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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 72

                 Friday, 29 January 1999

Today's Topics:

               Recent Changes on Chalkhills
                      Nonsuch Apples
     Muzak versions of XTC on "The Weather Channel"?
                    Apple Venus, baby!
              band name poll, TB and BOOKS?!
                Band Poll - Modifications
                   hey, that's my photo
                       Apple Venus
                    Apple Venus Demos
                    Hoorah Sir Wonders
                  guitars/Paula /airplay
                    Tyranthesaurus Rex
                Is this any kind of idea?
  The wrong three letters on your Wheel Of Fortune board
       I contacted my local stations, and thank you
                   Intro and question.
               Re: Lou Bangs? Lester Reed?
                 Cyber-slaps all around!
                Advance orders, and a poem
                   Schoolgirl giddiness
                        the kinks.
                         TB in CA
           Bits and Bits, Bits and Related Bits


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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 14:59:20 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <>
From: John Relph <>
Subject: Recent Changes on Chalkhills

Hey folks,

It was good to meet those of you who attended the San Francisco Bay
Area XTC Gathering last Wednesday.  I had a great time.  I hope y'all
did, too.

New features on Chalkhills this week include:

 * New promo piccies (courtesy TVT Records)
 * Matt Kaden's reviews of "Skylarking", "Psonic Psunspot", "Oranges
   and Lemons", and "Nonsuch"
 * Kees Pouw's chords for "Red Brick Dream"
 * A SPINonline interview with Andy Partridge
 * The Portland Oregonian review of "Transistor Blast"

Keep up the good work!

	-- John


Message-ID: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 08:24:14 -0800 (PST)
From: nross <>

Today, Jan 26, 1999:

Around 8:30 am... while driving the long drive to work/school,
I heard the DJ talking to some artist... who turned out to be
Brad, the MMM MMM MMM guy (I can't remember the band name, losing
my memory) and they were talking about Andy Partridge and XTC
and how so so very clever Andy is, etc.

Needless to say (if it is so needless, why say it?) I am hopeful
that they will play the new music soon.

Did anyone else hear that morning show? Who are the DJ's then?
I rarely listen in the mornings.

I just got a copy of the demos for AV... wow! I was afraid it
would be an entire cassette of Rook's.
I like Prince of Orange the best. It is not to be included in AV 1 or 2,
now is it. This saddens me.


"... It takes all sorts of in and outdoor schooling to
get accustomed to my kind of fooling" -R.Frost

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.
-- Thoreau


Message-ID: <002f01be4948$24e03920$0b4e97d0@ginsim>
From: "Simon Deane/Gina Chong" <>
Subject: Nonsuch Apples
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 00:22:59 +0800

A propos absolutely nothing, I was browsing my dictionary just now (as I am
wont to do-I'm a really interesting person you see) and happened upon the

Nonsuch (noun): A variety of apple (and pear). Also attrib.
1676 Worlidge Cyder (1691) 210 The Non-such [apple] is a long-lasting fruit,
good at the table.
Ibid. 216 The Non~such, Dionier,..are all very good winter-pears.
1846 Mrs. Gore Eng. Char. (1852) 112 With lustrous, rosy, and whiskerless
face, round as a Nonsuch apple.
1859 F. G. White Addr. Cape Town Fine Arts Exhib. 13 No man in his senses
would eat sour crabs when he could get ribstone pippins or nonsuch apples.

It would seem that Mr Partridge had more than one reason for choosing the
words "apple venus" from Nonsuch for the title of the new album. I
personally have never knowingly tried a Nonsuch apple even though I also
hail from the West Country, but judging from the above quotations it was
(and maybe still is) a particularly tasty fruit.

(I also noticed that you can now order the CD from and CDnow for
$12.99 but not yet from IMVS)

All the best
Simon Deane


Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 12:22:04 -0600
Message-Id: <v02110100b2d35cf1eeea@[]>
From: (John M. Hackney)
Subject: Muzak versions of XTC on "The Weather Channel"?


