Published Dec 01, 2008At long last, 4AD has announced the full line-up for the label's highly anticipated Dark Was the Night compilation and it's safe to say that it's a star-studded cast. Everyone from Cat Power and Sufjan Steven to the New Pornographers, Iron & Wine, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket and Spoon, among others, will appear on the collection, which is being produced by the National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner.
The comp, which is due February 17, features 31 exclusive tracks on double-CD, triple-vinyl or as a download, with proceeds going to the Red Hot Organization, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS.
Along with those contributing artists above, Dark Was the Night boasts a number of other notable highlights. As previously reported, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard will be doing a duet with Feist, who's also joining Grizzly Bear for a track. David Byrne is pairing up with the Dirty Projectors, Conor Oberst is joined by Gillian Welch, Sufjan Stevens appears on a Buck 65 remix, and Blonde Redhead join forces with Devastations. Also, the Decemberists are on there, Yo La Tengo, Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, Beach House, Sigur Rós offshoot Riceboy Sleeps, Yeasayer, Bon Iver, and a chunk more.
Along with the National guys producing the album, the band are also contributing one of their songs, making guest appearances on tracks by the likes of Bon Iver and Bryce Dessner is doing a song with Antony Hegarty.
Just in case your head isn't already spinning with names, here's an alphabetical listing of everyone making an appearance on Dark Was the Night:
Antony + Bryce Dessner
Blonde Redhead + Devastations
Bon Iver & Aaron Dessner
The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez
Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Seregeti)
Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues
Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
Feist + Ben Gibbard
Grizzly Bear + Feist
Iron & Wine
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Stuart Murdoch (of Belle and Sebastian)
My Brightest Diamond
My Morning Jacket
The New Pornographers
Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch
Dave Sitek (of TV on the Radio)
Yo La Tengo