Extremely Dangerous Home Makeover

Amateur sleuth Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree is still trying to restore her 1823 Federal home in Eastport, Maine, but murder keeps getting in the way. In Tool and Die, Jake works her way into another treacherous entanglement with a clever, determined killer. A top-notch narration by Lindsay Ellison makes this as enjoyable a listen as Mallets Aforethought and Unhinged, two previous books in the Home Repair is Murder series by Sarah Graves.

Now 19

Bursting into the number one spot on the Billboard 200 Chart this week is Now 19. Who knew that these compilations of current pop music would be so in demand and still going strong with the nineteenth cd in the collection!

Totally Hits 2005 is one other choice if you desire to sample a smorgasbord of hits.

Get Behind Me Satan

Detroit rockers The White Stripes continue their musical experimentation with their latest album Get Behind Me Satan. Compared to their previous albums, this one features a much greater variety of sounds. Jack White's usual wailing guitar solos are only present in a few songs, most notably in "Blue Orchid" - their first single. Instead, listeners hear several new instruments such as piano, marimba, tambourine, and acoustic guitar. This being their fifth album, The White Stripes manage to keep their fans on their toes with this fresh new sound.

The Killers - Hot Fuss

The Killers' debut album Hot Fuss has now been on the Billboard charts for 57 weeks and is currently positioned at #25. Their music, described as punk/new wave, is reminiscent of several 80's bands, such as The Cure, The Smiths, and others. Despite these oft-made comparisons, The Killers maintain a unique sound with such hits as "Somebody Told Me" and "Mr. Brightside." Enjoy!

Green Day Heads MTV Video Award Nominees

The popular, punk-pop band, Green Day leads the MTV Video Award Nominations with 8 nominations - including two for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "American Idiot." Other nominees include Gwen Stefani, Missy Elliot, U2, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay and Snoop Dogg. The 22nd annual MTV awards will be broadcast from Miami on Aug. 28. on MTV.

Superheroes to Go

Long before the caped crusaders made it to the big screen they were hits on the radio. Listen to the original radio productions of Batman's Great Mystery, The Shadow and Science Fiction Classics on compact disc to find out how superheroes saved the world without computers.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Yogi Berra's Shows

Tiger Stadium, the real one at Michigan and Trumball, was the home of great baseball players and great baseball moments. Joe Falls of the Detroit News interviews fans, players, and stadium stalwarts for Echoes of Tiger Stadium, a three-hour remembrance even Ty Cobb would enjoy.

And who better to pick the greatest baseball radio shows than Yogi Berra? He didn't get the jokes, he couldn't follow the stories, but Yogi loved them and so will you.

A Time to Love

A Time To Love, the latest from Stevie Wonder, registered the highest number of debut spins (418) in the history of the Billboard Adult R&B chart when it was released earlier this year. Wonder's first release in nearly ten years also features Prince on guitar, with background vocals by En Vogue.

Shorter Trips, Shorter Listens

Vacationing closer to home this summer? Then take along some books on compact disc that match your mileage. For mystery fans, Peter Robinson's Strange Affair or Linda Fairstein's Entombed will get you to Lake Michigan and back before you know it.

If you like your stories with a twist of British humor, P.G. Wodehouse is your author and Jeeves is your man. Let the clueless Woosters and the inimitable Jeeves Carry On in your car and you'll be saying Right Ho, We're There!

This week on Billboard

This week R Kelly's Tp.3 Reloaded is the "Hot Shot Debut" on the Billboard 200. "Since his 2002 indictment, he has become increasingly prolific, ambitious, and bold (i.e., bonkers)...Thematically opposite to Happy People/U Saved Me, the first hour of TP.3 is mostly about getting rowdy and getting it on, full of some of the clumsiest and lewdest lyrics Kelly has written." (allmusic.com)

The Cookbook, by Missy Elliott and X&Y, by Coldplay are #2 and #3 respectively.

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