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Dark Was The Night producers (from left) Bryce Dressner, John Carlin, & Aaron Dressner (Photo by Tim Soter)
Dark was the night

NPR Music will record the Dark Was the Night Concert and offer performances from it online at www.npr.org/music The show will gather many major indie music acts at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, May 3 to commemorate the release of the charity compilation of the same name.

Host of NPR Music's All Songs Considered Bob Boilen will attend and report from the show that features several of the artists that contributed to the compilation, including Dirty Projectors, David Byrne, My Brightest Diamond, The National, Dave Sitek (from TV on the Radio), Bon Iver, Feist and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. A week following, songs from the event along with Boilen's commentary and interviews with many of the artists will be available for streaming at www.npr.org/music The concert will also be available for download via the "Live in Concert" podcast.

Tickets for tonight's show are still on sale. It's all going to charity.

"The National's Aaron Dessner explained the format of the show to Pitchfork in a recent news feature, 'We're going to have two halves (of the show). The first half will be songs from Dark Was the Night, and then there will be a short intermission. And then afterwards, there will be mini-sets by different artists and collaborations, both things that relate to Dark Was the Night and some that don't.'" I was told the show will be four hours long.

And according to an official set of Blonde Redhead tour dates someone sent me (a list that includes the show in Brooklyn's Prospect Park), Blonde Redhead will be there tonight. All (three) dates below (thanks Joseph). David Byrne, who will definitely be there, is also playing Prospect Park.

Dark Was the nightDespite probably-originally-tentatively agreeing to do it, Grizzly Bear won't be playing Radio City because they landed a spot on the Jools Holland show in the UK that had to be taped this weekend. Yeasayer are recording a new album in the woods somewhere. Why Sufjan Stevens won't be there is still a mystery though. Maybe he will? Other NYC-area artists that are part of the CD, but not on the bill include the New Pornographers (AC Newman lives here I think), Yo La Tengo, My Morning Jacket (Jim James lives here I think), and Antony.

According to an interview with the "Dressner" brothers at Vanity Fair, the National will play two new songs at the show. They wouldn't say much else except that we should expect some "exciting collaborations". I know that Thomas "Doveman" Bartlett will be playing piano at the show. Also heads up Europe: they'd "like to do another show in London and/or Paris but it is a huge amount of work and schedule coordination to pull off so I'm not sure. But we're looking at options!"

And in what had to be the worst timing ever for "huge shows with special guests", Pete Seeger's 90th birthday party is also tonight, but at the much larger Madison Square Garden. Maybe Bruce Springsteen will stop over to sing a song at Radio City before his set at MSG. Hey, it doesn't seem completely impossible.

Blonde Redhead - 2009 Tour Dates
May 03 - Radio City Music Hall, New York, US ???
June 26 - Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, US
June 27 - Mass MoCA, North Adams, US

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Comments (43)

Jim James, Jim James, Jim James, Jim James. fingers crossed.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 2:21 PM

Looks like some very good tickets were rereleased. Just saw Row DD (2nd row behind pit).

Posted by Cuse | May 3, 2009 2:23 PM

4 hours long? Yow!

Posted by drewo | May 3, 2009 2:35 PM

Sufjan Sufjan Sufjan! I have every organ of my body crossed.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 2:53 PM

Anybody have a ticket they wanna give me for free?

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 3:07 PM

that guy in the middle looks like a 50 year old Kevin Shields

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 3:23 PM

don't count on special guests.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 3:31 PM

Very good rereleased tix = gone.

Posted by Cuse | May 3, 2009 3:32 PM

spoon is in town

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 3:37 PM

I can't wait for tomorrow when tons of people will be complaining about the short sets.

Buying some popcorn today. Should be a fun read tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 3:50 PM

Sufjan Sufjan Sufjan! I have every organ of my body crossed that he will bow out at the last minute!

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 3:55 PM

Cannot wait. Tonight should be one to remember!

