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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 12, Number 2

                  Monday, 9 January 2006


                     New XTC "single"
                    RE: Puffy AmiYumi
                        Work works
                      2005 in Review
        Double fantasy and An XTC Board games List
                      Short stories


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I feel like a giant tonight.


Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 18:45:29 -0400
From: "Brunkhorst" <>
Subject: lists?
Message-ID: <BAY114-DAV14E2F452419998FC0081FCB6210@phx.gbl>

Some discs 2005
Pat Metheny Group: The Way Up.  After listening, I wondered if Pat was
insane or a genius.  The answer is yes.  I've spun this a lot and have been
amazed most times.
Paul McC: Chaos & Creation in the Backyard.  Worth it just for 'Anyway' and
'This Never Happened Before', at the very least.
Dave Douglas: Keystone.
Uri Caine/Bedrock: Shelf-Life.  Hilarious.
Miles Davis: The Cellar Door Sessions 1970.  The MD reissue I've wanted for
years.  All the funk, but with clarity.
Keith Jarrett Trio: The Out-Of-Towners.  Zen.  The sound of three hands
John Cale: Black Acetate.  Louder, angrier, smarter than McCartney, if not
as pretty.  Makes me hopeful for the day when I'm his age (which would be...
My Morning Jacket: Z.  Still working on this one.
Sigur Ros: Takk.  Still working on this one too.  They might never beat
'Aegyptis Boingum'.
Up here in the Maritimes, we don't have much for record stores.  All I
bought was stuff I learned about someplace, like, or some other
internet site, then ordered it via Amazon and had my wife ship to me from
the US.  It's a shitty way to buy CDs.  There's prob dozens of good pop CDs
I woulda liked, had I known, heard, and/or bought.

Looking forward to: Donald Fagen: Morph The Cat.  And: It's been over a year
now, isn't it about time for another David Bowie recording?  And: Let's all
boycott Sony/BMG for spreading disease in the form of crap stuck on CDs.

No XTC content.  I still ain't buying Fuzzy Wobbles.  There's usually a
reason for out-takes being out-takes.  I can wait another eight years for a
new CD if I must.  You'd think with their own label, etc., they'd make a new
record so they could have some money.  Or maybe they have nothing to pay a
studio bill with.  Or maybe they have money now, and are busying drinking
and watching TV.

Finally: another year when we really needed Frank Zappa.  Imagine it.

Kevin Brunkhorst
Asst Professor, Music Dept
St Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada


Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 14:49:46 -0800 (PST)
From: Jamie Crampton <>
Subject: New XTC "single"
Message-ID: <>

Greetings chalkies

Does anyone know if the "single" as released in
December is going to be ever released on any other
format than download, for all of us who refuse to join
the 20th Century and don't have a credit card, iPod or
Edsel..  Thanx!

Jamie CFC
Herts, UK


Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 18:20:35 -0600
From: "mark & barb kirk" <>
Subject: RE: Puffy AmiYumi
Message-ID: <004401c61320$2e099920$6401a8c0@markandbarb>

Being a Lurker and all for many a year, I have sat quietly through the Puffy
AmiYumi debate and finally I've decided Enuff 'Z'Nuff (ha! there's another
band up for debate).
Thanks to another List that I'm on I was directed towards these J-Pop Tarts
(sorry, couldn't resist the opportunity) about a year ago. I checked out a
couple songs on LimeWire and was instantly infatuated...
It didn't take long before I was collecting everything  Ami and Yumi had to
offer... I now have all the original Japanese discs, domestic releases and
even a promo poster for Illustrated History. Yeah, I do feel like a dirty
old man (they're young enough to be my daughters), but this band truly has
it all... catchy songs, hooks, harmonies - okay, that may be a stretch - but
they're cute as hell!
Yeah, I do I watch the cartoon when I have the chance - and yes, it is
pretty dumb (it's geared for pre-teens), but the girls do make a couple
appearences throughout which almost makes it worthwhile... sort of.

Anyway... to sum it up, if you're a fan of just plain good Power Pop Music,
you cannot go wrong with Puffy AmiYumi!!



Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 19:09:11 +0000
From: Mark Fisher <>
Subject: Work works
Message-ID: <>

I was kicking myself for not sending suggestion into this week's list of
songs in The Guardian. The theme is work, which could have meant Making
Plans for Nigel, Earn Enough for Us, Work and no doubt several others.

But I needn't have fretted. Love on a Farmboy's Wages has made it to number
three without my help:,,1678467,00.html

Next week's theme is cover versions that are better than the original. I'd
happily vote for XTC's All Along the Watchtower but I expect I'd be outvoted
either by Dylan or Hendrix fans.



Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2006 15:39:37 -0500
From: John Relph <>
Subject: 2005 in Review
Message-ID: <>


For some reason I didn't buy as much new music this year as in some
past years.  I'm pretty sure one of the reasons is that I was
deferring gratification until after the construction on our house was
completed.  That was supposed to be in October.  Well, as of January
2006 the construction has not yet begun.  Soon, I am told.

In any case, there were a couple of really good albums that I found
this year.  But then, I also listened to a lot of free downloadable
music.  Artists such as Jens Lekman, Field Music, Sleep Station, and
Sufjan Stevens were in rotation on the trusty iPod.  Also, there were
a couple of really good reissues, including "Prince Charming" by Adam
And The Ants.  What a dumb record.  I love it.

But as far as the best "albums" of 2005?  Well, as usual, this list is
a list of my favorites that I discovered in 2005, even though some
were released prior to 2005.  This year I've decided I'd do things
differently, so here's the Countdown to Number One:

15. Veda Hille: Return of the Killdeer

    I love her voice, her lyrics, her piano.  But this album still
    doesn't quite reach the standard set by "Field Study".

14. Gary Lee Moore: Uncle Pig

    Unpolished, out of tune, real and heartfelt.  This is a collection
    of older tunes, not these modern polished Texas contest tunes, but
    real traditional fiddle tunes from Gary's childhood in Oklahoma.
    This has been in rotation since June.

13. Spoon: Gimme Fiction

    I'm still ambivalent about this one.

12. The Orchestra: No Rewind

    There are a couple of great tunes on here.  Parthenon Huxley writes
    a pretty good imitation of the ELO style.  But there are a few
    clunkers as well.  I suppose that is itself a good imitation of ELO.

11. Mono: Walking cloud and deep red sky, Flag fluttered and the sun shined

    Long flowing ambient noise rock.

10. Wild Band of Snee: Wild Band of Snee

    I constructed this from downloads available on Rushad Eggleston's
    website.  I hear there was an actual CD available somewhere, but
    I've never seen it.  But I kept listening to this, over and over,
    and ended up learning three or four of the tunes as well,
    especially the magnificent and concise "Gree-himfeny".

 9. The Sugarplastic: 7x7x7

    The CD collects the seven seven-inchers, and orders them by
    composer.  A blessing and a curse, because Ben Eshbach's songs are
    amazing.  And Kiara Geller's songs mostly come as a letdown after
    that.  Otherwise this album would have rated a higher position in
    the list.

 8. De Novo Dahl: De Novo Dahl

    In constant rotation.  Excellent, tight, concise.  Pop songs in
    many styles, seemingly effortless.

 7. Chris Thile: Deceiver

    I hear this won an award for best engineering.  If so, it's
    because Thile has obviously been spending too much time around Jon
    Brion.  And that's a good thing.  This album goes from angry pop
    rock to solo mandolin pieces without missing a beat.  Just my
    cuppa tea.  I can forgive the sometimes trite lyrics.

 6. Iron and Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days

    Incredibly powerful for being such a quiet and understated
    acoustic flavoured album.  Like somebody whispering the secrets of
    the universe.

 5. Brad Mehldau: Largo

    A modern jazz piano album worth listening to!  What a concept!

 4. De Novo Dahl: Cats & Kittens

    Twice as good as their other one.  And four times as much music.
    This album has some amazingly good songs, and if I only listened
    to "Piggy's Adventure" it would almost be enough.  But then they
    include a bonus CD of remixes!  I love the way this band jumps
    between styles.

 3. The Wrens: The Meadowlands

      "Faster gun . . ."  This was a favourite earlier in the year, in
      constant rotation for quite a while.  But then it was supplanted
      by . . .

