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The Crossing - January 2008

Tollbooth’s January Press Release states: “Chris Barlow surveys ALL the upcoming releases in The Crossing.”

That’s right. I leave no Rock unturned. Unless, of course, there is something undesireable under it.

Alright, I’ve checked, rechecked, double checked and cross-checked, not to mention counter-examined this month’s entry into The Crossing sweepstakes and with all the ducks in a row, I can safely declare: we are off to a good start in 2008! Obviously quite a few artists have been busy over the last six or so months to prepare for their personal assaults on the new year. We wish them all luck! One look through this list and you should be very excited with many of the upcoming releases.

Also, as you’ll notice, there is still a plethora of DVD releases coming out, while there are still many good flicks in the theaters. The countdown to the
Academy Awards has started. Who do you think gave the best performances and what are your favorite films from the past year?

Although I made my best-of lists last month, I’ll submit slightly expanded music and movie best-of lists to the Tollbooth later this month, so check those out if you like.

And now with a whole new year here, let’s start making a whole new list!

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Eisley - Like the Actors (5 song EP; iTunes
exclusive.)
* Silverchair - The Greatest View (EP; iTunes exclusive.)
* Steven Delopoulos - Straightjacket
* Jason Truby - Waiting on the Wind 
* Half Zaftig - Life Like Luster
* Rhonda Vincent - Good Thing Going
* Eric Taylor - Hollywood Pocketknife
* Amanda Shaw - Pretty Runs Out
* Sam Baker - Pretty World/Mercy (reissues.)
* The Bangles - a few reissues
* Zebra - S/T - DVD
* The Kingdom - DVD
* The Heartbreak Kid - DVD

1/1

* Radiohead - In Rainbows (in stores)
* Smashing Pumpkins - American Gothic (4 song acoustic EP; iTunes exclusive.)
* Ellis Paul - Dragonfly Races 
* Shoot ‘Em Up - DVD
* Jet Li’s War - DVD
* September Dawn - DVD

1/8

* Fish - 13th Star (official UK release.)
* Marah - Angels of Destruction
* Rob Jungklas - Gulley
* Mike Farris - Salvation in Lights (former singer of Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies.)
* Kate Nash - Made of Bricks
* Sia - Some People Have Real Problems
* Robin Trower & Jack Bruce - Seven Moons
* Edgar and Johnny Winter - Together Live
* Various Artists - ‘Juno’ soundtrack
* ZZ Top - Eliminator (Deluxe edition w/DVD.)
* 3:10 to Yuma - DVD
* Sunshine - DVD
* The Hunting Party - DVD
* Eagle Vs. Shark - DVD
* Joshua - DVD
* Klimt - DVD
* Smiley Face - DVD
* The Ten - DVD
* Death Sentence - DVD
* Dragon Wars - DVD
* Resident Evil: Extinction - DVD
* Zodiac - Director’s cut DVD

1/15

* Ringo Starr - Liverpool 8
* The Eels - Meet the Eels: Essential 1996-2006
* The Eels - Useless Trinkets: Bsides & Rarities 1996-2007 - 2CD’s/1DVD
* Tracy Grammer - Book of Sparrows
* The Magnetic Fields - Distortion
* The Civilians - Gone Missing
* Mars Arizona - Hello Cruel World
* April Cope - Petals Fall
* Dale Hawkins - Back Down to Louisiana
* The Cartridge Family - Shine Like a Bottle
* Yes - Classic Artists: 2 DVD set
* Good Luck Chuck - DVD
* Mr. Woodcock - DVD
* Monster - DVD
* When Harry Met Sally - Special edition DVD

1/22

* Drive By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
* Patty Larkin - Watch the Sky
* Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful of Sunshine
* North Mississippi Allstars - Hernando
* Black Mountain - In the Future
* Cat Power - Jukebox (Deluxe edition)
* Cat Power - Covers II
* Moe - Sticks and Stones
* The Kennedys - Better Dreams
* The Whigs - Mission Control
* Hermano - Into the Exam Room
* Eric Matthews - The Imagination Stage
* Ray Bonneville - Goin’ by Feel
* Matt Costa - Unfamiliar Faces
* The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
* Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus
* MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Works: Volumes 1 & 2 (reissues.)
* The Game Plan - DVD
* Reservation Road - DVD
* Sydney White - DVD

1/29

* Joe Jackson - Rain (w/DVD.)
* Shelby Lynne - Just a Little Lovin’ (Inspired by Dusty Springfield)
* Willie Nelson - Moment of Forever
* Blind Boys of Alabama - Down in New Orleans
* Sons & Daughters - This Gift
* The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath
* Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
* Vampire Weekend - S/T
* Chris Walla - Field Manual
* Beck - Odelay (2 CD Deluxe edition.)
* Van Morrison - a few remastered and expanded reissues
* Calexico - reissues
* Smog - reissues
* Sleater-Kinney - reissues
* King of California - DVD
* Rocket Science - DVD
* The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters - DVD
* The Invasion - DVD
* Feel the Noise - DVD
* The Comebacks - DVD
* Daddy Day Camp - DVD
* Groundhog Day - 15th anniversary DVD

