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The Red Hot Organization is set to release a new Grateful Dead tribute later this year.

Titled 'Day Of The Dead', the compilation took some four years to complete, and is the follow up to the celebrated 2009 comp 'Dark Was The Night'.

Curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, the album features more than 60 musicians and boasts an all-star house band made up of Aaron, Bryce, fellow National bandmates and brothers Scott and Bryan Devendorf, Josh Kaufman, and Conrad Doucette along with Sam Cohen and Walter Martin.

Will Oldham states: "I have worked with a few people whose minds are brilliant and complicated, musically. There's something about the Dead that allows these big-brained pickers to just chill the fuck out and feel good about it. There's basic types of song forms and melodies that I have an affinity for, and the Grateful Dead have helped other people find their ways into these musics. So it isn't as hard to establish connections with folks out there that might not otherwise share some of what I am digging into."

TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe notes: "They're one of the great, 'do everything' bands, take from whatever you want and warp it into something new. I'm sure that some of the space rock and psyche DNA of the band has seeped into what we do."

Bill Callahan also contributes to the project, and adds: "I feel like the Dead managed to show the bridge from the past to the future in a respectful way. Much more so than someone like the Stones who felt like pillagers to me. The Dead breathed life into the old songs, expanded the lungs of the old songs."

An ensemble drawing on Day Of The Dead will perform at the second annual Eaux Claires Festival (August 12th -13th).

'Day Of The Dead' will be released on May 20th. Tracklisting:

"Thunder" (Vol.1)
1. Touch of Grey - The War On Drugs
2. Sugar - Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends
3. Candyman - Jim James & Friends
4. Cassidy - Moses Sumner, Jenny Lewis & Friends
5. Black Muddy River - Bruce Hornsby and DeYarmond Edison
6. Loser - Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends
7. Peggy-O - The National
8. Box of Rain - Kurt Vile and the Violators (featuring J Mascis)
9. Rubin and Cherise - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Friends
10. To Lay Me Down - Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends
11. New Speedway Boogie - Courtney Barnett
12. Friends of the Devil - Mumford & Sons
13. Uncle John's Band - Lucius
14. Me and My Uncle - The Lone Bellow & Friends
15. Mountains of the Moon - Lee Ranaldo, Lisa Hannigan & Friends
16. Black Peter - Anohni and yMusic
17. Garcia Counterpoint - Bryce Dessner
18. Terrapin Station (Suite) - Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and The National (featuring Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, So Percussion and Brooklyn Youth Chorus)
19. Attics of My Life - Angel Olsen 20. St. Stephen (live) - Wilco with Bob Weir

"Lightning" (Vol.2)
1. If I Had the World to Give - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
2. Standing on the Moon - Phosphorescent & Friends
3. Cumberland Blues - Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band
4. Ship of Fools - Tallest Man on Earth & Friends
5. Bird Song - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Friends
6. Morning Dew - The National
7. Truckin' - Marijuana Deathsquads
8. Dark Star - Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends
9. Nightfall of Diamonds - Nightfall of Diamonds
10. Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald - Tim Hecker
11. Going Down The Road Feelin' Bad - Lucinda Williams & Friends
12. Playing in the Band - Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends
13. Stella Blue - Local Natives
14. Eyes of the World - Tal National
15. Help on the Way - Bela Fleck
16. Franklin's Tower - Orchestra Baobab
17. Till the Morning Comes - Luluc with Xylouris White
18. Ripple - The Walkmen
19. Brokedown Palace - Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw and Little Scream (featuring Garth Hudson)

"Sunshine" (Vol.3)
1. Here Comes Sunshine - Real Estate
2. Shakedown Street - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
3. Brown-Eyed Woman - Hiss Golden Messenger
4. Jack-A-Roe - This Is The Kit
5. High Time - Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear
6. Dire Wolf - The Lone Bellow & Friends
7. Althea - Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura
8. Clementine Jam - Orchestra Baobab
9. China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider - Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
10. Easy Wind - Bill Callahan
11. Wharf Rat - Ira Kaplan & Friends
12. Estimated Prophet - The Rileys
13. Drums -> Space - Man Forever, So Percussion and Oneida
14. Cream Puff War - Fucked Up
15. Dark Star - The Flaming Lips
16. What's Become of the Baby - s t a r g a z e
17. King Solomon's Marbles - Vijay Iyer
18. Rosemary - Mina Tindle & Friends
19. And We Bid You Goodnight - Sam Amidon
20. I Know You Rider (live) - The National with Bob Weir

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