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The Crossing - February 2005 Edition

Hold on to your hats everyone!! ‘Cause you’re gonna feel like Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” when you see how much Rock is rolling your way!! 

ARTIST of the MONTH:

Some of the Rock (technically Folk) rolling our way includes a new album from the legendary Ms. Nanci Griffith. It’s called “Hearts In Mind” and comes out on Tuesday, February 1st. It’s her 12th studio album not including her two covers albums and three live albums and it’s very outward looking. I managed to find a ‘not-for-sale’ promotional copy at Vintage Vinyl here in St. Louis and after paying $8.99 for it, I brought it home and listened to it. Nanci writes in the liner notes that “Hearts In Mind” is “dedicated to the memory of every soldier and every civilian lost to the horrors of war.” But, with that thought in mind, the album is not as hard to get into as it sounds. It’s actually very accessible. Sometimes it’s bright and upbeat. Sometimes it’s mellow and solemn. It’s also often very stripped down with just Nanci’s acoustic guitar and the electric guitar of Doug Lancio. This approach makes it more akin to Nanci’s early recording efforts, rather than the full-band approach of her last three recordings. It should also be said that Nanci has, for the most part, better control over her vocals on this latest effort while keeping to a lower register altogether on a few songs notably the lead off track “Simple Life”. She examines how important personal relationships are in the midst of a troubled world. She also examines how a woman’s voice, if heard,  might sooth the tortured hearts of hatred in men that have been spinning war since time began. Basically she’s saying, if women had their way, there would be much less war. There’s little reason to refute that. Nanci Griffith is a voice of reason and wisdom and for paying a small price, say...$8.99, you can hear for yourself what a gift it is to hear Nanci’s voice. Thank you Nanci!
    
Now get ready...there’s plenty of music (and DVD’s) coming down the pike.....

Recently released (and not mentioned in last edition):
    
    Split Lip Rayfield - “Live” 
    Rosco Gordon - “No Dark In America”
    Supersuckers - “Live at the Tractor Tavern, Seattle”
    Melvin Seals - “Melting Pot”
    Jarrod Birmingham - “Stages”
    The Pierces - “Light Of The Moon” (Sisters Allison and Catherine.)
    Randy Rogers - “Like It Used To Be” (Reissue.)
    Jess Klein - “Strawberry Lover”
    Kelly Joe Phelps - “Tap The Red Cane Whirlwind” (Live.)
    Mando Saenz - “Watertown”
    Kasey Anderson - “Dead Roses”
    Pernice Bros. - “Nobody’s Listening/Nobody’s Watching” (Live; 1 CD and 1 DVD.)
    The Bluerunners - “Honey Slides”
    Low - “The Great Destroyer”
    Aqueduct - “I Sold Gold” 
    Tim Booth - “Bone” (U.S. release; former singer of British band James.)
    Erasure - “Nightbird”
    Glenn Hughes - “Soul Mover”
    Ray Wylie Hubbard - “Delirium Tremelos”
    John Hammond - “In Your Arms Again”
    Erica Wheeler - “Almost Like Tonight: Live” 
    Soweto Gospel Choir - “Voices From Heaven” 
    Marianne Faithfull - “Before The Poison”
    Sonny Landreth - “Grant Street: Live”
    The Moaners - “Dark Snack”
    Super Furry Animals - “Songbook: The Singles Vol. 1”
    Mike Tramp - “Songs I Left Behind” 
    Screaming Trees - “Clairvoyance”
    Tom Freund - “Copper Moon”
    Martha Wainwright - “Bloody M.F.A.” (EP; sister of Rufus, daughter of Loudon.)
    Grand Prize - “Identity”
    Street Dogs - “Back To The World”
    Plain White T’s - “All That We Needed”
    And You Will Know Us From The Trail Of Dead - “Worlds Apart” (CD and DVD.)
    Archer Prewitt - “Wilderness”
    Keni Thomas - “Flags Of Our Fathers”
    The Black Maria - “Lead Us To Reason”
    Sean Costello - “Sean Costello”
    Fall Out Boy - “Take This To Your Grave: The Director’s Cut” (Reissue w/fancy extras.)
    Lou Barlow - “Emoh” (no relation.)
    Whole Wheat Bread - “Minority Rules”
    T.S.O.L. - “Who’s Screwin’ Who?” (18 greatest T.S.O.L. non-hits.)
    Marshall Tucker Band - “First 30 Years” (2 CD set.)
    Charlie Sexton - “20th Century Masters” (Import.)
    Leann Rimes - “This Woman”
    Nat King Cole - “The World Of Nat King Cole”
    Cinderella - “Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits” (17 tracks.)
    Aerosmith - “Gold” (2 CD best of.)
    KISS - “Gold” (2 CD best of includes all '70’s material.)
    Chemical Bros. - “Push The Button”
    Old 97’s - “Live at the Troubadour in Los Angeles; March 2004” (DVD.)
    Loreena McKennit - “No Journey’s End” (DVD.)
    Alien Vs. Predator - DVD
    Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow - DVD
    The Forgotten - DVD
    Maria Full Of Grace - DVD
    Maya - DVD

