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The Crossing - April 2009

April. Is it April already? Still pretty cold out as of this writing, but I know itís gonna warm up soon. Thatís the best part. With the turn in weather comes the outdoor concert-going season. Yes, itís that time of year to go out and support your local and maybe, not so local music scene. Festivals, anyone? Artists big and not so big will be hitting the road to play places big and not so big in an area near you, unless you live in Wyoming. But, hey, some of these artists may have to drive through Wyoming so you never know. With the change in weather comes lots and lots of new releases. As you can clearly see from the list below, the music release schedule becomes flooded. Rock needs to be released. You need to rock. Rock surfaces at music stores big and not so big near you. Rock also appears on a little something we call the internet...Itunes, for example. 

On Saturday, April 18th rock will be making an appearance at your local indie music stores for the 2nd annual Record Store Day. I donít know who came up with Record Store Day, but it seems to be a reminder to us all that record stores actually still exist. Iíve seen them. Iíve been in them. Iíve browsed around in them. Iíve even occasionally bought things in them. You can still do this! In the St. Louis are some to check out: Vintage Vinyl in the Delmar Loop, Euclid Records in Webster Groves, CD Warehouse on Tesson Ferry in South County, CD Reunion at the Hawkís Nest shopping center in St. Charles and for a good indie movie store, check out the Movie Nut in Kirkwood. Rock ĎN Roll never stores have died. Nobody knows how this equation will work itself out, but supporting your local music stores and local musicians and local establishments that present live rock to you...will help rock survive well into the decades to  come and hopefully well through this young century.

An ad for a local, indie Record store here in town (Euclid Records), says they will have live music on an outdoor stage with no less than seven bands throughout the day, including the well-known St. Louis band The Bottle Rockets. They will also have food from two neighboring restaurants, plus a storewide sale and sidewalk discounts. That takes place from 10 to 7 on the day. I imagine every city/town with some decent indie stores will have promotions to celebrate the 2nd annual Record Store Day. Maybe a good day to go on a tour of your local record stores!!

Quite a variety of music coming out in the days ahead and most all of the Oscar nominated movies have now shown up on the radar...

Keep rockiní!!!  

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Prince - 3 CD set (Target exclusive.)
* PJ Harvey - A Woman a Man Walked by...
* Ian Gillan - One Eye to Morocco
* Silverstein - Shipwreck in the Sand
* Coheed & Cambria - Neverender
* White Lies - To Lose My Life
* Ha Ha Tonka - Buckle in the Bible Belt
* Bishop Allen - Grrr...
* The Script - S/T
* Believer - Gabriel
* Seventh Day Slumber - Take Everything
* Superdrag - Industry Giants
* An Horse - Rearrange Beds
* Mastodon - Crack the Skye
* Cursive - Mama, Iím Swollen
* Julien K - Death to Analog
* Dm Stith - Heavy Ghost
* Chris Joss - Sticks
* Eulogies - Here, Anonymous
* The Strange Boys - The Strange Boys...and Girls Club
* Sometymes Why - Your Heart is a Glorious Machine
* Oren Lavie - The Opposite Side of the Sea
* Red Fang - S/T 
* The Church - Pangaea (Import EP.)
* VoL/Bill Mallonee - Live at Eddieís Attic, January 2009 and WPA Vol.3
+ Rory Gallagher - Live in Cork, Ireland 1994


* Neil Young - Fork in the Road (CD/DVD.)
* William Fitzsimmons - The Sparrow and the Crow
* Richard Shindell - Not Far Now
* David Wilcox - Open Hand
* The Tragically Hip - We Are the Same
* The Hold Steady - A Positive Rage: Live (2 CDís.)
* Bob Mould - Life and Times
* Bat for Lashes - Two Suns
* The Thermals - Now We Can See
* Sara Watkins - S/T
* Jason Aldean - Wide Open
* Rascal Flatts - Unstoppable
* Felice Brothers - Yonder is the Clock
* Vienna Teng - Inland Territory
* Bigger Lights - Fiction Fever
* The Sway Machinery - Hidden Melodies Revealed
* Hurt - Goodbye to the Machine
* Black Dice - Repo
* Doves - Kingdom of Rust
* The Veils - Sun Gangs
* Cystal Antlers - Tentacles
* Richard Swift - The Atlantic Ocean 
* Ben Folds - University a Cappella
* Bettye LaVette - Do Your Duty (Compilation.)
* James Taylor - Other Covers (EP.)
* Rambliní Jack Elliott - A Stranger Here
* Wetton/Downes - Icon 3
* Jeff Scott Soto - Beautiful Mess
* Europe - Almost Unplugged
* Erasure - Total Pop! (3 CD/1 DVD box set.)
* Bruce Cockburn - a few reissues
* Nick Cave - a few reissues
+ Arcade Fire - Miroir Noir Ltd. (2 DVDís directed by Vincent Morisett.)
+ Doubt
+ The Day the Earth Stood Still
+ Yes Man
+ Donkey Punch
+ Bedtime Stories
+ The Tale of Despereaux


* The Silversun Pickups - Swoon
* Fastball - Little White Lies
* Metric - Fantasies
* John Doe & the Sadies - Country Club
* Jill Sobule - The California Years
* Willie Nile - House of a Thousand Guitars
* Handsome Family - Honey Moon
* Medeski, Martin & Wood - Radiolarians II
* Marissa Nadler - Little Hells
* Mike Farris - Shout! Live
* Bjork - Voltaic
* Death Cab for Cutie - Open Door (EP.)
+ The Reader
+ The Spirit
+ No Country for Old Men (Collectorís edition.)

