The National Announce Grateful Dead Tribute Album ‘Day of the Dead’

Featuring War on Drugs, Wilco, Courtney Barnett, Grizzly Bear and many more

Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National have officially announced their Grateful Dead tribute album, Day of the Dead, loaded with high-profile musical guests.

After “a life-long love affair with the Dead,” and several years of production the Dessners are ready to release nearly the six hour long, five disc box-set. Similar to the concept behind 2009’s Dark Was The Night, all proceeds from Day of the Dead will be donated to the fight against HIV/AIDS through the Red Hot Organization.

The 59 track compilation will feature covers from over 60 artists including: The National, War on Drugs, Wilco, Grizzly Bear, Courtney Barnett, Anohni and yMusic, Kurt Vile, Tallest Man on Earth, Local Natives, The Walkmen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Real Estate, Flaming Lips, Fucked Up, My Morning Jacket and many, many more.

The album is produced by Aaron Dessner and co-produced by Bryce Dessner and Josh Kaufman. Many of the songs feature the “house band,” of which is composed of Aaron and Bryce Dessner, with fellow National members Scott and Bryan Devendorf, alongside Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, Sam Cohen and Walter Martin.

According to the press release, “the record shows the broad reaching impact and legacy of the Grateful Dead, both culturally and musically.” Day of the Dead is set to release May 20th, 2016.


Track List

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

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

Sunshine (Vol. 3)
01. Real Estate – Here Comes Sunshine
02. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Shakedown Street
03. Hiss Golden Messenger – Brown-Eyed Women
04. This Is the Kit – Jack-A-Roe
05. Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear – High Time
06. The Lone Bellow & Friends – Dire Wolf
07. Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura – Althea
08. Orchestra Baobab – Clementine Jam
09. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
10. Bill Callahan – Easy Wind
11. Ira Kaplan & Friends – Wharf Rat
12. The Rileys – Estimated Prophet
13. Man Forever, So Percussion and – Oneida Drums -> Space
14. Fucked Up – Cream Puff War
15. The Flaming Lips – Dark Star
16. s t a r g a z e – What’s Become of the Baby
17. Vijay Iyer – King Solomon’s Marbles
18. Mina Tindle & Friends – Rosemary
19. Sam Amidon – And We Bid You Goodnight
20. The National with Bob Weir – I Know You Rider (live)