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LISTEN!! Digital Music News: Who is Yona?, Hurdy-Gurdy!, Burning Down the World, Celtic Folklore, Cameroon Tunes


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POP / ROCK
Chiwawa: He Who Sings Thinks No Evil
Chiwawa's debut album, "The Sick World Of Yona", was released in 1998. It was produced by Steve Whitfield (The Cure, The Mission among others). The record quickly became a hit with the critics, securing the band a strong and loyal to this day fan base. The first single "Below Zero" still resonates on the airwaves, after 13 years. "The Sick World of Yona" consists of 13 tracks which shift in mood, tempo, atmosphere and flavour.

CLASSICAL / WORLD
Viva La Pepa: Spanish, Sephardic and French Traditions Served On A Bed Of Drones
¡Viva la Pepa! draws on musical traditions from Spain, France, and the Sephardic diaspora, covering a musical timeline from the Middle Ages to the present. The group's signature sound from reflective to rousing can be attributed to the haunting and unique combination of the vocals and the hurdy-gurdy. The multi-instrumentalists delight and entertain with a musical sleight of hand that includes guitar, accordion, hurdy-gurdy, Spanish lute, bagpipes, psaltery, tromba marina, recorders, cajon, darabuka, davul and more.

METAL / PUNK / ROCK
Jackalopes: High Energy Horror-Punk Rock and Roll
The Jackalopes are a Hi-Energy, Horror, Occult and B-Movie inspired, Punk Rock and Roll band from Dayton, Ohio. With influences ranging from 50's Rock and Roll, 60's Garage and Psychedelia, 70's Country, Southern Stoner, Acid Rock and Punk to 80's Deathrock, Goth, Industrial, Metal and New Wave to the 90's Noise and Alternative bands, and of course the Cult movies from all of the above eras, The Jackalopes blend it all into an invigorating stew of something old, something new.

ALT ROCK / FOLK
Jasmine Brunch: A Secret Garden of Lucid Musical Dreams
Here you will find mountain dulcimers, ukuleles, guitars, accordions, mandolins, pianos and others doing some of the things they do best. The Mews album is a modern tribute to the space between Celtic folklore and Bluegrass music. The music pays tribute to the traditional sounds of Jigs and Reels, as well as fusing different styles and taking the musical ingredients of Celtic-American folklore one step (sometimes two steps) further.

WORLD
Kaissa: Modern African Music With Elements of R&B, Pop, and Jazz
"Looking There" showcases various rhythms from Cameroonian Makossa to reggae, Afro-beat and R&B. Kaïssa has drawn from Cameroon's cultural vibrancy and her family's musical tradition. The themes are love, loss, sociopolitical issues, women's rights, hope, optimism, poverty, war, unrest, honoring ancestors and immigration. Holding it all together is the focus on her hauntingly beautiful voice, powerful yet silky.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #340 - Accidental Sleuths

Tessa Harris' The Anatomist's Apprentice (in audio) opens in 1780 London with the death of 19 year-old Sir Edward Crick, a dissolute young man mourned only by his sister Lady Lydia Farrell. Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia, known for his forensic skills and unconventional methods, is asked to investigate when Lydia's husband Capt. Michael Farrell comes under suspicion.

(Debut novelist) "Harris has more than a few tricks up her sleeve, and even veteran armchair puzzle solvers are likely to be surprised".

In the aftermath of the Great War and a devastating family tragedy, Laurence Bartram lives a solitary life in a London attic, devoting all his time and effort to the writing of an architectural history of English churches. When Mary Emmett writes to ask him to look into the suspicious death of his friend John while in the care of a remote veterans' hospital, his investigation forces him to face his own demons, and draws him back into the world of the living.

"At once a compelling mystery and an elegant literary debut, British historian Elizabeth Speller blends the psychological depth of Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy with lively storytelling from the golden age of British crime fiction", in the first of a projected series with The Return of Captain John Emmett (2011). Just released is the follow-up, entitled The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton in which Bartram arrives in the village of Easton Deadall and is embroiled in a dangerous case involving a murdered woman who may be linked to the disappearance of a child years earlier.

Both of these debut mysteries/series will appeal to fans of the Inspector Ian Rutledge series (in audio) by Charles Todd (Charles Todd is the joint pseudonym for the mother-and-son writing team of Charles Todd and Caroline Todd, pseudonyms of David Todd Watjen and Caroline L.T. Watjen); the John Madden series by Rennie Airth; the Nell Bray Series by Gillian Linscott; and the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear.

