Jan 17 2009

Dark Was The Night Charity Compilation (2009)

Published by at 5:50 pm under Alternative,Covers,Folk,MP3's


Recently, I wrote about the Dark Was The Night charity compilation on my Examiner column. Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National produced the compilation that includes 32 exclusive tracks from an impressive list of musicians. By impressive, I’m talking Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Feist, The National, Arcade Fire, Iron and Wine… the list goes on.  Even better,  all the proceeds are going towards the fight against HIV/AIDS. The compilation releases February 17th worldwide by 4AD as a double CD or triple vinyl.

If you are like me and can’t wait to hear these new songs, you’re in luck–from January 15 through February 1, each track, in order will be released for one day only at Dark Was the Night’s Myspace page, as well as on the bands MySpace page. Many charity compilations have good intentions, but the quality doesn’t usually offer a big incentive for people to help out. That’s not the case with this album–you’ll be helping a great cause, and receive top quality exclusive music from your favorite artists in return. Below are two songs from the compilation for your listening pleasure–again, please be sure to buy this album when it becomes available for purchase.

Dark Was The Night (2009):

Feist & Ben Gibbard – Train Song (Vashti Bunyan cover) (removed by request)

Dirty Projectors & David Byrne – Knotty Pine


Vashti Bunyan – Train Song (written by Alasdair Clayre)

Track list:


1. “Knotty Pine” – Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
2. “Cello Song” – The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez
3. “Train Song” – Feist and Ben Gibbard
4. “Brackett, WI” – Bon Iver
5. “Deep Blue Sea” – Grizzly Bear
6. “So Far Around The Bend” – The National
7. “Tightrope” – Yeasayer
8. “Feeling Good” – My Brightest Diamond
9. “Dark Was The Night” – Kronos Quartet
10. “I Was Young When I Left Home” – Antony with Bryce Dessner
11. “Big Red Machine” – Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner
12. “Sleepless” – The Decemberists
13. “Stolen Houses (Die)” – Iron & Wine
14. “Service Bell” – Grizzly Bear + Feist
15. “You Are The Blood” – Sufjan Stevens


1. “Well-Alright” – Spoon
2. “Lenin” – Arcade Fire
3. “Mimizan” – Beirut
4. “El Caporal” – My Morning Jacket
5. “Inspiration Information” – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
6. “With A Girl Like You” – Dave Sitek
7. “Blood Pt. 2” – Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
8. “Hey, Snow White” – The New Pornographers
9. “Gentle Hour” – Yo La Tengo
10. “Amazing Grace” – Cat Power
11. “Happiness” – Riceboy Sleeps
12. “Another Saturday” – Stuart Murdoch
13. “The Giant Of Illinois” – Andrew Bird
14. “Lua” – Conor Oberst with Gillian Welch
15. “When The Road Runs Out” – Blonde Redhead & Devastations
16. “Love Vs. Porn” – Kevin Drew

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Dark Was The Night Charity Compilation (2009)”

  1. jon jonon 18 Jan 2009 at 2:50 pm

    yo’ good lookin-out


  2. paulon 20 Jan 2009 at 3:17 pm

    damnit. where else can i get that feist/ben gibbard track?

  3. paulon 20 Jan 2009 at 3:34 pm

    nevermind. found it.

  4. derroldkohon 23 Feb 2009 at 1:14 pm

    scaled half page source partners next ipcc

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