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The Crossing - January 2009

Alright, itís a new year and I have a homework assignment for you. Donít worry...itís a few days off and on a scale of one to ten difficulty level, itís a zero. Hereís what is requested of you...

On Sunday, February 1st, a widely popular football game known as the Super Bowl will be held in Tampa, Florida and will be televised to a mass audience. Chances of you getting this game on your television is extremely high. I have faith that everyone here will manage to be able to catch this game. Just for the record, the remaining teams eligible for this game (as of this writing) are the Arizona Cardinals, the Baltimore Ravens, the Philadelpia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Will it be an all-Pennsylvania Super Bowl? Will it be neither of those teams? Will it be only one of those teams? Changes are exponentially high that some sort of bird mascot will be represented! Anyhow, all we want is a good game! Right? Okay then.

But whatís the assignment?

In the middle of this game...some would call it halftime...none other than New Jerseyís own Bruce Springsteen & the legendary E Street Band will perform. Letís go over that again. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform. Your assignment is not to get up and go to the bathroom, not to grab a beer, not to grab a bratwurst, not to change the channel, not to lower the volume, not to chat with your friends and family at this time, not to miss this performance. Springsteen is one of the great songwriters of all time and his band backs him in whatever he does. Even if itís not use the band! The band follows Bruceís lead and lets him work his magic. This will be the first time for Springsteen to showcase in this special halftime event. And your mission is to take a few minutes out during this gameís intermission and listen closely as one of the masters does his thing. One of the songs performed will more than likely be the
 oft-misinterpreted ĎBorn in the U.S.A.í Listen to the words. See what you make of it. Two, maybe three other songs will be performed. Try and listen to the words. The key to all good Bruce listening! Anyhow, thatís really it. Just be sure and check out this American Treasure while you enjoy the game on this upcoming most American of unofficial holidays. ...And may the best team win!

Hereís to the start of a good year for all!!! 

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Starflyer 59 - Dial M
* Pat Terry - Laugh for a Million Years
* Sebastien Grainger - American Names
* The Broken West - Now or Heaven
* The Hooters - Both Sides Live
+ Eagle Eye
+ An American Carol
+ Sangre de Mi Sangre
+ Bab ĎAziz


* Erin McCarley - Love, Save the Empty
* Glasvegas - S/T
* Ben Bedford - Land of the Shadows
* The Gourds - Haymaker
* Chatham County Line - S/T
* The Reckoning - Road Less Traveled
* In Fear and Faith - Your World on Fire
* Brighton Port Authority - I Think Weíre Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
+ Pineapple Express
+ Righteous Kill
+ The Wackness
+ Bangkok Dangerous
+ Babylon A.D.


* Royal Bliss - Life In-Between
* Derek Trucks Band - Already Free
* Stuck Mojo - The Great Revival
* (Hed) Pe - New World Orphans
* Crooked X - S/T
* Rob Tognoni - Ironyard Revisited
* Steve Perry - Playlist (Best of.)
* Saxon - Into the Labyrinth
* M83 - reissues
* Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits (Walmart exclusive. Nothing you haven't heard, however.)
+ Appaloosa
+ Swing Vote
+ Mirrors
+ Operation Filmmaker


* Fiction Family - S/T (Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek.)
* A.C. Newman - Get Guilty
* Lisa Hannigan - See Sew
* Jane Monheit - The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me
* Matt & Kim - Grand 
* John Frusciante - The Empyrean
* Umphryís McGee - Mantis
* Ben Nichols - The Last Pale Light in the West
* Robert Pollard - The Crawling Distance
* Keith Emerson Band - S/T
* Bon Iver - Blood Bank
* Psychic Ills - Mirror Eve
* Bruce Robison - His Greatest
* Delbert McClinton - Live
* Thom Yorke - Eraser Remixes
* Husker Du - Candy Apple Grey (reissue.)
* Eric Burdon - Animals and Beyond (CD/DVD.)
* Calexico - Live from Austin, TX (CD/DVD.)
* North Mississippi Allstars - Do it Like We Used to Do: Live 1996-2008
+ The Who - The Kids are Alright (2 DVDís.)
+ El Norte
+ City of Ember
+ Henry Poole is Here
+ The Deal
+ The Express
+ Max Payne


* Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - Working on a Dream
* Gary Louris & Mark Olson - Ready for the Flood
* Pierce Pettis - That Kind of Love
* Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
* Hoobastank - For(n)ever
* Duncan Sheik - Whisper House
* Pat Dinizio - Dinizio sings Buddy Holly
* Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Live.)
* Loney Dear - Dear John
* The Green Fields of America - S/T
* Maple Bee - Home
* The Bird and the Bee - Ray Guns are not just for the Future
* Rush - Retrospective 3 (CD/DVD.)
* Fleetwood Mac - Live in London 1968
* Brian Wilson - That Lucky Old Sun (CD/DVD.)
* Boston - Greatest Hits (remastered reissue.)
* Alan Parsons Project - reissues
* Volcano Suns - reissues
* Saga - Contact: Live in Munich (2 CDís/2 DVDís.) 
+ Vicky Christina Barcelona
+ The Rocker
+ Lucky Ones
+ Frozen River
+ Lakeview Terrace
+ Rockn Rolla
+ Pride and Glory
+ Open Season 2


* Chris Cornell - Scream
* The Fray - S/T
* The Bad Plus - For All I Care
* Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Lonely Road
* Wavves - S/T
* Toy Matinee - S/T
* Melinda Doolittle - Coming Back to You
* Ben Kweller - Changing Horses
* Dierks Bentley - Feel That Fire
* Heartless Bastards - Mountain
* This Ending - Dead Harvest
* Young Dubliners - Saints and Sinners
+ Nick and Norahís Infinite Playlist
+ Secret Life of Bees
+ Hounddog


* Michelle Branch - Everything Comes and Goes
* Red - Innocence & Instinct
* Lily Allen - Itís Not Me, Itís You
* India.Arie - Testimony, Vol. 2
* Ben Lee - Rebirth of Venus
* Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
* Van Morrison - Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl
* Annie Lennox - Collection (CD/DVD.)
* Roger McGuinn - Live at the Basement (CD/DVD.)
+ The Blindness
+ Miracle at St. Anna
+ W.
+ Nights in Rodanthe


* M. Ward - Hold Time
* Robyn Hitchcock - Goodnight Oslo
* Tommy Keene - In the Late Bright
* ...Trail of Dead - The Century of Self
* Lionel Richie - Just Go
+ Body of Lies
+ Choke
+ How to Lose Friends and Alienate People


* Morrissey - Years of Refusal
+ What Just Happened


* U2 - No Line on the Horizon
* Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
* Buddy & Julie Miller - Written in Chalk
* Justin Townes Earle - Midnight at the Movies
* Raul Malo - Lucky One
* Diana Krall - Quiet Nights
* Prodigy - Invaders Must Die


* Handsome Furs - Face Control
* Madeleine Peyroux - Bare Bones
+ Porcupine Tree - Arriving Somewhere


* The Decemberists - Hazards of Love
* Pearl Jam - Ten (Deluxe Edition.)
* Stevie Nicks - Live in Chicago and Soundstage Sessions


Accurate depiction? Discuss...

Iím a teenager
Born in nineteen hundred ninety-five
Iíll see you later
Canít wait to meet you
If youíre still alive

I hope youíre ready
ĎCause it ainít cute
Get your gun hand steady
Grab your bible and shoot

Itís the spirit of 2009
Weíre still waiting for the water
To change into wine

Thereís nothing left
ĎCause itís all right
Weíre gonna burn some books tonight
Itís the spirit of 2009

I ainít got no teachers
They gave Ďem forty acres and a mule
But I got big brother preachers
Now I know things I never learned in school

They put a wig on the eagle
They took the sex off your screen
Thank God the pillís illegal
Iíll be a dad at fourteen

Itís the spirit of 2009
Weíre still waiting for the water
To change into wine

Forget the left Ďcause itís all right
The population is out of sight
Itís the spirit of 2009

I used to play bass in a solid mass band
Smoke jelly and hang out in my pod
But this summer Iím goiní to astro camp
Learn a trade thatís gets me closer to God

Itís the spirit of 2009.

Dada, the song ďThe Spirit of 2009Ē off the album El Subliminoso released in 1996.

See you in Febrrruary!

Chris Barlow


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