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The National played “Morning Dew” from the Grateful Dead tribute on ‘Colbert’


In continued support of the upcoming 59-song Dessner-curated Grateful Dead tribute, The National took to the Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night to perform one of their contributions, “Morning Dew.” As you may know, it’s not actually a Dead original (it’s by Bonnie Dobson) but like a lot of cover songs, it became a staple in their live sets. (They also recorded it for their 1967 self-titled debut album.) Matt Berninger sings in the same sorrowful baritone he always does, but the Dessner brothers dive head-first into psych-rock riffage more than they really ever do on their original songs. Watch below.

Tonight (5/10), both Dessner brothers and their bandmate Scott Devendorf will DJ the album’s release show at Brooklyn Bowl. It starts at 8 PM and it’s totally free. The album drops May 20 via 4AD.

Meanwhile, Aaron Dessner & Friends will play a benefit for Good Food For Hudson at Helsiniki Hudson on May 25, featuring performances by Lisa Hannigan & Aaron Dessner, Buke & Gase, Patrick Higgins, plus Devendorf spinning songs from Day of the Dead. Tickets are on sale.

The National play NYC on day 2 of Panorama, the day with Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Anderson Paak and more.

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