Listen To Courtney Barnett, The National, War On Drugs Cover Grateful Dead
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:10:44
Last week, it was announced that The National's Grateful Dead cover album would finally be coming to fruition. Curated by The National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, the 59-song cover album has been entitled Day of the Dead and is out May 20th. Today, five tracks from the LP were released: The War on Drugs took on "Tough of Grey," Courtney Barnett tackled "New Speedway Boogie," The National covered "Morning Dew," Phosphorescent and Jenny Lewis got together for "Sugarfree," and Bruce Hornsby's version of "Black Muddy River" was released. Each track unveiled today comes with a psychedelic music video directed by Michael Brown, Nick Ciontea, and Christopher Bartlett.
All profits from the album go to the Red Hot Organization. The organization's mission "is to raise awareness and money around the AIDS crisis and related health issues," according to the company website.
Wilco, the Flaming Lips, Kurt Vile and J Mascis, Justin Vernon, Anhoni, War on Drugs, Sharon van Etten, Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear, Real Estate, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Perfume Genius, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, Bill Callahan, the Walkmen, Stephen Malkmus, Angel Olsen, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, Cass McCombs, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, and many more are also making appearances on the tribute album.
Members of the Grateful Dead will be teaming up with John Mayer for a tour this summer. The tour kicks of with a headlining gig at Bonnaroo and has the all-star band playing at some of America's biggest venues, including Citi Field in New York City, PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Boston's Fenway Park.
For more on the Grateful Dead, check out:Grateful Dead Members Announce Tour With John Mayer
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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