DANCING IN THE DARK
After an exultant, yet exhausting, weekend - that involved farewelling the wonderful denizens of the Hotel Hollywood one night and then hosting an emotionally rich dinner/dance at Great Club the next (it was so beautiful to hear songs like Chicago and Maps on a dancefloor again) - it is fortunate that, by some absolute miracle, I at last get to travel south and experience Dark Mofo in Hobart this week.
Thursday June the 17th ~
It's looking like temperatures in Tassie will be mid-way beween the Hawkesbury (pictured top-and-tailing this edition) and Braidwood (the frozen centre). This is good news as I'm playing X-Cathedra in the Hanging Garden, which appears to be a rain-sheltered but open to the air, fire-saturated oasis.
Even just the smell of smoke transforms life for me, let alone the scent of the sea. If you are travelling to Dark Mofo please join us between midday and 5PM. Entry is free, subject to capacity.
Friday June the 18th ~
You wouldn't believe how many Fly Agaric mushrooms were beside the road (and a famous winery) when we journeyed to a sub-zero wedding reception recently.
Damn it was tempting to take either of two routes (one, surprisingly, legit). But I had work to do.
Will I behave as well, further from home, especially on my second day spinning trashed 7" vinyl and utterly unheard of emerging fare? Time will tell.
Same time. Still free. Pope Alice after me.
Saturday June the 19th ~
I'm aiming to arrive back in the big smoke to transmit signals of elemental awe on Jack Off betwixt 3 and 5 on Saturday. My aim is true!
It's a giving thing.
Today's edition is exclusively illustrated by Liz Ham's photographs from Recovery On The Rocks part 2.
My deepest gratitude goes out to Liz for graciously co-producing both events with me - and to every person who shared space and songs with such aplomb.
Wednesday June the 9th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy sees Queenie and The Cavaliers playing live for the dancers between 7 and 10 at Palmer & Co. I'll take to the decks after, til close in the early morn. Entry is always free.
Friday June the 11th ~
DJ Soup will minister to the minions of his Shire from 7 til 9 the next night, before fleeing for the Inner-West and leaving me in charge of gratis audio outreach at the Allawah Hotel. Wraps up at midnight.
Saturday June the 12th ~
After enabling a massive 3 hours of power from The Snacc Pacc by virtue of my absence from FBi last week I must no doubt lift my game this time around. Tune in to Jack Off from 3 til 5 to see what flies.
I'll be gathering and garnering strength as I get set to mark the end of a golden age of enlightened and community-minded hospitality at one of our most treasured institutions later that evening. I feel very privileged to have been the final selector resident at this establishment and will send it off in style. Sadly the sheer pressure of numbers necessitates that this will be an invite-only event.
Sunday June the 13th ~
On Good Friday we gave Great Club it's first spin around the dancefloor, mere days after restrictions on dancing lifted for the first time. The pronounced passion of the diverse folks who populated that swathe of space was a joy to behold.
A decision was taken then and there to make this a long weekend tradition. Thus we are back this Sunday for another sublime early evening experience of culinary and musical delights.
Melinda Dimitriades' Girls Gotta Eatery will be serving the hungry hordes from doors at 4. I'll play preposterous pop and utterly underground absurdities between 6 and 10 (curious parties can hear almost all of the Easter set here).
Don't even think about batting an eye at the smoke machine, it will be in full effect. Dancing Queen is free for all - but register here!
Precious little to share beyond the fair, free air.
Wednesday June the 2nd ~
Just a solitary public gig this week, playing on into the wee hours after The Dovetails shake theirs for Swingin' at the Speakeasy.
They perform, with Pia Andersen on decks between their three sets, from 7 til 10. There's no cost.
Saturday June the 5th ~
Jack Off will be back in the hands of a special guest this week, as I'll be away to play the wedding of Alisha and Ash outta town.
Wherever you are you can catch the program live between 3 and 5 or revisit past episodes on-demand at yr leisure (here is last week's whole show - and here is a serendipitous and haunting improvised mix of a Youtube monologue by Lhasa de Sela alongside a stunning Max Richter composition). Please listen.
I want to send my love and gratitude out to my mum Mary to wrap up this week: both for every act of steadfast love over a lifetime and also for this beautiful picture she took of folks fishing at sundown on the Noosa River (which ended up accompanying the weather on ABC News up there).