Friday, March 25, 2016

Courtney Barnett Covers The Grateful Dead

I hate The Grateful Dead. Literally everything about them. I've never liked their music and have always found it grating. I hate that they're more of a merchandise brand than a band. I hate the cult that's formed around it (they're like OG emo kids.) I hate that they duped their fans into traveling across the country to Chicago and buying overpriced concert tickets for their "final" show, only to schedule another "final" show in San Francisco. I hate that after their "final" shows they booked a "final" tour with John Fucking Mayer of all people replacing Jerry Garcia (I don't care what anyone says, I've never heard a shred of this amazing talent Mayer allegedly has, especially when he pulls garbage like this,) and then booking yet another "final" tour this summer, thereby skull fucking any credibility they might have ever had into the ground.

Despite all this, I'm excited for the upcoming 59 song Day of the Dead tribute album. It's curated by members of The National, and it features some of my favorite artists, like The Flaming Lips, Lee Ranaldo, Lucinda Williams, Wilco, Jenny Lewis, and more. They've previewed a few of the tracks, my favorite of which is Courtney Barnett's version of "New Speedway Boogie." Further solidifying her status as the Queen of the Cover, it's a rollicking, groovy track that would have fit perfectly on last year's Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Even if you also hate The Dead, you'll want to hear this cover.

Day of the Dead will be out May 20th on 4AD. It's also a benefit for The Red Hot Organization. You can pre-order a copy here, and listen to Courtney Barnett's cover of "New Speedway Boogie" below.

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