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The Crossing - May 2009

Most people ask me if Iím ready for another edition of The Crossing. My responseare you kidding? Iím always ready. The real qquestion is, are Ďyouí ready for another edition of Americaís favorite new release Ďprogramí? Itís been an American favorite since June of 2005 if Iím not mistaken. Thatís a long time to be anybodyís favorite anything, frankly. But we wonít dwell on that. 

Last month, you may recall, was all about Record Store Day 2009. Hereís the website address that will fill in all the missing details:

Contained within (you may have to do a little searching) is, what all was on sale that day (quite a few interesting things), an explanation on what the day is all about, participating record stores from around the world and interestingly enough Ďartist quotesí concerning the day. (You may be surprised who offers up testimonials), and even some pretty wild videos too, such as Billy Corgan checking out a store in Chicago. He Ďalmostí seems Ďnormalí. Wow, he is normal! Some in-store performance videos are also included on the site. Itís well worth checking out.

Btw, another indie record store I did not mention last month that's in St. Louis is The Record Exchange on Hampton. A true record store with more vinyl than you can possibly conceive of. It also has plenty of CD's and memorabilia including old record players. For true vinyl junkies, this is a store well worth exploring. You just might find that hidden gem! I'll also throw in the indie stores named Slackers. They are something of a chain store, but they know what they are doing and have a wide range of things they sell, so I mention them here. I think there are at least two locations in St. Louis, one in the South County mall and one out in St. Charles county. Anyhow, read the testimonials and it will remind you of why these stores are no small treasures!!

Moving on... April showers brings May rock. Most people know this. The more rain that falls in April, the more rock Ďn roll flowers in May. Thatís just how it works. Thereís nothing we can do about it, except roll with it. And what a month it is
Letís take a look:  

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Drew Nelson - Dusty Road to Beulah Land
* Freddy Jones Band - Time Well Wasted
* Dean Brody - S/T
* Susan Marshall - Little Red
* Brutal Truth - Evolution Through Revolution
* Brakesbrakesbrakes - Touchdown
* Katie Herzig - Apple Tree
* Jim Byrnes My Walking Stick
* The Elders Gael Day
* The Urgency - S/T
* Disciplines - Smoking Kills
* NOFX - Coaster
* The Theater Fire - Matter and Light
* Cage the Elephant - S/T


* 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
* Fischerspooner - Entertainment
* Living With Lions - Make Your Mark
* Patrick Watson - Wooden Arms
* Spiral Beach - Ball
* Rusted Root - Stereo Rodeo
* The Gallows - Grey Britain
* Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Cryptomnesia
* Ozric Tentacles - Yum Yum Tree
* 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
* Elliott Yamin - Fight for Love
* My Favorite Highway - How to Call a Bluff
* The Smithereens The Smithereens play ĎTommyí (TThe band perform songs from The Whoís ĎTommyí 40 years after its original release.)
* The Del-Lords - 3 albums first time on CD
* Nanci Griffith - Blue Roses from the Moons (Expanded and remastered.)
* The Rolling Stones - a few remastered reissues
+ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
+ Last Chance Harvey
+ Under the Bombs
+ Incendiary


* 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
* Mark Kozelek - Lost Verses Live
* J.R. Richards - A Beautiful End (Singer of Dishwalla.)
* Bricolage - S/T
* Maximo Park - Quicken the Heart
* The Datsuns - Headstunts
* Wooden Birds - Magnolia
* Tiny Animals - Sweet Sweetness 
* The Dexateens - Singlewide
* Burden of a Day - One One Thousand
* Roman Candle - Oh Tall Tree in the Ear
* The Meat Puppets - Sewn Together
* Book of Love - a few reissues
+ Taken
+ Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
+ S. Darko: a Donnie Darko Tale


* Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood - Live from Madison Square Garden (2 CDís.)
* Gin Blossoms - Live in Concert
* Coldplay - Left Right Left Right Left (Live; download only.)
* Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
* Tori Amos - Abnormally Attracted to Sin
* Ashley Cleveland - God Donít Never Change
* Kate Voegele - A Fine Mess
* Mat Kearney - City of Black & White
* Colin Linden - From the Water
* Iron & Wine - Around the Well (2 CD rarities.)
* Carbon Leaf - Nothing Rhymes with Woman
* Jarvis Cocker - Further Complications
* Jonathan Kane - Jet Ear Party
* White Rabbits - Itís Frightening
* Passion Pit - Manners
* The Field - Yesterday & Today
* Zee Avi - S/T
* Drive A - Loss of Desire
* John Vanderslice - Romanian Names
* O.S.I. - Blood
* Parachute - Losing Sleep
* Saga - The Human Condition (New singer Rob Moratti.)
* Lenny Kravitz - Let Love Rule (20th anniversary deluxe edition.)
* Kenny Chesney - Greatest Hits II
* Blind Guardian - a few reissues
+ Paul Simon & Friends
+ Valkyrie
+ Paul Blart: Mall Cop
+ Fanboys


* Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
* Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
* Super Furry Animals - Dark Days/Light Years
* The Paper Chase - Someday this Could All Be Yours
* War Tapes - Continental Divide
* Jenny Owen Youngs - Transmitter Failure
* Viva Voce - Rose City
* Blank Dogs - Under and Under
* Six Finger Satellite - Half Control
* Simple Minds - Graffiti Soul
* The Rembrandts - Choice Picks: Complete Greatest Hits
* Tish Hinojosa Our Little Planet 
* Dwight Twilley - Out of the Box (Covers.)
* Vinnie Moore - To the Core
* Creedence Clearwater Revival - The Concert (40th anniversary.)
+ Ministry - Adios...Puta Madres
+ New in Town
+ Forever Strong


* 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.)
* Marshall Crenshaw - Jaggedland
* Iggy Pop - Preliminaires (Iggy goes jazz?)
* The Eels - Hombre Lobo
* Rancid - Let the Dominoes Fall
* 311 - Uplifter
* Franz Ferdinand - Blood
* Taking Back Sunday - New Again
* Ryan Star - 11:59
* Ryan Bingham - Roadhouse Sun
* Willy Porter - How to Rob a Bank
* Lou Gramm - S/T
* UFO - The Visitor
* Neil Young - Archives, Vol. 1:1963-1972
* Hall & Oates - Straight from Philadelphia (box set.)
+ Jeff Buckley - Grace: Live Around the World (2 DVDís/1 CD.)
+ Umphreyís McGee - Live
+ Revolutionary Road
+ Defiance


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


* Nanci Griffith The Loving Kind
* Rhett Miller - S/T
* Todd Snider - The Excitement Plan
* Aimee Allen - A Little Happiness
* Sonic Youth - The Eternal
* Placebo - Battle for the Sun
* British Sea Power - Man of Aran
* Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
* Dredg - The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion
* Deerhunter - Rainwater Cassette Exchange (EP.)
* Dead Weather - Horehound (Jack White & Alison Mosshart.)
* Paul Weller - Just a Dream: 22 Dreams Live (CD/DVD.)
* Darryl Worley - Sounds Like Life
+ Iron Maiden - Flight 666 (Singer Bruce Dickinson pilots a custom Boeing 757 in this tour documentary.)
+ Gran Torino
+ The International


* Ha Ha Tonka - Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South
* Incubus - Moments and Melodies: Best of
* Hank Williams, Jr. 127 Rose Avenue
* Holly Williams Here With Me
* Magnum - Into the Valley of the Moon King
* Neal E. Boyd - S/T
* Devin Townsend - Ki
* Queen + Paul Rodgers - Live in Ukraine
* The Wallflowers Greatest Hits
* George Harrison - Let it Roll: Best of
* The Pixies - Minotaur: Collectorís edition (Download only.)
* Def Leppard - Pyromania/Adrenalize (Deluxe editions.)
+ Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music (40th anniversary!)
+ Dr. Strangelove (45th anniversary.)


* Wilco - S/T
* Regina Spektor - Far
* Pete Yorn - Back and Fourth
* Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
* Patterson Hood - Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs.)
* God Help the Girl S/T
* Deer Tick - Born on Flag Day
* Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship
* Alexisonfire - Old Crows/Young Cardinals
* Trey Anastasio - Time Turns Elastic
* Third Eye Blind - Ursa Major
* Charlie Robison Beautiful Day
* The Lemonheads - Varshons (Covers album.)
* Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings (3 CD version available w/covers EP.)
* The Mars Volta - Octahedron
* Voivod Infini
* R.E.M. Reckoning (25th anniversary Deluxe edition.)
* Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry (25th anniversary 2 CD set.)
* Spinal Tap - Back from the Dead (2 CDís.)
+ Inkheart
+ Confessions of a Shopaholic


* Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
* Brad Paisley - American Saturday Night
* Moby - Wait for Me
* Rob Thomas - Cradlesong (CD.) and Soundstage Presents: Something To Be Tour: Live at Red Rocks (DVD.)
+ Two Lovers  


* Son Volt - American Central Dust


+ This is Spinal Tap (Blu-ray.)


* Stryper - Murder by Pride


Wonít say I love you babe
Wonít say I need you babe
But Iím going to get you babe
And I will not do you wrong
Livingís mostly wasting time
And I waste my share of mine
But it never feels too good
So letís not take too long
Youíre as soft as glass and Iím a gentle man
We got the sky to talk about
And the world to lie upon

Days up and down they come
Like rain on a conga drum
Forget most, remember some
But donít turn none away
Everything is not enough
Nothing is too much to bear
Where you been is good and gone
All you keepís the getting there

To live is to fly low and high
So shake the dust off of your wings
And the sleep out of your eyes

Itís goodbye to all my friends
Itís time to go again
Think of all the poetry
And the pickiní down the line
Iíll miss the system here
The bottomís low and the trebleís clear
But it donít pay to think too much
On the things you leave behind
I may be gone but I wonít be long
Iíll be bringing back the melody
And the rhythm that I find

We all got holes to fill
And them holes are all thatís real
Some fall on you like a storm
Sometimes you dig your own
But choice is yours to make
Time is yours to take
Some dive into the sea
Some toil upon the stone

To live is to fly low and high
So shake the dust off of your wings
The sleep out of your eyes.

Townes Van Zandt, the song ďTo Live Is To FlyĒ off the album High, Low and Inbetween first released in 1972. It can also be found on many Townes Van Zandt compilations. A few cover versions can be found too, such as one by the Cowboy Junkies.

See you in June...

Chris Barlow



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