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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 13, Number 44

                 Sunday, 25 November 2007


                    New Music to Enjoy
           Tucson band cracks Guardian Top 1000
               Re: Down Dooby Doo Down Down
                 Hello.... and an answer
           re: we do appreciate you being round
      Lifelong Love Affair With Music Ends At Age 35
    "Church of Women" is the MySpace song of the week


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Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 16:59:20 -0500
From: Ben Gott <>
Subject: New Music to Enjoy
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Hi everyone,

Here are some albums that have gotten me excited recently:

Band of Horses - "Cease to Begin"
Annie Lennox - "Songs of Mass Destruction"
Joni Mitchell - "Shine"
Robyn Hitchcock - "I Wanna Go Backwards"
Grant Lee Phillips - "Strangelet"
Bryan Ferry - "Dylanesque"

I heard "Talent Show" by The Replacements on the radio today.
Remember when you could hear a song on the radio and it would make you
happy?  Those were the days.



Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 22:42:57 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Tucson band cracks Guardian Top 1000
Message-ID: <>

Thanks to the Hillians who mentioned the Guardian's
list of 1,000 albums to hear before going to the Great
Cut-Out Bin in the Sky. I chased the link and got as
far as the Gs when I saw this ...

Green On Red
Here Come the Snakes (1989)
Green On Red's frequent implosions didn't help them
towards crossover success, but they did give their
music a thrilling sense of teetering on the edge of
self-destruction. These are some of the greatest
unheralded songs in American music: loser anthems
soaked in country, rock, blues, booze and trouble.

Green On Red got its start here in Tucson, Arizona, as
The Serfers; its biggest local hit, "Green On Red,"
became the band's permanent name. Tucson had a "scene"
back in 1980 which also begat Giant Sand (originally
The Giant Sandworms -- possibly the estate of Frank
Herbert threatened to sue?), Gentlemen After Dark
(originally The Pills), and Yard Trauma (originally
Eric Idle reading a long list of silly band names, in
a Mornay sauce, and Spam).

We'd like to take credit for The Gin Blossoms, too,
but they were from Phoenix.

Tucson's "scene" lasted about 45 minutes. Since then
we've been boarded up. You don't have to hail from
Swindon to understand that song.

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider


Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 07:09:33 EST
Subject: WMC
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Check out Ray Davies new CD Working Man's Cafe it has me quite  excited.



Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 08:18:26 -0600
From: "John Voorhees" <>
Subject: Re: Down Dooby Doo Down Down
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Well, I never thought I'd see the day. So many posts at the 'Hills about
music losing its luster.

I have had the experience you're talking about, Simon. I suspect you have
reached a saturation point. Maybe the tunes aren't what they once were, but
more likely it's just your head. It takes two to tango, you know.

Instead of trying to recapture lost glory, the best approach is to just go
in a different direction for a while. Have you considered exploring the
world of classical music for a time? It's the holiday season ... go listen
to the Nutcracker or the Messiah. Maybe let Beethoven's 9th Symphony work
its magic on you, or some nice primal Orff.

Or perhaps you could take a dip into some cool jazz? Grab some Miles, grab
some Coltrane, buy the DVD of Jazz on a Summer's Day. It never gets old.

Or blues? Reggae? You know, the Bossa beats can soothe a tired soul like
nobody's business.

Or maybe, just maybe you need to clean out altogether. Take a sabbatical
from the musical world that is wearying you so. Try to keep your
surroundings music-free for a week, two weeks, a month ... whatever it
takes. I know you can't completely avoid it, it's there when you shop, when
you eat, when you visit a friend ... but give your personal listening a

You'll find it gets hard to bear after a while. But don't listen again until
you NEED to.

Then start back with Skylarking.  :)

Good luck!


Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 06:50:52 -0800 (PST)
From: Karlton Graham <>
Subject: Hello.... and an answer
Message-ID: <>

I remember when I felt just as some of you have described here about
living in what feels like some kind of void. Nothing new has grabbed
you in so long.

This reminds me of when I discovered XTC. Only after listening to that
first album about 20 times did I realize that it was not at all the
case that I had finally discovered music that was revolutionary to me,
but rather that I had changed. I had grown up. I was different. The
music was always there but I couldn't hear it without changing who I
was. Now, whenever I feel like nothing is grabbing me and I've entered
and "ice age" of sorts, I merely take it as a sign that my human
experience has stagnated. Focusing on your proclivities will only get
you so far.

Karlton D Graham
Sacramento CA

PS   long time reader, first time poster.


Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 14:54:57 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: re: we do appreciate you being round
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Nigel ( i think) wrote:

  "In the same way that I am
convinced that there is, somewhere out there, practising in their
garage, another XTC. Not a sound-a-like, but a band as described so
eloquently by Simon. Thoughtful, interesting, unpredictable, catchy. A
band that can, in one song, make you want to jump around like a loon
but at the same time be intelligent and thought provoking sending a
shiver down your spine. A band that can record songs that you will
take to your grave."

  There is. They are called Super Furry Animals and they are the most
exciting and innovative band ever to come from Wales. And they're
still going and they play live.


Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 13:51:10 -0500
Subject: Lifelong Love Affair With Music Ends At Age 35
Message-ID: <>

For Simon:


Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 16:30:27 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: "Church of Women" is the MySpace song of the week
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "Church of Women."

If you want to know which band Andy thinks he would have passed his
audition for with the song's guitar solo, or what he was wearing when
he wrote the song (you might be surprised), check out the XTCfans blog
site at

A lie for a lie
But a truth for the truth...



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