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The Crossing - October 2005 Edition

Hello again. All month I was wondering who the heck I was gonna write about. Literally everything you could possibly want has come out in the past two months. Last month in particular, brought us new releases from the who’s who of the Rock elite. New Stones, new
McCartney (he used to be a Beatle before doing this solo kidding!), new Clapton, new Neil Young, a Cream reunion (oh wait, that’s this month). Even new Dylan. (Okay, it’s old Dylan made new again.) There were new and very good albums from King’s X, Charlie Sexton, David Gray and The Proclaimers to name a few. Even a new Switchfoot that’s not at all bad. Throw in a new album from the Death Cab and how could things possibly get better? The answer: I don’t know.


I don’t have an artist of the month for October. It all came out last month. What to do? What to do? I haven’t really been keeping up with Fiona Apple. I’ve heard of these Franz Ferdinand characters but that’s about it. I’ve heard really good things about Kate Rusby but haven't heard enough of her to go: she’s the artist of the month! Story Of The Year, well they’re a St. Louis band, but I don’t know them too well either. Tell you what I’m gonna do...I’m gonna write a little bit about this band Great Big Sea. They’ve got a new one out called
“The Hard And The Easy” which is available on October the 11th. They are from Halifax, Nova Scotia and they are quite popular in
the Great White North ie. Canada. They write catchy, usually upbeat original songs and cover many old time maritime, traditional type songs from Newfoundland from many years past that have been handed down and make them their own.  The new album is, I believe, their seventh album. They have covered in the past songs like ‘When I’m Up, I Can’t Get Down’ from The Oysterband and also ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It...And I Feel Fine’ from, of course, REM. In the live arena, they are very fan friendly and have toured with another Canada favorite The Barenaked Ladies. Kind of gives you an idea of their live show. Musically they use three part harmonies and play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bodhran, concertina and percussion. They’ve been around for about thirteen years or so and they’re great to listen to if you just want to get away for a little while into a different headspace. Kind of like taking a long walk around a big lake next to a woods not far from the cabin or tent under a gray, overcast sky with maybe a hint of the sun setting on the horizon as night falls. No mosquitos either, so that’s a bonus. It’s outdoorsy music, good stuff, perfect for this time of year. Well, there we have it, Great Big Sea breezes in to be this month’s artist of the month! That wasn't so hard. ;-)  Rock on..... I'm sure you'll find something.

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

     * King’s X - 3 CD Collection (Contains “Tapehead”, “Please Come Home...Mr. Bulbous” and “Manic Moonlight”.) 
     * Rosie Thomas - “If Songs Could Be Held”
     * Buddy Guy - “Bring ‘Em In”
     * Orange Sky - “Upstairs”
     * A-Ha - “Analogue”
     * Supergrass - “Road To Rouen”
     * Disturbed - “Ten Thousand Fists”
     * Abandoned Pools - “Armed To The Teeth”
     * Wynonna - “Her Story: Scenes From A Lifetime” (2 CD best of)
     * Van Halen - “Van Halen 101” (a 400 page book by Abel Sanchez.)


    * Franz Ferdinand - “You Could Have It So Much Better”
    * Fiona Apple - “Extraordinary Machine”
    * Liz Phair - “Somebody’s Miracle”
    * Melissa Etheridge - “Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled”
    * Nickelback - “All The Right Reasons”
    * Shinedown - “Us And Them”
    * Simple Plan - “Live From The Hard Rock Cafe”
    * Broken Social Scene - “Broken Social Scene”
    * Chris Cagle - “Anywhere But Here”
    * Metric - “Live It Out”
    * Andy Bell - “Electric Blue”
    * Bobby Bare - “Moon Was Blue”
    * James Blunt - “Back To Bedlam”
    * Tangiers - “The Family Myth”
    * Jesse Colin Young - “Very Best Of”
    * Cross Canadian Ragweed - “Garage”
    * Reverend Horton Heat - “We Three Kings”
    * Les Nubians - “Echos”
    * Ladytron - “Witching Hour”
    * The Rasmus - “Hide From The Sun”
    * The Fall - “Fall Heads Roll”
    * O.A.R. - “Stories Of A Stranger”
    * Jimmy Eat World - “Stay On My Side Tonight” (EP.)
    * Living Things - “Ahead Of The Lions”
    * Sinead O’Connor - “Throw Down Your Arms”
    * Journey - “Generations” (US release.)
    * Jethro Tull - “Aqualung Live 2005” (Import.)
    * Cream - “Live at Royal Albert Hall May 2005” (Reunion album.)
    * The Talking Heads - “Brick” (Boxset.)
    * Donnie Darko - Complete 2 CD Soundtrack; import only
    * Cinderella - DVD (the Disney classic.)
    * The Interpreter - DVD
    * House of D - DVD 
    * Amityville Horror - DVD


