Monday, November 1, 2010

Red Hot Organization - Dark Was The Night

I know I'm a little late to the game on this one seeing as this CD came out February '09, but better late than never!

First of all, the Red Hot Organization is a non-profit international organization spreading AIDs/HIV awareness through pop culture. They put on concerts, create amazing compilation albums, and about 80% of the proceeds (concerts, cd sales, merchandise sales, and band/listener donations) goes to funding AIDs research all over the world.

They have about 20 compilation albums dating back to 1990, with every genre of music imaginable.

For example...

Red Hot + Rio - "Contrasting with the 1996 album, Red Hot + Rio 2: The Next Generation of Samba Soul will contain works from Brazil's samba music heritage. The concert will benefit AIDS-related projects coordinated through the Brazil Foundation, founded in New York in 2000 to promote social development throughout communities in Brazil."

Red Hot + Indigo - "As with a trio of earlier entries from the series (Red Hot + Blue, Red Hot + Rio and Red Hot + Rhapsody), Red Hot + Indigo is a tribute to the legacy of one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century — Duke Ellington."

Amongst others...

I was fortunate enough to be given the 1st of their 2 disc compilation album, Dark Was The Night, their most recent release, and stupid enough to not appreciate it until a few months after it was in my posession. With great artists like Bon Iver, My Brightest Diamond, The Decemberists, Iron & Wine, Feist, Arcade Fire, Spoon, and Andrew Bird (just to name a few) this album is an Indie music lovers wet dream. Not only is the CD great, but it's for a great cause that raised over $1.2 million for AIDs awareness.

Dark Was The Night <- check out the official page and artist listing, it's next to none!

I am disapointed I missed out on tickets for this show as I am sure it was nothing less than legen....wait for it.....dary, but I am sure to keep an eye on the Red Hot website for upcoming releases and concerts!

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