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Day of the Dead [LP]
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Album: Day of the Dead [LP]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Touch of Grey - The War on Drugs
2)    Shakedown Street - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
3)    Loser - Ed Droste/Binki Shapiro
4)    Jack a Roe - This Is the Kit
5)    Peggy O - The National
6)    Bird Song - Bonnie "Prince" Billy
7)    Brown Eyed Woman - Hiss Golden Messenger
8)    Sugaree - Phosphorescent/Jenny Lewis
1)    Help on the Way - Bla Fleck
2)    Franklin's Tower - Orchestra Baobab
3)    King Soloman's Marbles - Vijay Iyer
4)    Box of Rain - Kurt Vile/J Mascis
5)    Friend of the Devil - Mumford & Sons
6)    Wharf Rat - Ira Kaplan
1)    Cassidy - Moses Sumney/Jenny Lewis
2)    Candyman - Jim James
3)    Clementine Jam - Orchestra Baobab
4)    Paying in the Band - Tunde Adebimpe/Lee Ranaldo
5)    Eyes of the World - Tal National
1)    Terrapin Station (Suite) - Christopher Bear/Daniel Rossen
2)    Ship of Fools - The Tallest Man on Earth
3)    Estimated Prophet - Rileys
4)    Morning Dew - The National
1)    Me and My Uncle - The Lone Bellow
2)    China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider - Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
3)    If I Had the World to Give - Bonnie "Prince" Billy
4)    Dark Star - Joe Russo/Cass McCombs
5)    Nightfall of Diamonds - Nightfall of Diamonds
6)    Dark Star - The Flaming Lips
1)    Rubin & Cherise - Bonnie "Prince" Billy
2)    Althea - Winston Marshall/Shura
3)    Mountains of the Moon - Lee Ranaldo
4)    Stella Blue - Local Natives
5)    Standing on the Moon - Phosphorescent
6)    To Lay Me Down - Perfume Genius
1)    Uncle John's Band - Lucius
2)    High Time - Christopher Bear/Daniel Rossen
3)    Dire Wolf - The Lone Bellow
4)    New Speedway Boogie - Courtney Barnett
5)    Cumberland Blues - Charles Bradley
6)    Black Peter - yMusic/Antony
7)    Easy Wind - Bill Callahan
1)    Here Comes Sunshine - Real Estate
2)    Rosemary - Mina Tindle
3)    Drums > Space - Man Forever/Oneida/So Percussion
4)    Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald - Tim Hecker
5)    What's Become of the Baby - s t a r g a z e
6)    Garcia Counterpoint - Bryce Dessner
1)    Brokedown Palace - Caroline Shaw/Richard Reed Parry - (featuring Garth Hudson)
2)    Till the Morning Comes - Luluc/Xylouris White
3)    Attics of My Life - Angel Olsen
4)    Cream Puff War - Fucked Up
5)    Truckin' - Marijuana Deathsquads
1)    Going Down the Road - Lucinda Williams
2)    Black Muddy River - DeYarmond Edison/Bruce Hornsby
3)    Ripple - The Walkmen
4)    And We Bid You Goodnight - Sam Amidon
5)    St. Stephen [Live] - Wilco/Bob Weir
6)    I Know You Rider [Live] - The National/Bob Weir
 
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  • The Grateful Dead were not known for their modesty so perhaps it's fitting that Day of the Dead, the 2016 tribute album assembled by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National for the Red Hot Organization, sprawls with abandon. At five-and-a-half hours, the 59-track album -- divided into three separate sets, like any good Grateful Dead concert -- is longer than any individual Dead show but it's not necessarily as far-reaching. The Dessners favor very specific traits within the Dead, eschewing folk, boogie, blues, and cowboy songs in favor of ever-expanding experimentalism. Bob Weir may sit in with the National for an album-closing "I Know You Rider" but he's essentially been back-benched: his penchant for good-time rock & roll has been erased and he has a mere seven songwriting credits here, and three of those are band compositions ("Dark Star" being repeated twice). This means Day of the Dead is anchored on Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter songs, all filtered through an out sensibility indebted to Phil Lesh. Some of the contributions break this mold -- Charles Bradley lays into a funky "Cumberland Blues," Courtney Barnett sneers through "New Speedway Boogie" -- but it's rare to hear the kind of winding, intertwined guitar interplay that characterized so much prime Dead. It surfaces when Weir sits in with the National and Wilco, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks contribute a rangy, excellent "China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider," and J Mascis graces Kurt Vile's "Box of Rain" with a gorgeous solo, but these are accents on an album that strips away any of the seedy, crunchy elements of jam band music. What's left is striking, albeit an idiosyncratic interpretation of the Dead. If very few cuts here are especially rhythmic -- an odd thing, considering the Dead had two percussionists -- the emphasis on shifting textures is alluring, reaching a pinnacle on a 17-minute interpretation of "Terrapin Station" that emphasizes its suite structure and shimmers with a quiet elegance. Whether it showcases a singer with a guitar or circular improvisations on a theme, most of Day of the Dead follows a similarly understated, tasteful path and, ultimately, that's what's impressive about it: it is a tribute to the Grateful Dead as sonic adventurers, pioneering new avenues into space and beyond. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Curated by Brooklyn indie-rock luminaries the National, it conspicuously slights the Dead's jam-band progeny to stake out more interesting claims and find richer connections..."

Pitchfork (Website) - "This epic compilation produced by the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner serves as both a fine showcase of the Dead's iconic songs and a who's who of current indie rock."
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