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Old 04-24-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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The National to perform "Sorrow" for 6 straight hours

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In celebration of this season’s last Sunday Sessions, MoMA PS1 presents the durational performance, A Lot of Sorrow, by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. For the original work Kjartansson sought out US rock band, The National, to perform their song, Sorrow, repeatedly in a six-hour live loop. By stretching a single pop song into a day-long tour de force the artist continues his explorations into the potential of repetitive performance to produce sculptural presence within sound.

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.
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I'd be down. But I'd probably never listen to the song again.
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Re: The National to perform "Sorrow" for 6 straight hours

I kinda hate talk like this, but Sorrow is a better opener for the album than Terrible Love.
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No interested in this at all.
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Re: The National to perform "Sorrow" for 6 straight hours

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I kinda hate talk like this, but Sorrow is a better opener for the album than Terrible Love.
go to this thing and tell them that.
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Re: The National to perform "Sorrow" for 6 straight hours

They won't play this song ever again after this thing.
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Re: The National to perform "Sorrow" for 6 straight hours

So The National are actually performing Sorrow for six hours???? They arn't having just a lil boombox play it?? Do they get to go to the bathroom, or do they have to Jack Bauer it???
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Re: The National to perform "Sorrow" for 6 straight hours

I'm familiar with big experimental/avant garde classical things that go along these lines length wise. Morton Feldman... John Cage... some Steve Reich, etc.

Based on their side projects, I could see The National being down with this.

As long as they don't have to play the actual song verbatim, it could be really interesting.

Remember that bit at the end of Wilco's YHF where there's chords from Reservations plodding along atmospherically in half time?

If they did some meditative open form things on the chords instrumentally for sections, it could be very cool (for the completely committed).
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Anyone go today? I think it's over now
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Re: The National to perform "Sorrow" for 6 straight hours


There are some vids from it up on youtube now

and a page witha bunch of them

http://pitchfork.com/news/50613-watc...moma-ps1-show/
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Re: The National to perform "Sorrow" for 6 straight hours

Two days later:
http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-na...y-3d87583.html

Obviously 105 times or whatever wasn't enough to put them off Sorrow, because it's in there.
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Re: The National to perform "Sorrow" for 6 straight hours

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"Actually as the hours went on I think we all realized that this experience was something special for us -- there was a weird hypnotic resonance and spirituality to repeating the song over and over. We almost didn't want to stop and we learned something about our capacity for endurance and the song opened up in surprising ways... By the end it didn't feel like we were playing it anymore. We know the idea seemed pretentious in some way, but [artist] Ragnar [Kjartansson] has this mix of humor and sadness that feels quite similar to what our songs are about... We're very glad to have done it."
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I figured that'd be the case for them. I get it. I still wonder if they did any extended breaks or re-arrangements during the course of this.
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I think we are actually planning to release a 6 hour vinyl version of that performance for charity. Seriously. Hope it happens.
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I figured that'd be the case for them. I get it. I still wonder if they did any extended breaks or re-arrangements during the course of this.
From this person's question and the response it sounds like they expanded on the song throughout the day:

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Re: The National to perform "Sorrow" for 6 straight hours

So this is getting released as a vinyl box set. I think I've finally found the limit to how much of a completist I am when it comes to this band. If this had been 10 days ago I would have thought it was an April Fools joke.
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Re: The National to perform "Sorrow" for 6 straight hours

I love the National and have everything they've released on vinyl so far but I'll be passing on this. They could have put out so many better live shows, unreleased stuff, their movie soundtrack songs heck even their Bob's Burgers songs and I'd have bought them as would many others I'm sure. But 6 hours of them playing one song I'm not even a huge fan of in it's album form? No thanks guys. I wish them well with raising money for charity but this release is nonsense.
People are gonna buy this and it will sit on their shelf. Can't imagine getting home after a hard days work, getting a cold beer and flicking through LPs and deciding "hmmm think I'll listen to disc 7 of Sorrow tonight!".
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