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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 14, Number 1

                 Tuesday, 1 January 2008


                      "The Brit Box"
"Always Winter, Never Christmas" is MySpace song of the week
                     A small request
                     end of year list
                Dave Gregory's Sweatbands


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Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2007 15:51:41 -0500
From: Ben Gott <>
Subject: "The Brit Box"
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I've been so busy this past month that I hadn't even noticed, but
Rhino Records released a new box set that you all might be interested

"The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last
[ ]

It's an absolute delight.

Happy holidays!



Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 06:50:11 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: "Always Winter, Never Christmas" is MySpace song of the week
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "Always Winter, Never Christmas."

If you want to know what the song is *really* about, or which
eponymously-named band from the '60s inspired the song's bass line,
check out the XTCfans blog site at

I'd unwrap you if you'd only step down from your tree
>From your present into some undone future with me...



Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 11:02:50 -0800
From: Pastula Aaron <>
Subject: A small request
Message-ID: <BAY139-W398AC9473EEF6C8C7A10E1A2580@phx.gbl>

Okay, I solved part of my recent music dilemma with the discovery of The
Verve Pipe's first album, I've Suffered A Head Injury.  Love it.  Can't stop
listening to it.  I've always loved these guys, and consider them one of the
more underrated bands of the 90s (XTC connection -- Brian Vander Ark has
worked with Andy, if I'm not mistaken).  This was the only album I hadn't
yet acquired.

That said, does anyone know where to find the acoustic version of The
Freshman?  It was on the original release of this record, but was since
removed...the single is fine, but I remember the original version having
some great nuances.

Anyone?  Thanks in advance; merry christmas!



Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 05:24:23 -0800 (PST)
From: Steve <>
Subject: end of year list
Message-ID: <>

The end of the year lists are here.
My contribution is a sampling of my most listened to CD's (released any year)
When I listened to XTC this year it was usually my vinyl English
Settlement (found on XTC are still my all time favorite
band... definitely over the Beatles.

Black Frames  - Solarallergy
Les Claypool's Flying Frog Brigade - Purple Onion
Earl Harvin Trio  - Unincorporated
Critters Buggin - Monkeypot Merganzer
Ponga - Bobby Previte (100% improv - similar concept as Andy's Monstrance)
Eric McFadden - Let's Die Together ...Forever (2007 release from SF
Bay Area singer/songwriter/guitarist)
Radiohead - In Rainbows/Hail to the Thief

Human Highway -  Neil Young's collaborative full length comedy
including Devo (ill received by critics, but smarter than most have
given credit)

New Orleans Jazz Fest

Here, There and Everywhere by Geoff Emerick (what were the Beatles to
us, the fans, more than their recordings? -- here are the stories as
told by their primary engineer!!! ...he's got a bias for Paul, but who
really cares, this book is quite the charm - especially love the story
he tells of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da)

Happy New Year
Another Steve


Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 17:30:04 -0800
From: Pastula Aaron <>
Subject: Dave Gregory's Sweatbands
Message-ID: <BAY139-W41B5827C6178D543EF3766A2500@phx.gbl>

I just found this by accident...some of you may already be familiar with it,
but this *has* to be one of the best live XTC clips EVAR.




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