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August 30, 2014: The revolutionary Drums And Wires, from 1979, is the second in a series of expanded XTC album reissues, including 5.1 surround mixes, new stereo mixes and high-resolution stereo mixes of the original material. Pre-order for 27th October release. All pre-order copies come with exclusive postcards signed by Andy Partridge. Two editions are available, a CD/Blu-Ray set and a CD/DVD Audio set. The Blu-Ray will include a wealth of extra audio and visual material.
April 5, 2014: This is a PROMOTIONAL BLURB. The blurb was DESIGNED to spread the word about a concert. We hope to attract your attention so that you might attend this concert. This concert is a TRIBUTE CONCERT. The subject of the tribute is the band XTC. This is the re-do after January's XTC tribute was CANCELLED due to MULTIPLE AILMENTS. A number of musicians will be performing one to three songs by this band. The concert is going to be held at THE IRON HORSE. This is a music venue in NORTHAMPTON, MA. The concert will happen on MAY 24th. It is to begin at 10:00 PM. The whole night will consist of WONDERFUL MUSIC written by the band XTC. If you are a fan, you know how rare a show like this is. If you are not, well, just TRUST US.
March 10, 2014: Anyone near Minneapolis in April should not miss this show, featuring several Twin Cities luminaries, all paying tribute to the band everyone loves while raising money for women's cancer funds. Hope some of you can make it. Senses Working Overtime: An All-Star Benefit Tribute to XTC, Wednesday, April 23rd, Icehouse MPLS, 2528 Nicollet Ave South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404, tickets $10 advance, $12 door. Showtime is 10pm. 21+

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Ape House News

March 8, 2014: XTC SKYLARKING CORRECTED POLARITY CD
October 7, 2013: XTC NONSUCH REMIXED IN 5.1
October 22, 2012: GONWARDS - PETER BLEGVAD AND ANDY PARTRIDGE
August 21, 2012: SACRED OBJECTS - A film by Stu Rowe and Andy Partridge

Other News

August 16
Chalkhills, the mailing list, is now dead. For talk and chat and social networking of all sorts, see Buzzcity Talking.
August 12
Egidio Sabbadini leads us to “A Buyers Guide To XTC” in Backseat Mafia. ¶ Dave Stafford reviewed Skylarking.
August 6
Ade Ransome thought we ought to know that “Self-Confident Weirdos: Kavus Torabi's Favourite Albums” includes Black Sea.
July 7
Barry Andrews writes about being that most unfortunate of rock 'n' rollers, the Keyboard Player. ¶ The Dukes, an XTC tribute band, offer their cover of “Rocket From A Bottle”.
June 26
Eddie Stone writes, “The fantastic American music blog Something Else just posted an article, with embedded video, for ‘The Man Who Died Two Times’. Please enjoy and pass it along...”
May 31
Skylarking reviewed: Ordinary Times. ¶ The A.V. Club asks, “What's a piece of art you know you should like but just can't?” ¶ Yesterday's Cool Album of the Day was Apple Venus (Volume 1).

Recent List Topics

Volume 20, Number 2: August 12, 2014

Recent Site Updates

August 13, 2014: Sound - Bat Lenny: “Grass”; Covers - Bat Lenny: "Grass"
August 12, 2014: Press - Reviews of Skylarking (1987); Songs - XTC: "Saturn Boy"; Press - “A Buyers Guide To XTC”, Backseat Mafia, June 28, 2014
August 6, 2014: Press - Reviews of Black Sea (1980)
July 13, 2014: Discography - XTC: Drums and Wires

Chalkhills is a web resource dedicated to XTC (the now defunct band). Surf Chalkhills to find a wealth of information about XTC, their music and recordings, and much more.

Chalkhills was created by me, John Relph, and is infrequently updated (I am often busy with other things) so check back often. Chalkhills was the longest extant XTC mailing list, created in April 1989 as an offshoot of the venerable Love-Hounds list and ending in August 2014. Chalkhills is the longest extant XTC web site, first hacked together in May 1994, although FTP archives were first made available in April 1991.
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XTC's most powerful and least popular album. Includes Andy Partridge's favorite XTC song: “Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss Her”.

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