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.