Aaron Dessner, best known as a co-producer of Mumford & Sons’ latest album, and his twin brother Bryce have curated a roughly-five-hours-long Grateful Dead tribute compilation. Day of the Dead features over sixty artists, including the Flaming Lips, Wilco, and that band Justin Vernon was in before he lived in the woods for a bit.
This morning 4AD announced that the Day of the Dead limited edition vinyl box set will come with an equally long supplemental compilation–one in which the artists who covered the Grateful Dead cover each other. The 24xLP box set will still be affordable to the substantial number of Deadheads who make over 100k a year.
According to 4AD, Perfume Genius–who collaborated with Sharon Van Etten on a cover of Dead’s “To Lay Me Down”–has done his own thing with the National’s “Demons.” That is, Mike Hadreas probably turned “Demons” into a pretty piano-pop track in which he sings, ever so delicately, “When I walk into a room / I do not light it up / Fuck.” Jenny Lewis, having admitted to releasing almost stream-of-consciousness songs that aren’t so good, has tried not to botch an actual stream-of-consciousness song that’s very good: “Avant Gardener” by Courtney Barnett.
All profits will go to the Red Hot Organization, a 501(c)(3) that provides sunburned, attractive people with boxes of Red Hots.