1. The Wailing Wall. There’s gamelans! A very chilled out sound from Jesse Rifkin that’s perfect for summer BBQs and late night drives. Tip o’ the cap to multi-instrumentalists. (Thanks Nate.)
2. Discovery is the side-project of Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles. I’ve mentioned these boys before, but they just released an additional two songs today and now I can’t wait for July 7th. Dance party! (Listen to “Orange Shirt” and tell me that’s not the jam.) Angel Deradoorian from Dirty Projectors guests and oh by the way…
3. Dirty Projector’s new LP Bitte Orca was released on Monday. I’m sure I’m not the only person who has found David Longstreth to be slightly insufferable at times, but the album is pretty damn good. Not quite as good as the 9.2 Pitchfork bestowed upon it, but nonetheless “Two Doves” blew my mind.
4. Matt from You Aint No Picasso reminded me of this excellent tune that is, as he says, “one of [McCartney's] best to guide any of you going on road trips this summer.” Matt should know as he’ll be headed to Bonnaroo this weekend. I’m bummed I can’t make it because of this “being some sort of responsible adult” stuff but I’ll look forward to the coverage on Matt’s blog.
5. I’ve always been a bit up in the air about Moby, at times respecting him and at others wishing he would stop being so self-righteous with all that tea and stuff, but the new album Wait For Me is really quite beautiful. I would even go so far as to say it remains serene while Amelia Zirin Brown’s vocals provide haunting melodies. The video Moby created for “Pale Horses” perfectly represents this dichotomy with its cute, often sad alien.