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The Crossing - March 2010

Spring is here and the time is right for dancing in the streets, so the paraphrase goes.

The Hurt Locker was the big winner last night, winning both best Picture and best Director. (Kathryn Bigelow.) It IS already available on DVD/Blu-ray, in case you missed it, having been released in January. Some movies that were also big winners, such as Crazy Heart which won for best Actor in Jeff Bridges and Avatar which won various technical awards are both doing well in theaters, so it'll be just a little while longer before a DVD/Blu-ray release date is announced for both of them. Supposedly, Avatar will be out in late April, but if it's still grossing millions you can bet that it will be pushed back. It is currently the biggest grossing film of all-time. Other big winners such as Precious and The Blind Side will be out this month.

40 years later, one of the greatest guitarists ever, Jimi Hendrix will have his estate cleaned out and vacuumed with the release of Valleys of Neptune on March 9th, an album of rarities and alternate recordings. Also, Jimi's studio albums will get the Deluxe treatment each with a DVD. Other Hendrix releases shall see the light of day throughout the year.

The month kicks off with the rollicking sounds of New York City's greatest Irish led bar band,  Larry Kirwan and Black 47 and winds down with a Steven Page-less Toronto outfit known as The Barenaked Ladies.

Great movies, great music, what else do you want? This is The Crossing for March of 2010. Get rockin'! Or, at least get some popcorn and get Avataring. Yes, it's a word. No it's not. It could be in the Na'vi language? Gotcha! So, that's what Ben Stiller, all dressed in blue and with a tail, was saying at the Oscars! (P.S. If you have not seen Avatar yet and you want to know what all the hoopla is about, be sure to see it in groundbreaking, awesome 3D. This is not the 3D of yesteryear, but a whole new breakthrough in the 3D process using specially designed 3D cameras. Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is in theaters now using this same 3D. You can't beat this! Get used to it, because it's gonna become very common. Quidditch. Anyone?) 

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Matthew Ryan - Dear Lover
* Jason Falkner - I'm OK, You're OK
* Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
* Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
* Joe Pug - Messenger
* Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM
* Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore - Dear Companion
* Findlay Brown - Love Will Find You
* Vedera - Stages
* Grada - Natural Angle
* The Appleseed Cast - Sagarmatha
* Fireflight - For Those Who Wait
* Marley's Ghost - Ghost Town 
* The Holmes Brothers - Feed My Soul
* Pete Anderson - Even Things Up
* Nell Robinson - Loango
* Rocky Votolato - True Devotion 
* Charlotte Park Rangers - S/T
* My Dinosaur Life - S/T
* Pylon - Chomp (Reissue.)
* The Wishing Tree - Ostara (Steve Rothery of Marillion solo project.)
* Steve Dawson of Dolly Varden - I Will Miss the Trumpets and the Drums
* Steven Page - A Singer Must Die (Covers; ex-Barenaked Ladies singer.)
* Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert
+ Andrew McMahon - Dear Jack (Singer of Jack's Mannequin chronicling his battle with leukemia.)
+ Joe Satriani - I Just Wanna Rock: Live in Paris (CD/DVD.)

3/2

* Black 47 - Bankers and Gangsters
* Lifehouse - Smoke & Mirrors
* Little Boots - Hands
* John Hiatt - The Open Road
* Flogging Molly - Live at the Greek Theater (2 CD's/1 DVD.)
* The Whigs - In the Dark
* Rogue Wave - Permalight
* Athlete - Black Swan
* Dust from 1,000 Years - Marble Memo
* Owen Pallett - Heartland
* Ruby Suns - Fight Softly
* A Weather - Everyday Balloons
* Shooter Jennings - Black Ribbons (Spoken word parts by Stephen King.)
* Altan - 25th Anniversary Celebration
+ Five Iron Frenzy - The Rise and Fall of... (2 DVD's.)
+ Where the Wild Things Are
+ Ponyo
+ 2012
+ The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
+ The Beaches of Agnes
+ Clash of the Titans (Blu-ray.)
+ The Neverending Story (Blu-ray.)

