Matt Berninger is the frontman of the Brooklyn rock band The National. Their latest release is High Violet. He talked with us about the bands roots, in Cincinnati, and about slowly developing the group from hobby to headliner.
JESSE THORN: It’s The Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guest, Matt Berninger, is ten years or a little bit more into his rock and roll career with his band The National. They’ve gone from a tiny, independent label of which they were partly the boss to, with each passing record, a little bit more national renown. They’ve now made the transition from critic starlings to at least the indie mainstream’s darlings, and they’re continuing to grow. Their newest album is called High Violet. Let’s hear a little bit of one of the singles from the record, “Bloodbuzz Ohio.”
Matt Berninger, welcome to the Sound of Young America. It’s so great to have you on the show.
MATT BERNINGER: Thank you, thank you. I’m excited to be here.
I've spent the bulk of my non-working time the last few days devouring the DVD box set of The Larry Sanders Show. It's probably my favorite TV show, ever... brilliantly funny and powerful in every way. Some of the best acting you'll see on TV, anywhere, anytime, and some of the best writing, too.
The box set has some great extra features, as well. Among other things, you can watch Garry Shandling kick the shit out of Alec Baldwin in the boxing ring, and hear Shandling argue over jokes with Judd Apatow. Once again, the folks at Shout! Factory have come through with a wonderful collection that goes above and beyond my expectations.
If you're on the fence about buying this, come down. It's time to pull the trigger. This is pretty much the best $100 you can spend on entertainment.
The Onion News Network is probably my favorite thing on the internet, and I couldn't be more excited that it's coming to IFC. I visited IFC (who are the home of the show I host, The Grid) the other day in New York, and everyone is over the moon about this show. As they should be. I'm looking forward to it.
Our pals at McSweeney's have decided to celebrate our interview with Judd Apatow with a special on his (great) new book, I Found This Funny. You can get it from their store for an even $20, and you can rest assured that your money's going to support two great causes (McSweeney's and 826 National).
Finally, we have achieved our dream: parity with the audio from the Glenn Beck TV show. Thanks, Stitcher!
(and thanks to Joe for sending this over)
Neal Pollack joins Jesse and Jordan to discuss yoga, yogis, bear claws, danishes, Danes and more. Neal Pollack's new book, Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude, is a hilarious look at how Pollack learned to love yoga. Danish teen intern Johannes also joins in on the fun.
Join us for MaxFunCon 2011, June 10th-12th in Lake Arrowhead, California.
Tickets go on sale at MaxFunCon.com on Black Friday, November 26th.
In case you've been living UNDER A ROCK, I've been hosting an IFC show called The Grid, and Jordan has been a regular contributor. Above, one of his great segments, on a very sad product called Gamer Grub.
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