        I was in S. California over Christmas and swore that I had heard a
muzak version of "Broomstick Rhythm" during several of the local-forecast
segments played on "The Weather Channel".  I first heard it while in
another part of the house and couldn't remember where I'd heard the tune
before, nor could I get the tune out of my mind.  I heard it several more
times that same day (Christmas Eve) and on subsequent days and am pretty
sure, though not positive, that it was some mutated version of "Broomstick
Rhythm".  But, a couple of problems here---I don't think it was copied
exactly as it exists on my cassette version of the song (which I didn't
have along with me for purposes of comparison) and it seems unlikely that a
Muzak version of the song would even be in existence, since the song only
really exists as a bootleg, right?  They kept repeating the song every time
that they featured the local forecast thing, probably because the chorus
has a somewhat bouncy, Christmasy feel to it.  Has anyone else heard the
same thing in weeks past, or am I the only one who wastes time watching
that channel?  I was in southern Orange county----I think the local
forecast segments differ from one another around the country.

        As always, this topic may have been discussed several times
already, I'm really behind in my reading of the Digest.

        Because so many members listed "Try Whistling This" as a top album
for 1998, I went out and purchased a copy.  I was going to anyway, because
I'm already a big Neil Finn/Crowded House fan.  I think it's really a great
piece of work!



Message-Id: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 99 19:17:32 +0100
From: (SOLANS, Frederic)
Subject: LMNOP

     Bonjour a tous et a toutes

     Constantine wrote :
     <When I was in law school a classmate and I schemed to form a band
     <called LMNOP, except we planned to spell and pronounce it
     <Ellomennopee.  You're welcome to it,

     In the late 80's, I bought in Paris a CD called "Numbles" from a band
     called...LMNOP, issue from New Rose label. The only credit was :
     LMNOP is Stephen M. FIEVET
     No coment about quality (...) but I bought it after an XTC's mention
     in an obscure chronic.
     Same band ?

     Fredo Fat Bassman


Message-ID: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 19:43:27
Subject: Apple Venus, baby!


I write music reviews for a local rag called The Music Monitor, which is
also online at  I was lucky enough to receive an
advance cd copy of AV 1 to review for next months issue, I'm more than
geared up at the chance to review the lads, and, allow me to add, that they
are in top form here.

Anyway....not sure if anyone is interested, as it is only about a month now
before it's released to all, but I'd be happy to make a taped copy for
anyone who wants to trade me something for it,
(audio/video/memorabilia....anything XTC) If you are interested, email me.

Also, as always, I've got many originals, and shloads of 1st gen copies of
all of the hard to find LE releases, as well as lots of demos, videos, and
live gigs...and more, to trade.  Check out my list; Optimism's Flames,

If you want to trade for a taped copy of AV 1, I only ask one thing of must, that is MUST, still purchase the real deal when it comes
out.  I'd love to make that damn thing chart!



Message-Id: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 20:00:32 +0100
Subject: band name poll, TB and BOOKS?!
From: "peter cunliffe" <>

Greetings from the North West of England!

Having enjoyed reading the digests, particularly the last few, I decided it
was time to pitch in. It was the request for band names that was the
catalyst - My younger brother, nomadic rock bassist that he is, had a list
of potential names for his current band, one of which was "Free Beer and
Topless Barmaids". Guaranteed to draw the punters in, but you'd have to be a
class act to keep them entertained, I reckon. They're currently gigging
under the name "Slide" , btw, but are still not convinced, as several people
have pointed out that that's how a Midlands citizen would pronounce "Slade"
(like Noddy Holder....)

The list has also inspired me to re-listen to various XTC albums in the
light of fresh information about guitars, lyrics, etc and I've picked up on
stuff I'd previously missed. I bought "Transistor Blast" (#18.99 from Virgin
Megastore, for the irony, although it's possible I was the only one who
understood it, and probably helped finance Branson's latest inflated head or
"Bestselling" book "Tessas, Pensions and Peps", or whatever).... anyway, I
digress.... TB is great,  having missed "Drums and Wireless" (too expensive
at the time) and not that familiar with the band prior to "Black Sea" which
was the first XTC album I bought, inspired by "XTC at the Manor", I found
myself LOVING stuff like "Battery Brides", "The Rhythm" etc. and "All Along
the Watchtower" is KICKING! Now I can't wait for "Apple Venus"!

