Box of Stars’ “Last Box of Sparklers: A Tribute to Mark Linkous”

November 27th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

Last Box of Sparklers

Box of Stars is a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting mental health awareness through music. As they state on their website, “By shining a light on the stories and music of musicians we admire, and whose lives and work have been effected by struggles with mental health, we hope to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, increase awareness and effect positive change.”

Through Indiegogo, Box of Stars has launched their inaugural project, Last Box of Sparklers: A Tribute to Mark Linkous, a double-album featuring a variety of bands covering songs by Mark Linkous’ Sparklehorse. The crowd-funding campaign runs through 12midnight on Friday, November 29.

Featured artists contributing their talents to the album include the Flaming Lips, Mark Lanegan, Cowboy Junkies, Portugal. The Man, Mercury Rev, the Joy Formidable, Califone, Margot & the Nuclear So-and-Sos and more.

And the album has its roots in the Local 518, as Marc Fuller of Edie Road Recording Studio in Argyle was a moving force behind the project, in addition to recording many of the contributions. And there’s a strong local presence in the music, too, with some of Nippertown’s finest musicians and alum – Phantogram, Eric Margan and Lip Talk (formerly Railbird) – represented on the album.

GO HERE to check out some of the musical contributions…


RIP: Mark Linkous

March 8th, 2010, 9:30 am by Sara

Mark Linkous, best known as the leader of Sparklehorse as well as for collaborations with Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Daniel Johnston, Radiohead, David Lynch and Danger Mouse, took his own life on Saturday: New York Times / Pitchfork / Radio Clash / LA Times.

NPR is reporting that Dark Night of the Soul, his collaboration with Danger Mouse and David Lynch, (which we wrote about last year) will finally see the official light of day sometime this summer.

Danger Mouse’s Latest Release: a Blank CD

May 17th, 2009, 12:46 pm by Sara

You can’t buy the CD “Dark Night of the Soul,” the new Danger Mouse collaboration with Sparklehorse‘s Mark Linkous.

Originally planned to be packaged with a book of photographs by David Lynch that were inspired by the music, it now looks like the music will never be officially released, due to a contractual dispute with EMI.

David Lynch, Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse

David Lynch, Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse

Instead, you can order the book of photographs (or optionally, a less-expensive poster) that will come with a blank, recordable CD-R inscribed with this label: ‘For legal reasons, the enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'” Fans will have to find, download and burn the album for themselves, which is already fairly easy to find online.

In addition to Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, other artists making an appearance on the album include The Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, Frank Black and Suzanne Vega, among others.

Official Dark Night of the Soul website.

For now, NPR is offering an exclusive first listen.

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