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The New Pornographers

4AD and The Red Hot Organization are delighted to announce that $1,000,000 has been so far donated to charity from the proceeds of the DARK WAS THE NIGHT album. The album was released by 4AD in February 2009, and is a musical collaboration conceived and produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, and Red Hot founder John Carlin. It contains 32 exclusive tracks by an unbelievably talented roster of artists, including Arcade Fire, Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, Cat Power, The Decemberists, Dirty Projectors + David Byrne, Feist, Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, The New Pornographers, Spoon, and Sufjan Stevens - to name just a few.

In order to recognize the generous contributions of the artists involved with Dark Was The Night, Red Hot asked them to recommend charitable organizations whose work they admire. The list of organizations is below.

The Red Hot Organization was founded in 1989 to deal with the crisis surrounding the devastation of the AIDS epidemic on the creative community in downtown New York. Dark Was The Night, released in February 2009, was the 20th Red Hot album.

Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills states "Aaron and Bryce pulled together a wonderful collection of artists, songs and performances that perfectly encapsulates these times and really makes Dark Was The Night into an 'album' - a labor of love that has created this amazing and very tangible result!"

Dark Was The Night was a long time in the making, and the result of a lot of hard work and generosity from a long list of supporters. Aaron Dessner sums everyone's feelings up very well. "We want to thank all of the artists and everyone at 4AD again for helping us make Dark Was The Night happen. We also want to thank everyone who has bought this record -- your donations amount to a very significant contribution to Red Hot's mission fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS."

As you may have heard or just read above, Dark Was The Night raised lots of money, so good work to everyone involved including The New Pornographers whose contribution to the album was a cover of Destroyer's "Hey, Snow White," a song they performed last night at Terminal 5, ironically without Dan "Destroyer" Bejar (a member of the New Pornographers) present. They also played about 22 other songs at the 12/6 NYC show that Ted Leo & the Pharmacists opened.

The full setlist and more pictures from T5, with the list of Dark Was The Night charities, below...

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interview by Billy Jones, top photo by Michael Lavine


TV on the Radio guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer David Andrew Sitek has announced his new project Maximum Balloon. Not surprisingly, the TVOTR / Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Liars / Dragons of Zynth / Holly Miranda / Scarlett Johansson producer worked with a host of guest artists on the project, which will see the light of day in the form of a self-titled album on August 24th via DGC/Interscope Records.

"...Then Aku (Dragons of Zynth) called and said he was in town and asked what I was up to and I said, "Making a song that you have to come and fix!" So he came by the studio and he laid the vocals down. We pretty much started Maximum Balloon on that day."
Other guest artists on the album will include Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone from TVOTR, Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Holly Miranda, Theophilus London and more. David Byrne is rumored. Aku from Dragons of Zynth is featured on "Tiger," the first track to be released off the album. "Tiger" will be available on iTunes and all digital partners on June 15th, but you can also hear it in a video below, or today at www.MaximumBalloon.com. In addition to "Tiger", Maximum Balloon will be regularly releasing a series of digital singles in the weeks leading up to the release of the album.

Billy Jones of new musical project New Moods, who last conducted an interview for this site in 2006, called up Dave on Friday to discuss the making of Maximum Balloon, barbershop quartets, Cyndi Lauper, the future of TVOTR and more. Their chat starts here....


Billy: Hey Dave, Can you hear me?

Dave: Yeah...

Billy: I rigged this to be on the speakerphone of my Blackberry to be recording through GarageBand, a slightly complicated setup...

Dave: Awesome, put me through The Crystalizer...

Billy: I actually have you through Long Panning Ping Pong Delay right now...

Dave: I can't wait for Soundtoys to come out with an iPhone app.

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Aaron Dessner - We Were Born (from the Long Count) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Long Count - Bull Run (feat. Kelley Deal) (MP3)

Twins! (the Dessners & the Deals)
The Long Count

The Long Count kicks off its three show engagement at BAM's Gilman Opera House tonight (10/28). Tickets are still available for the show, as well as for the Friday (10/30) and Saturday (10/31) performances.

