4AD is set to release Day of the Dead – a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music on 20th May 2016. Today, five additional tracks have been made available from Jim James & Friends, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends, Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends, Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The five Grateful Dead reworkings can be downloaded instantly with Day of the Dead album pre-orders, are available on all streaming services, and also accompanied by a series of videos directed by Collected Works.
These new tracks follow five previously released songs from The War On Drugs, Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends, Bruce Hornsby & DeYarmond Edison, Courtney Barnett, and The National. Find the full tracklisting, hear all tracks, and learn more about the project here.
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The 59 track compilation was created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. The album 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. Day of the Dead will be released digitally, on 5XCD and as a limited edition vinyl boxed set. Due to the elaborate packaging and scale of the 10XLP vinyl set, the release date for this format will be announced in the coming weeks. All profits will help fight for AIDS/HIV and related health issues around the world through the US charity, Red Hot Organization.
ABOUT RED HOT ORGANIZATION
Red Hot is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS through pop culture. Its mission is to raise awareness and money around the AIDS crisis and related health issues. It was started in 1990 by Leigh Blake and John Carlin with the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue, which raised millions of dollars, helped reduce stigma around AIDS at the time and supported organisations and efforts such as ACT UP and T.A.G., which took a stand and made the world pay attention and develop medication that let people with AIDS survive.
Over the past 25 years, over 500 artists, producers and directors have contributed to 20 compilation albums of original music, videos events and media to keep people thinking about the implications of the AIDS epidemic as well as donate millions to organizations around the world.