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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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October 27, 2014: XTC DRUMS AND WIRES NOW MIXED IN 5.1
October 7, 2013: XTC NONSUCH REMIXED IN 5.1
August 21, 2012: SACRED OBJECTS - A film by Stu Rowe and Andy Partridge

Other News

September 20
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán wanted us to know about XTC January 1979.
September 6
Wes Hanks noticed that Slicing Up Eyeballs published details on the forthcoming reissue: “XTC's ‘Drums and Wires’ audiophile reissue to include new 5.1 mix, demos, rehearsal tracks”.
September 3
Ira Lieman shared “Andy Partridge Bleeds for You and Me” from Innocent Words.
August 31
1000 Times Jeff reviews Drums And Wires.
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.

Recent List Topics

Volume 20, Number 2: August 12, 2014

Recent Site Updates

September 20, 2014: Press - “Rewind...January 27-February 1 1979: A week of disharmony”, Swindon Advertiser, January 28, 2014
September 7, 2014: Press - Reviews of Monstrance: Monstrance (2007), Reviews of Wasp Star — Apple Venus Volume 2 (2000), Reviews of Apple Box (October 2005)
September 6, 2014: Discography - XTC: Drums and Wires – The Surround Sound Series.; Press - “XTC's ‘Drums and Wires’ audiophile reissue to include new 5.1 mix, demos, rehearsal tracks”, Slicing Up Eyeballs, September 3, 2014
September 3, 2014: Press - “Andy Partridge Bleeds for You and Me”, Innocent Words, August 30, 2014
August 31, 2014: Press - Reviews of Drums and Wires (1979), Reviews of Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999), Reviews of Skylarking (1987), Reviews of Black Sea (1980), Reviews of Martin Newell: The Greatest Living Englishman (featuring the New, Improved Andy Partridge), 1993

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 killed off (in a bizarre kitchen accident, of course) 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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