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The Crossing - March 2009

Here’s how you have a good month of March:

Kick it off with the biggest band in the world...U2 and their new album No Line on the Horizon. Add five consecutive appearances of the Irish foursome on Late Night with David Letterman. Stir in new releases by Irish greats Luka Bloom and the Saw Doctors just in time for St. Patrick’s day. Mix in some healthy variety of Buddy & Julie Miller, The Decemberists and Blue October. Throw in a fresh perspective of reality in Queensryche’s American Soldier. Sprinkle in dashes of Neko Case, MGMT, Peter Bjorn & John and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. Add a trifle of some reissued deluxe Motorhead. This is necessary for a healthy balance! Call it the fiber of the month. Then, end the thirty-one day stretch with an Academy Award Winner in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and you’ve got yourself a month that would be hard to beat. For seasoning and taste, add anything else from the below list. Happy March! Happy Spring!    

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Mute Math - Spotlight (EP.) 
* Eleanor McEvoy - Love Must be Tough
* Waterdeep - Pink and Blue
* A Day to Remember - Homesick
* John Henry & the Engine - Under the Yellow Moon
* Here We Go Magic - S/T
* Shemekia Copeland - Never Going Back
* Green River Ordinance - Out of My Hands
* The Alternate Routes - A Sucker’s Dream
* And Then There Were None - Who Speaks for Planet Earth?
* Ben Harper - Will to Live: Live EP
* Black Lips - 200 Million Thousand
* Mavis Staples - Will Never Turn Back
* Bill Frisell - Best of, Vol. 1
* Company of Thieves - Ordinary Riches
* Ana Egge - Road to My Love
* Chris Isaak - Mr. Lucky
* Steve Martin - The Crow: New Songs for the 5 String Banjo; many guests join the legendary comedian; Amazon.com exclusive.)
* Various Artists - War Child Presents Heroes
* Ty Tabor - Balance
+ King’s X - Gretchen Goes to London: Live at the Astoria 1990
+ Luka Bloom - The Man is Alive
+ Blue Rodeo - Blue Road (CD/DVD.) 
+ B.B. King - Live in Africa 1974
+ Ned’s Atomic Dustbin - Lunatic Magnets

3/3 

* U2 - No Line on the Horizon
* Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
* Buddy & Julie Miller - Written in Chalk (Guests include Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris and Robert Plant.)
* Justin Townes Earle - Midnight at the Movies
* Alison Brown - The Company You Keep
* Molly Jenson - Maybe Tomorrow
* Angus & Julia Stone - A Book Like This (brother/sister duo.)
* Raul Malo - Lucky One
* Diana Krall - Quiet Nights
* Marty Willson-Piper - Nightjar
* 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; CD/DVD.)
+ Fountains of Wayne - No Better Place: Live in Chicago
+ Australia
+ Lake City
+ In the Electric Mist
+ Bevery Hills Chihuahua

3/10

* Luka Bloom - Eleven Songs
* Chris Cornell - Scream
* Starsailor - All the Plans
* Razorlight - Slipway Fires
* 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
* John Wesley Harding - Who was Changed and Who was Dead (2 CD’s.)
* Steve Earle - Live at the BBC
* Taylor Hicks - The Distance
* Graham Parker - The Up Escalator
* David Knopfler - Anthology 1983-2008
* The Band - S/T (Deluxe Edition.)
* Yngwie Malmsteen - Angels of Love
* Pat McGee - a few reissues
* Neva Dinova - S/T (reissue.)
* Beth Orton - Trailer Park (Deluxe Edition.)
+ Stevie Wonder - Live at Last
+ Porcupine Tree - Arriving Somewhere
+ Living Colour - Live in Paris
+ Rachel Getting Married
+ Milk
+ Cadillac Records
+ Synecdoche, New York
+ Battle in Seattle
+ Let the Right One In
+ Happy Go Lucky
+ Role Models
+ Ben X
+ The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
+ Transporter 3
+ Pinocchio (70th anniversary.)

3/17

* The Decemberists - Hazards of Love
* Great Buildings - Apart from the Crowd
* MGMT - Time to Pretend EP
* Alexandra Hope - Invisible Sunday
* Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - Beware
* Mazes - S/T
* Pearl Jam - Ten (Deluxe Edition.)
* Les Claypool - Of Fungi and Foe
* Nick Lowe - Quiet Please: New Best of
* Stevie Nicks - Live in Chicago and Soundstage Sessions
* Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted
* Jupiter Rising - Quiet Hype
* Caroline Weeks - Songs for Edna
* David Grissom - 10,000 Feet
* The BoDeans - Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams (Deluxe Edition w/DVD.)
* Saw Doctors - Live at the Melody Tent (CD.)
+ Saw Doctors - Clare Island to Cape Cod (DVD.)
+ Elegy
+ The Velveteen Rabbit
+ This is Spinal Tap (Blu-ray.)

