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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 9, Number 52

                Thursday, 30 October 2003


    The Wish List Featuring The Dukes Of Stratosphear
              *Blows dust off the keyboard*
                 King - Death Cab - Elvis
         What a long strange trip it's being ...
             Fuzzy Wasn't very fuzzy was he?
                     Boycott the RIAA
  Confidential to the The Morningwood Brothers' Auxilary


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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 12:45:53 -0400
From: John Relph <>
Subject: The Wish List Featuring The Dukes Of Stratosphear
Message-ID: <>

Steve Somerset wrote to tell me that the MS Society have put an order
form on their site which you can download.  It allows you to pay by
credit card.  You still have to print and mail the form, but it's a
step in the right direction for those of us not in the U.K.


Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 19:22:55 -0500
From: "Amanda Owens" <>
Subject: *Blows dust off the keyboard*
Message-ID: <>

AHOOOOOOOOOOOOY MATEYS!!!!! Good God it's been awhile. There's a part of
me that hopes I haven't been forgotten, but having perused through older
digests, there's another part of me that would like to forget myself! But
it is good to come out of lurking mode every now and then, having been so
annoyingly vocal at one point.

Had to just comment on Ben's post:

>I was just reading a Rolling Stone piece on the new Edie Brickell
>album, and Edie says this about her early influences: "I was influenced
>by English bands like XTC and I pulled away from my Texas roots for so
>long because I wanted to be more of my generation, but I've slowly come
>around to realize I love the sunshine in that music."
>There's no sunshine in XTC?  What gives, Edie?

I will admit, it's a bit of an oxymoronic (is that a word????) thing to
say.  Even though some of the lyrics might sound a bit giddy and happy at
times, the keys and chords kinda through you off. Maybe she was high, who

Tis all for now,
Amanda C. Owens
XTC song of the day-Millions
non XTC song of the day-"You're the Best Thing"-Style Council (I have
become ridiculously besotted with Style Council/the Jam/Paul Weller of


Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 22:57:08 EDT
Subject: King - Death Cab - Elvis
Message-ID: <>

Ben Gott said:

> P.S.  The new Death Cab for Cutie album, "Transatlanticism," is
> currently rocking my world.

And I add a second to that...especially the title track, man what an
anthem.  Thanks to y'all for bringing DCFC to my attention. Didn't
think they would top "We Have The Facts..." but they did that & then
some as far as I'm concerned.  And better production this time 'round
too, I think.

The new Elvis? It's pretty, I don't hear any songs that really
stick. A bit of a disappointment after his last rocker. But hey, while
I type this he's making whoopee with Diana Krall so what cares he what
I think. Also, I tried to use my secret code to get the title track
but it didn't pan out, if anyone did get "North" and could send me the
file that would be spiffy.

And I'll add my vote for the King For A Day collection - job well done to



Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 09:50:56 +0000
From: "dunks58" <>
Subject: What a long strange trip it's being ...
Message-ID: <>

Hi Chalkers,

Another brief despatch as our mega-haul holiday draws to a close. I'm
writing from the heavenly refuge of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Sea (look
it up, or better still, visit). What a blissful place to wind up our
trip ... and megakudos to our marvellous host Bobbi Marchini.

Just wanted to mention that we did in fact get to do a bit of a jaunt
through the West Country during our final week in the UK. We passed
through Swindon (no, I didn't go and knock on anyone's door) and most
rewarding of all, got to clamber up the BIG hill and have a geek at
the Uffington Horse and the very impressive Uffington Castle. What a
view from the top!! Awesome.

I only wish I'd brought that hot-air balloon I was planning to pack,
since it is evidently the only way one can get a decent view of the
horse ... but one can hardly complain about anything else. 'Twas a big

I must also offer abject apologies to Mike Versaci and Dom Lawson for
stuffing up our planned meeting in London ... mea culpa -- it's what
the neuroscientists call a "cueing error" -- Mike said 'meet at Burger
King', I thought he said 'McDonalds' and so I spent 45 minutes
standing in the wrong place. Time to whip out that deed poll and
change my name back to "mud".

