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The Crossing - August 2009

A trip back in time...40 years ago this month...

The event: the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival.

The time: the weekend of August 15-17, 1969 in the Summer of Love.

The place: Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm in Bethel, New York.

The guests: 400,000+ young and crazy, peace lovin’ fans of music.

The artists: John B. Sebastian, Canned Heat, Richie Havens, Country Joe & the Fish, Arlo Guthrie, Sha-Na-Na, Country Joe McDonald, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Who, Joe Cocker, Santana, Ten Years After, Jefferson Airplane, The Band, the Grateful Dead, Johnny & Edgar Winter, Mountain, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Blood Sweat & Tears, Sly & the Family Stone, Butterfield Blues Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin & Jimi Hendrix among a few others.

The happening: Sun, sky, music, love, happiness, peace, peace signs (both kinds), massive crowd, hippies, hitchhiking, a nominal charge turns to free admission, rain, mud, toilet and sanitary issues, grass (both kinds), drugs (don’t take the brown acid), a rash or two, perhaps a sexually-transmitted disease.

The aftermath: We are music fans...they are us and we are them, all to variable degrees. The biggest music festival ever held up to that point becomes the event by which all music festivals will be compared to.

The spirit of peace and music lives on winding down the generations...   

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Big Country - The Homecoming: Live at the Barrowlands, Glasgow, New Years Eve 1983/84 - CD/DVD.
* Bruce & Jamie Watson - Live at Lathone’s
* Kieran Kane - Somewhere Between the Roses
* The Starlight Mints - Change Remains
* The Working Title - Bone Island
* Modern Day Escape - House of Rats
* The Trashcan Sinatras - In the Music
* The Features - Some Kind of Salvation
* Yim Yames - Tribute to George Harrison (Jim James of My Morning Jacket.)
* Hatcham Social - A Stunner
* My My My - Little Cat Plays the Alpha Rave
* Homemade Jamz Blues Band - I Got Blues for You
* Mishka - Above the Bones
* Set Your Goals - This will be the Death of Us
* Ana Popovic - Blind for Love
* Eyedea & Abilities - By the Throat
* Rx Bandits - Mandala
* Bad Veins - S/T
* Generationals - Con Law
* Band of Skulls - Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
* Beardfish - Destined Solitaire
* Owl City - Ocean Eyes
* Wye Oak - The Knot
* Tenth Avenue North - Over and Underneath
* Megafaun - Gather, Form and Fly
* Manic Street Preachers - Journal for Plague Lovers
* The Wishing Tree - Ostara (import.)
* Nick Lowe - Brentford Trilogy box set
* The Rolling Stones - Amazon.com exclusive box set. (13 discs.)
+ 12

8/4

* Modest Mouse - No One’s First and You’re Next
* Fruit Bats - Ruminant Band
* Wolf & Cub - Science & Sorcery
* We Were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls
* Throw Me the Statue - Creaturesque
* Jimmy Mancus - Move Down
* Julian Plenti - Skyscraper
* The Hooters - Both Sides Live (Country ‘and’ western? No. Electric and acoustic.)
* Collective Soul - S/T (rabbit on cover.)
* Seasick Steve - a few reissues
+ The Soloist
+ Fragments
+ Race to Witch Mountain
+ Flight of the Conchords: Complete 2nd Season

8/11

* Cobra Starship - Hot Mess
* As Tall as Lions - You Can’t Take it With You
* After Midnight Project - Let’s Build Something to Break
* The Dry Spells - Too Soon for Flowers
* Bombay Bicycle Club - I had the Blues but I Shook Them Loose
* Between the Trees - Spain
* August Burns Red - Constellations
* The Bottle Rockets - Lean Forward
* Mindy Smith - Stupid Love
* George Strait - Twang
* Robert Cray - This Time
* Britt Nicole - The Lost Get Found
* Maia Sharp - Echo
* Anna Ternheim - Leaving on a Mayday
* Robert Pollard - Elephant Jokes
* Michael McDermott - Hey la Hey
* Mike Stern - Big Neighborhood
* Tommy Castro - Hard Believer
* The Stone Roses - S/T (20th anniversary edition; 3 CD’s/1 DVD.)
* Dan Fogelberg - a few reissues
* The Cate Brothers - a few reissues
+ Vanilla Fudge - Live 2004
+ I Love You, Man
+ The Class
+ Gigantic
+ 17 Again

8/18

* MuteMath - Armistice
* Jones Street Station - In Verses
* Sister Hazel - Release
* Third Eye Blind - Ursa Major
* Colin Hay - American Sunshine
* Breathe Carolina - Hello Fascination
* Cave Singers - Welcome Joy
* Brendan Benson - My Old, Familiar Friend
* David Nail - I’m About to Come Alive
* Skillet - Awake
* Nathan Maxwell - White Rabbit
* Joe Henry - Blood from Stars
* Delbert McClinton - Acquired Taste
* Otep - Smash the Control Machine
* The Popes - Outlaw Heaven (w/guests Shane MacGowan and Spider Stacy.)
* Madness - The Liberty of Norton Folgate
* The Cult - Love (Deluxe edition.)
* Richard Thompson - Working on a Wire 1968-2009
* Various Artists - Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm (6 CD box set.)
+ The Last House on the Left
+ The Last Starfighter (25th anniversary.)

