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July 5, 2015: Anton Barbeau has a new album in the works called Magic Act. 12 pop songs of varying psychedelic decree. A sudden case of "artistic differences" meant a change in course and Anton found himself making a solo record all over the place with all sorts of people. Colin Moulding from XTC plays bass on one track. Anton is crowdfunding this project via KissKissBankBank. Anton says, “This campaign will cover the cost of studio time, musician's fees, CD manufacturing, video making, PR and postage. I'd like to say that any money made beyond our costs will go towards my purchase of a Greek island, but this is my fourth crowd funding experience and I've learned the easy way that there isn't ever any spare change left over!”
June 5, 2015: APPLE VENUS and WASPSTAR are back on CD!! To pre-order for June 29th release simply go here: burningshed.com/store/ape/. Your ears deserve them.

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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
March 8, 2014: XTC SKYLARKING CORRECTED POLARITY CD
October 7, 2013: XTC NONSUCH REMIXED IN 5.1

Other News

July 5
Orit Friedland says that this review of the Apple Venus / Wasp Star reissues is a good one.
July 1
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán says, “From @XTCfans to @PhizLair, these are the best summer albums from 1985 to 1997, ranked”.
June 11
Tom Demi just happened across this article on the Skylarking reissue. Dig the artwork! (?)
May 31
Thanks to Keith and Tony for their generous donations!
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.

Recent Site Updates

July 18, 2015: Press - "Andy Partridge is THE CORRECTOR", Twitter (2014-)
July 7, 2015: Press - “Song of the Week -- Colin's take: Colin discusses ‘King for a Day’”, XTCfans, September 13, 2009, “Song of the Week -- Andy's take: Mayor of Simpleton”, XTC Fans, January 7, 2007, “Album of the Week -- Prairie Prince: Prairie Prince remembers ‘Skylarking’”, XTCfans, March 8, 2009, "Il Mondo Salvato dai Bambini", Tempi Dispari, 1999, “Drummer of the Week -- Pat Mastelotto: Pat Mastelotto remembers ‘Oranges and Lemons’”, XTCfans, June 6, 2010
July 5, 2015: Press - Reviews of Wasp Star – Apple Venus Volume 2 (2000), Reviews of Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999)
July 2, 2015: Discography - Anton Barbeau: Magic Act
July 1, 2015: Press - “Brilliant Fold-out ‘Chutes and Ladders’ Cover for XTC's ‘Making Plans For Nigel’ Single”, Dangerous Minds, June 1, 2015, “A Definitive List of the Best Summer Albums (Released Between 1985 and 1997)”, Newsweek, June 26, 2015
June 11, 2015: Discography - XTC: Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2), XTC: Apple Venus Volume 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.
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