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The Crossing - June 2009

Another solid month of tunes and cinema here...

Let's take a look at a few select music items:

Dave Matthews Band - I haven't been paying the Dave Matthews Band much attention for the past ten years, so why now? Well, I know they are very good musicians and always have been, their drummer Carter Beauford is certainly among the top, and I just saw them perform two songs on the Jimmy Fallon show. These were inspired, high energy songs performed with an edge that you can tell was obviously brought on by the passing of their very talented saxophone player, LeRoi Moore. He died last Summer as a result of complications brought on by an ATV accident that happened months earlier. These new songs seemed to have more electric guitar in them than ever and possibly this sound is a result of Moore's passing where his noteable saxophone passages helped make the Dave Matthews Band sound. Apparently Moore's most recent playing, captured in the studio before he died, has made it on to the new album entitled Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King. They tour all Summer long. Long may they ride...

Regina Spektor - She broke thru a few years back with the album Begin to Hope. She sang the song "The Call" at the end of the Prince Caspian movie. She plays piano and she's quirky, weird and strange. She's her own person, a true free spirit, probably a result of moving from her home country Russia at an early age and moving to a strange and new country, the USA, eventually landing in Brooklyn, NY. My pick for the most anticipated album of the month. It'll be
interesting to see what Regina does with this new album and where it may take her. Produced in part by Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra fame who's
worked a lot with Tom Petty, but also produced by David Kahne with Regina who both worked on the last album. This new collection entitled Far out on the
23rd, should be well produced and full of Regina's idiosyncratic sound and beautiful voice.

Wilco - Which Wilco will show up? Jeff Tweedy and Wilco release their 7th album somewhat dubiously entitled Wilco (The Album) Guess that answers that
question... They `are' still called albums!! It's out on the 30th of this month. I'm getting the vibe that it will be a cross between their most recent effort
Sky Blue Sky and that album's two experimental predecessors Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost is Born. Which means we won't know what kind of Wilco
album this will be until it actually shows up. But given the title...it's safe to assume it will be quintessential Wilco. There's even a song called "Wilco".
Special guest includes Feist of "1,2,3,4" fame. I thought Sky Blue Sky was a very good album and is probably my favorite Wilco collection, so if Wilco (The
Album) can be anything like that, the band will have succeeded again in my eyes. One of the top American bands, Wilco continues to evolve and keep fans
guessing...

Many other releases to keep your ears and eyes peeled for this month. Be sure to look closely at the list below. There's more there than meets the eye and you don't want to miss anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Moderat - S/T
* CKY - Carver City
* Apostle of Hustle - Eats Darkness
* Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us
* Chairlift - Does You Inspire You
* Audrye Sessions - S/T
* Grand Duchy - Petits Fours
* Big Business - Mind the Drift
* Owen Beverly - Shooting the Bull
* Barcelona - Absolutes (expanded reissue.)
* Tosca - No Hassle
* Gliss - Devotion Implosion
* 16 Frames - Where It Ends
* Operation Aloha - S/T
* The Veer Union - Against the Grain
* Ace Enders - When I Hit the Ground
* Harry Bacharach - Velvet Tango
* Cheryl Wheeler - Pointing at the Sun
* John Paul Keith - Spills and Thrills
* Cathy Anne McClintock - S/T
* Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson - Break Up (Download only.)
+ Bob Walkenhorst - Live and On Purpose 2006
+ The Rainmakers - Almanac: Video Collection
+ My Bloody Valentine

