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May 24, 2018: Andy Partridge made recordings in his newly upgraded shed of Syd Barrett's “Apples & Oranges” and Neil Innes' “Humanoid Boogie”. Mr. Partridge has released these recordings on a four track (both songs in stereo and mono) double-A side 10" vinyl EP in a picture sleeve. The EP is a limited edition of 1,396 copies, available exclusively at Burning Shed. Pre-order now for a June 28, 2018, release.
March 31, 2018:

XTC: An All Star Tribute • Senses Working Overtime 6

A bevy of Twin Cities talent will grace the Turf Club stage for a ridiculously fun tribute to British pop giants, XTC. Featuring Adam Levy, Amy Meyer, Chris Beaty, David J. Russ, Devon Bryant, Faith Boblett, Greg Lewis, Ian Flomer, Janey Winterbauer, Jenny Russ, Jess Ford, John Fields, John Richardson, John Robinson, Jon Herchert, Jon Hunt, Ken Chastain, Leah Ottman, Matt Kirkwold, Michael Ferrier, Noah Levy, Paul Boblett, Peter J. Sands, Rick Meyer, Ryan Smith, Scott Wooldridge, Tom Scott and more, this annual event benefits the Pay It Forward Cancer Fund at Ridgeview Medical Center.

The Pay It Forward Fund helps breast and woman's cancer patients pay basic living expenses while undergoing treatment so they can focus on what's really important - getting healthy. They assist patients at 9 local hospitals including North Memorial, Maple Grove, Unity, Mercy, New River, HCMC, Sibley, Glencoe and Ridgeview Medical Centers.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
The Turf Club
1601 University Ave W, St Paul, MN

21+ | Tickets $20
7:30 pm Doors | 8:30 pm Showtime

December 23, 2017: The highly anticipated XTC documentary “XTC This is POP”, was broadcast by Sky Arts in October (a petition earlier in the year was circulated to convince BBC to air it). Andy Partridge says, "There may well be a DVD later, yes, if they can get clearances from everyone that owns a slice of us." Steven Wilson says, "I was very honoured to be invited to appear in a feature length documentary about one of my all time favourite bands XTC. . . Directed by Charlie Thomas . . . this is a very serious (but also funny) telling of the story of one of the most creative and intelligent, but also quintessentially English bands to have ever existed." Showtime USA will be showing the documentary on January 11, 2018, at 7PM. (Watch the trailer.)

Ape House News

September 29, 2017: BLACK SEA now in 5.1
March 8, 2017: POWERS RETURNED
December 3, 2016: XTC SHIRTS AU GO GO
October 17, 2016: SKYLARKING NOW IN 5.1

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.

Other News

July 4
Lee Neumann contributed updated chords for “The Ugly Underneath”. ¶ Marshall Gooch reviewed Andy Partridge's new Apples & Oranges / Humanoid Boogie single.
July 1
Dan Pinder sent in tablature for the chords and solo to “You and the Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful”.
May 21
Kenn Scott thought he'd share this interview and profile of Andy Partridge, from 1989: “One-day-at-a-time lifestyle pulls Partridge from abyss” from The Edmonton Journal, June 8, 1989.

Recent Site Updates

August 8, 2018: Albums - Andy Partridge: Apples & Oranges / Humanoid Boogie; Songs - XTC: "The Ugly Underneath"
July 22, 2018: Discography - Andy Partridge: Apples & Oranges / Humanoid Boogie
July 6, 2018: Discography - XTC: Eighties Goldies

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