The National Covered The Grateful Dead’s ‘Morning Dew’ On Stephen Colbert Last Night

Next week indie rock band The National will release one of the most ambitious projects to date: A Grateful Dead tribute album called Day Of The Dead. It’s not your typical tribute album: There are 59 tracks, combining to a six-hour box set release. It’s been four years in the making. So last night, to promote the album, The National went on Stephen Colbert to perform “Morning Dew” in their own unique indie rock way.

Grab your vinyl copies over on the project’s website. The entire project is pretty much a who’s who of the cool music world:


Touch of Grey • The War on Drugs
Shakedown Street • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Loser • Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends
Jack-A-Roe • This Is The Kit
Peggy-O • The National
Bird Song • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends
Brown-Eyed Women • Hiss Golden Messenger
Sugaree • Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends
Help On The Way • Béla Fleck
Franklin’s Tower • Orchestra Baobab
King Solomon’s Marbles • Vijay Iyer
Box of Rain • Kurt Vile and the Violators (featuring J Mascis)
Friend of the Devil • Mumford and Sons
Wharf Rat • Ira Kaplan & Friends
Cassidy • Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis & Friends
Candyman • Jim James & Friends
Clementine Jam • Orchestra Baobab
Playing in the Band • Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends
Eyes of the World • Tal National
Terrapin Station (Suite) • Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear & The National (featuring Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, Sō Percussion & Brooklyn Youth Chorus)
Ship of Fools • The Tallest Man On Earth & Friends
Estimated Prophet • The Rileys
Morning Dew • The National
Me and My Uncle • The Lone Bellow & Friends
China Cat Sunflower · I Know You Rider • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
If I Had the World to Give • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Dark Star • Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends
Nightfall of Diamonds • Nightfall of Diamonds
Dark Star • The Flaming Lips
Rubin & Cherise • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends
Althea • Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura
Mountains of the Moon • Lee Ranaldo, Lisa Hannigan & Friends
Stella Blue • Local Natives
Standing on the Moon • Phosphorescent & Friends
To Lay Me Down • Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends
Uncle John’s Band • Lucius
High Time • Daniel Rosen and Christopher Bear
Dire Wolf • The Lone Bellow & Friends
New Speedway Boogie • Courtney Barnett
Cumberland Blues • Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band
Black Peter • Anohni and yMusic
Easy Wind • Bill Callahan
Here Comes Sunshine • Real Estate
Rosemary • Mina Tindle & Friends
Drums · Space • Man Forever / Sō Percussion / Onieda
Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald • Tim Hecker
What’s Become of the Baby • s t a r g a z e
Garcia Counterpoint • Bryce Dessner
Brokedown Palace • Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw and Little Scream (featuring Garth Hudson)
Til the Morning Comes • Luluc with Xylouris White
Attics of My Life • Angel Olsen
Cream Puff War • Fucked Up
Truckin’ • Marijuana Death Squads
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad • Lucinda Williams & Friends
Black Muddy River • Bruce Hornsby & De Yarmond Edison
Ripple • The Walkmen
And We Bid You Goodnight • Sam Amidon
St. Stephen • Wilco with Bob Weir (live)
I Know You Rider • The National with Bob Weir (live)

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