Huge day and week, personally and politically. Happy to have settled in here. Paddled to a waterfall today and caught a mud crab on the full moon last night. Gotta dash to town in a tick so here goes...
Wednesday May the 18th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy hosts The Roslyn's live tonight before I sidle in to the DJ desk and assume the mantle from Pia Andersen at 10. Free tunes roll all the way til 2. It's worth a row to the CBD.
Friday May the 20th ~
After a couple of technical issues failed to prevent a collective dance uprising on the occasion of my debut DJ set at Hawke's Beer and Leisure Centre we've had selectors on hold until sound could be boosted further. That done I am stoked to announce that I'll return on election eve with a rousing set of sordid and stirring Australiana for free from half 8 til half 11. Make haste from yr rarefied idyll to the 'Ville for drinkin' dinin' and dancin'!
Saturday May the 21st ~
As voters head to the polls Jack Off will host Tassie/Melbourne mob Quivers, who - after countless COVID-related postponements - are at last in Sydney to launch their album at The Vanguard. I'm very fond of these folks and their music is world-class. Tuning in between 3 and 5PM oughtta keep the anxiety at bay until you can hit the streets for...
Good Rid Dance! Our third tri-annual exorcism of the evil that underpins so much of the political/media axis under the corrosive auspices of climate-denying capitalism in it's death-throes. We dance despite any prospective disappointment (this event's blurb is identical to last time, we know from bitter experience how justice can be snatched from hope).
We dance in defiance and solidarity with our fellow humans, with our ancestors, our descendants, all the living and dead of every form on this startling planet of paradoxical beauty and pain.
So we're doing it again. I delayed surgery to make this happen. Rain is forecast. Knowing these times another tempest will descend. Even so we will attempt to proceed.
These past three years have been precisely as appalling as I forecasted the day after the last party here but the recent concomitant chain-reactions that have radically accelerated our sense of imminent apocalyptic doom also underline why we must move fiercely, listen acutely and love with passion while we can. Meet outside The Hub at 7.
Keep election night free. Good Rid Dance returns for our tri-annual Stompin' Ground outside The Hub. Keeping the bastards dead. More detail next week.
Wednesday May the 11th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy sees The Roslyns and Pia Andersen on deck for three hours til 10 then my bad self til around 2. Gratis underground dance of yore.
Thursday May the 12th ~
Nascent lifeforms already institutionalised via NIDA and AFTRS fail to escape further acronyms during NAS NEO, a free incarceration of emerging and past art generated by current students of the form.
Experience musical variety and performance from the former and films from the latter in the Cell Block Theatre, downstairs from where I used to earn bollocks from getting nude in drafty rooms.
I top and tail the whole sordid affair, spinning sidelines in the courtyard outside from 5.30 til 8, before incinerating everything inside with an apt explosion of apocalyptic audio between 8.45 and 10.
Saturday May the 14th ~
Another weird week comes to a head this Saturday arvo as Jack Off reaches out from every auspicious orifice of FBi Radio. Following on from the wild tales of one-balled members and broke-back air guitar misadventures (courtesy of both Petes from Peter Bibby here) last week, we again restore the majesty of live music and genuine interactions to the airwaves with Mess Esque.
Mick Turner (Dirty Three, Venom P. Stinger et al) is an old mate but Helen Franzmann (McKisko) I have never met. That said neither had Mick, even after they made an album remotely during the pandemic. The end of lockdowns have at last changed that and we get to enjoy their company (and tunes) in real time between 3 and 5 before their Great Club set tonight.
Sadly I'll miss that due to my third week running at Dean and Nancy on 22, so I will just have to console myself with delicious food, stunning views, vibrant mystical musics and the finest cocktails in Australasia. If you also need consoling join me there. I play from 9 til 12.30. It's free!
Surely only seconds remain on the doomsday clock, yet we blithely continue as if life will continue to proceed normally. Here is further evidence...
Wednesday May the 4th ~
Stop yr stoopid stoopin' and cut a rug before we all get obliterated once and for all: Swingin' at the Speakeasy has always has the tone of a ball at the end of everything. Free - from 10PM til 2AM, maybe.
Saturday May the 7th ~
Jack Off welcomes only our third live guest in years, as WA's Peter Bibby joins us with tales of perilous pandemic travels across the endless plains. Catch it in real time between 3 and 5PM on FBi.
