Delirious from lack of sleep and wary of AstraZeneca side-effects from my shot this morn I'm barrelling through this busy week with too few words to start.
Wednesday May the 26th ~
Traverse the slick city streets to Swingin' at the Speakeasy and discover Brad Child's Quartet playing several sets for the dancers for free from 7 til 10. I spin til at least 1AM directly after.
Friday May the 28th ~
Wash away the inertia and misery of the daily grind of living and caring and tap in to the profound healing power of memory and music.
Today sees the launch of Forever Young - a debut Dementia Disco created through the passion of Lana Zilla, the encouragement and documentation of Liz Ham and the facilitation of Betty Grumble.
I am honoured to be able to select sentimental songs of days gone by for people to enjoy and relive. If you are a carer or sufferer you are welcome to join us between 10AM and 1PM at Wattle Grove Dance Hall.
This is a free event and refreshments are provided.
Saturday May the 29th ~
Jack Off doffs our hat to Jonny Seymour for last weekend's sterling job of hosting (whilst I was up in Byron for another wedding) and gears up for only our second international guest in over a year - a man of such grace and talent he really requires no introduction. Please tune in between 3 and 5PM to hear the marvellous Marlon Williams live.
Later that evening Good Space - the astonishing cultural facility (created by Perran Costi and Cameron Little) that hosted both of our Recovery events in The Rocks - is going out with a bang.
Check this insane line-up and get cracking on tickets as all will be gone in no time. There will be hundreds of people dancing between the building, courtyard and park and I've the pleasure of playing the final 2 hours with Perran through that wicked soundsystem once more. Midday til midnight.
Sunday May the 30th ~
What things we'll have heard and seen by Sunday! How is it possible to contain such multitudes - and survive without bursting? I guess there's still time (only an aching knee as I write). JOKES (sorta).
Well either way I'm keen, as ever, to make the most of each minute, hour, day, week, month or year.
By Sunday arvo you'll find us winding down (between 2 and 5) with beings of all ages, out by the greens of the Petersham Bowlo. It's always sweet, lively, peaceful and free. As are we.
Little to express beyond heartfelt thanks this time.
Anyone who wants to relive some of the wonders we experienced down on The Rocks - or indeed those who may have missed out on Good Space altogether - would be well advised to purchase the limited remaining tickets for the final Block Party on Saturday week.
The attractions are too insane to name, though I'll try next edition once more is in the public domain (however it's almost certain to have sold out by then). I can tell you I'll be going track-for-track with Perran who co-directs the place for the final two hours til midnight. It is gonna be loose!
Wednesday May the 19th ~
Slip through the secret alleyway portal to Palmer & Co. and discover Swingin' at the Speakeasy moving freely once again!
Paula Baxter's band is live between 7 and 10, with Pia Andersen on the decks between sets. I bring it home from 10 til close in the early morning. All for free, every Wednesday.
Saturday May the 22nd ~
Thankfully that's it for me in terms of gigs this week. As you'll see from the sidebar to the left there's plenty coming up in the next little while so I'm happy to head north to relax and just be a guest at a wedding for once!
As has become something of a tradition of late, listeners to Jack Off between 3 and 5PM on FBi Radio will again be treated to the joyous selections of the illustrious Jonny Seymour. Tune in, kick back and text love his way on 0409945945. Thank you!
Well we knew it wouldn't be easy. We understood it may not even come to pass. But right now it appears that we might just get this event over the line.
Our final Recovery On The Rocks takes place on Sunday. Pretty sure I've eqiupped everyone with enough info to make their plans - but perhaps Liz Ham's pics (from the last one, below) might still sway a few of you. It's free to attend but you need to register online here. As I write there are only 67 tickets left.
It's rather a miracle that we've come this far. Not only are we slated to still be able to do this thing despite the extension of restrictions, by virtue of the outdoor courtyard where all of our bands and deejays will play we'll be one of the only places where people can dance in Sydney. Get to it!
Wednesday May the 12th ~
Unfortunately Swingin' at the Speakeasy tonight has dancing on hold til next time but you can still catch The Faculties for free between 7 and 10, when I'll take over from early interstitial deejay (and curator) Pia Andersen to play through til close.
The upside is you'll be able to take in the detail of lyrics and arrangements whilst lounging around - and one man whose work (often spun by me there) really warrants that is Vic Simms, pictured above.