    * Great Big Sea - “The Hard And The Easy”
    * Kate Rusby - “Girl Who Couldn’t Fly” (US release.)
    * Susan Tedeschi & Doyle Bramhall II - “Hope And Desire”
    * Paul Weller - “As Is Now”
    * Story Of The Year - “In The Wake Of Determination”
    * John Fogerty - “Long Road Home: Ultimate Fogerty/Creedence Collection” 
    * Jackson Browne - “Solo Acoustic Volume 1”
    * Alicia Keys - “MTV Unplugged”
    * T.A.T.U. - “Dangerous And Moving”
    * Constantines - “Tournament Of Hearts”
    * Default - “One Thing Remains”
    * Sevendust - “Next”
    * Gang Of Four - “Return The Gift”
    * Dolly Parton - “Those Were The Days”
    * Jerry Garcia - “Ladder To The Stars: Garcia Plays Dylan” (2 CD unearthed set.)
    * Kingdom Of Heaven - DVD
    * The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants - DVD
    * Kicking And Screaming - DVD
    * Unleashed - DVD


    * Marah - “If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry” and “A Christmas Kind Of Town”
    * Thrice - “Vheissu”
    * Starsailor - “On The Outside”
    * Boards Of Canada - “The Campfire Headphase”
    * June Tabor - “At The Wood’s Heart”
    * Billy Currington - “Doin’ Something Right”
    * Mest - “Photograph”
    * Simply Red - “Simplified”
    * Dead Can Dance - “Momento: the Very Best of”
    * Garth Hudson - “Live at the Wolf Trap”
    * North Mississippi Allstars - “Best of”
    * Martina McBride - “Timeless”
    * Stevie Wonder - “A Time 2 Love” (finally gets released.)
    * Brian Wilson - “What I Really Want For Christmas”
    * Rod Stewart - “The Great American Songbook 4”
    * Depeche Mode - “Playing The Angel”
    * Batman Begins - DVD
    * George A. Romero’s Land Of The Dead - DVD
    * Saving Face - DVD
    * Herbie: Fully Loaded - DVD
    * Mad Hot Ballroom - DVD

    * Cardigans - “Super Extra Gravity”
    * The Fiery Furnaces - “Rehearsing My Choir”
    * Mary J. Blige - “The Breakthrough”
    * Robbie Williams - “Intensive Care”
    * They Might Be Giants - “They Got Lost” (Rarities collection.)
    * Aerosmith - “Rockin’ The Joint” (Live.)
    * George Harrison - “Concert For Bangladesh” (Remastered reissue.)
    * Bryan Adams - “Stripped” (All acoustic.)
    * Various Artists - “Iagniappe” (Hurricane Katrina benefit by Saddle Creek Records; includes new songs by Bright Eyes and Cursive.)
    * Various Artists - “For A Decade Of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records” (Includes 16 Horsepower, Old 97’s and The Bottle Rockets. 
       2 CD set.)
    * The Police - “Synchonicity Concert in Atlanta” (DVD; new date.)
    * Voivod - “DVOD - 1” (All of their videos and concert clips.)
    * Leolo - DVD (a great film from 1993; first time on DVD.)
    * House Of Wax - DVD
    * Bewitched - DVD
    * KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park - (First time on DVD.)


    * Helloween - “Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy” (2 CD set. Follow-up to the classic Keeper Of The Seven Keys
      parts 1 and 2.)
    * TNT - “All The Way To The Sun”
    * Guided By Voices - “Suitcase 2: American Superdream Wow” (4 CD Boxset.)