Without wishing to ramble too much, be accused of egotism, get slagged off a
la DavidOh & Molly (up for it though they were, to some extent) my fave
albums recently have been:
Word Gets Around by Stereophonics (energy, lyricism, TUNES)
Smithereens by Nick Harper (humour, guitar virtuosity, great arrangements,
Baptist Hospital by Boo Hewerdine (see above)
and of course, Transistor Blast.

If you're a bookworm, I've really enjoyed "Complicity" (thriller) "Whit"
(modern social story about a religious sect in the modern world - in a
nutshell) - I can't say "In a nutshell" without thinking of Austin Powers -
and "The Bridge" (surrealm, dreamlike, poetic) all by Scottish genius Iain
Banks, and surprisingly, "Time for Bed" by David Baddiel is very funny.

All for now

P.S. If by some bizarre chance you like XTC *and* Roy Harper, check out the
Harper archives at


Message-Id: <>
Subject: Band Poll - Modifications
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 99 16:22:57 -0500
From: Constantine Pappas <>

Hiya Chalkfolks,

Thanks to all of you have that have already sent in your list of top ten
BEST band names.  Some of you were creative enough to also include your
list of top ten WORST names.  GREAT IDEA!  So email me both lists (or
either) by Feb. 1 and I'll post the results here on Chalkhills soon

Here (again) are my guidelines:

1. You do NOT have to like the band to like their name, thus you can HATE
Phil and LOVE the name Genesis, for example (bad example, but you get the
picture).  Likewise, for your WORST name lists, you might LOVE the band
but HATE their name.

2. I don't think proper nouns should count by themselves.  Sorry, Yazbek.
 The name may CONTAIN a name, however (e.g. Robyn Hitchcock and the

3. You may NOT include XTC, Star Park, Helium Kidz, Terry and the
Lovemen, The Three Wisemen, The Dukes, etc.... no XTC and no XTC noms de
plume.  I won't count them.

4. Please put the words 'Band Poll' somewhere in the subject/title of
your email.  (example: Hey Shithead, here are my Band Poll submissions
<----perfectly acceptable, albeit rude)


XTC Content:  I like XTC a lot.

--Constantine Pappas


Message-ID: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 18:40:51 EST
Subject: hey, that's my photo

so i get this phone call from a friend of a friend and i find out my XTC
photograph is in " Song Stories" so off i run to Borders and what to my
wondering eyes appears on page 118-MY PHOTO.
I thought these had made it into the hands of the fab three but apparrently
not.  I guess they've been placed in some Virgin records file cabinet and
they bring them out for Virgin publicity.
well if you're interested in seeing more,  i've just built a little website.
happy viewing
ciao,  cathy


Message-ID: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 17:23:47 -0800 (PST)
From: Veronica Kyle Robertson <>
Subject: Apple Venus

  As some of you may have already noticed, many of the online stores
now have Apple Venus v.1 ready for advance orders.  I found it on both
CDNow and MusicBlvd for about the same price.  I could not find any
info, however, on the TVT site about it.  Has anyone seen any evidence
of it on TVT's website?  I do hope TVT proves me wrong to worry about
the quality of their services. I went ahead and put in an advance
order.  I would like to do it the old fashioned way- walking down to
my local music store- but my local stores rarely make it easy to find
ultra-new releases and the prices are usually 10-25% higher than I pay
  By the way, I went cosmetics shopping the other day and found a new
shade of nail polish by M.A.C. titled "X.T.C.".  It's sort of a
shimmery translucent beige.  As much as I like the name they gave it,
I think any number of other colors would have been more exciting. It's
so sheer, you can hardly see it at all.



Message-ID: <>
From: "Andy Carlton" <>
Subject: Apple Venus Demos
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 19:28:19 PST

Hello Chalkers,

I just wanted to let you all know if your looking for the
Apple Venus Demos on CD, I suggest you contact this guy has them in the best quality I ever heard!!! No
Hiss!!! I'm just so happy about them I had to post.Even if you have them
already, get them from him, you wont regret it!

