. Featuring a host of talented musicians, including JG Thirwell (aka Foetus, Manorexia and Steroid Maximus), Zeke Manyika (Orange Juice), electronic DIY pioneer Thomas Leer and Jools Holland, Matt Johnson set out with a clear vision in mind - to produce an album that felt cinematic; a record of width, depth and texture and one which avoided the mundane line-up of two guitars, bass and drums. Lauded with critical acclaim (“Soul Mining is a brilliant and very idiosyncratic album” – The Guardian ; "Like shaving lotion applied to cleanse a wound, Johnson’s songs are attractively scented and sting like hell” – Melody Maker) the music and lyrics of ‘Soul Mining’ are as fresh and relevant today as they were almost 40 years ago.

                TRACK LISTING

                SIDE A 
                1 I've Been Waitin' For Tomorrow (All Of My Life)
                2 This Is The Day
                3 The Sinking Feeling 
                4 Uncertain Smile
                SIDE B
                1 The Twilight Hour
                2 Soul Mining
                3 Giant

                The Clash

                The Clash - National Album Day 2022 Edition

                  The Clash is the eponymous debut studio album one of Britain’s most iconic bands, The Clash. Originally released on 8 April 1977, this album is regularly cited as one of the greatest Rock and Roll albums of all time, including tracks like White Riot, Janie Jones & Police & Thieves.

                  Issued for National Album Day 2022 on 180g PINK vinyl.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  SIDE A 
                  1 Janie Jones 
                  2 Remote Control 
                  3 I'm So Bored With The U.S.A. 
                  4 White Riot 
                  5 Hate & War 
                  6 What's My Name 
                  7 Deny
                  8 London's Burning
                  SIDE B
                  1 Career Opportunities
                  2 Cheat
                  3 Protex Blue
                  4 Police & Thieves
                  5 48 Hours
                  6 Garageland

                  The National

                  The National - National Album Day 2022 Edition

                    The National’s self-titled debut album marks the start point for one of the best bands of a generation.

                    Released in 2001, ‘The National’ landed two years after they formed and came during a time when they were having to juggle band life with full-time jobs.

                    And while nods to the alt. rock artists that inspired them (Pavement, Silver Jews) can be heard, so too are the beginnings of something all their own - Matt Berninger’s stunning and unexpected lyrics being pinned to melodies that stop you in your tracks.

                    For National Album Day 2022, the band reissue the album on white vinyl.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Beautiful Head
                    Cold Girl Fever
                    The Perfect Song
                    American Mary
                    Son
                    Pay For Me
                    Bitters & Absolut
                    John’s Star
                    Watching You Well
                    Theory Of The Crows
                    29 Years
                    Anna Freud

                    The Staves

                    Dead & Born & Grown - National Album Day 2022 Edition

                      Revered indie trio The Staves' debut album 'Dead & Born & Grown' is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on the 12th November 2022. To celebrate 10 years of their debut album the band will be re-pressing Dead & Born & Grown on recycled colour vinyl.

                      The album was produced with Glyn and Ethan Johns, who have worked with a plethora of huge artists from past and present between them, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, as well as the likes of The Vaccines, Kings of Leon and Kaiser Chiefs. The Staves are three sisters from Watford who share vocal duties in addition to some contributions on guitar and ukelele.

                      This special-edition recycled vinyl is made from 100% PVC recycled material, using waste material and clippings from previous pressings and are re-used. The result is that each vinyl is unique with its own colour combination therefore the colour you receive will be randomized.


                      TRACK LISTING

                      Wisely & Slow
                      Gone Tomorrow
                      The Motherlode
                      Pay Us No Mind
                      Facing West
                      In The Long Run
                      Dead & Born & Grown
                      Winter Trees
                      Tongue Behind My Teeth
                      Mexico
                      Snow
                      Eagle Song

                      The National

                      Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers - 2021 Reissue

                        The National’s second album, Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers (2003) proved a leap forward from 2001’s eponymous debut, showing a band adept at delivering warm embraces and gut punches in equal measure.

