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Courtney Barnett, the War on Drugs, More Cover the Grateful Dead for ‘Day of the Dead’ Tribute

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Last week, after several years in the works, the National announced Day of the Dead – their upcoming all-star tribute to the Grateful Dead. Now we’ve got a batch of amazing covers from the 59-track, six-hour box set due out May 20 via 4AD.

Below, listen to the National‘s take on “Morning Dew” along with covers by Courtney Barnett (“New Speedway Boogie”); the War on Drugs (“Touch of Grey”), Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis and Friends (“Sugaree”); and Bruce Hornsby with DeYarmond Edison – a group featuring Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (“Black Muddy River”).

The compilation was produced by Aaron Dessner and co-produced by Bryce Dessner and Josh Kaufman. Several songs (including the “Sugaree” cover_ feature the house band: the Dessners, Scott and Bryan Devendorf (also of the National), Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, Sam Cohen, and Walter Martin (the Walkmen). 

Day of the Dead will be available digitally, as a 5xCD set, and as a limited edition vinyl box set. Check out the complete track list below.

An all-star Day of the Dead set will take place at Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival in August where the Bon Iver singer-songwriter will be joined by the National, Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck, Will Oldham, Sam Amidon, Richard Reed Parry, Lucius, Bruce Hornsby and UMO’s Ruban Nielson.

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Thunder (Vol. 1):
1 The War on Drugs: “Touch of Grey”
2 Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends: “Sugaree”
3 Jim James & Friends: “Candyman”
4 Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis & Friends: “Cassidy”
5 Bruce Hornsby and DeYarmond Edison: “Black Muddy River”
6 Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends: “Loser”
7 The National: “Peggy-O”
8 Kurt Vile and the Violators: “Box of Rain” [ft. J Mascis]
9 Bonnie “Prince” Billy and 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: “Terrapin Station (Suite)” [ft. Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, So Percussion and Brooklyn Youth Chorus]
19 Angel Olsen: “Attics of My Life”
20 Wilco with Bob Weir: “St. Stephen (Live)”

Lightning (Vol. 2):
1 Bonnie “Prince” Billy: “If I Had the World to Give”
2 Phosphorescent & Friends: “Standing on the Moon”
3 Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band: “Cumberland Blues”
4 Tallest Man on Earth & Friends: “Ship of Fools”
5 Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Friends: “Bird Song”
6 The National: “Morning Dew”
7 Marijuana Deathsquads: “Truckin'”
8 Cass McCombs & Joe Russo: “Dark Star”
9 Nightfall of Diamonds: “Nightfall of Diamonds”
10 Tim Hecker: “Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald”
11 Lucinda Williams & Friends: “Going Down the Road Feeling 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: “Brokedown Palace” [ft. Garth Hudson]

Sunshine (Vol. 3):
1 Real Estate: “Here Comes Sunshine”
2 Unknown Mortal Orchestra: “Shakedown Street”
3 Hiss Golden Messenger: “Brown Eyed Woman”
4 This Is the Kit: “Jack-a-Roe”
5 Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear: “High Time”
6 The Lone Bellow & Friends: “Dire Wolf”
7 Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura: “Althea”
8 Orchestra Baobab: “Clementine Jam”
9 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 (Terry and Gyan Riley): “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)”

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