It takes a lot for any kind of hip-hop to impress me (I’m not an expert or huge fan of hip-hop by any means). I prefer the indie stylings of artists like Murs, Atmosphere, or Mr. Lif as opposed to Lil Wayne (or any other popular hip-hop for that matter). Every so often comes an amazing remix/mash-up of an artist in the indie/rock circle paired with various hip-hop acts that sounds like it was just meant to be, it turns out as natural as any original music would/should. An almost unknown artist, based out of Montreal going by the moniker Tor, decided to create the backbone of the song with various Sufjan Stevens tunes, and laying it down with the lyrics provided by various hip-hop acts (Aesop Rock, Outkast, Brother Ali, etc.). This really shouldn’t have worked, but it does. A fantastic listen. Download it for free at Tor’s website.
In what is looking like comprehensive ‘who’s who’ of indie-rock-pop artists of this decade, Dark Was The Night was finally released last week. Does it live up to the massive hype it has garnered on NPR and oh so many blogs the past couple months? A very confident YES! What’s even better is that it’s for a very good cause. The compilation includes tracks from the likes of Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, Feist, Ben Gibbard, The National, Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Beach House, and the ridiculous thing, there is more. I put one of the standout tracks below; a brand new song from Sufjan is always welcome.
Sufjan Stevens – You Are The Blood
I already bought my 3 LP copy, get out there and do it.
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Tagged AIDS Awareness, Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, Ben Gibbard, Bon Iver, Dark Was The Night, Feist, Grizzly Bear, Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens, The National