Freeload: Dirty Projectors & David Byrne, “Knotty Pine”

January 15, 2009

Next month, Red Hot, the longstanding organization dedicated to fighting global AIDS, will release its 20th compilation to note its 20th year of existence, and this time around they've collected an indie rock justice league to record special covers, collaborations and exclusives for Dark Was The Night. Over the next month, they'll be previewing a track a day on the Dark Was The Night MySpace, but to kick things off they've made the first song on the first disc available for free. And if the rest of the 31 songs are as good as this one, we might have to forget all about Animal Collective. Not really, but seriously, Dirty Projectors and David Byrne are match made in is-this-dude-crazy-or-just-kind-of-shy heaven and "Knotty Pine" just brought the sun out in New York. Check the tracklist after the jump and buy the Red Hot compilation on February 17th.

Download: Dirty Projectors & David Byrne, "Knotty Pine"


1 Knotty Pine - Dirty Projectors + David Byrne

2 Cello Song (Nick Drake) - The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez

3 Train Song (Vashti Bunyan recorded, written by Alasdair Clayre) - Feist + Ben Gibbard

4 Brackett, WI - Bon Iver

5 Deep Blue Sea - Grizzly Bear

6 So Far Around the Bend - The National (arrangement by Nico Muhly)

7 Tightrope - Yeasayer

8 Feeling Good (popularized by Nina Simone) - My Brightest Diamond

9 Dark Was the Night (Blind Willie Johnson) - Kronos Quartet

10 I Was Young When I Left Home (Bob Dylan) - 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 (Shuggie Otis) - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

6 With A Girl Like You (The Troggs) - Dave Sitek

7 Blood Pt 2 (based on original song “You are the Blood” by the Castanets) - Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)

8 Hey, Snow White (Destroyer) - The New Pornographers

9 Gentle Hour (Snapper) - Yo La Tengo

10 Another Saturday (traditional song) - Stuart Murdoch

11 Happiness - Riceboy Sleeps

12 Amazing Grace (traditional song) - Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues

13 The Giant Of Illinois (Handsome Family) - Andrew Bird

14 Lua - Conor Oberst + Gillian Welch

15 When the Road Runs Out - Blonde Redhead + Devastations

16 Love vs. Porn - Kevin Drew

Freeload: Dirty Projectors & David Byrne, “Knotty Pine”