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Dark Was the Night

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The Red Hot Organization has been raising money and awareness for AIDS/HIV relief since 1989 with compilations like 1990's Red Hot and Blue and 1993's No Alternative; Dark Was the Night marks its 20th release. Following an alchemic collaboration by Dirty Projectors and David Byrne, the Books and Jose Gonzales unveil a gorgeous version of Nick Drake's "Cello Song" that blends big wooden cello tones with soft, sequenced beats. Feist's angelic voice raises the bar high as she and Ben Gibbard give Vashti Bunyan's "Train Song" some otherworldly harmonies. Kronos Quartet's antiquated-sounding title track utilizes old-timey production in an earnest homage to Blind Willie Johnson. Likewise, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings don't stray too far from Shuggie Otis' original recipe on the soulfully mellow "Inspiration Information." Even Cat Power gets rootsy with Dirty Delta Blues on a southern steeped take of "Amazing Grace." But not all that glitters is old. Conor Oberst and Gillian Welch bequeath a beautiful rendition of Bright Eyes' "Lua" from 2004's I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning.

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So Much Talent

So many top indie acts my faves include: David Byrne (talking heads) Ben Gibbard (Death Cab...) and Feist, Bon Iver (Fans of Indie Folk- Big album last year), Grizzly Bear (phschedeliac folk), The National ( fans of Coldplay - Check Boxer by them!!!), Yeasayer (Fans of MGMT), Iron & Wine (OMG he was in the Twilight soundtrack!!!), Sufjan Stevens (uplifting, melodic brilliant pop, check the sample of chicago if unsure), Spoon (Like the national mixed with Pearl Jam), Arcade Fire/ My Morning Jacket (Amazing bands- if you like neil young, springsteen, classic rock, these guys will be classic rock), Cat Power (Breathtaking Voice and style), Conor Oberst ( Bright Eyes). This is an amazing compilation well worth it!!!

An awesome collection of Alternative Indie (for a good cause)

This compilation has a great selection of tracks from top-form bands like The Deecemberists or The Arcade Fire as well as some good folk from Feist and others. The cash goes towards the fight against HIV/AIDS and make sure you buy the whole album for that lengendary 10 minute jam from Sufjan Stevens.

happy was the day

A wonderment of worthy creativity from renowned bands and artists. A contribution of an amazing tributary of sound that is at once familiar and unique. It's for a worthy cause. Like many 4AD compilations, this one should stay with us for a long time, just like 'It'll end in tears'. 'Dark was the night' is moody, tetchy, twangy, soulful gut-wretching folky pithy blues. It follows the 'river's course' that 4AD have brought us for the past 15 years: a river where you want to be taken to and dropped in.

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