Saturday, March 26, 2016

Red Hot and the Dead

I’m a bit of a fan of The National, and prone to posting the odd random National-related clip.

Fresh on the Net this week, here’s a clip of the band doing the Bonnie Dobson-penned, Grateful Dead-immortalised ‘Morning Dew’, which is being released as part of a wider Grateful Dead tribute project/charity album, Day of The Dead.

Day of The Dead is a triple/compilation album, curated by The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, set for release on 20 May on 4AD, with all profits going to the long running Aids/HIV-charity, the Red Hot Organization.

Artists involved include War On Drugs, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Wilco, Real Estate, Justin Vernon, The Flaming Lips, Mumford & Sons, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Prince Billy, Aotearoa’s own Unknown Mortal Orchestra, plus many others.

I always much preferred Tim Rose’s take on ‘Morning Dew’ over The Dead’s more popular signature version, but The National really nail it here, giving an old song a brand new set of threads … rather fittingly, dressing it entirely in black:

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