The National

The National

Graham MacIndoe

Each week the Monday Mix showcases three brand new songs from the opbmusic broadcast. This week we feature a mysterious new track from Brooklyn indie rockers, a live performance from winners of NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest and a cover from a new super-group.

The National - The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness

The National just released the lead single from their forthcoming album, Sleep Well Beast, out on September 8th. The track, “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” begins with soft choral vocals that quickly melt into layers of rhythmic texture and Aaron Dessner’s gritty electric guitar riffs. Piano chords drive the track forward with growing urgency, but lead singer Matt Berninger’s signature dark baritone provides a patient steadiness, even when he seems to be questioning the “abstract portrait of a weird time we’re in.” The National are coming to the Schnitz on November 27th.

Tank and The Bangas - Walmart

Recently, opbmusic welcomed NPR’s Tiny Desk concert winner, New Orleans-based Tank and The Bangas, to the studio for a session and interview. “Walmart” is a more down tempo, mellow track than their contest-winning song “Quick,” with plunking keys and sparse percussion. But singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball’s use of imagery makes it a standout track. Ball uses a stroll down the aisles of Walmart to tell the story of a past relationship, which she (thank goodness) held on to the receipt for. Tank and the Bangas will be performing live at Pickathon, August 3rd-6th.

Filthy Friends - Editions Of You

Kids, there’s a new super-group on the block. Filthy Friends is made up of Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Kurt Bloch and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5), and Bill Rieflin (King Crimson). After starting as a David Bowie cover band and releasing their first song with the 30 Days, 30 Songs project, they are set to put out their own album later this year. This cover of English rock band Roxy Music’s “Editions of You” is rough and energetic with Tucker’s vocals adding some welcome sass. Catch them at MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabst, August 26th-27th!