The 70-minute music and multimedia piece, commissioned by BAM Next Wave Festival, is the work of Bryce and Aaron Dessner of the National and visual artist Matthew Ritchie. But they haven't been working alone. At every step of composing and arranging the Long Count over the past year, the brothers have tapped into their crew of skilled collaborators. The 12-piece orchestra that will be joining them on stage counts talents like NYC violist Nadia Sirota (who played last month's Archipelago series show), sax/bass clarinet player Colin Stetson, and Antony & the Johnsons' guitarist/violinist/conductor Rob Moose (who in particular assisted with some of the arranging duties).

As previously mentioned, the Breeders' Kim and Kelley Deal (twins) collaborated with the Dessners (also twins) on much of the music - they sing for nearly half of the show. Other vocal turns will be taken by the Nationals' Matt Berninger and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden.

All four singers play roles in the narrative of the Long Count, which takes its story from the Mayan creation myth of Popol Vuh. In that, multiple sets of twins (in the story and on stage) experience repeated cycles of life and death until giving birth to the world as we know it. The original tale ties in strongly with a ballgame played by its main characters - an element which the Dessners have woven in with their love of baseball, particularly Cincinnati Reds and the Big Red Machine.

Musically, the Long Count sections posted above, both from the show's work-in-progress performance at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on September 11th, showcase the piece's diversity. The first, "We Were Born," highlights the minimalist pedigree of the show, while "Bull Run" layers those elements with fearsome orchestral lines and extremely creepy vocals by Kelley Deal.

Paired with the spooky nature of Mathew Ritchie's animation (which you can preview here) the show looks to be a good Halloween night warm-up as any. In fact, the early Saturday night show has the most tickets available, and it follows a pre-show Q&A (ticketed separately) led by Brandon Stosuy (who's curating the Mount Eerie + metal show at Market Hotel later in the night).

Bryce generously answered some of our questions over the phone while in the last week of rehearsal (and in the hectic center of CMJ week). More photos from the production, and that interview, where he reveals the existence of an unreleased Christmas album he made with Sufjan, details on the new National record and more, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Riceboy Sleeps - Boy 1904 (MP3) (via)

Riceboy Sleeps

"Known primarily for his haunting falsetto and other-worldly presence as the singer in Sigur Rós, Jon Thor Birgisson has - together with his partner Alex Somers - been exhibiting artwork and staging exhibitions under the name Riceboy Sleeps for two or three years now, including the release of a limited edition picture book. A couple of months back the early fruits of the musical side of this collaboration surfaced in physical form for the first time, with the track "Happiness", on the exemplary Dark Was The Night Red Hot compilation...

Now... the full-length Riceboy Sleeps album is finished and ready for release. And, as with "Happiness", it is set to subtly redefine expectations of slow and elegiac instrumental music in 2009." [XL]

Riceboy Sleeps' self-titled album will be released by XL Recordings on July 21st. "Happiniess" is track #1 (you can listen in the video below). "Boy 1904" is track #5. Grab it above. Full tracklisting, a video promo for the album, and cover art, also below...

Continue reading "Riceboy Sleeps (Alex & Sigur Ros' Jonsi) - new album, MP3 "

DOWNLOAD: Doveman - Hurricane (new MP3)

Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) @ Dark Was the Night (more by Natasha Ryan)

The follow-up to Doveman's 2007 record, With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead, is on the way. That still-untitled album will come out on Brassland Records later this year. You can check out a BV-exclusive preview from that record, the especially upbeat (for Doveman) song "Hurricane," above.

Doveman will be performing his/their latest work (alongside the rest of his catalog and maybe some Footloose material) at his Thursday, June 18th show at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC. Tickets are still on sale, and we have two pairs to give away. More details on that below.

