May 14, 2009
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Anna Christopher, NPR
Emerson Brown, NPR


   

“DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL” ENTIRE ALBUM STREAMING AT NPR MUSIC WEEKS AHEAD OF PUBLIC RELEASE

NPR MUSIC’S “EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN” SERIES
SHEDS LIGHT ON MYSTERIOUS DANGER MOUSE,
SPARKLEHORSE AND DAVID LYNCH COLLABORATION

ADVANCE ALBUM STREAMING IN ITS ENTIRETY
BEGINNING MAY 14 AT NPR.ORG/MUSIC

May 14, 2009; Washington, D.C. – NPR Music is streaming the entire Dark Night of the Soul album as part of its “Exclusive First Listen” series beginning today, May 14. Weeks before it officially sees the light of day with a July release, the long-rumored Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and David Lynch project will be available for free, on-demand listening at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104129585 The entire series is available at: www.npr.org/firstlisten

Dark Night of the Soul features songs written by artist/producer Danger Mouse and experimental rockers Sparklehorse, with contributions from a dozen musicians. The advance stream on NPR Music reveals the impressive list of artists who play on the album, including Iggy Pop, The Flaming Lips, The Pixies’ Frank Black, Suzanne Vega, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, The Shins’ James Mercer and Scott Spilane of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Gerbils. The album will also be packaged with a book of photos taken by filmmaker David Lynch.

The complete track listing and album information is available at NPR Music, where there are also extensive archives of concerts, interviews and reviews with many of the artists involved with the album. NPR Music introduced its “Exclusive First Listen” series last year, when the site offered its first pre-release album stream: Bob Dylan’s 2-CD set Tell Tale Signs. Since then, the series has offered pre-release streams of albums from Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, and Dan Deacon. NPR Music is currently offering a "First Listen" to John Vanderslice's album Romanian Names.

The “Exclusive First Listen” series is one feature of NPR Music, a free, multimedia music discovery Web site at www.npr.org/music The site offers content from NPR and 12 NPR Member public radio stations, including live performances, studio sessions, first listens to new albums, interviews, reviews and blogs. The site’s continuously expanding sections are dedicated to rock/pop/folk, classical, jazz/blues, world and urban music. NPR Music culls from NPR’s and the stations’ extensive music archives to present thousands of features; more than 250 new features are added to the site every month.