Justin Timberlake, John Mayer on Top

FutureSex/LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake entered at the top of the Billboard 200. This is the artist's first no. 1 release.

John Mayer takes the no. 2 spot with Continuum. Continuum is at the top of the Top Rock Albums list as well. Enjoy these cds by placing a hold.

Do you know who Sully Erna is?

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If so, then you need to see Sully and the rest of Godsmack in concert this Friday, Sept. 15th at 7 pm at the DTE Energy Music Theatre (yes, yes, it's the old Pine Knob).

Also performing are Rob Zombie and Shinedown.

If you decide to go, revisit this AADL blog and leave a comment about the concert...

Enjoy!

Tour-de-Anne

The release of Anne Tyler’s newest book on cd, Digging to America, gives us an opportunity to highlight one of the best American writers and encourage a tour-de-Anne. Accidental Tourist and Saint Maybe are two of her earliest and best. Ladder of Years is a quiet and intimate portrait of family relationships. Her very best work, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, is not to be missed even if it it’s only available in good old-fashioned print.

Dylan's "Modern Times" is number one

No. 1 on the music charts, (and no, it's not Danity Kane) is Bob Dylan, with his first CD in five years, called Modern Times. My favorite music critic, who played locally with the Ragnar Kvaran Band in the 80's, says, "the cd has a spirited earthy feel, which is often lost in the technology of most modern recordings." It's reminiscent of Howlin' Wolf, with the sounds of rockabilly and country-blues on other tracks.
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Getting By Is Getting Harder

It’s not you -- it really is harder to make ends meet. The real median hourly wage for American workers has declined 2% since 2003. Income disparities are at record levels. Barbara Ehrenreich details the difficulties facing blue collar and white collar workers alike in Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America and Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream. For a more long-range and literary take on income disparity in America, we recommend The Great Gatsby.

John Sinclair

Free John Now

On the short list of people who can claim John Lennon wrote a song about them (that would include Yoko, his mom "Julia" and Mia Farrow's sister, "Prudence") is John Sinclair, ex-manager of the MC5, founder of the White Panther Party, and ex-political prisoner. The song is on this CD. Anyone in town remember "ten for two" and the Free John Now Rally at Crisler in '71? They contributed, at least in part, to Ann Arbor's famously lenient laws on marijuana possession. Sinclair will be appearing at the downtown branch on September 6 at 7:00 p.m. to read his blues-inspired poetry in honor of the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival. Read more about Sinclair's local and national influence on the counterculture of the nineteen sixties and seventies in the introduction to the John and Leni Sinclair papers at the Bentley Historical Library.

Precious Again

Blue Shoes and Happiness. Doesn’t the title just make you want to listen? Check out this book on cd and you’ll be rewarded with one of the best in the Mma Precious Ramotswe series by Alexander McCall Smith. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency once again employs uncommon common sense, humor and intuition to solve mysteries large (blackmail) and small (snakes) that bother her beloved Botswana.

The Play Ground

The Play Ground

Are You A Brother To The Blues? If the answer to that question is yes, then you are in luck. Your brother is in town. Billy Joe Shaver and his Honky-tonk band led by this veteran Texas singer-songwriter who is arguably the most gifted of the country music "outlaws" who emerged with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings in the mid-70s. Shaver's singing is distinguished by its quiet emotional power and unaffected grit, and his songs, keenly observed and sharply delineated, move easily between homely directness and an authentically spiritual intensity. Saturday, August 26 at 8 p.m. The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS.

"We're lost... in a masquerade..."

Benson & Jarreau

Does the line above ring a bell?

If so, then you need to grab your girl (or guy) and head down to the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights on Wednesday, August 16th.

Why, you ask?

Because George Benson & Al Jarreau will be in concert w/ Special Guest Raul Midon (and believe me when I tell you that this guy can blow!)

You can get your tix at www.ticketmaster.com.

As for you 9-5ers, don't worry about having to knock off work early, doors open at 6:30pm and the concert starts at 7:30pm.

Oh yeah, don't forget to check out the artists' websites:
www.georgebenson.com
www.aljarreau.com
www.raulmidon.com

And remember that, We're in this love together...

The Village Life

The fast pace in A2 may have you wondering what life in a more pastoral setting would be like. Before making the move to greener pastures, listen to a few of the Miss Read books on compact disc and decide if the village life is really for you. Things can get rather complicated in Thrush Green especially in Winter. The Changes at Fairacre may also give you pause. What with vegetable gardening falling off, can coffee houses be far behind? Will pasta restaurants take over Market Square? The Miss Read stories are a delightful summer escape to England – no passport required.

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