Day of the Dead was created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. The compilation on 4AD, is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Grateful Dead which took four years to record, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long. Day of the Dead is available digitally, on 5 CDs, and as a limited edition vinyl boxed set. All profits will help fight for AIDS/ HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization. The project features Dead covers by the National, Wilco, the Flaming Lips, Courtney Barnett, Anohni, the War on Drugs, Bruce Hornsby with Justin Vernon’s band DeYarmond Edison and Megafaun, Bill Callahan, the Walkmen, Kurt Vile and J Mascis, Jenny Lewis, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Real Estate, Perfume Genius with Sharon Van Etten, Fucked Up, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, members of Grizzly Bear, Phosphorescent, Terry Riley and his son Gyan, Stephen Malkmus, Lucinda Williams, Angel Olsen, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, Cass McCombs, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, the Band’s Garth Hudson, Caroline Shaw, and many others.