Dark Was The Night caught the attention of the indie-rock community for more than just its impressive track listing, which featured Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, the National, and many others. The 4AD-released compilation was the twentieth done by the Red Hot Organization, which was founded in 1989 as a means of dealing with the AIDS epidemic in the Brooklyn artist community.
And as of today, it's been announced that Dark Was The Night has raised $1 million since it dropped in February 2009. The funds will go toward charities selected by the bands on the compilation -- you can see a full list of charities at the 4AD website.
Aaron Dessner, of the National and co-producer of the compilation, had the following to say about this news:
"We want to thank all of the artists and everyone at 4AD again for helping us make Dark Was The Night happen. We also want to thank everyone who has bought this record - your donations amount to a very significant contribution to Red Hot's mission fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS.”
Great job and congratulations to everyone involved.