At LPR, Bartlett will be backed by long-time Doveman member Sam Amidon, who's also opening the show, and Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Bryan Devendorf of The National -- all of those musicians appear on the new record.

As usual, Doveman has been busy playing keys behind other performers. On June 14th and 15th, he played with Martha Wainwright in her "Songs of Edith Piaf" show. Those sets were recorded with producer Hal Wilner to be released as a live record.

This summer Bartlett will tour with Antony & the Johnsons in Europe. The National have summer dates too, and don't be surprised if Bartlett ends up making some of those gigs.

We talked to Aaron Dessner about his history with Doveman, the progress being made on the new National album and a forthcoming Dark Was the Night movie (and possible European dates). That exchange, and all tour dates, is below...

Continue reading "Doveman - new MP3 ++ NYC show Thursday w/ members of the National (who are recording, touring, keeping busy) "

Grizzly Bear @ MHOW (more by Tim Griffin)
Grizzly Bear

Two major additions to the growing list of free Pool Party shows happening at the Williamsburg Waterfront this summer. HEALTH are playing on July 26th, and Grizzly Bear have officially confirmed that their date is August 30th (thx Jeff).

In related news, Grizzly Bear's Horn of Plenty album is now available on vinyl. Catch the band now on tour.

At the Toronto stop of the tour, Feist joined the band on stage and performed what they probably would have performed last month at Radio City. Watch it below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

David Byrne

"Besides their dedication to their art, most [of those participating in Dark Was The Night are] successful -- but one senses that fame wasn't their primary engine for choosing a career in music. There was no hierarchy in this group -- everyone was treated as an equal, and participated with everyone else where they could. Many were already acquaintances or friends. Times have changed. No one was drunk, on drugs or two hours late for rehearsal. There was no "rock star" behavior. That could sound boring -- but such rebellious, clichéd behavior hasn't always guaranteed good music. When great music would surface from a personal or professional mess, it often seemed like a rare but happy accident, unlikely to be repeated." [David Byrne]
That blurb comes from a blog post David Byrne wrote after the Dark Was the Night show at Radio City Music Hall.

Last night (6/3), David Byrne brought his Eno-show to the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. Now on a 2nd-leg of his 2009 U.S. tour (the first leg included two shows at Radio City) , Byrne will bring the show to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY on Monday June 8th. That 'Celebrate Brooklyn' show is FREE.

All tour dates, more pictures from the Wellmont show, and three videos Fader made of David Byrne giving a guided tour of his office, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Gabriel Kahane

[Gabriel] Kahane is twenty-seven, and his listeners seem roughly the same age. He is well on his way to developing an original creative personality; his music absorbs everything from nineteen-twenties neoclassicism to blue-grass and modern indie pop, with potent melodies bridging the disparate styles. [New Yorker]
Kahane kicks off a residency at the Rockwood Music Hall on June 1st (tonight). He'll be there Mondays at 10pm through the rest of the month.

On June 12th, Kahane also performs at PS 139 Auditorium (330 Rugby Rd, Brooklyn) as part of the Ditmas Park Concert Series...

"Come hear the remarkably creative and talented singer-songwriter/pianist Gabriel Kahane, performing with a host of special and equally talented friends."
One of the singer's most well-known friends would have to be Sufjan Stevens, who appears on Kahane's eponymous 2008 disc. Kahane in turn is credited with "the piano cadenza on Sufjan Stevens' 'You are the Blood'" from the Dark Was the Night compilation.

Kahane's Craigslistlieder, a 2007 song cycle with lyrics compiled from Craigslist posts, has been re-released as a free download from Family Records. New single "LA" is streaming on MySpace.

All tour dates, with a video of Kahane performing Craigslistlieder material, below...

