Hear Jim James, Sharon Van Etten & More Cover the Grateful Dead For a Good Cause

Photo of Grateful Dead in the 1960s.
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The Grateful Dead photographed in the 1960s.

If you’re a Deadhead with an affinity for indie rock, 2016 is certainly your year. 4AD Records and the Red Hot Organization have been rolling out their mammoth Grateful Dead covers compilation for some time now, and today (April 27) they’re offering another slew of samplings from the 59-track set Day of the Dead.

Below, check out five freshly unveiled tracks from the 5 CD comp, set to hit stores May 20. The new Dead covers involve indie musicians like My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Sharon Van Etten, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and Perfume Genius. Previously, we heard Grateful Dead covers from Courtney Barnett, the National, Jenny Lewis and others. 

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The compilation is a benefit for Red Hot, the HIV/AIDS nonprofit previously helped by the 2009 all-star indie compilation Dark Was the Night. Day of the Dead is available digitally, as a 5 CD collection and as a vinyl box set.

The project is led by the National, with members Aaron and Bryce Dessner producing alongside Josh Kaufman. It will come to life at this year’s Eaux Claires fest, where Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon will lead a Day of the Dead set featuring numerous other artists on hand at the Wisconsin show (set for Aug. 12-13). For more on Eaux Claires, read Billboard’s interview with Justin Vernon.

Below, check out the five new covers shared today:


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