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Top guests join John Wesley Harding's cabinet

John Harding

John Harding

Depending on your point of view, John Wesley Harding could be seen either as a renaissance man or a workaholic. Since 1990, Harding has released 18 albums, published three novels, and created a touring variety show called the Cabinet of Wonders that brings together musicians, authors and comedians.

This month's Cabinet celebrates the release of Harding's new album, "The Sound of His Own Voice." Here's a look at some of the guests that will join him:

John Darnielle
The lead singer of folk-rock group the Mountain Goats is known for writing songs that could function as short stories. During the course of his career, he has tackled subjects as varied as divorce, drug addiction, child abuse and the Bible. In his spare time, he blogs about death metal and horror movies, among other things.

Craig Finn
The leader of Brooklyn band the Hold Steady, Finn's stories are as detailed as Darnielle's, but rarely as dark. Instead, he writes funny yet tender Springsteen-style anthems about kids getting drunk, hooking up and finding religion.

John Hodgman
"The Daily Show" correspondent has released two sections of a three-part book series he calls a "Compendium of Complete World Knowledge." The most recent, "More Information Than You Require," includes sections on everything from "How to Be Famous" to "How to Tell the Future Using a Pig's Spleen."

Hamilton Leithauser
Leithauser's band the Walkmen is often compared to the Velvet Underground and U2. In 2004, the band decided to write a novel together while on the road. While sections have appeared online, they say the project is "on hiatus."

Eugene Mirman
The voice of Gene on Fox's "Bob's Burgers," Mirman is no stranger to variety shows: He produces one called "Pretty Good Friends" each week at Union Hall in Brooklyn. His own comedy tackles everything from racism to corporate ineptitude.

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