Attempting to keep infinity in order at the mo - and failing terribly! In the last few hours, after being locked out of various portals and my laptop itself intermittently all day, I've discovered 160 emails and 30 event invites (most of which warrant listing in the Diary) that amassed unbeknownst to me whilst overseas. I was already despairing at ever being able to get back on top of the incessant incoming tide - now I'm apoplectic. So this will be a mighty brief newsletter. All events this week are free!
Wednesday October the 30th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy features Miss Pia and The Dovetails live between 7 and 10, then myself on the decks til close at 3AM. Make time!
Friday November the 1st ~
At last I get to revisit the South King Recreation Club and play for their literally smokin' clientele. Join us in the courtyard or dine in. 8PM til 1AM.
Saturday November the 2nd ~
Despite some sterling efforts we're not likely to swing a guest appearance by the Chemical Brothers - but I can promise listeners the chance to Jack Off with Donny Benét between 3 and 5PM on FBi.
Afterwards I'm stoked to be assuming control of the Hotel Hollywood sound system for an extended set of ultra-diverse music from around the world. It has been a long time coming - and will take you to new dimensions in time and space. 9PM til 2 or 3AM.
Sunday November the 3rd ~
The ideal final port for my return to pristine routine is the Willie The Boatman brewery. Find us there this Sunday for delicious tucker, even better beers and some surreal and sturdy sounds. 3 til 6PM.
Certain acts in uncertain places - an antediluvian index of opportunity for the ancient gentle person.
Wednesday October the 23rd ~
The Faculties warm the floor for Swingin' at the Speakeasy from 7PM, then I cool it out from 10 til the joint closes around 3. Free.
Friday October the 25th ~
It's gonna be a hot on Friday so I'm stoked to be returning to UNSW to play the beautiful Moreton-Bay-Fig-shaded Roundhouse beer garden gratis from 5 til 7. Drop in if yr about. Sunset sound is sweet!
After that I'm doing another eccentrically-themed (1982 Fleet Week) annual party for the Grumpy Sailor mob all night so for one last week I've a substitute selector at the South King Recreation Club.
Goldfoot did a great job filling in for Mario Speedwagon at Splendour's Gold Bar and afterparty this year and he'll be reprising the role and bringing his rare rock and kooky covers to bear in Newtown between 8PM and 1AM. Entry is always free.
Saturday October the 26th ~
Once I scrape myself outta bed on Saturday morning I'll be migrating north to tiny Tiona, where I've the pleasure of playing music for Tessa and Adam's lakeside wedding. Consequently the biggest round of DJ swaps I've ever administered continues.
All going according to plan (and barring any further dental misadventures) Eddy Diamond will at last reprise her fantastic Jack Off fill-in from a few months ago. Tune in to FBi Radio from 3 til 5 and turn it up!
Broadcast junkies hanging for another radiophonic fix might also care to stream last week's sublime (and ridiculous) show - featuring a stunning solo rendition of Youth Group's first song in over a decade Cusp.
I actually caught some of Trevor Brown's excellent eclectic set at the Hotel Hollywood last week after leading a merry band of wedding attendees down the way from the Beta Bar. The place was packed with such a wonderfully diverse range of people - even got to catch up with Melissa from Chicks On Speed (who'd just played at Carriageworks) for the first time in something like a decade and a half.
It's so gratifying to see Saturday nights there evolving into such a warm and welcoming sanctuary for lovers of art and culture. Goddess knows Sydney needs it! I can't wait to get back behind the decks every week from next week - but until then you've one last guest deejay of distinction in DJ Soup.
Swing by any time from 9 til at least 2 (but often 3, keeping lame lockouts from half 1 in mind).
It's fab, it's fun, it's freaky and it's free.
Just home and already freaked and fraught so let's keep the missions brief and dwell instead on beauty.
Wednesday October the 16th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy features double duties (on stage and decks) from Pia Andersen from 7 tonight - before I take to the turntables come 10, playing all the way through til close at around 3AM. It's free.
Thursday October the 17th ~
I'll be back in the ancient cellar of Palmer and Co the next evening for those same hours, gratis, too.
Friday October the 18th ~
Kat Harley (of Mezko and a million other bands) will DJ in my stead at the South King Recreation Club on Friday - in the new (louder and later) timeslot of 8PM til 1AM), as I tend to a 6 til 10PM shift booked at the Sydney Brewery prior to that residency arising. Both scenarios will cost you sweet nothing.
Saturday October the 19th ~
Jack Off will broadcast under my auspices once again from 3 til 5 on FBi Radio this Saturday arvo. I'm thrilled to be welcoming both Sydney's Youth Group and Dunedin's Soaked Oats as my live guests.
Directly afterwards I'll be headed to a Greek restaurant (of course) in the city to spin at the wedding of Alison and James. Consequently Trevor Brown will be on deejay duties at the Hotel Hollywood - from 9PM til they escort the last revellers out at 2 or 3 in the morn. No charge.
Sunday October the 20th ~
Come Sunday an upheaval of management at the ever-changing Imperial Hotel has seen me return to their beautiful rooftop for a free extended set from 3 til 8PM. I think I can make the adjustment from Athens to Erko - just! Pop along for sounds and scenery.
