May
2009

Right Hand Man

I was too excited about these to wait to post them until Monday. I’ve talked a lot about the Dark Was the Night benefit compilation from the Red Hot Organization on this site – earlier this month, many of the artists who contributed tracks to the set gathered for a one-night-only benefit show at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, including David Byrne, the National, the Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver, Feist and My Brightest Diamond. Based on all the reviews I’ve read, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver stole the show. Luckily, we now have official confirmation in the form of a soundboard recording of select performances from the show being streamed by NPR. These two performances featuring Bon Iver were too good not to have as mp3’s, so I ripped them and here you go:

Bon Iver was joined by Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond for the last song of their set, turning the gorgeous opening track of For Emma, Forever Ago, “Flume,”  into a stunning duet:

Bon Iver & My Brighest Diamond – “Flume” [live at Radio City Music Hall] (mp3)

Not surprisingly, not every artist from the 31-track Dark Was the Night compilation performed at the Radio City concert, so during Feist’s set, Bon Iver stood in for Ben Gibbard on their cover/duet of “Train Song.” I love the album version and this performanced does it justice, to say the least:

Feist  & Bon Iver – “Train Song” [live at Radio City Music Hall] (mp3)

For more information about Dark Was the Night and where to buy it, visit the official site at http://www.darkwasthenight.com/