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The Crossing - February 2009 Have you ever met these people who say they actually like cold weather? Do not trust these people. These people are nuts! You know who you are. ;-)

What a spectacular Super Bowl! Maybe the best team won...maybe they didnít. Guess weíll never know. ;-) Okay, hats off to the Stealers, er Steelers! It WAS a tremendous game. Incredible 4th quarter! And that half-time show wasnít too shabby either. Of course, itís impossible to get the full essence of a Springsteen show crammed into twelve minutes. But, they sure tried and it looked like they were having fun!

February is well underway and what that really means is that March is almost here. The days are getting longer and the music is getting louder. The gear up to Summer canít be far off. The Oscars will soon be given out and the Grammies, it just me, or is Sir Paul McCartney sorely out of place at that show? What in the wide world of sports is he doing there? Sure glad they showed U2 perform right off the bat, I was able to soon after change the channel.

And, just for the record, juryís still out on the new U2 song.

Okay, new month, new music, new dvdís...letís get to it:

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Bill Mallonee - WPA Vol. 2 (download only.)
* Over The Rhine - Live from Nowhere, Vol. III
* Otis Gibbs - Grandpa Walked a Picketline
* Jeb Loy Nichols - Parish Bar
* Tift Merritt - Buckingham Solo: Live in England
* Modern Skirts - All of Us in Our Night
* Menew - Of the Future
* Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
* Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Old Money (Live EP.)
* My Bloody Valentine - 3D
* The Guggenheim Grotto - Happy the Man
* Beth Hart - 37 Days (Import.)
* Lauren Harris - Calm Before the Storm (Daughter of Steve.)
* Edguy - Tinnitus Sanctus
* The Oysterband - The Oxford Girl and Other Stories
* Paul McCartney - Amoebaís Secret
+ Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Live at Royal Albert Hall
+ The Family that Preys
+ Space Buddies
+ Igor


* 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
* Mat McHugh - Seperatista
* Two Tongues - S/T
* The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage 
* Willie Nelson - Willie and the Wheel
* Wynonna Judd - Sing
* Ruthie Foster - The Truth According to...
* Joe Jackson - Live at the BBC
* Graham Nash - Reflections (Box set.)
+ Nick and Norahís Infinite Playlist
+ Secret Life of Bees
+ Zack and Miri
+ Hounddog


+ Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa


* 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
* Miranda Lee Richards - Light of X
* Van Morrison - Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl
* Annie Lennox - Collection (CD/DVD.)
* Roger McGuinn - Live at the Basement (CD/DVD.)
* The Cars - Heartbeat City (Deluxe Edition.) 
+ The Barenaked Ladies - Barenaked Truth
+ The Blindness
+ Miracle at St. Anna
+ W.
+ Nights in Rodanthe
+ The Guitar


* Steve Kilbey - Pain Killer
* Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - S/T
* The Cranes - Loved 
* M. Ward - Hold Time
* Robyn Hitchcock - Goodnight Oslo
* William Elliott Whitmore - Animals in the Dark
* Tommy Keene - In the Late Bright
* Sutton Foster - Wish
* The Acorn - Heron Act
* Watson Twins - Live at Fingerprints 
* ...Trail of Dead - The Century of Self
* Vetiver - Tight Knit
* Thursday - Common Existence
* Architecture in Helsinki - That Beep
* Lionel Richie - Just Go
+ Various Artists - Secret Policemanís Ball (3 DVDís.)
+ Body of Lies
+ Choke
+ Changeling
+ Quarantine
+ Religulous
+ Flash of Genius
+ How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
+ High School Musical 3


* Tom Rush - What I Know
* JJ Cale - Roll On
* Clem Snide - Hungry Bird 
* Morrissey - Years of Refusal
* Steve Wilson - Insurgentes
* Laura Barrett - Victory Garden
* Joe Bonamassa - Ballad of John Henry
* Nosound - Lightdark
* Shawn Phillips - Live at the BBC
* Place Vendome - Streets of Fire
* Yes - Symphonic Live
+ What Just Happened
+ Haunting of Molly Flatley
+ Dear Zachary