                        With word of mouth now spreading on the band, critics proved equally enthusiastic... Pitchfork in their glowing review called it a “Gorgeous train wreck” that “Lives up to its blunt title (with) Matt Berninger’s self-effacing barbs matched by the band’s equally potent hooks,” while Uncut also became early champions saying the album was “A genuine treasure... Livid as a bruise, this is brave, desperate, beautiful music.”

                        No longer a secret among those that know, Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers is an important record in The National’s discography with this new remaster showing that it’s more than standing the test of time.

                        Having been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, the 2021 represses stay faithful to their original artwork while their stunning new masters help make these much-loved records sound as vital as ever, further emphasising the early signs of the sound that would go on to make them one of the fi nest and most beloved alternative bands of their generation.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. / A1. Cardinal Song
                        2. / A2. Slipping Husband
                        3. / A3. 90-Mile Water Wall
                        4. / A4. It Never Happened
                        5. / A5. Murder Me Rachael
                        6. / B1. Thirsty
                        7. / B2. Available
                        8. / B3. Sugar Wife
                        9. / B4. Trophy Wife
                        10. / B5. Fashion Coat
                        11. / B6. Patterns Of Fairytales
                        12. / B7. Lucky You

                        The National

                        The National - 2021 Reissue

                          Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, The National’s self-titled debut album of sozzled Americana is a thing of beauty, laden with heavy hints that this was a special band in the making.

                          Their first release, The National arrived two years after The National formed, a time when they were juggling bandlife with needing to hold down full-time jobs. And while nods to the alt. rock artists that inspired them (Pavement, Silver Jews) can be heard, so too are the beginnings of something all their own – Matt Berninger’s stunning and unexpected lyrics being pinned to melodies that stop you in your tracks.

                          The National marks the start point for one of the best bands of their generation with its new master helping elevate it to new levels. A great primer to a great band.

                          Having been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, the 2021 represses stay faithful to their original artwork while their stunning new masters help make these much-loved records sound as vital as ever, further emphasising the early signs of the sound that would go on to make them one of the fi nest and most beloved alternative bands of their generation.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. / A1. Beautiful Head
                          2. / A2. Cold Girl Fever
                          3. / A3. The Perfect Song
                          4. / A4. American Mary
                          5. / A5. Son
                          6. / A6. Pay For Me
                          7. / B1. Bitters & Absolut
                          8. / B2. John’s Star
                          9. / B3. Watching You Well
                          10. / B4. Theory Of The Crows
                          11. / B5. 29 Years
                          12. / B6. Anna Freud

                          The National

                          Cherry Tree EP - 2021 Reissue

                            Released a year before The National broke through with their third album Alligator, 2004’s Cherry Tree EP is a thrilling record which - thanks to its collection of delicate ballads and anthemic crowd-pleasers - sums up what they do best in under 30 minutes. Now a firm fan-favourite, among Cherry Tree’s seven tracks are now National classics ‘About Today’ and ‘All The Wine’, plus a thrilling live version of ‘Murder Me Rachael’ that reminds of the band’s fearsome early live performances. Cherry Tree can be seen as the record that marks the moment when The National had truly found themselves, a bridge from what went before to a band ready to conquer the World.

                            Having been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, the 2021 represses stay faithful to their original artwork while their stunning new masters help make these much-loved records sound as vital as ever, further emphasising the early signs of the sound that would go on to make them one of the fi nest and most beloved alternative bands of their generation.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. / A1. Wasp Nest
                            2. / A2. All The Wine
                            3. / A3. All Dolled-Up In Straps
                            4. / A4. Cherry Tree
                            5. / B1. About Today
                            6. / B2. Murder Me Rachael (Live)
                            7. / B3. Reasonable Man (I Don’t Mind)

                            The Wedding Present

                            Bizarro - National Album Day Edition

                              A 'National Album Day' release - Pressed on standard Black LP Vinyl. 