2/5

* The Hooters - Time Stand Still (US release.)
* Lenny Kravitz - It is Time for a Love Revolution
* Jack Johnson - Sleep Through the Static
* Sheryl Crow - Detours
* K.D. Lang - Watershed
* Bob Mould - District Line
* Nada Surf - Lucky
* Iron Maiden - Live after Death plus History of Maiden: Vol.2 - 2 DVD set
* Across the Universe - DVD
* The Assassination of Jesse James... - DVD
* Elizabeth: the Golden Age - DVD
* The Brave One - DVD
* The Jane Austen Book Club - DVD
* Feast of Love - DVD
* The Aristocats - DVD

2/12

* Carrie Newcomer - The Geography of Light
* Natalie Grant - Relentless
* Michael Jackson - Thriller (25th anniversary before he lost his mind Deluxe Edition w/DVD.)
* British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
* Widespread Panic - Free Some How
* Doug Hoekstra - Blooming Roses
* Simple Plan - S/T
* In the Shadow of the Moon - DVD
* Gone Baby Gone - DVD
* Things We Lost in the Fire - DVD
* We Own the Night - DVD
* Into the Wild - DVD
* I Could Never Be Your Woman - DVD
* No Reservations - DVD
* Becoming Jane -  DVD
* Romance & Cigarettes - DVD
* Tyler Perry’s Why did I get Married - DVD
* Martian Child - DVD

2/19

* Ray Davies - Working Man’s Cafe (US release; frontman of The Kinks.)
* Allison Moorer - Mockingbird (Covers project.)
* Gary Louris - Vagabonds (Singer of The Jayhawks; coproduced by Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes.)
* Seven Mary Three - day&nightdriving
* Nick Lowe - Jesus of Cool
* Donita Sparks - Transmiticate
* Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
* Flowers Forever - S/T
* In the Valley of Elah - DVD
* Michael Clayton - DVD
* Rendition - DVD
* Lust, Caution - DVD
* Kurt Cobain: About a Son - DVD

2/26

* Tift Merritt - Another Country
* Sam Phillips - Don’t Do Anything
* Missy Higgins - On a Clear Night
* The B-52’s - Funplex
* Beowulf - DVD
* The Darjeeling Limited - DVD
* Death at a Funeral - DVD
* 30 Days of Night - DVD
* Goya’s Ghosts - DVD
* Resurrecting the Champ - DVD

3/4

* Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers
* The Black Crowes - Warpaint
* Bauhaus - Going Away White
* Stephen Malkmus - Real Emotional Trash
* Jackson Browne - Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2
* Before the Devil Knows Your Dead - DVD
* Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium - DVD
* Mrs. Doubtfire - Special edition DVD
* 12 Angry Men - 50th anniversary DVD
* 101 Dalmations -  DVD

3/11

* Van Morrison - Keep it Simple
* The Presidents of the U.S.A. - These are the Good Times, People
* No Country for Old Men - DVD
* Dan in Real Life - DVD
* Sleuth - DVD

3/18

* The Kills - Midnight Boom
* Love in the Time of Cholera - DVD
 
3/25

* The Counting Crows - Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings
* Daniel Lanois - Here Is What Is
* Joy Division - Control - DVD

4/1

* R.E.M. - Accelerate
* The BoDeans - Still (produced by TBone Burnett.)
* Moby - Last Night

4/8

* P.O.D. - When Angels & Serpents Dance
* The Breeders - Mountain Battles
* Eric Avery - Help Wanted

LYRICS of the MONTH:

I’m not sure exactly who this song was directed to, but it just seemed to ring true in these often dark days of Winter.

“If I go out in the morning snow
In my pajamas and my winter coat
And take from the house our darker thoughts
And take away the memory of loss
And if I drop them into the snow
Will we never find them anymore?

To see him, to see him happy
To see him, to see him happy

In the same field where we have stood
To see your brother fly away in Spring
In a light blue and silver plane
Now the snow has covered everything
I think we will be made clean like the snow
I think we will become new like the snow

To see him, to see him happy
To see him, to see him happy

Some winters are harder than others
We are going to take our cameras
And look through at black trees with empty arms
And sled tracks wandering, as we are.”

Karen Peris of The Innocence Mission, the song “Snow”
off the album Birds of My Neighborhood.

Stay well and stay warm if it calls for it or cool if
need be. Strange weather days...

See you in Febrrruary!

Chris Barlow

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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