MORE ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED BEFORE THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN! Stay tuned for new video and other web content in the coming weeks! An interview with George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow on Arthur Russell coming soon... still photo below:
RED HOT + ARTHUR RUSSELL: THIS IS HOW WE WALK ON THE MOON
Red Hot, the production company behind Dark Was The Night, in association with Pitchfork, is thrilled to announce its latest project: a tribute to the eclectic cellist, songwriter, and composer Arthur Russell.
We are inviting some of our favorite artists to record new reinterpretations of Arthur Russell's songs. Committed artists include Twin Shadow, Washed Out, José González, Rubblebucket, Robyn, Glen Hansard, Javelin, Hot Chip, Nico Muhly + Owen Pallett, Cut Copy, Sandro Perri, The Revival Hour, Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Sam Amidon, Ólöf Arnalds, Devendra Banhart, Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs / Wolf Parade), Chad VanGaalen, Scissor Sisters, Oh Mercy, Laurel Halo, and Thao with The Get Down Stay Down.
By supporting our project, you will be joining in on the production process and will have access to exclusive media (including remixes and alternate versions of tracks). Select backers will be invited to the exclusive Red Hot + Arthur Russell loft party, an intimate event at which some of the artists will perform their songs, and will receive copies of limited-edition vinyl pressings of the album.
About Arthur Russell
Arthur Russell was a cellist, composer, and singer-songwriter, who lived and worked in the East Village in New York City from the 1970s until his untimely death from AIDS-related causes in 1992. Arthur created genre-defying music spanning folk, rock, dance, and experimental. His work was admired and supported by artist peers such as Allen
Ginsberg, Philip Glass, Nicki Siano, and David Byrne in his lifetime,
although he was largely underground and not well known. Two decades after his death, Russell's groundbreaking and unique sound has grown to be a seminal influence on contemporary music.
"I moved to New York because of Arthur Russell -- he's my favorite
musician. Over the last two years, I've listened to him constantly and
have been reading this book called Hold On to Your Dreams about how
downtown, experimental, underground disco and classical composition and all those scenes blended together. There's all
these addresses where Arthur would go hang out and it was so beguiling and
just pulled me towards moving back to New York." – Devendra Banhart
“The first time I heard him, I assumed that he was a currently active artist. He sounded to me like someone who was working right now, and right now sort of despite everything. He has an access to his creativity that’s uninhibited and so it feels very natural.” – DM Stith, The Revival Hour
"It was like hearing a voice that I’d heard in my mind before or something. It felt very familiar and it was just so beautiful." – Sam Amidon
first time I heard it, I didn’t realize it was him the first 10 or 15
seconds in, I was just thinking [he] was just some new blog sensation.” –
Ernest Greene, Washed Out
Russell is kind of the first modern musician. He did everything well,
confoundingly, confusingly, upside-down, backwards, etc. The music is
simultaneously thoughtful and carefree. I aspire wildly to that
combination.” – Nico Muhly
About Red Hot
Red Hot was founded in 1989, and ever since then has been utilizing the medium of pop culture to promote awareness of AIDS and HIV. Over the decades we have produced multiple compilation albums featuring artists such as The National, David Byrne, Bon Iver, tUnE-yArDs, Beirut, The Roots, Sade, Beck, and José González. In addition to these compilations, we have also produced concerts and films. One of our most recent projects, Dark Was The Night, received wide critical acclaim and praise from the fans of the many artists featured on the record.
This is not the final list – we'll continue to add more artists to the roster as they sign on to the project!
Twin Shadow is the nom de plume of Dominican-born George Lewis Jr. The
troubled son of a hairdresser and a “teacher who lived many lives”
(semi-professional football, massage therapy, film maker), his formative
years were spent in suburban Florida. It was there that George made he
first forays into music, experimenting with sound from the age of 14.
He’s not looked back since. His most recent album, Confess, was released on July 10th, 2012 on 4AD.