                              'Bizarro' was the second Wedding Present album, originally released in 1989. The band's first album on a major label, 'Bizarro' saw The Wedding Present toughening up rather than selling out. Toying with extremes of tempo and mood, the result was a vibrant hybrid of astringency and the band's quintessential pop euphoria.

                              The Stone Roses

                              The Stone Roses - National Album Day Edition

                                Ultra limited release for National Album Day.

                                Pressed on Clear LP Vinyl.

                                Surely this album needs no introduction or explanation?! But just in case you don’t know, this is arguably one of the best debut albums of all time, from one of the most influential bands of their generation! And if that’s not enough to tempt you, then I don’t know what is. 

                                Fifth Album by the Bill Wells project feat. words by Aidan Moffat A masterclass in nuance, interpretation and the purifying power of the human voice, Standards Vol. V represents another captivating chapter in the career of a singular figure in contemporary music. For his fifth album as the mischievously named National Jazz Trio Of Scotland, the prolific jazz outsider Bill Wells posits yet another collaborator in the diffuse light cast by his tender chord shifts and understated arrangements. The voice on Standards Vol. V is that of Black, whose other musical activities include the band Babe, Francois And The Atlas Mountains, Rozi Plain and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                I Know Where I'm Going (1:59)
                                Sigh No More Ladies (2:35)
                                Vox II (3:33)
                                Sunrise, Sunset (4:42)
                                Set Firee To Silver Light (0:51)
                                So Much Power (3:18)
                                Gradual Inclination (3:30)
                                The King Tailors (2:15)
                                Of Thee I Sing (4:46)
                                Gradual Inclination (reprise) (1:10)
                                A Quiet Goodbye (2:28)

                                I Am Easy To Find is the band’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s GRAMMY®-award winning release Sleep Well Beast. A companion short film with the same name will also be released with music by The National and inspired by the album. The film was directed by Academy Award-nominated director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners), and starring Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander. Mills, along with the band, is credited as co-producer of the album, which was mostly recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with additional sessions in Paris, Berlin, Cincinnati, Austin, Dublin, Brooklyn and more far flung locations. The album features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more.

                                I Am Easy to Find is a 24-minute film by Mills starring Alicia Vikander, and a 68-minute album by the National. The former is not the video for the latter; the latter is not the soundtrack to the former. The two projects are, as Mills calls them, “Playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other”—they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another. The movie was composed like a piece of music; the music was assembled like a film, by a film director. The frontman and natural focal point was deliberately and dramatically sidestaged in favour of a variety of female voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group’s orbit. It is unlike anything either artist has ever attempted and also totally in line with how they’ve created for much of their careers.

                                As the album’s opening track, ‘You Had Your Soul With You,’ unfurls, it’s so far, so National: a digitally manipulated guitar line, skittering drums, Berninger’s familiar baritone, mounting tension. Then around the 2:15 mark, the true nature of I Am Easy To Find announces itself: The racket subsides, strings swell, and the voice of long-time David Bowie bandmate Gail Ann Dorsey booms out—not as background vocals, not as a hook, but to take over the song. Elsewhere it’s Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, or Sharon Van Etten, or Mina Tindle or Kate Stables of This Is the Kit, or varying combinations of them. The Brooklyn Youth Choir, whom Bryce Dessner had worked with before. There are choral arrangements and strings on nearly every track, largely put together by Bryce in Paris—not a negation of the band’s dramatic tendencies, but a redistribution of them.

                                “Yes, there are a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn't because, ‘Oh, let's have more women's voices,’ says Berninger. “It was more, ‘Let's have more of a fabric of people's identities.’ It would have been better to have had other male singers, but my ego wouldn't let that happen.”

