Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Dead Monster!

Mumford & Sons covering 'Friend of the Devil'? Kurt Vile and the Violators (featuring J Mascis) doing 'Box of Rain'? The Flaming Lips playing 'Dark Star'?
Very quietly over the last four years, the Dessner brothers, Aaron and Bryce (of The National fame), have been assembling Dead parts, creating their own take on Frankenstein's Monster, a giant, lumbering beast - a 5 CD, six-hour, 60+ artist Grateful Dead Tribute they're unleashing on the world on May 20th, a new entry in the Red Hot Organization's series of fundraising discs.

It looks (and, so far, sounds) pretty cool! 4AD released details and pre-order info this past week, as well as a sampling of songs. Check out Phosphorescent with Jenny Lewis and Friends doing "Sugaree" and The War On Drugs covering "Touch of Grey".

You can also sample the Dessner's band The National's cover of  'Morning Dew' right now, as well as Bruce Hornsby's and DeYarmond Edison's take on 'Black Muddy River' and Courtney Barnett doing 'New Speedway Boogie'.

Here's the 4AD Press Release, with the full list of cover tunes:

4AD - Various - Day of the Dead (Red Hot Compilation)
Day of the Dead was created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National.  The compilation is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long. You can see the full tracklisting below.
Day of the Dead will be released digitally, on a 5 X CD, and as a limited edition vinyl boxed set.
All profits will help fight for AIDS/ HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization, a 501(c)3. This is the 20th album of original music produced by Red Hot to further its mission. Day of the Dead is the follow up to 2009’s Dark Was The Night(4AD), a 32-track, multi-artist compilation also produced by Aaron and Bryce for Red Hot. Dark Was The Night has raised over $1.5 million for the organizations fighting AIDS to date.
The War on Drugs - Touch of Grey
Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends - Sugaree
Jim James & Friends - Candyman
Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis & Friends - Cassidy
Bruce Hornsby and DeYarmond Edison Black - Muddy River
Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends - Loser
The National - Peggy-O
Kurt Vile and the Violators (featuring J Mascis) - Box of Rain
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends - Rubin and Cherise
Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends - To Lay Me Down
Courtney Barnett - New Speedway Boogie
Mumford & Sons - Friend of the Devil
Lucius - Uncle John’s Band
The Lone Bellow & Friends - Me and My Uncle
Lee Ranaldo, Lisa Hannigan & Friends - Mountains of the Moon
Anohni and yMusic - Black Peter
Bryce Dessner - Garcia Counterpoint
Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and The National (featuring Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, So Percussion and Brooklyn Youth Chorus) - Terrapin Station (Suite)
Angel Olsen - Attics of My Life
Wilco with Bob Weir - St. Stephen (live)
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - If I Had the World to Give
Phosphorescent & Friends - Standing on the Moon
Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band - Cumberland Blues
The Tallest Man on Earth & Friends - Ship of Fools
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends - Bird Song
The National - Morning Dew
Marijuana Deathsquads - Truckin’
Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends - Dark Star
Nightfall of Diamonds - Nightfall of Diamonds
Tim Hecker - Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald
Lucinda Williams & Friends - Going Down The Road Feelin' Bad
Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends - Playing in the Band
Local Natives - Stella Blue
Tal National - Eyes of the World
Bela Fleck - Help on the Way
Orchestra Baobab - Franklin’s Tower
Luluc with Xylouris White - Till the Morning Comes
The Walkmen - Ripple
Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw and Little Scream (featuring Garth Hudson) - Brokedown Palace
Real Estate - Here Comes Sunshine
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Shakedown Street
Hiss Golden Messenger - Brown-Eyed Women
This Is the Kit - Jack-A-Roe
Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear - High Time
The Lone Bellow & Friends - Dire Wolf
Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura - Althea
Orchestra Baobab - Clementine Jam
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Bill Callahan - Easy Wind
Ira Kaplan & Friends - Wharf Rat
The Rileys - Estimated Prophet
Man Forever, So Percussion and Oneida - Drums -> Space
Fucked Up - Cream Puff War
The Flaming Lips - Dark Star
s t a r g a z e - What’s Become of the Baby
Vijay Iyer - King Solomon’s Marbles
Mina Tindle & Friends - Rosemary
Sam Amidon - And We Bid You Goodnight

The National with Bob Weir - I Know You Rider (live)

Sounds like a very cool project for a worthy cause. I've already ordered one! You can pre-order the album digitally and get all the pre-release tracks. You can also pre order the CD from 4AD.