Can the social power of TV stars be more valuable than shrinking small-screen music budgets?

The National's "Start a War" dates back two albums to 2007, but it's the track the Brooklyn band will perform on the Oct. 31 episode of Fox's "The Mindy Project." The band's presence adds to Mindy Kaling's aura of cool and certainly assists in exposing the National to a TV audience most likely unfamiliar with its music.

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