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photos by Natasha Ryan, words by Andrew Frisicano

Dark Was the Night

Dark Was the Night live finally happened Sunday, May 3rd at Radio City. Right before showtime, there were still tickets available, but the auditorium seemed fairly full as the Dirty Projectors set began. The band sounded great with its newly fleshed out six-piece lineup (though I didn't catch the titles of the first Bitte Orca song). The reverb of the room was almost a special guest of its own and a welcome addition throughout the night. On new single "Stillness Is the Move" singer Amber Coffman really let loose with the dance moves and the added vocal acrobatics the song deserves. David Byrne joined the band on their Dark Was the Night collaborations -- the not-on-the-comp "Ambulance Man" and album opener "Knotty Pine."

Red Hot executive director John Carlin (Red Hot being the AIDS advocacy group that put out Dark Was the Night along with many other benefit comps) came out and said a few words about the performers before My Brightest Diamond/Shara Worden burst into her cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good." Worden was backed by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) on keys, members of the National including the two Dessners brothers (who were obvious fixtures through the night), drummer Bryan Devendorf, plus horns and strings. Worden's massive voice filled the hall, but sadly took the lead for only one song.

The rest of The National guys came on stage for Boxer song "Slow Show," followed by new song "England." Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and band were on stage for backups, and for The National's Dark Was the Night contribution, "So Far Around the Bend," Vernon even picked up a guitar and took a solo. The band closed with another new song, which singer Matt Berninger mumbled the title of a few times (anyone catch it?).

Dark Was the Night

For the next set, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek took the stage in a sharp looking suit and performed one track, his DwtN Troggs cover "With a Girl Like You." Here it was backed by a fuzzed out bass, horns, keys, and a collection of the night's performers on handclaps and tambourines (Dirty Projectors, Dessners, others).

As John Carlin announced earlier, the first half of the show was to close with David Byrne's three Red Hot compilation contributions. Led by five hand percussionists, Byrne opened with Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In." Second, he played "Dreamworld: Marco De Canavesems" with Justin Vernon sitting in on vocals for Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso (who originally collaborated with Bryne on the track). The tune's hyped up bossa nova, with the Dessners on guitars, was one of the night's many highlights. Finally, Byrne sang with Feist (who subbed for the original's Marisa Monte) on the Antonio Carlos Jobim song "Waters of March" ("Aguas de Março"). Even with Byrne starring down at the lyric prompt for nearly the whole song, the jumping melody of that tune was an amazing end to the first set.

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Dark Was the Night (finale) (photo by Natasha Ryan)
DArk Was the Night

Last night's Dark Was the Night show was amazing. My only disappointment was that David Byrne didn't come back to sing with Sharon Jones during the finale/encore (he sang with almost everyone else!). He actually watched the encore from the audience. And by the encore I mean, after Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings finished their set, most of the artists (Feist, Bon Iver, The National, Dirty Projectors, My Brightest Diamond, etc...) on the bill came back on stage to do a We-Are-The-World/Kumbaya/folkie/feel-good traditional group, acoustic sing-along of Pete Seeger's Woodie Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land". One of the Dessners introduced the song by saying they thought it would be nice to do it in honor of Pete Seeger's 90th birthday and jokingly thanked everyone for coming to Radio City instead of Madison Square Garden.

You knew something else was going to happen because The Dap Kings, though not part of the sing-along, were still lingering in the background with their instruments. Half-way through the song, Sharon Jones popped on stage and walked right in front of all of them. The crowd went nuts. Sharon grabbed a mic and they all stopped playing. She said something like, "I don't want to burst y'all's bubbles, but we're going to do our version". And they did. It looked something like the picture above. It sounded (and looked) something like the video below.

Many more pictures and a review of both of last night's big shows are coming soon NOW POSTED.

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DOWNLOAD: The National - So Far Around The Bend (MP3)

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.

