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April 18, 2016: XTC- Tribute Live-
with Special guest : Stephen Warren
Live bar - BEAT IN ( Open to All )
Osaka -2016-5-28 Saturday
March 30, 2016: Allyson Seconds has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for her Little World album. The songs on it are written by Anton Barbeau, and they've got that Colin Moulding singing harmonies on the title track. Whereas Anton had to get his courage together to approach Colin to play on his Magic Act album, Colin quite enthusiastically volunteered to sing on Allyson's track. Allyson, like Anton, is a huge XTC fan and is still in the pinching-herself stage. They're currently finishing up a video for the song, trying to work out details with Colin's dog, Pip. For the moment, please take a look at this and help out if you're so inclined! Thanks very much!
February 12, 2016: According to The Monkees Live Almanac, “Andy Partridge of XTC, a lifelong fan of The Monkees, took to Twitter to show his excitement for Good Times! ‘The Monkees gave me SO MUCH joy as a kid, it's all I can do to repay it. They are liking 3 of my tunes so far, and I hope they dig the latest?’ Partridge's “You Bring the Summer’ is another lock for the album.” Yes, it's true, the new album from The Monkees is called Good Times! It will be released on June 10, 2016, by Rhino Records, and it will feature songs written by Andy Partridge, Rivers Cuomo, and Noel Gallagher, among others, and will be produced by Adam Schlesinger. It's “. . . about recapturing that 1960s jangly guitar sound. . .”
December 8, 2015: 31 March 2015 will see the publication of Complicated Game - Inside The Songs Of XTC by Andy Partridge and Todd Bernhardt. Developed from a series of interviews conducted over many months, the book details Andy Partridge songs from throughout XTC's career and provides a unique insight into the work of one of Britain's most original and influential songwriters. Filled with anecdotes about Partridge, his XTC bandmates, and the band's adventures around the world (all told with Partridge's legendary humor), Complicated Game casts new light on the writing of lyrics, the construction of melodies and arrangements, the process of recording, and the workings of the music industry. The book includes pages from Partridge's songwriting notebooks, reproductions of his original artwork designs, a guide to Andy Partridge's Swindon and a foreword by Steven Wilson. All pre-orders sold through Burning Shed/APE come signed by Andy Partridge.
August 16, 2015: 16th October [update: delayed until 30th October -- Ed.] 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.

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

April 24
Tonight saw the first Andy Partridge “/r/IAmA”, answering your questions for more than two hours.
March 27
David R Crosby sends us off to listen to “WTF Podcast Episode 691 - Todd Rundgren”.
March 6
Liane Chan compiled her list of “The top 10 best XTC songs”.
February 27
TeamRock+ published this feature: “Heavy Load: Andy Partridge” but it's subscription-only. They also published “A Partridge & T Bernhardt: Complicated Game: Inside the Songs of XTC”, a review, and “The Stories Behind the Songs: Making Plans for Nigel”, but they're subscription-only, too. Anybody care to send me the text? (Thanks, you know who you are.)
February 22
Darryl W Bullock wrote, “The interview I conducted with Andy, for Songwriting Magazine, is out now, unfortunately though only in edited form and via subscription. So here's the full length version for free! Those of you who asked me to ask him pay attention, as some of your questions made the cut.”

Recent Site Updates

May 1, 2016: Discography - The Monkees: Good Times!; Songs - The Monkees: "Love's What I Want", The Monkees: "You Bring the Summer"; Press - “Retired Artist Who Wore His Heart On His Album Sleeves”, The Guildford Dragon, August 6, 2012
April 24, 2016: Press - Reviews of Complicated Game: Inside the Songs of XTC by Andy Partridge and Todd Bernhardt (2016), “IamAndy Partridge -- AMA!”, reddit, April 24, 2016
April 23, 2016: Press - "Partridge Tweets: XTC (xtcfans)", Twitter (2014-)
April 19, 2016: Press - “Failure Is Your Best Friend: Part Two of a Serialized Interview with Andy Partridge of XTC”, The Stranger, April 20, 2016; Covers - Simon Russell: "Rook"
April 18, 2016: Press - “Artistic Crap: Part One of a Serialized Interview with Andy Partridge of XTC”, The Stranger, April 13, 2016; Discography - XTC: Skylarking, MiniaturesA sequence of Fifty-One Tiny Masterpieces Edited by Morgan Fisher
April 17, 2016: Discography - Allyson Seconds: Little World
April 2, 2016: Discography - George Wilding: Lunatic
March 19, 2016: Discography - Ké: Shiny

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