“Day of the Dead is an epic tribute to the music and artistry of the Grateful Dead, curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. They have brought together some of their favourite musicians to reinterpret the songs and sounds of the Dead for a new generation. 59 tracks and over 5 hours of music makes the album a landmark to get lost in, to discover hidden treasures and to make your own playlists for whatever mood you’re in.” (Source)
…in addition the Aaron and Bryce and their bandmates from The National, the album features the likes of (get ready this is gonna be a long list!): Jim James, Jenny Lewis, Mumford & Sons, Bruce Hornsby, Courtney Barnett, Wilco, Phosphorescent, Tallest Man on Earth, The Flaming Lips, Local Natives, The Walkmen, and a lot more! To quote Pitchfork’s review of the project, “This epic compilation produced by the National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner serves as both a fine showcase of the Dead’s iconic songs and a who’s who of current indie rock. ”
The best part? The album is to benefit the Red Hot Organization, which works to raise money and awareness to fight HIV/AIDS.