As previously announced on this site and elsewhere, Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National have produced a compilation for The Red Hot Organization in order to raise funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. Titled Dark Was The Night, the compilation will arrive in stores as a double-disc or triple-vinyl package (as well as a digital download, of course) featuring 31 exclusive tracks by a who's who of the independent music world, including David Byrne, Arcade Fire, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens, and Andrew Bird, among others. And as it just so happens, several members of the Brassland roster make up part of that exclusive group.
To be specific, The National contribute "Far Around the Bend" (with an arrangement by Nico Muhly); Bryce Dessner collaborates with Antony on Bob Dylan's "I Was Young When I Left Home"; Aaron Dessner turns up on "Big Red Machine" (a collaboration with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver); and Devastations mix it up with Blonde Redhead on "When The Road Runs Out." The only way this album could have gotten Brassland-ier is if Baby Dayliner had collaborated with Doveman on a re-mix of "Shah With That" featuring a sick cello solo by Erik Friedlander.
Remember to pick up your copy of Dark Was The Night on February 17th. And for a taste of what's on the album, feel free to stream the Brassland-related songs below.