Well it's to hell in a handbasket for this State of Denial now, isn't it?
Our Glad re-elected for 4 more years, whilst telling telly exposes: Morrison as inept even at basic bullying; the Libs Deputy President as a petulant intellectual infant; and gobsmacking acts of One Nation treachery (via the US arms lobby) still haven't disqualified them from receiving Coalition preferences at the next election (of course).
What an ideal week to feature Ingvar Kenne's photos of regional B&S Balls. If you wanna join me and a motley crew of art enthusiasts at the opening on Thursday you've around 24 hours to RSVP here.
Wednesday March the 27th ~
Glamazons best head to Swingin' at the Speakeasy first, initially for swing dancing to Mary Heart and band (from 7 til 10PM), then for yours poo-ly til close around 3. It's free, like all else this week.
Thursday March the 28th ~
Witness red faces and not-so-tight races during the launch of The Ball at 263 Crown Street, between 6 and 9PM. RSVP here right now and I'll catch you amongst the bedlam of beer and Aussie audio.
Cheers to the champs at Pool Collective for funding strange and sincere projects that others wouldn't dream up in a pink fit. I love playing for them.
Friday March the 29th ~
I'll be making my debut at an especially apt location the day after, via an extended early set at Sydney Brewery in Slurry Hills.
Drop by for sidewinding songs and bitter beverages between 3.30 and 7.30. Begin yr weekend with gusto!
Saturday March the 30th ~
Saturday is a triple-header, so actually pretty serene compared to last week frankly.
We begin amidst a musical oasis, as Jack Off is guest-less this time around. Let's see what waltzes out of the fog on FBi Radio betwixt 3 and 5PM.
Afterwards I'll trek out to Bondi to spin some bombastic party-starters upstairs at the Beach Road's back room, between 8 and 10.
Then it's a rapid ride to The Marley to take over from DJ Soup upstairs. Expect a compact yet eclectic closing bracket from 10.45 til midnight.
Sunday March the 31st ~
My final engagement this week is back at the beautiful Petersham Bowling Club.
Sunday is shaping up as the sunniest spot in the days ahead so the timing is right for some restorative outdoor action.
Join us out by the greens between 3 and 6PM to lap up one of the last late arvos of early autumn.
This week's schedule is a carbon copy of last week's, bar a missing Sunday gig, the only time I can recall that happening.
I'm praying this is not an omen for the outcome of the State election on Saturday, as the thought of four more years of smug yet inept governance by the creeps in power fills me with nausea and dread. Add to that the prospect of Mark Latham (inevitably ex One Nation) wielding the balance-of-power and we may as well abandon ship.
We have but one chance to save the day. If you've friends or relatives in marginal seats, appeal to their better natures now - or life will be a bitter loop, drained of colour, for the discernible future.
Wednesday March the 20th ~
Til E-Day I'm gonna be walking on thin ice, trying to keep the stress at bay as I play.
Live distraction from The French Tailors, not to mention our fabulous swing dancers, will be (literally) uplifting between 7 and 10PM tonight - as Swingin' at the Speakeasy takes over Palmer and Co for another decadent (and free) Wednesday.
As ever I will steward the sound from 10 til close at 2 or 3AM, harking back to times where carousing in bars (whether legit or secret) was actually a common-place pastime - not merely a fringe endeavour confined to a handful of rebel outlets.
Friday March the 22nd ~
The sonics are back on song at Strike Bowling King Street Wharf and while you aim up the gully I'll animate the action via audio. 8 til 11PM. Free.
Saturday March the 23rd ~
Saturday is a somewhat fearsome prospect. Thankfully I've already voted - but my dance card is as full as any prior radio day has been.
I'll have already attended a best mate's birthday lunch by the time I hit the airwaves of FBi for Jack Off, hopefully not too much the worse for wear.
I don't think I've ever been more abject in shock and sorrow whilst transmitting than when I began the program last week with a stark and shattered acknowledgement of the hate and horror that manifested in Christchurch, after being incubated here (to our eternal shame).
The saturated media coverage since - so full of righteous posturing, denial and speculation - has been so sickening that I cannot bear to add further comment. Though I will seek to belatedly air any listener texts from that arvo, as they were unfortunately being blocked by a technical issue at the time.
This time around I'm mainly looking forward to broadcasting two live performances between 3 and 5PM - one from Perth singer Carla Geneve and the other from the new Brissy duo (of dear old friends) Catalano. Tune in for real talk and true tunes.
Then, after spending two hours anxiously checking the first results on my phone whilst reflexively drinking and attempting to watch the footy, I will ascend the lofty deejay plinth at Goros once more - relaying a fierce set of beat-based assertions (and either frustrations or celebrations - depending on the result, or lack of it).
If yr around Central anywhere betwixt 8 and midnight do drop in. Entry is free - and I will either be desperately in need of human kindness and company, or exploding with joy and sheer relief.
Either way - we are all gonna need each other.
Hopefully it will mark the dawning of a new era for our beautiful city and State.
Here's to the possibility of wisdom and progress prevailing - right when we need it most.
