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

    "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

    Alpha Consumer
    Andrew Fitzpatrick
    Beach House
    Bon Iver
    Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers performing The Way It Is
    Buke and Gase
    Cornelius performing Fantasma
    Day Of The Dead
    eighth blackbird with Bryce Dessner and Bonnie Prince Billy
    Erykah Badu
    EX EYE
    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
    Mavis Staples
    Midnite Express
    My Brightest Diamond
    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
    Phil Cooks Southland Revue
    Prinze George
    Richard Reed Parry/ Quiet River of Dust
    Sam Amidon
    Sarah Neufeld
    Shabazz Palaces
    So Percussion
    Taggart & Rosewood
    The Staves and yMusic
    Tickle Torture
    Thomas Wincek
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra
    Vince Staples
    William Tyler

    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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