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Crossing - December 2004 Edition
“Unos dos tres catorce!”
Still the Champion of the World by a decisive knockout.....U2!
Folks, they’ve done it again.
(I’m assuming you’ve all heard it by now.) Out of the starting gate, the
opening track “Vertigo” gets the heart pumping and the hairs standing on
the back of your neck. Bono exhorts “It’s everything I wish I didn’t know
but you give me something I can FEEL” like his life depends on it and,
of course, it does. Even the second song, Miracle Drug, asks the
And now, in place of the artist of the month, I thought I would write up a 2004 year-end recap.
Let’s start with albums released this year, that spanning the whole year, I listened to on average in:
Heavy Rotation (I listened to these quite a lot):
U2 - “How To Dismantle An
Atomic Bomb” (It’s new, but I’ve been listening to it a ton!)
Medium Rotation (I listened to these a fair amount):
Black 47 - “New York Town”
Light Rotation (have listened to these the least because they just haven’t connected with me as much as the other albums or simply the other albums have taken up most of the time!):
Cowboy Junkies - “One Soul
Artists I bought a first album from or otherwise was new to me:
The most crazy, totally rock
‘n roll show I saw was Velvet Revolver featuring three former members of
Guns N Roses and the former singer of Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland
who stage dived at least three times into the audience. Followed by Metallica
with a newly sober James Hetfield put on an incredible show that ranks
probably tops on the five or so times I’ve seen the band. I saw Rush put
on probably the best show I’ve seen them perform on the seven or so times
I’ve seen them. They are really at the top of their game and firing on
all cylinders. I saw Marillion do two very memorable shows in Chicago and
Cincinnati this year. They are one of the all-time great underrated bands
that flies under most people’s radars. I saw Bill Mallonee, I think, twice.
I’ve seen Bill so many times now. I always love it when he pulls out the
surprises like he did when he pulled out three in a row from Killing Floor
at a show here in St. Louis. I saw both John Gorka and Pierce Pettis perform
with their usual vast reserves of grace and great humor at two separate
shows in St. Louis. Along with Bill Mallonee, all three are must-sees for
anybody who likes to hear acoustic music performed live. Both The BoDeans
and Better Than Ezra were very fun shows. I also saw a somewhat alcohol
fueled, but nevertheless, good show from Jack Ingram. Saw two local bands
(Miles Of Wire and Julia Sets) that could have bright futures. And was
introduced to the music of Pieta Brown who I saw with Bo Ramsey open for
John Gorka. She has a gorgeous voice and she’s quite pretty too. (Okay,
I admit, I was totally smitten.) I also took in a Michael Roe show which
was quite interesting considering I’m pretty new to his and his principal
band’s (the 77’s) material. I could tell his heart is in the right place,
but he’s quite off-the-wall. A very good, solid show nevertheless.
Hopes for 2005:
To see U2.
Expected to have new albums in 2005:
Hope that wasn’t too boring. And now the recently released music that wasn’t mentioned in the last issue:
Vince Varvel - “Not A Creature
Was Stirring” (A local St. Louis musician; 9 holiday standards)
Vigilantes Of Love - “Fade To Black” (Bill Mallonee, Kenny Hutson, Jake Bradley and Kevin Heuer live on the Audible Sigh tour; 2 DVD’s and 1 CD. Order yours at http://www.fundamentalrecords.com. To be shipped mid-December.)
Radiohead - “The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth Of All Time” (DVD, available at their official site.)
The Cure - “Three Imaginary
Boys” (reissue of The Cure’s very first album; 27 tracks.)
“The Lord Of The Rings: Return
Of The King” (Platinum Series Special Extended Edition features 50 extra
minutes. 4 DVD set.)
Tommy Bolin - “Teaser” (reissue.)
MC5 - “Purity Accuracy” (6
January 2005 and beyond....
Bill Mallonee - “Friendly Fire” (Bill’s latest album should be out in January or February to all who have ordered it. If you haven’t ordered, just go to: http://www.billmallonee.net.
Fountains Of Wayne - “B Sides
Esthero - “We R In Need Of A Revolution” (EP.)
Emm Gryner - “Songs Of Love
And Death” (A collection
Jimmy Chamberlin - “Life
Begins Again” (former
“Because Of Winn-Dixie” - (Soundtrack featuring music from Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Finn Brothers, etc.)
Tori Amos - “The Beekeeper”
Over The Rhine - “Born” (can’t wait for this.)
LYRIC(S) of the MONTH:
Two of ‘em...
“When you’re so ashamed that
you could die. God
Pierce Pettis from the song
“God Believes In You” off
and for Christmas:
“No banners were unfurled
when God stepped into the
Pierce Pettis from the song
“Miriam” off the album
See you in 2005! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
And remember, with great power comes great responsibility. ;-)