Listen as The National and Grizzly Bear members cover the Grateful Dead’s ‘Terrapin Station (Suite)’

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Members of The National and Grizzly Bear have shared their remarkable cover of The Grateful Dead’s epic prog suite “Terrapin Station.”

The 17 minute rock symphony has been released to highlight Day Of The Dead, a 59-track Grateful Dead tribute album that features such luminaries as the Flaming Lips, Wilco with Bob Weir, Jenny Lewis, Jim James, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Mumford & Sons, among others.

The cover of “Terrapin Station (Suite)” sees The National guitarist Aaron Dessner – who co-produced Day of the Dead with brother Bryce – and bassist Scott Devendorf collaborate with Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and drummer Christopher Bear; guitarist-keyboardist Josh Kaufman, drummer Conrad Doucette, Sō Percussion, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and an orchestra directed by Bryce Dessner.

Day of the Dead will be released on the 20th of May in a 5-CD bundle and as a limited edition vinyl boxed set. All proceeds from the project will benefit the Red Hot Organisation.

A Day of the Dead live performance will be staged at the second annual Eaux Claires Festival in Wisconsin, planned for the 12th and 13th of August. Confirmed contributors include Justin Vernon, The National, Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck, Lucius, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Perry, Matt Berninger, Bruce Hornsby and Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson.

If you’ve got 17 minutes to spare, you can listen to the all-star cover of “Terrapin Station (Suite)” below.

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The National Take A Leap at Glastonbury

The National have leapt at the chance of a slot on Glastonbury’s Other Stage – literally. During a performance of their song Squalor Victoria, frontman Matt Berninger dived into the unsuspecting crowd.

Helped on his way by the supporting public, Berninger nearly made it all the way to the mixing desk whilst managing to carry on singing. He joked, “This is what it looked like in our heads 10 years ago.

“In our brains it was a little darker and there were more girls at the front,” he quipped, “but this is it.”

Berninger was most recently in the news for being taken into federal custody at Honolulu airport whilst carrying an alarm clock that officials thought was a bomb. The airport was evacuated for a period of around 45 minutes. Berninger surrendered the alarm clock and later apologised to anyone who had missed their connecting flight as a result of the incident.

The National’s full set at Glastonbury consisted of: Mistaken for Strangers / Anyone’s Ghost / Bloodbuzz Ohio / Slow Show / Squalor Victoria / I’m Afraid of Everyone / Conversation 16 / Abel / Apartment Story / England / Fake Empire / Mr.November / Terrible Love.