the national black sessions

I originally found these tracks on Muzzle of Bees in 2005, listened to them incessantly, and then promptly misplaced them…until now. Consider the following required listening for National fans with material taken from the Cherry Tree EP and, mainly, Alligator, which they were touring in support of at the time.


MP3: The National :: All The Wine
MP3: The National :: Secret Meeting
MP3: The National :: Driver Surprise Me
MP3: The National :: Lit Up
MP3: The National :: Cherry Tree
MP3: The National :: Baby, We’ll Be Fine
MP3: The National :: Geese
MP3: The National :: City Middle
MP3: The National :: Looking For Astronauts
MP3: The National :: Mr. November
MP3: The National :: Daughters of The Soho Riots
MP3: The National :: Abel
MP3: The National :: Wasp Nest

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11 Responses to “The National :: The Black Sessions (Paris, 2005)”

  1. Yeeeeeeeeeeees! I’ve just started listening to The National, and love pretty much everything I’ve heard so far. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the post, the set is a great compliment the White Sessions they did this year. Great quality recordings, it’s nice to see them bring back some of the older material.

  3. great set.

  4. […] I also saw an interesting post of The National on Aquarium Drunkard with mp3’s of them in Paris: check em out here! […]

  5. Great post.. thanks a lot!

    If anyone needs the White Sessions from this year, you can get them here

  6. Great find. I’ve been enjoying The National for a month or 2 now. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. awesome set, thanks… saw them in dc a few months ago….

    I have santa clara posted on my site if you want to check it out.

  9. […] This afternoon he pointed me toward The National’s Black Sessions, which were recorded in Paris(!) in 2005. They were touring in support of Alligator at time time; Aquarium Drunkard snagged the tunes and recently made the mp3s available on over yonder. […]

  10. thanks for the songs. rockin’ em now

  11. Thank you for these selections. I’d never hear worthy music like this if not for you.

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