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Red Hot Compilation To Feature All-Star Line-up

The AIDS charity Red Hot is making a compilation that will be curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National. It will also feature tracks by Sufjan Stevens, Feist, Grizzly Bear, the Decemberists, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, the National, David Byrne and Dirty Projectors, Bright Eyes, Spoon, the New Pornographers, Antony (with Bryce Dessner), Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, the Books with José González (covering Nick Drake’s “Cello Song”), Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, My Brightest Diamond (covering “Feeling Good”, famously interpreted by Nina Simone), Sigur Rós side-project Riceboy Sleeps, Ben Gibbard from Death Can for Cutie and TV on the Radio’s David Sitek. Feist appears on songs with Grizzly Bear and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. Aaron Dessner says that there will be more artists contributing to the compilation too. He says: “It’ll probably end up being between 24 and 30 tracks, We’re probably about 80% done with it…we’re hoping for a fall release, but it may be an early 2009 release, depending on a few people that we’re still waiting on.” The proceeds of the compilation will go to Population Services International’s YouthAIDS organization. He has also said of the compilation: “We’re kind of shocked at how enthusiastic people have been, It hasn’t been hard to convince people to do this, because everybody knows about Red Hot, and because a lot of us had No Alternative. That had the hidden Nirvana track on there, which was like a big thing back then. We’ve been amazed…people are giving us great tracks. I think maybe part of that is people know Red Hot and part of it is like, whenever you get all of your peers together, nobody wants to have the dog, you know?” That line-up is amazing, I can’t wait to get the compilation. It is for a good cause and features today’s top indie musicians. This will probably be the best compilation ever.

The National – The Geese of Beverly Road [zshare]
Dirty Projectors – [zshare]
The Decemberists – O Valencia! [zshare]

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