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Subject: Chalkhills Digest #9-58

          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 9, Number 58

                 Sunday, 7 December 2003


                    Re: King For A Day
                 Top 10's... well, almost
                     The Eyre Affair
                     Misheard Lyrics?
                  Re: My Top 10 For 2003
                    Albums of the year
              Hi. I'm not home right now....
           Top 10's... well, almost (Part two)
                    re: let me clarify


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Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 09:54:43 -0800
Subject: Re: King For A Day
Message-ID: <>

-mk- wrote:

>I'd be interested to hear how many of us have taken the time to burn
>the entire collection onto a set of discs, and how they went about doing
>For myself, I used the random order file with some extras added here and
>there (the X-StaTiC and Cobweb Theatre tracks that the bands have so kindly
>offered up on their sites). Seven discs in total, and the general flow is
>outstanding - you know, there really isn't a dull moment over the entire

I too am quite pleased with my King For A Day collection. There is
something endearing about listening to other fans' interpretations of
your favorite music.

As for burning new files: DVD/Audio players are cheaper and cheaper
now... AND most play mp3... just pop that mp3 compilation in and we've
got all 134 tracks ready to go (in alphabetical order).

Another Steve


Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 10:10:04 -0800
From: "Thomas Vest" <>
Subject: Top 10's... well, almost
Message-ID: <>

hello chalkfriends

As saw from this mornings e-mail, it is time to compile our lists for top
recordings (your favorites) for the year.  Without further ado, here are my
top 15 (in order):

1  Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham.....Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham
2  Neil Young & Crazy Horse.....Greendale
3  A Perfect Circle.....Thirteenth Step
4  Visqueen.....King Me
5  The Darkness.....Permission To Land
6  Talk To Her.....Original Score
7  Al Green.....I Can't Stop
8  The Shins.....Chutes Too Narrow
9  Yo La Tengo.....Summer Sun
10 Andy Partridge.....Fuzzy Warbles 4
11 The Jayhawks.....Rainy Day Music
12 Rufus Wainwright.....Want One
13 Fountains of Wayne.....Welcome Interstate Managers
14 Van Morrison.....What's Wrong With This Picture?
15 Interpol.....Turn On the Bright Lights

I know a few of these titles came out in late 2002, but I did not hear them
until after the 1st of the year and a few of them had no impact at in '02
but blew up in 2003 (Interpol anyone?).

Just for kicks,I am also including my top movie picks for the year as I
imagine some of you like to catch a flick now and then:

1  Lost In Translation
2  The Station Agent
3  Mystic River
4  Kill Bill Volume 1
5  Finding Nemo
6  City of God
7  Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
8  28 Days Later
9  A Mighty Wind
10 American Splendor

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, 21 Grams, Big Fish, The Cooler &
Elephant have not been released where I live (recently moved to Phoenix and
dammit, I miss San Francisco) but they are high on my list of holiday movies
to see.

Hope you all have had a good 2003.

I wish you all peace and happiness for the New Year to come.

All the best


PS>  Travis Schulz wrote about Miles Davis in the last e-mail.  Travis, if
you have not bought Miles Davis- Gil Evans (The Complete Columbia
Recordings) or the Miles Davis Quintet 1965-68 box sets, then check them
out.  As they both are 6 cd sets, you can imagine they are pricey... but
without a doubt, incredible.


Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2003 11:29:49 -0500
From: "James Michael Isaacs" <>
Subject: The Eyre Affair
Message-ID: <>


I have been reading a rather strange novel recently by a fellow named
Jasper Fforde, called "The Eyre Affair".  It is a sort of Douglas
Adams-ish parallel universe sort of detective story (although far from
being Dirk Gently-ish).  Anyway, most of the story takes place in none
other than Swindon.  Has anyone else read this tome?  I haven't
finished it, so I would hesitate to recommend it.  Maybe someone else
can?  I keep waiting for Andy or Colin to hop in and solve the crime.

Yours in literature,


Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 13:44:43 -0500
From: Benjamin Gott <>
Subject: Misheard Lyrics?
Message-ID: <>


Do we know about this site?

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 21:36:56 -0800
From: Don Pennington <>
Subject: Re: My Top 10 For 2003
Message-ID: <>

In continously rotating positions here's my 2003 Top Ten ... in
alphabetical order ...

Bur - Tank
Ry Cooder + Manuel Galban - Mambo Sinuendo
Elbow - Cast of Thousands
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Everyone desreves Music
Manitoba - Up in Flames
MC Honky - I Am The Messiah
New Pornographers - Electric Version
NITS - 1974
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site



Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2003 14:27:42 +0000
From: "Paul Culnane" <>
Subject: Albums of the year
Message-ID: <>

Always a fraught thing, these end-of-year lists.  Can't do a top ten, sorry.

