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Subject: Chalkhills Digest #15-26

         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 15, Number 26

                 Sunday, 6 December 2009


    "My Brown Guitar" is the MySpace song of the week
                       XTC T-shirts
            This anecdote might make you Smile
            The Duchess shines at Beckipalooza
                 Atl tribute band details
             Lighterthief's "Hard Listening"
     Nonesuch playing cards and the Dukes Hippie Bag
                   Dave Gregory Update


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Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2009 15:43:36 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: "My Brown Guitar" is the MySpace song of the week
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "My Brown Guitar."

If you want to know what "ah-beep" writing is, or which new band Andy
is now in and when they're releasing their album, check out the
XTCfans blog site at:

You want some lovely
I got some lovely, in my field...



Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2009 17:15:57 -0800
From: Phil Corless <>
Subject: XTC T-shirts
Message-ID: <>

Most of you might remember me as the t-shirt guy from years gone by.

The sad truth is, for numerous reasons I probably won't be making any more
of those Chalk Horse t-shirts for quite awhile.

However, I'm not completely out of t-shirts it seems.  I found two "XTC
Logo" shirts in a bag in my closet.  Brand new, never worn.

They feature the cool XTC logo from the English Settlement album.  Not the
horse, but the letters.

I have an XXL White and a Small Ash.  Both with silk-screened green ink.

If anyone is interested in buying these, just email me.

- Phil


Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 16:03:02 +0100
Subject: This anecdote might make you Smile
Message-ID: <>

Hi "Kreideberger",

Wow, I think I have been lurking for *over two years* now, things sure
have changed since the boys stopped providing much in the way of
output.  Nevertheless, I am a bit ashamed of myself, since I used to
have plenty to talk about anyway.  But I suppose I have, long ago,
joined the official lurkers' club -- and it has a lot of members!  So
many former big-time contributors have gone silent.  Good thing we
have people like Todd, Ben, and Ryan who keep the Chalkhills flame
lit.  Good thing we at least had the New Year's get-together at John
Relph's to keep some contact!

But I have a good story to tell today, I think.  My gf (Netti, whom
some of you know) and I were at home this weekend doing Christmas
baking (stollen and fruitcakes) and I had to ensure we had a steady
supply of music.  Now, she is a music fan in the sense that if she
likes something, she will play it a million times, learn the lyrics,
etc., the latter being no small feat for a non-native speaker.  She
loves the Lillywhite/Padgham era stuff, "Skylarking", and the AV
records, and has all of them on regular rotation in the car.  What she
*doesn't* do is obsess on any other details -- i.e., don't bother to
ask her about an album title, or who sings which song, or even what
the names of the principal players in XTC are.  I'm happy she even
knows the Beatles' names.

Anyway, there we were, baking away, and a record was playing in the
other room, the sounds wafting into the kitchen as the aromas wafted
out.  After about a half-hour of this one record, she asks me: "What
is this?"  I answered, "'Smile'."  To which she replied: "Are they
fans of XTC or something?"

Wow!  How cool!

So I said, "No, it's the other way around," explained to her that
"Smile" was not a "they" but rather the record, and that Brian Wilson
was a Beach Boy, and then I showed her the backing vocals credits for
the Beech Avenue Boys on SL, etc.  But what a compliment to her ear
for music that she picked that up, and what a compliment to our boys
from Swindon that the connection they make to their heroes is so true
that it can be heard by the uninitiated!

Have a happy holiday season, all!

- jeff


Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 17:50:33 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: The Duchess shines at Beckipalooza
Message-ID: <>

Beckipalooza was a regular European Union of sound. The girl with the
Italian name and the boys with the Dutch and Scottish names achieved a
synchronicity the Eurocrats of Brussels can only imagine. It was a show
worth driving 1,750 miles (RT), and worth missing B.B. King (performing in
Tucson that same evening), to see.

Thank you, Becki DiGregorio, for reminding me for nearly a decade, here on
the pages of the Relphington Post, that I needed to catch your act. You were
right. And thank you for heeding my posted request to hear "Supplication"
and "Susan Revolving," working up guitar-and-dobro versions of those songs,
and adding them to your playlist. Your brother and mine, both drummers (as I
learned at the show) and both gone too soon, had to have been nodding their
heads and tapping their toes in approval.

Chalkfolks, save up a few pounds, euros, dollars, large wheel-shaped stones,
or whatever it is you use for money, because Becki is talking about
releasing a psychedelic album. When she made that announcement, I blurted
out, "The Duchess of Stratosphear!" Becki favored me with an I-get-it smile,
but just about everyone else in the room reacted with "Huh?" Even in hip
li'l coastal California teahouses, XTC is more obscure than we'd all like to
think. I did my evangelistic part, pulling up YouTube and playing
"Complicated Game" on my MacBook Pro before the show, and Becki did her
part, performing "Susan" and brandishing a big white-on-green Uffington
Horse sticker on her guitar case, but even in the rarefied air of Santa
Cruz's Asana Tea House, Pswindon's Pfinest are unknown.

If Becki can rechristen her accompanist, Geoff Van Maastricht, "DobroCat," I
can dub her the Duchess.

Geoff, by the way, has a comfortable teddy bear build, and I think
"DobroBear" fits him better, but we know Becki has a thing for felines.
Rumor has it she sneaks cats into large screened-in enclosures where only
birds should be (is there a word for such structures?) -- that's the message
I get when I play one of her songs backward.

