We began this year by going back to the future on Free Broadcast Incorporated. If you wanna hear direct from one one of the few people (beyond the founders of the proposed Universal Power World Society) to have seen the infamous (now-completed) Western Sydney abode above listen back here.
Wednesday January the 9th ~
Too much gothic golf laid me up in bed from Saturday on, after quite severely injuring my lower back.
I'm mainly mobile again though - so consequently you'll find me christening this year's first Swingin' at the Speakeasy tonight from 10PM (directly after Wes Pudsey and the Sonic Aces and DJ Pia Andersen) til close at around 3AM. Palmer & Co is always fabulous fun - and forever free.
Friday January the 11th ~
As Friday night falls the s(l)ick sport continues - with a one-off return to deejaying up on the smokers' balcony of The Rose, so as to entertain a ridiculous retinue of reprobates celebrating the umpteenth birthday of local music-man Le Stoltz.
It's a private party in a public place, so crash it! Will be far more wild than a regular night in Erko I can assure you - and the sounds I spin between 7 and 11 will be pumped throughout all levels of the joint anyway. Like everything this week, it's free!
Saturday January the 12th ~
On Saturday I'm honoured to be welcoming one of Earth's most sublime harpists to the FBi studios, as Mary Lattimore joins us all the way from LA.
Mary is performing three concerts at the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre for Sydney Festival, where her harp will be amplified via speakers submerged in the pool, so attendees will literally be swimming in the sound she creates.
These events are long sold-out so do not miss this precious opportunity to hear from a consummate artist, live on Jack Off between 3 and 5PM.
Afterwards I'll be experimenting with an even-broader-than-usual sonic pallette as I play a free five-hour-long set from 7PM upstairs at The Marly.
Sunday January the 13th ~
Sunday affords an ideal context to experience another warm and sunny weekend, with the Petersham Bowling Club open again for 2019.
I missed the chance to settle in by the greens with songs for all and sundry in December, so I'm stoked to be performing on the first Sunday of the year.
Bring yr dogs, yr kids, yr mates and kick back with some of their ever-rotating tap beers. It's a great chance to relax and relate amongst a heartening slice of our people. Hope to see you there!
Ice-cold options to keep you cool through what's left of this heatwave, from this year til the next.
Tuesday January the 1st ~
Start 2019 high on (a) high - with another of the Imperial Hotel's infamous day-after-the-night-before Hung AF parties.
Doors to this rooftop paradise open at midday. Entry is free. Happy hour(s) kick in from 3 - when I begin to spin my 5-hour-long set.
The forecast is mercifully slightly cooler. There are air conditioned indoor rooms and umbrella-shaded rooftop spaces to choose from - all of which are linked with quality sound. See you there!
Friday January the 4th ~
Ascend the stairs again on Friday evening and you'll find me playing Upstairs at the Marly (previously known as Miss Peaches).
Once again there's the choice of indoor air con or a beautiful balcony with a view of King Street's busiest corner. Half 9 til midnight. Free!
Saturday January the 5th ~
Jack Off begins the year with a bang, fizz and warped wail as the ultra-accomplished David Chesworth joins us to play a few of his 50 Synthesiser Greats live in the studio between 3 & 5.
Whatever yr up to this week I wish you peace, prosperity, health and happiness.
Take care out there!
A healing retreat for silly seasonal hysterics.
Wednesday December the 19th ~
It's the final Swingin' at the Speakeasy for the year and we're going out with a bang! Mary Heart and band will be tearing it up live from 7 til 10 with Pia Andersen on the decks between sets.
Thence you've my malarkey from 10PM all the way til at least 3AM. Shit has been getting cray cray down at Palmer and Co. of late. If you wanna cut loose mid-week in Sydney this is yr last and best chance for 2018. As ever, it's utterly free!
Saturday December the 22nd ~
Our final live guests for the year on Jack Off are up there with the best yet.
First we will hear a new collaboration between Dean Manning and Stella Mozgawa - then we welcome both Darren Hanlon and Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) to the FBi airwaves.
Olive is a respected elder from the remote WA community of Wangkatjungka and this is her first tour of the east coast. I can't wait to hear her raw and soaring gospel songs ring out over Sydney and surrounds. They will be a spiritual tonic, gracefully countering the capitalist mania that consumes community each Christmas.
Soon afterwards I'll be sailing through uncertain waters to Misfits in Redfern. The last year or two as a resident there has been a real pleasure - and I felt it was building towards being a more integrated hub of conviviality as time went by. However the new manager has informed all existing deejays that we may not be a part of future programming.
So if you'd like to experience the place functioning in the same witty and warm way it has of late, best duck in this Saturday evening somewhere between half 7 and midnight. I aim to keep my signal strong - and it would certainly help to have a friend or two present during the process. Entry is free.
Whilst the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune have been flying thick and fast recently the enlightened staff and punters at The Imperial have been making life rather a delight. Sunday arvo on the roof was so much fun that I've been asked to play New Years Day from 3 til 8PM up top too.
I know we don't usually flag occasions so far in advance but it will naturally be rammed and wild so if yr planning to kick on, or just bypass the NYE bullshit by basking in the absurd energy of NYD, consider making a booking now. It's divine and diverse up there - a silver lining in the sky. Free!