Washed Out is the stage name of 28 year-old Atlanta-based
songwriter and producer Ernest Greene. Long adored and critically lauded
in the blog world, Greene first came
to prominence in the summer of 2009 after unassumingly posting a handful
of bedroom-recorded tracks to his Myspace page. His debut album, Within and Without, was released on July 12, 2011 and has received lots of critical acclaim.
José González is a Swedish-Argentine indie folk
singer-songwriter and guitarist. González is also a member of the
Swedish band Junip, along with Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn. He
previously appeared on Dark Was The Night, collaborating with The Books to cover Nick Drake's "Cello Song".
Rubblebucket, a band led by the musical couple of front woman Kalmia Traver and bandleader/trumpeter Alex Toth, has spent the last four years building a reputation as a group that blurs the lines between psychedelic indie rock, upbeat dance, and radiant, left-field arrangements. The Brooklyn, NY by way of Boston and Vermont band has evolved into something that is "utterly post-genre—horns, synth, guitars, harmonies—a smile-inducing point on the tangent that connects Björk and Broken Social Scene", which is to say that you never know what you'll see or hear next.
Laurel Halo crafts lush, electronic avant-pop that is as theoretical as it is playful. An Ann Arbor, Michigan native and Brooklyn resident, Halo
began playing piano at age six and added guitar and violin to her
repertoire while still a child. However, she didn’t begin composing
until she was 19, using not only the classical theory of her childhood
but her fascination with translating geometric shapes like arcs and
domes into music and the sounds she absorbed as a free-form DJ at the
University of Michigan’s radio station WCBN as touchstones for her work. Her most recent album, Quarantine, was released in June 2012.
Robyn a Swedish pop singer known for her
hits “Call Your Girlfriend”, “Dancing on My Own”, and “With Every
Heartbeat”. The electro-pop star emerged in the late nineties, but
gained mainstream success in recent years because of her dance-anthems,
impressive live shows, and unique style. In 2011, the single “Dancing On
My Own” was nominated at Grammy Awards for the category Best Dance
Glen Hansard is the Academy Award–winning principal songwriter
and vocalist/guitarist for Irish group The Frames and one half of folk
rock duo The Swell Season. His song, "Falling Slowly", co-written with
Markéta Irglová, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007.
He released his first solo album, Rhythm and Repose, in June 2012.
Javelin is a band/production duo consisting of cousins George
and Tom Van Buskirk. The two started out rocking house parties and
making mixtapes in Providence, RI, 2005. They moved operations to
Brooklyn, NY in 2008 and have since made their distinctive mark on the
ears of listeners and audiences alike. Javelin is currently working on
new production and remixes, as well as finishing their sophomore album,
due out this year.
Hot Chip is the music making partnership of Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard, Owen Clarke, Al Doyle and Felix Martin. The group, who hail from London, have been making electronic/dance music since 2000, and have released five studio albums since. The band is best known for their hit singles "Over and Over" (2006) and "Ready For The Floor" (2008).
Nico Muhly is a contemporary classical music composer who has
worked and recorded with both classical and pop/rock/folk musicians, and
is also known for his film scores. He is a frequent collaborator with
artists such as Björk, Jónsi, and Grizzly Bear, and he has recently
composed two operas. His upcoming premieres include commissions from
the National Youth Orchestra of
Great Britain and a new collaboration with choreographer Benjamin
Millepied for New York City Ballet.
Owen Pallett is a composer, violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist.
His violin-looping live project spawned several records under the
moniker Final Fantasy, including the Polaris Prize-winning He Poos Clouds. He currently releases records under his own name, including 2010's Heartland.
Cut Copy is
a synthpop band formed in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia, and made up of
Dan Whitford (lead vocals/keys/guitar), Tim Hoey (bass/guitar), Mitchell
Scott (drums) and Ben Browning (bass/synthesiser). Their sound is much
in the vein of artists such as Daft Punk, drawing considerable influence
from older bands such as New Order, Electric Light Orchestra and
Sandro Perri is a songwriter and producer of new music. Within the broad
spectrum of his work are elements of pop, folk, electronic, dance,
jazz, noise and rock. His latest LP, Impossible Spaces, experiments with new song and production beyond any of his previous efforts to date.