Nevertheless I managed to redeem myself sufficiently to meet Mike the
next day and what a gent he is. Another real highlight of the
trip. Thanks Mike!

On a very tenuous Swindon-related note, I also had the chance to
indulge my Isambard Kingdom Brunel obsession, visiting the Thames
Tunnel, the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol (you MUST go there -
'spectacular' is barely sufficient) and passing by the equally
impressive Saltash Bridge. What a nerd. I am wearing my IKB t-shirt
right now. (Anoraks ahoy!).

It's been a great trip and all the better for meeting so many
Chalkfriends, which are memories I'll treasure. I think I can't wait
to hear the results of the Washington jam, although the prospect of
hearing my own voice on tape for the first time is kinda scary.

Hope all is well with all. I look forward to getting hold of "Wish
List" real soon. Dukes Redux? Exxxxxcellent! (Who is that firebrand,




Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2003 14:47:21 -0700
From: "WAYNE KLEIN" <>
Subject: Fuzzy Wasn't very fuzzy was he?
Message-ID: <>


Now that I've caught up on bills I actually had a chance to purchase
Fuzzy Warbles 3 & 4 (I had only heard a friend's copies until now). First
impressions---I like 3 better than 4 although the inclusion of the James
and the Giant Peach track, Blue Beret (not a favorite but a good song
nonetheless) and The Art Song almost make it as strong a contender.

So now with the inclusion of the many Nonsuch tracks here I almost have a
complete demo album for that album (I've combined them with
Gribouillage).  Now my question (and maybe those of you on a first name
basis with Colin can answer this) is why the Bungalow demo wasn't
included on the Coat boxed set?

Any chance that Colin might slap together a two disc demos album and
release it on Andy's label (now that would be interesting--Colin signed
to Andy's label!). I'm not always a huge fan of demos (depends on the
sound quality, how it compares to the final version, differences, etc.)
but I believe that Colin probably could scrape together at least a single
disc compilation of his stuff.

Took a listen to the remastered edition of Punch the Clock and, yes, it's
still one of EC's weakest efforts. The songs just don't hold up as well
(although the best songs certainly compare well). Everyday I Write The
Book, The World and His Wife, Shipbuilding, The Invisible Man, Mouth
Almighty, Pills and Soap all hold up pretty well.

Not that I like to play this game but I was just curious (and it will
open up and interesting debate if anyone decides to answer it) , but if
Elvis Costello is English equiv of Dylan, then what does that make Andy
and Colin?  Would Andy be the Brian Wilson? John Lennon? Paul McCartney?
Ray Davies, etc.

Yes, it's a waste of time but, hey, not all time should be used well...


Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2003 18:36:03 -0600
From: Chris Vreeland <>
Subject: Boycott the RIAA
Message-ID: <>

	and welcome to my yearly ramble.

Due to recent events, I feel that it's time for a major-label boycott.
Consumers and musicians alike have put up with much from the RIAA and
their ilk over the years because of our love for the music, but I say
now, with the suing of file-traders, the situation has turned ugly
enough that we need to basically say "no more." Intimidating your
customer-base is really a Mob tactic, if you think about it.

The RIAA represents the major record labels who for 50 years have
stolen artist's copyrights, pushed shady contracts with horrid royalty
schemes, cooked the books, underpaid what little royalties were
actually due artists, often refused to release albums that were
recorded, and refused to return the copyrights of these recordings to
their rightful owners, or release unsatisfied and unhappy artists from
unprofitable contracts-- the list of practically criminal misdeeds by
the recording industry can and has filled books.

I have absolutely no patience or sympathy for these criminals.  I am,
however, sorry that artists might be missing out on their miniscule
share of royalties as a result of a decline in album sales, but the
truth of the matter is that filesharing is not the only reason sales
have declined. It is a contributing factor in a complex situation, and
nobody can really say with ANY certainty how many sales were lost as a
result of downloading. Let's look at some of the other possible factors:

1. More used copies available for sale.
2. The initial rush to replace vinyl collections with CDs has largely
got to be over.
3. The economy is probably responsible for at least 5% of the decline.
4. Legal technology-- People with CDs backed up on their computer have
a recourse if their orig. copy gets damaged, and less are getting
damaged, due to people taking burned backups or MP3 players out of the
house instead of originals.
5. The homogenization of major label artist's stables due to
consolidation in the industry, resulting in less choice.

