Dark was the Night (1.09, Redhot/4AD)
Byline: AIDS = horrible global epidemic. Benefit compilation for eradication of AIDS = Awesome!
For: Fans of all of the artists listed below.
Kudos to the Dressner twins of The National for making such a great enough album in 2007 that they have enough clout to compile the biggest superstars in indie rock into this stellar collection. There isn't enough space to do justice to the sheer amount of music on this compilation. So I will simply list the contributing artists followed by an exclamation mark.
Dirty Projectors + David Byrne! The Books + Jose Gonzales (covering Nick Drake)! Feist + Ben Gibbard (covering Vashti Bunyan)! Bon Iver! Grizzly Bear! The National + Nico Muhly! Yeasayer! My Brightest Diamond! Kronos Quartet! Antony (covering Dylan)! Justin Vernon + Aaron Dressner! The Decemberists! Iron & Wine! Grizzly Bear + Feist! Sufjan Stevens!
Spoon! Arcade Fire! Beirut! Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings! Dave Sitek (of TV on the Radio)! Buck 65 + Sufjan! New Pornographers! Yo La Tengo! Stuart Murdoch! Riceboy Sleeps (Sigur Ros side project!)! Cat Power! Andrew Bird! Conor Oberest + Gillian Welch! Blonde Redhead + Devastations! Kevin Drew!