Part of a Japanese tsunami relief charity comp put together by Blonde Redhead, this instrumental track is an appropriately melancholy gem, something Brian Eno might’ve created circa Another Green World. [Pitchfork]
Patterson Hood & the Downtown 13: "After It's Gone"
With a Walmart threatening to open up in Athens, GA, the Drive-By Truckers' frontman called in a variety of “local” musicians like R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and Widespread Panic’s John Bell to protest—alt-country style. [ProjectDowntownAthens]
Big K.R.I.T.: “Boobie Miles”
Hey, get your head out of the gutter! This (excellent) new track is actually about the high school footballer who inspired the book/movie/TV show Friday Night Lights. [GorillavsBear]
Daniel Rossen: "Silent Hour"
The Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles member's solo debut EP isn't out 'til next month, but check out this gorgeous new track blending country guitars with Rossen's plaintive vocals. [Rolling Stone]
Way Yes: “Singing”
With this amiable Afropop-inspired indie tune, we finally get Columbus, Ohio’s answer to Vampire Weekend. Finally! [Stereogum]
Jim Jarmusch & Jozef van Wissem: “The Sun of the Natural World is Pure Fire”
The director of Stranger Than Paradise and Broken Flowers pairs his avant-guitar noodling with van Wissem’s lovely lute. Why? Because he’s Jim Jarmusch, that’s why. [BrooklynVegan]
Orbital ft. Zola Jesus: “New France”
Who would guess that the British techno pioneers would sound so damn good with a darkly operatic oddball from Madison, WI? [Pitchfork]