 2. The Arcade Fire: Funeral

    Words cannot describe.  Includes the second best song of the year
    "In the backseat".  Majestic.  Just writing about it makes me want
    to put it on again.

 1. The Sugarplastic: Will

    Everybody accuses The Sugarplastic of ripping off XTC.  They are
    really the successors to Eno's pop albums.  Songs begin in one
    space and end up somewhen completely different.  Ambience is
    power.  Change is your friend.  The best song of the year is "The
    Harvestman (Daddy Longlegs)", which in my mind follows in the
    footsteps of Eno's "Driving Me Backwards".  Just when you think
    it's built up to a crescendo, another element is layered on.  Oh yes.

I will admit that sometimes I think that "Funeral" is better than
"Will".  But The Sugarplastic need my support more than The Arcade
Fire.  And besides, every time I listen to "Will" I am amazed anew.

Happy 2006!

	-- John


Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 14:15:02 -0000
From: "David Seddon" <>
Subject: Double fantasy and An XTC Board games List
Message-ID: <002d01c61527$156842a0$0200a8c0@seddon>

Wayne said:

>"Aerial" by Kate Bush. Once you hit middle age things change and, like Andy
>and Colin, I think that Kate made the perfect middle age album. I remember
>all the criticism that John Lennon took when he released "Double Fantasy"
>another perfect middle age album.

Indeed, I like Aerial very much, especially the 2nd CD.

As for Double Fantasy.  I was listening to the Lennon tracks again (for the
first time in years) from the Definitive Lennon double collection.  They've
been remastered.  You know, Watching the Wheels, Woman, Beautiful Boy and
I'm Losing You were really lovely songs.  I was just thinking how much
better they were than 99% of what Macca's done since.  In fact better than
99.999% of what's been done by anyone since.  Kind of sweet sentiment rather
than sickly sentiment.  He did that kind of thing really well and had an off
button for when it got too gooey.

It helps if you've got kids and are over 40 - but what super melodies and
lyrics.  Brings a tear to your eye when you think how obviously content he
was then and what we all missed out on.  And I wish he could have finished
Grow Old Along With Me, which I believe would have been THE wedding song of
all.  It was the song he was due to sing the very day after he got shot!
Boy, of boy!  To me that is a great song that never quite was.  I know that
it was later done by Mary Cahpin Carpenter.  Nevertheless, even in it's
rough form, we had it played at our reception.

On another note, one of the things I do is play board indeed I
know Andy does as often as he can (he's even designed them).

You may or may not have heard of Board Game geek, but here's an XTC list I
did there not long ago.  Take a look:


Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 10:37:47 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: Short stories
Message-ID: <>

Yeah, Howard Jones had some great tunes didn't he?

  Okay mate (that's you my dear Danny), gloves off (or on, but I never
punched anyone).  First up, I have the promised CDs waiting, and I'll
send you them willingly when you feel ready.  I really hope you can
like them and we can be friends again.  It's got Terry Chambers on it!

  But hang on, this is a *music forum* to do with XTC, right?  If
there is an "issue" with my little fetishes and perambulations and
conundrums, keep 'em out of the public limelight if you please.  I
know I'm weird and different but I try not to do any harm.  I'm here
in CHALKHILLS to talk about the friggin' music, as I trust you are.
Don't tear me down man!  I think it was long ago established with you,
that I CARE.  And I would suggest, arrogantly enough, that I could
beat just about any of you in a game of "one-up-manship".  Take me on,
or as Franz sed, take me out!

  Anyway, I'm listening to a beautiful twin-CD set that another Dan
sent me, called "Stars Captured".  His favourites of '05, compiled
alphabetically.  It works, it floors me.  I wouldn't know where to
begin to describe.

  Some other news: Kai Chambers, son of our Terry, and serial musical
slut, has reverted to the three-piece format.  New band is called
LOVER.  I've heard some sample mp3s, and let me tell you, as Kai
himself sez, he's finally found his niche.

  He would willingly send me his footy shorts, but they would be too
big for me.  He just sends me the music, and that fits just fine.

  "All we are saying, is give peace a chance"

Danny Phipps <> wrote:

>my answer to this question might have something to do with the
>inclusion of a certain pair of shorts along with requested music cd's
>to be burned and then mailed out, righto paullie?


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