Friday May the 14th ~
It may not cut as deep as Maya Petrovna's profound existential agony (above) but I am mildly disappointed not to again be dishing up a whole five hour set at the Allawah Hotel as Friday sets in.
However I am stoked that local fella DJ Soup will be doing the hard yards instead from 7 - and the minute the footy is over I'm gonna go crash that for some free track-for-track malarkey around 8.30 til 10.30.
If yr in the area swing by. It's absolutely free!
Saturday May the 15th ~
Jack Off bends in beneficence to the natural world and all of it's creatures and forms.
Betty Grumble (above and below) knows this is where life truly resides. Tune in between 3 and 5 for a pantheon of palpable praise and possibility.
Sunday May the 16th ~
Get thee to Good Space for a fully-legal, all-ages, free party to celebrate and commemorate this time like no other.
From midday you'll hear the soothing sounds of Jackson Fester from the pristine speaker stacks in each corner of our sheltered, sunny courtyard.
Then at 2 Aunty Rhonda returns with her equally esteemed daughter Nadeena Dixon in tow to conduct a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome To Country.
As Eddy Diamond and her dad Tony Hughes (whose family home was in The Rocks until the State Government evicted public housing tenants) accidentally double-booked with a vital charity ocean swim in Mollymook, I'll be deejaying from 2PM onwards - possibly assisted by the stars who were so rudely interrupted by multiple rangers on public parkland last time: Robbie Buck and Soup.
Come 3 you can choose between Community Radio performing outside or the extraordinary Max-Headroom-meets-Tim-and-Debbie culture, projections and live music clusterfuck that is The Vidiot (in his debut public show) within.
Around 4 Cheryn Frost brings Hydraulic Fucking to bear on the naked Earth inside, Stressless start their swansong in the yard and The Dancing Accountant gets down in inverse proportion to household (and government) debt!
I'm never gonna play Robin Hood with public funds via official channels again, so please avail yrselves of art and entertainment of such scale and resourcing while you can. Last chance. Let's dance!
Today I'm sharing some startling photographs taken by the lustrous Liz Ham at our first Recovery On The Rocks (above you see the legendary Vic Simms and his All Star Band of storied peers and great mates).
They are timeless depictions of shared humanity, taken on tragically loaded land, after an an awful recent interval for our species worldwide.
We conjured these two events to galvanise and empower our communities at this crucial juncture - and to bouy our collective spirits. Please keep the afternoon of Sunday May 16 free for the final one. Initial details are here.
Wednesday May the 5th ~
A few hours after we kick off at midday that Sunday we'll again be honoured to experience a Welcome To Country from Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor and this time also her daughter Nadeena Dixon.
Together they'll be ceremonially setting cleansing smoke free amongst us, directly after a sumptuous set of subtle sound by Limbs Akimbo's Jackson Fester. That's Rhonda above, cutting a rug with the irrepressible Rose Mastroianni (to Vic's band).
Remember if you ever wanna move yr feet mid-week you can do so just a few blocks up George St from our Rocks location, as Swingin' at the Speakeasy unfolds at Palmer & Co. Tonight you'll hear Queenie and The Cavaliers playing several sets live for free (with interstitial DJ spots from Pia Andersen), then I'll spin all the way til close sometime in the early AM.
Friday May the 7th ~
On Friday I'm to play the first DJ set ever at the Allawah Hotel. If you, like the astonishing Betty Grumble (pictured above at the conclusion of her stunning dance across the Quay, footage of which you can see here), hail from down that way, please avail yrself of this free five-hour set, upstairs from 7.
Saturday May the 8th ~
Jack Off remains a mystery even to me. The trials, tears, terrors and triumphs of everyday life - manifest in music. Wired or wireless: 3 til 5PM.
I guess many of us miss the sheer depth of scale whilst busy doing 'other things'. Then there are a good few of us who can barely shake hourly awareness of both impending loss and the elusive movements of the transformational mirror that is love.
Maya Petrovna rarely departs from either domain, manifesting such beauty, terror and hope in the first Recovery's final last act that people are still processing their experience of this intersection of talent, experience and courage.
Hold on to those you hold dear. Share yr dreams and feelings frankly. See you back here next week for more glimpses of the possible, then perhaps we'll gather together once more a few days hence.