Afterwards I'll again be spinning sounds from atop the A by Adina building at Dean and Nancy on 22 - a perfect location from which to witness any incoming apocalypse. I play from 9 til 12.30. No charge.
Yep yep, really busy. Very moving. Cunt make it up!
Wednesday April the 27th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy is free and fab from 10-2.
Friday April the 29th ~
Playing a fantastic wedding by the sea at Killcare.
Saturday April the 30th ~
Jack Off weaves stories and sound between 3 and 5PM.
Dean and Nancy on 22 was beyond imagining last week: from Mexican wedding parties to staff umbrella dances; deliberately broken glasses to thematically accompany songs; going track-for-track with (owner) Stefano and (mate) Pasan from an iPad in a restaurant booth; all whilst the usual stream of unlikely celebrities and idiosyncratic humanity streams through stunned and startled.
With the other (venue manager) Stefano returning Saturday morning from a Thai bar-junket-slash-long-overdue-holiday absolutely anything could happen. Join us from 9PM til 12.30AM. We're always free!
Getting set to move offshore again, further afield still (though bizarrely closer to town). Next fortnight will be shaky and simple online here.
Wednesday April the 20th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy has Bridie King live between 7 and 10 then myself winding digital wheels til around 2 in the morn. Entry to our secret subterranean place is always free. Dress fancy.
Friday April the 22nd ~
The Gum Ball at last returns to Dashville, a family farm just outside of Belford, up in the Hunter. Definitely the best all-ages BYO music festival in NSW, this is a chance to lap up the fresh air and soak in the heat of some of the most colossal public fires you'll ever encounter.
Day one rolls through a few luminaries (like Kim Salmon after sundown) before ending up with a cray segue from Jazzparty's climactic live set into the legendary Silent Disco (as helmed by ex-Sydneysider, now Newy-based Urby and myself). It's a World (Bar) Party in the bush, from midnight til 2!
Saturday April the 23rd ~
After a diverting for front-yard echidna excursions and a wild wedding (see my footage of the supergroup who performed at the reception here), happily affording all and sundry another opportunity to experience the empathetic radiophonic style of Jonny Seymour on Jack Off last week, I return to the air (with awesome new producer Luce) between 3 & 5 this Saturday arvo, direct from forested fields up north.
Thereafter you'll find me washed and besuited atop A by Adina in the CBD to spin suave songs & twinkling tunes to the skyline at Dean and Nancy on 22. It's free of charge but wise to book. 9PM til 12.30AM.
Escape the cycle of strife via these slices of life.
Wednesday April the 13th ~
Stroll down to Swingin' at the Speakeasy then shake a tail feather free from the mire of the modern era. Live music from Queenie and The Cavaliers between 7 and 10 then yours truly til about 2. Always free.
Thursday April the 14th ~
I'll be back at Palmer & Co to sling a slightly more sedate sunset bracket from 5 til 7, just as the loooong weekend gets underway. No charge for entry.
Saturday April the 16th ~
By the weekend proper I'm kinda clocking off for once, dedicating my time to wedding high jinks and leaving our ultimate Uncle (Jonny Seymour) in charge of the signal of FBi Radio for Jack Off, 3 til 5PM.
Take care all. Plenty more to share in days to come.
Hacks to help break the skyhog night cycle of shite.
Wednesday April the 6th ~
The long-awaited return of The Roslyns was postponed just prior to last week's Swingin' at the Speakeasy but they are set to make a styling return to our strange hidden cellar tonight between 7 and 10PM. I'll spin antique audio thereafter until around 2AM. All are welcome and entry is always free.
Thursday April the 7th ~
The Powerhouse tonight celebrates its Electric Keys exhibition with a diabolical line-up of live talent including Indira Elias, Pookie, Rainbow Chan, Corin and Ziggy Ramo. I'll be playing a five hour set to theme from 4PM. Once again there is no charge.
Friday April the 8th ~
Multiple moon madness may manifest at Maybe Sammy (if last week is anything to go by) when I reprise the 9PM til 1AM set of wildly diverse musical cues for savvy drinkers and diners. Gratis!
