This notoriously visually cagey cat has been cajoled into going on telly today, so I'm racing to write!
Wednesday January the 30th ~
In between the shooting and screening I've a serious amount of musical mixing to do - beginning with the usual 5 or so hours from 10PM for Swingin' at the Speakeasy. Mary Heart's band are live til 10 from 7 so get there early to cut a rug. It's all free!
Thursday January the 31st ~
I'm back at Palmer & Co the next day - tryin' to make hay after my week away. I pledge to play sultry songs for smokin' lingerie lasses and the rivetted workers who watch them. 10 til 3 and free again.
Friday February the 1st ~
By Friday I'll be casting a wry eye as the pace picks up above the Marly Bar - relaying yet another free 5 hour set - from 7PM til midnight.
Saturday February the 2nd ~
Saturday appears deceptively simple, if not entirely innocent. First a rare guest-free edition of Jack Off between 3 and 5PM on FBi Radio.
Listen back here if you missed the sublime live performances by Luluc and Roger Knox last week.
Afterwards I've a small private birthday party for a mate in a Kings Cross gallery. Pry and fry!
Sunday February the 3rd ~
Come Sunday I'll bounce over to Laneway Festival for my annual set in their PIP Bar. If yr heading to the Sydney College of the Arts at Callan park - and have access to the cool and hallowed space within - you'll hear me spin there from half three til 5PM.
Oddly enough this almost exactly coincides with the initial airing of the aforementioned television show - where I was imported as a 'festival veteran'. True, there have been a few. I'm grateful to all of them for showing such ardent opposition to ageism!
Writing from across the ditch in Aotearoa today. Got a gig in the main town square of Auckland tomorrow - then I fly back home on Invasion Day.
There are many differences here, most for the better, though the worst white behaviour remains.
As the poster-nations of 'Western Civilisation' (the US and UK) teeter on the brink of intractable, as-yet-undeclared, civil wars - bred equally of arrogance and apathy - it's apparent that evil continues to prevail on this corroded old globe.
In the face of sinister violence and manipulation those of us with more empathetic aspirations do harder yards, striving through the incremental process of creatively building consensus.
Some would say we're pushing shit up hill - and let's face it we may not prevail - but it's better than letting it slide. We wake, we clean, we remake.
Friday January the 25th ~
Long-term readers would know my love of this country - and recall almost-annual pilgrimages to play here.
I've come early to visit recent-returnee Rich (who used to run my fave bar ever, Mighty Mighty in Wellington) and family. They've traded Bondi for the Bay of Islands - taking a huge turn from city life by purchasing a jet ski tour business in Paihia.
Having always found the bogan tools that ride those things such a hideous turn-off it has been bizarre to find myself stunned by the speed and freedom they provide out on the water.
On my first day here Rich ponted out the headland where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed and I ducked over for a closer look at this beautiful historic site. I've always been impressed that any treaty was signed here - yet since researching further I've discovered that it was followed by countless betrayals. A bitter duplicity, so typical of the way colonial power manifested across this planet.
I'm not sure how these threads will knit together when I play a four hour set from 5 for Auckland Live in Aotea Square tomorrow. It's a very central and public performance, happening for free at the beginning of a long weekend. Hopefully it will be faithful and fun - stirring soles and souls.
Saturday January the 26th ~
There will be scant hours for sleep prior to a dawn flight back - and after a reset at home I'll be broadcasting a vital counterpoint to the pathetic posturing of our thwarted bogan nationalists.
In this endeavour I'll be joined by sublime and sensitive expatriates Luluc - who have kindly deigned to come in and play for us after their sole Sydney gig on Friday evening.
They will be followed by a rare return visit from indigenous icon: the Koori King of Country, the Black Elvis - Roger Knox, fresh from his 2.40PM set at Yabun in Victoria Park.
Jack Off airs from 3 til 5PM on FBi Radio.
Directly afterwards I'll be hopping the nearest cab to Bondi Beach, where I will stir as much original indigenous music as possible into a sweet and subtle cross-generational set on the balcony of Hotel Ravesis between 5.30 and 8PM. Entry is free.
Sunday January the 27th ~
Lastly, my swim-sodden feet will trudge towards the verdant pastures of the Petersham Bowling Club - seeking to conjure a communal respite for people of all ages prior to their weekday routine resuming.
Find us all there, soaking up the cool breeze by the greens, from 3 til 6PM. It's always free.
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!