The National Play For 6 Hours

2013-04-24 by Andrew Walker | 62 Comments
The National is due to play their song "Sorrow" from their fifth album High Violet on
Saturday May 5th for six hours straight. They will be playing as an "exhibit" in New York
City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from noon until 6 pm. A link to the full article can be
found below.

The National's sixth studio album, Trouble Will Find Me is due out May 20th.

[A]http://consequenceofsound.net/2013/04/the-national-will-perform-sorrow-for-six-hours-
straight-at-nycs-moma/[/A]

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WeepingBanana
April 24th 2013
10269 Comments


interesting i suppose... if i was the band i'd probably kill myself like 2 hours in though

ZilbelPing
April 24th 2013
6219 Comments


Woah

ThyCrossAwaits
April 24th 2013
3084 Comments


I'm gonna go and cry the whole time while reminiscing about when I used this song to dull the pain of breaking up with my freshman-year girlfriend.

no, srsly

Apollo
April 24th 2013
10379 Comments


fucking lol

I love this band but this is pretty fucking stupid

roccowalker
April 24th 2013
39 Comments


why would they do this?...

Artuma
April 24th 2013
17967 Comments


I love this band but this is pretty fucking stupid [2]

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GringoSuave89
April 24th 2013
1086 Comments


I never really gave this band a go, but they do so much out there shit I ought to give it a try.

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CK
April 24th 2013
5088 Comments


if i was the band i'd probably kill myself like 2 hours in though [2]

Ire
April 24th 2013
41849 Comments


wag they're prob into Philip glass now

Funeralopolis
April 24th 2013
12275 Comments


I love this band but this is pretty fucking stupid [3]

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zxlkho
April 24th 2013
3482 Comments


this is.... what

Chortles
April 24th 2013
18282 Comments


what the fuck

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Fieryfenderz
April 24th 2013
1518 Comments


This is one of the most normal things the MoMA has done in a while actually.

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Hens
April 24th 2013
14 Comments


Good lord....

bach
April 24th 2013
13633 Comments


"Let's play on of our song for 6 consecutive hours"
"Why?"
"We're in a band. That's why."

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Captain North
April 24th 2013
6792 Comments


They'll never want to play this song again after this.

tommygun
April 24th 2013
25555 Comments


damn just when I thought these dudes couldn't get any more boring they play the same fucking song for six hours

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StolenIdentity
April 24th 2013
246 Comments


Lolwut

Azazzel
April 24th 2013
140 Comments


That's just over 100 play throughs

TMobotron
April 24th 2013
7190 Comments


This sounds awful for everyone involved.

newjunk2
April 24th 2013
232 Comments


I find it hard to believe that this article isn't just one big typo and it is actually the Flaming Lips who will be playing "Race For The Prize" for 600 hours straight tomorrow and into the foreseeable future. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Spec
April 24th 2013
27769 Comments


Sounds like a terrible waste of six hours.

tommygun
April 24th 2013
25555 Comments


so do they get breaks or anything

what happens if one guy needs to piss or wants a cup of coffee or something

climactic
April 24th 2013
20336 Comments


why is this a thing

Artuma
April 24th 2013
17967 Comments


i think The National has now realized that what doesn't kill makes you stronger

and this must be the most painful thing they have ever done

RosaParks
April 24th 2013
15575 Comments


really dumb and stupid and dumb

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JizzInMyPants
April 24th 2013
2411 Comments


wach its gonna be amazing, at first they are goign to play the song regular, and then people will start noticing the song is slowing down the more they play it.

And they are going to put some distortion into the song, and like, they are going to do SLOOOW DOOM versions of the song.

And they last time they play the song will be 34 minutes long.

plane
Emeritus
April 24th 2013
6101 Comments


We can't know yet what this entails, but, after the couple weeks America's had, one of its premiere rock bands performing one of their saddest (=truth?) tracks for an exhibit seems a timely and unique musical salve

Artuma
April 24th 2013
17967 Comments


"wach its gonna be amazing, at first they are goign to play the song regular, and then people will start noticing the song is slowing down the more they play it.

And they are going to put some distortion into the song, and like, they are going to do SLOOOW DOOM versions of the song.

And they last time they play the song will be 34 minutes long. "

if that's the case it will be awesome

WhiteNoise
April 24th 2013
3277 Comments


I hope they get a half an hour tea break or work safe will be all over their ass!

