The National

Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National are about to record a Grateful Dead tribute album. The band will also include Scott and Bryan Devendorf. The name of the album will be Dead Hot, a nod to Red Hot, an AIDS charity organization that started curating comps in the ’90s. As Relix reports, the National have gotten approval from members of the Dead themselves, and the tribute album will likely feature members of Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, the Walkmen, the War on Drugs, and Kurt Vile & the Violators. “We’ve done a lot of work talking to various artists and laying the groundwork,” Aaron Dessner told Relix. “It is kind of an ambitious project both because of the legacy and the material. We are obsessed enough with the Grateful Dead that it is kind of a monumental idea … There are all kind of corners of the musical world that are deeply influenced by the Dead that one wouldn’t expect.”

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  1. So glad to see The Dead getting love from the indie music world.

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