Outright winner for me: "Welcome Interstate Managers" by Fountains Of Wayne.
It's got all the ingredients - wit, pop-craft, fat guitar riffs, melody,
harmony.  I like the way each song is up tight to each other, it's loud and
tough, like Weezer was last year.  Turn it up, it's supreme.  If you don't
like it, yer gettin' old man!

Then again, honourable mention should go to the the slinky, silky bit of
sophisticated funk that is Steely Dan's "Everything Must Go".  Lovely.  And
it's not just because I personally witnessed a strange chicken-frug from our
friend Dunks in my lounge-room, to its irresistible strains (must admit, I
was shakin' my booty too).  This thing is close to what XtC might do if our
heroes decided to strap on their gats and get their goddam freak on!

PS: contender is Big Heavy Stuff "Mutiny" - but that's only an EP, even
though it's longer than a full Weezer album!

Oh, alright then, I'll grab me coat, merry christmas and all that!



Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 09:36:00 -0000
From: "gary NICHOLSON" <>
Subject: Hi. I'm not home right now....
Message-ID: <000e01c3ba4a$08c54c80$f10486d9@oemcomputer>

For the first time in many years, I bought a copy of Viz magazine, the
leading UK scatalogical/puerile/surreal/satirical magazine for discerning
layabouts. (Breaks off to run into other room to turn off radio as 'H*llo'
by Lio*el Rich*e is playing). In the spoof ads section, not very well hidden
among the ads for growing your own bottom, London's largest cress superstore
and toffee apple seeds is a celebrity answerphone message ad. This features
P Diddy ("I'm calling about the blue Mondeo"), Adolf Hitler ("They can't
take that away from me") and also XTC's Andy Partridge ("Sgt Rock is
unavailable to take your call at the moment") and XTC's Colin Moulding
("We're out making plans for Nigel"). Hopefully I'm not repeating what some
other Chalkhiller/ian has already posted. Eh? Eh? Oh. (Turns radio back on
and screams in horror as 'La*y in R*d' by Chr*s De B*rgh is now playing.
What's wrong with you WIN FM?)

Be good.

Gary Nicholson


Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 07:48:07 -0800
From: "Thomas Vest" <>
Subject: Top 10's... well, almost (Part two)
Message-ID: <>

Hi again

I realized that I had happy fingers when giving the album title of my
favorite cd from last year.  L'Avventura is the name of the album by Britta
Phillips and Dean Wareham.



Oh, I heard Thanks for Christmas in the supermarket two days ago.  BIG Smile


Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 19:33:00 -0500
From: Steve Larson <>
Subject: re: let me clarify
Message-ID: <>

Hi Richard,

Just a quick response to your clarification about KFAD on Chalkhills.
I meant to write some time ago to let you know how remarkable
I found KFAD!  I was expecting some scratchy tracks on an
anonymous-looking CD-R.  What I got was a professionally packaged
product with some *great* covers (I haven't heard Mandy Moore's SWO,
but it can't possible compare to some of the tracks on KFAD).
Anyhow, your original "ads" on Chalkhills and the KFAD web site made
it abundantly clear that it was a single disk of MP3s so I can't imagine
why anyone would be surprised by this.

I just wanted to write to make sure you know that in spite of any complaints
you might have received, there are many satisfied customers out here!

Oh, and without mentioning anybody by name, well done to you Chalkhillians
who contributed to KFAD!




Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2003 23:44:32 -0800
From: Ian Dahlberg <>
Subject: recommendations
Message-ID: <>

Non-Xtc content ahead:

Once in a great while I'll find a song so cool (to me) I play it over
and over for several days. Last time it was Mike Keneally's 'Live In
Japan'. As of recently, I've discovered Nash Kato's track 'Octoroon'
from his '00 album 'Debutante.' I can't stop playing it! Nash Kato was
in Urge Overkill, and 'Debutante' I think was originally supposed to be
a UO release but ended up being Nash's solo dealie. If you have iTunes,
check out 'Octoroon', great stuff. The background vocals almost take
center stage. While at Nash's area, check out 'Cradle Robbers' and his
cover of Steely Dan's 'Dirty Work' as well. Great pop-rock.

On other fronts, I'm revamping my Xtc Riffs site, making it more
snazzy. I know I haven't updated it in forever, but I'll have some cool
stuff in a month or two.


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