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Various - LP Pre-Order Available Now, UMO Perform on 'Conan'
Various : LP Pre-Order Available Now, UMO Perform on 'Conan'
9th June 2016

Day of the Dead – a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music was released last month via 4AD and is currently available through digital retailers.  The impressive 10XLP limited edition vinyl boxset will be released on September 9th and can now be pre-ordered on the 4AD Store.  Images of the multi-coloured boxset can be viewed here.

Day of the Dead LP

In support of the release several contributing artists have made late-night US TV appearances.  The most recent was Unknown Mortal Orchestra who appeared on Conan playing ‘Shakedown Street’ on Tuesday night.  Last week Courtney Barnett performed her version of ‘Speedway Boogie’ on the Tonight Show and Day of the Dead release week saw The National play ‘Morning Dew’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Day of the Dead is available for streaming here.  It is a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music and 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.

“Richly enjoyable.” - The Guardian **** (Album of the Week)
“Extraordinary range…fresh delights around every corner.” - Evening Standard *****
“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)
“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.” - Pitchfork (8.1)

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 Site | 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.