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The Crossing - June 2010

Beginning with two new songs from Rush and winding down with the DVD release of the Rush documentary Beyond a Lighted Stage, we have another solid month of music. Sandwiched in between is a bluesy new record from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and a highly anticipated new album from New Jersey upstarts The Gaslight Anthem. The Cowboy Junkies resurface, The Roots resurface, Sarah MacLachlan resurfaces, Teenage Fanclub resurface. There's a lot of resurfacing going on! John Mellencamp releases a not to be missed themed box set that will have you singing `ain't that America for you and me'. We Are Scientists, Marah, Stars and The Midwinters make a bid for the surface. U2 rocks southern California, Bruce Springsteen rocks London and the four DVD box set LIFE rocks your brain in brilliant crystalline technicolor with God's creation. What more do you want? 

Yea, I know, BP to stop destroying the Gulf of Mexico. But we won't get into that right now.

Keep your dreams soaring and your spirits high and maybe we can dream up a better world and turn it into reality.

Keep your hearts and minds open. Keep listening, watching, reading and exploring and the answers are out there.

Maybe, in some small but not insubstantial way, this list can help.

To find out about any or all of the below artists, remember to check official websites and fan sites, myspace, facebook and online retailers such as cdbaby.com and amazon.com as examples. Print magazines at your local bookstore can be a big help too. Free fanzines often found at record stores can help also. Your new favorite band awaits.

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Marcus Hummon - Rosanna (Produced by Darrell Scott.)
* Sarah Jaffe - Suburban Nature
* Ben Wakeman - I'm Just the Same as I Was
* Alpha Rev - New Morning
* Toy Soldiers - Whisper Down the Lane
* The Romany Rye - Highway 1
* Star Again - Warn the Wise
* The Final Chapter - The Blackmail EP
* Watson Twins - Live at Fingerprints
* Josh Ritter - 4 Songs Live
* Sharon Jones - I Learned the Hard Way
* Bettye LaVette - Interpretations: the British Songbook
* Ryan Hadden - Seven
* Lesley Kernochan - The Pickle Jar
* Johnny Buckeye - S/T
* Grayson Hugh - An American Record
* Bill Mallonee - Coal Dust Soul: WPA Vol. 8 (download only.)
* Aimee Mann - Rarities (download only.)
* Ryan Adams - Orion (download only.)
* Bad Religion - 30 Years Live (download only.)
* No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey & The Church (Book by Robert Dean Lurie.)
+ All Time Low - Straight to DVD
+ Marillion - Out of Season (3 DVD box set.)

6/1

* Rush - 2 new songs (`Caravan' and `BU2B' aka `Brought Up to Believe'; downloads only.) 
* 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
* Trent Reznor - How to Destroy Angels (EP; download only.) 
* Sister Hazel - Threeve EP (download only.)
* 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
* The Midwinters - The Hinges EP (available 6/9.) 
* 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 - Guaranteed 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 1976-2009 (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.)
* Derek Trucks Band - Roadsongs
* Laurie Anderson - Homeland
* Catherine Britt - S/T
* 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
* Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic
* Kevin Rudolf - To the Sky
* Papa Roach - To Be Loved
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - A Time and a Place (4 CD box set: bootlegs 1970-1998.)
+ Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Live at Montreux 1997
+ The Moody Blues - Live at the Isle of Wight Festival
+ Youth in Revolt
+ When in Rome
+ The Book of Eli

6/22

* Ozzy Osbourne - Scream
* Sarah Harmer - Oh Little Fire
* Kevin Welch - A Patch of Blue Sky
* 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
* Robert Randolph & the Family Band - We Walk the Road
* Grits - Quarantine 
* Griffin House - The Learner
* Sia - We Are Born
* Herbie Hancock - The Imagine Project
* Pierce the Veil - Selfish Machines
* Vander Plas - The Seraphic Clockwork
* Front Line Assembly - Improvised Electronic Device
* Chemical Brothers - Further
* Masters of Reality - Pine
* Cyndi Lauper - Memphis Blues
* Chris Isaak - Live at the Fillmore
* Various Artists - Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: the Songs of John Prine
+ Dire Straits - Alchemy (20th anniversary CD/DVD.)
+ Lynyrd Skynyrd - Live from Freedom Hall (CD/DVD.)
+ Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - London Calling: Live in Hyde Park (2 DVD's.)
+ The Last Station
+ The Lightning Thief
+ Remember Me
+ The Maid
+ She's Out of My League

