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August 20, 2015: The Vagabond Saints' Society is a loose collective of Triad-area (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point) musicians that gathers semi-regularly to pay tribute to the great – and sometimes the not-so-great – artists of the pop-music era. On Saturday, September 5, 2015, The Vagabond Saints' Society Presents XTC's Skylarking, featuring Chris Stamey, Matt McMichaels, Andrea and Pete Connolly, and Roger Gupton. Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm, Cat's Cradle - Back Room, Carrboro, NC, $8.00 - $10.00.
August 16, 2015:

16th October will see the release of Oranges & Lemons, the third in a series of remixed & expanded XTC classics. The album has been mixed from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson with input from Andy Partridge, and is fully approved by XTC. The CD features a completely new stereo album mix, while the Blu-Ray features a wealth of content, continuing the “virtual box set on a single disc” concept of the first two releases in the series:

  • 5.1 Surround album mix in 24bit/96khz available in LPCM and DTS HD MA
  • a new stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio
  • instrumental versions of all new stereo mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio
  • a flat transfer of the original stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio
  • 2 separate sets of demo & work tape sessions showing the evolution of the album and associated recordings
  • 1 set of pre-recording rehearsals, promos & ID links for radio stations & record companies
  • a collection of single mixes & XTC's version of Captain Beefheart's “Ella Guru”
  • promo films for “The Mayor of Simpleton” (3 versions), “King for a Day” and “The Road to Oranges & Lemons’, a rarely seen home-made film by the band explaining the album (and themselves!) to Geffen Records USA.

Presented in special packaging with expanded booklet and sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding & Dave Gregory.

August 16, 2015: Strange Brew Lounge Side presents XTC: A Tribute. Featuring John Pointer, Darin Murphy, Matt The Electrician, Noelle Hampton, Bruce Hughes, and many others, with The Smartest Monkeys: Tom Pearson, Seela, Kris Nelson, Jon Sanchez, Nate Delacretaz, and Jon Greene. Friday, September 25, 8-10pm, $20 advance/$25 door. Proceeds benefit SIMS foundation.

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Ape House News

August 10, 2015: XTC. ORANGES AND LEMONS IN 5.1
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

Other News

September 25
Jérôme Pintoux reviewed Black Sea. ¶ The Rock and Roll Chemist reviewed XTC: Song Stories.
September 12
Paul Ferguson copied a pic from the Black Sea CD booklet and used in his 1992 GCSE Art exhibition.
August 20
Francisco Javier Tenas leads us to “XTC: GO 2” on Ultrasónica, but he can't make us think.
July 5
Orit Friedland says that this review of the Apple Venus / Wasp Star reissues is a good one.
July 1
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán says, “From @XTCfans to @PhizLair, these are the best summer albums from 1985 to 1997, ranked”.

Recent Site Updates

September 25, 2015: Discography - Pugwash: Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends); Press - Reviews of Black Sea (1980), Reviews of XTC — Song Stories by XTC & Neville Farmer (1998)
September 12, 2015: Gallery - “This is a pic I copied from the Black Sea CD booklet and used in my 1992 GCSE Art exhibition, the acrylics I used have cracked over time (giving it that 'old masters' look!)...”, Paul Ferguson
August 22, 2015: Discography - XTC: Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2), XTC: Apple Venus Volume 1, XTC: Oranges & LemonsThe Surround Sound Series, Pugwash: A Rose In A Garden Of Weedsa Preamble Through the History of Pugwash..., Anton Barbeau: Magic Act
August 16, 2015: Discography - XTC: Drums and Wires, I-Jam LPLicense Plate

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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