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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 11, Number 70

                Saturday, 17 December 2005


                     Re: Best of 2005
                   Owl-Stretching Time
                       Only words?
                      More Downloads
                    Albums of the Year
                 Ordinary people (again)
                   re: ordinary people
                     Cupola Responses
                        Re: Ding!
                     "Best Of" Lists
                    top albums of 2005


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Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 21:10:05 EST
Subject: Re: Best of 2005
Message-ID: <>

Pretty good year for (XTC-ish) music, too bad there was just two new XTC

Here's my Top 14(?)
1. BEN FOLDS - Songs for Silverman
2. PAUL WELLER - As Is Now
3.  KATE BUSH - Aerial
4. BLOC PARTY - Silent Alarm
5. FRANZ FERDINAND - You  Could Have It...
7. GANG OF FOUR - Return the  Gift
8. HOT HOT HEAT - Elevator
9. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE - Out of State  Plates
11. BECK - Guero
12. NADA  SURF - Weight Is a Gift
13. KAISER CHIEFS - Employment
14. ECHO &  THE BUNNYMEN - Siberia

(Arcade Fire was a 2004 release in the US)



Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 18:47:33 -0800
From: Wesley Hanks <>
Subject: Owl-Stretching Time
Message-ID: <>

Key flotsam of 2005:

Al Stewart - A Beach Full of Shells
The Album Leaf - Seal Beach ep
Archer Prewitt - Gerroa Songs
Archer Prewitt - Wilderness
Brian Eno - Another Day on Earth
British Sea Power - Open Season
The Futureheads - The Futureheads
The Kingsbury Manx - Afternoon Owls ep
The Kingsbury Manx - The Fast Rise and Fall of the South
The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute
Mercury Rev - The Secret Migration
Michael Penn - Mr. Hollywood Jr., 1947
Paul Weller - As Is Now
The Ramones - It's Alive
Teenage Fanclub - Man-Made
Wilco - A Ghost is Born Tour EP
Wilco - Kicking Television
The Arcade Fire - Funeral
Arctic Monkeys - Beneath the Boardwalk
Broken Social Scene - their catalogue
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
The Clientele - Strange Geometry
The Decemberists - Picaresque
The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
Morrissey - Live at Earls Court
My Morning Jacket - Z
My Morning Jacket - live shows at
Nada Surf - The Weight  Is A Gift
Neil Young - Prairie Wind
Paul McCartney
The Pernice Brothers - Discover a Lovelier You
Robert Sherwood!
Stufjan Stevens - Michigan & Illinois projects
XTC - those two new songs

Wes "Random Shuffle" Hanks


Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 21:57:31 EST
Subject: Only words?
Message-ID: <>

In our last digest, pop boy did sayeth:

>Read the interview with Partridge in Word in which he says that virtually
>all fiction is a waste of time (apart from Dickens) and that real life is
>much more interesting, and so what is the point of reading fiction?
>Um...I'm sorry Andy but that makes you sound like Liam Gallagher and must
>be one of the dumbest statements of the year.

Too true....he's obviously never read Harry Potter. :)

Aaron Pastula did sayeth:

>Interesting...personally, I think that when you're capable of emulating as
>many styles and points of view as Andy is, it's hard to be surprised when
>he manages to pull off an authentic "replica," for lack of a better word,
>of a particular genre, be it a holiday song, dance tune, or old style
>drinking singalong like "Albert Brown" -- a great homage to a WWI hero
>written in a classic style, but one that doesn't require Andy to have been
>on the front lines.
>That said, I personally believe that Andy is more of a believer than he
>lets on, at least in a general, spiritual sense that seems to have emerged
>since he originally wrote Dear God

I have to disagree with you on that one, mate. In all honesty, I think
Andy was talking more of just the general cheery, joyous atmosphere
Christmas brings out in people, not the "religious" aspect of it. I
think Andy's been set in his views way too long to have changed them
any over the years, the old Grinch.  *meanevilgrin*

Tis all for now,
XTC song of the day-Terrorism
non XTC song of the day-Kurious Oranj-The Fall


Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 19:57:28 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <>
Subject: More Downloads
Message-ID: <>

Thanks for the download sites. Check this one out:

It leans more towards the
punk/experimental/electronic, but there's a lot of
good pop you haven't heard before in it as well. Lots
of free and legal mp3's.


Jamie Lowe (Hey Jamie-how you been?) wrote:

Here is a little holiday present for you all who like
down loading music.

Fingertips has ton's of great MP3s all free and legal.
Spiral was the featured track a couple of weeks back.
I have made a couple killer compilations lately all
from their archives.  And if you are a power pop fan
like me check this site out for another compilation
worth great songs.


Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 22:02:58 -0800
From: Phil Corless <>
Subject: Albums of the Year
Message-ID: <>

A few of my favorite albums of 2005, in no particular order:

James Cooper - Second Season
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Brendan Benson - Alternative To Love
Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production of Eggs
Chris Trapper - Gone Again
Of Montreal - The Sunlandic Twins
Dolly Parton - Those Were The Days
The Decemberists - Picaresque
Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
Josh Rouse - Nashville
Sean Altman - Losing Streak
Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams
Parthenon Huxley - Homemade Spaceship
Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
Paul McCartney - Chaos and Creation
Neil Diamond - 12 Songs

Phil Corless


Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 07:29:06 +0000
From: "Darryl W. Bullock" <>
Subject: Ordinary people (again)
Message-ID: <>

Just a brief 'un.

Odd that there seems to be some debate on the origins of Where Did the
Ordinary People Go, even down to the suggestion that Andy penned the song
for Colin.