Andy Carlton


Message-ID: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 23:59:47 -0500
From: Don & Sue Parker <>
Subject: Hoorah Sir Wonders

Apologies for brief essentially XTC-less post, but I couldn't resist
this . . .

Harrison Sherwood
Had Heroin Sorrows
Near Whorish Odors
Harsher Wino Odors
Whose Dronish Roar
Shed Iowan Horrors
His Honored Arrows
Shreds Narrow Ohio
Ideas Shown Horror
Has Wordier Honors
Harsh Word Erosion
Rash Weirdo Honors
Hoorah Sir Wonders

Yeah, somebody else here will probably have JUST posted a much better
one, but what the heck?

I don't think I'll truly believe that there even IS a new XTC album
until I see it. It still seems unreal...



Message-ID: <>
From: "Duncan Kimball" <>
Subject: guitars/Paula /airplay
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 22:05:00 PST

One more sleep until Elvis and Steve Nieve. Eeeeek!

Eric - good call! I want to know more about the guitar parts also, for
both live and studio work. I've assumed as a rule that, live, the fiddly
bits are probably Dave, especially when Andy is singing, given that for
anyone less gifted than Hendrix that usually precludes playing complex
fills and solos at the same time. (I don't doubt he can do it, but
that's what Dave was there for, after all)

Also -I would love to know more of the techno stuff - what guitars, amps
and effects they used, etc. I can usually pick a Strat when I hear one
('cos I own one), and I can sometimes recognise the odd Rickenbacker,
but I would find it very interesting to know more.

God, I'm turning into such an anorak-wearer ... or at least I thought I
was  ... until I read Phil's experience of falling asleep in front of
Star Trek [surprising? Not really] and dreaming about buying AV in
Tokyo. Whew! Next stop - Anorak Central! THAT was funny.

Amanda - thanks for defending Paula Cole. I think she's a fine singer
who richly deserves her success. Paula of course had stepped *more* than
ably into the breach left by the sudden and dramatic departure of
everyone's favourite anti-papist, Skinhead O'Connor, during the American
leg of the Secret World tour.

I had the great privelege of meeting her after Peter Gabriel's Sydney
concert (now who's bragging?). I can report that (besides being a mighty
singer) Paula is a *very* charming and pleasant person, who took time to
meet and talk at length with all the people waiting for PG, even though
it was nearly 1 am and after a long performance. A lovely person, and
good luck to her. Oh and did I mention that I met PG and got his
autograph on the set list and he even recongised me from the concert
(... no wonder, cos I was in the front row screaming like a teenager).
That's my last ever brag, I promise. In fact it's the only one I've got.

re: AV airplay
- this is getting a bit exciting. Sounds like some of the American
stations are actually interested. I hope they pick it up and give them a
go. I hold out little hope for Australia, although there's always a
chance JJJ will pick it up.

Australian commerical radio? Yeah right ...



Message-ID: <>
From: "Duncan Kimball" <>
Subject: Tyranthesaurus Rex
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 22:30:46 PST

Your powers are strong, young Sherwood - use them wisely.

Amazing post, Harrison - I'm printing this out to take home and read at
length - it clearly requires more than the cursory glance I gave it this
arvo. And I'm TERRIBLE at anagrams, so I'll have to get out the paper
and pencil and nut it out the hard way.

I don't know what is more frightening - the fact that anyone actually
knows that many words - or the prospect of finding out that he probably
tossed this one off (ooo-eer missus) in a few minutes during his
teabreak. Dug the Chthulhu reference too. Nice touch.

Surely you scribble for a living? If not - why not?

And fare ye well, Steve Franklin (you tinny bastard) - aren't you glad
you didn't bottle out after all. I personally don't imagine having the
nerve to walk up to Andy's door and knock. But what a story to tell the
grandkids. Good luck, mate.

BTW - does anyone ever knock on Colin's door? He must be feeling a bit
left out?



Message-ID: <>
From: "Duncan Kimball" <>
Subject: Is this any kind of idea?
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 22:39:13 PST

Being also a member of the Move list (hello Movers), where they do a
such a thing already, I vaguely wondered in a quiet moment ( i.e. while
I should have been working) if this might be an idea appealing to

- viz: how about setting a "Song of the Week" for comments on lyrics,
production, performance etc. The lyrics bit appeals to me especially, as
there is so much there to explore.

