Wednesday June the 26th ~
Thankfully my long-standing weekly residency, for Swingin' at the Speakeasy at Palmer & Co, continues to go from strength to strength.
The venue won best bar out of the whole of Merivale's vast portfolio last year - and the Wednesday nights booked by Pia Andersen remain the most fun element of this surreal and surprising enterprise.
Pop in between 5 and 7 for 49% off all drinks (including bottles and cocktails), then twirl and dip with the swing dancers for the next three hours as Queen Porter Stomp blast out their swampy sounds, before miraculously punching through the bleak night til 3AM as I spin ye olde exotica. It's always free!
Saturday June the 29th ~
Jack Off proffers profound prattle and piss-poor pop either side of a quality live bracket by superb Sydney side-men Tim and Pete. Tune in to FBi Radio between 3 and 5PM.
By the way if you missed our heartbreakingly honest exchange with John Grant last week you ought to drop everything and listen now. It is pertinent to the pathetic debates occurring presently regarding 'religious freedom', yet it's a far more complex, empathetic and profoundly personal reading than anything you'll experience elsewhere in our media.
Sunday June the 30th ~
Come Sunday let's celebrate the community club that is everyone's cup of tea (or pint of strong ale) - the Petersham Bowlo - as they hold their annual membership drive from midday on.
I'll begin my free 4-hour set out by the greens an hour early (at 1PM) - and out there with me you'll find a giant slide and a one-off bar by Willie The Boatman. Inside there's some brilliant live music courtesy of Dog Trumpet, Married Man, The 902s and The Darkened Seas. Come down, drink up and join up!
AROUND THE TWIST BY SOLSTICE
Seems like the planet's civil systems are hanging by a thread. As the shortest day this year here looms we can only hope summer actually comes.
In the meantime, as the wheels spin, I proffer plentiful free music in strange surroundings.
Wednesday June the 19th ~
Leg it to Swingin' at the Speakeasy for oblique old fare and dodgy dares, from 10PM til 3AM.
Friday June the 21st ~
Reveal or repeal? The renos at Strike Bowling King Street Wharf may even be complete as my set unfolds between 8 and 11PM. Stroll down, suck it - and see!
Saturday June the 22nd ~
Jack Off welcomes far-flung cosmic interlopers from the deep north in John Grant (of Reykjavik) and Ada Lea (from Montreal) live between 3 and 5 on FBi.
Thence I return to the same harbourside games emporium as last night, same set time too.
Keep turning up & tossing out all. Use yr powers!
GAMES WITHOUT FRONT TEARS
Musical machinations to bridge the battles between factions: grand gigs and radical radio action.
Wednesday June the 12th ~
The Faculties perform between 7 and 10PM tonight at Swingin' at the Speakeasy then I spin til close around 3AM. Farewell the final nights of the Vivid Festival in the heart of the CBD for free.
Friday June the 14th ~
Do not despair. I will soon return from playing a private party (at an iconic architectural wonder, on the border of National Park bush down south).
Saturday June the 15th ~
Jack Off is aiming up during the final weekend of the Sydney Film Festival, with extant invites to key luminaries.
We expect to welcome both the subject and director of The Chills - The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps, whilst additionally hoping to hear from Shirley Barrett (director of my key personal cinematic inspiration, Love Serenade) plus recently-renewed Festival Director Nashen Moodley.
Tune in from 3 til 5PM for insights akimbo.
Sunday June the 16th ~
Come Sunday I hope to lure a few square-eyed Sydneysiders away from their screens for an afternoon atop the impeccable Imperial Hotel.
Step up to enjoy a free five-hour set, full of aberrant anthems and playful propositions, on the sheltered-yet-sunny rooftop between 3 and 8PM.
SEES THE DAY
As gales abate we await - a return flight, to night.
Wednesday June the 5th ~
I'm anxious to confirm that the sole Virgin flight each day from the Sunshine Coast to Sydney will duly fly, as I've a rather vast responsibility to attend to tonight - playing the Gala Opening Party for the Sydney Film Festival, in Town Hall's majestic Centennial Hall, following the sold out premiere of Rachel Ward's Palm Beach at the State Theatre.
If yr lucky enough to be heading along you'll (hopefully) hear me spin from the stage, in front of the vast pipe organ, between 10PM and 1AM.
Thursday June the 6th ~
DJ Soup was good enough to swap our free sets at Palmer & Co this week, so that I'd be available to launch the filmic fest, thus I'll be playing 10PM til 3AM on Thursday instead - whilst the tall fella will spin for the Speakeasy the night prior.
Friday June the 7th ~
As the weekend begins you'll find me Upstairs at the Marly scrubbing the sin from my shins, whilst distracting the moral majority with a plethora of free and fruity tunes between half 9 and midnight.
Saturday June the 8th ~
Then, as Saturday rolls around, it's time for another blissfully bizarre broadcast of Jack Off, from 3 til 5PM on FBi Radio.
A little later I've what might well be the final 90 minutes of a 6 year residency at The Marly - upstairs again, between 7 and 8.30PM. I was imported into the joint when Riversdale purchased it and transformed the place from a college hell-hole to a progressive hotel fit for the Newtown community.
My primary role was curating the respective curators of Tokyo Sing Song from it's founding month on - a pristine privilege of programming that allowed for infinite risks, mutant music, aberrant performance and some unforgettable experiences with some of the most passionate people in Sydney and beyond.
Soon after, Miss Peaches launched with a roster of radically diverse culture collectors rotating on the decks. It was so refreshing to escape fashion and wallow in whack relics of wild times gone by.
Solotel bought the pub a year or two back and Sing Song has had a DJ focus since so my position booking live fare evaporated. But I've enjoyed working upstairs regardless, spinning songs from almost the exact spot where a particularly twisted test broadcast of FBi once originated.
I hope to have some role there in future but there's no guarantee - so swing by and raise a toast to time well spent if yr in the area. It has been a joy!
By 9PM I'll be playing my one free public-access set for the Festival Hub at Lower Town Hall. Join us!