It first appeared over a decade ago, as one of Colin's songs submitted for
Nonsuch. Certainly there's a Colin home demo of the song from this period
- it's on the tape circulated by Virgin which also includes Colin's superior
Car Out Of Control (why has this song never been released?) - and, if memory
serves, the video filmed of Andy, Colin and Dave for one of the Manchester
Conventions (91 perhaps) features the trio performing the song along with
others, such as Andy's Goosey Goosey.

Hope that helps...

Darryl W. Bullock


Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 09:44:40 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: re: ordinary people
Message-ID: <>

James Lowe wrote:

  <<I spent the $.99 for Ordinary People from i-Tunes and to my ears it
sounds like an Andy song sung by Colin without Dave.  Wouldn't surprise me in
the least if they were trying to mix things up a bit.  It also seems like
it could have been a B-side to River of Orchids.>>

  "Where did the Ordinary People Go" was demoed for Nonsuch.Colin wrote it.



Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 10:58:57 -0000
From: "Dave Smith" <>
Subject: Cupola Responses
Message-ID: <>

Greetings, fellow Chalkhillers, and felicitations for this, our glorious
festival of over-eating - of which I will be an ever-too-willing
participant, of course.

Just a coupla responses to #11-69, thought it was about time I piped up
for no good reason!

Powerpopboy67 spake thus:

>> Read the interview with Partridge in Word in which he says that virtually
>> all fiction is a waste of time (apart from Dickens) and that real life is
>> much more interesting, and so what is the point of reading fiction?
>> Um...I'm sorry Andy but that makes you sound like Liam Gallagher and must
>> be one of the dumbest statements of the year.

Surely the real difference between Messrs Partridge and Gallagher is that
the latter obviously takes some misguided macho pride in declaring he "don't
read books," while Andy's intelligence, learning and, above all, towering
imagination, are there for all to see . . . if you care to look.

If you look through history, many respected artists of all walks share this
sort of opinion - would you berate a top chef for saying he prefers plain
food? Woud you berate a top sportsman for not wanting to watch sport in his
time off?

Perhaps Andy has so much going on in his head that there simply isn't room
for other people's flights of fancy?

Failing all that, perhaps you could look at it as Andy's personal opinion
and simply try and respect that? Calling him dumb doesn't make you look the
sharpest tool in the box y'know.

Paul Sandford said:

>> Having had the good fortune to get to listen to the new single, I have to
>> say I'm a little disappointed. To be blunt it is very very weak and
>> rather dull. I'm a big fan of Colin songs but this is a turkey. Sounds
>> like an outtake from AV1 to these cynical ears...

I've not been fortunate enough to catch this track yet, but I'm a little

1. Is this REALLY a new single release?


2. I thought this WAS an outtake from AV1

I really ought to ask less questions . . .

And finally, Travis Schulz asked:

>> Anyone know how many more volumes of Fuzzy Warbles there may be, and more
>> importantly, will there someday be a FW Boxed Set?

Unless anyone can say otherwise, I believe there were always going to be 10
discs in the FW set - so we're still awaiting the last four, which I think
are due over the course of 2006.

As to the eventuality of a Boxed Set, I'm sure that in a few years, once
everyone who's bought the individual sets has got them, there will be a
boxed set released - perhaps with one extra song, ringtone and a postcard -
which we will be asked to buy all over again.

Help me get through these cynical days ;-)

And that's it really. A happy holidays to you all, I hope we all get what we
wish for in 2006 - and if we DON'T get that new XTC album, world peace would
be a nice substitute!

Mr Relph, for all that Chalkhills is, you remain "da man" so thank you as

Smudge out.


Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 13:23:49 +0000
From: Mark Fisher <>
Subject: Re: Ding!
Message-ID: <>

At some point in the recent past, someone wrote:

> Read the interview with Partridge in Word in which he says that virtually
> all fiction is a waste of time (apart from Dickens) and that real life is
> much more interesting, and so what is the point of reading fiction?
> Um...I'm sorry Andy but that makes you sound like Liam Gallagher and must be
> one of the dumbest statements of the year.

It's also contradicted by his enthusiasm for various films which are, um,
fiction. And I don't imagine he listens to music purely for its factual


Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 06:50:51 -0800 (PST)
From: Melinda Hautala <>
Subject: "Best Of" Lists
Message-ID: <>

In looking at what bands people liked this year, I feel it is my duty
to point some of you toward The Features.  Their album technically came
out at the end of last year, but they did release several singles from
it this year.  The main reason I wanted to bring them up was an
overwhelming feeling of "If you like those guys, you'd love these
guys", as well as a feeling of "man, The Features should be bigger than
they are".

Check them out:

Their album is a mere 10 bucks.  A whole slew of 5-star reviews on
Amazon can't be wrong (and most of those reviews are of the "I never
heard of these guys til last night, but..." type).

Merry XTCmas, y'all :-)



Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 19:57:48 -0500 (EST)
Subject: top albums of 2005
Message-ID: <>

Long time/third time here.

Maybe I was a bit lazy in my exploration of new music this year,
but the two albums that really stood out were Super Furry Animals
and The New Pornographers.

"Love Kraft" really struck a nerve with me, with a sort of
mood, while "Twin Cinema" was a little more hit-or-miss (I know
I'm in the minority, but I don't like Dan Bejar's input all that
much.) but "Bones of an Idol" might be the best new song in ages.

The new disc by the Coral wasn't that bad either, but I'm still
waiting for them to move forward in their sound.  They could be

-Justin L. Abrotsky


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