2/1
    
    Nanci Griffith - “Hearts In Mind”
    Spock’s Beard - “Octane” (w/bonus disc.)
    Blue Merle - “Burning In The Sun”
    Built Like Alaska - “Autumnland” 
    Precious Bryant - “The Truth”
    Adrian Belew - “Side One” 
    Paul Brady - “Say What You Feel”
    Jack Logan - “Nature's Assembly Line”
    Tishamingo - “Wear And Tear”
    Arena - “Pepper’s Ghost”
    Amberlin - “Never Take Friendship Personal”
    Unwritten Law - “Here’s To The Mourning”
    Seventh Day Slumber - “Once Upon A Shattered Life”
    Antony & The Johnsons - “I Am A Bird Now”
    Len - “Diary Of The Madmen”
    Joe Cocker - “Heart & Soul”   
    “Because Of Winn-Dixie” - (Soundtrack featuring music from Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Finn Brothers, etc.)    
     Tina Turner - “All The Best” (2 CD best of covering her entire career.)
     Pain - “’Tage Mahal” - (Jon Oliva’s new project.)
     Motley Crue - “Red, White & Crue” (2 CD best of with 3 new songs.)
     Nanci Griffith - “One Fair Summer Evening...Plus” (DVD recorded at Anderson Fair, Houston 1998 includes 5 videos.) 
    The Grudge - DVD
    La Cienaga - DVD
    Ray - DVD (Isn’t this still in theaters?)
    Vanity Fair - DVD
    Shall We Dance? - DVD
    Mr. 3000 - DVD
    Secrets & Lies - DVD ( a great film from 1996; first time on DVD.)

2/8
   
    3 Doors Down - “Seventeen Days”
    Eisley - “Room Noises”
    Cheryl Wheeler - “Defying Gravity”
    Steve Barton - “Charm Offensive” 
    Ed Harcourt - “Strangers”
    Ronny Elliott - “Valentine Roadkill” 
    Reckless Kelly - “Wicked Twisted Road”
    David Francey - “The Waking Hour”
    Andrew Bird - “Mysterious Production Of Eggs”
    The Duhks - “The Duhks” 
    Ian Tyson - “Songs From The Gravel Road”
    Sage Francis - “Healthy Distrust”
    The Frames - “Burn The Maps”
    The Smithereens - “God Save The Smithereens” (2 CD reissue. This appears to have all of Pat Dinizio’s solo album “Songs &
     Sounds”  as well, so not  sure what’s up with that.)
    Incubus - “A Crow Left Of  The Murder”
    Various Artists - “These Times We’re Living In” (Red House Records Compilation includes Lucy Kaplansky, John Gorka, Greg Brown,
     etc.)
    Brian McKnight - “Gemini”
    Shy - “Sunset & Vine”
    Lee Ann Womack - “There’s More Where That Came From”
    Trick Pony - “Ride”
    The Notebook - DVD
    Shark Tale - DVD
    Bright Young Things - DVD
    Federal Hill - DVD 

2/11

    “U2 & I” - a book by Anton Corbijn (their principal photographer.)

2/15

    Mary Gauthier - “Mercy Now”
    Ashley Cleveland - “Men And Angels Say”
    Marcia Griffith - “Shining Time”
    Young Dubliners - “Real World”
    The Blackouts - “Living In Blue”
    Porcupine Tree - “Warszawa”
    They Might Be Giants - “Here Come The ABC’s”
    Ozric Tentacles - “Waterfall Cities: Hidden Step”
    Goldfinger - “Disconnection Notice”
    Wheatus - “Suck Fony” (note to self, make sure that’s spelled correctly.)
    Dread Zeppelin - “Chicken And Ribs” 
    The Motorcycle Diaries - DVD    

2/22 

     Tori Amos - “The Beekeeper”  
    Ozzy Osbourne - “Bible Of Ozz” (4 CD boxset includes a disc of Ozzy covering The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, King Crimson,
    Buffalo Springfield,Mott The Hoople, Eric Burdon, etc.)
    Dave Davies - “Afl - 3063”
    Iron & Wine - “Woman King”
    Thievery Corporation - “Cosmic Game”
    Aesop Rock - “Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives”
    Alana Davis - “Surrender Dorothy”
    Josh Ritter - “Hello Starling” (re-release) 
    Josh Ritter - 4-Song EP
    Ben Lee - “Awake Is The New Sleep”
    Catherine Britt - “Too Far Gone”
    Joel Plaskett - “La De Da”
    Mike Ford - “Canada Needs You” 
    Tim O’Brien - “Real Time”
    Carla Bruni - “Quelqu'un M'a Dit” 
    Chatham County Line - “Route 23” 
    Widespread Panic - “Live At Myrtle Beach” 
    Steve Vai - “Real Illusions: Reflections”
    David Bowie - “David Live” (2 CD’s; import.)
    Clannad - 4 reissues (Anam, Banba, Landmarks and Lore.)
    The Chieftains - “Live From Dublin - A Tribute to Derek Bell”
    Morissey - “Live From Earls Court” (CD and DVD.)
    I Heart Huckabees - DVD
    
