It's been four years in the making for the Grateful Dead tribute, Day of the Dead, a 59-song box set of Grateful Dead covers from a list of impressive music icons. It was organized by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National and it's set to be released on May 20, with profits going to the Red Hot Organization to help raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDs and other health related issues.
The National unveiled five covers from the Day of the Dead box set and they come with psychedelic visual videos directed by Michael Brown, Nick Ciontea, and Christopher Barlett. The War on Drugs put their own spin on "Touch of Grey," Courtney Barnett's psych-rock version of "New Speedway Boogie," Bruce Hornsby joined forces with Justin Vernon's old band DeYarmond Edison on "Black Muddy River," The National brings shadowy, deeper vocals to "Morning Dew," and Phosphorescent teaming up with Jenny Lewis & Friends for "Sugaree."
Some other contributions on the massive tribute of Dead covers include artists like Flaming Lips, Wilco with Bob Weir, Mumford & Sons, Grizzly Bear, J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) with Kurt Vile, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, and dozens more. So far, we like what we're hearing.