Story Collider @ LIVE this Thursday

Science and great storytelling come together again this Thursday when Story Collider comes back to Ann Arbor. This time we've taken the show out of the library to Live! located at 102 S. First Street (on the corner of First and Huron), but regulars can expect the same kinds of stories about science in people's lives. Storytellers sharing stories about Breakthroughs include:
-Ryan Burns, electronics engineer, founder and host of Ignite Ann Arbor, and president of the board of A2Geeks
-Jonathan Cohen, computer scientist and filmmaker
-Madeline Huberth, musician and acoustics student
-Christopher Roussi, senior research scientist at Michigan Tech University
-Aaron Santos, physicist and author
-Danielle Schultz, organic chemist

If you want to learn more about Story Collider and how it came about, check out our podcast interview with co-host and co-creator Brian Wecht. And if you missed previous installments, you can watch Story Collider Ann Arbor events from January, July, and last March from AADL in our Video on Demand collection.

Story Collider: Breakthroughs | Thursday, June 21 | 7pm | LIVE

Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus

Rick Riordan, who has been called "the god of mythology-minded tween literature," is hard at work finishing the third installment in his five-book Heroes of Olympus series. It will be called The Mark of Athena, and is due out on October 2. You can read the book’s first chapter at the Heroes of Olympus website.

This week, Disney-Hyperion will launch a new Web site, Greeks vs Romans, with the tagline: “Whose camp are you in?” As of Monday morning, the site has an image of a T-shirt, half purple and half orange, with the message "Camp Visits Starting Soon," so check back often, to see what will be revealed.

In the meantime, if you haven't already read or listened to the first 2 books in the series, here's your chance.

Book One: The Lost Hero. We have the book and the BOCD

Book Two: The Son of Neptune. Here's the book, and the BOCD

And if you want to read more about what Rick Riordan is doing these days, click here.

Doc Watson, the heart and soul of bluegrass guitar music, has died

Doc Watson, whose lightning-speed flatpicking style of guitar playing befuddled those who have tried to emulate it and who brought new life to folk music, died yesterday In Winston-Salem, NC, following complications from colon surgery.

Blinded when he was one, Doc Watson's first instrument was the harmonica. A few years later, at age 10, his father gave him a banjo and a neighbor gave him guitar lessons.

He eventually graduated to the electric guitar, playing with a rockabilly bind with an unreliable fiddle player. To fill the fiddle gap, Doc Watson figured out how to translate that sound to his guitar.

In the 1960s, Ralph Rinzler, a prominent folkie, encouraged Watson to go back to the acoustic guitar. Watson immediately became a hot commodity on the folk music circuit.

Toward the end of the 60s, Merle Watson, Doc's teenage son, joined his dad for a wonderfully successful run, fueled by their performance on Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, the million-plus album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Doc Watson's career was nearly derailed by his grief over the death of Merle in 1985, the result of a tractor accident.

Watson, who earned eight Emmys despite his deeply ingrained modesty, was 89 years old. His was the second death to rock the North Carolina and the national music world. Beloved Earl Scruggs died in March.

Robin Gibb, one of the Bee Gees brothers, has died

Robin Gibb, one of the Bee Gees who skyrocketed to fame with the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever, THE hot disco movie of 1977, lost his long battle with liver and colon cancer on Sunday, May 20.

The Bee Gees -- Robin's twin, Maurice, died in 2003, and Barry, who survives at 65 -- were born in England and moved to Australia for several years before returning to England in the 1960s. Known for their high-pitched infectious harmonies, they had written several hits (including the #1 tune in the U.S. in 1971,"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?"before skittering toward a financial precipice in the mid 70s. Just in time, they which caught the attention of filmmakers looking for music for Saturday Night Fever.

Robin said one of the key secrets to their success was to have "the tape running all the time" to catch moments of brilliance. This method seems to have worked in their favor as they had a one-week deadline for Saturday Night Fever to write the soundtrack, including How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, and Stayin' Alive.

Gibb, who was 62, died in London.

Donna Summer, disco superstar of the 1970s, has died

Donna Summer, known as the Queen of Disco during the 1970s, died today in Florida.

Ms. Summer's gorgeous voice and beautiful presence kept her at the top of the charts and front and center in the public eye year after year. She began as a young girl singing gospel in her Boston church. At 18, she auditioned for a role in the touring company of Hair and went to Europe. In 1973, while recording with Blood, Sweat, and Tears in Munich, she was discovered by a couple of music producers.

Back in the U.S. Ms. Sommer's hit, I Feel Love, was the first to be recorded with the "galloping bass line", an infectious thumping drumbeat that sent music-loving clubbers racing to the dance floor.

Ms. Summer, in addition to winning an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 1979 (for her standout performance of Last Dance in Thank God It's Friday (on order), she snagged five Grammys during her lifetime.

Her last big hit was was the 1980s release of She Works Hard for the Money.

Ms. Summer, who was 63, died of lung cancer which, she confided to friends, she felt she contracted from breathing in the air on 9/11.

