Last month, we learned that the National were planning a six-hour show, one that would consist entirely of one song — “Sorrow,” from High Violet — played over and over ad infinitum. Only the members of the band know why they would bother with an undertaking quite this nuts, but they did it. It’s done. The event went down at MoMA’s P.S. 1 in Queens yesterday. That’s the setlist above, because somebody was being cute. And when you click on the fan-made videos, below, that’s pretty much what you’ll hear: The song, unchanged, played again and again (though drummer Bryan Devendorf sits out one rendition, which is fair, because that guy hits hard and needs a rest sometimes). Watch a couple of videos from the marathon below.
Two hours in:
Four hours in:
(via Pitchfork, where you’ll find more videos)
The National’s new album Trouble Will Find Me is out 5/21 on 4AD. Also, this whole stunt isn’t that different from a whole lot of people’s regular jobs.