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. You Had Your Soul With You
                                2. Quiet Light
                                3. Roman Holiday
                                4. Oblivions
                                5. The Pull Of You
                                6. Hey Rosey
                                7. I Am Easy To Find
                                8. Her Father In The Pool
                                9. Where Is Her Head
                                10. Not In Kansas
                                11. So Far So Fast
                                12. Dust Swirls In Strange Light
                                13. Hairpin Turns
                                14. Rylan
                                15. Underwater
                                16. Light Years

                                Side 5 On Deluxe Triple – Contains 22 Minutes Of Music From The I Am Easy To Find Original Film Score – EXCLUSIVE To This Format.
                                Side 6 On 3LP - Etching.

                                Beth Gibbons And The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

                                Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)

                                Domino is extremely proud to present Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) performed by Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki. 

                                The performance took place at The National Opera Grand Theatre in Warsaw on November 29th 2014, and was part of an evening of programming that also featured Jonny Greenwood's (Radiohead) 48 Responses To Polymorphia and the world premiere of Bryce Dessner's (The National) Réponse Lutosławski.

                                Following an invitation to collaborate at the concert, Beth Gibbons undertook an intense preparation process, including tackling the challenge of learning the original text (and the emotional weight it carries) without speaking the mother language. Typical to Beth though - the elusive yet iconic frontwoman of one of the most important British bands of the last two decades - the challenge was met and exceeded. Her performance alongside the maestro Penderecki has been hailed as triumphant, as you can see and hear on this release.

                                The film, was produced by the National Audiovisual Institute, Poland and directed by Michał Merczyński.

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Barry says: There's no denying that Beth Gibbons is one of the most cherished and highly recognisable vocal talents of the past several decades, but hearing her in this context is nothing less than astounding. The latent sadness inherent in Gorecki's 3rd symphony is only enhanced by Gibbons' stunning vocal range and perfect delivery. Astounding.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                I. Lento - Sostenuto Tranquillo Ma Cantabile
                                II. Lento E Largo - Tranquillissimo
                                III. Lento - Cantabile-semplice

                                The National

                                Boxer Live In Brussels

                                  Previously unreleased live version of the bands Boxer album performed in full - recorded at Forest National, Brussels, Belgium, 09 November 2017

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Fake Empire (Live In Brussels)
                                  Mistaken For Strangers (Live In Brussels)
                                  Brainy (Live In Brussels)
                                  Squalor Victoria (Live In Brussels)
                                  Green Gloves (Live In Brussels)
                                  Slow Show (Live In Brussels)
                                  Apartment Story (Live In Brussels)
                                  Start A War (Live In Brussels)
                                  Guest Room (Live In Brussels)
                                  Racing Like A Pro (Live In Brussels)
                                  Ada (Live In Brussels)
                                  Gospel (Live In Brussels)

                                  The National return with their much anticipated seventh album, produced by Aaron Dessner, with additional production by Matt Berninger and Bryce Dessner. The album was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron’s Long Pond studio in Hudson Valley, NY.

                                  While in some ways it’s typically National-sounding, they’ve definitely added some new elements to their sound. Opening track “Nobody Else Will Be There” is a stripped back ballad with melancholic piano, and Matt’s distinct vocals, but the electronics pulsing away in the background are a sign of what’s to come with the album.

                                  All the usual elements are there, intricate guitars, delicate piano keys, scatter-shot drums and of course Matt’s mumbling/crooning baritone, but a new layer of electronics bubbling away in the mix adds a new dimension to their sound.

                                  As with the last couple of albums, it features mostly fairly downtempo ballads but they do ramp things up from time to time: “Day I Die”, “They System Only Dreams In Total” and the big rock-out track of the album, “Turtleneck”. It’s taken a few listens to get into it, but as a fan I’m certainly not disappointed.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Nobody Else Will Be There
                                  A2. Day I Die
                                  A3. Walk It Back
                                  B1. The System Only Dreams
                                  In Total Darkness
                                  B2. Born To Beg
                                  B3. Turtleneck
                                  C1. Empire Line
                                  C2. I’ll Still Destroy You
                                  C3. Guilty Party
                                  D1. Carin At The Liquor Store
                                  D2. Dark Side Of The Gym
                                  D3. Sleep Well Beast

