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The Crossing - February 2006 Edition

Hello folks. Hope you all are staying warm and keeping your spirits high. I’ll help you keep tuned to what is coming down the pike music-wise (and film-wise) in the upcoming months with this new installment of The Crossing. Are you ready?

ARTIST of the MONTH:

This month brings the forthcoming release of the new Alarm album. It’s entitled “Under Attack” and it releases as an import on February 21st. (Actually 20 February for those in the UK). Led by the good-hearted and always passionate Mike Peters, The Alarm is truly a band that lives by the credo ‘never say die’. Around since the early 80’s and originating in Wales, UK, Mike Peters has released collectively around 12 albums under his own name and under The Alarm name. Their music is fraught with Passion, Love, Hope, Dreams, an ability to endure....all the good stuff! “Under Attack” is the first to be released on a major label in over ten years, that along with the quality of the new songs, gives Mike good reason to be excited. The article I’ve left a link to below will get you up-to-date with what is going on with Mike now and should serve as a good introduction for those who aren’t familiar with Mike Peters. 

Having met Mike twice and knowing his songs, I feel it’s safe to say that Mike Peters is one of Rock’s all-time good guys! And as such, Mike Peters and The Alarm is The Crossing’s ARTIST of the MONTH for February 2006.

Read about all things current with Mike, including his second battle with cancer, and his ingenious way of dealing with the music industry, here:

http://makeashorterlink.com/?X1522289C

and

Find out about the upcoming album here:

http://www.thealarm.com/underattack/
 

Let it roll....

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

     * Brandi Carlile - “Live from Neumo’s” (EP.)
     * Derek Webb - “Mockingbird” (3rd solo album from the former Caedmon’s Call member.)
     * Kieran Kane & Kevin Welch - “11/12/13: Live in Melbourne” (Extended reissue.)
     * Kieran Kane & Kevin Welch - “You Can’t Save Everybody” (2 CD reissue.)
     * Rocky Votolato - “Makers”
     * The Duhks - “Your Daughters & Your Sons” (US reissue.)
     * She Wants Revenge - “She Wants Revenge”
     * Southside Johnny - “Into The Harbor” 
     * Bob Catley - “Spirit of Man” (Frontman of long time English band Magnum.)
     * The Bureau - “The Bureau” (Geoff Blythe of Black 47 & members of Dexy’s Midnight Runners; 2 CD reissue from 1981.)
     * Various Artists - “A Case for Case: Peter Case Tribute” (3 CD set.)
     * Johnny Cash - “Live from Austin, TX” (DVD.)
     * Cowboy Junkies - “Live in Liverpool” (2 DVD set.)
     * Bubble - DVD (Soderbergh.)
     * The Legend of Zorro - DVD 
     * Barbecue: a Texas Love Story - DVD
     * Lubbock Lights - DVD

2/7

     * Beth Orton - “Comfort of Strangers”
     * Sarah Harmer - “I’m A Mountain” (That’s hard to believe, but we’ll work with her on this.)
     * KT Tunstall - “Eye to the Telescope”
     * Hem - “No Word From Tom” (Rarities collection.)
     * The Minus 5 - “The Gun Album”
     * Richard Ashcroft - “Keys To The World”
     * Belle & Sebastian - “The Life Pursuit” 
     * Elbow - “Leaders of the New World”
     * The Corrs - “Home” (US release; traditional Irish music.)
     * Prodigy - “Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005”
     * Oceansize - “Everyone Into Position”
     * Juliana Theory - “A Small Noise”
     * Jason Collett - “Idols Of Exile”
     * William Orbit - “Hello Waveforms”
     * Kelley Stoltz - “Below The Branches”
     * Prefuse 73 - “Security Screenings”
     * Living End - “State Of Emergency” (import.)
     * My Chemical Romance - “Life On the Murder Scene”
     * The Sounds - “The Sounds”
     * Jen Foster - “The Underdogs”
     * Hilken Mancini & Chris Colbourn - “S/T” (w/ guest J. Mascis.)
     * Derek Trucks Band - “Songlines”
     * Impossible Shapes - “Turn”
     * Avett Brothers - “Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions”
     * Shannon McNally - “North American Ghost Music”
     * Richard Thompson - “Life and Music of...” (5 CD boxset.)
     * Velvet Underground - “Very Best of”
     * Stroke 9 - “Cafe Cuts” (Acoustic.)
     * Collective Soul - “Home” (Live CD/DVD set.)
     * Various Artists - “Curious George Soundtrack” (w/Jack Johnson.)
     * Various Artists - “Elizabethtown Soundtrack: Vol. II”
     * Various Artists - “To Elliott, From Portland” (Tribute to Elliott Smith.)
     * Iron Maiden - “Death On The Road” (DVD; live in Dortmund, Germany.)
     * The Go-Betweens - “That Striped Sunlight Sound” (CD/DVD; Live in Brisbane, Australia.)
     * Yonder Mountain String Band: Mountain Tracks - Vol. 4 (CD/DVD.)
     * Elizabethtown - DVD
     * A State Of Mind - DVD
     * Wallace & Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit - DVD
     * Just Like Heaven - DVD
     * Waiting... - DVD
     * Mirrormask - DVD
     * The Best of Youth - DVD
     * Zathura - DVD
     * Doom - DVD 

