Having done a quick straw poll of the BAMM staff (i.e staring at their faces and trying to decipher their thoughts, before getting told ‘will you go away, man, you’re creeping me out’) it’s clear that we’re all big fans of The National – the moody and magnificent Ohio five-piece who are responsible for some of the most moving, immersive and endlessly replayable tunes of the last decade.
Most recently, they contributed an exclusive song to the videogame ‘Portal 2′. While most bands would treat this as a quick marketing opportunity and throw out a B-side-calibre outttake, The National decided to produce ‘Exile Vilify’, one of the best songs of their career:
Twin brothers from the band Aaron and Bryce Dessner are also the masterminds behind Brassland, an artist-owned record label which is pretty much the centre of the New York alt-rock scene. Started back in 2001, Brassland is now celebrating its tenth birthday – and for the next couple of weeks they’re offering a track a day, free to download. Yep. Totally free.
You just have to retweet a message or like their Facebook page. Sound like a fair deal? Course it does. Find out more here.