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The Crossing - November 2008

Just because daylight becomes scarce in November doesnít mean rock Ďn roll has to... 

All in all, another solid month of tunes and cinema in the run-up to the holiday season and uh, oh yea, Christmas! So thatís the reason we do all that shopping... The Christmas gear is already up in the stores yet we havenít even had Thanksgiving yet? Guess we should be used to this by now.  Again, lots of obscure, indie stuff coming out. Lots of big time, well-known stuff coming out. Many concert DVDís are appearing as well. If you didnít catch The Police on their reunion tour, now would be the time to do so. Reunion Pumpkin tour, check. How about Rush in Rotterdam? Thatís in the Netherlands. The setlist alone makes this worth checking out. Believe me. Big time movies? Weíve got the Panda, Hellboy and Wall-E. Just not all in the same movie. Obscure music? How about Rachael, Ezra, Gemma, Cameron and Sammy? Oh wait, not Sammy. If you get thirsty, I bet youíll even be able to get a free Dr. Pepper out of this month. Best to see below...

Keep on rockiní in the free world!

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* BBW (Butler, Brzezicki & Watson) - EP (Members of Big Country; Available at bigcountry.co.uk)
* Dillinger Escape Plan - Under the Running Board
* The Bridge - Blind Manís Hill
* Rachael Yamagata - Elephants...Teeth Sinking into Heart (2 CDís)
* Dressy Bessy - Holler and Stomp
* Ezra Furman - Inside the Human Body
* Bound Stems - Family Afloat
* Bears - Simple Machinery
* Michael Martin - Fatal Flower Garden
* Amanda Shires - West Cross Timbers
* Gemma Hayes - Hollow of Morning
* Jim White - A Funny Little Cross to Bear (Live EP.)  
* Jai Agnish - Awake When You Dream (download only.)
* Peter Bjorn & John - Seaside Rock (download only.)
* Honeymoon Suite - Clifton Hill (import.)
* Uriah Heep - Wake the Sleeper
* Aretha Franklin - This Christmas (Borders exclusive.)
* Buddy Holly - Memorial Collection
* Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (50th anniversary box set.)
* Various Artists - Nightmare before Christmas Revisited
+ Johnny Cash - Johnny Cashís America (CD/DVD.)
+ Rodrigo y Gabriela - Live in Japan (CD/DVD.)
+ The Beatles/Cirque du Soleil - Love: All Together Now (CD/DVD.)
+ Elton John - The Red Piano (box set.)
+ Tinker Bell
+ Body of War
+ Death Defying Acts
+ Flashbacks of a Fool
+ Alfred Hitchcock reissues
+ Alien/Predator box set

11/4

* Ollabelle - Before this Time (Live.)
* Hinder - Take it to the Limit
* Travis - Ode to J. Smith
* Brad Paisley - Play
* James Yorkston - Let the Haar Rolls In
* Pat Monahan - Last of Seven: Acoustic
* George Lynch - Let the Truth be Known
* The Rescues - Crazy Ever After
* Fall Out Boy - Folie a Deux
* Shiny Toy Guns - Season of Poison
* Hush Puppies - Silence is Golden
* Little Joy - S/T
* Honey Honey - First Rodeo
* Desolation Wilderness - White Light Strobing
* Switchfoot - Greatest Hits
* Sum 41 - Best of
* Girlschool - Legacy
* Cat Stevens - reissues
* ZZ Top - Live from Texas
* Led Zeppelin - Huge box set
* Elvis Presley - Christmas Duets
+ Lou Reed - Berlin: Live at St. Annís Warehouse (CD/DVD.)
+ Tenacious D - Complete Master Works 2
+ Get Smart
+ Shrek the Halls
+ The Perfect Holiday
+ Henry Poole is Here
+ Transsiberian
+ Whaledreamers
+ Bourne Trilogy box set
+ Star Wars box sets

