New NPR “First Listens”: Dark Night of the Soul, John Vanderslice, Jason Lytle, Vieux Farka Toure

Dark Night Of The Soul
Dark Night of the Soul
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It turns out Dark Night Of The Soul is an album and the songs were written by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, though the myriad singers featured on each track also had a big hand in composing and producing the work. The album was initially going to be packaged with a book of photos taken by David Lynch. But now there’s word that the music may never be officially released at all.

An unnamed spokesperson for Danger Mouse says that “due to an ongoing dispute with EMI” the book of photographs will “now come with a blank, recordable CD-R. All copies will be clearly labeled: ‘For legal reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'”

You can order the book, sans music, from the official Dark Night Of The Soul Web site. In the meantime, you can hear the entire album here on NPR Music as an Exclusive First Listen. [NPR Music]

Jason Lytle – Yours Truly, The Commuter
Jason Lytle - Yours Truly, The Commuter
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John Vanderslice – Romanian Names
John Vanderslice - Romanian Names
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Vieux Farka Toure – Fondo
Vieux Farka Toure - Fondo
Stream It on NPR Music starting May 18 at 11:59 PM

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