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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 9, Number 2

                 Thursday, 9 January 2003


                   2002 - What a Year!
             Trombones, Or Andy/Blegvad News?
                        Mick Jones
       favorite xmas album that's not a xmas album
             a new station Spiraling your way
  What Another AP imposter Go Away!!! (just kidding) :)
                  Roads Girdle The Globe
                Now Playing: Beck, on PBS
                happy new year/best of '02
         Just Another Old Fashioned Best-of List.
     Re: Andy talks about the price of Fuzzy Warbles
             Chalkhillian writes Beatles book
                  Re: my review of year
Publicly admitting that there's a problem is the first step toward recovery
                   re: return to vendor


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Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 13:51:11 -0500
From: arthur james virgin < (nospam)>
Subject: 2002 - What a Year!
Message-ID: <>

Falling out of lurk mode after a long hibernation... I still read
every issue sent word for word, but have had nothing to add lately as
XTC remains in their own "hibernation."

2002, for me, proved a much better year for music than the previous one.

1) Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
Worthy of the hype.
2) Doves - The Last Broadcast
Great listener from top to bottom.
3) Sigur Ros - ()
One of the best show's I've seen - and that's saying a LOT.
4) Augie March - Strange Bird
I love my little secret - you can, too.  Get it.
5) Aimee Mann - Lost in Space
Her show brought a new understanding to the songs - GREAT.
6) Death Cab for Cutie - You Can Play These Songs with Chords.
A great little lo-fi look into a great songwriting band.
7) Wilco - YFH
No longer file under alt-country.
8) Ben Kweller - Sha Sha
Too young for these kinds of hooks.
9) John Vanderslice - Life & Death of an American Fourtracker
Slowly building up to be an indispensable solo act - another win for
10) About a Boy Soundtrack - BDB
Great songs. Period.

hoping this year brings (finally) Elliott Smith, a rocking Radiohead,
more priceless Lucksmiths, some more brilliant Kent, and (please) some
new XTC?

happy 2003 - aj


Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 11:19:28 -0800 (PST)
From: Wes Long <>
Subject: Trombones, Or Andy/Blegvad News?
Message-ID: <>

Adrian Fucking Ransome spake thusly:

"Kevin also prodded a distant memory about the Andy
Partridge + Apples In Stereo project. Will that ever
see the light of day? Can anyone with a contact line
to either party please let us know?"

Well, it's *supposed* to see the light of day - but
Andy says that Rob Schneider (head Apple) is seriously
dragging his feet on the project. The name of the band
will most likely be Trombones Or (French for golden
paperclips)... may or may not happen this year, all
depends on Mr. Schneider.

I'm putting together a new section of the Optimism's
Flames site devoted to text versions of the last few
interviews I've done with Andy - we cover this topic
at length, including exactly how you go about
collaborating with someone over the phone - good
question! I'll post a link here once it's up and
running... will provide a version for those of you who
are unable to access my heavily geeked-out site.

The Blegvad thing *will* happen, and soon. Spoke with
Andy yesterday (1/2/02) and he said he was putting the
finishing touches on the collaboration. And - he's
already working on the next batch of Warbles... that
outta piss everybody off!



Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 12:29:51 -0800 (PST)
From: Jackson <>
Subject: Mick Jones
Message-ID: <>


Can someone kindly tell me what's become of Mick Jones of Clash, Big
Audio dynamite fame?

Thank you!



Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 22:53:57 +0100
From: "jpcac" <>
Subject: favorite xmas album that's not a xmas album
Message-ID: <000201c2b373$e5529240$aa860c50@ordi>

Hi all,
I've just read this on the Faust list :

how about favorite xmas album that's not an xmas album?
for some reason its XTC's English Settlement for me. still not sure how that

What's your opinion ?
For me, it could be one of those Beach Boys / Brian Wilson classics.

Happy new year to all,
Jean-Philippe Cimetiere


Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 15:23:41 -0700
From: "Miranda Phifer" <>
Subject: a new station Spiraling your way
Message-ID: <>

check out Spiraling's (a cool New Jersey band...inspired in part
by XTC) new mp3 station, Radio Transmitter!!
happy listening!!



Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 19:28:15 -0500
From: "Molly, the New Wave Queen" <>
Subject: What Another AP imposter Go Away!!! (just kidding) :)
Message-ID: <000401c2b388$304752e0$5a04590c@vogmudet>
Organization: AT&T Worldnet

So now we have another person being told he's Andy Partridge.  "whew"  One
time someone said that I was the great Andy Partridge.  Sometimes I wish I
was, because I could say things in a more cleverer (does that make sense)
way than I do, and I would have his quick wit.  But sadly, I don't have his
cleverness or wit and I'm of the feminine pursuasion.  *hehehe*

In Digest #9-1, Adrian wrote:

<<Kevin Wollenweber wrote:

>Oh, by the way,, be honest
>with me; you're really Andy Partridge in disguise, adding your
>nudge, nudge, wink, wink to this list, right?

If thinking that I'm Andy helps you to find the humour in my post, then
carry on thinking I'm Andy.>>

My pick for the best album of last year has to be Beth Gibbons and Rusin'
Man's CD "Out of Season".  Beth has a great voice and Rustin' Man (aka Paul
Webb) is a wonderful musician in his own right.  But I'm biased since I'm a
HUGE fan of Paul's since his years with the bands, Talk Talk and .O.Rang.
I'm holding out for buying "Fuzzy Warbles" not because of the price, but I'm
going to Boston in a couple of months and I'm going to see if one of the
record stores I frequent there has it.  And honestly, I don't think the
pricing is that bad.  I've seen a lot worse.
Okay, I'm done rambling now.


XTC Song of the Moment: "Your Dictionary"
Non-XTC Song of the Moment - "Don't Put Another Dime in the Jukebox" - The


Date: Sat, 04 Jan 2003 08:40:01 -0800
From: strwbrry <>
Subject: Roads Girdle The Globe
Message-ID: <>

Steer me anna
Steer me anna
Steer me anna
Steer me anna
Steer me anna
Steer me anna
Steer me anna!

Another Steve


Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2003 22:59:51 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Now Playing: Beck, on PBS
Message-ID: <>

Usually the "Now Playing" notice goes at the end of
the post, but this one should lead off:

NP: Beck, backed by the Flaming Lips, on the Public
Broadcasting Service's music show, *Austin City
Limits*. My tax dollars at work!

I'm beginning to plot out an essay in which I describe
what I want the inevitable
Fiftieth-Anniversary-of-Rock-and-Roll documentaries to
include, and I need to pick your brains. Do any
reasonably large-scale 1990s rock acts bear mentioning
besides Beck, Nine Inch Nails, and the Red Hot Chili

I've spent a few days lurking and slumming in various
*Lord of the Rings* talkback sites. You people are
much more articulate than those fevered fanboys, but I
did find this agreeable anonymous sentiment at

"Whether it's pizza, fellatio, or a MOSTLY faithful
quality adaption of classic literature, even when it's
bad, it's good."

(I know what you're thinking, but my Merriam-Webster
lists "adaption" as an acceptable alternative to

People, I have emitted another in my series of New
Year's rants. This one touches on the Darwin Awards,
my half-conceived diet book parody, child-gobbling
Hopi Indian ogre kachinas, and the Wright Brothers'
upcoming centennial. Plus, it's the first time in the
history of the world that a Christmas card has
included the word *clitorectomy*. Once again, I'd be
happy to mail a copy to any Chalkhillian who wishes.
(Yes, if you're truly interested, I'll spring for
postage to any spot on the globe.) Would you email me
off-list with your real-world mailing address?

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider

P.S.: Kudos to John Relph for another year of
Chalkhill maintenance. Domo arigato, Sensei.


Date: Sun, 05 Jan 2003 09:07:34 -0800
From: "Thomas Vest" <>
Subject: happy new year/best of '02
Message-ID: <>

hello chalkland!

hope all is well and everyone had a good holiday season.

got my warbles about a month ago.  good stuff and waiting for more.  cannot
remember if it was said previously- but when are the next volumes coming
out?  yeah, i know--- if i looked, i could probably find it on past digests
or other a few other sites.

