The National's High Violet is set to be one of the biggest albums of the year. After the band broke through with 2005's Alligator and continued to build major momentum with Boxer (2007), it seems as if the stars are aligning for High Violet, out May 11 on 4AD. Early track leaks like "Bloodbuzz Ohio" and "Afraid of Everyone" have been exemplary, and starting Friday, April 23rd, the group will be streaming the entire album on the New York Times website. The group is aware a low quality leak is circulating online and have decided to address the issue in a perfectly reasonable way. From their MySpace page: "As you may have heard, there is a low quality leak of our new album, High Violet, spreading across the Internet as we speak. We wanted to let you know the New York Times will be streaming the real thing starting Friday April 23rd. We hope you'll take the time to hear the album at its intended level of quality."
In addition, the group has announced early details of a plan to curate five nights in a space at 13 E. 4th St. adjacent to Other Music in Manhattan. On a nightly basis from Tuesday, May 11 through Saturday, May 15th the group will take over the space, dubbed 'The High Violet Annex Presented By Other Music' for an as-yet unannounced series of events. Check out highviolet.com for further details and announcements in the coming weeks.