The National's 'This Is the Last Time' Is More at Home on 'Conan' Than 'Kimmel'

Second time's the charm for Ohio natives on the late-night talk show circuit

Kyle McGovern WRITTEN BY
Kyle McGovern

The National performed Trouble Will Find Me tumbler "This Is the Last Time" a second time for television this week, following their Monday Jimmy Kimmel Live! visit with a guest spot on Conan last night (August 14). At this point, six albums deep into a hard-earned career, Matt Berninger and co. are nothing if not professional: Arena headliners (and dapper dressers) who unspool their middle-aged melancholy with craftsman-level precision. The outdoor Kimmel gig afforded the baroque Brooklynites some breathing room on "This Is the Last Time" and "Graceless," but the Conan set — a claustrophobic stage bathed in blue light — better suits the National's paranoid interiority, particularly when Berninger's pleading, "Don't tell anyone I'm here / I've got Tylenol and beer." Watch it above.   

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Melted Toys — Blush " 03:18
  • 2 Torres — New Skin " 05:26
  • 3 Lorde — Tennis Court (Flume Remix) " 06:04
  • 4 Perc — Dumpster (Clouds Remix) " 05:38
  • 5 Big Freedia — Explode " 02:48
  • 6 Gabriel Kahane — Bradbury " 03:39

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA