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.
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