2/14 

     * Shawn Mullins - “Ninth Ward Pickin’ Parlor”
     * Toto - “Falling In Between”
     * The Subways - “Young For Eternity”
     * The Veronicas - “The Secret Life of”
     * April Verch - “Take Me Back”
     * Los Lobos - “Wolf Tracks: the Very Best of”
     * Los Lonely Boys - “Live at Blue Cat Blues”
     * Django Reinhardt - “An Intro to...”
     * Babyshambles - “Down In Albion”
     * Sergio Mendes - “Timeless”
     * Sissel - “Into Paradise”
     * Tori Amos - “Fade To Red: Video Collection” (DVD.)
     * Proof - DVD 
     * Nine Lives - DVD
     * The Frisco Kid - (first time on DVD.)

2/21

     * The Alarm - “Under Attack” (w/DVD; import.)
     * Eels - “With Strings: Live at Town Hall”
     * Ray Davies - “Other People’s Lives” (frontman of The Kinks.)
     * Nick Cave - “The Proposition”
     * Grand National - “Kicking The National Habit”
     * Arctic Monkeys - “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not”
     * Vitalic - “OK Cowboy”
     * Slave To The System - “Slave To The System” (w/Scott Rockenfield of Queensryche.)
     * October Fall - “Season In Hell”
     * Arab Strap - “Last Romance”
     * Dilated Peoples - “20/20”
     * Backyard Babies - “Live”
     * Maximo Park - “Missing Songs” (B-sides comp.)
     * David Childers & the Modern Don Juans - “Jailhouse Religion”
     * Deadstring Brothers - “Starving Winter Report”
     * Tony Gilkyson - “Goodbye Guitar”
     * Jules Shear - “Dreams Don’t Count”
     * Willie Nile - “Streets of New York”
     * Janis Ian - “Folk Is The New Black”
     * Teddy Thompson - “Separate Ways” 
     * Wade Bowen - “Lost Hotel”
     * Cowboy Mouth - “Voodoo Shoppe”
     * The Chieftains - “Essential Chieftains”
     * Levon Helm - “Midnight Rambler Music Sessions Vol. 1 & 2”
     * North Country - DVD
     * The Weather Man - DVD
     * Domino - DVD
     * Separate Lies - DVD
     * Rent - DVD

2/28 

     * Rhett Miller - “The Believer” (Solo album from the Old 97’s frontman.)
     * Hank Williams III - “Straight To Hell”
     * Plumb - “Chaotic Resolve”
     * The Ass Ponys - “The Okra Years”
     * Nine Black Alps - “Everything Is”
     * Bruce Springsteen - “Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1975” (2 CD’s; this is the same concert as the DVD included in the
       Born To Run anniversary boxset.)
     * Pride & Prejudice - DVD
     * A History of Violence - DVD
     * Ice Harvest - DVD
     * Yours, Mine & Ours - DVD
     * Prime - DVD

3/7

     * David Gilmour - “On An Island” (Pink Floyd frontman’s third solo album.)
     * Neko Case - “Fox Confessor Brings The Flood”
     * Van Morrison - “Pay The Devil”
     * Matisyahu - “Youth”
     * Donald Fagen - “Morph The Cat”
     * The Delays - “You See Colours”
     * Daniel Powter - “Daniel Powter” (New date.)
     * Centro-matic - “Fort Recovery”
     * Goldfrapp - “Supernature”
     * Impossible Shapes - “Turn”
     * Mogwai - “Mr. Beast”
     * Stereolab - “Fab Four Suture”
     * Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - “Ballad of the Broken Seas”
     * The Weepies - “Say I Am You”
     * Mudhoney - “Under A Billion Suns”
     * Caedmon’s Call - “In the Company of Angels II: the World will Sing”
     * Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire - DVD
     * Jarhead - DVD
     * Howl’s Moving Castle - DVD
     * Kids in America - DVD
     * Dreamer - DVD
     * Occupation: Dreamland - DVD     

3/14

     * Queensryche - “Operation: Mindcrime II”
     * The Saw Doctors - “The Cure” (US release.)
     * Garrison Starr - “The Sound Of You And Me”
     * The Pretenders - “Pirate Radio”
     * Placebo - “Meds” (import.)
     * Graham Coxon - “Love Travels At Illegal Speeds” (import.)
     * Devo - “Devo 2.0”
     * Chicago - “Chicago XXX”
     * Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N Roll! - (1987 documentary; first time on DVD.)
     * Chicken Little - DVD
     * The Greatest Game Ever Played - DVD
     * The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio - DVD
     * The Passenger - (1975 Jack Nicholson film; first time on DVD.)
 
