Long, languid days. Fabulous, fragrant nights.
Wednesday November the 23rd ~
Parisian residents Leigh Baker (double bass) and Heather Stewart (vocals and violin) arrive on our shores, bringing a gun band to bear for a gratis gig during Swingin' at the Speakeasy this evening.
7 til 10 for the live fare (with interstitial sets from Pia Andersen on the decks) before I bring it on home from 10 til the early, early morn.
Friday November the 25th ~
Sin City Soirée inhales the heavenly nectars of sound and spirit. Free at the Hollywood all night.
Saturday November the 26th ~
Jack Off broadcasts music & talks texts. 3 til 5PM.
Dean and Nancy on 22 floats atop the city as I spin enchanting audio from across the globe. No charge for entry but booking can be vital. 9PM til 12.30AM.
Relayed repetitions of recreational factors perspiring and ever-evolving local actors.
Wednesday November the 16th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy from 10 til 1 or 2. Free.
Friday November the 18th ~
Scraping sky high above the street at Dean and Nancy on 22, between 9 & half 12. Gratis but book a head.
Saturday November the 19th ~
Jack Off as you please, via FBi Radio, 3 til 5.
Sporting chance and indeed life (perhaps some dated threads too) at Marrickville's Bob Hawke Beer and Leisure Centre. Half 8 til half 11. No charge.
Hot trots & high dread counts for kids on the cusp.
Wednesday November the 9th ~
Keep cool deep below the city streets / bake yr body Swingin' at the Speakeasy. 10PM til 2AM. Free.
Friday November the 11th ~
Getting myself tidy to spin moving music, through my own immaculate public address system, in a Hungarian restaurant, for Andy and Andrew's wedding.
Saturday November the 12th ~
Jack Off is as mysterious as the Earth itself. Sometime between 3 and 5 this Saturday arvo you might hear live music from Toby Martin and Amanda Brown emanate from the radiophonie aether. Or not.
On a more solid footing I pledge that later that evening drinkers and diners at Dean and Nancy on 22 will hear an ebullient set of songs from 9 til around half 12. It's free but book to be sure of entry.
Know also that Sham DJs debut public gig will take place on NYE at the same venue, saturated by dazzling fireworks and sublime sounds atop the CBD.
An idyll in the upper reaches. Free as a bird.
Wednesday November the 2nd ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy flowers from 10PM til 2AM.
Friday November the 4th ~
Bob Hawke Beer and Leisure centres 8.30 til 11.30PM.
Saturday November the 5th ~
Jack Off broadcasts between 3 and 5 this arvo.
Nina and Bryant wed then dance in Art Deco heaven.
Our sun sets and millions more appear.
Possibly naive, yet somewhat sustainable, music and party plans to enact and experience immediately!
Wednesday October the 26th ~
Back from stunning Aotearoa, my first time beyond our borders since the plague hit. I cried when I saw that pristine place rising out of the sea from the plane window. Now I'm filled with intentions to return there and fly far further.
This week's 'work' here at home makes for a softer landing (more so than radio then a wedding direct from a 3.30AM rise - NZ time - last Saturday).
First I'll hit Swingin' at the Speakeasy straight after The Faculties wrap their 3 hours of live fare, playing dusty oddities til about 2AM for free.
Friday October the 28th ~
On Friday I'm first looking to take in Pleasure & Protest, an evening celebrating intersectional feminist perspectives, ecosexuality and the body that has been co-curated by Kelly Dezart-Smith, Emma Maye Gibson and Megan Holloway.
It will feature a Welcome to Country by Aunty Rhonda Dixon Grovenor, screenings of visual works by Hannah Bronte alongside excerpts from Goddess: The Elizabeth Burton Story, a guided tour of the collection, DJ HipHopHoe, a screening of Water Makes Us Wet with introductory video by Beth Stephen’s and Annie Sprinkle, a community talk with Vic Spence and Aunty Rhonda, performances by Angel King and Betty Apple plus offerings of hosting and ritual by Betty Grumble and Megana Holiday. What a line-up! It runs from 5 til 9PM at the MCA and is free of charge.
Sin City Soirée offers the perfect destination afterwards. Our monthly explosion of demonstrative debauchery, empathy and defiance unfolds from 9PM til 2 in the morn at the iconic Hollywood Hotel. Entry is absolutely free for all, as ever.
Saturday October the 29th ~
Jack Off is going to reside in somewhat unfamiliar hands this weekend, as the improved weather has meant I will be spinning for my dear friend Blob's 50th way up the Hawkesbury at around that time (instead of in the flood-default location of a warehouse in town).
We're just sussing who might be up for a broadcast in my stead now, as our usual faithful standby host Jonny Seymour has the huge responsibility of realising their co-curation (with Paul Mac and Jeff Khan) of the massive Performance Space Day For Night party at Carriageworks on the same day.
Spring in Sydney, eh?
Everything all at once, all of a sudden!
Time, however temporarily, to blow this popsicle-stand to suck on some more substantive frozen fare!
Thursday October the 20th ~
Sham DJs (keynote speaker Liz Ham and myself) soundtrack the opening party of the reanimated Wellington edition of Semi Permanent, at last!
If yr reading from Aotearoa or headed there you'll find us spinning between 5.30 and 8PM.
Friday October the 21st ~
After Liz's 10.20AM Sem Pem presentation at the St James Theatre we'll be at Meow, as I play a free 5 til 6.30PM set for the Wellington Jazz Festival.