Continue reading "Dark Was The Night today! NPR recording. Blonde Redhead playing? Will anyone else? Who's going? (tix still on sale)"

Efterklang @ Mercury Lounge - March 28, 2009 (Efterklang - photoblog)

A Hawk and a Hacksaw @ SXSW 2009 (Efterklang - photoblog)
A Hawk and a Hacksaw

tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Garotas Suecas @ Zebulon
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Jamie Stewart (of Xiu Xiu) @ Monkey Town
* Mates of State, Black Kids @ Webster Hall
* The Rakes, The Dig, Sean Bones @ Bowery Ballroom
* James Yuill, The Answering Machine @ Mercury Lounge

"This is a charity auction for 2 tickets to see Dark Was The Night - Live at Radio City Music Hall on May 3, 2009. Besides getting the VIP treatment, you will also receive what we are calling THE JOSH FREESE COMMEMORATIVE BONUS PRIZE PACK of extras and goodies to enhance your overall winning bid experience." [ebay]

Videos of Les Paul playing at Iridium below...

What else?

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Brazilian Girls

The Brazilian Girls have teamed-up with the legendary David Byrne to release an English-language version of the song "Losing Myself." Byrne duets with lead singer Sabina Sciubba on the new version of the song, available exclusively through iTunes on March 24.

Sciubba explains that the song is "a journey through New York City's subway, streets, crowds, nights and clubs. Everywhere you go, you leave something behind: your scarf, a shoe, a memory, your money, an ear, your friends, your head ...until you end up being light as a feather and you have nothing left but your freedom."

The original version of the song, recorded in French, was released last summer on the Brazilian Girls latest full length album New York City (Verve Forecast).

In related news, David Byrne is now confirmed for the Dark Was the Night concert. Bon Iver was also recently added. The only previously-rumored band now in question is Grizzly Bear. The National, Dirty Projectors, Feist, Dave Sitek, Sharon Jones, and My Brightest Diamond are also all on the May 3rd Radio City Music Hall bill, and who knows who else they will get to join. An official message reads that artists "will perform songs from the Dark Was The Night' compilation", and "The show will also include mini-sets and collaborations by various artists." Tickets are still on sale.

Tickets are also still on sale for David Byrne's June 3rd show at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ.

Bon Iver @ Town Hall in NYC (more by Chris La Putt)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver has been added to the lineup of the May 3rd Dark Was The Night show at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets are still on sale.

by Andrew Frisicano

The Books (photo by Nino P.)
The Books

The Books are playing a Thursday, April 9th show at Columbia U's Miller Theatre as part of the duo's short spring tour. Tickets are on sale. All dates below.

The band has been extremely quiet of late, with one high note being its Dark was the Night appearance, covering Nick Drake's "Cello Song " with Jose Gonzalez. As of now, The Books will not be appearing at the live version of Dark was the Night taking place at Radio City Music Hall.

The Books played the 2007 Bang on a Can Festival - the series' first 24+ hour event. The line-up of this year's marathon (May 31, 2009 at the World Financial Center) is still unannounced, but Bang on a Can does have several other fully scheduled events coming up, including a Bang on a Can All-Stars performance of works by David Longstreth, Lee Ranaldo, and others.

All tour dates and a video from the The Books' 2007 DVD Playall, below...

Continue reading "The Books - 2009 Tour Dates (Columbia's Miller Theatre) "


Tickets are on general sale (@ 11AM) for the Radio City Music Hall Dark Was the Night show. The second Dark Was the Night video has also been posted. It features Yeasayer. Watch it below...

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Two separate ticket presales begin at 9am for the Dark Was the Night show at Radio City Music Hall. One is the American Express presale, and the other is the "Internet Presale" (PASSWORD = oksana or HEDARK).

The National is the band featured in the first of a new series of Dark Was the Night videos. Watch it below...

Continue reading "Dark Was The Night - presale today +++ The National video "

UPDATE: I'm being warned that Just because Feist posted this poster, it doesn't mean it's definitely true...