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 4:37 PM

I just walked around the back area of Radio City. I saw Sufjan talking to David Byrne out back smoking cigs and listing which babes they've banged. Sufjan was sure to say "they were in love," though so David wouldn't get the wrong idea that he had given up his cross-bearing.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 4:45 PM

surpringly more revealing interview with the National guys about this (and Phish oddly)

http://www.jambands.com/Features/content_2009_04_28.00.phtml

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 5:07 PM

i have a feeling i'm gonna regret not going to this... but i'm too f'n broke right now :-(

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 5:08 PM

I'm in the same spot 5:08. It'll be okay. Even though I wanted to go, I'm kinda thinking that it'll be another lame variety show.... I would only REALLY regret not going if this show was in a smaller venue like carnegie or town hall..

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 5:24 PM

Way to justify missing this 5:24. I can understand you being broke but hating on something simply because you cannot afford to go is just lame.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 5:40 PM

"Looks like some very good tickets were rereleased. Just saw Row DD (2nd row behind pit)."

Try fourth row behind the pit. Not a big difference but I hate when people are wrong. The pit rows are triple letters, followed by double lettered rows.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 5:50 PM

would go if i could. such a great compilation. unibrow central up there with the producers.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 5:50 PM

yeah 5:24 great point - Radio city is played. they might as well be doing this at O2 or better yet - Sin-e.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 5:52 PM

just got 2 in FF

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 5:53 PM

i have 2 extra tix, and considering its not sold out, i'm willing to bargain. send me an email with ur number: bdoogan@gmail.com

Posted by brian | May 3, 2009 7:32 PM

These type of star-studded shows tend to be kind of a letdown. Unless they rehearsed for a few days it prob will be just a "variety show". As for David Byrne, I doubt this will be nearly as good as his awesome recent shows at Radio City.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 11:00 PM

just to hear the new dirty projectors songs and the byrne collab (especially the other song that didn't make the cd - i want it!) and the byrne set was worth my $70. weird that was all over in the first half. gotta give it to feist. she rocked. never gave bon iver a chance, but they got some nice harmonies there...

why do people like the national? fuck them. next in line after u2 and coldplay if you ask me. i sorta dig the guys voice...but c'mon...

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 12:32 AM

and byrne's set was:

"Don't Fence Me In"
"Dreamworld: Marco de Canavezes" - w/ Justin Vernon
"Waters of March (Aguas de Março)" - w/ Feist

so anon 11pm. you were wrong. it was just as good. and i was 12th row for both

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 12:37 AM

the dark was the night show tonight was amazing! amazing actually is not a good enough word. aaron and bryce did a superb job of throwing together this show. they are exceptional human beings and i'm sure raised a ton of money for red hot.
each band played about 4 songs, except my brightest diamond and david sitek, who each only played one.
dirty projectors, and then some dirty projectors with david byrne.
my brightest diamond did her nina simone cover, backed by the national
the national with thomas bartlett and orchestra players - 2 new songs! and bon iver did some back up vocals and justin played guitar.
david sitek - with a whole lot of the people singing and handclapping backup
david byrne! played his songs off previous red hot albums, including blue, lisbon, and rio? aaron and bryce played, bon iver sang some back up vocals. you could tell they were all amazed to be on stage with byrne.
intermission
bon iver - played brackett, wi, blood bank, and then aaron and bryce came out to play big red machine with him. this was followed by at least aaron and bryce and maybe others playing guitar on flume.

feist - did the ben gibbard collaboration with justin vernon instead!
sharon jones and the dap-kings

then, because there was a pete seeger 90th birthday tribute going on elsewhere in nyc, everyone came out (including st. vincent, who didn't perform) and started to sing "this land is your land..."in tribute. sharon jones came back out and funked that up and everybody danced with joy.

the end.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 12:40 AM

very nice roundup Anon 12:40, but one last thing of note is that Feist filled in on a duet with David Byrne, from one of those past Red Hot compilations. Very nice.

Anyone know what that last dirty-blues number Feist did was?

