Watch The National's beautiful cover of The Grateful Dead's "Morning Dew"

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Stunning! The National's cover of "Morning Dew," a song penned in 1961 by Bonnie Dobson and later popularized by the Dead, is one of 59 (!) tracks on the Day of the Dead box set they helped produce, featuring Sharon Van Etten, the Flaming Lips, Real Estate, War on Drugs, Jenny Lewis, and many more covering Dead songs. Day of the Dead will be out May 20, with all profits benefiting the HIV/AIDS organization Red Hot.

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A full year of the Grateful Dead tuning up

Michael David Murphy blended together an entire year (1977) of the Grateful Dead tuning up at live concerts archived at Archive.org. It's curiously compelling. "Tuning '77" Read the rest

Dead catcopter in flight

Good morning. Here is a high-quality photograph of the taxidermy catcopter Xeni posted video of yesterday. [Cris Toala Olivares / Reuters] Read the rest

The Quantico Book of the Dead

Via a FOIA filing, Government Attic yielded the FBI's official list of notable dead people. (PDF link) Read the rest