4Ad the record label that brought you the Pixies, Cocteau Twins, the Breeders, Deerhunter and the Department of Eagles are about to release what looks a thoroughly splendid compilation - all the more shocking given it's all for charidee which generally speaking sets off all kind of alarm bells for me. Lenny Henry? Bonio? Coldplay? Queen? Ooof.
Dark Was The Night looks to be a whole lot different though with exclusive songs by a who's who of indie rock's most forward thinking bands including Yeasayer, Beirut, Arcade Fire, The Books, Iron and Wine, Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Grizzly Bear, Yo La Tengo and Sufjan Stevens. There's even room for some funk courtesy of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. So we can overlook the inclusion of girly bedwetters like honk-faced bore Jose Gonzalez and the vastly overrated Bon Iver. It is for charidee after all with proceeds going to Red Hot Organization, a charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV/Aids (both the good and the bad strains one would hope). And it's on vinyl too. GO!