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The Crossing - May 2010

Welcome back. 

May picks up where April left off. This is a good thing for anyone who has been paying attention. 

Let's play a game. It's incredibly easy. I'll mention some singers and artists and it's your job to find them in the below list. Are you ready? Now, put on some suspenseful music and let's get started.

Find the following:

Hotly anticipated artists: The Hold Steady, Free Energy, Broken Social Scene, The National, Tokyo Police Club, Far, Karen Elson and Band of Horses.

Killer singer/songwriters: (they're not really killers, but they are really damn good): Justin Currie, Mary Gauthier, Elizabeth Cook, Darrell Scott and Luka Bloom.

Classic legends: Bruce Springsteen, U2, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp.

Movies that you want to see or see again: The Road, North Face, Invictus, Greenberg and The Last Station.

See, you did it! It wasn't as hard as you thought. But don't miss everything in between either.

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Colin Devlin - Democracy of One (Emm Gryner guests.)
* Moonlight Bride - Myths
* The Spill Canvas - Realities (EP.)
* Anarbor - The Words You Don't Swallow
* Go Radio - Do Overs and Second Chances
* The Infamous Stringdusters - Things That Fly
* Bettye LaVette - Pharmacy of Love
* Amber Pacific - Virtues
* Gogol Bordello - Trans-Continental Hustle
* Klank - Numb...Reborn
* Gasoline Heart - Nostalgia Ain't What It Used To Be
* The Wayside - Spiritual Songs
* Great Lake Swimmers - Legion Sessions
* Perry Keyes - The Last Ghost Train Home
* Justin Rutledge - The Early Widows
* Luka Bloom - Dreams in America (Re-recorded retrospective.)
* The Saw Doctors - To Win Just Once: Best of
* Green Day - American Idiot: Original Broadway Cast Recording (2 CD's.)
* Gordon Lightfoot - many reissues
* The Hooters - Five by Five (EP.)
* Marillion - Tumbling Down the Years and Size Matters (Live; 2 CD's each.)
* Pearl Jam - Many official soundboard 2 CD sets

5/4

* Justin Currie - Great War (Del Amitri front man's second solo album.)
* Asia - Omega (John Wetton, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes & Carl Palmer.)
* The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever
* Minus the Bear - Omni
* Free Energy - Stuck on Nothing
* Josh Ritter - So Runs the World Away
* The New Pornographers - Together
* Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
* Our Last Night - We Will All Evolve
* Tonic - S/T
* Infantree - Food For Thought
* Steve Howe - Homebrew IV
* Nonpoint - Miracle
* The Fall - Your Future, Our Clutter
* Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
* Greg Laswell - Take a Bow
* Chely Wright - Lifted Off the Ground
* Mercyme - The Generous Mr. Lovewell
* Zac Brown Band - Pass the Jar: Live in Atlanta
* The Courtyard Hounds - S/T (Emily Robison & Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks.)
* The Letter Black - Hanging By a Thread
* George Lynch - Orchestral Mayhem
* Mike Patton - Mondo Cane 
* Extreme - Take Us Alive: Live in Boston 2009 (2 CD's/1 DVD.)
+ Leap Year
+ Nine
+ Tooth Fairy
+ Saving Private Ryan (Blu-ray.)

5/11

* Keane - Night Train (EP.)
* The National - High Violet
* Tokyo Police Club - Champ
* Elizabeth Cook - Welder
* The Lost Dogs - Old Angel
* The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
* UNKLE - Where Did the Night Fall
* Stereophonics - Keep Calm and Carry On
* Crash Test Dummies - Ooh La La
* Just Surrender - Phoenix
* The Expendables - Prove It
* Japandroids - No Singles
* The Morning Pages - Rising Rain
* Sleigh Bells - Treats
* Coco Rosie - Grey Oceans
* Woods - At Echo Lake
* We Are the Fallen - Tear the World Down
* Jennifer Knapp - Letting Go
* Tenth Avenue North - The Lights Meet the Dark
* Hoodoo Gurus - Purity of Essence
* Jody Porter - Close to the Sun
* Jim Lauderdale - Patchwork River
* Matt Kennon - S/T
* Susan Cowsill - Lighthouse
* Jackson Browne & David Lindley - Love is Strange
* James Taylor & Carole King - Troubadour Reunion (CD/DVD.)
* Meatloaf - Hang Cool Teddy Bear
* As I Lay Dying - The Powerless Rise
* Clutch - Live at the 9:30
* Bon Jovi - Many special edition reissues
* Judas Priest - British Steel (30th anniversary edition.)
+ Daybreakers
+ Legion
+ Edge of Darkness
+ North Face
+ The Karate Kid (Blu-ray.)
+ Rock `N Roll High School (Blu-ray.)

