Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Excited For...Dark Was the Night

We just got a sampler for this new CD at the store and I've been playing it kinda sorta non-stop. 

It features songs by all the cool kids on the block like, oh, Bon Iver, Feist, David Byrne, Andrew Bird, and the New Pornographers. You know, just to name a few...  It's kind of like your best friend wanted to make you a mixed tape, except instead of mashing up songs from different albums, they just went straight to the artists with a tape recorder. What's extra cool is that some of the artists teamed together, so we get some fabulous experimentation with sounds and styles that we're not likely to get elsewhere.

The compilation is produced by the Red Hot Organization, a charity dedicated to increasing awareness of HIV/AIDs and raising funds for its research, and proceeds from sales go back to the organization. All songs were written exclusively for this project, though from what we can tell from the sampler, the songs aren't specifically about HIV/AIDs (you're allowed your own interpretation of the lyrics, though!)

This compilation is available as a double CD or triple (triple!) vinyl with a release date of February 17th, 2009. Both are available for pre-order at Rhythm & Muse. 

• Check out the full list of songs and artists at Dark Was the Night.
• Hear more about the Red Hot Organization at

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