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March 26, 2017: Gaz Barrett writes, "A venue has been booked in Swindon for the XTC Convention 2017 for Saturday, 16th September 2017, from 11.00 to 23.59. The venue can accommodate 150. If enough interest for the Todd book tour of XTC sites or Uffington Horse we could hire a coach or two for the Sunday. If enough can arrive on the Friday we will look into booking a venue. Now a date and venue has been sorted we will start to look at what things we can arrange for the Convention. Hopefully a Q&A session, open mic, fans showing off rare XTC memorabilia. We would also like an XTC tribute band to play the venue on the Saturday night. We will be looking for deposits to be paid for tickets before the end of February so that the venue and other costs can be covered. Thanks."
March 26, 2017:

A long time ago, in a library far far away (well, Swindon, actually), a shy schoolboy who loved books, but was a slow reader, borrowed three science fiction books per week. He didn't read them. Instead, mesmerised by the covers, he imagined his own stories to match the cover paintings which he stared at intently for hours. His response was to record a sort of soundtrack to the paintings which had been so inspirational to him. The resulting album conjures, via 12 enigmatic pieces akin to a virtual Musique concrete (with the computer/editing process replacing the more cumbersome scissors/tape method), a musical accompaniment to the variety of alien landscapes which Richard M. Powers illustrated so profusely.

Now a much sought after album, A.J Partridge's album Powers has been reissued as a mid-price jewel cased CD with 12 pages of sleeve notes and illustrations by long-time Ape House sleeve artist Andrew Swainson.

Ape House News

March 8, 2017: POWERS RETURNED
December 3, 2016: XTC SHIRTS AU GO GO
October 17, 2016: SKYLARKING NOW IN 5.1
June 10, 2016: BACK TO VOLUPTUOUS VINYL
February 22, 2016: FUZZY WARBLES ARE HERE AGAIN

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

March 12
Fassine are offering a free download of their cover of XTC's “That Wave” for a very short time.
February 19
Roberto Serrano Bazán shared a link: “The Dukes of Stratosphear – XTC's bizarre side project”.
January 31
Matt Henderson shared a link: “My Favorite Album #185 - Mark Hart (Crowded House) on XTC ‘Drums and Wires’ (1979)”.
January 29
Toshiyuki from Japan made a Bass tab for “That's Really Super, Supergirl”.
January 21
Roberto Serrano Bazán leads us to ‘LOOK LOOK,’ The XTC Home Video Companion in Dangerous Minds, but he can't make us think.
January 16
Boing Boing features a review of Complicated Game: Inside the Songs of XTC. ¶ Tunetribe features “Podcast 96: XTC”, an interview with Andy Partridge.
December 17
Marshall Gooch reviews Complicated Game: Inside the Songs of XTC.

Recent Site Updates

April 22, 2017: Press - "Partridge Tweets: XTC (xtcfans)", Twitter (2014-)
April 8, 2017: Press - “XTC (7), petite histoire d'un disque non rayé”, Les disques rayés, November 26, 2014, “XTC (6), gazon béni et fruits de saison”, Les disques rayés, November 25, 2014, “XTC (5), contre la grisaille”, Les disques rayés, November 24, 2014
March 26, 2017: Press - “The Stories Behind The Songs: Making Plans for Nigel”, TeamRock+, 20 January 2015; Albums - A.J. Partridge: Powers; Discography - Anton Barbeau: Magic Act; Press - “Song of the Week -- Andy's take: Andy discusses ‘2 Rainbeau Melt’”, XTC Fans, January 20, 2008, “Andy discusses the making of ‘Powers’”, XTCfans, September 12, 2010
March 12, 2017: Discography - XTC: Skylarking, XTC: English Settlement
February 24, 2017: Discography - Steven Wilson: [new album], Andy Partridge: Powers

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