3/9

* Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of Neptune (Unreleased final sessions) and four Deluxe reissues.
* Amy MacDonald ­ A Curious Thing
* Patty Larkin - 25 (2 CD's; many guests.)
* Giant - Promise Land
* Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
* Serj Tankian - Elect the Dead: Symphony
* Frightened Rabbit - Winter of Mixed Drinks
* The Bundles - S/T
* Aloha - Home Acres
* Besnard Lakes - Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night
* Alberta Cross - The Broken Side of Time
* The Method Actors - This Is Still It
* Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks
* Miles Kurosky - The Desert of Shallow Effects
* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat the Devil's Tattoo
* Ben Harper - Live from the Montreal International Jazz Festival
* Julie Fowlis - Uam
* Josh Rouse - El Turrista
* Broken Bells - S/T
* White Hinterland - Kairos
* Sanctus Real - Pieces of a Real Heart
* Liars - Sisterhood
* Acrassicauda - Only the Dead See the End of the War (EP; Iraqi metal band seen in the revealing documentary `Heavy Metal in Baghdad'.)
* Pavement - Quarantine the Past: Best of and a few reissues
+ Jimi Hendrix - Live at Woodstock (Blu-ray.)
+ The Chieftains & Ry Cooder - San Patricio (CD/DVD.)
+ The Mavericks - Live at Royal Albert Hall
+ Precious
+ Up In The Air
+ Capitalism: A Love Story
+ The Stoning of Soraya M.
+ Planet 51
+ Old Dogs
+ The Kids are Alright (Blu-ray.)

3/16

* The Drive By Truckers - The Big To-Do
* Flobots - Survival Story
* The White Stripes - Under Great White Northern Lights: Live (CD/DVD.)
* Graham Parker - Imaginary Television
* Gin Wigmore - Holy Smoke
* Brad Mehldau - Highway Rider
* The Dropkick Murphys - Live on Landsdowne, Boston, MA
* Aiden - Live in Chicago (CD/DVD.)
* Standard Fare - The Novelle Beat
* Trampled By Turtles - Palomino
* Streetlight Manifesto - 99 Songs of a Revolution
* Neon Trees - Habits
* Polar Bear - Peepers
* Sean Hayes - Run Wolves Run
* Meredith Andrews - As Long As It Takes
* Locksley - Be In Love 
* Uriah Heep - Celebration
* Armored Saint - La Raza
* Fates Warning - Parallels (2 CD/ 1 DVD Deluxe reissue.)
+ The Princess and the Frog
+ Broken Embraces
+ Ninja Assassin
+ Astroboy
+ Bandslam
+ Armored
+ The Fourth Kind
+ Did You Hear About the Morgans?

3/20

+ The Twillight Saga: New Moon

3/23

* She & Him - Volume Two
* Joe Bonamassa - Black Rock
* Mose Allison w/Joe Henry - Way of the World
* Bright Eyes & Neva Dinova - One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels
* Sonya Kitchell - Convict of Conviction EP
* Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis
* Jonsi Birgisson - Go
* Goldfrapp - Head First
* Brian Howe - Circus Bar
* Sleeping With Sirens - With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear
* Sanctuary - Refuge Denied/Into the Mirror Black (reissues.)
* The Scorpions - Sting in the Tail
* The Runaways soundtrack
* The Arc Angels - Living in a Dream (2 CD's/ 1 DVD.)
* Chuck Berry - Complete Chess Recordings: 1969-1974 (4 CD's.)
* The Who - Live Greatest Hits
* Elvis Presley - On Stage: Legacy Edition (2 CD's.)
+ The T.A.M.I. Show
+ Jeff Healey - Beautiful Noise
+ The Blind Side
+ The Fantastic Mr. Fox
+ The Men Who Stare at Goats
+ Brothers
+ Toy Story 1 & 2 (Blu-ray.)
+ The African Queen (Blu-ray.)

3/30

* Edwin McCain - Best of
* The Barenaked Ladies - All in Good Time
* Black Francis aka Frank Black - Nonstoperotik
* Amy Grant - Somewhere Down the Road
* Angus & Julia Stone - Down the Way
* Melissa Auf Der Maur - Out of Our Minds
* The Annuals - Sweet Sister
* Paper Tongues - S/T
* Nick Cave - a few reissues
* ZZ Top - The Roots of ZZ Top: Moving Sidewalks & American Blues
+ Sherlock Holmes
+ An Education
+ The Baader Meinholf Complex
+ Alvin & the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel
+ Alice in Wonderland (1951 animated Disney film.)
+ Under the Sea: IMAX-3D

4/6

* The BoDeans - Mr. Sad Clown
* Jakob Dylan - Women and Country
* Peter Wolf - Midnight Souvenirs
* Martin Sexton - Sugarcoating
* David Byrne and Fatboy Slim - Here Lies Love
* Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame
* Civil Twilight - S/T
* Hypernova - Through the Chaos
* Black Prairie - Feast of the Hunter's Moon
* Slash - S/T (many guest vocalists.)
* Jeff Healey - Last Call
* The Classic Crime - Vagabonds
* Codeine Velvet Club - S/T
* The Doves - Best of (2 CD's/1 DVD.)
* The Cure - Disintegration (20th anniversary edition.)
* Duran Duran - a few Deluxe editions
+ Cocoon (Blu-ray.)
+ The Natural (Blu-ray.)
+ A Nightmare on Elm Street (Blu-ray.)

