Sure sonic footholds for perilous positions.
Tuesday January the 14th ~
Celebrate the belated lifting of the city's lockouts with Christa Hughes' C-Bombs (featuring the astronomical rhythm section from The Cruel Sea) plus Suzie St James, Melissa Evans and moi at the Hollywood Hotel for free from 7PM til late.
Wednesday January the 15th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy revives the roaring twenties with the ice cool Crawish Po' Boys live from 7 til 10, Pia Andersen on the decks between sets, then old Shitty heating things up all the way til close at 3 or 4 or whatever o'clock.
Saturday January the 18th ~
Jack Off goes rogue with another unmoored immersion in the liquid language of music from 3 til 5PM.
Thence we drop science for pure hokum in the salubrious surrounds of Jacoby's Tiki Bar in Enmore, rendering a 5 hour set for the heads from 9PM til 2AM. See things differently. Entry be forever free.
Sunday January the 19th ~
Lastly we emerge from below bars and ascend the stairs to the stars, taking to the rooftop of the Imperial Hotel for another instalment of our monthly musical mirage.
This bracket is even more distended - being 6 hours in length from 2PM on. It'll be free, freaky, fab and fresh - a perfect place to land this Sunday.
Medical music for the clear-eyed and full-hearted.
Wednesday January the 8th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy is back and bubbling over with life-affirming infusions that will uplift even staid souls laid low by the ennui of old.
As this century's twenties kick into gear we can only hope the vim and zest of last time will be reprised. Sure as shit ain't no time to lose!
Join us at Palmer & Co each Wednesday from 7 til 10PM for three sets of live music (from Andy Baylor and band tonight) with Pia Andersen plying her trade in vintage tunes on the decks, then my bad self all the way til close at around 3AM. It's forever free.
Saturday January the 11th ~
Jack Off has been eviscerating our piss-ant pollies and broadcasting eerie improvised live fare that entirely matches our unique emergency and toxic atmosphere. You can listen back here.
This week we had hoped to have our only guest from the virtually stripped-of-music Sydney Festival program (William Tyler was originally confirmed for next week's program but was later cancelled by organisers) in Regurgitator's crazy kids project the Pogogo Show - however a vastly more vital cause has interceded at the last minute, as they prepare to play this Bushfire Appeal Concert at the Metro.
You can still get tickets for their shows at the Spiegeltent between Friday and Sunday and I strongly suggest parent who want to crack up as much as their kids get on it. Hopefully we'll find a time to share the air on the wireless in future.
So Saturday's show remains a mystery. Usually this allows whatever bubbles to the top to best reflect the moment - and fuck me are we amidst a moment.
I hope you are hanging in there despite the carnage and the fear. Community is coming to the fore - and perhaps in an equally unprecedented (and imperative) manner. Please always feel free to send word by reply here or via any other means you wish.
We will get through this.
2020 vision/s in a time of mortal peril. Birds sing of crisis. Leaders flee. How do we even begin?
Friday January the 3rd ~
After escaping the usual frame via a sober and sedate NYE so as to head into the new era with as clear a head as possible, it is curious that my week is essentially a reprise of the last of last year.
It starts with an epic bracket of exotica, anthems and curios at Jacoby's Tiki Bar - all the way from 9PM til as late as 2AM. This is possibly the only joint in town still going off despite the exodus and apocalypse. It's a true tonic. Entry is always free.
Saturday January the 4th ~
On Saturday I'm stoked to welcome ex Captain Ahab member and current Clipping mainstay Jonathan Snipes to Jack Off on the station that (a few years back) placed the Clipping song Wriggle on playlisted rotation one week - before banning presenters from playing it the next!
Jonathan is here to soundtrack the Sydney Festival production Joan Didion's The White Album. He will treat us to a live performance of some improvised noise and ambience somewhere between 3 and 5PM.
Sunday January the 5th ~
Thence it's back to balmy Bondi for a dip in the turquoise sea and a three-hour set at Anchor Bar and Restaurant, right at the top of Campbell Parade.
My dear mate Martin (Purple Sneakers founder PhDJ) tipped me to this joint recently - and as I had far more time on my hands over the break than usual I thought I'd reach out about possibly playing a set there.
Little did I know that the owner Steve has been a huge fan of my radio show for countless years. Nor that the staff are amazingly musically-literate across the board (though somehow long-term manager Ayla had never heard her namesake song by Flash and the Pan).
We all enjoyed last Sunday so much that we're doing it all over again, particularly to farewell Ayla during her final shift. Have a dip then pop up for dinner. It's absolutely free. The air is pure and cool. Atmosphere ace. 6 til 9PM. See you then!