3/24

* Blue October - Approaching Normal
* Lotus Plaza - The Floodlight Collective
* Swan Lake - Enemy Mine
* Wire Daisies - S/T
* Mono - Hymn to the Immortal Wind
* Sarah Burges - The Stars are Out
* Indigo Girls - Poseidon and the Bitter Bug
* Martina McBride - Shine
* Eric Church - Carolina
* Dan Deacon - Bromst
* Fiction Plane - Live at the Paradiso (CD/DVD.)
* Pete Doherty - Grace/Wastelands
* Nils Lofgren - The Loner: Nils sings Neil Young
* Shooter Jennings - Bad Magick: Best of 
* Papa Roach - Metamorphosis
* Derek Sherinian - Molecular Heinosity
* Pet Shop Boys - Yes
* Motorhead - No Sleep to Hammersmith (Deluxe Edition.)
* Radiohead - Pablo Honey/The Bends/OK Computer (Deluxe Editions.)
+ Quantum of Solace
+ Twilight
+ Bolt

3/31

* Queensryche - American Soldier
* Peter Bjorn & John - Living Thing
* Gomez - A New Tide
* Yeah Yeah Yeah’s - It’s Blitz
* Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels 
* Steve Forbert - The Place and the Time
* Keith Urban - Defying Gravity
* The Wallflowers - Greatest Hits
* Bruce Cockburn - Slice o’ Life: Live Solo
* Leonard Cohen - Live in London 2008 (2 CD’s/1 DVD.)
* Filter - Very Best of Things 1995-2008
* Jim Gaffigan - King Baby (Comedian.)
+ Jeff Beck - Performing this Week...Live at Ronnie Scott’s
+ Slumdog Millionaire
+ Seven Pounds
+ Marley and Me

4/7

* William Fitzsimmons - The Sparrow and the Crow
* The Tragically Hip - We Are the Same
* Bob Mould - Life and Times
* Bat for Lashes - Two Suns
* Sara Watkins - S/T
* Jason Aldean - Wide Open 
* Rascal Flatts - Unstoppable
* Felice Brothers - Yonder is the Clock
* Vienna Teng - Inland Territory
* Doves - Kingdom of Rust
* The Veils - Sun Gangs
* Europe - Almost Unplugged
+ Doubt
+ The Day the Earth Stood Still
+ Yes Man
+ Donkey Punch
+ Bedtime Stories
+ The Tale of Despereaux

4/14

* The Silversun Pickups - Swoon 
* Fastball - Little White Lies
+ The Spirit

4/18 (Saturday - Record Store Day)

* The Gaslight Anthem - Live at Park Avenue (6 song EP.) 
+ Wilco - Ashes of American Flags

4/21

* Tainted Windows - S/T (Taylor Hanson, James Iha, Adam Schlesinger & Bun E. Carlos.)
* Jars of Clay - Long Fall Back to Earth
* Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe
* Jane’s Addiction - A Cabinet of Curiosities (3 CD/1 DVD box set.)
+ Frost/Nixon

4/28

* Madina Lake - Attics to Eden
* Heaven & Hell - The Devil You Know
+ What Doesn’t Kill You
+ Nothing But the Truth
+ Stranded

5/5

* Conor Oberst - Outer South

5/12

* Better Than Ezra - Paper Empire
* Michelle Shocked - Soul of My Soul

5/19

* Iron & Wine - Around the Well (2 CD rarities.)
* White Rabbits - It’s Frightening

5/26

* Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

LYRICS of the MONTH:

A song about just how far you’ve come...

“When I fell from grace
I never realized
How deep the flood was around me,
A man whose life was toil was like a kettle left to boil,
And the world left scars on me,

I know now who I am,
If only for a while,
I recognize the changes,
I feel like I did before the
Magic wore thin and the ‘baptism
of stains’ began

They used to say I was
Nowhere, man,
Heading down
Was my destiny,
But yesterday, I swear,
That was someone else not me.

Here I stand at the crossroads edge,
Afraid to reach out for eternity,
One step, when I look down,
I see someone else not me,

Looking back and I see
Someone else.

All my life they said I
Was going down,
But I’m still standing, 
Stronger, proud.
And today I know there’s
So much more I can be.

From where I stand at the crossroads edge
There’s a path leading out to sea.
And from somewhere
Deep in my mind,
Sirens sing out loud
Songs of doubt
As only they know how.
But one glance back reminds, and I see,
Someone else not me.

I keep looking back
at someone else...me?”

Chris DeGarmo & Geoff Tate of Queensryche, the song “Someone Else?” off the album Promised Land released in 1994. The song is available on the album as a piano version, but is also available as a full-band version.

April come she will...

Chris Barlow
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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