TRESSED FOR SUCCESS
Hair-raising hijinks for audio addicts everywhere.
Wednesday August the 28th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy makes for a rare spot of movement and magic in the otherwise mordant central business district. Kate Wadey and band kick off from 7, then I'll be spinning timeless tunes til reality is restored at around 2 or 3AM. It's free!
Friday August the 30th ~
This weekend I'll be doing two five-hour-long sets in the courtyard of the Factory Theatre, as the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Shorts and Web Fest plays out within.
Entry to both my sets and all of the workshops, interviews, performances and screenings inside is free. Peruse the program and pop along. It'll be cosy in both spaces and highly social throughout. My opening set runs from 5 til 10PM.
Saturday August the 31st ~
Jack Off is back under my stewardship this week. I'd like to thank Isabel Phillips for holding the fort last weekend as I attended Damien's Paddle Out and played some music at the celebration of his life. It was a truly beautiful afternoon.
If you tune in between 3 and 5PM this Saturday you'll hear one of the most promising bands in this country live on air. Dumb Things are humble cats from Brisbane but their songs seem streets ahead to me - harking back to a classic antipodean era of sun-dappled sounds. They've already got one album behind them and we're hopeful we might hear a couple of songs from the one on the way.
Just an hour after the radio show concludes I'll be back on deck(s) at the Factory for the AACTA Shorts and Web Fest again - this time playing from 6 til 11PM, across a number of internal sessions and all of the afterparty. Come suss it out then hang!
Afterwards I'll head back to the Hotel Hollywood, where my weekly residency has become increasingly wild. It seems to attract everyone from culture-vulture theatre-types, to Golden Age cineastes, concert-goers from all manner of gigs, elite hospo kids, freaky fashionistas, old-school Darlo dandys - you name it! It's bloody fantastic to see this sort of convivial variety manifesting in Sydney, especially as it gathers pace later on.
I usually play every Saturday night from 9 til 3AM - but don't tarry in heading over, as it is still in the damn lock-out zone and sadly we cannot admit anyone after 1.30AM. But lemme just say that there is a surfeit of life inside til the bitter end! It's free-for-all and an utter free-for-all. Passionate people of all stripes unite - striking up real conversations, dancing, getting it on (and off). That is what life is all about. Never gets old!
This weekend only you'll get two selectors for the price (none) of one (also none) - as Paris Groovescooter is deputising for me whilst I wrap up the Festival in Enmore. Catch the far sharper Paris mixing up a storm from 9 til 11.30 - then a fittingly delirious and bedraggled set from myself til close. We'll deal with the ramifications when the sun comes up I guess. Nothing the sea can't fix!
Surreal soundscapes and the imaginary images they beget - offered free of charge, all week long.
Tuesday August the 20th ~
A pulsing program of mind-expanding music from 8 til 11PM at Palmer & Co. DJ Soup til close thereafter.
Wednesday August the 21st ~
A new-fangled combination of live players kicks off from 7, as Pia Andersen is joined by Mary Heart and Dan Holland for Swingin' at the Speakeasy. Thence I trigger tune generators from 10PM til 2 or 3AM.
Saturday August the 24th ~
Due to the Paddle Out and subsequent celebration of the life of Damien Lovelock up at Newport this arvo Jack Off will air under the stewardship of producer Isabel Phillips. Tune in from 3 til 5 via FBi Radio.
Afterwards you'll find me tired, emotional but hopefully elated (or at least elevated), presiding over the sonic selections at the Hotel Hollywood for another Saturday night.
Last week was bloody fantastic. Word is clearly getting around. As you'd expect at such a venerable institution the clientele are cultured, varied, demonstrative and appreciative. I love playing here. Join us for joy and community between 9 and 2 or 3.
Sunday August the 25th ~
Last lark for the week involves another sublime afternoon in the sun at the Petersham Bowling Club.
Even on almost the coldest day of winter, a fortnight ago, as snow fell in the mountains, the place was packed. It's a tonic for the soul to regularly have this rockin' role.
Drop by in the three hours from 2 to enjoy an elemental interface and let's trade this two-dimensional scene for the real thing eh?
