Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sinking Radio - Spoon's "Well-Alright"

This is my weekly reminder to point your internet browser to Little Radio this Friday from Noon to 2:00 PM PST for the Sinking Radio show. 

Each week, the show features an official You Set the Scene pick. My pick for tomorrow's show is "Well-Alright" by Spoon. This track comes from the forthcoming  Dark Was the Night compilation. The 31 track compilation is a benefit for the Red Hot Organization (dedicated to raising awareness of HIV/AIDS) and will be released February 17th on double-CD and triple-vinyl. 

The curators of the compilation, Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National, did a nice job finding contributors. It's the literate, public radio / Starbucks kind of indie rock (which I often enjoy). In addition to Spoon, it features: Arcade Fire, Feist, Iron & Wine, Bon Iver, Ben Gibbard, Grizzly Bear, The Decemberists, Beirut, Stuart Murdoch, My Morning Jacket, Dave Sitek, Sufjan Stevens, Yo La Tengo, Andrew Bird, Cat Power, Kevin Drew, The New Pornographers, The National, Yeasayer and Kevin Drew. There's also a handful of non-indie rock choices (Kronos Quartet, Buck 65 and Sharon Jones). 

The track choices are a mix of interesting covers, solid originals and unexpected collaborations (Blonde Redhead with Devastations, The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez, etc...).  The long running time means that, for existing fans, there's a lot to dig into. And for your out of touch friends, it will serve as a great crash course on what's happening in music these days. Proceeds benefit a good cause and it's very fairly/reasonably priced (the CD set is $13.98 on Amazon with the vinyl going for $28.48). 

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