OK Im a newbie. Has this been suggested before? Does anyone else think
this might be something we could do. Is it too dicky?

Look forward to comments in favour and/or smacks upside the head.



Message-Id: <l0313030db2d463bdc3eb@[]>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 02:25:30 -0500
From: Rodney <>
Subject: The wrong three letters on your Wheel Of Fortune board

I am loathe to enter the debate over this filthy resurrection of Jim
Morrison as a eunuch, Michael Stipe, because it's akin to debating
Scientologists or any trendy cultists.  Eloquence and evidence can't
penetrate them.  A few things need to be said, however.

No matter how many times Stipe sells out, he'll never matter to anyone
outside of the cult of initiates who hang on his every mumbled word.  The
only time he's edgy is when he's insulting the Beatles, and the people who
are still moved by them.  His petulant foot-stamping over the fact that REM
aren't considered in the same league would be funny if it weren't so
blasphemous.  For all the special pleading on his behalf that his lyrics
and delivery are "moving" not one person can instantly recall the melodies
to dozens of REM songs, because the songwriting is so appallingly weak (and
their supporters are the same people who bitch about rap!).  Oh, but they
sell out football stadiums around the globe... selling you a world tour
wrapped in grey.

Bill Hicks had a term for whiny little people like Stipe: fevered egos.
The reality is this: the support for hack touring bands who catered to a
contrived, conservative "alternative" movement in the 1980s (read: REM) was
financially detrimental to pure pop bands like XTC, who actually deserved
the success.  There was a time when a record could chart purely on its own
merits, without any smoke and mirrors, and those songs hit the heart like
adrenaline.  They wore their politics and spirituality in their hearts, not
on their sleeves.

Andy didn't need to pontificate on the urgency for voting Democrat in a
Coke-Pepsi election (thereby ensuring one of the major supporters of music
censorship in the US was a heartbeat away from the presidency) or support
some bizarre anti-sex movement (thereby shoring up conservative politicians
and religious leaders while openly pretending to be their opposition)...
need I say more?  I can think of no further opposites in rock than REM and
XTC.  One sucks the joy out of the most significant art form of the 20th
century, while the other breathes life into it.
"Living well and ripping your enemy's still-beating heart out with
 your bare hands is the best revenge." - Michael O'Donoghue


Message-Id: <>
From: "Molly Fanton" <>
Subject: I contacted my local stations, and thank you
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 23:56:15 PST

     I contacted my local radio stations to play "I'd Like That".  I
have the luxery of having two alternative stations The River 101.1 from
Niagra Falls, Ont and 103.3 The Edge from here in Buffalo.  I haven't
heard from them whether or not they have the song, but I'll keep
     Also, I wanted to thank Nicole for her nice the she said about me.
I almost felt like crying when I read it.  It was so kind.  Thanks



From: "Kraeg MacKenzie" <>
Subject: Intro and question.
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 22:15:07 +1100
Message-ID: <000001be49e6$4c34ff80$a90523cb@CS?>

Hoping this gets thru (are you receiving me.....)

Quick intro....
My name's Kraeg (or Craig or Kraighe or Krayg), and I am from Sydney,
XTC is in my top 6 favourite bands (along with the Pixies, Ratcat, Nirvana,
INXS and Radiohead; but no particular order (oh except the Pixies are pretty
much first)).
However, being broke all the time, all I have is the Fossil Fuel double CD
(but I am working on getting everything else eventually). But their stuff
(the little I have) is fucking brilliant.
I also play guitar, write songs, hoping to start a band blah blah blah......

Anyway, from what I can gather (please excuse my ignorance), there are
releases of XTC stuff happening at the moment. Is this new stuff, a
compilation or a mix? And what about Down Under??
I'll be asking at the local record shop if they can get them in (esp. on
vinyl: I have just got a new needle). Can anyone be kind and forgiving
enough to e-mail me with any details (I am pretty much a hermit and so know
fuck all) re: these releases, at

Maybe I should check out web sites too for info......