THE EARS HAVE IT
Fulsome fractions of found sound rendered via byte-sized bits of music and meaning. Think on it.
Thursday August the 15th ~
There's a double-helping of Palmer & Co on offer this week - firstly from 10PM til 3AM tonight. Entry is absolutely free.
Friday August the 16th ~
I'll return to Palmer the very next day - spinning a midnight til 3.30AM bracket of colourful old numbers for those who refuse to surrender Sydney.
Saturday August the 17th ~
Saturday will see the last Jack Off for another fortnight (I'm not skiving, it's Damo's Paddle Out and celebration next week). Tune in to FBi between 3 and 5PM to hear Kirin J. Callinan climb the radio rafters and swing naked and unashamed.
Afterwards I'll be back at the Hotel Hollywood spinning a sublime range of audio art from 9PM til 2AM. Please join us there . There's absolutely nothing like the pub, the people, nor this kind of peerless programming around.
It's such a pleasure to play. Regulars have come up to me with 20 plus songs they've Shazamed, raving about how they've obsessed over some rarely-heard artist since last time. It's very gratifying to have the freedom to play to such curious, literate and playful folks. This is also always free!
Lives and times to find. Fingers on the pulse.
Wednesday August the 7th ~
Last night our tiny little late-night outpost of vintage eclectica Palmer & Co took out the award for Best Bar in the entire Merivale empire, for an unprecedented second year running.
If you've never experienced this timeless and spectacular subterranean haunt it's about time you did - and there is no better night of the week to do so than Wednesdays, when Swingin' at the Speakeasy fills the joint with live music and wild dance.
From 7 til 10PM you'll hear New Orleans boogaloo from The Crawfish Po' Boys, then myself on the decks til close at 3 AM, all free of charge. Be kind to the staff - they will all be exceptionally hungover!
Saturday August the 10th ~
Come Saturday we've spectacular musical offerings day and night. First Jack Off hosts the redoubtable Emma Russack prior to her album launch at Golden Age that evening. Tune in from 3 til 5 to hear her live.
Last week's program ended up being an extremely emotional experience as I found out only a few hours before going to air that my dear friend Damien Lovelock - a man who did more for my mental and physical health than any other since we met (ironically due to his being a fan of my radio show) 7 years ago - had died that morning.
I had known for a long time that Damo was terminally ill but just a few weeks ago he was still teaching yoga (and taking time afterwards to help me with my crook back). I left for Splendour and simply didn't get to see him thereafter. I'd texted with offers of help and company - and to check he was home and not in hospital, (which was, at least, affirmed with gratitude). I was driven to call him last Friday afternoon but the phone rang out. I didn't know that he was already slipping into a semi-conscious state and I'll never know whether he ever heard the message I left telling him I loved him.
So a planned program in tribute to Doris Goddard of the Hotel Hollywood became a very raw tribute to Damien too - and the texts from listeners were coming thick and fast. It is such a dire duty to pass on grievous news about the loss of loved ones - but at least we know how to celebrate their character and nature: with honesty and music.
If you knew and cared for either of these great Sydney icons of independence and ethics you may want to listen back to the program here. I strongly urge every one of you, whether you knew Damo or not, to read this faithfully brilliant obituary written by our wonderful mutual mate Steve Cannane. You will be grateful for the experience I promise. It may even make you a better person.
Soon after the program I'll have set up for my second-ever Saturday residency at the aforementioned Hotel Hollywood, freshly adorned as it is by yellow roses (from the romantic, hilarious and true-to-form funeral that celebrated Doris yesterday), not to mention handcrafted balloons left by homeless folks from up the way (who remember her kindness back in the day).
All of these experiences make me determined to aim infinitely up - to honour those I esteem via my own efforts and deeds. Please join us for free between 9PM and 2AM so that we might raise a glass and have a dance. It means the world.
Sunday August the 11th ~
Lastly, on Sunday, we can reconvene on a chilly but bright arvo for some songs out in the sunshine at the Petersham Bowling Club.
Bands inside begin around 6 but you can catch me out by the greens for free from 2 til 5, heart beating, eyes aloft.