Becki did allow me to buy her a bottle of free-range sake, but then the
tricksy minx coerced me into drinking part of its contents. Luckily, I only
had 17 miles to cover that night, to Watsonville, which is as close to
peachy-beachy Santa Cruz as I could afford to stay.

Chalkhills is ASCII-only, so I can't post photos, but if anyone wants to see
some, shoot me an email.

Now, my appetite for fine alternative music whetted, how'm I going to get
across the Pond to see Dave Gregory?

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider and, pardon the cliche, happy


Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 22:59:57 -0500
From: Rob Leary <>
Subject: Atl tribute band details
Message-ID: <>

The tribute band Nigels With Attitude played at The EARL last night in
Atlanta.  Here's the full setlist:

This is Pop?
Respectable Street
Generals and Majors
The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
Vanishing Girl
Brainiac's Daughter
Ball and Chain
Love on a Farmboy's Wages
Making Plans for Nigel
Living Through Another Cuba
Statue of Liberty
Season Cycle
That's Really Super, Supergirl
Senses Working Overtime
Earn Enough For Us
Funk Pop A Roll
No Language in Our Lungs
Mayor of Simpleton
Life Begins at the Hop
Encore: No Thugs in Our House

They're playing again on Saturday night at The Loft in Atlanta,
opening for Riggs.

The band asked the audience at one point if they'd like a future show
to be a  full Dukes setlist or all of Black Sea instead.

Rob Leary


Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 13:08:11 -0800 (PST)
From: Tinhuviel / Tracy Angelina <>
Subject: Lighterthief's "Hard Listening"
Message-ID: <>

Hi Everyone,

Please pass this review of Lighterthief's new EP to any possibly interested
or relevant parties.  This is excellent music that needs and deserves as
many ears as possible!


Lighterthief's Hard Listening

Hard Listening, the latest offering from Swindon-based music collective
Lighterthief will fill you to overflowing with sonic wonderment while
leaving you craving for more.  The EP features three songs, none of which
have any similarities or common ground except for the presence of
Lighterthief mastermind Stuart Rowe, of Future Sound of London/Amorphous
Androgynous fame, and XTC's Andy Partridge, whose APE label is fortunate
enough to carry the collective.

"My Dream Sea" features APE vocalist Jen Olive on lead vocals starting the
listener out gasping for breath as Jen instructs you to "just breathe in and
out."  You're then blanketed with an ocean of sound that swirls and plays
with your senses, and incorporates everything from 30s-styles vocalizations
from backing vocalist Andy Partridge to Gregorian-style chants.  An overall
Trip-hop feel is enhanced by Jen Olive's delightful vocals, her style being
sexy, solid, and confident enough to experiment and play with the music.

"Running with the Mothmen" throws the listener into the mad world of Barry
Andrews, ringleader of another music collective Shriekback.  Stuart Rowe's
quirky and infectious guitar riff is the gentle glue that holds the song
together, as swanky sax and electric rock guitar vie for the listener's
attention.  Typical of an Andrews song, the lyrics engage the music, merging
flawlessly with it, yet still demanding a certain attention of their own.
The chaotic percussion serves only to augment the lyrics, prompting the
listener to go "mad as a bag of cats" and "do what the voices say.

The more mainstream offering on the EP is "Shining Surface."  With both
Stuart Rowe and Andy Partridge pulling guitar duty, the engine of this song
is revved from the beginning few notes.  Sam Bates shows us exactly why he's
part of the Lighterthief Live Band with his strong, unwavering voice.  The
bridge is reminiscent of the Psychedelia that came out of the 80s.  The song
is so powerful, it literally has to be geared down before it can come to a
conclusion!  Both fans of XTC and Foo Fighters would definitely find this
song on all their favourite playlists.

Should you buy Hard Listening?  It cannot be more strongly suggested that
you do.  In the wasteland that the music business has created producing
vapid music with little substance and a pretty face, this is indeed a
lighthouse for people who love genuinely good and original music.  Stuart
Rowe's production is flawless and serves only to enhance an already
delightful auditory banquet.  The only problem is you're left wanting much
more from Lighterthief.  Be prepared to wear out the repeat function on your
players.  You can find Hard Listening available at the Ape House, and be
sure to check out Lighterthief's other EPs while you're there.
-      Tracy A. Evans


Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:04:53 -0800 (PST)
From: Page Tuminello <>
Subject: Nonesuch playing cards and the Dukes Hippie Bag
Message-ID: <>

Hello all, my first post so an introduction may be in order. I'm male,
age 48, living in Memphis, Tennessee. I became aware of the band while
in college in the early 1980's, Drums and Wires was played heavily by
fellow students and it remains my favorite XTC album. Over the years
I've collected other items in addition to the vinyl and CD's, now I
care more about having their music than these other items. Two items
that may be of interest are the Nonesuch playing cards and the Dukes
Hippie (Hippy?) Bag with the patchouli, bell, buttons, and rolling
papers, would like to sell them. If no one here is interested, what
would be reasonable listing prices on Ebay? Thanks, and hope this is
welcomed and not considered spam-my...


Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 12:23:45 +0000
From: Rob Crawford <>
Subject: Dave Gregory Update
Message-ID: <>

Happily Mr Gregory seems to be getting busier, not only are The Tin
Spirits doing some gigs but he is also on Big Big Trains new album The
Underfall Yard

It also features Francis Dunnery for all you It Bites fans

Theres a 23 minute track available for download at the minute,
although I mostly disliked so called prog rock, I like the free track
and am considering buying the album myself.


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