I am writing to you from the highest mountain village in Cyprus. The four days I have been on this island have been astonishing from the outset. The above pic was taken from a headland above startling rock formations by a beach that turned out to be the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. I had swung off the freeway just to check it on a whim. A lovely bloke in a solitary ice-cream van sold me a freshly squeezed pomegranate juice that immediately rectified the wearying effects of 24 hours in the air. I swam beneath a slight gap in the rocks offshore and was stunned to find myself in a white cathedral formed by three towering stones leaning on each other, light blue water beneath dropping from a few feet to twenty deep at the edge of each.
I could go on - but I won't. There's too much to see and do. All this beauty coincides with geopolitical horror: from flying over Tripoli on one side and Aleppo on the other; to Turkey's dictator defying international boundaries to drill from a flag-draped ship just 51 nautical miles off the coast here, as Trump invites him to the White House and abandons the Kurds after all their hard yards against ISIS, even as Pompeo signs a defence pact with Greece. I am on an ancient and modern fault line at a time of escalating idiocy and despair. I feel it everywhere.
Wednesday October the 9th ~
Amongst this fragile peace and relics of privilege, I'll play a public gig on my final evening in the country. I'm honoured that this will occur at the most creative space here, Sousami in Limassol. Any residents or visitors keen and able can attend free and hear everything unfold between 10PM and 2AM.
Back in Sydney DJ Soup will fill-in for me after the live component of Swingin' at the Speakeasy wraps at 10. That's always free and also goes til 2 or 3.
Friday October the 11th ~
South King Recreation Club is restored to its former glory and from 6 til 10PM on Friday my substitute selector will be Meem. Free, as ever.
Saturday October the 12th ~
Jack Off will be back under the auspices of the excellent Eddy Diamond this weekend so ensure you tune in from 3 til 5PM. Her last shift on the show was brim-full of subtle mixes, all to theme. I was so enthralled listening to it - and just stoked that Eddy had utilised the profound freedom the program offers in such a genuine and thoughtful manner.
Sunday October the 13th ~
By Sunday I'll have had a chance to adjust to the bustle of Athens (and also attend both days of the Sonar Festival happening there for the first time - in fact I intend to call Eddy with a live report/review during Saturday's show).
On my final day away I've the most delightful opportunity to farewell this part of the world. DJ Blue Lagoon has kindly invited me to join him at the styling little art deco Praxitelous Bar. Locals and expats can find us there between 10 and 2 for free!
Hope to see the rest of you back home real soon xo
One last letter as the great beyond beckons...
Wednesday October the 2nd ~
I've just a single Sydney gig for the fortnight hence, as I've lucked out and been invited to play a wedding in Cyprus. The symmetry of this final local outing prior is that Palmer and Co was where the adventure essentially began.
Way back in February 2018 two hilarious Malaysian fellas happened upon our timeless cellar of tunes - on a night that was particularly wanton and wild. After striking up a conversation (and laughing a lot) they grabbed my card and somehow managed to hang on to it ever since. A few months ago they reached out to see if I'd be interested in soundtracking these scenic nuptials on the other side of the world. I did not have to be asked twice!
So join me deep beneath the city streets - and sample the great new food menu and cocktail list as I spin between 10PM and 3AM. Ideally get there early as the Mary Heart band rocks the dancers hither and thither with three sets from 7 too. It's all free!
Friday October the 4th ~
Whilst I'm wrapping up the second flight of two (that will see me airborne for almost 24 hours) DJ Soup will be my substitute at the South King Recreation Club - playing a refreshing set of selections as the sun sets. 6 til 10PM. Free!
Saturday October the 5th ~
I've got such a proprietary love of my current residencies (and naturally my radio show) that I've personally arranged people I trust to steer each ship in my absence.
This week Jack Off will air under the auspices of Purple Sneakers' main maven - Caitlin Medcalf, affording a very hard-working woman the luxury of three hours bent from 3PM. Tune in and hear her push the limits! Also remember that you can listen back to most of the programs I've done over the last year on-demand - and I heartliy commend to you the audio insanity of last week's last-minute guest Toecutter here.
A month of brilliant broadcasters and deejays on my usual Saturday nights at the Hotel Hollywood begins with Paris Groovescooter playing 9PM til at least 2AM. It's fantastic and free so make tracks to Slurry and support this stylin' pub and the people that make it such a tonic to Sydney's bad gin.
Sunday October the 6th ~
Come Sunday I'll be ensconced in the stunning Liopetro venue, in the tiny village of Kouklia, relaying real romance in the open air for Xian and Robert's wedding.
I love that I can play all the way til midnight outside - and then we move to a duplicate sound system inside to use through til 2! I can't tell you how ready I am to lap up culture and nature a world away. Perhaps by next week I'll have some snaps to share. I will then give more detail on a public gig apiece I'll be doing in both Cyprus and Athens.
In the meantime thank you so much for all the support you've given me throughout these decades of dedication to music, art and ideas. I get very sentimental leaving home for even a short spell as I treasure it so - but now I must go xo