Today The National debut the video for 'Conversation 16' across MTV Networks (MTV, MTV2, MTVU, MTV Hits) and MTV online globally.
Directed by Scott Jacobson, the video features an all star cast, including leading roles for Kristen Schaal (Flight Of The Conchords, The Daily Show, Bob's Burgers), John Slattery (Mad Men) and James Urbaniak (American Splendor, The Office).
Jacobson on the video's origins: "The idea for the video came from a conversation I had with Kristen Schaal at a friend's wedding. I mentioned I was pitching a video for The National, and Kristen said she was a fan of the band and would be in the video if she could play the President of the United States. I think she was joking - I was four wines into the evening and my ability to read social cues was not razor sharp - but since Kristen is an incredibly cool and generous person she didn't balk when I actually tried to take her up on it."
Watch an interview with one of the video's stars, Kristen Schaal here.
The video's premiere comes on the heels of the National's participation in MTV's PUSH promotion and their Live in NYC series, filmed at Studio at Webster Hall, available on MTV.com.
In related news, the band are confirmed to play this year's Coachella Festival on Sunday 17th April. Below are the confirmed worldwide tour dates for 2011.
15th Mar - Singapore Mosaic Music Festival, Esplande Theatre
17th Mar - Duo, Tokyo
2nd Apr - Lollapalooza Chile 2011, Santiago
3rd Apr - La Trastienda, Buenos Aries
4th Apr - La Trastienda, Buenos Aries
5th Apr - Citibank Hall, Sau Paulo
10th Apr - Vive Lation 2011
15th Apr - Rites of Spring, Vanderbilt Uni, Nashville, TN
17th Apr - Coachella, Indio, CA
19th Apr - Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
20th Apr - Starlight, Kansas City, MO w/Arcade Fire
21st Apr - Scottrade Centre, St Louis, MO w/Arcade Fire
22nd Apr - UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL w/Arcade Fire
24th Apr -UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL w/Arcade Fire
25th Apr - UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL w/Arcade Fire
27th Apr - The Lawn at White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN w/Arcade Fire
23rd May - Coliseum, Porto
24th May - Campo Pequeno, Lisbon
27th May - Primavera Sound, Barcelona
1st July - Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
2nd July - Main Sq Festival, Arras, France
3rd July - Open Air St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland
5th July - Ferrara Sotto Le Stelle, Ferrara, Italy
8th July - Ruisrock, Turku, Finland
12th July - Caprera, Bloemendaal, Holland
13th July - 013, Tilburg
17th July - Gurtenfestival, Berne
10-14th Aug - Skanderborg Festival, Skanderborg, Denmark
18th Aug - Frequency Festival, Salzburg
20th Aug - Highfield Festival, Großposna, Leipzig
21st Aug - Area 4 Festival, Borkenberge, Germany