4/18 (Saturday - 2nd annual Record Store Day)

* The Gaslight Anthem - Live at Park Avenue (6 song EP.)
* Note: this is all I found for this date, but there should be quite a few other things to come out exclusively on this day. 


* Tinted Windows - S/T (Taylor Hanson, James Iha, Adam Schlesinger & Bun E. Carlos.)
* Booker T - Potato Hole (Featuring Drive By Truckers and Neil Young.)
* Matisyahu - Light
* Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing
* Jars of Clay - Long Fall Back to Earth
* Tori Amos - Abnormally Attracted to Sin
* Eilen Jewell - Sea of Tears
* Meg & Dia - Here, Here and Here
* Jesse Winchester - Love Filling Station
* Allen Toussaint - The Bright Mississippi
* Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe
* The Greencards - Fascination
* Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
* Jamie Slocum - Dependence
* Matt Flinter Trio - Music du Jour
* Bearfoot - Doors & Windows
* Tim Brantley - Goldtop Heights
* Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream
* Janeís Addiction - A Cabinet of Curiosities (3 CD/1DVD box set.)
+ Frost/Nixon
+ The Wrestler


* Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
* Great Northern - Remind Me Where the Light is
* Tim Easton - Porcupine
* Ben Lee - Rebirth of Venus
* Madina Lake - Attics to Eden
* So Many Dynamos - The Loud Wars
* Pilot Speed - Wooden Bones
* Animals as Leaders - S/T
* Samantha Crain - Songs in the Night
* Melody Gardot - My One and Only Thrill
* Heaven & Hell - The Devil You Know
* Cocktail Slippers - St. Valentineís Day Massacre (Produced by Little Steven Van Zandt.)
* The Black Crowes - Warpaint: Live (2 CDís.)
+ Wilco - Ashes of American Flags
+ What Doesnít Kill You
+ Nothing But the Truth
+ Stranded
+ The Uninvited
+ Bride Wars
+ Hotel for Dogs


* Conor Oberst - Outer South
* St. Vincent - Actor
* Ben Harper - White Lies for Dark Times
* Akron/Family - Set Ďem Wild, Set Ďem Free
* Billy Pilgrim - Twice Born Men
* Patrick Watson - Wooden Arms
* Spiral Beach - Ball
* Rusted Root - Stereo Rodeo
* The Gallows - Grey Britain
* Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Cryptomnesia
* New York Dolls - ĎCause I Sez So
* Rhino Bucket - The Hardest Town
* The Aurora Project - Shadow Border
* Jewel - Lullaby (Childrenís album.)
* Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens - Roadsinger
* My Favorite Highway - How to Call a Bluff
* The Rolling Stones - a few remastered reissues
+ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
+ Last Chance Harvey
+ Under the Bombs


* The Church - Untitled #23
* Better Than Ezra - Paper Empire
* Cracker - Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey
* Steve Earle - Townes (Steve covers Townes Van Zandt; 2 CD version available.)
* Michelle Shocked - Soul of My Soul
* Chuck Mead - Journeymanís Wager
* Bricolage - S/T
+ Underworld: Rise of the Lycans


* Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood - Live from Madison Square Garden (2 CDís.)
* Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
* Mat Kearney - City of Black and White
* Colin Linden - From the Water
* Iron & Wine - Around the Well (2 CD rarities.)
* Carbon Leaf - Nothing Rhymes with Woman
* Jarvis Cocker - Further Complications
* White Rabbits - Itís Frightening
* Zee Avi - S/T
* John Vanderslice - Romanian Names
* Saga - The Human Condition (New singer Rob Moratti.)
* Kenny Chesney - Greatest Hits II
+ Valkyrie
+ Paul Blart: Mall Cop


* Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
* Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
* Simple Minds - Graffiti Soul
* The Wallflowers - Greatest Hits
+ Ministry - Adios...Puta Madres
+ New in Town


* Dave Matthews Band - Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King (CD/DVD; Groogrux refers to the nickname of the late DMB saxophone player Leroi Moore.)
* Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (Produced by T Bone Burnett.)
* Iggy Pop - Preliminaires (Iggy goes jazz?)
* The Eels - Hombre Lobo
* Rancid - Let the Dominoes Fall
* 311 - Uplifter
+ Revolutionary Road
+ Defiance


* Chickenfoot - S/T (Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith; Best Buy exclusive.)


* Rhett Miller - S/T
* Sonic Youth - The Eternal
* Placebo - Battle for the Sun
* Dredg - The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion
* Dead Weather - Horehound (Jack White & Alison Mosshart.)
+ Gran Torino


* Incubus - Moments and Melodies: Best of
+ Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music (40th anniversary!)
+ Dr. Strangelove (45th anniversary.)


* Wilco - TBA 
* Pete Yorn - Back and Fourth
* Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
* Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship
* Third Eye Blind - Ursa Major
* The Lemonheads - Varshons (Covers album.)
* Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings (3 CD version available w/covers EP.)
* Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry (25th Anniversary 2 CD set.)


* Rob Thomas - Cradlesong


A great song from a legendary artist...

ďCome a little bit closer
Hear what I have to say
Just like children sleepiní
We could dream this night away

But thereís a full moon risiní
Letís go dancing in the light
We know where the musicís playiní
Letís go out and feel the night

Because Iím still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because Iím still in love with you
On this harvest moon

When we were strangers
I watched you from afar
When we were lovers
I loved you with all my heart

But now itís gettiní late
And the moon is climbiní high
I want to celebrate
See it shininí in your eye

Because Iím still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because Iím still in love with you
On this harvest moon.Ē

Neil Young, the song ďHarvest MoonĒ off the album Harvest Moon released in 1992.

Happy Easter!!!

See you in May...

Chris Barlow


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