6/29

* Alejandro Escovedo - Street Songs of Love
* Jimmy Webb - Just Across the River
* Dwight Yoakam - Top 10
* Runaway City - Armored Heart
* Wolf Parade - Expo 86
* Parkway Drive - Deep Blue
* Robby Krieger - Singularity
* Peter Case - Wig
* The Indigo Girls - Staring Down the Brilliant Dream: Live
* Jakob Dylan & The Wallflowers - Looking Through You: Another Collection (Covers & Rarities.)
* John Fogerty - Centerfield (25th anniversary edition.)
+ Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman: Live 1982 (CD/DVD.)
+ The Doors - When You're Strange: A Film about The Doors (CD/DVD.)
+ Rush: Beyond a Lighted Stage (Career spanning documentary.)
+ Creation
+ The White Ribbon
+ Green Zone
+ The Crazies
+ Hot Tub Time Machine

7/6

* The Innocence Mission - My Room in the Trees
* Ed Kowalczyk - Alive (LIVE's front man goes solo.)
* Bret Michaels - Custom Built
* Steve Poltz - Dreamhouse
+ Brooklyn's Finest
+ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
+ A Single Man

7/13

* Sting - Symphonicities (Sting and Police classics recorded w/the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.)
* Crowded House - Intriguer
* Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul (Many guests.)
* Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises
* The Love Language - Libraries
* Nottingham - Talk to Strangers
* Wolfspring - S/T
* Mystery Jets - Serotonin
* Korn - Remember Who You Are
* Lonesome River Band - Still Learning
* Elvis Costello - Pomp & Pout: the Universal Years
* Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting (20th anniversary edition.)
* R.E.M. - Fables of the Reconstruction (25th anniversary Deluxe edition.)
+ Brian Setzer Orchestra - Don't Mess with a Big Band (CD/DVD.)
+ Greenberg
+ The Bounty Hunter
+ Saint John of Las Vegas
+ Chloe
+ Our Family Wedding

7/20

* Marc Cohn - Listening Booth 1970 (Covers of songs released in the year 1970.)
* Sheryl Crow - 100 Miles from Memphis
* Lillian Axe - Deep Red Shadows
+ The Runaways
+ Cop Out
+ The Black Narcissus (Blu-ray.)

7/27

* Mark Olson - Many Colored Kite
* Evans Blue - S/T
* J. Roddy Walston - S/T
* Tony Harnell - Round Trip (retrospective.)
* Stevie Ray Vaughn - Couldn't Stand the Weather (Deluxe edition.)
+ Clash of the Titans
+ Repo Men

8/3

* John Mellencamp - No Better Than This
* The Goo Goo Dolls - Something For the Rest of Us
* The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
* Los Lobos - Tin Can Trust
* Squeeze - Spot the Difference
* Secondhand Serenade - Hear Me Now
+ The Breakfast Club (25th anniversary edition.)

8/10

+ Death at a Funeral

8/17

* James - The Morning After (import; EP.)
* Just Surrender - Phoenix
* Darker My Love - Alive As You Are

8/24

* Sixpence None the Richer - Strange Conversation
* Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
* The Eels - Tomorrow Morning
* Land of Talk - Cloak and Cipher
* Little Big Town - The Reason Why
+ Mogwai - Burning: Live

8/31

* Richard Thompson - Dream Attic
* Phil Selway - Familial (import; drummer of Radiohead.)
* Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (2 CD's/1 DVD Deluxe edition.)

LYRICS of the MONTH:

At the moment, we'll keep on with the lyrics. Especially when they are as pertinent as this. (Plus, I'm kind of in a Rush kick at the moment.)

"Tough times demand tough talk demand tough hearts demand tough songs demand.

We can rise and fall like empires
Flow in and out like the tide
Be vain and smart, humble and dumb
We can hit and miss like pride

We can circle around like hurricanes
Dance and dream like lovers
Attack the day like birds of prey
Or scavengers under cover

Look in to the eye of the storm
Look out for the force without form
Look around at the sight and sound
Look in, look out, look around

We can move with savage grace
To the rhythms of the night
Cool and remote like dancing girls
In the heat of the beat and the lights

We can wear the rose of romance
An air of joie de vivre
Too tender hearts upon our sleeves
Or skin as thick as thieves'

Rising falling at force ten
We twist the world and ride the wind

Look in
Look the storm in the eye
Look out
To the sea and the sky
Look around
At the sight and sound
Look in, look out, look around

Tough times demand tough talk demand tough hearts demand tough songs demand."

Neil Peart (Rush), the song "Force Ten" off the album Hold Your Fire released in 1987.

Happy fathers day to all the dads out there.

Happy Summer!! Stay cool.

See you in July.

Chris Barlow
cbcrossing@yahoo.com

 
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