April 5, 2008

The National cover Springsteen

This seems exceptionally fitting to post today, as I have a date with Bruce Springsteen this very evening. The National does a gorgeously arresting cover here. The rich, round tones of the plucking of strings sound for all the world like rain on the roof of a wooden cabin I stayed in once, deep in a redwood forest.

Mansion On The Hill (Springsteen cover) – The National

I think my heart stops at a few points during that song — the way the strings stretch and hover, pause and swell.

Pitchfork wrote yesterday that The National is including this cover on a new CD called The Virginia EP (a 12-track “EP”) which will also contain unreleased demos, b-sides, live recordings, and a song from last year’s Daytrotter session.

It’s part of a package that will also include the excellent Vincent Moon documentary A Skin, A Night: watch clips here.

[song via, photo credit Valerio]


  • Heather,
    Thanks for National/Springsteen Post. I happened across yer blog by accident and although I tend to stick to mostly the “Album Blogs”, I do find myself surfing a lot of personal blogs, normally when trying to find album posts which often lead to dead ends(I was trying to find the new Jackie Greene Album…note-I still call them Albums; not CDs. Your opinions (and tastes) on many things are similar to mine and not only will I come back for updates, I’ll recommend to friends (BTW-I agree with you on the movie Elizabethtown, loved the Road Trip but was bored by the majority of flick-My Morning Jacket’s Free Bird scene was a hoot though. Also, I’ll try to pick up Haven Kimmel’s books. If they’re as funny as David Sederis’ tomes I’m there!). Rock Steady, ROB B ST LOUIS

    Anonymous — April 5, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  • i (heart) the national. i’m actually flying from little rock to san diego just for their concert in may and can’t wait.

    Christy — April 5, 2008 @ 11:25 am

  • What does it say that I’d rather go to Red Rocks to see The National than R.E.M. for whom they open? Do I really want to duke it out for those tickets though? *pondering still*

    Signed – another Denverite.

    Anonymous — April 5, 2008 @ 4:49 pm

  • Not exactly knowing The National’s music at all…this cover does little to make me seek them out. Otherwise….I enjoy the blog and read it daily.

    SINEDDIE — April 5, 2008 @ 5:16 pm

  • Hi there,

    thanks for crediting my picture!

    Next time i would appreciate if you write a couple of lines and ask in advance to use it.


    liveon35mm.com — April 6, 2008 @ 2:43 am

  • The National is so delectable, and the fact that Springsteen is the framing for their jamb, is even more excellent.

    It swirls me into oblivion of joy and fun.

    J$ (Reel Bad Friend) — April 9, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

  • I love this track but I still seek a studio version of it….

    How was your date with Springsteen? A review perhaps? I’ve actually seen him 3 times on this tour and he’s been top notch every night.

    megan — April 10, 2008 @ 1:00 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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