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Covers? We’re covered: “Train Song”

February 4, 2009

AIDS-y:  a term, as far as I know, first applied by Jemaine of Flight of the Conchords regarding the song “Issues (Think About It),” and meant to illustrate the disdain (read: negative) with which most regard the topic of “monkey sex.”  It’s a pretty distasteful (read: hilarious) term that should have no real-world usability.  Today, we find a reappropriation of the term “AIDS-y”: this sweet, AIDS-y, compilation called “Dark Was the Night” whose profits go towards combatting HIV/AIDS.  Okay, so maybe the term “AIDS-y” is still distasteful here. 

While news of this album has been around for the better part of two weeks (or half a blog year), I think it’s noteworthy enough to reiterate the details.  This album is being released by a group called Red Hot, and it has an absolutely studly track list featuring, among others, the following artists:  Sufjan Stevens, Feist, Grizzly Bear, Ben Gibbard, The Decemberists, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The National, Nico Muhly, David Byrne, Dirty Projectors, Bright Eyes, Spoon, The New Pornographers, Antony, Bryce Dessner, Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, The Books, José González, Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, My Brightest Diamond, Sigur Rós offshoot Riceboy Sleeps, and TV On The Radio’s David Sitek.

It comes out February 17, but the track list is available on the MySpace page here.  The best thing about the MySpace page is the gradual roll-out of tracks to listen to from the album.  Finally, for your listening pleasure, the cover of Vashti Bunyan’s “Train Song” by Feist and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie.  It’s amazing how lonely the song sounds, even with a sweet, indie boy/girl duo performing.

Train Song – Feist & Ben Gibbard (mediafire)

Train Song – Vashti Bunyan (mediafire)

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