Dark Was The Night is hands down one of my most anticipated albums to be released in the next year, hip-hop or otherwise. On February 17th, 31 exclusive tracks featuring Bon Iver, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Yo La Tengo, David Byrne, Cat Power, Beirut, Grizzly Bear, The National, Jose Gonzalez, and Feist will be released for download and vinyl purchase. Benefits from sales will go toward HIV and AIDS awareness.
Whoever the genius is who gathered all of these talents in one room to make this needs a standing ovation. Pairing Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) with Aaron Dessner (The National)? You, sir, are my hero. I dare hip-hop heads or labels to make something of this measure...it hasn't really been done since the Lyricist Lounge or Soundbombing series', though perhaps N.A.S.A. just made the attempt. And no, halfass mixtapes you churn out in one studio session don't count.
As my boy Jake put it, this album is going to be some kind of musical renaissance.
Listen to the above tracks or head to their site to create your own widget with your favorite songs.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Posted by DUKES at 11:09 PM