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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, 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

April 5
Claude Cat wrote to say that he was moved to write an extensive blog entry on the subject of XTC's late material . . . I've provocatively entitled the post “XTC - Better Than the Beatles?”.
April 1
It may be April Fool's Day, but Paul Myers' story, “XTC's Dave Gregory Plays The Fool”, is not a hoax.
March 29
Augie Krater scanned and cleaned up outer bags from Black Sea and Towers of London; he also scanned more labels from various Drums and Wires LPs.
March 25
Augie Krater scanned the front covers from the 12" and 7" This World Over singles. Does anybody remember vinyl?
March 17
RetroUniverse features a piece they call “XTC - Serious Skylarking”.
March 14
Orit Friedland enjoyed the idiomatic review “Slapp Happy Ecstacy — Peter Blegvad & Andy Partridge's ‘Gonwards’”.
February 26
Chris Vasi transcribed parts of “Miniature Sun”.

Recent List Topics

Volume 20, Number 1: January 13, 2014

Recent Site Updates

April 5, 2014: Press - “XTC - Better Than The Beatles?”, Claudecat's Place, April 5, 2014
April 1, 2014: Press - “XTC's Dave Gregory Plays The Fool”, The Pulmyears Music Blog, April 1, 2014
March 30, 2014: Covers - Christo: "Brainiac's Daughter"
March 29, 2014: Songs - XTC: "Here Comes President Kill Again", XTC: "Miniature Sun", XTC: "The Loving", XTC: "Scarecrow People", XTC: "Poor Skeleton Steps Out", XTC: "Pink Thing", XTC: "One of the Millions", XTC: "Merely a Man", XTC: "Hold Me My Daddy", XTC: "Garden of Earthly Delights", XTC: "Cynical Days", XTC: "Chalkhills and Children", XTC: "Across This Antheap", XTC: "The Mayor of Simpleton", XTC: "King for a Day"; Albums - XTC: Drums and Wires, XTC: Black Sea; Songs - XTC: "This World Over", XTC: "Ballet for a Rainy Day"; Albums - XTC: Oranges & Lemons; Songs - XTC: "Science Friction", XTC: "Towers Of London", XTC: "Set Myself on Fire"; Gallery - Dutch Towers of London 7" single picture sleeve, Back cover of Dutch Towers of London 7" single picture sleeve, West German Drums and Wires LP label, side B, West German Drums and Wires LP label, side A, UK Black Sea LP paper outer sleeve, French Drums and Wires LP label, side B, French Drums and Wires LP label, side A, Canadian Drums and Wires LP label, side B, Canadian Drums and Wires LP label, side A, Canadian Black Sea LP plastic outer sleeve
March 25, 2014: Gallery - This World Over 12" single front cover, This World Over 7" single front cover
March 17, 2014: Press - “XTC - Serious Skylarking”, RetroUniverse, March 12, 2014, “Friday Morning Videos: ‘The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead’ (Special Compare and Contrast Edition!)”, In Medias Res, January 15, 2010
March 15, 2014: Discography - XTC: White Music, XTC: Skylarking, XTC: Oranges & Lemons, XTC: Nonsuch, XTC: Go 2, XTC: English Settlement, XTC: Drums and Wires, XTC: Black Sea
March 14, 2014: Press - Reviews and Interviews: Peter Blegvad & Andy Partridge: Gonwards (2012)
February 28, 2014: Discography - XTC: Drums and Wires
February 5, 2014: Discography - XTC: White Music, XTC: The Big Express, XTC: Oranges & Lemons, XTC: Nonsuch, XTC: Mummer, XTC: Go 2, XTC: English Settlement, XTC: Drums and Wires, XTC: Black Sea

Chalkhills is a web resource and mail list 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 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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