A healing retreat for silly seasonal hysterics.
Wednesday December the 19th ~
It's the final Swingin' at the Speakeasy for the year and we're going out with a bang! Mary Heart and band will be tearing it up live from 7 til 10 with Pia Andersen on the decks between sets.
Thence you've my malarkey from 10PM all the way til at least 3AM. Shit has been getting cray cray down at Palmer and Co. of late. If you wanna cut loose mid-week in Sydney this is yr last and best chance for 2018. As ever, it's utterly free!
Saturday December the 22nd ~
Our final live guests for the year on Jack Off are up there with the best yet.
First we will hear a new collaboration between Dean Manning and Stella Mozgawa - then we welcome both Darren Hanlon and Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) to the FBi airwaves.
Olive is a respected elder from the remote WA community of Wangkatjungka and this is her first tour of the east coast. I can't wait to hear her raw and soaring gospel songs ring out over Sydney and surrounds. They will be a spiritual tonic, gracefully countering the capitalist mania that consumes community each Christmas.
Soon afterwards I'll be sailing through uncertain waters to Misfits in Redfern. The last year or two as a resident there has been a real pleasure - and I felt it was building towards being a more integrated hub of conviviality as time went by. However the new manager has informed all existing deejays that we may not be a part of future programming.
So if you'd like to experience the place functioning in the same witty and warm way it has of late, best duck in this Saturday evening somewhere between half 7 and midnight. I aim to keep my signal strong - and it would certainly help to have a friend or two present during the process. Entry is free.
Whilst the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune have been flying thick and fast recently the enlightened staff and punters at The Imperial have been making life rather a delight. Sunday arvo on the roof was so much fun that I've been asked to play New Years Day from 3 til 8PM up top too.
I know we don't usually flag occasions so far in advance but it will naturally be rammed and wild so if yr planning to kick on, or just bypass the NYE bullshit by basking in the absurd energy of NYD, consider making a booking now. It's divine and diverse up there - a silver lining in the sky. Free!
Took a beautiful road trip out to Molong - over the mountains one day and back via back roads south (then north) the next. Was a little window of liberty and luck, as you can no-doubt see.
Coming home has been harsh however. Sydney's perpetual devaluation of culture continues to wreak havoc. On top of an errant NYE issue, I've just lost a valuable and promising residency at one venue due to changed management deciding to import their own crew before even listening to what we've built for the community there over a year or so thus far. Suddenly having the rug pulled out from under you at this time of year is a cruel blow.
Discussing the closure of the World Bar on ABC Local with Robbie Buck and Wendy Harmer the other day really brought home to me how much this city has devolved. During my 5 til 7PM Friday residency there almost every track I played had either been released that week or was yet to be available publicly. Most came from our city, our country. Sounds and songs from countless genres were invariably welcomed by everyone: old diggers and residents; nurses just off work; kids heading out to party.
That would simply never happen here now. Not because multiple layers of society wouldn't embrace fresh local culture though, only because of paralysing institutional timidity. Even already successful venues owned by the handful of companies that rule nightlife in Sydney largely contract further and further into a handful of hackneyed hits til there is very little left to differentiate one place from another. It's a tragic abdication of ambition and representation, that patronises punters and cements our woeful reputation as a global embarrassment.
I'm still profoundly grateful to have the freewheeling career in music that I do - but dead-set it is becoming near-impossible to maintain my complete commitment to it and feed a family.
Wednesday December the 12th ~
It seems fitting that I'm guiding you to a sandstone cellar above the Tank Stream under this picture of Cox's Rd, which was the first passable track built between Sydney and Bathurst. Incredibly just 30 men, later lauded (justifiably) as heroes, cleared and built it (including multiple bridges) in 6 months.
Celebrate in timeless style as Miss Pia's Swing Combo play 7 til 10, before I spin from then til 3AM. Swingin' at the Speakeasy is always free.
Friday December the 14th ~
I'll be enjoying a creative and thematic respite from the usual haunts during my annual contribution to the APRA AMCOS Xmas party, this time a garden affair in lush surrounds I've long wanted to see.
Saturday December the 15th ~
Jess Locke sings live on Jack Off between 3 and 5PM.
Thence there's a free two-hour-long seaside set from 10.30, on the ground floor of Bondi's Hotel Ravesis.
Sunday December the 16th ~
I saw constellations on the ceiling of this cave, deep below the earth. As above, so below.
So what will we discover at Imperial Up between 3 and 8PM this Sunday? Something free. Something me.
Stay cool in the uppermost atmospheres this summer.
Tuesday December the 4th ~
Ascend incrementally then mirror mountains. Enduring audio images available over an epic 8 hour set from 7PM til close at 3AM at Palmer & Co. All for free!
Friday December the 7th ~
Drift ever closer to the beyond at Miss Peaches. Mysterious live acts play three sets from 8. I'm interspersed after 9.30 and spin til midnight. Free.
Saturday December the 8th ~
Jack Off is honoured to transmit the final interview of the founding line-up brilliant Sydney band Bloods - featuring FBi Radio legend Sweetie, as she gears up for her final bracket with the band. Tune in after 3PM for emotional exchanges akimbo.
Afterwards I'll be applying myself exclusively to another huge birthday party at Lazybones.
As the final droopy blossoms of the Jacarandas fall to earth - and the white-out of summer gets set to wash Spring's vibrant colours away (til next time) I bid you a safe journey across the crevices of time.
Music and mixing in actual reality at home & beyond.
Wednesday November the 28th ~
Fire flies find the secret sanctuary that is Swingin' at the Speakeasy for live fare from 7, thence recordings of merit to move to after 10. There's food (and delicious drinks) til 3AM. Free.
Friday November the 30th ~
Set forth and boldly trek towards The Cutaway in The Rocks for the umpteenth Finders Keepers summer market. I kick off the musical programming with a two hour bracket from midday but there are multiple other selectors and live artists to imbibe whilst you peruse the wares of the makers present.
Later that evening I'll double-down on the DJ front - performing a gratuitous (well, it's free) five hour long set at Miss Peaches in Newtown. Change is a foot. Shake it before you break it!
Saturday December the 1st ~
Jack Off trudges on with terrific tenacity. Check last week's program featuring the effusive energy of The Grates for evidence - or experience Ella Thompson live between 3 & 5 this Saturday arvo.
After nightfall I'll materialise in the salubrious surrounds of The Paddington to play a gratis series of songs between 10PM and 1AM. Ingest and enjoy!
Sunday December the 2nd ~
I could be a little addled by Sunday but at least I'll be within paces of fresh, life-giving, harbour air as I do the closing set of Finders Keepers from 3.30 til 5PM. Turn up by 2.30 for Moniker live too!