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August 20, 2015: The Vagabond Saints' Society is a loose collective of Triad-area (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point) musicians that gathers semi-regularly to pay tribute to the great – and sometimes the not-so-great – artists of the pop-music era. On Saturday, September 5, 2015, The Vagabond Saints' Society Presents XTC's Skylarking, featuring Chris Stamey, Matt McMichaels, Andrea and Pete Connolly, and Roger Gupton. Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm, Cat's Cradle - Back Room, Carrboro, NC, $8.00 - $10.00.
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.

August 16, 2015: Strange Brew Lounge Side presents XTC: A Tribute. Featuring John Pointer, Darin Murphy, Matt The Electrician, Noelle Hampton, Bruce Hughes, and many others, with The Smartest Monkeys: Tom Pearson, Seela, Kris Nelson, Jon Sanchez, Nate Delacretaz, and Jon Greene. Friday, September 25, 8-10pm, $20 advance/$25 door. Proceeds benefit SIMS foundation.

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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

October 17
Jordan Becker “. . . posted a full cover treatment of Skylarking on the Cover Me blog, and have credited Chalkhills for help in finding the covers, many of which come from the fan tributes.”
September 25
Jérôme Pintoux reviewed Black Sea. ¶ The Rock and Roll Chemist reviewed XTC: Song Stories.
September 12
Paul Ferguson copied a pic from the Black Sea CD booklet and used in his 1992 GCSE Art exhibition.
August 20
Francisco Javier Tenas leads us to “XTC: GO 2” on Ultrasónica, but he can't make us think.

Recent Site Updates

November 15, 2015: Songs - Andy Partridge: "Child Crusade", XTC: "Pink Thing", Andy Partridge: "This is the End"; Discography - Billy Sherwood: Citizen; Songs - “Ella Guru”, XTC: "In Another Life", XTC: "Chapel Lane Radio", Andy Partridge: "My Train is Coming", XTC: "Miniature Sun", XTC: "Chalkhills and Children", Andy Partridge: "My Paint Heroes", Andy Partridge: "Miller Time", Andy Partridge: "Everything", “Was a Yes (extract)”, “The Good Things”, XTC: "Living in a Haunted Heart", Colin Moulding: "Skeletons", “Blue Beret”, XTC: "Way Of The World", XTC: "One of the Millions", XTC: "Across This Antheap", XTC: "Cynical Days", XTC: "Merely a Man", XTC: "Hold Me My Daddy", XTC: "Scarecrow People", XTC: "Poor Skeleton Steps Out", XTC: "The Loving", XTC: "Here Comes President Kill Again", XTC: "The Mayor of Simpleton", XTC: "King for a Day"; Albums - Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles, XTC: Oranges & Lemons, XTC: Nonsuch, XTC: Drums and Wires; Songs - XTC: "Garden of Earthly Delights"; Discography - XTC: Oranges & Lemons, XTC: Nonsuch
October 25, 2015: Albums - XTC: Black Sea; Gallery - concert program from Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey, April 11, 1981, Tom Dubé's autographed XTC World Tour T-shirt, Andy Partridge self portrait
October 24, 2015: Gallery - “Andy drew Supergirl on the cover of my Skylarking cd!”, Good Soldier Andy, completed Dukes jigsaw puzzle (from The Complete and Utter Dukes)
October 17, 2015: Press - “Full Albums: XTC's ‘Skylarking’”, Cover Me, October 16, 2015
October 4, 2015: Discography - Pugwash: Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends)

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.
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