There's probably more, but that list alone could negate illegal copying
and swapping, statistically.

Sure, some people might have bought if downloads weren't available, but
others might not have. And quite a few sales were MADE to people who
downloaded, then went and got the album because they liked a song.
There's no way to reconcile downloads with declining sales figures.
They've had their heads buried in the sand for ten years when they
should have been embracing new technology and the internet in an effort
to build a business model there, and they're making us consumers pay
for their shortsightedness.

The other side of the RIAA's coin is so-called "copy-protected" disks.
They figure that by denying you the right to play your music on a
computer, they will also keep that music from being pirated. They're
swimming upstream against the "hacking" community, which so far has
defeated the first two copy-protection schemes with-- get this-- either
a well-placed line drawn with a sharpie, or by holding down the shift
key when inserting the disk, thus defeating the driver it attempts to
sneak onto your machine.

You may recall that "Copy Protected" disks aren't even CDs, if you ask
Phillips, who holds the trademark to the term "Compact Disc." I suggest
that any copy-protected recordings be returned to the retailer as

Just so we know who to boycott, here's a sampling of the main labels
owned by the "big 5." Note that this list does not iclude an entire
host of minor subsidieries of each of their main groups.


Def Jam Music Group
MCA Nashville
Mercury Records
Mercury Nashville
Lost Highway
Universal Motown Records Group
Deutsche Grammophon
Verve Music Group

Sony Music:

Sony Music Nashville
Legacy Recordings
Sony Music International (active in over 67 countries through its
network of wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensees)
Sony Classical

Time Warner:

Warner Bros.
WB Nshville
World Records
Chappell Music


RCA Victor
Windham Hill
Jive Records
J Records

EMI Records:

Blue Note

Let us celebrate the independent musician, instead. Power to the Ani
DiFrancos, Mike Keneallys and XTC's of the world. It's their oyster, at
this point. Buy something from and independent artist today. They're
everywhere, and they get to keep most of the profit, instead of having
to split it 10/90 with the AR guy and producer.

Lastly, to put my money where my mouth is, here's a free song for ya,
courtesy, me. Please, download, copy, burn and share with wanton

Chris "Ya Basta" Vreeland


Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 16:15:37 EST
Subject: Confidential to the The Morningwood Brothers' Auxilary
Message-ID: <>

....Quit your day jobs!

Claque Picks Track to Click -- Mix Packs Licks, Tricks & Chicks
"Sub-phucking-lime" Says Stunned Hapless Goober

Squirreled away amid the Good, the Bad, and the Fugly in the tall
grass that is the King for a Day collection is a Bauble of
Wonderfulness, the kind of thing that makes me weak in the knees with
jealousy while making me glad I'm a member of a race of beings that
can create something so ding-dong purty.

This thing of which I rave is the version of "Then She Appeared" done
by the Morningwood Brothers' Auxiliary. Immaculately produced,
beautifully rearranged for acoustic instruments, and sung by a (by my
count) quartet of celestial beings. (Invite them over, they can all
sit on my lap, thereby testing the age-old question: How many angels
can fit on a pinhead?)

The thing is very slightly country, folky, relaxed -- yes, pastoral,
even, but pastoral in the sense that we mean it on *this* side of the
Atlantic. Easy on the Constable, heavy on the Grant (Morning)
Wood. Nice "Pet Sounds" cop in the middle, there: the sort of thing
that has to be executed perfectly if it is to be done at all -- and,
natch, it is. Think Nickel Creek without all the Hobbit crap and
you're in the neighborhood.

Have I fawned enough? Seek it out, folks: Filed under "T." Then She
Appeared.  Morningwood Brothers' Auxiliary. May they prosper and
multiply. If you're still within the sound of this post, give me a
call, kidz, let's talk management.

Harrison "The name's gotta go, though" Sherwood


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