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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 11, Number 1

                 Thursday, 6 January 2005

Topics:

               Top Albums and Songs of 2004
                  Mommyheads, Bowlermen
                      Top Ten Again
                      2004 releases
                      another Top 10
                       O Happy Day
                       2004 CD-wise

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Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 19:21:39 -0800
From: Phil Corless <phil@pkmeco.com>
Subject: Top Albums and Songs of 2004
Message-ID: <6.0.1.1.2.20041231191225.01ce6a70@pop.mindspring.com>

Here are the albums I enjoyed the most this past year, in no particular order:

1.  Elliott Smith - From A Basement On A Hill
2.  Jamie Hoover & Bill Lloyd - Paparazzi
3.  The Dotted Line - The Dotted Line
4.  Substitution Mass Confusion, A Tribute to The Cars
5.  Glenn Tilbrook - Transatlantic Ping-Pong
6.  Candy Butchers - Hang On Mike
7.  William Shatner - Has Been
8.  Stephen Duffy & Lilac Time - Keep Going
9.  A.C. Newman - The Slow Wonder
10.  Tears For Fears - Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
11.  Michael Carpenter - Rolling Ball
12.  Kings of Convenience - Riot On An Empty Street
13.  Finn Brothers - Everyone is Here
14.  Morrissey - You Are The Quarry
15.  k.d. lang - Hymns of the 49th Parallel

Biggest disappointment of the year:  Elvis Costello's The Delivery Man CD

Songs I tired of VERY QUICKLY:  "Vertigo" by U2, "Take Me Out" by Franz
Ferdinand, and "Float On" by Modest Mouse.

Best song of the year:  "Sparkle!" by Candy Butchers..... Listen to it at:
http://www.pkmeco.com/cdablog/2004/12/year-in-music.html

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Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2005 12:18:47 -0500
From: John &/or Elizabeth irvine <jeirvine@earthlink.net>
Subject: Mommyheads, Bowlermen
Message-ID: <3259A662-5C19-11D9-A1A3-000A95BD23DA@earthlink.net>

 >Frank on the Mommyheads: "I had the pleasure of seeing them live in
Portland, Oregon while I was in college; they kicked the horse's ass."

Frank, I may have a recording of that show if you're interested.  They
do a swell cover of "I can't go for that" of all things,and a few great
tunes they never recorded in the studio.  My fave of theirs is the
Flying Suit cd, and the singles that came out that weren't on it.  A
fine band indeed.

And a big thanks to all the DC area folks who came out in December to
see the Bowlermen make a glorious hash of the Dukes legacy.  We
appreciate playing those songs for folks who know the words.

-John I
www.thejennifers.com

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Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2005 16:40:19 -0800
From: "Craig Vreeken" <vreeken@citlink.net>
Subject: Top Ten Again
Message-ID: <000001c4f063$a657d8a0$0400a8c0@CRAIG2>

Time to submit my Top Ten of 2004.  I'll keep my list to music only,
although there were plenty of good books, movies, current events, etc.
this year.

Shows:

1.	Brian Wilson 11/4, San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall - An
	absolute stunner.  Emotional, powerful and very musical.
2.	Prince - 9/4 Arco Arena, Sacramento.  Killer show.  Great band.
	The party of the year!
3.	Absolute Zappa, Absolute Ensemble - 5/1 Mondavi Center, Davis.
	With a 20+ piece ensemble of all the right classical
	instruments for a proper Zappa performance (oboe,
	contrabassoon, percussion, etc.), plus a top notch rock group.
	They played so many great Zappa songs, including "Don't You
	Every Wash That Thing, Lumpy Gravy, Duke of Prunes, and
	Peaches in Regalia.  Brilliant!
4.	Pixies - 9/25, Greek Theatre, Berkeley
5.	Todd Rundgren + The Liars, 9/24, Campbell Heritage Theatre,
	Campbell
6.	The Australian Pink Floyd Show, 3/28, Memorial Auditorium,
	Sacramento
7.	Super Furry Animals, 2/27, The Fillmore, San Francisco
8.	Van Morrison, 4/4, Masonic Center, San Francisco
9.	Grandaddy, 3/2, Crest Theatre, Sacramento

Albums

1.	Brian Wilson - Smile.  So much has already been said here about
	this.  By far the album of the year.
2.	Todd Rundgren - Liars.  Todd's best in a decade at least.
	Smooth, heartfelt, and groovy.
3.	Bad Religion - Empire Strikes First
4.	Ted Leo + The Pharmacists - Shake The Sheets
5.	Talking Heads - The Name of the Band Is The Talking Heads
	(reissue)
6.	Andy Partridge - Fuzzy Warbles vol. 5+6
7.	Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
8.	Mark Knopfler - Shangri-La
9.	Green Day - American Idiot
10.	U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