6/2

* Dave Matthews Band - Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King (CD/DVD.)
* Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
* Marshall Crenshaw - Jaggedland
* Iggy Pop - Preliminaires
* The Eels - Hombre Lobo
* Rancid - Let the Dominoes Fall
* 311 - Uplifter
* Franz Ferdinand - Blood
* The Sounds - Crossing the Rubicon
* Emery - In Shallow Seas We Sail
* Hoots & Hellmouth - The Holy Open Secret
* Taking Back Sunday - New Again
* Ryan Star - 11:59
* Ryan Bingham - Roadhouse Sun
* Willy Porter - How to Rob a Bank
* Paolo Nutini - Sunny Side Up
* Ronnie Earl - Living in the Light
* Diane Birch - Bible Belt
* Lou Gramm - S/T
* The Who - Sell Out (Deluxe edition.)
* Crosby, Stills & Nash - Demos
* Neil Young - Archives, Vol.1: 1963-1972
* Hall & Oates - Straight from Philadelphia (box set.)
+ Jeff Buckley - Grace: Live Around the World (2 DVD's/1 CD.)
+ Umphryee's McGee - Live
+ Revolutionary Road
+ Defiance
+ He's Just Not That Into You

6/7

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

6/9

* Nanci Griffith - The Loving Kind
* Rhett Miller - S/T
* Todd Snider - The Excitement Plan
* Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey - Here and Now
* The Clarks - Restless Days
* Aimee Allen - A Little Happiness
* Sonic Youth - The Eternal
* Placebo - Battle for the Sun
* Elizabeth & the Catapult - Taller Children
* Kathryn Williams & Neill MacColl - Two
* British Sea Power - Man of Aran
* The Features - Some Kind of Salvation
* Post Honeymoon - S/T
* Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
* Dredg - The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion
* Deerhunter - Rainwater Cassette Exchange (EP.)
* Dead Weather - Horehound (Jack White & Alison Mosshart.)
* Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
* The Aggrolites - IV
* There For Tomorrow - A Little Faster
* Paul Weller - Just a Dream: 22 Dreams Live (CD/DVD.)
* Darryl Worley - Sounds Like Life
+ Kris Kristofferson, Patty Griffin & Randy Owen - Legends & Lyrics, Vol. 1
+ Iron Maiden - Flight 666 (Singer Bruce Dickinson pilots a custom Boeing 757 in
this tour documentary.)
+ Gran Torino
+ The International

6/16

* 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
* William Fitzsimmons - Live Sessions EP (download only.)
* Garrison Starr & Josh Joplin - Among the Oak & Ash
* The Waifs - From the Union of Soul: Live
* Daddy (Will Kimbrough & Tommy Womack) - For a Second Time
* Magnum - Into the Valley of the Moon King
* Neal E. Boyd - S/T
* Devin Townsend - Ki
* Jill Hennessey - Ghost in My Head
* Jason Shannon - S/T
* Marching Orders - Last Train Home
* Math the Band - Don't Worry
* Tiny Masters of Today - Skeletons
* Queen + Paul Rodgers - Live in Ukraine
* The Wallflowers - Collected: 1996-2005
* George Harrison - Let it Roll: Best of
* Don Henley - Very Best of (CD/DVD.)
* The Pixies - Minotaur: Collector's edition (Download only.)
* Def Leppard - Pyromania/Adrenalize (Deluxe editions.)
+ Nightwish - End of an Era
+ James Taylor - One Man Band
+ Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music (40th anniversary!)
+ Friday the 13th
+ Dr. Strangelove (45th anniversary.)
+ The Diary of Anne Frank (50th anniversary.)

6/23

* Regina Spektor - Far
* Bjork - Voltaic
* Pete Yorn - Back and Fourth
* Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
* Patterson Hood - Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs.)
* Shawn Colvin - Live
* John Mellencamp - Life, Death Live and Freedom (8 song live EP.)
* Kendall Carson - Alright Dynamite
* The Roots - How I Got Over
* Cheap Trick - The Latest
* God Help the Girl - S/T
* Deer Tick - Born on Flag Day
* Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship
* Alexisonfire - Old Crows/Young Cardinals
* Love is All - Last Choice
* Royal City - S/T
* The Bats - Guilty Office
* Jets Overhead - No Nations
* Venetian Snares - Horsey Noises
* Trey Anastasio - Time Turns Elastic
* Third Eye Blind - Ursa Major
* Charlie Robison - Beautiful Day
* Rhonda Vincent - Destination Life
* Tonic - A Casual Affair: Best of
* The Lemonheads - Varshons (Covers album.)
* Michael Johns - Hold Back My Heart
* 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.)
* Black Sabbath - S-T/Master of Reality (Deluxe editions.)
* Spinal Tap - Back from the Dead (2 CD's.)
+ Inkheart
+ Confessions of a Shopaholic
+ Pink Panther 2

