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By Scott T. Sterling

The National took their alt-rock for adults to The Ellen DeGeneres Show today (Dec. 5), rocking the daytime TV crowd with an exuberant take on “Day I Die.”

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Taken from the National’s Grammy-nominated album, Sleep Well Beast (it’s up for Best Alternative Album), the song’s double-drummer beat and stream-of-consciousness lyricism was enough to elicit a howl from DeGeneres when it was over.

Watch the performance below.

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