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Old 07-27-2009, 05:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so, no thread on this comp, even though it's probably the best compilation in indie music, ever (well I haven't heard any other, but the list of artist is impressive).

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Dark Was the Night is the twentieth compilation release benefiting the Red Hot Organization, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. Featuring exclusive recordings by a number of independent artists and production by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, the compilation was released on 16 February 2009 (UK) and 17 February 2009 (US) as a double CD, three vinyl LPs, or as a digital download.[1] John Carlin, the founder of the Red Hot Organization, was the executive producer for the album. The title is derived from the Blind Willie Johnson song "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground," which is covered on this collection by the Kronos Quartet.
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"THIS DISC"

1. "Knotty Pine" – Dirty Projectors and David Byrne – 2:23 (mp3)
2. "'Cello Song" (Nick Drake) – The Books featuring José González – 3:54
3. "Train Song" (Vashti Bunyan) – Feist and Ben Gibbard – 3:02
4. "Brackett, WI" – Bon Iver – 4:03
5. "Deep Blue Sea" – Grizzly Bear – 3:46
6. "So Far Around the Bend" – The National – 3:43
7. "Tightrope" – Yeasayer – 3:18
8. "Feeling Good" (Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse) – My Brightest Diamond – 3:54
9. "Dark Was the Night" (Blind Willie Johnson) – Kronos Quartet – 3:51
10. "I Was Young When I Left Home" (Bob Dylan) – Antony with Bryce Dessner – 4:55
11. "Big Red Machine" – Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner – 4:39
12. "Sleepless" – The Decemberists – 7:54
13. "Die" – Iron & Wine – 1:07
14. "Service Bell" – Grizzly Bear and Feist – 2:23
15. "You Are the Blood" (Castanets) – Sufjan Stevens – 10:14

"THAT DISC"

1. "Well-Alright" – Spoon – 2:46
2. "Lenin" – Arcade Fire – 4:06
3. "Mimizan" – Beirut – 2:43
4. "El Caporal" – My Morning Jacket – 3:33
5. "Inspiration Information" (Shuggie Otis) – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – 4:06
6. "With a Girl Like You" (The Troggs) – Dave Sitek – 3:27
7. "Blood Pt 2" (Castanets) – Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens & Serengeti) – 3:36
8. "Hey, Snow White" (Destroyer) – The New Pornographers – 4:26
9. "Gentle Hour" (Snapper) – Yo La Tengo – 5:31
10. "Another Saturday" – Stuart Murdoch – 2:56
11. "Happiness" – Riceboy Sleeps – 8:37
12. "Amazing Grace" – Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues – 3:34
13. "The Giant of Illinois" (The Handsome Family) – Andrew Bird – 4:45
14. "Lua" (Bright Eyes) – Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch – 5:54
15. "When the Road Runs Out" – Blonde Redhead & Devastations – 3:28
16. "Love Vs. Porn" – Kevin Drew – 3:57

Whattayousay? Have you heard it? Have you bought it? Which disc do you like better? How about them artists? Favorite songs? Life in general? Nu?
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I really like it, there are some excellent covers, like Andrew Bird's cover of "The Giant of Illionis", Sufjan Steven's cover of You Are The Blood, is amazing, his best work in years. The original songs are great too, I think that the Red Hot Organization and Antony Dessner did great work.
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I've seen this mentioned a few times, thought Eskimo Snow by Why? was going to be featured as well but it looks like it didn't make the cut. I haven't heard it either but it looks amazing from the songs/artists I'm already familiar with.
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I really like it, there are some excellent covers, like Andrew Bird's cover of "The Giant of Illionis", Sufjan Steven's cover of You Are The Blood, is amazing, his best work in years. The original songs are great too, I think that the Red Hot Organization and Antony Dessner did great work.
They did an amazing job. Really, this is the all-star line up of indie music. And I agree that the Sufjan track is fantastic, definitely one of the highlights, along with Knotty pine and The National's track (which was a really pleasant surprise after Boxer). That's all from the first disc though, I haven't managed to properly digest the second one yet. Too much good stuff happening on the first one...(:
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YES! I have been in love with this compilation since it came out. my personal favorite is Lua, but I listen to this whole album every time I go for a drive and forget my Ipod.
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obsessed. my favorites are "tightrope" (because im a yeasayer junkie) and probably "books" but every track is crazy good
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