Yesterday, Brooklyn indie rock legends The National took a trip north of the border to Toronto perform at CBC Radio's "Q" show. But before waiting in line to get their passports stamped, the band made a quick pit-stop to pick up friend, collaborator, whiskey-slinger, and Bon Iver front-man Justin Vernon.
While on the show, The National played two new songs, "Rylan" and "I Need My Girl." While it is unclear whether or not those songs are going to be used for an upcoming release, it is clear that they are typically good songs in the vein of The National. They're soft and gentle, but with a biting heartbreak behind them. Listen to those tracks at the CBC radio site here.
The band also roped in Vernon to joining them on stage to provide backing vocals for "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" off of their 2010 release High Violet. Before doing so, Vernon sat down with host Jian Ghomeshi to talk about his four Grammy nods, his Twitter beef with The Avalanche, producing his girlfriend Kathleen Edward's new album, working with Kanye, and selling whiskey. Watch the interview and the performance of "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" below.