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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+
March 7, 2014: “Dear God” attached, Andy Partridge's cover concept realised, and polarity corrected, this is Skylarking as XTC intended the world to see and hear it. Now, some 28 years after its initial recording and release, Skylarking finally appears on CD as it was originally intended to sound and in the packaging as initially envisaged. Available for pre-order now, from Ape.

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October 7, 2013: XTC NONSUCH REMIXED IN 5.1
August 21, 2012: SACRED OBJECTS - A film by Stu Rowe and Andy Partridge

Other News

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).
May 16
The Afterword has a piece on Nonsuch. ¶ Psychedelic Sight has a piece on the Skylarking reissue. ¶ Uncut features an interview with Andy Partridge: “Recording XTC's Skylarking with Todd Rundgren was like one bunker with two Hitlers”.
April 30
Dangerous Minds asks Dear God: XTC's Classic ‘Skylarking’ Album—Fixed?
April 29
Flipside Reviews Skylarking (Corrected).
April 26
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán posted a link to “We Will Rock You: The Twenty Best XTC Songs” in l'étoile. ¶ “XTC fan from Chile appreciates Swindon band”, according to Swindon Link.

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Volume 20, Number 1: January 13, 2014

Recent Site Updates

July 14, 2014: Songs - “Didn't Hurt A Bit
July 13, 2014: Discography - XTC: Drums and Wires; Covers - The Dukes: "Rocket From A Bottle", The Dukes: "Earn Enough For Us"
July 7, 2014: Sound - The Dukes: An XTC Tribute Band; Press - “Keyboard Playing Part 2: '75-79 (or: “I'd been to XTC but I'd never been to me..’)”, Shriekback, June 23, 2014
June 26, 2014: Vision - “The Man Who Died Two Times” (official music video) by Days Between Stations; Press - “One Track Mind: Days Between Stations with XTC's Colin Moulding, ‘The Man Who Died Two Times’ (2014)”, Something Else, June 26, 2014
June 22, 2014: Discography - Absolute 70'sAlle 40 Goed
June 9, 2014: Discography - XTC: White Music, XTC: Making Plans for Nigel, XTC: Drums and Wires

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Chalkhills was created by me, John Relph, and is infrequently updated (I am often busy with other things) so check back often. Chalkhills is the both the longest extant XTC mailing list, created in April 1989 as an offshoot of the venerable Love-Hounds list, and 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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