in no particular order, here are my top albums from last year:

nappy roots...  watermelon, chicken & gritz
jurassic 5...  power in numbers
mark eitzel...  music for courage and confidence
blackalicious...  blazing arrow
flaming lips...  yoshimi battles the pink robots
interpol...  turn on the bright lights
tom waits...  blood money
the streets...  original pirate material
thievery corporation...  the richest man in babylon
neko case...  blacklisted
los lobos...  good morning aztlan
black sabbath...  symptom of the universe 1970-78
ash...  free all angels
the vines...  highly evolved
nerd...  in search of...
ladytron...  light and magic
kylie minoge...  fever

if you have not heard the streets original pirate material and you are
inclined to like rap or hip hop, check this guy out.  he is an englishman
who is pretty damn funny and has an interesting mix of samples.  highlights
from this cd if you get a chance: too much brandy, don't mug yourself & who
got the funk?

my album of the year is good morning aztlan by los lobos.  nothing out has
eclisped this.  these guys just get better as they go.

the rest of my top five:
2  flaming lips
3  nerd
4  kylie minoge
5  streets

2 possible chalkhills resolutions to consider for the coming year:

1)  mummer/wonderland slammers take a breather and try to appreciate it for
what it really is.
2)  everyone gets a long a little better and take the cut/paste,
point/counterpoint stuff offline.  its not enjoyable to see people picked
apart line by line (even if some people think they are right or not).  i can
read contracts if i want to be this tedious.

all the best to everyone for the upcoming year!




Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2003 11:13:47 -0600
From: Chris Vreeland <>
Subject: Just Another Old Fashioned Best-of List.
Message-ID: <a05200f00ba3e16778196@[]>

	Hold me closer,
	Keep your Distance
	Tell me your secrets,
	Mind your own business...
			--The Bears, Under the Volcano


I didn't write a top ten list last year for the first time in umpteen
years. I got really over-saturated with new music in 2000 and had to
absorb for most of last year.

I've spent a good deal of this year seeking out independent and
unsigned acts, just sort-of casting about on the internet, and trying
to put my money where my mouth is by buying from the little guys
whenever I found something worthwhile. Still, I'm a sucker for good
recording, and when it comes down to what I liked best this year,
only a couple of truly independent releases made my list for ten
best. Porcupine Tree has put out a number of outstanding releases on
the indie label Snapper but was, alas, signed to a major before
recording this year's In Absentia.

As usual, I must issue the Old Fart Warning: These are the ten best
albums I acquired in 2002, although some of them were recorded back
in the dark ages of magnetic tape.

The List:

1. Kaviar, The Kaviar Sessions. Kevin Gilbert was an unmitigated
f*cking genius. The stylistic changes he underwent in his brief
flameout of a career are evidence of his ability to play whatever the
hell he wanted, and on Kaviar, the gloves are off. Trent Reznor
simply wishes he were this angry and funny. Simply one of the best
recorded, written and performed hard rock albums of the entire 20th
Read the full review here:

2. Dusty Springfield, Dusty In Memphis. I've carried on at length
about this album here before, so I'll spare you. There's still a
review posted on my site.

3. XTC, Coat of Many Cupboards. As an avid XTC completist, I was
pleasantly surprised by the amount of material on this set that I
hadn't already acquired. All the alternate studio versions of Drums
and Wires-era stuff really shed some light on the recording and
production process that led us to the final versions.

4. Lucinda Williams, Essence. The title cut is the sexiest noise ever
uttered by the female mouth.

5. Porcupine Tree, In Absentia. Their "major label debut." We'll see
how it goes. They've already lost a very capable drummer in the
process of making this album. Let's stick around to see if they've
lost their souls in the deal. The songwriting and playing is still as
good as ever, and the opener is a stunner. Reminds me of the best of
Soundgarden, except British. Overall, to summarize P.T.-- 1. Make a
mop of Radiohead. 2. Clean the floor with it.

6. P. Hux, Deluxe and Purgatory Falls. These both came to me combined
on one CD-R, so for the sake of argument (Let's argue! This is
Chalkhills!) I'll refer to them as one work. I have not much clue
about this guy other than that he writes a really good straight pop
song. Think Marshall Crenshaw meets James McMurtry.

7. Los Lobos, This Time. I'm getting to where I like their Spanish
language material better than their mainstream stuff, and this album
has some choice songs sung in Spanish. The way in which they
seamlessly meld traditional arrangements and instrumentation with
modern recording technology, and their unique arranging style is at
its most impressive here. Track 7, Corazon, is one of the most
hauntingly sad and beautiful songs I've heard in years.

8. Mike Keneally, Wooden Smoke. A radical departure from Dancing, but
radical departures seem to be what Keneally's career is all about.
The quietest and "prettiest" of his work to date.

