Dark is Cool

05/29/2009

In the last year, two stellar albums have arrived both entitled “Dark…” Crazy man! No I’m not using drugs, it’s okay Mom, it’s just a trip. Earlier in the year, Dark Was The Night was released on behalf of the Red Hot Chili Peppers foundation. The list of artists featured could make any music geek drool: The National, Feist, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and Spoon. Truly, if you haven’t listened to that album you should. Recently several of the featured artists played at the Radio City Music Hall in NY, and below I’ve attached some clips from their performance.

Soon to be released is Dark Night of the Soul, a collaboration of Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse. Currently, NPR’s music blog is allowing the entire album to be streamed. There are several featured artists on this album as well: James Mercer of The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Frank Black of the Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, David Lynch, and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Gerbils. Click here to link to the NPR stream.