23 February 2009

The Decemberists track is particularly epic.

Dark Was The Night For the past week, I've been trying to put into words how freaking amazing Dark Was The Night is. And but all I can come up with is AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME. Not very articulate, right? But trust my gut on this one.

For those of you who don't know, DWTN is a two-disc compilation of ALL NEW tracks by the all the bands you love (if you're reading this blog, you love these bands, trust me). You got some new Arcade Fire, Beirut, Bon Iver, Sufjan, Decemberists, Spoon, New Pornographers, Yo La Tengo, Feist, Grizzly Bear, The National, Antony... seriously the list goes on and on.

Now you might be weary that this sounds too good to be true, that these are all half-assed, lesser-quality tracks that didn't make these artists' albums the first time around. Well you couldn't be more WRONG. Honestly, this compilation probably sets a new standard by which all other compilations should be judged. The line-up lives up to its potential. It's as if you commanded these bands to craft a mix just for you and then they pull out all the stops and floor you. I have honestly listened to nothing else for a week straight.

OH and all the proceeds benefit the Red Hot Organization which is dedicated to fighting AIDS. I will try my best and guilt trip you into not torrenting this album. Because: A) You should contribute to a worthy cause, and B) This is a collection worth tangibly owning. Believe me, shelling out the 13 bucks will make your ears feel good and your heart feel better.

Check out Pop Tarts Suck Toasted interview with Bryce Dessner of The National, who, along with his brother Aaron, were in charge of culling the collection together.

Try out one track (go stream more tracks and then BUY it here!)
Lenin - Arcade Fire

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Haven't had a chance to listen more than once, but I agree that this is a great compilation. Apparently I really like Antony! Who knew?! My only complaint so far, and it is a really big one: where the heck is Okkervil River????