Dark Was The Night Comp – New Ben Gibbard + Feist, My Brightest Diamond, The Decemberists, and Sufjan Stevens!

Dark Was The Night” is a new compilation from the Red Hot HIV/AIDS charity. Check the track list:

Disc One
01 “Knotty Pine” – Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
02 “Cello Song (Nick Drake)” – The Books Feat. Jose Gonzalez
03 “Train Song” – Feist + Ben Gibbard
04 “Brackett, WI” – Bon Iver
05 “Deep Blue Sea” – Grizzly Bear
06 “So Far Around the Bend” – The National (arrangement by Nico Muhly)
07 “Tightrope” – Yeasayer
08 “Feeling Good” (popularized by Nina Simone) – My Brightest Diamond
09 “Dark Was the Night” (Blind Willie Johnson) – Kronos Quartet
10 “I Was Young When I Left Home” (Bob Dylan) – Antony + Bryce Dessner
11 “Big Red Machine” – Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner
12 “Sleepless” – The Decemberists
13 “Stolen Houses” (Die) – Iron and Wine
14 “Service Bell” – Grizzly Bear + Feist
15 “You Are The Blood” – Sufjan Stevens

Disc Two
01 “Well-Alright” – Spoon
02 “Lenin” – Arcade Fire
03 “Mimizan” – Beirut
04 “El Caporal” – My Morning Jacket
05 “Inspiration Information” (Shuggie Otis) – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
06 “With A Girl Like You” (The Troggs) – Dave Sitek
07 “Blood Pt 2” (based on original song “You are the Blood” by the Castanets) – Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
08 “Hey, Snow White” (Destroyer) – The New Pornographers
09 “Gentle Hour” (Snapper) – Yo La Tengo
10 “Another Saturday” (traditional song) – Stuart Murdoch
11 “Happiness” – Riceboy Sleeps
12 “Amazing Grace” (traditional song) – Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues
13 “The Giant Of Illinois” (Handsome Family) – Andrew Bird
14 “Lua” – Conor Oberst + Gillian Welch
15 “When the Road Runs Out” – Blonde Redhead + Devastations
16 “Love vs. Porn” – Kevin Drew

It’s a lot to digest, I know, so I’m giving you my favorites.  I absolutely love the Feist + Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab For Cutie, of course) duet – their voices are great together. My Brightest Diamond‘s take on Nina Simone‘s classic “Feeling Good” is equally impressive as it is inventive. I’m a huge fan of The Decemberists and “Sleepless” is a beautiful slower piece that starts off being carried by strings and later moves onto the piano. Simple, beautiful, and with great vocals from Colin Meloy. Highly recommend all three. I’m also including the (10+ minute!) Sufjan Stevens track just because I have it. Not sure how I feel about this one but I’ll let you make up your own mind; it’s not completely typical of Sufjan’s work, for better or for worse. 

Check out the Dark Was The Night website for streaming versions of “Knotty Pint” by Dirty Projectors + David Byrne, “So Far Around The Bend” by The National, and “Brackett, WI” by Bon Iver.

Buy: Amazon (for only $9.99!)

Enjoy!

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