After several years of working on a benefit compilation of Grateful Dead covers, The National have announced the track list and contributors of their Day of the Dead box-set. The 59-song album is the second all-star project members of The National have put together for AIDS organization Red Hot, following up 2009’s Dark Was the Night.
So this is what happens when you sign to Atlantic Records? You start taking the stage at major festivals, getting a bit nervy and wrecking your guitars? Kidding aside, take a look at this awesome video we recently came across of The War on Drugs playing Treasure Island Festival in San Francisco earlier this month. As a particularly epic space-out of “Under the Pressure” reaches a climax, we see frontman Adam Granduciel lift his Fender Jag off his shoulders and hurl it, headstock down, to the floor of the stage. I mean, it was more akin to a mic drop than outright instrument destruction but, you know, it’s pretty badass. Watch the entire view below or cue up to 2:25 for the awesome part. Thank goodness it wasn’t a DiPinto. Continue reading →