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April 30, 2011

Shorties (Okkervil River, Vladimir Sorokin, and more)

DC9 at Night interviews Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff about the band's forthcoming album, I Am Very Far.

The New York Times profiles Russian author Vladimir Sorokin.

Mr. Sorokin, one of Russia's most celebrated writers, has spent decades puncturing those expectations, typically by confronting the reader with shocking (but, I am sorry to report, unforgettable) visions of violence, cannibalism and scatology. Called upon to address the sanctified role of the novelist in Russian culture, he once responded: "I do not overrate literature as such. For me, it is just paper with typographic signs."

The Newark Star-Ledger profiles Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero and his forthcoming Creatures album.

BBC Radio 4 interviews Morrissey.

The Los Angeles Times visits William Faulkner's Oxford, Mississippi.

Steve Wynn talks to the Jersey Journal about his band The Baseball Project.

"I think the reason this project has caught on with so many people is because there are layers to this material," he adds. "If you're a baseball fan, it's obvious we know what we're talking about. We throw around some arcane names like Carl Mays and Harvey Haddix , where you have to be a real fan to even know who they were. But at the same time, you don't have to be a baseball fan to like this record. There are pop songs about universal subjects that could be about anything."

3:AM Magazine points out a 1989 documentary on Raymond Carver available for streaming at YouTube.

Vice interviews author Blake Butler.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Thao & Mirah about their new self-titled album.

Producer Merrill Garbus' main contribution:

Thao: Unique, rambunctious rhythm.

Mirah: Merrill has a keen sense of the subtle things that put everything over the top. It's a difficult thing to have a light enough yet accurate enough touch with production ideas. It's like having a sixth sense to be able to pick out the perfect little part to add to the musical mix. She's a genius at that.

Morning Edition interviews Miranda Kennedy about her new memoir, Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India.

Hero Complex interviews cartoonist Carol Tyler.

At Drowned in Sound, Wild Beasts' bassist Tom Fleming offers a track-by-track guide to the band's new album, Smother (out May 10th).

All Things Considered interviews Emmylou Harris about her new album, Hard Bargain, and her work with the late Gram Parson.

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