* U2 - No Line on the Horizon
* Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
* Buddy & Julie Miller - Written in Chalk
* Justin Townes Earle - Midnight at the Movies
* Molly Jenson - Maybe Tomorrow 
* Raul Malo - Lucky One
* Diana Krall - Quiet Nights
* The Answer - Everyday Demons
* Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
* Boston Spaceships - Planets are Blasted
* Thin Lizzy - Still Dangerous: Live at the Tower Theater, Philadelphia 1977
* Rush - Retrospective 3 (1989-Present; 2 CD and 1 DVD.)
+ Fountains of Wayne - No Better Place: Live in Chicago 
+ Australia
+ Lake City
+ Beverly Hills Chihuahua (did I just type that?)


* Luka Bloom - Eleven Songs
* Chris Cornell - Scream
* Starsailor - All the Plans
* Ballas Hough Band - BHB
* New Found Glory - Not Without a Fight
* Handsome Furs - Face Control
* All the Saints - Fire on Corridor X
* Alice Peacock - Love Remains
* Madeleine Peyroux - Bare Bones
* Steve Earle - Live at the BBC
* Taylor Hicks - The Distance
* David Knopfler - Anthology 1983-2008
* The Band - S/T (Deluxe Edition.)
+ Porcupine Tree - Arriving Somewhere
+ Rachel Getting Married
+ Role Models
+ Ben X
+ The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
+ Pinocchio (70th anniversary.)


* The Decemberists - Hazards of Love
* Great Buildings - Apart from the Crowd
* Pearl Jam - Ten (Deluxe Edition.)
* Stevie Nicks - Live in Chicago and Soundstage Sessions
* Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted
+ This Is Spinal Tap (Blu-ray.)


* Blue October - Approaching Normal
* Lotus Plaza - The Floodlight Collective
* Swan Lake - Enemy Mine
* Sarah Burges - The Stars Are Out
* Indigo Girls - Poseidon and the Bitter Bug
* Papa Roach - Metamorphosis
* Radiohead - a few Deluxe Editions
+ Quantum of Solace
+ Twilight
+ Bolt


* Queensryche - American Soldier
* Peter Bjorn & John - Living Thing
* Steve Forbert - The Place and the Time
* The Wallflowers - Greatest Hits


* Sara Watkins - S/T
* Rascal Flatts - Unstoppable
* Vienna Teng - Inland Territory
* Europe - Almost Unplugged


* Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe


* Madina Lake - Attics to Eden


A very rockiní wall-of-sound track...not sure if all the facts are correct. Was John Henry really not able to read??? A crushing lament on the decay of the American auto industry.

ďI watched the rain, it settled in. We disappeared for days again.
Most of us were staying in, lazy like the sky.
The letters flew across the wire filtered through a million liars.
The whole world smelled like burning tires the day John Henry died.

We knew about that big machine that ran on human hope and steam.
Bets on John were far between and mostly on the side.
We heard he put up quite a fight. His hands and feet turned snowy white.
That hammer rang out through the night the day John Henry died.

When John Henry was a little bitty baby nobody ever taught him how to read.
But he knew the perfect way to hold a hammer was the way the railroad baron held the deed.

It didnít matter if he won, if he lived, or if heíd run.
They changed the way his job was done. Labor costs were high.
That new machine was cheap as hell and only John would work as well,
So they left him laying where he fell the day John Henry died.

John Henry was a steel-driving bastard but John Henry was a bastard just the same.
An engine never thinks about his daddy and an engine never needs to write its name.

So pack your bags, weíre headed west and L.A. ainít the place to rest.
Youíll need some sleep to pass the test, so get some on the flight.
And say your prayers John Henry Ford Ďcause we donít need your work no more.
You should have known the final score the day John Henry died.Ē

Jason Isbell (Drive-By Truckers), the song ďThe Day John Henry DiedĒ off the album The Dirty South released in 2004.

See you in March.

Chris Barlow


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