Thanks Wembley for pointing out that Feist posted the above poster to her official website. It reveals that Grizzly Bear and David Byrne will most likely be performing at the just-officially-announced Dark Was the Night show at Radio City Music Hall. Why weren't they part of the initial announcement? Maybe because David Byrne has a show coming up at Wellmont Theater in NJ (tickets), and Grizzly Bear are playing two at Town Hall.

UPDATE: I am being told that the above additions to the lineup are not confirmed. If you don't see the lineup on Bowery Presents' website, it is not considered official. Keep that in mind when buying tickets ($38, $48, $58).

Grizzly Bear and The National are both also part of the lineup at this year's Pitchfork Festival in Chicago.

David Byrne just played two shows of his own at Radio City, and right after that he appeared on the Colbert Report. Videos from the TV appearance below...

Continue reading "David Byrne (& Grizzly Bear) playing Dark Was the Night show (according to Feist) + video from David on Colbert"

DOWNLOAD: The National - So Far Around The Bend (MP3)

as promised...

Sharon Jones @ Nokia Theatre (more by Natasha Ryan)
Sharon Jones

4AD is pleased to announce Dark Was The Night - Live , a concert commemorating the newest Red Hot release Dark Was The Night. The show will take place Sunday May 3 at Radio City Music Hall and will feature several of the artists that contributed to the compilation including Dave Sitek, Dirty Projectors, Feist, My Brightest Diamond, The National, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings plus more to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 13 at 11am 9am via Ticketmaster. Dark Was The Night - Live begins at 8pm (doors will open at 7).

Dark Was The Night was released by 4AD on February 17of 2009, and was produced by Aaron & Bryce Dessner of The National. The compilation, comprised of 31 exclusive tracks, benefits the Red Hot Organization - an international charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS through popular culture. A complete track listing for Dark Was The Night is listed below.

Tickets will also go on Am Ex and "Internet" presale on Wednesday at 9am.

Pitchfork.TV (newly redesigned) seems to be down at the moment, but also:

This week also sees the release of several videos directed by groundbreaking filmmaker Vincent Moon. Moon shot the Dark Was the Night contributors The National, Dirty Projectors and Yeasayer each performing their song from the compilation in early February. These clips will roll out, one a day starting tomorrow, March 10, premiering on Pitchfork.tv
I wonder who else they'll add to this show. Grizzly Bear should still be in town. Sufjan Stevens lives here too. David Byrne? The whole Dark Was the Night tracklist below...

Continue reading "Dark Was the Night Radio City show CONFIRMED - Dave Sitek, Dirty Projectors, Feist, The National, Sharon Jones & more..."

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'War Child: Heroes' is an unprecedented collaboration between music's most heralded legends and the finest current artists.

We asked 15 ultimate icons to select a favourite song from their classic back catalogue and to nominate the new act they most trust to create a unique interpretation of that hand-picked track.

This album is the result: 15 exclusive and breath-taking cover versions.

Beck (Bob Dylan - "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat")
The Kooks (The Kinks - "Victoria")
The Hold Steady (Bruce Springsteen - "Atlantic City")
Hot Chip (Joy Division - "Transmission")
Lily Allen feat. Mick Jones (The Clash - "Straight To Hell")
Yeah Yeah Yeahs (The Ramones - "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker")
Franz Ferdinand (Blondie - "Call Me")
Duffy (Paul McCartney - "Live And Let Die")
Estelle (Stevie Wonder - "Superstition")
Rufus Wainwright (Brian Wilson -" Wonderful & Song For Children")
Scissor Sisters (Roxy Music - "Do The Strand")
Peaches (Iggy Pop - "Search And Destroy")
Adam Cohen (Leonard Cohen - "Take This Waltz")
Elbow (U2 - "Running To Stand Still")
The Like (Elvis Costello - "You Belong To Me")
TV On The Radio (David Bowie - "Heroes")

Though not out until February 24th here in the United States, "War Child: Heroes" was released in the UK on Monday (and it comes out March 3rd in Canada).