Sadly my more freewheeling independently-scheduled set at fabled Burmese family eatery Mabel's has had to be cancelled after some utter scum ripped off the venue's DJ gear recently. Please support them if you ever visit. They are kind and talented people.
Saturday October the 22nd ~
Should the gods of the sky deign to let us by, I hope to be back in time to both host Jack Off on FBi (from 3 til 5PM) then spin celebratory songs for Kylie and Adam's Wedding at the MCA directly after.
This all seems like a bit of a dream from this vantage, however sleep must wait til later...
Quaint old modes of manufacturing mirth and meaning during the twilight of life as we knew it.
Wednesday October the 12th ~
Make a song and dance about it for Swingin' at the Speakeasy. 10PM til 2AM. Free, like all these gigs.
Friday October the 14th ~
Heighten yr senses, challenge yr mind and exercise yr body by ascending to Dean and Nancy on 22. Book ahead as it is full throughout. 9PM til 12.30AM.
Saturday October the 15th ~
Jack Off for personal pleasure whilst attuning yr ears to community frequencies. 3 til 5PM. Forever.
Circulate between conversation and nutrition to attain absolution at The Bob Hawke Beer and Leisure Centre between half 8 and half 11.
As above, so bellow. Free for fare whether friends.
Wednesday October the 5th ~
Swingin' at the Speakeasy. 10PM til 2AM.
Friday October the 7th ~
The Bob Hawke Beer and Leisure Centre. 8.30 ~ 11.30.
Saturday October the 8th ~
Jack Off with Scattered Order. 3 til 5PM on FBi.
Dean and Nancy on 22. 9PM til half-past 12. Bye
I broke myself trying to keep pace last week. Couldn't pike at the death as had to host the finale of FBi's supporter drive despite barely having a voice after a month of swings and roundabouts in health terms.
Was the last straw for me. Had to get off the hamster wheel for a bit after that. Turning the corner now but had to bail on last night at Palmer (thanks Soup for filling in). Back at it from tomorrow. Fingers (and legs) crossed.
Friday September the 30th ~
What could be more Sydney than spending the first night of a second consecutive long weekend at the Hollywood dancing til the early hours for free?
Sin City Soirée never fails to bring debaucherous variety and irreverent reverie to the fore and - this being the final evening of the fortnight-long Surry Thrills Festival - one can expect excess!
Saturday October the 1st ~
It will be bliss to resume transmission of uninterrupted music alone on Jack Off this week, after the hard yards of two hustles for cold cash running.
That said, despite the sideways state I was in (and the subsequent collapse of any remaining capacity) I'm really grateful to have had the opportunity to broadcast such a rapid-fire and necessarily improvised public program from Atomic Brewery last week. It was a tonic to team up with both the Snacc Pacc plus wider station staff and listeners to deliver entertainment and serious rewards all at once. If you missed it and want to sample the sheer madness of the scene listen back here.
Following a more sedate and considered show with an ebullient 9 til 12.30 set at Dean and Nancy on 22 is a perfect way to segue back to nature and life on the river til next week. Entry is free, as always.
Burst beyond the binary in yr best sporting finery!
Wednesday September the 21st ~
Alongside all of my other engagements this week Swingin' at the Speakeasy is absolutely free to attend. Live music and Pia on the decks from 7PM then my good self spinning til around 2AM.
Friday September the 23rd ~
Another cosmic stroll back in time accompanies any journey to the Bob Hawke Beer and Leisure Centre. Witness accoutrements from the era alongside audio artefacts hyperlocal and far gone. 8.30 til 11.30PM.
Saturday September the 24th ~
Saturday is absolutely massive this long, long weekend. The annual FBi Radio Supporter Drive is to close with an extended joint program from myself and Bek and Del from the Snacc Pacc, live from Atomic Brewery in Redfern.
After a decade and a half in radio this will be my first outside broadcast - and all are welcome to join us. Not only is there no charge for entry but FBi supporters will receive a free beer on arrival. It kicks off at 2 and rolls through til 6. I dearly hope you can join us there because between us we are gonna bring this game home hard.
The whole station and a substantial part of the community we serve have dedicated this drive to getting listeners off the bench and actively into the team. That's what volunteering is: participation. We all financially support FBi too.
We don't want to be overly dependent on sponsorship income, or begging up grants from unreliable governments. We want to be driven by you. It only costs $10/month to join us (or $5 if yr concession, $15 passionate, $30 a band or business). You can donate too, anonymously if you prefer. All of these options are available here.
The best thing about the Jack Off component of this Closing Party and Simulcast is that at 4.30PM I'll personally be giving away all of these incredible major prizes from across the drive. We're talking perhaps $10G worth of e-bikes, band packs, audio gear, merch, recording opportunities, golden tix to the Ritz and a year's supply of beer. It's beyond belief this year and all of these generously donated gifts are gonna make a lot of people hella happy.
To be in the running make sure you join online or, better yet, call us on 90306945 before that time. I will happily give you or loved ones a shout, plug enterprises and play tunes you wanna here. Ideally just rock up to Atomic, hang in the audience and yell out / heckle! Radio is at it's best when local and live and that is essentially our reason for being at Free Broadcast Incorporated.
Tell you what I'm gonna be completely sideways by the time I make it to The Rocks to play in Australasia's most-awarded bar, Maybe Sammy. If you are also in it for the long haul hop down for some superb cocktails, magical music and bubbles of every form, from 9PM til 12.30AM, if not beyond!