good deeds


There’s two pretty excellent charity comps out recently. Dark Was the Night (A Red Hot Compilation) amassed quite a collection of exclusives tracks by the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Arcade Fire, Yeasayer, Spoon, Feist, Bon Iver, Cat Power, Sharon Jones, The National, etc. Sales benefit the Red Hot Organization which is a charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS. The Album is being released by 4AD.

Grizzly Bear & Feist – Service Bell

Spoon – Well-Alright

Yeasayer – Tightrope

The second comp is a bit more interesting. The War Child Organization asked some of the most revered artist in the last centure of music to pick one of their classics and a current band to cover it. Some of the resulting pairings are inspired:

Bruce Springsteen’s Atlantic City – The Hold Steady

David Bowie’s Heroes – TV on the Radio

Stevie Wonder’s Superstition – Estelle

The Ramones’ Sheena is a Punk Rocker – The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The proceeds from this album go to work with children affected by war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda and is being released by EMI.

Both are worthy causes for you to drop some cash on and get some great music in return. Just a thought.

Full track listings and album art here…


1. Knotty Pine – Dirty Projectors & David Byrne
2. Cello Song – The Books & Jose Gonzalez
3. Train Song – Feist & Ben Gibbard
4. Bracket, WI – Bon Iver
5. Deep Blue Sea – Grizzly Bear
6. So Far Around the Bend – The National
7. Tightrope – Yeasayer
8. Feeling Good – My Brightest Diamond
9. Dark Was the Night – Kronos Quartet
10. I Was Young When I Left Home – Antony & Bryce Dessner
11. Big Red Machine – Justin Vernon & Aaron Dessner
12. Sleepless – The Decemberists
13. Die – Iron & Wine
14. Service Bell – Grizzly Bear & Feist
15. You Are the Blood – Sufjan Stevens

Disc 2
1. Well-Alright – Spoon
2. Lenin – The Arcade Fire
3. Mimizan – Beirut
4. El Caporal – My Morning Jacket
5. Inspiration Information – Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
6. With A Girl Like You – Dave Sitek
7. Blood pt. 2 – Buck 65 Feat. Sufjan Stevens & Sergenti
8. Hey, Snow White – The New Pornographers
9. Gentle Hour – Yo La Tengo
10. Another Saturday – Stuart Murdoch
11. Happiness – Riceboy Sleeps
12. Amazing Grace – Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues
13. The Giant of Illinois – Andrew Bird
14. Lua – Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch
15. When the Road Runs Out – Blonde Redhead & Devastations
16. Love vs. Porn – Kevin Drew


1. Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat (Bob Dylan) – Beck
2. Victoria (The Kinks) – The Kooks
3. Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen) – The Hold Steady
4. Transmission (Joy Division) – Hot Chip
5. Straight to Hell (The Clash) – Lilly Allen feat. Mick Jones
6. Sheena is a Punk Rocker (The Ramones) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
7. Call Me (Blondie) – Franz Ferdinand
8. Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney) – Duffy
9. Superstition (Stevie Wonder) – Estelle
10. Wonderful & Song for Children (Brian Wilson) – Rufus Wainwright
11. Do the Strand (Roxy Music) – Scissor Sisters
12. Search & Destroy (Iggy Pop) – Peaches
13. Take this Waltz (Leonard Cohen) – Adam Cohen
14. Running to Stand Still (U2) – Elbow
15. You Belong to Me (Elvis Costello) – The Like
16. Heroes (David Bowie) – TV on the Radio

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