                                  * First ever anthology
                                  * Remastered from original sources
                                  * 2xLP housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with 20-pg book, and download card full full anthology
                                  * Vinyl cut by John Golden and pressed at RTI
                                  * CD housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with 48-pg book
                                  * Scholarly liner notes by Punk In Africa director Keith Jones
                                  * Unseen photos, flyers, and band ephemera

                                  The South Africa of the late 1970s was neither the right place nor time to launch a mixed-race punk band. Yet, following the student-inspired Soweto Uprising of 1976, it was also exactly the right conditions to foster a band like National Wake, one formed in an underground commune, and one whose very name exists in protest at the divisive, racist apartheid regime. Never before collected together, Light In The Attic is set to release National Wake’s full body of work as Walk In Africa 1979-81.

                                  Featured heavily in the Punk In Africa documentary, National Wake played punk, reggae and tropical funk, equally at home in the city’s rock underground and the township nightclub circuit. Ivan Kadey started the band with two brothers, Gary and Punka Khoza. The three were from different worlds –while Ivan was an outsider, a Jewish orphan born in the traditional Johannesburg immigrant neighborhood, Gary, Punka and their family were forcibly moved to the troubled township of Soweto under the apartheid regime. Later joined by guitarist Steve Moni, the whole band grew up against a backdrop of township unrest, social upheaval and suburban tedium that characterized apartheid-era South Africa.

                                  National Wake released just one album, in 1981. It sold approximately 700 copies before being withdrawn under government pressure. The band subsequently disintegrated, but their influence could be traced in the racially mixed post-punk underground centered around Rockey Street in Johannesburg throughout the 1980s, their legacy transmitted through fanzines and underground cassette trading.

                                  Sadly, Gary and Punka Khoza both passed away in their 40s. Kadey now works as an architect in Los Angeles, but his attention eventually turned back to the band as their legacy grew in the digital era, with the emergence of specialized music websites and Punk In Africa leading to their rediscovery. Czech State Radio memorably described the band as “perhaps the most dissident music scene of the 20th century: a multi-racial punk band in a fascist police state.”

                                  In 2011, Kadey re-released the band’s self-titled album, but spoke about having more than 20 tracks that had never seen the light of day –until now. “All of these recordings put together they speak of the whole evolution of the band,” he has said. “From a sort of naive, almost belief that we could miraculously change everything to realizing what a struggle it was, and what the country was going through and what it would go through.”

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. International News
                                  2. It's All Right
                                  3. Walk In Africa
                                  4. Time And Place
                                  5. Corner House Stone
                                  6. Mercenaries
                                  7. Wake Of The Nation
                                  8. Supaman
                                  9. Speed It Up
                                  10. Beat Up The Lights
                                  11. Black Punk Rockers
                                  12. Stratocaster
                                  13. Everybody
                                  14. Vatsiketeni

                                  This is the sixth studio album for the Brooklyn band, and follows 2010’s High Violet, which was No 2 in our Albums of The Year, that year.

                                  In an interview with UK’s Uncut Magazine, front man Matt Berninger described the songs as more “immediate and visceral” than their previous work. Trouble Will Find Me possesses a directness, a coherency and an approachability that suggests The National are at their most confident.

