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Upcoming: Dark Was the Night

January 7, 2009

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So looking forward to this. Bryce and Aaron Dessner, of The National, curated a 2-CD release called Dark Was the Night. It’s being released by the “Red Hot” organization, who’ve put out about a dozen or so albums to benefit AIDS research and related causes. The lineup looks amazing – as well as an unreleased National track, it includes a collaboration between Feist and Ben Gibbard, Spoon, the New Pornographers, the Kronos Quartet, and more. The release date is set for February 17th on Beggar’s Banquet.

MP3: Kirsty MacColl and the Pogues – Miss Otis Regrets [from Red, Hot and Blue]

7 comments

  1. Damn, this has everybody good on it. I’m looking forward to “Cello Song” (the Books featuring Jose Gonzalez) – especially if it’s the one by Nick Drake. It would have been cool to see the Kronos collaborate with one of these artists – like David Byrne, Beirut or Yeasayer.


  2. Yeah, that would be too cool! One of my peak live music experiences was seeing the Kronos Quartet do “Spectre” by John Oswald (of Plunderphonics fame).


  3. Wow, that must have been great! I love their performance of George Crumb’s Black Angles (one of the scariest pieces ever written) and their tribute to jazz pianist Bill Evans (one of my musical heros).

    A million years ago, my dad played second violin in the Kronos. He’d tell me about it when I was a kid, but I never paid any attention (avant-garde chamber music wasn’t my thing at age 10). I eventually forgot about it completely. Then in my early 20s – when I was listening to them a lot on my own – I called him to tell him about my “discovery.” It took him a minute to realize I wasn’t joking. This time, of course, I was totally impressed – he suddenly had all this street cred :)


  4. Wow, your dad was in the Kronos Quartet! Street cred indeed. :)


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