Sunday, May 29, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead is the twenty-fifth compilation release benefiting the Red Hot Organization, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. Featuring fifty-nine exclusive recordings of covers of Grateful Dead songs by a number of independent artists as a tribute to the band and creation and curation by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, the compilation was released on May 20, 2016 as five CDs, a limited edition vinyl LP box set, and as a digital download.  John Carlin, the founder of the Red Hot Organization, was the executive producer for the album.

It is the second compilation album produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner for Red Hot Organization, the last being 2009's Dark Was the Night, which has raised over $1.5 million for the organizations fighting AIDS to date.

A Day of the Dead live performance will take place at the second annual Eaux Claires Festival on August 12-13, 2016. The performers, who all appear on the record, include Jenny Lewis, Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent), Lucius, Will Oldham, Sam Amidon, Richard Reed Parry, Matt Berninger, Justin Vernon, Bruce Hornsby, Ruban Nielson and The National.

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