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June 22, 2010

Shorties (Amanda Palmer Plays the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele, CocoRosie, and more)

Reverb has news of Amanda Palmer's forthcoming Radiohead covers album, Amanda Palmer Plays the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele.

Stream "Ideoteque" now from the album.

Stereogum gets musicians' input on the greatness of CocoRosie's latest album, Grey Oceans.

The Book Smugglers lists its best books of 2010 so far.

At NPR Music, the Mynabirds play a Tiny Desk Concert.

Speakeasy interviews Paris Review editor Caitlin Roper.

CBC News talks to the director of Sounds Like a Revolution, a documentary film about modern protest music.

The San Francisco Chronicle profiles the Morning Benders.

Thanks to his parents' record collection, Chu's childhood soundtrack was dominated by the Beatles and Beach Boys, their influence easily located in both the Benders' melodies and production style. NPR compared their layered harmonies to a summer breeze, iTunes highlighted their atmospheric homage to 50s "crooner-styled sentimentality" and 60s "pop optimism" and rarely does a review get printed without a mention of Brian Wilson or the Zombies. "The music I love and the music I write succeeds, in part, because of its use of nuance and subtlety," says Chu. It is this intense attention to detail that gives Chu an edge in the recording studio. "He has an open mind but a discerning ear," says Or. "He understands that a number of things might work in a given situation, but he's also aware that how these things are employed spells the difference between good music and great music."

AIGA lists the outstanding book covers of 2009.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Tift Merritt.

Salon offers a summer reading list of the best fantasy books for children.

Flavorwire lists 25 indie rock pickup lines to use on "music nerd dating site tastebuds."

Newcity Lit lists Chicago's "Lit 50."

Care2 shares a feminist summer reading list.

True/Slant ponders a better soundtrack for the new Scott Pilgrim film. lists the best vampires in comics and the comic book movies they spawned.

At Drowned in Sound, a member of Foals interviews composer Phillip Glass.

Today's additions to the 2010 Bonnaroo downloads page:

mp3 sets:

Nas & Damien Marley
Umphreys McGee (flac available as well)

Win a copy of Bret Easton Ellis's new novel, Imperial Bedrooms and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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