Dark Was The Night – Awesome Is The Music

by That Guy on March 13, 2009


You know how people that have terrible taste in music buy those “NOW, That’s What I Call Music!” compilations and think they’re incredible? Well, those people are really dumb. There are tons of reasons why, but my favorite is that it would be a lot cheaper to just turn on the radio and hear those terrible songs for free.

Well, now the Brothers Dessner from The National have finally co-produced a compilation that indie music fans can get excited about. It was released a few weeks ago on 4AD records and I’ve been letting it simmer in my iPod ever since (as you probably have, as well). It’s a hefty 31 tracks and the artist lineup couldn’t be better: Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket, Stuart Murdoch, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, The National, Yo La Tengo, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, David Byrne, and tons more. The only artist it’s missing is Jan Terri.

And best of all, proceeds will benefit the Red Hot Organization – a charity that raises money to fight HIV and AIDS.

I’ve had a chance to give it a few spins and here are the standout tracks for me:

El Caporal – My Morning Jacket
These guys can do no wrong in my mind – another great track. I love the background vocals.

So Far Around the Bend – The National
This song will give your ears a large boner.

I Was Young When I Left Home – Antony & Bryce Dessner
A beautiful Bob Dylan cover. Antony’s voice gives it his patented over-the-top melancholy feel.

Here are a couple free songs and a widget to sample more.

The National – So Far Around the Bend

David Byrne & Dirty Projectors – Knotty Pine

Here’s a little video compilation, courtesy of Pitchfork:

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Vanessa March 13, 2009 at 8:55 pm

There are some lovely combo’s on these discs. I think these discs only get better the more you listen to them. Excellent well-balanced compilation…i konw it will stay in my ‘most listened’ to pile…for a long while.
As a result, I have also been relistening to No Alternative–I’ve developed a whole new appreciation for that as well.

oz March 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm

No Alternative was a great album. That’s what turned me onto Pavement and Uncle Tupelo.

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