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Subject: Chalkhills Digest #13-2

          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 13, Number 2

                Saturday, 13 January 2007


              Fairport Convention cover XTC
      Andy discusses "Mayor of Simpleton" on MySpace
                BEST MUSIC OF THE YEAR!!!
                      Aaaah Swindon!
                   A Recording Question
                    Generally Speaking
                 This APE has got a blog
        The Disappointed Covered by Beat Crusaders


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Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2007 07:24:51 -0800 (PST)
From: Mark Burnell <>
Subject: Fairport Convention cover XTC
Message-ID: <>

odd, but somehow entirely appropriate.

that most English of folk rock bands tackles "Love on a Farmboy's
Wages" on their new ablum.

maybe considering the Englishness of Andy's writing, maybe it's not
such a strange idea after all....

  Mark B in NYC


Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2007 17:37:45 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Andy discusses "Mayor of Simpleton" on MySpace
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "Mayor of Simpleton."

If you want to know which song Andy was trying to play when he
stumbled upon the guitar pattern for the song, and how old he was when
he left school (and why), check out the XTCfans blog site at

Please be upstanding for the Mayor of Simpleton.


Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2007 11:31:44 -0800 (PST)
From: The Colonel <>
Message-ID: <>

Okay, I've been putting this off for a while. So
here's my top 20 cd's of 2006, plus standout EPs, live
album, etc...

BEST CDs OF 2006

The Format - Dog Problems
Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
The Bicycles - The Good, The Bad And The Cuddly
The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites
Mates Of State - Bring It Back
Guster - Ganging Up On The Sun
Ben Kweller - Ben Kweller
Youth Group - Casino Twilight Dogs
Joshua Radin - We Were Here
Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
Muse - Black Holes And Revelations
Islands - Return To The Sea
Sean Lennon - Friendly Fire
The Rapture - Pieces Of The People We Love
Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out Of This Country
Midlake - The Trials Of Vanoccupanther
Magic Numbers - Those The Brokes
Keane - Under The Iron Sea
Snow Patrol - Eyes Open

Dr. Dog - Takers And Leavers
Shins - Phantom Limb
Little Ones - Sing Song
The Go! Team - Audio Assault Course
The Polyphonic Spree - Wait

Boxed Set
Andy Patridge - Fuzzy Warbles Collector's Album

Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend (expanded edition)

Shins - Wincing The Night Away
Apples In Stereo - New Magnetic Wonder

Aberfeldy - Do Whatever Turns You On

Live Album
My Morning Jacket - Okonokos

I didn't include any of my label's band releases of
2006, but here they are if you're interested in
checking them out...

THE SHAKE UPS - 'A Twist Of Lemon'
- Poppy indie-style rock

THE MADEIRA - 'Sandstorm!' & 'Ruins' EP
- High-energy instrumental surf

P.J. OTAKU - 'Uke-a-holics Unanimous'
- Quirky ukulele-based pop-rock



Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2007 20:07:51 -0000
From: "Steve Morton" <>
Subject: Aaaah Swindon!
Message-ID: <000801c73429$d7c342b0$800101df@STEVE>

Hello Fellow Chalksters,

I stumbled across a program on BBC1 last Sunday night called "The Kings of
70's Romance". Despite what the title may have implied, it was actually a
program about musical idols of the 70's. Rather than concentrate on The
Osmonds, David Cassidy, Bay City Rollers etc, it instead focused on the
singers who made the more mature women swoon.

Amongst these was a young singer-songwriter by the name of Gilbert
O'Sullivan who I remember from my youth for such songs as "Nothing Rhymes",
"Get Down" & "Clair" (the best song about babysitting ever?). Anyway, it
transpired that young Raymond (for such was his real name) composed many of
his early hits in his garden shed in Swindon, equipped with a piano and a
drum kit.

I just thought it was another pleasant reminder of the debt that popular
music owes to garden sheds in Swindon!

Yet another Steve signing out.....


Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 13:17:58 -0800 (PST)
From: Wes Long <>
Subject: A Recording Question
Message-ID: <>

Searching for the best prog to record my band with -
any suggestions from the music-geeks will be greatly
appreciated. I've got a loaded-to-th-gills PC, great
m-audio interface, good microphones... some damn good,
imho, material... need progs!

Please email me offlist @ this email or

Many thanks!!



Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 11:15:45 -0500
From: Shawn Stone <>
Subject: Generally Speaking
Message-ID: <BAY124-W46F9ADC2ED22EE1FA35152B9B00@phx.gbl>

I know it's simple, but on the ride in to work today, they played Generals &
Majors on WXRV on the radio. It's not too often you hear XTC on the radio
nowadays and even less often that you hear something other than The Ballad
of Peter Pumpkinhead, The Mayor of Simpleton or Dear God (at least in the
U.S.). Just had to share that with all of you. It sent shivers down my

It's like a koala crapped a rainbow in my brain.  - Capt. Murphy "Sealab


Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 19:31:23 +0100 (CET)
From: Gary Nicholson <>
Subject: Shameless
Message-ID: <18183505.65321168626683100.JavaMail.www@wwinf3001>

Hello People,

When I read about Andy P's projected Bubblegum Pop suggestion, I was
fascinated - and inspired; just as I had been by The Dukes of
Stratosphear, The Rutles, and whatever that Todd Rundgren thing was
about The Beatles. So I started writing songs for a London fanzine
that never actually existed. All the songs were supposed to have been
available as cover mounted flexi-singles between 1976 and 82. The
fanzine, naturally, never sold a single copy, and all of the songs are
supposed to be recognisable pastiches of the bands and performers who
were around at that time. So here are four songs on MySpace. Not
including my XTC one, although I'll replace the current batch in a few
weeks and put that on with some others. Title: Ellis Island. Hope
you'll get the other references too.

If it ever gets commercially released I will, of course pretend that
it is an artefact, rather than the truth, which is that it was
recorded with Robin Hitchcock/ Soft Boys/ Vibrators/ Katrina and the
Waves/ House of Love producer, Pat Collier between September and
December last year.

Cheers from the chalkhills of Winchester (UK)


Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 11:01:38 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: This APE has got a blog
Message-ID: <>


I'm sure I won't be the only one pointing this out, but they've got
the Blog/Podcast section up-n-running at the APE House. The newest
posting on the site is the first part of a multi-part audio interview
with Andy about the making of the Fuzzy Warbles set. You can stream
the interview or download it to your favorite digital device. You can
also find postings about how to order the set (featuring a free
download of "The Bland Leading the Bland"), and a cool animated promo
for the set, especially created by designer Andrew Swainson.


If you have the same ideas as everybody else but have them one week
earlier than everyone else then you will be hailed as a visionary. But
if you have them five years earlier you will be named a lunatic.
 -Barry Jones, politician, author (1932- )


Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 02:42:51 -0500
From: Shawn Stone <>
Subject: The Disappointed Covered by Beat Crusaders
Message-ID: <BAY124-W55EADF9D65F921BE7DFB01B9B70@phx.gbl>

The Beat Crusaders are an awesome band straight outta Tokyo. They released a
covers album in 2005 called MUSICRADERS. The first song on the album is "The
Disappointed". I haven't seen it mentioned here or on the site, but I think
it's a great cover (as all the songs on the album are). The song starts off
in double-time, punk style but then halfway through returns to the
traditional tempo. I think they've done a marvy job. Anybody else here
appreciate the Beat Crusaders? I wonder if Andy's heard their cover.


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