3/1 

    Judas Priest - “Angel Of Retribution” (the reunion album w/ bonus DVD.)
    Al Green - “Everything's OK” (Not if you’re not a Judas Priest fan, right? :-)
    Black Eyed Peas - “Monkey Business”
    Kathleen Edwards - “Back To Me”
    Jack Johnson - “In Between Dreams”
    Colin Linden - “Southern Jumbo”
    Mars Volta - “Frances The Mute”
    Ivy - “In The Clear”
    Amanda Stott - “Chasing The Sky”
    Soloman Burke - “Make Do With What You Got”

3/8 

    Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion - “Exploration”
    Ash - “Meltdown”
    Idlewild - “Warnings/Promises”
    Deana Carter - “The Story Of My Life”
    Johnny Cash - “Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, His Music” (DVD; Long out-of-print documentary.)
    Jim Lauderdale - “In Concert” (DVD) 

3/15
     
    Blind Boys Of Alabama - “Atom Bomb”
    What The Bleep Do We Know? - DVD

3/22
    
    Jars Of Clay - “Redemption Songs”
    Queens Of The Stone Age - “Lullabies To Paralyze”
    The Fall - “A Past Gone Mad”
    The Chemistry - “The Chemistry”
    Moby - “Hotel”
    Santana - “TBA”
    Daft Punk - “Human After All”
    Vic Chesnutt - “Ghetto Bells”
    Terri Clark - “TBA”
    A Frames - “Black Forest”
    Agony Scene - “The Darkest Red”
    Brendan Benson - “The Alternative To Love”
    Billy Idol - “Devil’s Playground” (You read that right.)
    Charlie Daniels - “Songs From The Long Leaf Pine” 
    Drive By Truckers - “Live” (DVD.)
    Bridget Jones: Edge Of Reason - DVD (Wasn’t this just in theaters?)

3/29

    Over The Rhine - “Drunkard’s Prayer” (formerly titled “Born”.)
    Beck - “Guero”
    Coldplay - “TBA”
    American Hi Fi - “Hearts On Parade”
    New Order - “Waiting For The Siren’s Call”
    Lifehouse - “Lifehouse”
    Stereophonics - “Language, Sex, Violence, Other?” 
    Theory Of A Deadman - “Gasoline”
    Thrice - “So Strange I Remember You”
    Longview - “Mercury”

4/5

     Glen Phillips - “Winter Pays For Summer” (former Toad The Wet Sprocket frontman.) 
     Stevie Wonder - “A Time 2 Love” 
     Broken Social Scene - “Windsurfing Nation”
     Jann Arden - “Jann Arden”
     Alicia Keys - “Unplugged”
     Natalie Imbruglia - “Counting Down The Days”
     Jason Mraz - “Mr. A-Z”
     Will Smith - “Lost And Found”

4/12
  
     Better Than Ezra - “Before The Robots”
     Shelby Lynne - “TBA”
     Amy Ray - “Prom”
     Adema - “Adema”
     Garbage - “Bleed Like Me”
     Mudvayne - “Lost And Found”
     Millencolin - “Kingwood” 
     Rob Thomas - “Something To Be”

4/19

     Ryan Adams - “Cold Roses”
     Maria McKee - “Peddlin’ Dreams”               
     White Stripes - “TBA”

4/26
 
     Eels - “Blinking Lights And Other Revelations” (33 track double album.)
     Ben Folds - “Songs For Silverman” 
     
5/3
     
     Aimee Mann - “The Forgotten Arm”
     Nine Inch Nails - “With Teeth”
     Fall Out Boy - “From Underneath The Cork Tree”
     Seether - “TBA”
     Shelly Fairchild - “Ride”
      
5/10

     Missy Elliott - “TBA”

5/17

      John Williams - “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith” (Score.)
      Still Remains - “Of Love And Lunacy”
      Brian Jonestown Massacre - “We Are The Radio” (That remains to be seen.)
      Oasis - “TBA”

5/24

      Sleater-Kinney - “The Woods”

5/31

      Staind - “TBA”

6/7

      Audioslave - “TBA”
      Taproot - “Blue Sky Research”
      
6/14

      The Strokes - “TBA”

7/19

      Switchfoot - “TBA”
      30 Seconds To Mars - “The Battle Of One” (Does NASA know about this?) 

LYRIC of the MONTH:
 

Oh deliver me to the river of souls in the heart of Indochine. Deliver me to a River at Peace in this twenty-first century. All those souls that floated free in these dark war’s waters. All the souls now swim together. The French, the Viet Minh, those American boys. The souls of the Saigon River at peace in Indochine.”      
Nanci Griffith, from the song “Heart of Indochine” off the album Hearts In Mind.


May we have an early Spring. Here’s to March!

Chris Barlow
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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