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The Crossing - November 2009

November brings another solid month of tunes and cinema yet again. DVDís/Blu-ray discs drop like rain (possibly snow) from now all the way up Ďtil Christmas. (Öand even a little into 2010.) For example, meatballs and other foods will be dropping in early January, cloudy or not. Many live releases will be coming out as well as they always do. Whether in CD or DVD format or both, live releases from stellar shows given earlier in the year will be foisted upon the consuming masses.

A question was posed to me how I choose the Lyrics of the Month?

I try to choose songs with universal or seasonal appeal mainly. Some songs may have something to do with current events. I also, in most cases, try to choose an artist that has a release during the given month. Some of the songs may also be a bit geared to experiences that I have had personally, which I figure is natural, but maybe they can be of help in giving a certain perspective. I kind of think of them as thoughts of the day (in this case, a month) and a good way to conclude this often lengthy list. Hopefully you check out the song and maybe discover a new artist.

People close to me have described the list as making their eyes glaze over before they are less than half way down the page. I hope itís not that unpleasant. I figure Iím covering a lot of ground though. A cool thing to do is to go to the mp3 page on Amazon.com and pick out some of the artists names on the list and listen to some samples and see if they appeal to you. I do this fairly frequently to get an idea of what something sounds like. You can discover a lot of great music this way too, of course!

For any questions, comments or to submit album release dates for obscure artists, donít forget to see my email address at the very bottom of the page.

Happy huntingÖ 

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Taylor Mitchell Ė For Your Consideration (R.I.P.)
* Big Country - Peace In Our Time: Live from Moscow 1988 (CD/DVD.)
* Marillion - Less is More (Acoustic album.)
* Bill Mallonee - WPA 5
* Doug Burr - The Shawl
* Gregory Alan Isakov - This Empty Northern Hemisphere
* AA Bondy - When the Devilís Loose
* Dead Manís Bones - S/T (Actor Ryan Goslingís band.)
* Delorentos - You Can Make Sound
* Cartel - Cycles
* Lights - The Listening
* Alec Ounsworth - Mo Beauty
* Carrie Rodriguez - Live in Louisville
* Serena Ryder - Is it O.K?
* Joss Stone Ė Colour Me Free
* Fanfarlo - Reservoir
* The TuneYards - Bird Brains
* Florence and the Machine - Lungs
* Butterfly Boucher - Scary Fragile
* Baroness - Blue Record
* Brian Burns - American Junkyard
* A Rocket to the Moon - On Your Side
* Jodis - Secret House
* The Heavy - The House That Dirt Built
* Mayday Parade - Anywhere But Here
* Corey Chisel - Death Wonít Send a Letter
* Dawes - North Hills
* 1997 - Notes from the Underground
* Jonas Sees in Color - S/T
* Humdrum - Individual Man
* Sleeping At Last - Storyboards
* Jack Bruce & Robin Trower - Seven Moons Live
* Various Artists - Oh Happy Day...All Star Magic
* Various Artists - The Music of Greenwich Village: A Celebration
* X - Wild Gift (reissue.)
* Sheryl Crow - Tuesday Night Music Club (2 CD/1 DVD Deluxe edition.)
* Thunderclap Newman - Hollywood Dream (Deluxe edition.)
* Winger - Karma
* Stryper: By His Strypes (25 year visual history book.)
* Stewart Copeland - Strange Things Happen: A Life with The Police, Polo and Pygmies (book.)
* The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side (book.)