    * Wilco - “Kicking Television: Live In Chicago” (2 CD set.)
    * Nirvana - “Sliver: Best of the Boxset”
    * Deep Purple - “Rapture Of The Deep”
    * Ozzy Osbourne - “Undercovers”
    * Santana - “All That I Am” (New date.)
    * John Fogerty - “Long Road Home: Ultimate Fogerty/Creedence Collection”
    * Dwight Yoakam - “Live from Austin, TX”
    * John Hiatt - “Live from Austin, TX”
    * Terri Clark - “Life Goes On” (New date.) 
    * Imogen Heap - “Speak For Yourself”
    * Trey Anastasio - “Shine”
    * The Tragically Hip - “Hipeponymous” (4 CD plus DVD boxset; import, Canada.)
    * Magnum - “Livin’ The Dream” (2 DVD set.)
    * Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith - DVD
    * Aliens Of The Deep - (DVD; James Cameron documentary.)
    * Dear America - Letters Home From Vietnam - (First time on DVD; 1988 documentary.) 


    * Bob Seger - “Face The Promise”
    * Kate Bush - “Aerial”
    * The Mob - “The Mob” (New side project featuring Doug Pinnick of King’s X, Reb Beach of Winger and Kelly Keaggy of Night Ranger.)
    * Mars Volta - “Scabdates”
    * My Chemical Romance - “Life On The Murder Scene”
    * Alanis Morrisette - “The Collection”
    * Cyndi Lauper - “The Body Acoustic”
    * Beastie Boys - “Solid Gold Hits”
    * Jimmy Buffett - “Live At Fenway Park”
    * Neil Diamond - “Neil Diamond”
    * Patti Smith - “Horses” (Expanded edition reissue.)
    * Live 8 Concerts - Four DVD Set.
    * Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - DVD (Burton.)
    * 9 Songs - DVD


    * Bruce Springsteen - “Born To Run” (30th Anniversary Edition w/remastered CD, 2 DVD’s and a photo book.)
    * Madonna - “Confessions On A Dancefloor”
    * Johnny Cash - “Walk the Line” 
      (Soundtrack featuring Joaquin Phoenix & Reece Witherspoon singing the songs of the Man in     Black.)
    * U2 - “Live From Chicago On The Vertigo Tour” (DVD.)
    * Rush - “R30” (Live from Frankfurt, Germany; 2 DVD set.)
    * Guided By Voices - “Final Show at the Chicago Cabaret Metro” (DVD.)
    * Peter Gabriel - “Still Growing Up: Peter Gabriel Live and Unwrapped” (2 DVD set.)
    * Green Day - “Bullet In A Bible” (DVD; concert film.) 
    * Madagascar - DVD
    * Skeleton Key - DVD


    * Live - “Songs From Black Mountain”
    * Enya - “Amarantine”
    * Scott Stapp - “The Great Divide” (former Creed singer.)
    * System Of A Down - “Hypnotize”
    * Shy - “Anthology 1983-2005: Break Down The Walls”
    * Seinfeld - “Seasons 5 and 6” (DVD.) 
    * War Of The Worlds - DVD (Spielberg.)
    * Polar Express - DVD


    * INXS - “Switch” (w/ new singer J.D. Fortune)
    * The Darkness - “One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back”
    * Nick Cave - “The Proposition”
    * Millions - DVD
    * Mr. And Mrs. Smith - DVD
    * March of The Penguins - DVD
    * Sky High - DVD


    * P.O.D. - “Testify”
    * Korn - “See You On The Other Side” 
    * Cinderella Man - DVD 

     * Neil Peart - “Anatomy Of A Drum Solo” (DVD; do I need to tell you Neil is the drummer for Rush?)
     * Bad News Bears ‘05 - DVD
     * Valiant - DVD

     * Four Brothers - DVD


     * Dark Water - DVD


     * Be Good Tanyas - “TBA”


     * Roseanne Cash - “Black Cadillac”
     * The Strokes - “First Impressions Of Earth”
     * Yellowcard - “Lights And Sounds”

Also in 2006:

Tom Petty
Pearl Jam
Neko Case
Dixie Chicks
Red Hot Chili Peppers


Summerland in my past. Days were full and I knew it
would last. I never thought there was
anything else but you. Summerland, the wind is getting
cold. Summerland, you’re finally getting
old. Not much time, there’s much to do. Look ahead and
walk on through. No one’s taking sides
this time, it’s you. Summerland, your sky can still be
blue. Summerland, always in love with you.”
King’s X from the song “Summerland” off the album Gretchen Goes To Nebraska.  

Can anyone believe November is the next month? Bundle up and see you then....

Happy Halloween!

Chris Barlow


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