Blimey: The National announce ‘Day of the Dead’ Grateful Dead tribute album

The Red Hot Organization fundraiser features Courtney Barnett, Perfume Genius, The Flaming Lips, and basically every musician ever.

The National have announced ‘Day of the Dead’ - a pretty hefty tribute album dedicated to American rock band Grateful Dead. It’s got a running time of six hours, and ten times as many guests!

A project several years in the making, the record is a benefit for the AIDs-fighting not-for-profit company The Red Hot Organization. Brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner - both from The National - have curated the album, and basically everyone in music ever appears on the tracklisting. 60 artists in total make up the massive roll-call.

From Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste, to Courtney Barnett, Jenny Lewis, and Kurt Vile and the Violators to Perfume Genius, Angel Olsen, Wilco, and Jenny Lewis there are a huge number of musicians getting involved in the fundraiser. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Real Estate, Fucked Up, and The Flaming Lips also appear, among many others. This is The Red Hot Organization’s 20th original compilation, and follows on from the totally ace 2009 collection ‘Dark Was The Night’.

The full tracklist for the three-disc extravaganza, in all its overwhelming glory, is below.

“Thunder” (Vol.1)
01. Touch of Grey - The War On Drugs
02. Sugar - Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends
03. Candyman - Jim James & Friends
04. Cassidy - Moses Sumner, Jenny Lewis & Friends
05. Black Muddy River - Bruce Hornsby and DeYarmond Edison
06. Loser - Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends
07. Peggy-O - The National
08. Box of Rain - Kurt Vile and the Violators (featuring J Mascis)
09. Rubin and Cherise - Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends
10. To Lay Me Down - Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends
11. New Speedway Boogie - Courtney Barnett
12. Friends of the Devil - Mumford & Sons
13. Uncle John’s Band - Lucius
14. Me and My Uncle - The Lone Bellow & Friends
15. Mountains of the Moon - Lee Ranaldo, Lisa Hannigan & Friends
16. Black Peter - Anohni and yMusic
17. Garcia Counterpoint - Bryce Dessner
18. Terrapin Station (Suite) - Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and The
National (featuring Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, So Percussion and
Brooklyn Youth Chorus)
19. Attics of My Life - Angel Olsen
20. St. Stephen (live) - Wilco with Bob Weir

“Lightning” (Vol.2)
01. If I Had the World to Give - Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
02. Standing on the Moon - Phosphorescent & Friends
03. Cumberland Blues - Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band
04. Ship of Fools - Tallest Man on Earth & Friends
05. Bird Song - Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends
06. Morning Dew - The National
07. Truckin’ - Marijuana Deathsquads
08. Dark Star - Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends
09. Nightfall of Diamonds - Nightfall of Diamonds
10. Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald - Tim Hecker
11. Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad - Lucinda Williams & Friends
12. Playing in the Band - Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends
13. Stella Blue - Local Natives
14. Eyes of the World - Tal National
15. Help on the Way - Bela Fleck
16. Franklin’s Tower - Orchestra Baobab
17. Till the Morning Comes - Luluc with Xylouris White
18. Ripple - The Walkmen
19. Brokedown Palace - Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw and Little Scream (featuring Garth Hudson)

“Sunshine” (Vol.3)

01. Here Comes Sunshine - Real Estate
02. Shakedown Street - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
03. Brown-Eyed Woman - Hiss Golden Messenger
04. Jack-A-Roe - This Is The Kit
05. High Time - Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear
06. Dire Wolf - The Lone Bellow & Friends
07. Althea - Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura
08. Clementine Jam - Orchestra Baobab
09. China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider - Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
10. Easy Wind - Bill Callahan
11. Wharf Rat - Ira Kaplan & Friends
12. Estimated Prophet - The Rileys
13. Drums -> Space - Man Forever, So Percussion and Oneida
14. Cream Puff War - Fucked Up
15. Dark Star - The Flaming Lips
16. What’s Become of the Baby - s t a r g a z e
17. King Solomon’s Marbles - Vijay Iyer
18. Rosemary - Mina Tindle & Friends
19. And We Bid You Goodnight - Sam Amidon
20. I Know You Rider (live) - The National with Bob Weir

Well, bloody hell, eh? The mammoth Grateful Dead tribute is out on May 20th via 4AD.


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