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May 14, 2010

Shorties (Song of the Summer, The National, and more)

Vulture officially kicks off its search for 2010's "song of the summer."

The A.V. Club interviews National frontman Matt Berninger.

The Tyee lists the 10 most harmful novels for aspiring writers.

The Pointer lists five albums that will improve the quality of your summer.

Morning Edition examines what the shutdown of means to music websites that use its streaming widgets.

Antlers frontman Peter Silberman talks to the Guardian about the band's latest album, Hospice.

"Without going too specific, I think of it as the story of a relationship, being told through the metaphor of the hospital with two characters within it," Silberman says. "There's the patient and the caregiver and at the same time, there's all the people who have been shut out of the hospital. It's the disintegration of that dysfunctional relationship. It's rediscovering the importance of independence and standing up for yourself."

L Magazine and True/Slant discuss the New Yorker's upcoming list of the top 20 American authors under 40.

Guardian readers recommend songs about pubs and bars.

OC Weekly profiles Sea Wolf.

Church's melodic folk songs fuse a classical, literary sense of imagery with emotional themes all his own. Church always liked Walt Whitman and T.S. Eliot's poetry—"Classic iconic imagery," he explains—and these were themes he explored for both his debut, Leaves In the River, and his most recent release, White Water, White Bloom.

The A.V. Club offers a primer to Scottish rock music.

The Millions delves into the history of hipster books.

Paste lists 10 reasons that adorable singing cats are the future of the music industry.

Transmission profiles Daytrotter and the music site's founder, Sean Moeller.

AfterEllen interviews cartoonist Ariel Schrag.

At McSweeney's: "The Baby's Touch 'n Feel Guide to Russian Literature."

On sale at Amazon MP3: Mumford & Sons' 12-track Sigh No More album for $3.99.

10 famous, inspirational leaders and their favorite books.

The BBC interviews Mick Jagger about recording the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street album.

NME lists 10 breakthrough acts at the Great Escape music festival.

Drowned in Sound interviews She and Him's Zoey Deschanel.

Win the National's new album High Violet (CD or vinyl, your choice) and Miguel Syjuco's celebrated debut novel, Ilustrado in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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