Coffee & Flowers: A podcast about The National

Coffee & Flowers: A podcast about The National Podcast

In season 1, the band guide us through their dark but hopeful album, 'Boxer'.

Bonus: 'I Am Easy To Find' launch
As the band launch a new album and a new film simultaneously, Chris and Dave review and discuss this ambitious new project, chat to Bryce Dessner and Scott Devendorf about the division of labour on a project like this, and meet Eve Owen, a 19-year-old singer who features on the album....

S1 Ep13: Reflections
The myriad stories that interweave throughout 'Boxer' and beyond all come together as we take a final look at the record as a whole....

S1 Ep12: 'Gospel'
We consider what it means to end the album in a garden, beneath holiday rainbow lights and with a nice icy drink in your hand....


S1 Ep11: 'Ada'
Ada lets us all have her neck. "The touching of a person's neck is much more intimate than kissing them on the mouth, don't you think?" - Matt Berninger...

S1 Ep9: 'Guest Room'
We enter "prison for jerks" and find two people struggling to escape this relationship jail of their own making....


S1 Ep8: 'Start A War'
The (im?)possibility of reconciliation is explored in 'Start A War', and when the right time is to walk away. Plus, how identical twins approach guitar harmonies....

S1 Ep7: 'Apartment Story'
Unpacking 'Slow Show's "fraternal twin", we consider relationships within four walls. How do we enjoy comfort when it all too often rubs up against claustrophobia?...

S1 Ep6: 'Slow Show'
The album hits its mid-point and a fork in the roads: to go to the party, or to stay in? We explore the pros and cons of socialising and the curious lure of home....


S1 Ep5: 'Green Gloves'
This episode we find a tender exploration of humans, their objects, and the connections we form....

S1 Ep4: 'Squalor Victoria'
We consider the unheavenly travails of white-collar employment in a track that, for Matt, was all about restraint....

S1 Ep3: 'Brainy'
We follow the footsteps of two people in a game of cat and mouse with help from Brainy herself, Carin Besser....


S1 Ep1: 'Fake Empire'
We begin exploring 'Boxer' with a tiptoe through the album's melancholic first track, exploring the real, the fake, and the big opener that almost wasn't....


Season 1 Teaser
Season 1 will be available 4 March on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other listening thingys!...