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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 18, Number 1

                 Thursday, 5 January 2012


             Coincidence? Well, actually, yes
               Ballet For A Rainy Day cover
       Not a duck, nor a horse -- but a unicorn....
         Send a hug to Andy if you're on twitter.
            Bonnie Bramlett was the pugilista?
      A Personal Query Using Today's Technology ...
 If you like XTC, The Cars, Jon Brion, and Jason Falkner


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Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2011 08:14:24 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Coincidence? Well, actually, yes
Message-ID: <>

The day after my recommendation of the Sound Opinions music podcast,
in which I said I bought CDs by Trombone Shorty and Le Butcherettes
based on the hosts' rave reviews, T. Shorty's album, *For True*, is
Amazon's (U.S.) download special of the day, priced at US$3.99.

Coincidence? You be the ju ... well, actually, yes.

I'm not stroking the starmaker machinery, and I'm not simply unlucky
-- the CD was a Christmas gift for someone who still prefers to slide
discs into players, so I couldn't simply have waited even if I'd
known. But I still want to cuss a bit on this final day of 2011. In
the immortal words of Pogo Possum: Bazz Fazz the Rowrbazzle!

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider


Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 12:37:39 -0600
From: Xteve X <>
Subject: Ballet For A Rainy Day cover
Message-ID: <COL122-W2823C0130808F123022AA0B5960@phx.gbl>

To the esteemed Mr. Relph and assorted Chalkhillians:
It's been so long since I heard any new XTC that I thought I'd make my own,
so I covered "Ballet For A Rainy Day" ... you can hear the results on
SoundCloud at
Cheers and best wishes to everyone for a health and happy 2012!
-Steve Stearns


Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 14:31:20 -0500
From: Doug Gerlach <>
Subject: Not a duck, nor a horse -- but a unicorn....
Message-ID: <>

Did you hear about the campaign to have the Uffington ("English
Settlement") White Horse changed into a unicorn?

Sounds daft, but some "bronze age enthusiasts" apparently think it was
originally a unicorn...


Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 12:10:28 -0800
From: "Nick Padilla" <>
Subject: Send a hug to Andy if you're on twitter.
Message-ID: <>

Send a hug to Andy if you're on twitter. His mother passed a few days
before Christmas.


Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 09:06:16 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Bonnie Bramlett was the pugilista?
Message-ID: <>

Christopher Coolidge reports it was Bonnie Bramlett, not Bonnie Raitt, who
slugged Elvis Costello when he spoke coarsely of Ray Charles. I defer to
Coolidge-san, who is one of the five or six people on this site the rest of
us ought to be paying to read, but my memory couldn't be clearer that the
pugilista was Raitt. Maybe the source -- a dj? an alternative-weekly music
columnist? -- I got the news from three decades ago was wrong.

Reviewing the album Costello released after the incident, *Get Happy!!*,
eMusic contributor Douglas Wolk says this: "After a drunken quarrel on the
Armed Forces tour turned into a disaster that left Costello looking like a
dick at best and a racist at worst (in retrospect, it was definitely
'dick'), he took solace in old soul records a" the deep Southern soul of
Stax most of all a" and somehow ended up cranking out even more amazing
songs than he had been over the previous few years."

I have it on vinyl. It's time to download.

If anyone asks, "Okay, but where's the love for Bonnie B.?," I'll reply that
I am one of the two or three dozen people who bought the Fleetwood Mac
album, *Time*, on which her daughter appears. Yes, Bekka, along with Dave
Mason and Billy Burnette, was a member of the Mac for about a week in the
mid-'90s when Stevie and Lindsey were off pouting or detoxing somewhere and
Mick, John, and Christine wanted to make a record. *Time* is a labor of love
by relaxed old pros who know it won't sell and don't care -- like the stuff
Nick Lowe has been putting out recently.

(Just avoid "These Strange Times," which is the "Revolution 9" of Fleetwood

How'd the band come to choose Delaney & Bonnie's daughter? Maybe someone
who'd had two sangrias said "Tribeca" and someone who'd had three made a
quick phone call.

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider


Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2012 18:18:19 -0800 (PST)
From: PMFPS <>
Subject: A Personal Query Using Today's Technology ...
Message-ID: <>

Hey there Chalkfolkies ... and Greetings from North Carolina!!

Being a longtime and devoted fan of these talented Swindon cats who call(ed)
themselves XTC, I got to thinking about something here ... Call it an
epiphany.  Call it a sudden brainstorm.  Call it "too much time on my hands"
(... and not the Styx song).  Does anyone out there in this thing called
"the great unknown" happen to possibly possess knowledge of the e-mail
address(es) of June and Pete Dix in Canada?  If you're a bonafide XTC-ite
such as myself, then these two names should DEFINITELY ring a bell with you
... Yup, they were the ones who published the now-defunct (yet historical!!)
XTC newsletter, The Little Express.  I just recently came across back copies
that I'd kept all these years and must admit that while looking through
them, the warm memories just flooded over me like bath-water.  I actually
sat there with a smile on my face as I was turning the pages!  It ... was
... wonderful!!!  So wonderful, in fact, that I would LOVE to
 contact June and Pete to simply let them know that they are indeed NOT
forgotten by this particular XTC fan.  Hence my question of their e-mail

Mr. Relph, with all the wonderful "inside" connections that you have
pertaining to "The Swindon Four/Three," think you might be able to help me
out here?  Thanks, in advance, my friend.

The band now may be somewhat of an after-thought these days, but THE MUSIC
LIVES ON!!!  :-)

If anyone can help me here with finding a way to contact June and Pete, I'd
truly appreciate any serious assistance from you ...

Awaiting anxiously while back to lurking-mode ...

/Danny Phipps


Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2012 16:01:22 -0800
From: "Ben Gott" <>
Subject: If you like XTC, The Cars, Jon Brion, and Jason Falkner
Message-ID: <>

If you like XTC, The Cars, Jon Brion, and Jason Falkner (with some
crunchy guitars thrown in), you might like Bobgoblin.  Their new E.P.
is available at Bandcamp for $5.  (The lead singer/songwriter of
Bobgoblin, Hop Litzwire, had another band called Adventures of Jet;
they are also worth checking out.)



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