Bubbling Under:  Kinks - Are The Village Green Preservation Society
(remaster); Matthew Sweet - Living Things; They Might Be Giants - The
Spine; Secret Machines - Now Here Is Nowhere; William Shatner - Has Been

Craig Vreeken
http://www.citlink.net/~javalee/

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Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2005 08:34:47 -0800
From: ste7phen@cox.net
Subject: 2004 releases
Message-ID: <3717EE52-5CDC-11D9-9AFC-000393779CC6@cox.net>

My 2004 new release purchases:

Afro Celt Sound System:  Pod
http://realworldrecords.com/afrocelts/

Choying Drolma/Steve Tibbetts: Selwa
http://www.frammis.com/index.htm

Poi Dog Pondering: audiovisivo
http://www.poidogpondering.com/

Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles 5 and 6
http://ape.uk.net/

Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie's Brains:
The Big Eyeball In The Sky
http://www.lesclaypool.com/

Primus: Hallucino-genetics - Live 2004
http://www.primusville.com/

Peter Gabriel: Play The Videos
http://www.petergabriel.com/

enjoy

also
one of my projects this year:
applying remastered tracks to LookLook videos for
home/personal dvd use only with the newish computer
what a knock!
This Is Pop - jams
Are You Receiving Me - fun
Senses - brilliant/timeless
all Loud!!!

Happy New Year
Another Steve

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Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2005 07:47:04 -0800 (PST)
From: Happy Puppy Records <happypuppyrecords@yahoo.com>
Subject: another Top 10
Message-ID: <20050102154704.35155.qmail@web53909.mail.yahoo.com>

I always like reading what others are listening to, so
here's my humble list (in no order):

1. Gonzales - Solo Piano
2. Feist - Let It Die
3. Sahara Hotnights - Kiss & Tell
4. A Girl Called Eddy - s/t
5. Ron Sexsmith - Retriever
6. Andy Patridge - FW 5 & 6
7. Delays - Faded Seaside Glamour
8. Brian Wilson - Smile
9. Various - Lemme Take You To The Beach: surf
instrumentals of Frank Zappa's music
10. The Legends - Up Against the Legends

Happy 2005!
~~Lee R.

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Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005 19:46:45 -0500
From: John Relph <relph@tmbg.org>
Subject: O Happy Day
Message-ID: <16857.59253.979275.760840@f5.idiot-dog.com>

Not cheese,

So I rode my bike to work today.  (Can you believe it?  It's 57F
degrees here at 8pm outside of Washington DC on 3 January.  That's not
right.)  I decided not to go straight to the cafe, but instead went to
my office and cooled down a bit, then changed into my street clothes
and crossed the street to the cafe.  The cafe is in one of those nasty
little malls that are designed to make people excited when they visit.
It has speakers all along the tops of the buildings, blaring heinous
music that's almost always the lowest common denominator.  Music that
offends the fewest and thus offends the most.  If I had a rocket
launcher...  But this morning as I made my way to the cafe for my
morning caffe latte, what to my wondering ears did appear?  The Three
Wise Men singing "Thanks For Christmas"!  The world is not such a bad
place sometimes.

Happy New Year!

	-- John

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Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2005 04:57:33 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Culnane <paulculnane@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: 2004 CD-wise
Message-ID: <20050104045733.55065.qmail@web86904.mail.ukl.yahoo.com>

Hey Chalksters

Among a few good sounds I encountered last year, I found there was
less to really grab me than normally, and I found myself concentrating
on some old faves.  However, five notable discoveries for me were:

1) Brian Wilson presents SMiLE (natch), accompanied by the concert
   experience of the year.

2) The Wondermints (some of whom are members of BW's band), especially
   "The Wonderful World Of..." - although that CD wasn't a 2004
   release, I've only just now got into this band's fabulous music,
   courtesy of Mark Kirk (thanks buddy).  WWoW is a splendid album of
   covers; their version of The Monkees' "Porpoise Song" is
   stupendous.

3) Pugwash: "Earworm", an Aussie-only comp of their first two albums.
   Can hardly wait for their new one, replete with scores by Dave
   Gregory.

4) Ben Gott: "Songs 1996-2001" - a compendium of gorgeous pieces from
   one of the nicer guys of this parish.

5) The Shadow Kabinet: "HARK!"  What can I say, superlatives escape
   me.  This one has been virtually *glued* in my CD deck and you
   simply *must* seek it out! [www.shadow.kabinet.com]

Oh, and the Warbles were suitably Fuzzy...

HNY - Paul-of-Oz

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