 

3/21

     * Live - “Songs From Black Mountain”
     * Soul Asylum - “Crazy Mixed Up World”
     * Black 47 - “Bittersweet Sixteen” (Popular songs & rarities collection w/two new songs.)
     * Loose Fur - “Born Again in the USA” (Side project for Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.)
     * Ben Harper - “Both Sides of the Gun”
     * Southern Culture On The Skids - “Doublewide and Live”
     * Royksopp - “Royksopp’s Night Out”
     * Sepultura - “Dante XXI”
     * The Sounds - “Dying To Say This To You”
     * Islands - “Return To The Sea”
     * The Lilys - “Everything Wrong Is Imaginary”
     * My Chemical Romance - “Life On The Murder Scene”
     * The Beach Boys - “Pet Sounds” (40th anniversary CD/DVD.)
     * Capote - DVD
     * Everything Is Illuminated - DVD

3/28 

     * Tom Petty - “Highway Companion” (Tentative date.) 
     * Morrissey - “Ringleader of the Tormentors”
     * Yeah Yeah Yeah’s - “Show Your Bones”
     * Nelly Furtado - “Loose”
     * Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s - “The Dust Of Retreat” 
     * Movies With Heroes - “Nothing Here Is Perfect”
     * People In Planes - “As Far As The Eye Can See”
     * The Concretes - “In Colour”
     * Rob Zombie - “Educated Horses”
     * Stay - DVD
     * A Sound Of Thunder - DVD

4/4 

     * Goo Goo Dolls - “Let Love In” (the Dolls’ 8th album.)
     * Flaming Lips - “At War with the Mystics”
     * The Vines - “Vision Valley”
     * Lacuna Coil - “Karmacode”
     * Judas Priest - “Essential Judas Priest” (2 CD set.)
     * Erasure - “Union Street” (import.)
     * Embrace - “This New Day” (import.)
     * Garbage - “Greatest Hits”
     * The Innocence Mission - “Birds Of My Neighborhood” (Reissue; remastered by Sufjan Stevens.)
     * Rascal Flatts - “TBA”
     * Ushpizin - DVD
     * Bee Season - DVD

4/11 

     * Live - “Songs from Black Mountain” 
     * Pearl Jam - “TBA”
     * Snow Patrol - “Eyes Open”
     * Calexico - “Garden Ruin”
     * Ministry - “Rio Grande Blood”
     * The Charlatans - “Simpatico”
     * Built To Spill - “You In Reverse”
     * An Unfinished Life - DVD

4/18 

     * The Church - “Uninvited, Like The Clouds” (Australian quartet’s 14th album.)
     * Golden Smog - “Another Fine Day” 
     * Richard Butler - “Richard Butler”
     * Pet Shop Boys - “Fundamental” (import.)
     * Secret Machines - “Ten Silver Drops”
     * Survivor - “Reach”

4/25

     * Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris - “All The Road Running”
     * Dixie Chicks - “TBA”
     * Drive-By Truckers - “A Blessing And A Curse”
     * Starlight Mints - “Drowaton”
     * The Streets - “The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living” 
     * Aeon Flux - DVD  

5/2

     * Jewel - “Goodbye Alice In Wonderland”
     * Alejandro Escovedo - “The Boxing Mirror”
     * Lisa Germano - “In The Maybe World”
     * Tool - “TBA”
     * Wolfmother - “Wolfmother”

5/9

     * Keane - “TBA”
     * Red Hot Chili Peppers - “Stadium Arcadium” (2 CD set.)
     * Danielson Famile - “Ships”
     * Grandaddy - “Just Like The Family Cat”
     * Mission Of Burma - “The Obliterati”

LYRIC of the MONTH:
 

“You may be rich
You may be poor
You may have nothing in this world at all
You may be black, you maybe white
You may be a prisoner in your own times
You may be lost. you may be found
You may have been beaten up and knocked to the ground
You may have belief, suffer from deceit
Or you just might be blind

You may affect the truth
You may be seen as false
You may be a king or a vagabond
You may be up, you may be down
You may sit in judgement with the rest of the clowns
You may have love
You may have hate
You may be the President of the United States
But even you, you can’t sit and hide
While the world’s resources die

This is absolute reality 
We are all the cause,
The solution to reality

You may be in control
You may be controlled
You may sit down ’till you do as you’re told
You may work hard
You may never work at all
You may be accused but you don’t know what for
You may be innocent or partly to blame
You may just be afraid in this power mad age
But there’s one thing we all must find
Some peace in our time

This is absolute reality 
If I may speak of truth this is absolute reality
The absolute time, the absolute place
The absolute now for the absolute solution
It’s absolute reality now

This is absolute reality 
This is absolute reality 
This is absolute
Oh reality.”
 

Mike Peters (The Alarm) from the song “Absolute Reality” off the album Strength and on the best-of collection Standards.

Here's to March and warm weather!

Chris Barlow
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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