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 1:02 AM

You mean "Someday Baby" by Bob Dylan? That was quite good.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 1:05 AM

Ahh I thought that St. Vincent I saw at the end jam! Odd she did not play any of the main show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 1:19 AM

yeah, during sitek there were also a few bell orchestre members clapping. but they didn't play either.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 1:24 AM

Jesus, 5:50. It's not like I said "Row D, 2nd Row behind pit!" I read it as BB. God forbid I post a 2 aisle mistake trying to get the word out that good tix are still available.

Aaaanyways. I thought Bon Iver was excellent. Followed by Byrne, and then Feist. Did Byrne take off after the intermission?

I'd been checking Ticketmaster up until the show date, and thought no way this would sell out, but it looked damn near close to sold out to me.

Posted by Cuse | May 4, 2009 1:37 AM

David Byrne didn't leave, he came and sat down in the same row (GG, first section stage left) as Kyp Malone. I was on the aisle of GG in the next section, so he was standing right next to me and I nearly jizzed in my pants. He left during Sharon Jones; I can't imagine where to, since he wasn't on stage at the end. Also, I will second the disappointment and surprise that Annie Clark didn't join in any of the songs. 'Flume' was amazing, by the way.

Posted by hornblower | May 4, 2009 2:13 AM

You guys missed the afterparty with Daft Punk and Spoon at LPR.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 4:18 AM

Brice and Aaron are fucking cockamimes. Just look at their two douchebag faces up there. How are these guys in charge of anything, nevermind a music compilation? They look like clueless apes and the 3 times I've seen the National play, they look so unsure of themselves on stages and always seem to step towards a monitor when their guitar parts come on but its like in a way where they're like, "Hey look are we playing this right? Do you like it? Are we strumming? Look at what we learned."

The show was okay at best but nothing to write home about. A bit sloppy with the song selections but some memorable collaborations. Not worth the 70 bucks though.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 8:12 AM

I can't imagine why anyone would waste their energy hating on this show. It was amazing. Everything was well orchestrated and sounded great. Bon Iver's set was easily the highlight. Big Red Machine + Flume = Incredible. The 2 new National songs were excellent as well. This was a HOF event...

Posted by BTW | May 4, 2009 9:40 AM

anon 8:!2
why on earth would you be a dick about bryce and aaron? they are very sweet, humble, ridiculously intelligent and talented. they worked hard on this compilation and hard to put this show together. they are always doing something. they don't just sit back and wait for shit to happen. they work hard to make it happen.
what the hell would you do if you were up on stage? their humbleness i think is reflected in their stage presence.
so before you go around slamming two guys who just raised a ton of money for aids awareness, and worked hard to do so, take a look in the mirror.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 9:52 AM

the show was incredible. i went in thinking it would be hit or miss, but it came off great. it felt like a festival in a way. very relaxed, warm atmosphere. the collaborations were awesome, especially bon iver and feist singing with byrne.i didnt realize how many red hot albums there have been...the videos were cool. oh and about the hater guy, it seems like there is always someone here being a dick when an artist does something sincere and/or successful. but being a dick in regards to am AIDS charity thats extra classy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 10:17 AM

Show was very nice. But those films between sets? Rough. Dirty Projectors also seemed a step down from the rest of the other acts, and Dave Sitek just came across as awkward. Great show besides though. My Brightest Diamond is one of those few female vocalists whose live presence totally trumps her recordings.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 11:13 AM

Are those hobbits from Lord of the Rings?

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 11:48 AM

The picture is of Pippin, Bilbo Baggins, and Merry.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 12:02 PM

oh thats real nice. there's some evil people lurking here. meanwhile, i think i saw cindy sherman in the audience last night.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 1:34 PM

wow. evil hating people. i wonder if brooklyn vegan has some crossover with the craigslist murderer types? AIDS jokes? are you for real?

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 1:52 PM

then there will be a short intermission. And then afterwards, there will be mini-sets by different artists and collaborations, both things that relate to Dark Was the Night and some that don't.'" I was told the show will be four hours long.

Posted by deed polls | December 9, 2009 5:48 AM

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