Flavorwire looks at 20-year-old albums, reminds us we're not getting any younger

With the recent death of the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, many of us have come to realize that, well, we're old. Yauch was only 47 when he died, but his passing has created cause to look back on how he was a part of the soundtrack to our lives.

In that vein, Flavorwire.com, has made a list of "20 Albums We Can't Believe Are 20 Years Old."
Included is the Beastie's Check Your Head, in which they answer the age old question: "Professor, what is another word for pirate treasure?"

And speaking of booty, Sir Mx-A-Lot's "Mack Daddy" brought Baby's Got Back to the world.

R.E.M's Automatic for the People, Tori Amos's Little Earthquakes and Green Day's Kerplunk! also made the list. Check out the list here, and then go tell those kids to get off your lawn.

Hugo Award Nominees


For all the sci-fi/fantasy fiction fans, the Hugo Nominees were recently announced. If you are not a fan, but are interested to know more about the awards, here is a summary: The Hugo Awards are awarded annually to works in the science fiction or fantasy genres first published anywhere in the world during the previous calendar year.

The actual awards are given out at the annual World Science Fiction Convention or Worldcon, held this year in Chicago. This will mark the convention's 70th anniversary, and since it is in Chicago it has been dubbed Chicon 7. A few of the award categories include: Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Novelette, Best Short Story, Best Graphic Story, Best Professional Artist, Best Fanzine, & the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. The following are the nominees for best novel:

Among Others by Jo Walton (One of School Library Journal’s Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011)
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Book 5 in the brilliant Game of Thrones series, Book 6, Winds of Winter, no official release date yet!)
Deadline by Mira Grant (like zombie apocalyptic books, try this Newsflesh trilogy; this is the 2nd book)
Embassytown by China Miéville (genetically engineered linguists! only Mieville!)
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (space opera at its best!)

LISTEN!! Digital Music News: Funk, Love from Sweden, World Fusion, Punk, Bach on Violin

YOU can access almost 1,000 digital music albums directly through our AADL.org catalog. Stream or download as much as you like, DRM free, on any device you choose. No waiting for a copy. No due dates. Hooray!

JAZZ / DOWNTEMPO
Jive Ass Sleepers: Chilled Out Grooves & Uptempo Funkathons
The album "Scratch", from California-based Jive Ass Sleepers, offers adventures into jazz and funk, elements of reggae, latin and even some turntable scratching. The grooves are mostly laid back but still funky enough to make you want to dance. Electric guitar is predominantly featured, weaving jazzy, melodic lines over some solid drums, bass, keyboards and horns.

ROCK
Lizzi: Groovy Downtempo Swedish Rock
There are plenty of sensual voices out there in the music world, but few that have the darkness and subtle chill that makes Lizzi's so bewitching. Her album "Love and you and I" is absolutely perfect for a rainy day, Notable tracks include "Remedy," "Only You" and "My Destination". "To be in love is a kind of isolation," says Lizzi. "It's not all happiness and joy: there's a lot of pain and emptiness too. But longing is also an incredible feeling, much under-valued today."

WORLD
Simone Angele and Amir Kalhor: Classical Styles of India and Persia
On their album "India meets Persia" Simone Angele and Amir Kalhor take the listener on an intricate musical journey. The artists explore the classical styles of India and Iran, using the traditional instruments of the respective countries: the Indian Sitar and the Persian Tar. The pieces "Kirvan", "Isfahan", "Solitidi", and "Joys of Spring", represent original Indian and Persian classical styles. "Sunny Days", a pop piece with vocals and sitar, ends the musical journey and takes the listeners back to the west on a light note. Babua Pahari is the percussive force on Tabla and accompanies Simone Angele in the Indian pieces.

PUNK / HARD ROCK
The Strap Ons: Snot-Voiced Thrashing Punk 'n' Roll
The Strap-Ons cut straight to the chase on their release "Geeking Crime", delivering an album that is edgy, messy, and sexy. High octane guitars, bad attitude, and a healthy dose of humor are all here. Keep this one on hand for those days when you feel like telling everyone where to go. (Check out "This Place Sucks" for details.) A fantastically unsubtle album that hits the bullseye, straight-on.

CLASSICAL / BAROQUE
Lara St John: Bach Violin Concertos
Lara St. John's recording of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo is awe-inducing. When most classical artists record technically challenging works like this one, they typically have to repeat certain phrases over and over during the recording process. When Lara St. John recorded this album at Skywalker Ranch, she played only complete versions of each movement, so the resulting music sounds incredibly fresh and alive. Her approach is especially appropriate for Bach's Six Sonatas because they're known for their musical freedom of movement. "Breathtakingly beautiful," says Allmusic.com.

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