A Hypothetical Day of the Dead Tribute Festival
  • THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016

  • Posted by: Evan Jake Goldstein

Day of the Dead is a five and a half hour long, 59 song tribute to the music of the Grateful Dead curated by The National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner and raises money for Red Hot, an organization that raises awareness and money to fight HIV/AIDS. Featuring primarily indie and folk artists like The War On Drugs, Wilco, Kurt Vile & The Violators, and Mumford and Sons, the album is a career-spanning collection of Grateful Dead covers and reinterpretations for a new generation of young ears. And guess what... the Dessner brothers totally succeeded! The only problem is, the new generation of listeners don't have the patience to sit through 330 minutes of music, no matter what it is. Traditional deadheads have no problem sitting through a poorly recorded three and a half hour set from '78, but kids these days can barely make it through a three and a half minute song.

So here's what we did to make it a bit more accessible and manageable. We chose our favorite tracks, and streamlined the whole album,narrowing down the 59 songs to 19 (with a runtime of just over an hour and a half,) creating Baeble Musics "Best of Day of the Dead". But then I thought, what if Day of the Dead was a live concert event? What if all these bands came together and played a giant festival in tribute to the Dead (obviously sometime between October 31 and November 2nd)? So I took the 19 songs from the playlist and created a Grateful Dead style setlist complete with a set break and an encore, for this hypothetical show, and with the help of some of my most hardcore deadhead friends, I came up with this:

Set 1:
"Here Comes Sunshine" - Real Estate
"Uncle Johns Band - Lucius
"Franklin's Tower" - Orchestre Baobab
"Althea" - Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue, Shura
"To Lay Me Down" - Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends
"Cumberland Blues" - Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band
"Peggy-O" - The National
"Cream Puff War" - Fucked Up
"Candyman" - Jim James & Friends
"Shakedown Street" - Unknown Mortal Orchestra

SET 2:
"Dark Star" - The Flaming Lips
"If I Had the World to Give" - Bonnie "Prince" Billy
"Stella Blue" - Local Natives
"Eyes of The World" - Tal National
"Drums -> Space" - Man Forever, So Percussion, Oneida
"Rosemary" - Mina Tindle & Friends
"St. Stephen" - Wilco, Bob Weir
"Brokedown Palace" - Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw, Little Scream, Garth Hudson

ENCORE:
"Touch of Grey" - The War On Drugs

We know, it's too good to be true... OR IS IT? The silver lining in all of this is that Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival will be bringing the Day Of The Dead to life from August 12-13. If you happen to find yourself in Eaux Claires, Wisconsin this August, you can get your tickets via the festival website

EAUX CLAIRES MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL LINEUP
Alpha Consumer
Andrew Fitzpatrick
Beach House
Bon Iver
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers performing The Way It Is
Buke and Gase
Catsax
Cornelius performing Fantasma
Day Of The Dead
Deafheaven
Efird/Westerlund
eighth blackbird with Bryce Dessner and Bonnie Prince Billy
Erykah Badu
EX EYE
FOG
Francis and The Lights
Har Mar Superstar
Jacy Catlin
James Blake
Jenny Lewis
Jon Hopkins
Jon Mueller
Kill The Vultures
Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner
Little Scream
LNZNDRF
Lucius
Mavis Staples
Melvins
Midnite Express
My Brightest Diamond
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Phil Cooks Southland Revue
Phosphorescent
Prinze George
Richard Reed Parry/ Quiet River of Dust
Rosenau/Sanborn
S.Carey
Sam Amidon
Sarah Neufeld
Senyawa
Shabazz Palaces
Sloslylove
So Percussion
Taggart & Rosewood
Tenement
The Staves and yMusic
Tickle Torture
Thomas Wincek
Tuskha
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Vince Staples
William Tyler
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And now we present, the Day of the Dead Spotify playlist:



If you've been exploring the album, we challenge you to build your own dream set out of your favorite tracks! Create a playlist and tweet it at us @BaebleMusic, along with the tag #TheBaebleDead
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