Earthed images from the most beautiful festival I've ever had the luck to attend and/or play.
Thank you Panama for taking such great care of everyone - and permitting me to share music and moves on late-night dancefloors brimful of peerless sound and perfectly imperfect people.
Wednesday March the 13th ~
The mid-week miracle that is Swingin' at the Speakeasy features our fearless leader Miss Pia Andersen, gliding across the floor with special guest George Washingmachine in tow betwixt 7 and 10.
After they shine the tiles I'll proceed to spin til close around 3AM. Entry is always free of charge.
Friday March the 15th ~
I had a most peculiar Friday last week. I was all psyched to play my final pre-Tassie gig at Strike Bowling, only to have multiple sectors of the venue's sound system fail for no apparent reason.
It was pretty deflating - especially as some punters stared with scorn at me, apparently believing that I was incapable of operating elementary equipment.
That said my early mark led me to a brilliant gig by Liz Phair so there was a most affirmative silver lining.
Hopefully I'll be able to crank the music back up where it belongs as the weekend gets underway back at King Street Wharf this time around.
Once again it's free to attend.
Saturday March the 16th ~
The quality and variety of live guests we have lined up for the next couple of months on Jack Off is surreal.
This weekend alone features current Sydneysider Alex Lahey, Perth's Treehouses - and possibly Gregory Alan Isakov, all the way from from Johannesburg (South Africa), via Boulder, Colorado (USA).
Tune in between 3 and 5PM and wallow in the majesty of live music - just as the decadent and hyper-social platypus, that lived in the immaculate lake above, did. It will make for quite a trip.
Afterwards I'll be heading back to Goros for dinner, sake, beer and bangers! It's been ages. There may have been a few ups and downs in the interim but now everything is back on song, as it should be, thank goodness.
Drop in if yr in the hood anywhere between 8PM and midnight. I'll dish you up some free bass!
Sunday March the 17th ~
Come Sunday it's time to bask in the post-Mardi-Gras community atmosphere, revived and replenished as it is by our rites and rituals, in the colourful urban jungle that sits atop the iconic Imperial Hotel.
Join me on said spectacular rooftop between 3 and 8PM and choose whatever context is most apt for you: there are somewhat-private indoor booths - or convivial outdoor tables to carouse by beside the bar. All access remains absolutely free.
Plush sounds in increasingly lush surrounds.
Wednesday March the 6th ~
Between 7 and 10PM Swingin' at the Speakeasy will feature three sets by a gun band featuring Ray Beadle & Stuie French with Clayton Doley, George Brugmans and Ben Edwards.
Afterwards I'll key in an exponential number of old-school anthems to lubricate the lustful late-night crowd til close at 3AM. Entry is free, as ever.
Friday March the 8th ~
As the weekend begins I'll assume the position of temporary deejay at Strike Bowling King Street Wharf - playing a gratis bracket of galvanising mainstream trash, that will have those present present in five dated decades simultaneously, between 8 and 11PM.
Saturday March the 9th ~
Jack Off will be in steady hands as I literally fly south this Saturday, with Mornings mainstay and sometime Purple Sneaker Eddy Diamond hosting the program for the first time.
Eddy comes from shit-stirring stock and doesn't take a backward step in representing for values rarely manifested in the media landscape. Tune in from 3 til 5PM for a fresh take on our free-form format.
If any readers are lucky enough to be heading to the Lone Star Valley in Tassie for the sold out Panama festival this weekend I dearly hope to see (and hear) you on the dancefloor as I close out proceedings on Saturday evening / Sunday morning.
I'm absolutely stoked and truly honoured to have been included amongst this spectacular array of artists, all performing for an event with an unrivalled culture of environmental sensitivity.
Once Baker Boy wraps up I'll be playing between 11PM and 3AM in the Bedouin Club, pausing only to defer to the majesty of Donny Benét's live set between 1 and 1.45. Believe me I am going to give this my all!
Towers of song - before too long.
Wednesday February the 27th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy has Sancha and the Blue Gypsies live from 7 til 10, then myself on the spiral scratches til close around 3. Entry is free.
Friday March the 1st ~
Upstairs at the Marly remains a scenic sanctuary from the pissed kids at street level in the new Newtown. I'm playing a free set, at sundown for a change (from 7 til 9.30PM), before handing the reins to Soup and scarpering to see the sold out Do Re Mi reformation show down at the Marrickville Bowlo.
Saturday March the 2nd ~
The action is all early on Saturday too. Have a hearty brekky and then join the Songriders peloton at the Concordia Club come 11.30AM - riding on for a series of free riverside performances, in strange tunnels and such, all the way to the sea.
My bike is in a slight state of disrepair and my main man Stu remains interstate so I'm undecided as to whether I'll attend on two wheels or four. Either way by 3PM I'll be transmitting via FBi Radio as Jack Off welcomes V to the airwaves.
Following the show I've a quick dash to Enmore before spinning another eclectic set in the heady and heaving surrounds of The Vic. Pop in before you head out. I play from 6 til 9.30PM - and the minute I finish there's ace live music from Moody Beach and Bloods. All for free!