You may have heard that The National, bless them, will be at P.S. 1 in New York this weekend, performing the same song — “Sorrow,” from their album High Violet — for six hours straight, as part of a collaboration with artist Ragnar Kjartansson. According to the gallery, the show “continues [Kjartansson's] explorations into the potential of repetitive performance to produce sculptural presence within sound.” That’s all very well, but where does this fit into the hierarchy of insanely long shows? Read on to find out.
Last year the enduringly awesome Bradford Cox responded to a smartass in the audience requesting “My Sharona” by… playing “My Sharona.” For an hour. Non-stop. Admittedly, it’s not quite The National — but then again, y’know, they’re not doing “My Sharona,” nor are they doing the same song for six hours to spite their fans. (At least we assume they’re not.) Now, on to the truly endless performances.