Kraeg (looking forward to building up his XTC collection..... next major
task in life)

"As I start to realise, just where my future lies; I keep my secrets hidden,
I dress them in disguise. As for all the opinionated public and the press: I
promise to believe in me and forget that you exist. Truth, or lie..... good


Message-ID: <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 06:19:11 EST
Subject: Re: Lou Bangs? Lester Reed?

>something tells me Lou would have approved of XTC's
>noisier stuff, like, say, "Train Running Low On Soul Coal" or "Travels
>In Nihilon."

  Sorry, that should have been Lester as in Bangs, not Lou as in
Reed. Lester would have understood.



Message-ID: <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 09:23:00 -0800 (PST)
From: nross <>
Subject: Cyber-slaps all around!

Todd: Hand up... arm cocked backward... ready for that quick, slick
move to the face ...ah..ah... No.  I don't have it in me to slap
today! :-) ... hey, I actually got a variant of the comment I was ready
to throw your way. No blood, though.

Jason Hauser:
>Is his name Jonathan or Mikey?... does he say "Yo" a little
too often?<

Are you from Philly? Yo... Adrian.

Actually, he has a cool cool name and is British by origin... and
actually by citizenship... hasn't gone American yet. He likes
Jamoriqui (uh... spelling help here...) so he's got some taste, in
my ESTEEMED opinion.

I've got many comments this time WOW! cool beans awesome, is there
anything else I can say.... uh, Ya'll and Yuns and gumbands and
pop and soda.

Neal... everything that passes is seen again! Damned! I was TRYING
to be clever... but it comes through as that and so it sucks... oh well.
Hey! Embrace your "regular" status!!!

"... It takes all sorts of in and outdoor schooling to
get accustomed to my kind of fooling" -R.Frost

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.


Message-Id: <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 12:54:08 -0500
From: David Gershman <>
Subject: Advance orders, and a poem

Hey Chalklates,

 For those of you so inclined, Music Boulevard is now taking advance orders
for Apple Venus, for $12.88! They list the release date as currently being
February 23. Me, I'm with those who feel that there's nothing like picking
up a CD in person and ripping off the wrapper as soon as possible, the SAME

Whatever your mode of purchase, I've written a little poem to commemorate
this seemingly interminable wait. I've entitled it, "The Minutes Seem Like
Hours, The Hours Seem Like Days, When Will It Be Over, This
Transistor-Blasted Haze?":

How slowly pass the days between us
While wishing on an "Apple Venus."
>From Seattle, Wash., to Wash., D.C.
We crave the latest XTC.
And over 'cross the great Atlantic
All the fans are getting frantic.
They'd sacrifice a small canary
Just to hear "Your Dictionary."

Thank you. Thank you very much.

May your weeks pass quickly,

Dave Gershman


Message-Id: <>
Date: 27 Jan 99 13:14:40 -0500
From: Jennifer Ralston <>
Subject: Schoolgirl giddiness



Forgive me (though I'm not really sorry); I thought
it was time to give the list some unadulterated,
blissfully naive joy.

Last Friday night I was in a car with some friends
and I heard something on the radio that sounded
uncannily like XTC. After a moment or two I realised
that for the first time in years, it conceivably
*could* be them, playing a song I did not yet know!
After listening a little more I was sure, though I
had no idea what song it could be from AV1. I cannot
TELL you how excited I was!

It was not until JUST THEN that the realisation
dawned on me - **there really is a new XTC record coming
out!!!** The last time that happened, I was just out
of high school and took it for granted! Please
understand that since then, I have not gone out of my
way to hear demos, sound clips, anything. So it's
truly been 8 years since I have experienced the splendour
of new XTC.

And now...NOW...I have just received my own advance
copy in the mail! (very cool packaging eh?? -sorry)
I am listening to it now and it's only because I'm at
work that I'm not yelping and running around like a
lunatic. But rest assured I will do so when I get home
and listen to this thing over and over again.
So the song I heard in the car? I'd Like That, of course.


What utter brilliance. Sonic bliss. I want to cry.

OK time to go concentrate on the rest...