6/30

* Wilco - Wilco (The Album) (Special guest Feist.)
* Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
* Brad Paisley - American Saturday Night
* Moby - Wait for Me
* Blur - Midlife: a Beginner's Guide to Blur (2 CD's.)
* Meese - Broadcast
* Moxy Fruvous - Wood/Live Noise
* Fiery Furnaces - I'm Going Away
* Tanya Tucker - My Turn
* Jefferson Airplane/Santana/Sly & the Family Stone/Janis Joplin/Johnny Winter -Woodstock Experience (2 CD's each.)
* Rob Thomas - Cradlesong (CD.) and Soundstage Presents: Something to Be Tour: Live at Red Rocks (DVD.)
* Ted Nugent - Motor City Mayhem: 6,000th Concert (2CD's/1 DVD.)
* The Low Anthem - Oh My God Charlie Darwin
* Lillian Axe - Sad Day on Planet Earth
* Beastie Boys - a few Deluxe editions
+ Two Lovers
+ Do the Right Thing (20th anniversary.)

7/7

* Son Volt - American Central Dust
* The Jayhawks - Music from the North Country: Anthology
* Broken Records - Until the Earth Begins to Part
* Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
* Clutch - Strange Cousins from the West
* Cat Power - The Covers Record
* Discovery - LP
* Cass McCombs - Catacombs
* Silk Flowers - S/T
* Bowerbirds - Upper Air
* Marcy Playground - Leaving Wonderland...
* All Time Low - Nothing Personal
* The Donnas - Greatest Hits
* Waysted - Save Your Prayers (2 CD reissue.)
* Drive By Truckers - Live from Austin, TX
+ Push
+ Knowing

7/14

* Robin Trower - What Lies Beneath
* Time & Distance - Gravity
* Down from Zero - Chaos Theory
* Judas Priest - Live
+ David Bowie - VH1 Storytellers 1999 (CD/DVD.)
+ This is Spinal Tap (Blu-ray.)
+ The Haunting in Connecticut
+ Explicit Ills
+ Grey Gardens

7/21

* Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs - Under the Covers, Vol. 2
* Ian Hunter - Man Overboard
* Patti Smith - Peace and Noise
* Our Lady Peace - Burn Burn
* The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns
* Wheat - White Ink, Black Ink
* Rescue Signals - Indecisions
* Blue Roses - S/T
* Magnolia Electric Co. - Josephine
* Daughtry - Leave this Town
* Marie Digby - Breathing Underwater
* Stryper - Murder by Pride
* Kenny Loggins - All Join In
+ Coraline
+ Watchmen
+ The Great Buck Howard

7/28

* Howling Bells - Radio Wars

8/4

* Imogen Heap - Ellipse
* Collective Soul - TBA
+ Race to Witch Mountain
+ Flight of the Conchords: Complete 2nd Season

8/11

* Patty Griffin - Downtown Church

8/18

* Madness - The Liberty of Norton Folgate

8/25

* Dolores O'Riordan - No Baggage
+ Sunshine Cleaning

LYRICS of the MONTH:

Maybe the sun will shine today
The clouds will blow away
Maybe I won't feel so afraid
I will try to understand
Either way

Maybe you still love me
Maybe you don't
Either you will or you won't
Maybe you just need some time alone
I will try to understand
Everything has its plan
Either way
I'm gonna stay
Right for you

Maybe the sun will shine today
The clouds will roll away
Maybe I won't be so afraid
I will understand everything has its plan
Either way.

Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), the song "Either Way" off the album Sky Blue Sky released in 2007.

See you in July...

Chris Barlow
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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