Day Of The Dead ‘A Grateful Dead Tribute’

4AD are pleased to announce the release of Day of the Dead, a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music, on May 20th,2016. Day of the Dead was created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. The compilationis a wideranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, featuresover 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long. Day of the Dead will bereleased digitally, on a 5 X CD, and as a limited edition vinyl boxed set. All profits will help fight for AIDS/ HIV andrelated health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization, a 501(c)3. This is the 20th album of originalmusic produced by Red Hot to further its mission. Day of the Dead is the follow up to 2009’s Dark Was The Night(4AD), a 32track, multiartist compilation also produced by Aaron and Bryce for Red Hot. Dark Was The Night hasraised over 1.5 million dollars for the organizations fighting AIDS to date. Produced by Aaron Dessner, and coproduced by Bryce Dessner and Josh Kaufman, many of the 59 tracks feature anallstar house band made up of Aaron, Bryce, fellow National bandmates and brothers Scott and Bryan Devendorf, JoshKaufman, and Conrad Doucette along with Sam Cohen and Walter Martin.  The record shows the broad reaching impactand legacy of the Grateful Dead both culturally and musically.  Today, 4AD has published a Spotify playlist matchingsongbysong the Day of the Dead tracklist, providing a look at the compilation’s eraspecific Grateful Dead sourcematerial.Contributing to the Day of the Dead was musically exciting for the artists involved in the project.  Will Oldham states: “Ihave worked with a few people whose minds are brilliant and complicated, musically.  There’s something about theDead that allows these bigbrained pickers to just chill the fuck out and feel good about it.  There’s basic types of songforms and melodies that I have an affinity for, and the Grateful Dead have helped other people find their ways intothese musics.  So it isn’t as hard to establish connections with folks out there that might not otherwise share some ofwhat I am digging into.”  TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe notes, “They’re one of the great, ‘do everything’ bands,take from whatever you want and warp it into something new. I’m sure that some of the space rock and psyche jamDNA of the band has seeped into what we do.” And in explaining why their music is relevant today Bill Callahan said, “Ifeel like the Dead managed to show the bridge from the past to the future in a respectful way. Much more so thansomeone like the Stones who felt like pillagers to me. The Dead breathed life into the old songs, expanded the lungs ofthe old songs.” 
The diversity in both material and performance on the tribute is astounding. Special collaborations include Grateful
Dead touring member Bruce Hornsby with DeYarmond Edison (featuring Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and the bandMegafaun) on “Black Muddy River,” Perfume Genius and Sharon Van Etten on “To Lay Me Down”, Arcade Fire’s RichardReed Parry, the Band’s Garth Hudson, Little Scream, and composer Caroline Adelaide Shaw’s take on “BrokedownPalace”, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste and Little Joy’s Binki Shapiro on “Loser”, Lee Ranaldo and TV on the Radio’s TundeAdebimpe’s “Playing in the Band”, Jenny Lewis and Moses Sumney’s “Cassidy”, Charles Bradley’s “Cumberland Blues”,
and perhaps most expansively, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and Chris Bear teaming up with members of the National,So Percussion, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus to recreate 1977’s entire Terrapin Station medley. There are freshinterpretations of classics, like The War On Drugs’ “Touch of Grey”, Jim James’ “Candyman”, Mumford and Sons’ take on“Friend of the Devil”, Phosphorescent / Matthew Houck’s “Sugaree” and “Standing on the Moon”, “Shakedown Street”recorded by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the Walkmen’s “Ripple”, and Lucius’ version of “Uncle John’s Band,” as well asa perfectly cast Kurt Vile and J Mascis on “Box of Rain”. But the compilation also explores lesser known Dead materialsuch as as the psychedelic folk gem “Mountains of the Moon” (Lee Ranaldo), and “Rubin and Cherise,” originally a JerryGarcia song, later adopted by the Grateful Dead and recorded here by Will Oldham. Day of the Dead also features livelyrecordings from Senegalese collective Orchestra Baobob (“Clementine Jam”), composer Terry Riley and his son GyanRiley (“Estimated Prophet”), electronic artist Tim Hecker (channeling John Oswald’s classic “Dark Star” exploration“Grayfolded”), jazz pianist Vijay Iyer (“King Solomon’s Marbles”), and Bela Fleck with Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain, andChris Wood (“Help on the Way / Slipknot”). There are simply too many tracks to adequately summarize in a pressrelease!For Aaron and Bryce Dessner, The Grateful Dead were a gateway to playing music together; the first music the brothersinvestigated deeply. The two recall their firstever jam session at 14 years old with The National’s future drummerBryan Devendorf playing the Dead’s “Eyes of the World” for several hours in Bryan’s attic in suburban Ohio. Thebrothers were drawn not just to the Dead’s songwriting, but also to the detail, spontaneity, and depth in theinstrumentation. A lifelong love affair with the Dead, shared with the Devendorfs, was born in those teenage years andcrested when The National were invited to play a fundraiser with Bob Weir in March 2012. The bandassembled for this event learned over 25 Grateful Dead songs, [including In the Dark Bside rarity “My Brother Esau”,for which lyricist John Perry Barlow provided a new verse] and most of those players went on to form the “house band”heard on many of Day of the Dead’s tracks. Later, during the National’s Trouble Will Find Me tour, Bob Weir joined theband onstage at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival and Berkeley’s Greek Theater. After the National concluded theTrouble Will Find Me tour in late 2014 at London’s O2 arena, the recording of Day of the Dead accelerated with multiplegroup sessions in New York’s Hudson Valley in early 2015.Day of the Dead live performance will take place this summer at the second annual Eaux Claires Festival (August 1213) featuring Jenny Lewis, Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent), Lucius, Will Oldham, Sam Amidon, Richard Reed Perry,Matt Berninger, Justin Vernon, Bruce Hornsby, Ruban Nielson and The National, who all appear on the record.