Be not jealous, be *ecstatically overjoyed* that
our years of waiting have not gone for naught!!


I'd like *that*,

P.S. Don't worry, I will pay $$ for the real thing too.


Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 09:26:07 -0800 (PST)
From: Stephen Mahoney <>
Subject: the kinks.
Message-ID: <>

	I spent the whole morning listening to the villiage green
preservation society, arthur, and everyone's in showbiz and I have now
come to the conclusion that the kinks are my new favorite band ( next to
xtc, of course) with lyrics which have acute social awareness and a broad
range in sound- which other albums should I hear next? there are so many
it overwhelms me....

				    Stephen Mahoney
				    Rockwood Clerk

"The world is divided into people who think they are right"



Message-ID: <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 13:45:06 EST
Subject: TB in CA

Brian wrote:

>>I am with you man - this is the reason I don't have
TB yet. I have visited every record store within 20
miles - (I am in Southern Calif for heaven's sake!)
and haven't been able to hold it in my hends yet.
When I do, it will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine!<<

Are you perhaps within 20 miles of the quaint seaside community of Santa
Monica? In the section of that town known as The Promenade exists a small
shop decorated in tasteful earthtones known to all by the moniker of Hear
Music. It is in this shop that your humble correspondent ekes out her meager
living. It is also in this shop that a shiny new copy of Transistor Blast
sits forlornly, waiting for someone to claim it as his own.

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Subject: Bits and Bits, Bits and Related Bits
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 10:50:36 -0800

Hello all,
It's been a long time since I posted but I have been diligently reading-
even some David Oh.

Analog versus digital - The old debate is raging again, and will be fueled
by the release of AV1 in both formats.  Is there anyone who has heard both
who thinks that the CD version of English Settlement is truer to the master
tape than the two disc LP?  I thought not.  The fidelity (to the master) of
an LP or CD is the result of care taken in the mastering chain.  That's why
both MFSL gold discs are truer to the master tape than the aluminum
versions.  Whether you sonically prefer one to the other is your taste. Both
analog and digital consumer media are capable of a good reflection of the
source, although the things that each does well is different.

Harrison, you old curmudgeon, have you actually tried the Green Magic Marker
on the edge of your CDs?  I can hear a difference, but of course I have
golden ears (and a bit delusional).  The actual analysis is that laser light
reflects and refracts at the polycarbonate and aluminum surface of the CD.
Some of it exits the CD at its edge and winds up back at the diode
photoreceptors trying to read the bits.  End result: distortion.  The green
color provides absorption at the frequency of the laser used in CD playback.

Someone asked a few digests back about why the additional blue laser light
in his YBA CD player might help the sound.  The blue laser dampens optical
resonances thereby purifying the signal.  The makers of a green marker,
Audio Prism, also have a glow in the dark CD mat (called the Cd Blacklight)
which provides this, static removal and mechanical dampening.  You place it
on top of the CD. Yup: better sound.

Will I go to the store to buy AV1?  Yes, but I will buy the LP online.

While I'm at the store buying AV1, I'll also pick up JASON FALKNER'S "CAN
YOU STILL FEEL?" because I can think of nothing better than getting two long
awaited discs on the same day. (Jason's is scheduled for Feb. 23rd).  What
better rock album to tide one over til AV2?

Much anticipated 1999 releases (and some from 1998 that I haven't gotten
yet): Blur, Robyn Hitchcock, Lloyd Cole, Gene, Babybird, Boo Radley's,
Velvet Crush, Martin Phillips and the Chills demos, more from the Divine

Wow - this could be a great POP year.

These are the discs that spent time in heavy rotation this year:
Pernice Brothers "Overcome by Happiness"
Morcheeba "Big Calm"
Lightning Seeds "Dizzy Heights" (1997)
Grant Lee Buffalo "Jubilee"
Monaco "Music for Pleasure"
the Divine Comedy "Casanova" (1996), "Short Album about Love"(1997), "Fin de
Roddy Frame "The North Star"
Robyn Hitchcock "Storefront Hitchcock"
Tim Keegan and the Homer Lounge "Long Distance Information"

The one called "The Green Magic Marker Man",


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