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An Irish based alternative music blog. Music news, gigs, live reviews, album reviews... You'll find them here. If you want anything featured or removed, please shout. I hope you'll discover something new to love on this little experiment of mine. Currently editing the Music Section of the UCC Express and contributing to Motley magazine on campus, as well as writing for PopCultureMonster and 4FortyFour. Always looking for new projects so please get in touch if interested. Thanks for reading.

Friday, March 5, 2010

New National Album

May is shaping up to be a standout month in the music calender this year. Already this week we have had confirmations of releases from the Black Keys, LCD Soundsystem and Band of Horses, while I had previously reported on the upcoming release from Broken Social Scene. The Hold Steady will also be releasing their newest record.

Now we can add the National to this. Entitled High Violet, we are told that the follow up to Boxer will be in shops in the UK on May 10th, the US on the 11th and I would imagine Ireland on the 7th.

They have a tough job to match up to their recent work - Boxer and Alligator are widely considered to be among the finest alternative albums of the century so far, while their contributions to Dark Was The Night, "So Far Around The Bend" was without a doubt the finest track on a stunning two disc compilation featuring the likes of the Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, Yeasayer and many more.

Here's hoping that the National will expand their current tour to include Irish shores - as of yet the only European dates are in London, Berlin and Paris (with Pavement). A festival appearance or two may be on the cards as the planned dates conclude on June 16th.

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