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June 5, 2015: APPLE VENUS and WASPSTAR are back on CD!! To pre-order for June 29th release simply go here: Your ears deserve them.
April 7, 2015: Paul Boblett would like you to attend Senses Working Overtime 3, the ridiculously fun third annual star-studded Minneapolis tribute to XTC to benefit the Pay It Forward Cancer Fund at North Memorial Hospital. Featuring vocal performances by Faith Boblett, Ken Chastain, Al Church, John Eller, Michael Ferrier, Ian Flomer, and many others, backed up by Chuck Allen, Chris Beaty, Paul Boblett, and many others again. The Pay It Forward Fund serves patients at North Memorial, Maple Grove, Unity, Mercy, New River and Ridgeview Medical Centers. 100% of the funds raised by the organization are used to pay basic living expenses for women in need while recovering from breast and other women's cancers. The Pay It Forward Fund is a partner of North Memorial Foundation. Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Icehouse MPLS, 9:30 pm. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 door (21+). If you're near, come cheer and drink beer!

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Ape House News

June 10, 2015: XTC's APPLE VENUS and WASPSTAR CDs
April 28, 2015: NEW XTC T SHIRTS
October 27, 2014: XTC - DRUMS AND WIRES NOW MIXED IN 5.1
October 7, 2013: XTC NONSUCH REMIXED IN 5.1

Other News

July 1
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán says, “From @XTCfans to @PhizLair, these are the best summer albums from 1985 to 1997, ranked”.
June 11
Tom Demi just happened across this article on the Skylarking reissue. Dig the artwork! (?)
May 31
Thanks to Keith and Tony for their generous donations!
May 13
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán turns us on to Paste's The 50 Saddest Songs of All Time.
May 10
Paul Ferguson has created a White Music lyrics sheet, adapted from the handwriting on the back of the LP cover. Print one yourself.
April 29
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán found “Counterbalance: XTC's ‘Skylarking’”, a discussion on PopMatters.
April 18
Steve Hutchins wrote to Chalkhills recently to say, “As a matter of curiosity, I searched the net and read some of the articles and stories mentioning about me, which were mostly accurate, but some parts ridiculously untrue, so I thought that I would simply set the records straight for posterity and provide XTC fans with the accurate facts.” Read the “XTC ~ The Tapes & Steve Hutchins ~ The True Story”.

Recent Site Updates

July 1, 2015: Press - “Brilliant Fold-out ‘Chutes and Ladders’ Cover for XTC's ‘Making Plans For Nigel’ Single”, Dangerous Minds, June 1, 2015, “A Definitive List of the Best Summer Albums (Released Between 1985 and 1997)”, Newsweek, June 26, 2015
June 16, 2015: Press - "Andy Partridge is THE CORRECTOR", Twitter (2014-)
June 11, 2015: Discography - XTC: Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2), XTC: Apple Venus Volume 1; Albums - XTC: Apple Venus Volume 1, XTC: Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2); Press - “Like a Bug in Brandy”, OdyShape, May 13, 2015
June 6, 2015: Discography - Anton Barbeau: Magic Act
May 9, 2015: Discography - Halt and Catch FireThe Complete First Season

Chalkhills is a web resource dedicated to XTC (the now defunct band). Peruse 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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