Dark Was the Night: Red Hot Compilation

Dark Was the Night: Red Hot Compilation

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The 20th Red Hot compilation Dark Was the Night also arrives during the AIDS charity's 20th anniversary. Curated by the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner and John Carlin, this double-disc set plays like a who's who of late 2000s indie rock, especially of the mellow and/or folky variety: See more details below


The 20th Red Hot compilation Dark Was the Night also arrives during the AIDS charity's 20th anniversary. Curated by the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner and John Carlin, this double-disc set plays like a who's who of late 2000s indie rock, especially of the mellow and/or folky variety: Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Feist, Ben Gibbard, and Jose Gonzalez all contribute tracks. Though Carlin and the Dessners didn't specify a particular theme for the project outside of updating traditional themes, Dark Was the Night's first disc is remarkably cohesive. Bon Iver's "Brackett, WI," the Decemberists' "Sleepless," the National's "So Far Around the Bend," and Iron & Wine's "Stolen Houses (Die)" are quintessential examples of what these artists are all about. Many of the brightest moments have a spooky, strangely antique feel, particularly the Kronos Quartet's update of Blind Willie Johnson's title track, which keeps the ruminative soulfulness and grit of the original while transporting it to a very different setting. Antony Hegarty and Bryce Dessner's take on Bob Dylan's "I Left Home When I Was Young" is similarly lonely and haunting, but the real standouts is My Brightest Diamond's ambitious cover of "Feelin' Good," which nods to Nina Simone's classic version while staying true to Shana Worden's chilly yet intimate musical vision. Likewise, Feist's collaboration with Grizzly Bear on "Service Bell" brings out an unearthly, almost unrecognizable side to her voice. Dark Was the Night's second disc is more disjointed, but arguably a more interesting listen -- Spoon's brash "Well-Alright," the Arcade Fire's anthemic "Lenin," and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings' slinky cover of Shuggie Otis' "Inspiration Information" have little in common other than that they're all well-crafted. Skipping from indie hip-hop ("Blood, Pt 2," Buck 65's remix of Sufjan Stevens' cover of Castanets' "You are the Blood" featuring rapper Serengeti) to filmic Americana (Andrew Bird's take on the Handsome Family's "The Giant of Illinois") to roots rock (My Morning Jacket's "El Caporal"), there's little rhyme or reason but lots of entertainment. Other highlights include the Dirty Projects' and David Byrne's "Knotty Pine," Stuart Murdoch's simple and beautiful "Another Saturday," and Blonde Redhead and Devastations' dreamy, unsettling "When the Road Runs Out." Though some of the tracks contributed by Dark Was the Night's artists are a touch too predictable, it's uncharitable to nitpick too much when the collection offers so much music for such a good cause.

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Release Date:
4ad / Ada

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Disc 1

  1. Knotty Pine
  2. Cello Song  - José González
  3. Train Song  -  Feist
  4. Brackett, WI
  5. Deep Blue Sea
  6. So Far Around the Bend  -  National
  7. Tightrope
  8. Feeling Good
  9. Dark Was the Night
  10. I Was Young When I Left Home  - Bryce Dessner
  11. Big Red Machine
  12. Sleepless
  13. Die  - Iron and Wine
  14. Service Bell  -  Grizzly Bear
  15. You Are the Blood  - Sufjan Stevens

Disc 2

  1. Well-Alright  -  Spoon
  2. Lenin
  3. Mimizan  -  Beirut
  4. El Caporal
  5. Inspiration Information  -  Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  6. With a Girl Like You  - David Andrew Sitek
  7. Blood, Pt. 2  -  Serengeti
  8. Hey, Snow White
  9. Gentle Hour
  10. Another Saturday
  11. Happiness
  12. Amazing Grace  - Cat Power
  13. The Giant of Illinois  - Andrew Bird
  14. Lua  - Conor Oberst
  15. When the Road Runs Out
  16. Love vs. Porn

