Day of the Dead – May 20th

by Woody on March 24, 2016


As I have stated on HearYa before, I love The Dead. No musical act has had a greater impact at shaping me than The Grateful Dead. I also love the music of today, including many artists that old-school heads will never have heard of. Day of the Dead is a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. The 59 song, nearly 6 hour compilation is right up my alley. The fact that it is benefiting Red Hot and to help raise awareness and money to fight HIV/AIDS and related health issues makes it about as good as it gets.

The track listing is absurd and is compiled of a who’s who? At first glance, these are the ones I’m looking forward to the most: Box of Rain • Kurt Vile and the Violators (featuring J Mascis), Stella Blue • Local Natives, Cumberland Blues • Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band, Shakedown Street • Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Brown-Eyed Women • Hiss Golden Messenger.

Here is the lowdown on the 5 tunes they just released yesterday. All five get a big thumbs up from me. The five songs shared today include the first new music from The War on Drugs since 2014’s critically-acclaimed Lost In The Dream with a cover of the Grateful Dead’s 1987 hit ‘Touch of Grey’. Phosphorescent and Jenny Lewis combine with the backing of the in-house band (featuring 4/5 of the National) that contributed to numerous recordings on the compilation, to cover 1971’s ‘Sugaree’. Former Grateful Dead member Bruce Hornsby collaborates with Justin Vernon and DeYarmond Edison, Justin’s reunited first band including Phil and Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund of Megafaun, for ‘ Black Muddy River. Courtney Barnett puts her characteristic slant on ‘New Speedway Boogie’, off the back of numerous accolades for 2015’s GRAMMY-nominated album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. For today’s finaltaste of the full album, The National cover Bonnie Dobson’s ‘Morning Dew’, a Grateful Dead staple since 1967, one of two songs that they contributed to the compilation.

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