8/25

* Jack Ingram - Big Dreams & High Hopes
* Imogen Heap - Ellipse
* Matisyahu - Light
* 16 Horsepower - Secret South
* Dolores O’Riordan - No Baggage
* Colbie Caillat - Breakthrough
* Amelia Curran - War Brides
* Willie Nelson - American Classic
* Ingrid Michaelson - Everybody
* Jet - Shaka Rock
* Mew - No More Stories
* Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
* Shonen Knife - Super Group
* Needtobreathe - The Outsiders
* Mellowdrone - Angry Bear
* The Postmarks - Memoirs at the End of the World
* Radiohead - Kid A/Amnesiac/Hail to the Thief (Deluxe Editions.)
* Woody Guthrie - My Dusty Road (box set.)
* Hall & Oates - Straight from Philadelphia (box set.)
* Various Artists -  Taking Woodstock soundtrack
+ Cheap Trick - Sgt. Pepper Live (CD/DVD.)
+ Adventureland
+ Duplicity
+ Sunshine Cleaning
+ The Informers

9/1

* Derek Webb - Stockholm Syndrome
* David Bazan - Curse Your Branches
* Brandi Carlile - Give Up the Ghost
* Chevelle - Sci-fi Crimes
* The Color Morale - We All Have Demons
* These United States - Everything Touches Everything
* Juliette Lewis - Terra Incognita
* The Used - Artwork
* The Black Crowes - Before the Frost (CD.) and ...Until the Freeze (download only.)
* The Proclaimers - Notes & Rhymes (import.)
* Drive By Truckers - The Fine Print (A Collection of Oddities & Rarities 2003-2008.)
* They Might Be Giants - Here Comes Science (CD/DVD; children’s album; Amazon.com exclusive.)
+ State of Play

9/8

* John Fogerty - The Blue Ridge Rangers Ride Again
* A Fine Frenzy - Bomb in a Birdcage
* Rodrigo y Gabriela - 11:11
* Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson - Break Up
* Howie Day - Sound the Alarm
* Sondre Lerche - Heartbeat Radio
* Vivian Girls - Everything Goes Wrong
* Taken by Trees - East of Eden
* Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement
* Thousand Foot Krutch - Welcome to the Masquerade
* Zero 7 - Yeah Ghost
* Pinetop Seven - Bringing Home the Last Great Strike (reissue.)
+ Various Artists - US Festival 1983
+ Patty Griffin - Live from the Artists Den

9/9

* The Beatles - Entire Catalog (John, Paul, George & Ringo get the remastered treatment for the first time ever! Both mono and stereo box sets available.)

9/15

* Mark Knopfler - Get Lucky
* Bruce Hornsby - Levitate
* Robin Guthrie - Carousel
* Landon Pigg - The Boy Who Never
* Gary Go - S/T
* Muse - The Resistance
* The 69 Eyes - Back in Blood
* The Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee
* Ace Frehley - Anomaly
* Lita Ford - Wicked Wonderland
* Anvil - This is Thirteen
* Megadeth - Endgame
* Living Colour - Chair in the Doorway
* Europe - Last Look at Eden (import.)
* Santana - Supernatural (Deluxe edition.)
* Big Star - Keep an Eye on the Sky (box set.)
+ Alter Bridge - Live in Amsterdam
+ X-Men Origins: Wolverine

9/22

* Monsters of Folk - S/T (Conor Oberst, Jim James, Mike Mogis and M. Ward.)
* David Gray - Draw the Line
* Pearl Jam - Backspacer (Target exclusive.)
* Porcupine Tree - The Incident (2 CD’s.)
* Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - White Lunar (2 CD’s.)
* Editors - In this Light and on this Evening
* Or, the Whale - S/T
* Brand New - Daisy
* Mika - We are Golden
* Alberta Cross - Broken Side of Time
* Billy Tallent - III
* Various Artists - Where the Action Is! L.A. Nuggets 1965-1968 (box set.)
+ Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

9/29

* Drivin’ N Cryin’ - Great American Bubble Factory
* Swell Season - Strict Joy
* The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
* Will Hoge - The Wreckage
* Ian Brown - My Way
* Hope Sandoval - TBA
* Dennis Diken - TBA
* Paramore - Brand New Eyes
* La Roux - S/T
* Alice in Chains - Black Gives Way to Blue
* Lynyrd Skynyrd - God & Guns
* Foreigner - Can’t Slow Down (2 CD’s/1 DVD; Wal-mart exclusive; Kelly Hansen formerly of Hurricane now on vocals. Think Journey.)
* Genesis - Live Box Set 1973-2007
+ Monsters vs. Aliens
+ The Wizard of Oz (70th anniversary.)

10/6

* Rosanne Cash - The List
* The Badlees - TBA
* Katharine McPhee - TBA
* The Clientele - Bonfires on the Heath
* Daniel Merriweather - Love and War
* Lou Barlow - Goodnight Unknown
* KISS - Sonic Boom (2 CD’s/1 DVD; Wal-mart exclusive, think Foreigner and Journey.)

10/13

* Wolfmother - Cosmic Egg
* Thrice - Beggars
* Antipop Consortium - Flourescent Black
* Lynch Mob - Smoke & Mirrors

10/20

* Sufjan Stevens - Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (CD/DVD.)
* Lyle Lovett - TBA
* The Roots - How I Got Over
* Maps - Turning the Mind
* Atlas Sound - Logos
* 30 Seconds to Mars - This is War
* Flight of the Conchords - I Told You I was Freaky (Comedy album.)

10/27

* Tegan & Sara - Sainthood
* Sting - If on a Winter’s Night...

LYRICS of the MONTH:

“I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him where are you going
And this he told me
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm going to try an' get my soul free

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe it's the time of man
I don't know who I am
But you know life is for learning

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
back to the garden.”

Joni Mitchell, the song “Woodstock” off the album Ladies of the Canyon first released in 1970. It’s also more recently available on Hits.

See you in September…

Peace,

Chris Barlow
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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