The National Reveals Surprise New LP, Duets With Patti Smith In Cincinnati

The National fans wondering why the group was playing so many new songs on tour this year now have the answer. The Cincinnati-reared quintet announced tonight (Sept. 15) during its set in front of a hometown crowd at its Homecoming festival that a surprise new album, Laugh Track, will arrive on Monday. A small quantity of early autographed vinyl copies were also available at the merchandise stand for lucky attendees.

Laugh Track features songs written alongside those which appeared on First Two Pages of Frankenstein, which was released in late April. Nine of them have already debuted live, including “Weird Goodbyes,” the recorded version features Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon

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