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April 7, 2015: Paul Boblett would like you to attend Senses Working Overtime 3, the ridiculously fun third annual star-studded Minneapolis tribute to XTC to benefit the Pay It Forward Cancer Fund at North Memorial Hospital. Featuring vocal performances by Faith Boblett, Ken Chastain, Al Church, John Eller, Michael Ferrier, Ian Flomer, and many others, backed up by Chuck Allen, Chris Beaty, Paul Boblett, and many others again. The Pay It Forward Fund serves patients at North Memorial, Maple Grove, Unity, Mercy, New River and Ridgeview Medical Centers. 100% of the funds raised by the organization are used to pay basic living expenses for women in need while recovering from breast and other women's cancers. The Pay It Forward Fund is a partner of North Memorial Foundation. Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Icehouse MPLS, 9:30 pm. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 door (21+). If you're near, come cheer and drink beer!
March 19, 2015: The Vagabond Saints' Society brings together some of Winston-Salem's finest musicians and singers to perform the music of XTC. The concert will showcase one of XTC's most ornate and beloved albums, Skylarking from 1986. The upcoming show will feature a stellar mix of talent including Doug Davis, Jerry Chapman, Susan Snow, Michael Slawter, Patrick Ferguson, Clay Howard, Lee Terry, and Tony Dagnall, and none other than Chris Stamey and Mitch Easter will join VSS to sing a song or two. March 27 at 9 p.m., The Garage, 110 W. 7th St., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, $10 (free with DashPop festival wristband). [thanks to Francisco Javier Tenas]

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Ape House News

April 28, 2015: NEW XTC T SHIRTS
October 27, 2014: XTC - DRUMS AND WIRES NOW MIXED IN 5.1
October 7, 2013: XTC NONSUCH REMIXED IN 5.1

Other News

May 13
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán turns us on to Paste's The 50 Saddest Songs of All Time.
May 10
Paul Ferguson has created a White Music lyrics sheet, adapted from the handwriting on the back of the LP cover. Print one yourself.
April 29
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán found “Counterbalance: XTC's ‘Skylarking’”, a discussion on PopMatters.
April 18
Steve Hutchins wrote to Chalkhills recently to say, “As a matter of curiosity, I searched the net and read some of the articles and stories mentioning about me, which were mostly accurate, but some parts ridiculously untrue, so I thought that I would simply set the records straight for posterity and provide XTC fans with the accurate facts.” Read the “XTC ~ The Tapes & Steve Hutchins ~ The True Story”.
April 17
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán pointed out “XTC In Excelsis”, a review of Apple Venus Volume 1.
April 4
Paul Ferguson tabbed out Andy Partridge's guitar solo in “Garden of Earthly Delights”.
March 24
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán points us to “Pure XTC” in The Footy Almanac.

Recent Site Updates

May 17, 2015: Discography - XTC: Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2), XTC: Apple Venus Volume 1
May 13, 2015: Press - “The 50 Saddest Songs of All Time”, Paste, May 12, 2015
May 9, 2015: Discography - Halt and Catch FireThe Complete First Season
April 29, 2015: Press - Reviews of Skylarking (1987)
April 18, 2015: Press - “XTC ~ The Tapes & Steve Hutchins ~ The True Story”, by Steve Hutchins, April 14, 2015
April 17, 2015: Press - Reviews of Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999); Discography - High Fidelity Magazine, No. 24, High Fidelity Magazine, No. 23
April 11, 2015: Discography - URGH! A Music War, The Ultimate Alternative 80s34 Great Original Hits by the Original Artists, The Best Of New WaveThe 33 Greatest Hits Of Punk And New Wave, Rock Legends Playing The Songs Of Pink Floyd, Return to the Dark Side of the MoonA Tribute to Pink Floyd, Just Like... Rock Legends Playing The Songs Of Pink Floyd, Classic Rock · Volume 12, A Collection Of Delicate DiamondsA Tribute To Pink Floyd
April 4, 2015: Discography - Anton Barbeau: Magic Act
April 1, 2015: Discography - XTC / Frankie Miller: In Concert #179featuring XTC

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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 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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