The Revival Hour is comprised of DM Stith, a singer/songwriter
and multi-instrumentalist, and John Mark Lapham of The Earlies and The
Late Chord. Their first single, entitled "Hold Back", will be followed
by an upcoming album release and tour.
Will Sheff is the frontman and founder for the critically
acclaimed rock band Okkervil River (1998–present), and is also a solo
artist, writer, and producer. His writing has been published in
McSweeney's, and he was nominated at the 2011 Grammys for his liner
notes to Roky Erickson's True Love Cast Out All Evil, an album he also
sings, plays banjo and
guitar and fiddle, draws comics and makes little video-stories. A musician who
glides through unlikely set of genres from traditional folk to free jazz,
Amidon has released three albums of radically re-worked folksongs and will put
out a fourth early next year.
Ólöf Arnalds is an Icelandic singer. Her voice has been called "otherworldly" by The
New York Times, "stunning" by SPIN, "bewitching" by Rolling Stone,
"remarkable" by the NME, "ethereal" by Vanity Fair and "impossibly
lovely" by Paste.
Devendra Banhart exploded on the international music scene in
2002 quickly winning a coterie of devoted fans as well as an unusually
hefty amount of critical kudos right from the outset. Banhart’s most
recent release is his label debut for Warner Brothers Records, What Will
We Be; his artwork and packaging for the album has been nominated for a
Dan Boeckner is a Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist. He currently fronts the indie rock band Wolf Parade and was previously a member of Atlas Strategic and Handsome Furs. He is also currently involved in a project called Divine Fits, with Spoon frontman Britt Daniel.
Chad VanGaalen is well known for rarely leaving his rickety house
in Calgary, endlessly drawing, recording and making art. With his new
release, Diaper Island,
VanGaalen distills his approach, producing his most sonically cohesive
album to date, and the closest thing he has done to a rock album.
Scissor Sisters took the music world by storm and had the
biggest selling album of 2004 in the UK. Elaborate costumes and
controversial lyrics have won them fans around the world. Hailing from
the New York underground club scene, Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Del
Marquis and Babydaddy are currently working on promoting their fourth studio album Magic Hour.
Oh Mercy is an acoustic pop band from Melbourne, Australia. Their second album, Great Barrier Grief, earned them a nomination for a 2011 ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist – Album.
with The Get Down Stay Down hails from San Francisco and consists of Thao Nguyen and Adam Thompson. They started making music with an indie-pop and folk vibe in 2005, and have since released three studio albums: Like Linen,We Brave Bee Stings and All, and Know Better Learn Faster.
The manufacturing costs for CDs would have made our budget even higher and thus our Kickstarter goal even more difficult to reach. We may look into CDs at a later time, but right now it is limited to digital downloads and vinyl. As soon as we know, you'll know!
We are still exploring our options. The funding and production of the album depends on the Kickstarter's success, but we are looking into MP3s as well as lossless options. As soon as we know, you'll know!
We crunched numbers, then crunched them again, and $55,000 is the minimum we need to produce the album - that includes things such as paying the artists, booking studio time, getting artwork done for the merchandise, and making/shipping rewards like the vinyl. If you want to know an exact breakdown of how your donations are being utilized, feel free to message the Red Hot Team!
A pair of tickets to the Red Hot + Arthur Russell loft party + a guaranteed cameo appearance in the loft party video + a special "thank you" in the credits of the video + the deluxe digital download of the album including remixes and alternate versions + access to exclusive web content.
A special "thank you" in the liner notes of the deluxe vinyl + a pair of tickets to the Red Hot + Arthur Russell loft party + a guaranteed cameo appearance in the loft party video+ a copy of the deluxe vinyl + the deluxe digital download of the album including remixes and alternate versions + access to exclusive web content.
Credit as an executive producer of the album + FIVE tickets to the Red Hot + Arthur Russell loft party + a copy of the deluxe vinyl + the deluxe digital download of the album including remixes and alternate versions + access to exclusive web content.