Watch This Now: The National – “Conversation 16”

“I was afraid I’d eat your brains, ’cause I’m evil…”

Heyyyy maaaate! First off, thanks for making last week such a success – we got hundreds of view here; and that might not seem like much to many “big” blogs but to me, that’s really cool. Thank you so much for reading! Anyway, onto the latest video from one of my absolute favourite bands – The National. These guys have had an incredible run on the back of last year’s masterpiece High Violet, and now they’ve delivered on a very strong, intrinsic video that is potentially their most dramatic, as well.

In this video, the President of the United States isn’t the band’s good friend Barack Obama – nope, it’s a woman. And that woman is Kristen Schaal, best known for her role as Mel on Flight of the Conchords and her notoriously hilarious style of absurdist comedy (if the phrase “Kristen Schaal is a horse” means anything to you, you’ll know what I’m talking about). There’s a few other familiar faces in there, too, including most of the band itself – singer Matt Berninger, in particular, plays a security guard to the President. He doesn’t say a word, but often his face says it all: look especially around the 2:50 mark.

This video is clever, beautifully written and well-acted. It doesn’t take itself too seriously but is a sound reflection on the themes of the song itself. In other words, you’re looking at a very worthy video from a very worthy band. Watch it! Now, altogether: KRISTEN SCHAAL IS A HORSE, KRISTEN SCHAAL IS A HORSE, LOOK AT HER DANCE LIKE, LOOK AT HER GO LIKE…

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  1. […] Read my original blog on Conversation 16 here. […]

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