A specially recorded compilation with a ridiculously good indie cast entitled Dark is The Night produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National will be released on 4AD on the February 16th (Worldwide) and 17th (North America) 2009.
A total of thirty-two exclusive tracks have been recorded for the compilation, which will be available as a double cd, triple vinyl and download album, with profits benefitting the Red Hot Organization – an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS.
Red Hot was founded on the premise that even without a cure, AIDS remains a preventable disease – using music as a great vehicle to raise both money and awareness for it. This is also the twentieth year of Red Hot as well as their twentieth compilation.
The complete list of artists (in alphabetical order) that recorded tracks for this release are:
Antony + Bryce Dessner
Blonde Redhead + Devastations
Bon Iver & Aaron Dessner
The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez
Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues
Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
Feist + Ben Gibbard
Grizzly Bear + Feist
Iron & Wine
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
My Brightest Diamond
My Morning Jacket
The New Pornographers
Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch
Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio)
Yo La Tengo