Transformation. A new dawn at the end of time.
Wednesday May the 25th ~
Thanks to all who braved the elements to dance in the street for our fourth triannual Good Rid-Dance on Saturday. What a relief and delight to have results like that unfolding, all whilst largely being spared the worst of the rain. What a miracle!
If, like me, you can barely believe that hope and justice are again afoot you likely wanna put yr best one forward. It's the busiest I've been for years so I have a plethora of quality options for you.
Begin from 7 at Palmer & Co with Swingin' at the Speakeasy and dance the night away, first to The Aston Martinis live (with Pia on decks between sets), then to my morass of mirthful music from 10 til at least 2. Entry is always free!
Thursday May the 26th ~
Come Thursday I've an engagement of rare form, a Thursday evening event of grand standing that originated here and is run globally from Sydney.
Semi Permanent is happening over three days and nights at Carriageworks and I'm fortunate to have been invited to do an extended set with my talented partner Liz Ham (whom I first encountered at the location pictured above three years ago).
This will be our first collaboration together as Sham DJs. If yr heading to the festival join us to lap up an even broader palette of strange and sumptuous sonics, we'll be on from 5.30 til 9PM.
Friday May the 27th ~
Friday sees the debut outing of my long-awaited return to the Hollywood Hotel as resident. You'll be able to find me there between 9PM and 3AM on the last Friday of every month for Sin City Soireé.
Experience the din of iniquity for free in the heart of Slurry Hills. Dress freaky, fab, flash or fucked!
Saturday May the 28th ~
By Saturday arvo I'll be transmitting a guestless Jack Off from FBi, allowing ourselves a bit of a breath after an overwhelming week or two. Tune in.
Later that evening it will be my pleasure to ascend again to the fêted crown of luxury Sydney bar life, Dean and Nancy on 22, spinning vibrant and life-affirming sound for drinkers, diners and carousers alike. No charge but best book ahead. 9 til 12.30.
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.