The official music video for “Serpentine Prison”, the title track from Matt Berninger’s debut solo record. Produced by Booker T. Jones, the album will be released via Book Records in conjunction with Concord Records on October 2.
The song Serpentine Prison was written in December 2018 about a week after recording The National’s I Am Easy to Find. For a long time I had been writing songs for movies and musicals and other projects where I needed to get inside someone else’s head and convey another person’s feelings. I liked doing that but I was ready to dig back into my own garbage and this was the first thing that came out.
The title is from a twisting sewer pipe that drains into the ocean near LAX. There’s a cage on the pipe to keep people from climbing out to sea. I worked on the song with Sean O’Brien and Harrison Whitford and recorded it about six months later with Booker T. Jones producing. It feels like an epilogue so I named the record after it and put it last.
Directed, shot and edited by Tom Berninger and Chris Sgroi Filmed at Earthstar Creation Center, Venice, CA Written by Matt Berninger, Sean O'Brien and Harrison Whitford
2020 marks the 10th anniversary of The National's celebrated breakthrough album High Violet. In2011, the 5-piece band, along with a horn section, performed a staggering and ornate session for KCRW. The emotional tension the band creates in a live setting is their calling card, and it's awarded them festival headlining slots and sold-out arenas around the world. This is when it all started.
Set List: 0:01 Anyone's Ghost 3:03 Afraid of Everyone 7:08 Conversation 16 11:29 Bloodbuzz Ohio 16:14 England 21:37 Fake Empire 24:58 Terrible Love 29:16 Daughters of the Soho Riots
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Our crew are the lifeblood of our touring operation and have become family through the many years we’ve worked together. As uncertainty looms over the state of the live concert industry, we will direct all profits from merch sales through our webstore, new Cherry Tree enrollments, and sales from the Cherry Tree members-only store to support our crew members throughout this crisis to the best of our ability.
Produced by La Blogothèque In association with 100 Year Films
Jason Treuting Eric Cha-Beach Josh Quillen Adam Sliwinski Luz Carime Santa-Coloma Yumi Tamashiro
Buke and Gase
Arone Dyer Aron Sanchez
Technical crew The National
Michael Brown - Creative Director Casey Reas - Projections Stu Tenold - Production Manager Kyle Lewis - Drum & Keyboard Tech Mikey Loy - Guitar & Bass Tech Darrell Plampin - Guitar Tech Evan Middlesworth - Playback & Teleprompter Tech Donato Paternostro - Monitor Tech Bella Blasko - Assistant
Management for The National
Straight & Narrow Artist Management Brandon Reid Shaun Gibson Julia Willinger Grant Manship Wayne Petti Alison D’Arrigo
2nd Unit Director of Photography: Bill Kirstein Camera Operator: Sam Falconi Crane Operator: Adam Troeger Crane Assistant: Dylan Greene Steadicam Operator: Tanner Carlson Dolly Grip: Richard Cohen Assistants Camera: James Lamberg JD Devirgilis Digital Imaging Technician: Anne Hollowday Production assistant: Baba Kane
Post production manager: Matéo Lahais Post production assistant: Alexandre Sellem Color grading: Julien Bru
Melissa Auf der Maur Tony Stone Sophie Henderson Sarah Van Buren Sarah Roberts Hale Kate Hewett Duncan Rich Roman Horst John Rosenthal
A portion of the proceeds from this event benefitted Basilica Hudson to support its mission to further the creation, production and presentation of arts and culture while fostering sustainable community.
Lost video for Hard To Find surfaces. Director Michael Brown discovers lost underwater footage on old hard drive.
“This video has been buried away for 6 years and I can’t think of a better time than now to share it with the world and add a tiny touch of beauty to what is already lost. In Feb. of 2014 we were half-way through the ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ touring cycle. After finishing a run of great shows in Australia, we had one day-off before the last show on the run, a west coast performance in Perth. We all decided as one big touring-family that we wanted to rent a boat and make a journey to see a series of islands off the coast that are protected nature reserves. As we anchored in one of the bays, we all noticed there was a fearless group of seals swimming around the boat. Brandon and Matt decided to jump in first and to the surprise of us all, the seals started swimming alongside them and playing with us. At the time I always kept a camera with me to add video content to our show if a good opportunity arose. So I jumped in after them and caught this beautifully humanizing moment of Matt swimming with the seals. A memory that reminds me just how lucky we are to be able to share things like this with one another.” - Michael Brown
The National's cover of INXS' ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ is taken from the album 'Songs For Australia'; an extraordinary album made by a collection of artists from around the world who have each donated their time to record a cover of an Australian song.
The album was made to raise money for organizations in Australia who are working towards creating a better future for the country and helping to rebuild during and after the bushfire crisis. ‘Songs for Australia’ will be digitally released Thursday, March 12 through BMG.