                                  After a 22-month tour following the release of High Violet the band returned home. Regardless of plans to wait to record new music for another year or two, guitarist Aaron Dessner began working on sketches of new songs that the other members were too inspired by to not fully realise. Matt confesses, “For the past ten years we’d been chasing something, wanting to prove something. And this chase was about trying to disprove our own insecurities. After touring High Violet, I think we felt like we’d finally gotten there. Now we could relax—not in terms of our own expectations but we didn’t have to prove our identity any longer.” The results are simultaneously breakthrough and oddly familiar, the culmination of an artistic journey that has led The National both to a new crest and, somehow, back to their beginnings—when, says Aaron, “our ideas would immediately click with each other. It’s free-wheeling again. The songs on one level are our most complex, and on another they’re our most simple and human. It just feels like we’ve embraced the chemistry we have.” The album was recorded at Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY. Trouble Will Find Me was self-produced and mixed by Craig Silvey with additional mixing from Peter Katis and Marcus Paquin.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Laura says: With every album The National have pushed on and made a more ambitious album, constantly upping the ante with bigger arrangements and a bigger sound. So how on earth were the going to follow High Violet?
                                  Well, it seems they’ve finally come to terms with who and where they are as a band and made an album that reflects that. The Dressner brothers intricate arrangements are still there, as are the distinctive scatter-shot drum patterns (described perfectly by film director DA Pennebaker as “like rain falling through the leaves of a tree”) and of course Matt Berninger’s rich baritone rolls effortlessly over it all, but “Trouble Will Find Me” is a more relaxed, streamlined collection, and this stripping back gives the songs room to breathe and emphasises just how good they are at what they do. There may be less angst here than in the past, but the romanticism and melancholy are still there and for me, once again they've come up with one of the best albums of the year.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. I Should Live In Salt
                                  2. Demons
                                  3. Don't Swallow The Cap
                                  4. Fireproof
                                  5. Sea Of Love
                                  6. Heavenfaced
                                  7. This Is The Last Time
                                  8. Graceless
                                  9. Slipped
                                  10. I Need My Girl
                                  11. Humiliation
                                  12. Pink Rabbits
                                  13. Hard To Find

                                  The National

                                  High Violet - Expanded Edition

                                    The album opens with the slow drums and mournful vocals of “Terrible Love” but from the start there’s a simmering intensity that builds and eventually explodes into crashing cymbals, pummelling drums, distorted guitars and layered vocals. A dramatic entrance to The National’s fifth album. But it’s not all this heavy, as with their previous releases it’s an album of mood swings. Where “Terrible Love” was explosive, second track “Sorrow” is mournful and melodic.
                                    And while the album changes mood and tempo, at times warm and intimate at others dramatic, propelled by off beat drum rhythms, there’s always a palpable intensity. I read recently that they find it hard to finish songs, with one or other band member frequently rejecting material. Whether the atmosphere created here is the cause or result of this I don’t know, but either way it works perfectly. Despite Matt’s melancholy, there’s something really uplifting about this collection of beautifully crafted mini epics.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    High Violet
                                    Terrible Love
                                    Sorrow
                                    Anyone’s Ghost
                                    Little Faith
                                    Afraid Of Everyone
                                    Bloodbuzz Ohio
                                    Lemonworld
                                    Runaway
                                    Conversation 16
                                    England
                                    Vanderlyle Crybaby
                                    Geeks

                                    Bonus Disc

                                    Terrible Love (Alternate Version)
                                    Wake Up Your Saints
                                    You Were A Kindness
                                    Walk Off
                                    Sin-Eaters
                                    Bloodbuzz Ohio (Live On The Current)
                                    Anyone’s Ghost (Live At BAM)
                                    England (Live At BAM)

                                    The album opens with the slow drums and mournful vocals of “Terrible Love” but from the start there’s a simmering intensity that builds and eventually explodes into crashing cymbals, pummelling drums, distorted guitars and layered vocals.
                                    A dramatic entrance to The National’s fifth album. But it’s not all this heavy, as with their previous releases it’s an album of mood swings. Where “Terrible Love” was explosive, second track “Sorrow” is mournful and melodic.
                                    And while the album changes mood and tempo, at times warm and intimate at others dramatic, propelled by off beat drum rhythms, there’s always a palpable intensity. I read recently that they find it hard to finish songs, with one or other band member frequently rejecting material. Whether the atmosphere created here is the cause or result of this I don’t know, but either way it works perfectly. Despite Matt’s melancholy, there’s something really uplifting about this collection of beautifully crafted mini epics.