11/3

* Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits (CD/DVD.)
* Nirvana - Bleach (20th anniversary) and Live at Reading 1992 (CD/DVD.)
* The Almost - Monster Monster (Best Buy exclusive.)
* Kate Earl - S/T
* Carrie Underwood - Play On
* Plumb - Beautiful History: A Hits Collection (2 CDís.)
* Morrissey - Swords
* Cold Cave - Love Comes Close
* Helm - With Love
* Mesh - A Perfect Solution
* Molina & Johnson - S/T
* Prize Country - Home
* Systems Officer - Underslept
* On Fillmore - Extended Vacation
* We Came as Romans - To Plant a Seed
* Jookabox - Dead Zone Boys
* Pictureplane - Dark Rift
* Dougie MacLean - Essential
* The Bee Gees - Ultimate Collection (2 CDís/1 DVD.)
* Guided By Voices - Suitcase 3: Up We Go Now (4 CD rarities box set.)
* Creedence Clearwater Revival - Singles Collection (2 CDís/1 DVD.)
* The Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya Yaís Out (40th anniversary 3 CD/1 DVD box set.)
* Neutral Milk Hotel - a few reissues
+ John Fogerty - Cominí Down the Road
+ Jackís Mannequin - Dear Jack
+ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (3 DVD box set.)
+ Lord of the Rings trilogy (blu-ray; theatrical versions, not the extended versions that you really want to own!)
+ Forrest Gump (blu-ray.)
+ Itís a Wonderful Life (blu-ray.)
+ Wings of Desire (blu-ray.)
+ Say Anything (blu-ray.)
+ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
+ The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
+ I Love You, Beth Cooper
+ Food, Inc.
+ Aliens in the Attic
+ The Answer Man
+ North by Northwest (50th anniversary.)

11/10

* Tori Amos - Midwinter Graces
* A Christmas Story (Soundtrack from Movie.)
* Blue Rodeo - The Things We Left Behind (2 CDís...all brand new songs.)
* Ray Davies - The Kinks Choral Collection
* Ronnie Spector - Last of the Rock Stars
* Robyn Hitchcock - I Often Dream of Trains in New York
* Luther Dickinson - Onward and Upward
* Flyleaf - Memento Mori
* Echo & the Bunnymen - The Fountain
* Snow Patrol - Up to Now (compilation.)
* Hollywood Undone - Desperate Measures
* Bon Jovi - The Circle
* Graham Bonnet - Underground
* Pieta Brown - Shimmer
* Heather Masse - Bird Song
* Oliver Schroer - Hymns and Hers
* Bad Lieutenant - Never Cry Another Tear
* Boywonderbread - S/T
* Madison Violet - No Fool for Trying
* The Killers - Live from Royal Albert Hall
* The Starting Line - Somebodyís Gonna Miss Us (Live CD/DVD.)
* Neal Morse - So Many Roads: Live
* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live
* Jason Mraz - Beautiful Mess: Live from Earth
* Mark Selby - Live at Rockpalast: One Night in Bonn, Germany
* Was (Not Was) - Pick of the Litter: 1980-2010
* The Doors - Live in New York (box set.)
* Anthrax - Among the Living (Deluxe edition.)
* AC/DC - Backtracks (3 CDís/2 DVDís/1 working amplifier.)
* King Crimson - a few Deluxe editions
+ Meatloaf - Bat Out of Hell: the Original Tour
+ Up
+ The Ugly Truth
+ Ballast
+ Familiar Strangers
+ Woman in Berlin

11/17

* Rush - Working Men (Live compilation; CD/DVD.)
* Dave Rawlings Machine - A Friend of a Friend (Featuring Gillian Welch.)
* Them Crooked Vultures - S/T (Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones.)
* John Mayer - Battle Studies
* Norah Jones - The Fall
* One Republic - Waking Up
* Kasey Chambers - The Lost Music (2 CDís and a book.)
* Robin Guthrie - Songs to Help My Children Sleep
* Hawksley Workman - For Him and the Girl
* Anberlin - Blueprints for City
* The YellowHammers - S/T
* Spiral Beach - The Only Real Thing
* Night Owls - S/T
* Person L - The Positives
* Annie - Donít Stop
* Draco - S/T
* Default - Comes and Goes
* Chief - Mighty Proud
* Dan Zanes - 76 Trombones
* Katy Perry - MTV Unplugged (CD/DVD.)
* Robbie Williams - Reality Killed the Video Star
* Fall Out Boy - Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits
* Powderfinger - Golden Rule (import.)
* The Zombies - 40th Anniversary Concert
* The Old 97ís - Wreck Your Life...and Then Some
* Indigo Girls - Live at the Roxy
* Paul McCartney - Good Evening NYC: Live at Citifield (2 CDís/2 DVDís.)
* Pulp - a few Deluxe editions
* Level 42 - World Machine (Deluxe edition.)
* Keane - Hopes and Fears (Deluxe edition.)
* David Bowie - Space Oddity (40th anniversary Deluxe edition.)
* Motley Crue - Greatest Hits
* Frank Zappa - Many reissues
+ Star Trek
+ Is Anybody There?
+ Bruno
+ Expired
+ My Sisterís Keeper
+ The Limits of Control
+ Thirst
+ My One and Only
+ Pray the Devil Back to Hell
+ Gone With the Wind (70th anniversary.)