9. Los Lobos, The Neighborhood. The hardest rocking of their albums.
The more I really listen to this band, the more I've come to think
that they are really the quintessential Great American Band.

10. Peter Gabriel, Up. Maybe I'm nuts, but as good as this album
might be, I was expecting a little more here. Maybe it was the
letdown from five years of built-up anticipation (it's been rumored
to have been "nearly done" since about '96, it seems) but Gabriel
doesn't seem to have stretched much beyond his previous achievements.
It makes the list simply by being a Peter Gabriel album, which is a
thing we have all been without for far too long.


Although I have yet to buy the album, my submission for Single of the
Year has to go to The Bears Under the Volcano. Through the miracle of
modern technology, I was able to sample this song from the band's
website, and now plan on buying a copy as soon as funding permits.
The chorus melody line of this song sticks in my brain like glue.
Great pop stuff, by a truly gifted bunch of players.

Back to our regularly scheduled argument,

Chris "Uninformed opinion somehow equals Content" Vreeland

Oh, joy. It's another website.


Date: Sun, 05 Jan 2003 18:49:53 -0500
From: Alfred Masciocchi <>
Subject: Re: Andy talks about the price of Fuzzy Warbles
Message-ID: <>

Am I missing something or is Andy deliberately trying to be absurd?

>From: Todd Bernhardt <>
>Watch the Idea site's Chatter area (under the Fly on the Wall
>subheading) for an explanation from Mr. Partridge about the price
>difference between the Warbles offered through Idea and through major
>retailers like Amazon. I've no idea what day Andy and Colin's new set
>of answers will actually appear (sometime in the next week,
>probably), but this link should take you there:

Q - Why are The Fuzzy Warbles cheaper on Amazon, you're ripping us off!
Also why do you bother putting on such low quality demos like
`Complicated Game' or `All Of A Sudden'? No one wants them - The Grumbler.

A - Firstly, no one is forcing you to buy these discs from Idea, or buy
these discs period! but let me tell you why Amazon sell them cheaper.
It's because Amazon didn't pay for the mastering costs, the artwork, the
parts, the manufacturing costs, a years cleaning and remixing, the
administration and licensing costs or a myriad of other charges. Ape has
to cover its costs, whereas Amazon has pretty much pure profit and are
in clover. Secondly, the average price for a CD in the UK is #14.99, so
you're getting a mid priced bargain. But if you want to support Amazon
not Ape go ahead.
Thirdly, not everyone loves only the more finished demos. I met someone
last week who prefers the rougher, first impression sketches. Different
strokes Grumby, learn to programme your CD player and you won't have to
suffer. I only included them out of archaeological interest, not an
attempt to rob you - A.P


Date: Mon, 06 Jan 2003 09:55:17 -0800
From: "Pastula Aaron" <>
Subject: Mup
Message-ID: <>

Harrison "[insert clever quip here]" Sherwood posted thusly:

>It's one of my faves in all of Howling Hyperspace, and it makes me get all
>goopy thinking about how cool the Internet is. >Taken backstage after a
>Zappa Band performance in Birmingham, UK, in 1988.


What might make him (or you) equally goopy is a brief clip of Mike Keneally
talking about this very incident, in which he does in fact confirm that Dave
brought along albums for Frank to sign:

Other cool stuff on that site as well, for the MK-minded among you.

Aaron "always wanted to quote Harrison, but never had the chance until now.
Really liked his essay in the 'Coat' set; a very honorable piece of writing.
Though I have to admit I occasionally scroll through his posts when they
get too windy, but he seems like a pretty sharp guy to me.  I have to get
back to work" Pastula


Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 23:06:28 EST
Subject: Chalkhillian writes Beatles book
Message-ID: <>

Just thought the Chalkfolk would be interested to know that XTC fan and
longtime Chalkhills subscriber John C. Winn (also known as DinsdaleP) is
finally publishing his incredible two-volume work on the Beatles.  John has
made available some excerpts from the first book, which you can see at

The book is called _Way Beyond Compare: The Beatles' Recorded Legacy_.  I've
had a chance to read several chapters, which I found entertaining,
engrossing and incredibly detailed.  It seems like this is a book that'll
intrigue even the most obsessive Beatle fans/collectors, yet it's also very
browsable and full of John's wry humor and subtle commentary.  Have a look!



Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2003 15:10:56 +0000
From: "Tim Brooks" <>
Subject: Re: my review of year
Message-ID: <>

If anyone is interested, here's my little (?) review of the year, musically


1 Lil Beethoven Sparks For a band in 30th year this is a stunningly amazing
original album, amazing vocals, great orchestral backings - sounds like
nothing else around - miles ahead of :
2 When I was Cruel Elvis Costello - His finest in over 10 yrs, album of year
for 11 months
3.Fuzzy Warbles 1 Andy Partridge (XTC) and  Fuzzy Warbles 2 Andy Partridge
(XTC) The man's demos/outtakes beat pretty much anything else
4. New Music Revolution (Free NME compilation showing that suddenly music is
sounding great again - Libertines, Coral, Datsuns,Von Bondies YYY's etc)
5. The Coral The Coral - On same note great eclectic album from a young
bunch of scousers that may just becomes the decades Madness (and christ
knows the UK scene needs a great "pop" group)
6. Tori Amos : Scarlets Walk
7. Yoshimi... Flaming Lips - Not as good as the hype, but 5 great trxs
8. Cruel Smile : Elvis Costello (B sides and rarities compilation from this
year but well worth it for When I was Cruel No1 alone)
9  Pet Shop Boys : Release (in truth another disappointing PSB album - good,
just third in a row not to be great)
10.Pulp : I Love Life

Also really keen to hear Polyphonic Spree's album, not managed yet


1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Miles Away (s/t EP) (raw, exciting, they will probably
never do another song this good )
2. Pet Shop Boys Sexy Northerner (B side "its more than fags and alcohol" -
better than anything on Release)
3. Electric Soft Parade : Silent to The Dark 2
4. Coral Dreaming Of You
5  Sugarbabes/Gary Numan (I'm crediting him even if they don't ouch) Freak
Like You (Round Round also excellent)
6. Fischerspooner Emerge (overhyped, cver produced but sounding great)
7. Hives : hate To Say I Told You So
8. White Stripes Fell In Love
9. Ms Dynamite : Ms Dynamite (believe the hype - a real UK soul star in the
10. Ladytron 17 (great new band)


Imperial Bedroom ECs finest album now in amazing 2Cd version (all EC
remasters are a must)
Coat of Many Colours boxset XTC (spoilt by including previously released
album traxs)
Dexys Don't Stand Me Down (includes Tell Me What She's Like - finest 13
minute song ever recorded)
Specials - Special/More Specials
Who : My Generation

Videos :

Pulp Bad Cover Version (Band Aid remembered - classic)
Coldplay Scientist(not a band I have been convinced by up to now, always put
then in same category as Travis - competent but DULL, but this is a great
song with video to match )
White Stripes : Dead Leaves and Fell In Love (lotsa LEGO)

Gigs (well I only saw three) :

1. White Stripes/Von Bondies/Dirtbombs - Q Shepherds Bush Wonderful bill,
first WS experience better than I could have imagined
2. Sparks : Lil Beethoven Royal Festival Hall First hearing of new album,
better than I had expected and loved it on first hearing, great evening.
3. Pet Shop Boys : Astoria NME Valentines Day Great to see them in small
venue, think wife now forgiven me for my Valentine's evening absence

TMB Over and out


Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 12:06:53 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Publicly admitting that there's a problem is the first step toward recovery
Message-ID: <>


Just read an interesting story on the BBC Web site. Lots of points
made in the piece, but here are some salient ones:

"Illegal music download sites will never be eradicated, the president
of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has admitted.

Cary Sherman told BBC News Online that music would always be available
for free somewhere on the net despite costly court battles to shut
down illegal music sites.


Mr Sherman admitted that the only response to illegal peer-to-peer
services was to promote 'legal, attractive alternatives that will make
consumers want to pay for their music'. "

Is the RIAA on the road to recovery? Full story at:

-Todd "Is Bert?" Bernhardt


Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 02:17:48 -0800
From: "Victor Rocha" <>
Subject: re: return to vendor
Message-ID: <001501c2b7c8$5c699240$1b791e18@8i0vb>

Dear Chalksters,
Has anyone else had problems with Ape/Idea Records? I ordered FW 1&2 and a
fleece pullover and only received FW2.
I emailed the company but haven't received a response. anyone else?

Victor Rocha


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