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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 12, Number 36

                  Friday, 18 August 2006


                 THE BITTER AND THE SWEET
                   Polonaise in winter
                         Re: Ouch
                  Survey Request Part 2
              Elementary, my dear audiophile
                  Partridge in the Ivey


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Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 06:35:21 +0100 (BST)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Message-ID: <>

Don Device closed his recent post with:

"Anybody have anything to add (to remove the guilt of this
narcissistic post?)"

On the contrary Don, I thought it was generous of you to share the
story of your terrible tribulation, and particularly the circumstance
which led to your hearing loss.  I cannot begin to wonder how I'd deal
with such an event - being robbed of any of the senses, as the
result of a cowardly act as you describe.  If it's any consolation, at
least we're not talking Beethoven here.  As a musician, you can take
solace that Brian Wilson suffers the same affliction, and this isn't
the first time another musical genius, our AP, has had hearing

That story from Don was leavened by the delightful report from Cheryl
about her kindergarten experiments with XTC music.  Of course, none of
us here will be surprised that the music was a success with the kids,
and it sounds like to touched base with a couple of other fans along
the way.  Well done!

These are but two examples of why I get a buzz out of the community of
Chalkhills.  Warms the cucklodes of your heartybold!

"Small deeds done are better than great deeds only planned" - anon

Paul Culnane
ICE Productions Australia


Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 03:03:14 -0700 (PDT)
From: Steve <>
Subject: trainspot
Message-ID: <>

xtc has made it to starbucks!
an 80's compilation cd entiled "senses working OVERTIME"

now which xtc track did they choose??

i'm only the messenger

another steve


Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2006 06:57:20 -0700 (PDT)
From: Wes Long <>
Subject: Polonaise in winter
Message-ID: <>

Been a while, my bruthas and sistahs. I hope you're
all swimming in it! Hmmm... unless you don't care for,
or are allergic to it; in which case I'd avoid it like
the plague. Also, if you're not skilled in the art of
swimming, please don't attempt to lest ye drown in it.
Man, this is complicated.

Deep breath... ahhhhh.

Have you heard the band Midlake? I'm a big fan. They
remind me of, well, dozens of other bands I like
without sounding like any of them. There's a serious
70's full band thang going on, with touches of Belle &
Sebastian, Grandaddy, some slight - if you listen it
will come to you - Beach Boys, Sun Kil Moon, even a
bit of a Wilco vibe. Hell - you check 'em out and
decide for yourself. I'm certain there's a great site
for the new album "The Trials of Van Occupanther,"
though it eludes me at the mo-mo.

I believe you can stream the whole album here:

How 'bout these lyrics:

Polonaise in winter
Snowshoes and hunters
Carry the goods in for you
Darkness and forest
Grant you the longest
Face made for porridge and stew



I'm at the tail end of an ugly separation and
dangerously close to coming out shiny and new. I will
soon update the Optimism's Flames site with some
amazing shite - as well as unleash some of my own
music on the world. Yeah, it's a threat.

Much love!


Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 16:11:03 -0400
From: Alfred Masciocchi <>
Subject: Re: Ouch
Message-ID: <>

One of the songs (title escapes me) on Robyn's forthcoming album
entitled Ole Tarantula (due early October in the states) has a
songwriting credit to Robyn and Andy.

>From: "Wayne Klein" <>
>I'm curious if anyone knows how the injuries have effected his collaboration
>with Robyn Hitchcock. i would assume they completed the songs they were
>working on but you never know.


Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2006 08:29:47 -0700
From: "Thomas Vest" <>
Subject: Survey Request Part 2
Message-ID: <BAY109-F23465C7DDB27DF5E2EE0A4A1490@phx.gbl>

Hello again

One thing I did not clarify in my survey request that I would like to put
out to everyone is that if you think this is to much of a task for you to
complete or just don't want to go to all of the trouble completing all five
sections, I would take your rankings of the albums only if you don't want to
do the other parts of this.  Having to sit back and view their entire career
album by album may not be the most fun thing for some people and I
understand that.  So, if you can give me section one, I would appreciate
that a lot-- anything else is an extra bonus for all.

Thanks again.


PS>  I've already had 4 responses including one in under three hours  since
the survey request was posted (thanks Mike!).  Keep them coming.

	[ See Chalkhills Digest #12-35 for the survey.  -- John ]


Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 08:20:41 +0100 (BST)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: Elementary, my dear audiophile
Message-ID: <>

Well, XTC are threatening (or at least considering to offer) to make
their back catalogue available in 5.1 Surround Sound.  Contentious,
yet exciting.  If they do it, I hope it's to be made available on
DVD-Audio (I suspect more individuals have DVD with such a facility).
It might sound beaut...

But if it's only on Sony's SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc), consider
that it's an expensive investment to get a unit to play it?  Has
anyone else noticed that those initials also represent those of Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle?  He who wrote "Sherlock Holmes".  Get out yer
magnifying glass...

And crikey, weren't the recent remasters such a wonderful revelation?
They were pretty good!  How much more do we really need?  How
empowered is the human ear?

And, do I spot the comely milk-maid coming along ready to grab the
last ounce of milk out of the udder?

I'd rather some new music if you please.  Record it in your toilet, if
you can afford it.

"Oh, look Watson, this Dave Gregory guitar lick has some tremelo that
I thought we'd lost from the multi-tracks" - Sherley.

Just my 20 cents...


"God is good with an 'o' removed.  Evil is the devil without the 'd'"
- Paul McCartney.

Paul Culnane
ICE Productions Australia


Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 09:18:02 +0200
Subject: Partridge in the Ivey
Message-ID: <>

Hello people of the collines de craie,

Being a 'Hiller has its advantages in so many ways.  Over the years --
now 7 or so -- I have learned about so much new music via this site,
and much of it has been fantastic.

A friend helped me download the song "Partridge" by the Anderson
Council, and I must say, it sounds great!  Really promising!  I plan
to buy the CD.  But maybe they should call the song "Pete Partridge"
or "Partridge Ham"; there are at least as many Badfinger elements in
there as XTC.  Not that I'm complaining...

Au revoir,



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