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July 6, 2012

Shorties (New Yo La Tengo Book, Graphic Novels About Israel, and more)

The Los Angeles Times reviews Jesse Jarnow's new book, Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock.

The The Arty Semite recommends five graphic novels about Israel worth reading.

Ploughshares explores Philadelphia's literary community.

Billboard reports that Def Leppard is re-recording its back catalog.

With newly recorded "forgeries" of "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Rock of Ages" now available, the quintet has begun a series of re-recordings of its catalog material and "wrestled control of our career back" from the Universal Music Group, which frontman Joe Elliott says the band refuses to deal with "until we come up with some kind of arrangement" over compensation, especially for digital downloads.

The Rumpus interviews cartoonist Jeffrey Brown.

Guardian readers recommend songs about beer.

The 99 Percent interviews Cheryl Strayed about her memoir Wild and new essay collection Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar.

At Paste, musicians discuss artistic independence.

The 6th Floor recommends summer reads.

On sale for $2.99 today at Amazon MP3: The White Stripes' White Blood Cells album.

Slate explores the abundance of cats in mystery novels.

Drowned in Sound recommends six debut albums from the first half of 2012.

At Salon, Patrick Somerville responds to the erroneous New York Times review of his new novel, This Bright River.

Win a copy of Gillian Flynn's new novel Gone Girl and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 also features 25 soundtrack albums on sale for $2.99.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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