"Dark Was The Night" on the other hand, is out now everywhere. Full tracklist HERE. Rumor of an upcoming show at Radio City Music Hall HERE.

Listen to Lily Allen and Mick Jones cover the Clash, and other videos, below...

Continue reading "War Child: Heroes vs. Dark Was The Night (get both now!)"

The National @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The National

...the charity compilation that Aaron & Bryce produced for the Red Hot Organization, "Dark Was The Night", will be released this coming Tuesday, February 17th!!! (February 16th outside the US). Please help us support Red Hot's effort to raise money and awareness to combat the HIV / AIDS epidemic and go out and buy yourself a copy next week. It is well worth the money and you'll be contributing to an important cause. The record features 31 exclusive tracks and will be released digitally, as a double CD and triply vinly LP! You can learn more about the project and stream songs here.
The National announced some tour dates yesterday. They'll be "trying out new songs (!) and playing some old ones too of course." You heard two of those new songs if you were at the recent Tibet House benefit at Carnegie Hall. No NYC date on this new tour, but there is Boston, DC, and Philly.

For a NYC show, check out Bell Orchestre and Clogs when they share a bill on February 26th at BAM in Brooklyn. Clogs features National members Bryce, Padma, and Aaron "along with special guest vocalists". The National have lots of talented friends who can sing here in NYC. Who knows who they'll bring along. Tickets for that show are now 20% off if you use promo code 9826 when ordering tickets by phone at 718.636.4100 or online.

For an actual National show in NYC, stay tuned for more announcements and keep your fingers crossed for a fantastic lineup at Radio City Music Hall in the name of the above-mentioned Dark Was the Night compilation.

All dates below...

Continue reading "The National announce tour dates, Clogs tix now 20% off"

The National @ Carnegie Hall (more by Tim Griffin)
The National

Check out the tracklist. Consider the possibilities.


Other shows coming up at Radio City (by artists who also appear on Dark Was The Night): The Decemberists & David Byrne.

AC Newman @ the Virgin Store (more by Chris La Putt)
AC Newman

8PM - Midnight at Stanton Public
(17 Stanton b/w Bowery and Chrystie)

8PM - 10PM = Dark Was the Night Album Play + Open Bud Bar (while supplies last)
10PM - 11PM - Members of The National DJ
11PM - 12AM - Members of Blonde Redhead DJ
12AM - 1AM - Members of Yeasayer DJ

The above party is happening TONIGHT (2/6). AC Newman won't be there in the flesh, but you will hear his voice coming through the speakers some time between 8 & 10 PM when Track 8 on 'That Disk' of the 2-CD Dark Was the Night is playing. Get there early if you want the free Bud.

For a taste of AC Newman in person, in NYC, you can catch him and band at Bowery Ballroom on March 15th (tickets still on sale) and/or at The Bell House on March 29th (tickets recently went on sale). All tour dates HERE.

AC's new album Get Guilty is out now on Matador Records. Track #7 on that album is called "The Palace At 4 a.m.". And that is the very track you'll hear AC play in the latest episode of the A.C. Newman D.U.M.B.O. Sessions. Video premiere below...

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DOWNLOAD: Chris Schlarb- Twilight Athens (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: DM Stith - Around the Lion Legs w/ Sufjan & Shara (MP3)

DM StithIn December, Asthmatic Kitty signee DM(Dave) Stith released the Curtain Speech EP, a five song collection (featuring the 7-minute epic "Just Once") that put him on the indie-pop radar.

On Friday, February 27, Stith will visit the Cake Shop for an early 8:30pm set on a bill that includes local spaz-rock Pterodactyl, Chicago's Sonoi, and a TBA.($7, 21+)

Stith's full-length, Heavy Ghost, out March 10, will feature guests that include Shara from My Brightest Diamond, and Asthmatic string-puller Sufjan Stevens (performing on "stapler, scissors, and a stationary fan" - via Stith's Dec 18th blog). The album, "recorded in bedrooms, churches, kitchens and instrumental rehearsal halls around the East Coast," comes packaged in a sleeve desgined by Stith, a graphic designer.