                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Martin says: A bona fide classic, and possibly the summit of The National's already majestic canon. Moody, introspective and deeply involving, "High Violet" manages to be both clever and inventive and at the same time focused in it's somewhat bleak expression. A work of troubled genius whose (very) high points, "Afraid of Everyone", "Bloodbuzz Ohio" and the sublime "Conversation 16" would grace pretty much any album, ever. It is really that good.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. Terrible Love
                                    2. Sorrow
                                    3. Anyone’s Ghost
                                    4. Little Faith
                                    5. Afraid Of Everyone
                                    6. Bloodbuzz Ohio
                                    7. Lemonworld
                                    8. Runaway
                                    9. Conversation 16
                                    10. England
                                    11. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

                                    Efterklang & The Danish National Chamber Orchestra

                                    Performing Parades

                                      "Performing Parades" is a limited edition album featuring Efterklang performing their 2007 album Parades in full, accompanied by The Danish National Chamber Orchestra. Mojo magazine enjoyed the show so much, they gave it a glowing full page live review! The concert was recorded in their hometown of Copenhagen in September 2008, and will be performed again at the Barbican in London on October 28th, this time with The Britten Sinfonia. Mojo described the Copenhagen concert as 'uplifting, celebratory and gloriously ridiculous, like an alternate national anthem for a new northern utopia of untrammelled happiness'. The stunning live recordings will be issued as a limited edition deluxe CD+DVD package and a limited edition 2LP+DVD in a lush gatefold sleeve, with brilliant design to match the quality of "Parades" and "Under Giant Trees". These special editions are surefire future collectors' items. The live audio recording is packaged with a 55-minute concert film on DVD. The DVD includes plenty of extras, including a behind the scenes documentary of the preparations for the event, and all six videos made for tracks from "Parades", including lead single "Mirador", which has racked up over one million (1,000,000!) views on Youtube.

                                      The National

                                      Boxer

                                        The National's 2005 album "Alligator" saw them fulfil the promise shown on their previous two albums, and set the bar impossibly high for their follow up.

                                        However, with "Boxer" they've created something quite stunning, in fact the opening three tracks, "Fake Empire", "Mistaken For Strangers" and "Brainy" are possibly their best songs ever. A taut rhythm section is present throughout, and complements the languid vocals and lush string arrangements perfectly. Although the strings and Matt Berninger's distinctive drawl create a solemn mood, there are plenty of upbeat moments here too, creating a rich anthemic album with just the right amount of melancholy.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Fake Empire
                                        2. Mistaken For Strangers
                                        3. Brainy
                                        4. Squalor Victoria
                                        5. Green Gloves
                                        6. Slow Show
                                        7. Apartment Story
                                        8. Start A War
                                        9. Guest Room
                                        10. Racing Like A Pro
                                        11. Ada
                                        12. Gospel

                                        The National

                                        Alligator

                                          These five Cincinnati friends recorded two albums and a mini album for Brassland before signing to Beggars Banquet. Their last effort, "Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers", was touted as one of the year's best by Rolling Stone and other magazines.

                                          The National contains two pairs of brothers - Aaron Dessner (guitars, bass) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (guitar, bass), Bryan Devendorf (drums) and singer Matt Berninger. Matt's potent baritone intones about matters fraught and funny and sad; about record collections, missing persons and medium-sized American hearts. The songs are intense, and emotive but generally quite restrained, but on one or two tracks, this intensity spills out into a superbly abrasive blast of emotion, before ebbing back into mellowness. Wonderful!

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Laura says: An absolutely awesome album - one of my albums of the year in 2005 when it was originally released. Although it's perhaps a little less 'polished' than "High Violet" it still has that same compelling, claustrophic intensity too it.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Secret Meeting
                                          2. Karen
                                          3. Lit Up
                                          4. Looking For Astronauts
                                          5. Daughters Of The Soho Riots
                                          6. Baby, We'll Be Fine
                                          7. Friend Of Mine
                                          8. Val Jester
                                          9. All The Wine
                                          10. Abel
                                          11. Geese Of Beverly Road
                                          12. City Middle
                                          13. Mr. November


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