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2013
19450 Comments


sounds stupid

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oWhoadYo
April 24th 2013
1248 Comments


lol

Mabbitt
April 24th 2013
1391 Comments


Probably the same reason that Andy Warhol made an 8 hour movie that is just a static shot of the
Empire State Building...because they can.

Makemebad35
April 24th 2013
779 Comments


they will never want to play the song again.

Mabbitt
April 24th 2013
1391 Comments


they will never want to play the song again. [2]

I wonder if they're going to just do it continuously, or end the song, then count back in and start it over again? I feel bad for the drummer...

NapalmCrusader
April 24th 2013
1737 Comments


This is insanity in it's purest form.

fromtheinside
April 24th 2013
19539 Comments


stupid

North0House2
April 24th 2013
5901 Comments


At least play some different songs if you're gonna play for 6 hours straight lol.

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Winsomniac
April 24th 2013
8045 Comments


lol what

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 25th 2013
51166 Comments


This is going to be the best group nap session ever

ShadowRemains
April 25th 2013
22038 Comments


at least play geese...

AdolfChrist
April 25th 2013
1872 Comments


whats the fuckin point

po0ty
April 25th 2013
493 Comments


For those asking whats the point, its to accompany works from some icelandic artist

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Scoot
April 25th 2013
18034 Comments


they're gonna hate the fuck out of this song

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henryChinaski
April 25th 2013
2983 Comments


Oh...kay?

InfamousGrouse
April 25th 2013
3686 Comments


cause i don't wanna get over you [∞]

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mustangmiler
April 25th 2013
2 Comments


at least play geese...[2]

Aids
April 25th 2013
24176 Comments


seems like a really interesting concept, interested to see what the reaction to the piece is

plane's observation is apt, apt I say

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CharlieG
April 25th 2013
10 Comments


THIS IS HIGHLY IRREGULAR.

Dolving999
April 25th 2013
1688 Comments


This is just plain stupid.

Leatherneck
April 25th 2013
663 Comments


i hope Berninger gets black out drunk during this and start pissing all over

plane
Emeritus
April 25th 2013
6101 Comments


"Sorrow found me when I was young,
Sorrow waited, sorrow won

commences the song by The National, whose music and lyrics repeatedly conjure notions of romantic suffering and contemporary Weltschmerz—themes Kjartansson often uses in his own work employing references as wide-ranging as Ingmar Bergman, the German Romantics, and Elvis Presley. As in all of Kjartansson’s performances, the idea behind A Lot of Sorrow is devoid of irony, yet full of humor and emotion. It is another quest to find the comic in the tragic and vice versa."

cool

Hopelust
April 25th 2013
1345 Comments


Anyone consider the fact that by the the second time or third time through, they might start to experiment with the song? They could end up playing various renditions of it or straight up turn it into a different song altogether by the end of the six hours.
Playing a song over and over again begs for an evolution. I bet the band will start to switch things up a fair amount.

afergusonart
April 25th 2013
220 Comments


if this is at an art exhibit, it most likely will be cycled through, i.e. groups come in and they play the song, then they eventually leave after it is over and they've looked at the work in-depth, then the cycle starts again. i like to think that they aren't literally just playing it over and over every second after it ends but rather in cycles. idk

jrowa001
April 25th 2013
8750 Comments


id rather watch this than listen to Niggas In Paris 100 times a ta concert

demigod!
April 25th 2013
46355 Comments


6 hours great i could use a good nap

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BlueW
April 25th 2013
2141 Comments


6 hours is nothing, I could spend close to 9 hours practicing and rehearsing a new song with my band. Boring for people to watch maybe, but the band should find this pretty easy.

Gwyn.
April 25th 2013
15530 Comments


6 hours of being trapped in hell

juiceviaorange
April 25th 2013
286 Comments


"I find it hard to believe that this article isn't just one big typo and it is actually the Flaming Lips who will be playing "Race For The Prize" for 600 hours straight tomorrow and into the foreseeable future. I guess we'll just have to wait and see."

Lol, this cracked me up

YetAnotherBrick
April 25th 2013
4746 Comments


how could you think this is stupid? it's not an actual concert, it's an art exhibit, of course it's gonna be a little weird. but it's a really, really cool concept i think

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Klekticist
April 25th 2013
1260 Comments


I guess we won't be seeing "Sorrow" in concert for a while.

YetAnotherBrick
April 26th 2013
4746 Comments


it's like people come in at different times and get a different experience out of the same song



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