11/11

* Tracy Chapman - Our Bright Future
* Seal - Soul
* Taylor Swift - Fearless
* Alannah Myles - Black Velvet (New, believe it or not.)
* David Archuleta - S/T
* The Postmarks - By the Numbers
* Spindrift - The West
* The Answer - Never Too Late
* Helios - Caesura
* Clutch - Full Fathom Five
* Denison Witmer - Carry the Weight
* Enya - And Winter Came
* Mudcrutch - Live EP
* The Smiths - Sound of The Smiths: Very Best of (2 CDís)
* New Order - reissues
* Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful of Sunshine (Deluxe edition.) 
* Warren Zevon - S/T (Deluxe edition.)
* Kevin Costner & Modern West - Untold Truths (Yes, the actor.)
+ The Police - Certifiable (CD/DVD Live in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Best Buy exclusive.)
+ Flaming Lips - Christmas on Mars (CD/DVD.)
+ Smashing Pumpkins - If All Goes Wrong
+ Living Colour - Live in Paris
+ Cheap Trick - Live at Budokan (30th anniversary DVD/3 CDís.)
+ Live - Live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam (CD/DVD.)
+ Lucinda Williams - Live from Austin, Texas 1989
+ Eric Johnson - Live in Anaheim
+ Amos Lee - Live from Austin, Texas
+ The Yardbirds - Story of The Yardbirds
+ Kung Fu Panda
+ Hellboy II: the Golden Army
+ Star Wars: the Clone Wars

11/18

* Dido - Safe Trip Home
* Chris Cornell - Scream
* David Cook - S/T
* Nickelback - Dark Horse
* Mudvayne - New Game
* Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan - Sunday at Devil Dirt
* Sammy Hagar - Cosmic Universal Fashion
* Pavement - Brighten the Corners (reissue.)
* Belle & Sebastian - BBC Sessions: Live
* Simply Red - 25: Their Greatest Hits
* Saint Etienne - London Conversations: Best of
* Stereophonics - Decade in the Sun: Best of
* The Doors - Live at The Matrix, San Francisco 1967
* Uriah Heep - Chapter and Verse: the Uriah Story (box set.)
* Various Artists - American Music Legends (box set.)
+ Arctic Monkeys - Live at The Apollo
+ Alison Krauss - A Hundred Miles or More (CD/DVD.)
+ Foo Fighters - Live at Wembley Stadium
+ Twisted Sister - Live at The Astoria, London 2004
+ The Who - Live at Kilburn
+ Wall-E
+ Tropic Thunder
+ Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

11/23

* Guns ĎN Roses - Chinese Democracy (Sunday release; Best Buy exclusive. Free Dr. Pepper for everyone!)

11/25

* The Killers - Day and Age
* Coldplay - Viva la Vida/Prospektís March (Deluxe edition.)
* Scott Weiland - Happy in Galoshes
* Rivers Cuomo - Home Recordings 2
* Cameron Matthews - Green Blue White
* Kevin Rudolf - In the City
* Trace Adkins - X
* Magazine - Peel Sessions
* Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
* The Sword - Age of Winters
* Asia - Live in Nottingham
* Tom Jones - 24 Hours
* The Fireman - Electric Arguements (Paul McCartney project.)
* David Byrne and Brian Eno - Everything that Happens will Happen Today
* Death Cab for Cutie - Something about Airplanes (Deluxe edition.)
* R.E.M. - Murmur (25th anniversary 2 CD deluxe edition.)
* Various Artists - Juno soundtrack (Deluxe edition 2 CDís.)
+ Neil Young - Sugar Mountain: Live in 1968 (CD/DVD.)
+ Rush: Snakes & Arrows: Live in Rotterdam, Netherlands (3 DVDís)
+ Hancock
+ Meet Dave
+ Fred Claus
+ Space Chimps

12/2

+ Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
+ Step Brothers
+ Wanted
+ X Files: I Want to Believe

12/9

* Ken Block - Drift (Voice of Sister Hazel.)
+ The Dark Knight
+ Horton Hears a Who

12/16

+ The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

12/23

+ The Women
+ The House Bunny
+ Hamlet 2

LYRICS of the MONTH:

Grateful for each hand we hold
Gathered Ďround this table
From far and near we travel home
Blessed that we are able

Grateful for this sheltered place
With light in every window
Saying welcome welcome share this feast
Come in away from sorrow

Father, mother, daughter, son
Neighbor, friend and friendless
All together, every one
In the gift of loving kindness

Grateful for whatís understood
And all that is forgiven
We try so hard to be good
To lead a life worth living

Father, mother, daughter, son
Neighbor, friend and friendless
All together, every one
Let grateful days be endless

Grateful for each hand we hold
Gathered Ďround this table.
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Thanksgiving Song off the album Come Darkness, Come Light - Twelve Songs of Christmas.


Happy Thanksgiving!!!

See you in December...

Chris Barlow 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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