New Music

Dark Was The Night - Various Artists

Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National produced the album, and John Carlin, the founder of the Red Hot Organization was the executive producer. A total of 31 exclusive tracks have been recorded for the compilation. It will be available as a double cd/triple viny and will benefit the Red Hot Organization - an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. Red Hot was founded on the premise that even without a cure, AIDS remains a preventable disease and music is a great vehicle to raise money and awareness for it.

Dark Was The Night began three years ago with a casual conversation between Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National and John Carlin. In discussing the project, they agreed it made sense not to do a "theme" album per se; but something that showcased the bast in independent music, with an emphasis on traditional themes played and arranged in a contemporary way, and on songwriting, which is the strength of many of the artists featured here. As Aaron and Bryce started inviting their peers to contribute, their intuition about the pro-social disposition of so many of them was confirmed. As a result, 31 exclusive tracks were recorded.


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Released - Tuesday, February 17 , 2009

Disc 1

1. Knotty Pine    Dirty Projectors + David Byrne     2:22
2. Cello Song    The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez    3:53
3. Train Song    Feist + Ben Gibbard    3:02
4. Brackett, WI    Bon Iver    4:02
5. Deep Blue Sea    Grizzly Bear    3:46
6. So Far Around The Bend    The National    3:42
7. Tightrope    Yeasayer    3:18
8. Feeling Good    My Brightest Diamond    3:53
9. Dark Was The Night    Kronos Quartet    3:51
10. I Was Young When I Left Home    Antony + Bryce Dessner    4:55   
11. Big Red Machine    Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner    4:38
12. Sleepless    The Decemberists    7:53
13. Die    Iron & Wine    1:06
14. Service Bell    Grizzly Bear + Feist    2:23
Listen    15. You Are The Blood    Sufjan Stevens    10:14

Disc 2

1. Well-Alright    Spoon     2:45
2. Lenin    Arcade Fire    4:06
3. Mimizan    Beirut    2:42
4. El Caporal    My Morning Jacket    3:33
5. Inspiration Information    Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings    4:04
6. With A Girl Like You    David Sitek    3:26
7. Blood Pt 2    Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)    3:35
8. Hey, Snow White    The New Pornographers    4:25
9. Gentle Hour    Yo La Tengo 5:31
10. Another Saturday    Stuart Murdoch    2:55
11. Happiness    Riceboy Sleeps    8:37
12. Amazing Grace    Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues    3:34
13. The Giant Of Illinois    Andrew Bird    4:44
14. Lua    Conor Oberst + Gillian Welch    5:53
15. When The Road Runs Out    Blonde Redhead + Devastations    3:27       
16. Love vs. Porn    Kevin Drew 3:57