We caught wind of this for the first time over at Jake Davis. Produced by the twin brothers Dessner from Brooklyn-based The National and featuring exclusive tracks from some of the best currently out, this has all the makings of a great project. Cat Power? Sufjan? Beach House? Along with a new track from The National themselves, who released my favorite record of 2007, I’m ready to sign on. And this is all before you consider the cause, which is fully something to get behind in itself…

Dark Was the Night, out on February 17th (available for pre-order now) benefits Red Hot, an international organization dedicated to raising awareness of HIV and AIDS. DWTN is their 20th compilation celebrating their 20th anniversary. Until the album release, you can check out one new track a day on the Myspace page.

Below, the full tracklisting (after the break)

1 Knotty Pine || Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
2 Cello Song || The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez
3 Train Song || Feist + Ben Gibbard
4 Brackett, 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 Stolen Houses (Die) || Iron and Wine
14 Service Bell || Grizzly Bear + Feist
15 You Are The Blood || Sufjan Stevens

1 Well-Alright || Spoon
2 Lenin || 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 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
8 Hey, Snow White || The New Pornographers
9 Gentle Hour (Snapper) || Yo La Tengo
10 Another Saturday || Stuart Murdoch
11 Happiness || Riceboy Sleeps
12 Amazing Grace || Cat Power and 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

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