Thursday, July 08, 2010

Dark Night of the Soul is almost here but what is it?

I didn't know. I saw an ad for it in the New Yorker that was so dark and gray-scale, I could barely read it. It had a photo of a shadowy hand holding a tiny lamb and I saw something about Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and David Lynch all mixed up in there.

Apparently it's an album produced by Brian Burton (Danger Mouse), the late Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), and crazy mo-fo David Lynch, with a bunch of collaborators. It all got held up in the legal department of EMI Records but now it will be released July 13th. Who's on the album? Lots of luminaries: Iggy Pop, Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), Suzanne Vega, James Mercer (The Shins), Nina Persson (The Cardigans), plus Frank Black and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel. Plus the late Vic Chesnutt. Plus a 48-page book of David Lynch photos that he took based on the songs. And David Lynch sings. Well.

NPR has the album for streaming right now this very moment. Otherwise, records and cds with booklet and other printed matter will be available next week. And no, I received no money for publicizing this album. I just wanted to help out after seeing that crazy-dark ad in the New Yorker. I guess darkness is a marketing direction, just not necessarily a very clear one, even if it reflects the product.

Love Julian Casablancas' voice:

Hey, Suzanne Vega--good to hear you again:

David Lynch sounds great:

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