Took a beautiful road trip out to Molong - over the mountains one day and back via back roads south (then north) the next. Was a little window of liberty and luck, as you can no-doubt see.
Coming home has been harsh however. Sydney's perpetual devaluation of culture continues to wreak havoc. On top of an errant NYE issue, I've just lost a valuable and promising residency at one venue due to changed management deciding to import their own crew before even listening to what we've built for the community there over a year or so thus far. Suddenly having the rug pulled out from under you at this time of year is a cruel blow.
Discussing the closure of the World Bar on ABC Local with Robbie Buck and Wendy Harmer the other day really brought home to me how much this city has devolved. During my 5 til 7PM Friday residency there almost every track I played had either been released that week or was yet to be available publicly. Most came from our city, our country. Sounds and songs from countless genres were invariably welcomed by everyone: old diggers and residents; nurses just off work; kids heading out to party.
That would simply never happen here now. Not because multiple layers of society wouldn't embrace fresh local culture though, only because of paralysing institutional timidity. Even already successful venues owned by the handful of companies that rule nightlife in Sydney largely contract further and further into a handful of hackneyed hits til there is very little left to differentiate one place from another. It's a tragic abdication of ambition and representation, that patronises punters and cements our woeful reputation as a global embarrassment.
I'm still profoundly grateful to have the freewheeling career in music that I do - but dead-set it is becoming near-impossible to maintain my complete commitment to it and feed a family.
Wednesday December the 12th ~
It seems fitting that I'm guiding you to a sandstone cellar above the Tank Stream under this picture of Cox's Rd, which was the first passable track built between Sydney and Bathurst. Incredibly just 30 men, later lauded (justifiably) as heroes, cleared and built it (including multiple bridges) in 6 months.
Celebrate in timeless style as Miss Pia's Swing Combo play 7 til 10, before I spin from then til 3AM. Swingin' at the Speakeasy is always free.
Friday December the 14th ~
I'll be enjoying a creative and thematic respite from the usual haunts during my annual contribution to the APRA AMCOS Xmas party, this time a garden affair in lush surrounds I've long wanted to see.
Saturday December the 15th ~
Jess Locke sings live on Jack Off between 3 and 5PM.
Thence there's a free two-hour-long seaside set from 10.30, on the ground floor of Bondi's Hotel Ravesis.
Sunday December the 16th ~
I saw constellations on the ceiling of this cave, deep below the earth. As above, so below.
So what will we discover at Imperial Up between 3 and 8PM this Sunday? Something free. Something me.
Stay cool in the uppermost atmospheres this summer.
Tuesday December the 4th ~
Ascend incrementally then mirror mountains. Enduring audio images available over an epic 8 hour set from 7PM til close at 3AM at Palmer & Co. All for free!
Friday December the 7th ~
Drift ever closer to the beyond at Miss Peaches. Mysterious live acts play three sets from 8. I'm interspersed after 9.30 and spin til midnight. Free.
Saturday December the 8th ~
Jack Off is honoured to transmit the final interview of the founding line-up brilliant Sydney band Bloods - featuring FBi Radio legend Sweetie, as she gears up for her final bracket with the band. Tune in after 3PM for emotional exchanges akimbo.
Afterwards I'll be applying myself exclusively to another huge birthday party at Lazybones.
As the final droopy blossoms of the Jacarandas fall to earth - and the white-out of summer gets set to wash Spring's vibrant colours away (til next time) I bid you a safe journey across the crevices of time.
Music and mixing in actual reality at home & beyond.
Wednesday November the 28th ~
Fire flies find the secret sanctuary that is Swingin' at the Speakeasy for live fare from 7, thence recordings of merit to move to after 10. There's food (and delicious drinks) til 3AM. Free.
Friday November the 30th ~
Set forth and boldly trek towards The Cutaway in The Rocks for the umpteenth Finders Keepers summer market. I kick off the musical programming with a two hour bracket from midday but there are multiple other selectors and live artists to imbibe whilst you peruse the wares of the makers present.
Later that evening I'll double-down on the DJ front - performing a gratuitous (well, it's free) five hour long set at Miss Peaches in Newtown. Change is a foot. Shake it before you break it!
Saturday December the 1st ~
Jack Off trudges on with terrific tenacity. Check last week's program featuring the effusive energy of The Grates for evidence - or experience Ella Thompson live between 3 & 5 this Saturday arvo.
After nightfall I'll materialise in the salubrious surrounds of The Paddington to play a gratis series of songs between 10PM and 1AM. Ingest and enjoy!
Sunday December the 2nd ~
I could be a little addled by Sunday but at least I'll be within paces of fresh, life-giving, harbour air as I do the closing set of Finders Keepers from 3.30 til 5PM. Turn up by 2.30 for Moniker live too!
Colourful conniptions for curious cats and that.
Wednesday November the 21st ~
Swing into the city's subterranean Speakeasy for live music by The Faculties from 7 til 10PM - then dated discs from my collection til 3. It's free!