5/18

* Suzanne Vega - Close Up, Vol. 1: Love Songs
* Mary Gauthier - The Foundling (new album) and Genesis (compilation.)
* The Jayhawks - S/T aka `The Bunkhouse Album' (1986 debut released on CD for the first time.)
* The Deftones - Diamond Eyes
* Far - At Night We Live
* Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
* The Black Keys - Brothers
* Miggs - Wide Awake
* Macy Gray - The Sellout
* Jamie Lidell - Compass
* Scott Morgan - S/T
* Nas & Damian Marley - Distant Relatives
* LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
* Danko Jones - Below the Belt
* Turin Brakes - Outbursts
* Depreciation Guild - Spirit Youth
* Woven Bones - In and Out and Back Again
* Sadies - Darker Circles
* Tracey Thorn - Love and Its Opposite
* Anne McCue - Broken Promise Land
* Crooked Still - Some Strange Country
* Staind - Tormented
* Exodus - Exhibit B: the Human Condition
* Iced Earth - Box of the Wicked
* John Norum - Play Yard Blues
* Triumph - Greatest Hits Remixed (CD/DVD.)
* The Rolling Stones - Exile on Mainstreet (Deluxe edition.)
* Steve Kilbey - many reissues
* Jimmy Buffett - Encores (2 CD's.)
+ John Lennon - Rare and Unseen
+ The Kinks - You Really Got Me: the Story of The Kinks
+ Invictus
+ Valentine's Day
+ The Messenger
+ Extraordinary Measures
+ The New Daughter
+ The Spy Next Door
+ Walkabout (Blu-ray.)

5/25

* Stone Temple Pilots - S/T
* Widespread Panic - Dirty Side Down
* Transmit Now - Downtown Merry-Go-Round
* Transient Songs - Cave Syndrome
* First Aid Kit - Big Black & the Blue
* The Truth & Salvage Co. - S/T
* Soulfly - Omen (Deluxe edition.)
* Framing Hanley - Promise to Burn
* Rosetta - A Determinism of Morality
* Darrell Scott - A Crooked Road (2 CD's.)
* Damien Jurado - Saint Bartlett
* Beth Neilsen Chapman - Back To Love
* Kim Richey - Wreck Your Wheels (import.)
* Karen Elson ­ The Ghost Who Walks
* Keller Williams - Thief (covers.)
* Hank Williams III - Rebel Within
* John Prine - In Person and On Stage
* Allison Moorer - Crows: Acoustic EP (download only.)
* Stone River Boys - Love on the Dial
* Fyfe Dangerfield - Fly Yellow Mood
* Black Sunshine - S/T
* Veara - What We Left Behind
* Robin Zander - Countryside Blvd. (Cheap Trick front man's country side.)
* Rick Derringer - The Three Kings of the Blues
* Krokus - Hoodoo
* Smashing Pumpkins - Teargarden by Kaleidyscope 1: Song for a Sailor (Specially designed silk-screen wooden box set and first EP of a series of 11 EP's. You got that?)
+ Rock `N Roll Hall of Fame: Legends (3 DVD's.)
+ The Road
+ Dear John
+ Spartacus (50th anniversary edition.)

6/1

* Jack Johnson - To the Sea
* Tift Merritt - See You on the Moon
* Jackie Greene - `Til the Light Comes
* Paul Weller - Wake Up the Nation
* Woven Hand - Threshing Floor
* Hot Hot Heat - Future Breeds
* Moe - Smash Hits, Vol. 1
* Setting Sun - Fantasurreal
* Hawthorne Heights -Skeletons
* Futureheads - The Chaos
* Good Old War - S/T
* Wintersleep - New Inheritors
* Born Ruffians - Say It
* Steve Howe - Travelling
* Townes Van Zandt - Legend: Very Best of 
* Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughn - In Session (reissue.)
* Radiohead - In Rainbows (Deluxe edition.)
+ U2 - 360 Degrees: Live at the Rose Bowl
+ Alice in Wonderland
+ The Wolfman
+ Life (4 DVD's.)

