4AD Records CAD3X03CD / CAD3X03. Released 10/11 May 2010.
Recorded March 2009–January 2010 in Aaron’s garage (Brooklyn, NY) by Peter Mavrogeorgis, Brandon Reid, Aaron & Bryce Dessner Additional recording: Tarquin Studios (Bridgeport, CT) by Peter Katis / Second Engineer: Greg Giorgio / Assistant: Keith Nelson / Kampo Studios (NYC) by Patrick Dillett / Additional vocal recording by Christian Biegai (Berlin) Produced by The National/ Additional production: Aaron & Bryce Dessner, Peter Katis Mixed by Peter Katis / Additional mixing by Greg Giorgio Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound (NYC) The National: Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf All songs written by Matt Berninger (Val Jester Music, ASCAP) and Aaron Dessner (ABD 13 Music, ASCAP) except Anyone’s Ghost and Lemonworld by M. Berninger and Bryce Dessner (Hawk Ridge Songs, ASCAP) Bloodbuzz Ohio by Padma Newsome (Padma Music, ASCAP), M. Berninger and A. Dessner Lyrics for Conversation 16, Little Faith and Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks written by M. Berninger and Carin Besser Orchestration by Bryce Dessner and Padma Newsome except Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks and Lemonworld by Nico Muhly Justin Vernon appears courtesy of Jagjaguwar Management: Dawn Barger, Post Hoc Management / Tour Management: Brandon Reid Legal: Gillian Bar for Carroll, Guido & Groffman Cover: The Binding Force (2008) by Mark Fox, courtesy of Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York, NY Design: Distant Station Ltd. / Interior photographs: Keith Klenowski
Additional Musicians: Tim Albright: trombone; Hideaki Aomori: clarinet, bass clarinet; Michael Atkinson: French horn; Thomas Bartlett: piano, keyboards; Mads Christian Brauer: electronics/filtering; CJ Camereri: trumpet, coronet; Greg Chudzik: double bass; Rachael Elliott: bassoon; Alex Hamlin: baritone saxophone; Marla Hansen: vocals; Maria Jeffers: cello; Bridget Kibbey: harp; Thom Kozumplik: percussion; Benjamin Lanz: trombone; Rob Moose: violin; Nico Muhly: celeste; Dave Nelson: trombone; Padma Newsome: violin, viola; Richard Reed Parry: double bass, electric guitar, piano, vocals, backing vocal arrangements (Conversation 16); Kyle Resnick: trumpet; Nadia Sirota: viola; Alex Sopp: flute, bass flute; Laurel Sprengelmeyer: vocals; Sufjan Stevens: harmonium, vocals, backing vocal arrangements (Afraid of Everyone); Jeremy Thal: French horn; Justin Vernon: vocals
Thanks to Jonas Ahm, James Alderman, Bob Ansell, Niklas Arnegren, Nabil Ayers, Gillian Bar, Dawn Barger, Thomas Bartlett, Isla Berninger, Carin Besser, Jen Besser, Alec Bemis, Tom Berninger, Nancy & Paul Berninger, Lesley Bleakley, Marc Borkan, Mike Brewer, Mauricio Carey, John Carlin, Reuben Cox, Clara Claus & the Claus family, Marshall Curry, Willing Davidson, Kim & Kelley Deal, Jessica, Stephen & Sarah Dessner, Elizabeth Devendorf, Shari & Dave Devendorf, Rachael Elliott, Adam Farrell, Finlay Printing, David Freeman, Dan Gallo, Kevin French, Simon Halliday, Matt Harmon, Paul Heck, Birgit Heuzeroth, Sonya Hofer-Lanz, Elizabeth & Clara Hopkins, Karl Jensen, Nathalie Jonas, Ann Katis, William Katis, Susannah Keebler, Sonya Kolowrat, Thom Kozumplik, Ben Lanz, David Lorczak, Sarah Lowe, Søren Madsen, Jennifer Mankins, Jan de Mars, Ben Marshall, Cat Martino, Roth McCue, Joe Melillo, Martin Mills, Tim Murtaugh, Miwa Okumura, George Ortiz, Richard Reed Parry, Billy Penn, Jack Petruzelli, John Porter, Amanda Reid, Brandon Reid, Kyle Resnick, Matthew Ritchie, Jane Rosch, Jeff Salem, Greg Schiefelbein, Jim Sclavunos, Frank Silva, Liz Sliclen, Pedro Soler, John Solimine, Ole Sondresen, Kris Sowersby, Mike Stevens, Sufjan Stevens, Eric Strohl, Stine Wengler & the Wengler family, Cindy Vazquez, Justin Vernon, Wolfman, Shara Worden, Tom Wironen, Terry Yerves
Special thanks to our families and friends, Roger Trust and everyone at 4ad/Beggars Group
In memory of Sally Dessner, Donald Devendorf, Emily Dwyer, Laura Hruska and Mildred Sliclen