Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Prick Tunes: The National "About Today"

This isn't the first time I've featured The National in the space. It surely will not be the last. 

Fans of the film Warrior (which was awesome) may remember this song as the one that plays over the film's conclusion--or at least I'm 80% sure that this is the song playing over its climax and through the coda. Originally, "About Today" was found on The National's Cherry Tree EP which came out in 2004, between their sophomore release Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers and their third full-length album Alligator. For its inclusion in the film, it was reworked, stretching the song from its original four minutes to just over seven with the new version sounding much more contemporary with The National's last two albums, Boxer and especially High Violet

Whilst playing in Kansas City on April 20th of last year, they dedicated this song to the memory of Gerard Smith, the bassist from TV on the Radio, who had succumbed to lung cancer earlier in the day. 

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