4ad has gathered a “who’s-who” of indie-music heaveyweights to put together “Dark Was The Night”.
Released as a double CD, triple LP or as a digital download, the album’s array of unreleased tracks will benefit the Red Hot Organization – a charity dedicated to spreading AIDS awareness.Red Hot was founded on the premise that even without a cure, AIDS remains a preventable disease – using music as a great vehicle to raise both money and awareness for it. This is also the twentieth year of Red Hot as well as their twentieth compilation.
The album was produced by The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner and compiles a whopping 32 tracks of duets, interludes and remixes. My favorite tracks are 60’s covers; Vashti Bunyan’s “Train Song” as covered by Ben Gibbard/Feist duet, and a cover of Nick Drake’s “Cello Song” by Jose Gonzalez and Books.
Full artist lineup after the jump.
The impressive lineup of artists on this compilation is as follows:
Antony + Bryce Dessner
Blonde Redhead + Devastations
Bon Iver & Aaron Dessner
The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez
Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues
Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
Feist + Ben Gibbard
Grizzly Bear + Feist
Iron & Wine
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
My Brightest Diamond
My Morning Jacket
The New Pornographers
Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch
Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio)
Yo La Tengo