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Byrne   Guitar,Vocals
Mike O'Brien   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Hank Dutt   Viola
David Harrington   Violin
Joel Katz   Background Vocals
John Moen   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
John Sherba   Violin
Gillian Welch   Guitar,Vocals
Sharon Jones   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Rawlings   Guitar
Judah Bauer   Guitar
Victor Axelrod   Piano
Bosco Mann   Glockenspiel
Chan Marshall   Vocals
Erik Paparozzi   Bass
Neal Sugarman   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Olsen   Cello
Fernando Velez   Conga
Gregg Foreman   Piano
Stuart Murdoch   Organ,Vocals
Nate Query   Upright Bass
David Cossin   Drums
Zac Rae   Guitar,Keyboards
Stuart Bogie   Horn,Tom-Tom,Mellotron,Vibes
Ben Gibbard   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jim James   Guitar,Vocals
Mick Cooke   Keyboards
Carl Broemel   Guitar,Horn
Brian Wolfe   Drums
Howard Bilerman   Drums
Charles Spearin   Trumpet
Ohad Benchetrit   Bass,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Chris Funk   Banjo,Guitar
Colin Meloy   Guitar,Vocals
Jenny Conlee   Piano,Accordion
Kevin Drew   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Floor Tom
Ian Hendrickson-Smith   Baritone Saxophone
David Andrew Sitek   Synthesizer,Bass,Vocals
Padma Newsome   Organ,Viola,Vocals
Bryce Dessner   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Matt Berninger   Vocals
Aaron Dessner   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Electric Bass,Vocals
Bryan Devendorf   Drums
Scott Devendorf   Vocals
Shara Worden   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
José González   Vocals
Maria Jeffers   Strings,Cello
Nick Movshon   Bass
Win Butler   Guitar,Vocals
Régine Chassagne   Piano,Vocals
Richard Reed Parry   Steel Drums
Tim Kingsbury   Bass
Will Butler   Synthesizer
Sarah Neufeld   Violin
Bo Koster   Keyboards
Patrick Hallahan   Drums
Nico Muhly   Celeste
Antony Hegarty   Vocals
Amber Coffman   Vocals
Olivier Manchon   Strings
Rob Moose   Strings,Violin
Lisa Molinaro   Viola,Background Vocals
Binky Griptite   Guitar
Homer Steinweiss   Drums
Kyle B. Resnick   Trumpet,Vocals
Jeffrey Zeigler   Cello
Zach Condon   Percussion,Accordion,Flugelhorn,Glockenspiel,Vocals
Ben Lanz   Trombone
Kendrick Strauch   Piano
Serengeti   Rap
Justin Vernon   Vocals
Thomas Brenneck   Guitar
Alex Sopp   Flute
Marla Hansen   Strings
Nick Petree   Percussion
Nathan Lithgow   Bass
Nadia Sirota   Viola
Angel Deradoorian   Vocals
DM Stith   Vocals
Hideaki Aomori   Clarinet
Steve Jackson   Guitar
Brian McComber   Drums
Colin Oberst   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Guy   Trumpet
Sebastian Krueger   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Jim White   Drums

Technical Credits

Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
Nick Drake   Composer
David Byrne   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Shuggie Otis   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
John Carlin   Executive Producer
Joe Chiccarelli   Producer
John Collins   Engineer
Mark Greenberg   Engineer
David Harrington   Producer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Reg Presley   Composer
Chris Taylor   Producer
Blonde Redhead   Composer
Brett Sparks   Composer
Scott Colburn   Producer
Rennie Sparks   Composer
Gustave Doré   Artwork,Illustrations
Paul Heck   Producer
Phil Palazzolo   Engineer
Peter Katis   Engineer
Chan Marshall   Arranger
Nicolas Vernhes   Engineer
Buck 65   Remixing
Traditional   Composer
Peter J. Gutteridge   Composer
Vashti   Composer
Sufjan Stevens   Instrumentation
Jim James   Composer,Producer
Mick Cooke   Engineer
Daniel Bejar   Composer
Jeremy Lemos   Engineer
Stephen Prutsman   Arranger
Sam Beam   Composer
Jenny Lewis   Composer
Howard Bilerman   Engineer
Ohad Benchetrit   Engineer
Conor Oberst   Composer
Colin Meloy   Composer
David Andrew Sitek   drum programming
Padma Newsome   Orchestration
Bryce Dessner   Producer,Engineer
Matt Berninger   Composer
Aaron Dessner   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Alasdair Clayre   Composer
Dirty Projectors   Composer
Shara Worden   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Arcade Fire   Composer
Nico Muhly   Engineer,Orchestration,String Arrangements
Raymond Raposa   Composer
Edward Droste   Composer
Robbie Lackritz   Engineer
Jeffrey Saltzman   Engineer
Zach Condon   Composer
Devastations   Composer
Justin Vernon   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Yeasayer   Composer
Nick Petree   Engineer
Anand Wilder   Instrumentation
Luke Fasano   Instrumentation
Ira Wolf Tuton   Instrumentation
Chris Keating   Instrumentation
Scott Fraser   Producer,Engineer
Jónsi & Alex   Composer
Gillian Bar   Representation
Ryan Feerer   Packaging,Cover Art
Miwa Okumura   Producer
Alex Somers   Composer

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