The positive buzz behind Brooklyn (via Cincinnati) band The National keeps gathering steam. In addition to the release of their new CD High Violet this week, the group divulged that it will be working with noted rock documentarian D. A. Pennebaker (Don't Look Back and Monterey Pop).
This Saturday (15 May) Pennebaker, his wife and frequent collaborator Chris Hegedus will direct a live webcast of The National's concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. (In addition, the duo will present a short film on the group just prior to the live gig.) The performance, beginning at 8.00pm EDT, will benefit the Red Hot Foundation. Expect special guests; maybe some artists who also contributed to the fine Dark Was The Night compilation last year.
In the meantime, make sure to catch their appearance tomorrow night on The Late Show with David Letterman.
And here's the new video for The National's powerful new track "Bloodbuzz Ohio" (by the way, that's Pennebaker in the role of bartender):