6/8

* The Roots - How I Got Over
* Teenage Fanclub - Shadows
* Samantha Crain - You (Understood)
* Jewel - Sweet and Wild (2 CD's.)
* Christina Aguilera - Bionic
* Hanson - Shout It Out
* Yo La Tengo - Here To Fall: Remixes
* Delta Spirit - History from Below
* What Laura Says - Bloom Cheek
* William Fitzsimmons - Derivatives
* Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - S/T
* Renee Fleming - Dark Hope (covers.)
* Dierks Bentley - Up On the Ridge 
* Those Mockingbirds - No Symmetry
* The Cringe - Play Thing
* The Dig - Electric Toys
* Delorean - Subiza
* Against Me - White Crosses
* Blitzen Trapper - Destroyer of the Void
* The Young Veins - Take a Vacation
* Here We Go Magic - Pigeons
* We Are the In Crowd - Gauranteed to Disgrace (EP.)
* Nada Surf - If I Had a Hi-Fi
* Villagers - Becoming a Jackal
* Rooney - Eureka
* Deer Tick - Black Dirt Sessions
* Silverstein - Decade: Live at El Macombo (CD/DVD.)
* Pretty Maids - Pandemonium
* The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack
* The La's - Callin' All (Four CD box set.)
* Steve Winwood - Revolutions: Very Best of (Four CD box set.)
+ Shutter Island
+ From Paris With Love
+ Caddyshack (Blu-ray.)

6/15

* Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Mojo
* John Mellencamp - On the Rural Route 7609 (Themed four CD box set; hits, deep album cuts and rarities.)
* Cowboy Junkies - Renmin Park
* The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
* We Are Scientists - Barbara
* Sarah MacLachlan - The Laws of Illusion (CD/DVD.)
* Steve Miller - Bingo (yes, that Steve Miller; first album in 17 years.)
* Ozzy Osbourne - Scream
* Derek Trucks Band - Roadsongs
* Chris Isaak - Live at the Fillmore
* Laurie Anderson - Homeland
* Ed Harcourt - Lustre
* Fefe Dobson - Joy
* In Fear & Faith - Imperial
* Foals - Total Life Together
* Light Pollution - Apparitions
* Right the Stars - S/T
* The Like - Release Me
* Kevin Rudolf - To the Sky
* Papa Roach - To Be Loved
+ Youth in Revolt
+ When in Rome
+ The Book of Eli

6/22

* The Innocence Mission - My Room in the Trees (tentative date.)
* Sarah Harmer - Oh Little Fire
* Marah - Life is a Problem
* Stars - The Five Ghosts
* American Hi-Fi - Fight the Frequency
* Authority Zero - Stories of Survival
* Kele Okereke - The Boxer
* Jason Moran - Ten
* Grits - Quarantine 
* Griffin House - The Learner
* Sia - We Are Born
* Front Line Assembly - Improvised Electronic Device
* Chemical Brothers - Further
* Masters of Reality - Pine
* Cyndi Lauper - Memphis Blues
+ Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - London Calling: Live in Hyde Park (2 DVD's.)
+ The Last Station
+ The Lightning Thief
+ Remember Me

6/29

* Alejandro Escovedo - Street Songs of Love
* Jimmy Webb - Just Across the River
* Runaway City - Armored Heart
* Wolf Parade - Expo 86
* Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman: Live 1982 (CD/DVD.)
+ The White Ribbon
+ Green Zone
+ The Crazies
+ Hot Tub Time Machine

7/6

* Ed Kowalczyk - Alive (LIVE's front man goes solo.)
+ A Single Man

7/13

* Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul (Many guests.)
* Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises
* The Love Language - Libraries
+ Greenberg
+ Our Family Wedding

LYRICS of the MONTH:

Lyrics of the Month is taking another month off while I contemplate what else could be done with this space. The problem I'm having is that I have covered many, many artists already in this space and newer artists whose lyrics I would like to place in here, don't have their lyrics up yet from brand new albums. A lot of the smaller, indie artists don't have their lyrics readily available so it requires a little more hunting. But, I'm looking for a different angle to take here and we will see where that takes us in June. Stay tuned.

Hope you had a Happy Mothers day to all the Moms out there and have a Happy Memorial day weekend!

See you in June.

Chris Barlow
cbcrossing@yahoo.com
(Recommend something to me. I'm out here listening.)
 

 
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