What album would you direct people to that represents perfectly your ideal music? Not your favorite song, or artist... I think that is an impossible question to answer for most people. But what's the style that you are into.
I found mine yesterday thanks to my buddy Scott of Surly Birds acclaim. He heard just a snippet of the the compilation album Dark Was the Night and was on a mission to get it to me. He had a feeling that I would geek out about it, and I have to tell you that he was absolutely right. I am in his music sharing debt for at least a year.
I had read about this album back in February on a few blogs, and seen it on iTunes as well. I even downloaded a few tracks from it randomly, with out knowing their original source. But I passed it up, didn't pursue it. I missed out on some amazing music on account of it. Til' now.
Check out the artists featured on this two disc compilation:
Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons)
Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues
Aaron Dessner + Bryce Dessner
Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene)
Ben Gibbard (Deathcab for Cutie)
Iron & Wine
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Stuart Murdoch (Belle & Sebastian)
My Brightest Diamond
My Morning Jacket
The New Pornographers
Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio)
Yo La Tengo
If that list doesn't mean anything to you, I'm sorry. You are missing out on some tremendous musical forces dominating the ears of the world for the past few years, and the years to come.
These some 31 tracks are a part of an ongoing project from Red Hot, who describe themselves this way:
The Red Hot Organization is the leading international organization dedicated to fighting AIDS through pop culture.
Since 1989, Red Hot has produced fourteen groundbreaking albums, related television programs and media events incorporating the talents of leading performers, visual artists, producers and directors to raise funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS.
To date, these efforts have donated nearly 7 million dollars for AIDS relief around the world.
So, in essence this auditory bliss of a project is some of the best artists of today and tomorrow performing everything from original music to covers and remixes in order to raise awareness about and money to fight the AIDS virus.
This isn't your standard charity song project. We're not talking Springstein, Wonder and Jackson in a recording boothe here. These are amazing songs with powerful writing, playing and arrangement. Awesome original music written by the performers or amazing covers of underground classics.
Many of these tracks also offer unexpected but obvious musical pairings I haven't heard before, but hope the colaboration continues. For example, check out the song Train Song featuring Feist and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab and Postal Service fame.
Check out these songs, but please, consider buying this amazing album which goes to support a really good cause and other musical projects hopefully just as good or better than this one.
So next time you ask me what kind of music I am into, I will direct you immediately to this album. Hopefully you will like this enough to do the same when you are asked.