4/13

* Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep (2 CD's; Nursery Rhymes, Lullabys & Poetry; many guests.)
* Jeff Beck - Emotion & Commotion
* MGMT - Congratulations
* Carrie Rodriguez - Love & Circumstance
* Freelance Whales - Weathervanes
* Matt Pond PA - The Dark Leaves
* Taproot - Plead the 5th
* Helloween - Unarmed: Rerecorded Best of
* Coheed & Cambria - Year of the Black Rainbow
* Willie Nelson - Country Music
* Steve Vai - Where the Other Wild Things Are
+ Pirate Radio
+ 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Highlights
+ Apollo 13 (Blu-ray.)

4/20

* Shelby Lynne - Tears, Lies & Alibis
* Apples in Stereo - Travellers in Space and Time
* The Break - Church of the Open Sky (3 Midnight Oil members and 1 Violent Femmes member; Peter Garrett not included.)
* Sevendust - Cold Day Memory
* Ozomatli - Fire Away
* Everest - On Approach
* Taylor Hawkins & Coattail Riders - Red Light Fever
* Roky Erickson & Okkervil River - True Love Cast Out All Evil
* Painted Hills - S/T 
* Caribou - Swim
* Ratt - Infestation (former Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo joins three of the five original Ratt members including vocalist Stephen Pearcy.)
* AC/DC - Iron Man 2 soundtrack
* Jane Krakowski - Live at Feinstein's at the Regency
* Rufus Wainwright - All Days are Nights: Songs for Lulu
* Jonny Lang - Live at the Ryman
* 4Troops - S/T
* Poco - Live at Columbia Studios, 1971
+ The Lovely Bones
+ The Young Victoria
+ Summer Hours
+ The Horse Boy
+ Minority Report (Blu-ray.)

4/27

* Mary Chapin Carpenter - Age of Miracles
* Melissa Etheridge - Fearless Love
* Peter Frampton - Thank You Mr. Churchill
* Tesla - Alive in Europe
* Bullet for My Valentine - Fever
* Mouth of the Architect - The Violence Beneath
* Courtney Love - Nobody's Daughter (I bet her Mom is surprised.)
+ It's Complicated
+ The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
+ Five Minutes of Heaven
+ The White Ribbon
+ Georgia O'Keeffe
+ Elizabeth (Blu-ray.)

5/4

* Asia - Omega
* The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever
* Josh Ritter - So Runs the World Away
* The New Pornographers - Together
* Broken Social Scene - TBA
* Tonic - S/T
* Courtyard Hounds - S/T (Emily Robison & Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks.)
+ Leap Year
+ Saving Private Ryan (Blu-ray.)

5/11

* Tokyo Police Club - Champ
* UNKLE - Where Did the Night Fall
* Crash Test Dummies - Ooh La La
* James Taylor & Carole King - Troubadour Reunion (CD/DVD.)
+ Daybreakers
+ Rock `N Roll High School (Blu-ray.)

5/18

* The Deftones - Diamond Eyes
* Far - At Night We Live
* The Rolling Stones - Exile on Mainstreet (Deluxe edition.)
+ The Messenger
+ Walkabout (Blu-ray.)

LYRICS of the MONTH:

Put a ribbon round my neck and call me a libertine
I will sing you songs of dreams I used to dream
I will sail away on seas of silver and gold
Until I reach my home.

Give me a guitar and I'll be your troubadour
Your strolling minstrel 12th century door to door
I don't know anymore, if that feeling is past will is last
How can you be sure?

And how do I know if you're feeling the same as me?
And how do I know if that's the only place you want to be?

Give me a stage and I'll be your rock and roll queen
Your 20th century cover of a magazine
Rolling Stone here I come, watch out everyone I'm singing my song.

Give me a festival and I'll be your Glastonbury star
The lights are shining everyone knows who you are
Singing songs about dreams about hopes about schemes
ooooh, they just came true.

And how do I know if you're feeling the same as me?
And how do I know if that's the only place you want to be?

And if you want it to then there's nothing left to do
Lets start a band, lets start a band, lets start a band, lets start a band.

Amy MacDonald, the song "Let's Start a Band" off of the album This is the Life released in 2007.

Happy Spring!!!

See you in April!

Chris Barlow
cbcrossing@yahoo.com

 

 
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