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Various - Out Now: Day of the Dead
Various : Out Now: Day of the Dead
20th May 2016

“Richly enjoyable.” - The Guardian – Album of the Week ****
“The sweetest love letter to the Grateful Dead imaginable. Deadheads will adore it; the uncoverted may find themselves a lot more Dead-curious.”  - Record Collector – Album of the Month ****
"Day Of The Dead is an exemplary way of proving to a sceptic that at the heart of the Dead’s digressions are great songs.” - Uncut
"Both a fine showcase of the Dead's iconic songs and a who's who of current indie rock" - Pitchfork (8.1)

Day of the Dead – a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music – is out today on 4AD.  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 and features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds.  All profits will help fight for AIDS/HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization.

The 10XLP vinyl boxset version of the compilation will be released 9th September, and can be pre-ordered via the 4AD Store from June 9th.  It will be available from this page, where you can also see a number of photos of the boxed set.  The 10xLP boxed set will cost around $145/£110.  

You can buy Day of the Dead on 5xCD here.
You can stream the album on Spotify/Apple Music here.

The National performed ‘Morning Dew’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week and tomorrow the band and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy will perform songs from the compilation on US TV, CBS This Morning’s ‘Saturday Sessions’.  You can watch The National's performance on Colbert below.

A Day of the Dead live performance will take place this summer at the second annual Eaux Claires Festival (August 12-13) featuring Jenny Lewis, Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent), Lucius, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Sam Amidon, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Matt Berninger, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Bruce Hornsby, Ruban Nielson (Unknown Mortal Orchestra) and The National, who all appear on the record.

Find Day of the Dead online:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


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.