Friday, March 20, 2009

Dark Was The Night

Last month the Red Hot Organization (dedicated to fighting Aids through pop culture) released a compilation featuring every awesome indie band known to man. Dark was the Night features great covers, unreleased songs, acoustic renditions, and interesting tag-teams working together to make one of the best (double) albums in recent history (exaggeration).

My absolute favorite track is "Knotty Pine," by The Dirty Projectors and David Byrne. I like to listen to this song and imagine Dave (DP) jittering with excitement, looking over at David (TH), and having one of those "oh my god, I'm really working with one of my heroes" moments. Their voices go insanely well together in a way that only psycho geniuses can orchestrate.

Check out the other two tracks, and consider this your intro course on the greatness of Dark was the Night.

Some other awesome bands on the comp: Andrew Bird, Arcade fire, Beirut, Bon Iver, The Decemberists, Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene), Feist, Ben Gibbard, Grizzly Bear, Iron & Wine, Jose Gonzales, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Stuart Murdoch (of Belle and Sebastian), My Morning Jackey, Conor Oberst, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, Yeasayer, Yo La Tengo. And that ain't even all of em. Whew.

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