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Members of Vampire Weekend, Ra Ra Riot form indie super-duo: Who else would you like to see join forces?

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Rarariotvampire_lHow’s this for a dream-team collaboration: Members of Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot have joined cool-kid forces to create Discovery, a sort of electro-y glitch-pop version of their respective bands. Take that, Tinted Windows!

Unlike the melting pot that is TW, Discovery is just a twosome: Ra Ra lead singer Wes Miles and VW keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij. Their self-titled debut album will drop on July 7; Pitchfork has the blindingly bright album art here.

Two of the album’s 10 tracks are streaming on MySpace, but sadly, neither are the songs that’ll feature guest vocals from Ezra Koenig (frontman of Vampire Weekend) or Angel Deradoorian, of Dirty Projectors.

Even so, this much indie-ness is enough to make the heart palpitate, people. Ra Ra Riot’s The Rhumb Line and Vampire Weekend’s self-titled debut were two of my favorite records from last year, so I could not be more curious/excited/fanboyish about this side-project. (Actually, ‘favorite’ feels like a gross understatement. I have played “Dying is Fine” and “M79” hundreds of times. Hundreds!)

The band’s MySpace (jokingly?) lists their music as R&B and neo-soul, and there’s even a promised cover of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” — and certainly, the first track on their MySpace, the sunny, slick “Orange Shirt,” has some R&B flavor to it. Long story, short, they had me at hello. Or, they had me at the first Ra. Is anyone else excited? What are some other bands you’d like to see come together for new projects?

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Vampire Weekend perform new song, talk second album on ‘Jimmy Fallon’
Green Day’s live MySpace show: On the scene in New York City
Tom Morello launches ‘Axis of Justice’ show on Sirius XM
Dave Matthews on the new DMB album — and why they almost broke up

addCredit(“Vampire Weekend: Vorassi; Ra Ra Riot: Andy Cotteril”)