11/24

* Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Live Anthology (4 CDís.)
* Tom Waits - Glitter and Doom: Live
* Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away (6 CD box set.)
* Steve Morse - Outstanding in Their Field
* Susan Boyle - I Dreamed a Dream
* Regis & Joy Philbin - Just You, Just Me
* Nosound - A Sense of Loss
* The Mercury Program - Chez Viking
* The Slew - 100%
+ Sting - A Winterís Night...Live from Durham Cathedral
+ Angels & Demons
+ Funny People
+ Shorts
+ Four Christmases

12/1

* Enya - Very Best of (CD/DVD.)
* The Bravery - Stir the Blood
+ Terminator: Salvation
+ Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
+ Paper Heart
+ A Christmas Tale
+ Saturday Night Live: Complete 5th Season

12/8

* Neil Young - Dreaminí Man (Live 1992.)
* Camera Obscura - The Blizzard
* Downhere - Endings, Beginnings
* Lifehouse - Smoke and Mirrors (Deluxe edition.)
* Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy (reissue.)
* Paul Weller - S/T (Deluxe edition.)
* Pulp - This is Hardcore (Deluxe edition.)
* Tricky - Maxinquaye (Deluxe edition.)
+ Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
+ Harry Potter 1 & 2 Ultimate Edition DVD sets
+ Public Enemies
+ Julie & Julia
+ Worldís Greatest Dad
+ The Cove
+ Somers Town

12/15

+ The Hangover
+ G-Force
+ Inglourious Basterds
+ The Other Man
+ Taking Woodstock
+ Herb & Dorothy

12/22

+ (500) Days of Summer
+ Extract
+ All About Steve
+ It Might Get Loud (The Edge, Jack White and Jimmy Page.)

12/29

+ 9
+ A Perfect Getaway
+ District 9
+ Jenniferís Body
+ Capitalism: A Love Story

1/5

+ Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

1/12

* Freedy Johnston - Rain in the City
+ The Burning Plain
+ The Hurt Locker
+ In the Loop
+ Amreeka
+ Moon
+ Departures
+ Passing Strange
+ Halloween II

1/19

+ Gamer

1/26

* Michelle Branch - Everything Comes and Goes
* Spoon - Transference
+ Little Ashes

2/9

* Allison Moorer - Crows

LYRICS of the MONTH:

ďI know when they built this house
Out of rocks from the river mouth
They thought it'd never come down
Not while we're around

Some things are made to last
Other things we know must pass
Nothing we do
Stops time coming through

My father left me here with a map crumpled in my hand
I try to follow, but there's days when I just don't understand

And when we fall down in time
Washed in trouble we thought we'd left behind
Just let the river carry you
Lift your head back up to the clearer view

See the high water starting to flood
Bringing down all the rocks and the mud
And if it won't stop
It'll wash away all we've got

Down in the valley there's a rumble in the trees
It's hard to keep your head when the ground's moving Ďneath your feet

And when we fall down in time
Washed in trouble we thought we'd left behind
Let the storm pass on through
And work your way back up to the clearer view.Ē

Blue Rodeo, the song ĎClearer Viewí off of the album Palace of Gold released in 2002.

Have a great and hearty Thanksgiving!!

See you in DecemberÖ

Chris Barlow
cbcrossing@yahoo.com
 
 
 

 

 
 
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