This week's schedule is a carbon copy of last week's, bar a missing Sunday gig, the only time I can recall that happening.
I'm praying this is not an omen for the outcome of the State election on Saturday, as the thought of four more years of smug yet inept governance by the creeps in power fills me with nausea and dread. Add to that the prospect of Mark Latham (inevitably ex One Nation) wielding the balance-of-power and we may as well abandon ship.
We have but one chance to save the day. If you've friends or relatives in marginal seats, appeal to their better natures now - or life will be a bitter loop, drained of colour, for the discernible future.
Wednesday March the 20th ~
Til E-Day I'm gonna be walking on thin ice, trying to keep the stress at bay as I play.
Live distraction from The French Tailors, not to mention our fabulous swing dancers, will be (literally) uplifting between 7 and 10PM tonight - as Swingin' at the Speakeasy takes over Palmer and Co for another decadent (and free) Wednesday.
As ever I will steward the sound from 10 til close at 2 or 3AM, harking back to times where carousing in bars (whether legit or secret) was actually a common-place pastime - not merely a fringe endeavour confined to a handful of rebel outlets.
Friday March the 22nd ~
The sonics are back on song at Strike Bowling King Street Wharf and while you aim up the gully I'll animate the action via audio. 8 til 11PM. Free.
Saturday March the 23rd ~
Saturday is a somewhat fearsome prospect. Thankfully I've already voted - but my dance card is as full as any prior radio day has been.
I'll have already attended a best mate's birthday lunch by the time I hit the airwaves of FBi for Jack Off, hopefully not too much the worse for wear.
I don't think I've ever been more abject in shock and sorrow whilst transmitting than when I began the program last week with a stark and shattered acknowledgement of the hate and horror that manifested in Christchurch, after being incubated here (to our eternal shame).
The saturated media coverage since - so full of righteous posturing, denial and speculation - has been so sickening that I cannot bear to add further comment. Though I will seek to belatedly air any listener texts from that arvo, as they were unfortunately being blocked by a technical issue at the time.
This time around I'm mainly looking forward to broadcasting two live performances between 3 and 5PM - one from Perth singer Carla Geneve and the other from the new Brissy duo (of dear old friends) Catalano. Tune in for real talk and true tunes.
Then, after spending two hours anxiously checking the first results on my phone whilst reflexively drinking and attempting to watch the footy, I will ascend the lofty deejay plinth at Goros once more - relaying a fierce set of beat-based assertions (and either frustrations or celebrations - depending on the result, or lack of it).
If yr around Central anywhere betwixt 8 and midnight do drop in. Entry is free - and I will either be desperately in need of human kindness and company, or exploding with joy and sheer relief.
Either way - we are all gonna need each other.
Hopefully it will mark the dawning of a new era for our beautiful city and State.
Here's to the possibility of wisdom and progress prevailing - right when we need it most.
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