In late November, The National stopped by Seattle’s KEXP for an in-studio session, performing a handful of standout tracks from their acclaimed latest album Sleep Well Beast, along with an unreleased rarity called “Rylan.” Fortunately for us all, the good people at KEXP have shared Matt Berninger and company’s full performance, and it’s one to behold.
Despite the fan-favorite status that “Rylan” enjoys, the song has never been officially released, and it’s only been recorded at studio quality one other time, when The National played CBC Radio’s Q show in 2011 (per KEXP). The track begins around the 22:30 mark in the video below.
Berninger notes that the band hasn’t recorded “Rylan” since they were using “a four-track somewhere.” Leading up to that gem, the band performs Sleep Well Beast opener “Nobody Else Will Be There,” followed by singles “Guilty Party” and “Carin at the Liquor Store.”
Just last week, The National announced Homecoming, a Cincinnati, Ohio music festival that they themselves will curate and headline, set for April 28-29, 2018. The band also shared the music video to accompany their new album’s title track.
Watch The National’s The Morning Show on KEXP performance below, and listen to their 2007 Daytrotter Session further down.