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June 4, 2011

Shorties (Tom Vek, China Mieville, and more)

The Hype Machine is streaming Tom Vek's new album Leisure Seizure (out June 7th).

The New York Times reviews China Mieville's new novel Embassytown.

Author Wesley Stace talks to Crawdaddy! about his music career (he performs as John Wesley Harding).

Broken Record will paint any artist's portrait on any vinyl LP.

The Guardian Books podcast talks to authors Tea Obreht and David Bezmozgis.

NPR is streaming a recent live performance by Okkervil River.

Paste lists the five most influential college towns when it comes to music.

The Financial Times ponders the value of music in the digital age.

Amazon lists the most well-read cities in the United States.

Popdust points out a Best Coast cover of Loretta Lynn's "Fist City."

The Montreal Gazette examines the positives and negatives of book-to-film adaptations.

Flavorwire lists the 10 songs that should never be covered again.

The Los Angeles Times interviews author Brando Skyhorse.

Thao and Mirah visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

NPR reviews Jacob McMurray's new book Taking Punk To The Masses: From Nowhere To Nevermind.

Warpaint visits World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

In the Guardian, author Helen Oyeyemi explains why Emily Dickinson is her hero.

Dickinson is my hero because she was a joker, because she would never explain, because as a poet she confronted pain, dread and death, and because she was capable of speaking of those matters with both levity and seriousness. She's my hero because she was a metaphysical adventurer. Somehow she had this startling perspective that drew her out of an externally "small" life of house-keeping and gardening and cakes and conversation and enabled her to flirt with the infinite.

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Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's new comics & graphic novels)
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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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