DM Stith also visited Daytrotter about a week ago. Of the session he says, "If you listen to only one, make it 'Braid of Voices.'"

His new record's first single,"Pity Dance," just came out on iTunes, with a video (see below), and a b-side a cover of Randy Newman's "Suzanne."

Chris SchlarbStith labelmate and fellow ghost-lover Chris Schlarb is performing his 2007 debut, Twilight & Ghost Stories, on Saturday, Feb 7th at The Stone with 8pm and 10pm sets.

The album, an adventurous, contemplative found-sound composition, was pieced together from snipets submitted to Schlarb by fifty musicians. It was "performed" in Athens, GA, on December 8, 2007, using only Section IV (of X). You can read the full story here), and check out a piece of the performance, which Schlarb titled "Twilight Athens" (MP3 above).

On the Red Hot benefit comp Dark Was the Night, due next Tuesday, Stith contributed backup vocals to the Sufjan-Buck 65-Serengeti track, "The Blood Pt. 2." The song remixes the Castanet's "You Are the Blood," which Sufjan also covers, and extends to nearly 11 minutes, on the album.

Asthmatic Kitty's Rafter was just in town and played a show at Cake Shop. All DM Stith dates, the video, and new album tracklist, below...

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DOWNLOAD: David Byrne & Dirty Projectors - Knotty Pine (MP3)

Dark Was the Night

This is exciting. Not only will the much-talked-about new National-curated Red Hot compilation Dark Was The Night be released by 4AD in one month (February 17th to be exact), they've now officially handed out the first MP3 which happens to be one of the tracks I was most looking forward to - the collaboration between David Byrne and Dirty Projectors. It's called "Knotty Pine". Download it above. More:

[The album is] comprised of 31 exclusive tracks and it will be available as a double cd/triple vinyl/download and will benefit the Red Hot Organization - an international charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS through popular culture. They are the people responsible for albums including No Alternative, Red Hot and Blue and many more, and this is their 20th year, and this is the 20th release!

Beginning on January 15th, 4AD will begin a track-by-track premiere of the Dark Was the Night compilation. From January 15 through February 1, each track, in order will be streamed for one day only at http://www.myspace.com/DarkWasTheNight as well as on the bands MySpace page.
Other aritsts on the comp include Jose Gonzalez, The Books, Feist, Ben Gibbard, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, The National, Nico Muhly, Yeasayer, My Brightest Diamond, Kronos Quartet, Antony, The Decemberists, Iron and Wine, Feist, Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Arcade Fire, Beirut, My Morning Jacket, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, Castanets, Buck 65, The New Pornographers, Yo La Tengo, Stuart Murdoch, Riceboy Sleeps (aka Jón "Jónsi" Birgisson of Sigur ros and Parachutes' Alex Somers), Andrw Bird, Cat Power, Gillian Welch, Blonde Redhead, Devastations, and Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew.

David Byrne also recently collaborated with Dizzee Rascal and The Brighton Port Authority on a new track which you can download HERE. Ben Gibbard sings with Feist on the Red Hot comp. Other recent "collaborations" for him include getting engaged to She & Him's Zooey Deschanel. Nico Muhly did the arrangements for the song The National play on this new album. The album also includes a Grizzly Bear song, and a "Grizzly Bear + Feist" track. Nico Muhly also did the arrangements for the live show Grizzly Bear will soon play with an orchestra at Brooklyn Philharmonic.

Beirut has shows coming up. Antony has shows coming up. Sharon Jones has shows coming up. Andrew Bird has shows coming up. Cat Power has shows coming up.

The full Dark was the Night tracklist is below...

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