Saturday April the 9th ~
After a revelatory return to hosting live guests (following a pandemic-driven lay off of two years) Jack Off is this week back to transmitting non-stop music alone. There are astounding artists scheduled for the weeks and months ahead but if you missed Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool, Mondo Rock et al) playing Eagle Rock live on the 50th anniversary of it's release, or Johnny (from Fascinator and Children Collide) debuting a tender new love song last week you can catch the lot on-demand here.
On Saturday night I cordially invite you to a Bondi Block Party in Dudley St, helmed by The Vidiot (who will also perform) and featuring tunes by Maya Gold from Honeytrap Sound System. Hopefully the endless tantrum from the sky might have abated a bit by then but the place will be equipped for any weather regardless. I'll play a seriously spirited set for stepping from 9 til 11. Of course it's free for all!
Too despondent to write whilst the levee is breached again in Lismore. I'm grateful for the security we have here in Sydney presently but just cannot truly contemplate the scale of suffering up north now, not to mention the deeply dire prospects for the future.
Wednesday March the 30th ~
Poor Pia has come down with the dreaded virus so The Swingin' Kitten is taking time out from her enduring care of partner Limpin' Jimmy to play the deejay brackets between The Aston Martini's live sets from 7 til 10PM for Swingin' at the Speakeasy tonight. I'll do all thereafter til 2 or so. Entry is free.
Friday April the 1st ~
Somehow Stefano from Maybe Sammy has managed to make a guest appearance in Dubai. I'm so relieved that man has at last had the reward of a (working) holiday after the last few years of toil, upheaval and postponements/cancellation.
Dunno if he'll be back by Friday but I'll be flying my freak flag high to buoy the spirits of all between 9 and 1 regardless. This too is free.
Saturday April the 2nd ~
Jack Off will likely be a purge of political pain, anger and anguish plus an incendiary escalation of personal aspiration for ethics and actions beyond. You can hear it live between 3 and 5 or on-demand whenever via FBi Radio.
My mad mate Georgia has carved out a nutty niche for herself throwing kids' discos on the Northern Beaches but since the pandemic she has been craving an adult experience of dancefloor delirium.
I could hardly say no, especially when I discovered it was to be held in the sacred space of the Newport Surf Club. If yr up that way or fancy a drive for a seaside sway at a ballistic beach ball join us for Club Boogie between sunset at 7 and midnight.
Apologies for the lack of communication of late, got myself a case of the old COVID and am just emerging.
Wednesday March the 23rd ~
First cab off the rank is Swingin' at the Speakeasy, with The Roslyns performing live from 7 til 10 then myself taking over from Pia on the decks until close around 2. Sing and dance to yr heart's content at this hidden subterranean gem. Entry is always free.
Friday March the 25th ~
As the weekend begins I'll be back in the front bar of The Paddington, spinning heartfelt pop songs of yore and deeper current cuts from across the globe. Food is fab, street view for social drinkers fine too. All welcome. No charge. 9PM til midnight.
Saturday March the 26th ~
It will be a solace to return to the FBi airwaves to host Jack Off, after you-can-never-really-retire ex Executive Producer Isabel Phillips was drafted to do a sterling job in my absence last week.
Afterwards I'll be bolting to a certain clifftop bowlo to at last enjoy the thrice-postponed US soap-themed 50th for a fantastic local film-maker.
I'm well aware that many reading this will be battling the virus as we speak and am sending you solidarity and healing hopes. Hang in there. Soon you'll be able to enjoy relative immunity and freedom for a good few months, more so than at any time in the pandemic thus far. You will prevail.
'Scuse me while I diss the sky...
Wednesday March the 9th ~
Swing at the Speakeasy from 10PM til 2AM. Free.
Thursday March the 10th ~
Thursgay at the Hotel Gosford. 6 til 10PM. Shows from Midas, Mya Motions and Anita Drink. Gratis.
Friday March the 11th ~
Maybe Sammy between 9PM and 12.30AM. No charge.
Saturday March the 12th ~
The Heaps Gay Party at the Sydney Park Brick Pits is cancelled now (not just postponed like last time), along with all the outdoor stages of the King Street Carnival, due to saturated turf and hell on Earth.
Jack Off floats on from 3 til 5PM via FBi Radio.
Dean and Nancy on 22 gets u high: 9 til 12.30. Free