Saturday November the 24th ~
Expand endlessly outwards in time and space, enveloping all that precedes and post-dates us simultaneously, via the magic of radio.
After the eccentric hilarity of England's Wreckless Eric last week - this time around we welcome the infectious energy of Brisbane legends The Grates.
Beyond their Tea Room and Craft Tent creativity Patience in particular continues to inspire with everything from her podcasts to social media - always keeping it real and from the heart throughout the exhausting erosion of caring for young kids.
Tune into Jack Off between 3 and 5PM for the very first live sample of the band, prior to the debut gig of their reformation tour that evening.
Afterwards wayward souls looking for a free space to imbibe music oughtta make a bee-line for Redfern's Misfits, where I'll spin a hefty free set of sweet and sordid sound from half 7 through til midnight.
Sunday November the 25th ~
Sunday unites the somewhat unlikely combo of pizza and greens via an even-more-all-ages affair at the Petersham Bowlo. Inside you'll find The 3'n'3 Jazz Combo, The Rollin' Rockers, Burralow, The Likes of You and The Sticker Club launching the latter's new album as part of It's A Family Affair.
Outside in the open air I'll be celebrating the beauty of Spring in our city - knowing that by the next time I play the last purple petals will have fallen from the Jacarandas that have dabbed vibrant colour across our lush landscape of late. It's free to come, converse, listen and layabout.
A step-by-step manual for keeping it together at home - and beyond yr grey gardens - this week.
Friday November the 16th ~
At this one moment - at this one time of the year - the incredibly narrow laneway that leads to Palmer & Co is lit (for just a few minutes) by the sun.
It was staggering for me, after all these years, to see it so. If you brave the CBD streets around the 5PM start of my free three-hour set this Friday def don the shades as you too will experience this!
Saturday November the 17th ~
Ingest yr everything because local heroes Mezko are going to cover Downhearted by Aussie Crawl on Jack Off - before UK iconoclast Wreckless Eric travels the Whole Wide World to serenade us with his strange songs and stories too. Tune in between 3 and 5PM!
Sunday November the 18th ~
By Sunday I'll be recovering from playing (and partying at) a friend's bent birthday party the night prior. Lucky for me then that I'm heading to Sydney's most sustainably stylish yet terrifically trashy Sunday arvo destination: Imperial Up!
Join me for just the second of my monthly residencies atop this priceless community hub. I absolutely loved playing for such a relaxed and ridiculous crowd of revellers last time .
It's a stunning space and truly feels like a parallel universe while yr up there, which is just what the doctor ordered by that stage of the weekend. I'll spin a hefty five hour set of tunes that will mirror the crowd in diversity and drama.
Swing by - especially if you haven't checked it out yet. We run from 3 til 8PM and it's entirely free.
Vast swathes / tiny traces. Peculiar patterns of moving pictures / sequences of cinematic sound.
Wednesday November the 7th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy swaddles the knowing night owls of Sydney deep beneath the dark city streets.
Wild worlds unfold live for free from 7 til 10PM, via the Aston Martinis plus Pia on deck(s). Thence this old salt spins - til as late as 3.30AM.
With a couple of days on a South Coast river-mouth luring me from early the next morning I will be up and atom. A free & fearless fusion of song & dance.
Saturday November the 10th ~
I probably would have bailed on the show for another few nights off the grid were it not for some sublime guests and a wonderful wedding in the offing at my favourite bowlo. Thus I'll drive back up to the big smoke in time to kill two birds.
Jack Off will be jammed from the get-go at 3. Irish duo Saint Sister were slated to perform a voice and harp (joy of joys) piece for us live - then cancelled due to some intransigent timing at an Irish Festival gig due later in the evening. Said fest was clearly not advised of the perils of crossing our clear-cut confirmation process and was duly cancelled in it's entirety for that day. Thus we get to enjoy pure frequencies on air after all!
Immediately after that incantation evaporates the brilliant Batts will fly in to the studio to regale us with her magical music. We are spoilt for voice I tell ya. Catch you out there kids!
New age action for old age animals. All being free.
Wednesday October the 31st ~
Skip along to Swingin' at the Speakeasy for One Frightful Night of deadset debauchery.
Mary Heart plays live between 7 and 10 with 'Fear' Andersen on the decks between sets. I spin in sinistereo from then til the coffin closes at 3AM.
Friday November the 2nd ~
As above so bellow! Tinker with birds and bones from below and beyond - beginning in the subterranean sandstone of Palmer and Co from 5 til 8PM.
Then ascend to the art deco upper floor of The Marley for a 9.30 til midnight bracket of bright and broken music at Miss Peaches.
Saturday November the 3rd ~
Necrotic Newy duo The Gooch Palms return to Jack Offon FBi Radio, as our 15th Birthday Party gets into swing over at Manning House. Sadly my mooted set for Heaps Gay couldn't be squeezed into the narrow window I had free but we'll cross live for an overview on what's unfolding between 3 and 5.
Afterwards I'm keen to continue to ramp up the ever-escalating vibes at Misfits in Redfern with a psychedelic spell of immortal audio, from 7.30 all the way til midnight.
Flake and cry.
Skate and die!