DIGITAL TRACK LISTING:“Thunder” (Vol.1)01. Touch of Grey  The War on Drugs02. Sugaree  Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends03. Candyman  Jim James & Friends04. Cassidy  Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis & Friends05. Black Muddy River  Bruce Hornsby and DeYarmond Edison06. Loser  Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends07. Peggy The National08. 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 & Friends11. New Speedway Boogie  Courtney Barnett12. Friend of the Devil  Mumford & Sons13. Uncle John’s Band  Lucius14. Me and My Uncle  The Lone Bellow & Friends15. Mountains of the Moon  Lee Ranaldo, Lisa Hannigan & Friends16. Black Peter  Anohni and yMusic17. Garcia Counterpoint  Bryce Dessner18. Terrapin Station (Suite)  Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and The National (featuring Josh Kaufman, ConradDoucette, So Percussion and Brooklyn Youth Chorus)19. Attics of My Life  Angel Olsen20. St. Stephen (live)  Wilco with Bob Weir “Lightning” (Vol. 2)01. If I Had the World to Give  Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy02. Standing on the Moon  Phosphorescent & Friends03. Cumberland Blues  Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band04. Ship of Fools  Tallest Man on Earth & Friends05. Bird Song  Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends06. Morning Dew  The National07. Truckin’  Marijuana Deathsquads08. Dark Star  Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends09. Nightfall of Diamonds  Nightfall of Diamonds10. Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald  Tim Hecker11. Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad  Lucinda Williams & Friends12. Playing in the Band  Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends13. Stella Blue  Local Natives14. Eyes of the World  Tal National15. Help on the Way  Bela Fleck16. Franklin’s Tower  Orchestra Baobab17. Till the Morning Comes  Luluc with Xylouris White18. Ripple  The Walkmen19. Brokedown Palace  Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw and Little Scream (featuring Garth Hudson) “Sunshine” (Vol. 3)01. Here Comes Sunshine  Real Estate02. Shakedown Street  Unknown Mortal Orchestra03. BrownEyed Women  Hiss Golden Messenger04. JackARoe  This Is the Kit05. High Time  Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear06. Dire Wolf  The Lone Bellow & Friends07. Althea  Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura08. Clementine Jam  Orchestra Baobab
09. China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider  Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks10. Easy Wind  Bill Callahan11. Wharf Rat  Ira Kaplan & Friends12. Estimated Prophet  The Rileys13. Drums > Space  Man Forever, So Percussion and Oneida14. Cream Puff War  Fucked Up15. Dark Star  The Flaming Lips16. What’s Become of the Baby  s t a r g a z e17. King Solomon’s Marbles  Vijay Iyer18. Rosemary  Mina Tindle & Friends19. And We Bid You Goodnight  Sam Amidon20. I Know You Rider (live)  The National with Bob WeirFOLLOW DAY OF THE DEAD HERE: RED HOT ORGANIZATION:
Red Hot is a notforprofit, 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS through pop culture. Its mission is toraise awareness and money around the AIDS crisis and related health issues. It was started in 1990 by Leigh Blake andJohn Carlin with the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue, which raised millions of dollars, helped reduce thestigma around AIDS at the time and supported organizations and efforts such as ACT UP and T.A.G., which took a standand made the world pay attention and develop medication that let people with AIDS survive. Over the past 25 years, over 500 artists, producers and directors have contributed to 20 compilation albums of originalmusic, videos, events and media to keep people thinking about the implications of the AIDS epidemic as well as donatemillions to organizations around the world.
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