posted on July 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm

this is not me

1 the commissioned song idea with martin kennedy is going exactly to plan

martin is a prolific composer knocking out instrumental music

all his music has that sound he has that makes him unique

he does simple elegant music with the implication of spacious luxury

hes got his modus operandi

and hes quietly confidant that it will reveal results

the music he brought to our saturday session was exactly as i imagined

everything working with an arithmetic feeling like a sleek machine

so fucking inspiring and easy to work with

everything where i expect it to be for singing over

hes already written most of the 13 pieces so far commissioned

the lyrics could be the tricky bit

so far we have done subjects i never envisaged

1 was a type of inspiring spiritual song

2 was a sad but uplifting song for a guy in germany who lost a dear relative

3 was a fathers 60th birthday

4 was for a pair of cats

5 was for a sister from another  sister

6 was for a pair of cats

7 was for 2 children from a parent

at first glance this seems like a tough list

i did have a few crises of faith

but in the end i felt confidant that every song stood on its own

even if you didnt know anything at all the reasons for its existence

many great artists and musicians have been commissioned

i see no shame in it in any respect

kennedy and i are pretty good at what we do

we never make garish gaudy noisy discordant ugly rackets

we do austerity and ambience and atmospherica

for a relatively small sum of money we offer you our services

we are artisans and we  bring love and pride to our work

we guarantee it will be top shelf …..that should be understood

if you like what we did on our 2 records

i assure you  that your song will be in that league

imagine having your very own song that actually is cool

i am hoping martin will be putting up snippets soon

maybe you think im bullshitting you

ok yes

it was an experiment in the beginning

but now i am so sure we can deliver on our promise

let us write a song for you


2 now have the completed isidore record in my possession

its called “life somewhere else”

jeffrey has outdone himself as per usual

existing almost as a polar opposite of martin kennedy

cains music is twisting bursting sometimes baroque or rococo or somethin’

fuck what a champion record we have done here caino

talk about pulling out all the stops

huge areas pull into focus and narrow down hard

things zoom out and youre free

things get weird and just hang there

in the middle in record are two weird songs

its a kind of modernist psychedelica

in the background another universe often threatens to break through

voices sounds fragments snatches of conversations

and unidentifiable electric sounds busy fizzing and popping

and falling past like white comets leaving trails of tinkly bits

the chord progressions in some songs would do neil finn proud

you know like those ones the beatles did which blew yer mind

melody and strangeness exist in equal amounts

caino takes anything from anywhere

traditional 3/4s to stomping electro glitter

and sad songs and thoughtful songs

and songs that are beautiful but not much else

my lyrics and my singing are good

i think they are more than good but i’ll let you deicide

more info on that coming soon you freaks who really need to get that

if you liked the first this one is like that only more wigged out

its a real good record with real good songs


i am lucky to work with all these wonderful collaborators over the years

each of them gifted in their own unique and special ways

i could just do everything on my own

in fact soon i am going to do a few records on my own

but here are the excellent results of collaborations

and it makes me happy to have done this stuff

i believe my listeners will be most(ly) impressed



35 Responses to “2 good things”

  1. avatar
    . | 26 July 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    i lOOk sO forWArd to HeARing LiFE SOMewherE Else;
    IF it’S anYtHINg LiKE ((((SANSKRIT))) or {{{{TRANSMIGRATION}}}}
    we’ll all be very happy.

  2. avatar
    kell | 26 July 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Yeaaaaay Kilbeeyyy!!!!!! Can’t wait 2 hear Isidore (2)!!!!!!

  3. avatar
    Wilfred Paradise | 26 July 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    SK – carry on, my man – you remain steady and strong – and young- we look forward to it all – wilfred paradise

  4. avatar
    todd g | 26 July 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    nice to finally have another isidiore. love everything you do.

  5. avatar
    todd g | 26 July 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    sorry for the typo. isidore.

  6. avatar
    Lara | 26 July 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    Wow. David Neil release AND Isidore coming soon. That is too good!

  7. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen | 26 July 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    Isidore is one of my favourite records of all time, so the prospect of a sequel makes me all giddy with excitement. Must’ve been a tough act to follow, though!

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 26 July 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    Thats just incredible !!!! Your pursuit of creating all these commissioned songs, the new Isidore in your hands and still the energy to continue the creation process…Your a Wizard my friend. Couple questions…

    1. Any news on the possible Church DVD from the show in April? Release date?
    2. When is the possible releases date for Isidore’s new release?
    3. Any Church news, gathering of the men to start a new chapter in the unparrelled world of the Greatest Band On Earth And Beyond?

    Hope all is well with the you and the girls, and have a great day.

    I won my court case with the government for my back injury and disabilities on July 15th, now the final litigation against the former employer-medical professionals-hospitals that contributed to misdiagnoses and negligence has begun. This will go on for another year or two. But at least my daughter will receive benefits and a lump sum of money dating back years from the government. So at least I have had some sunshine in my life even though the pain remains and worsens, degenerates, every day.

    Darrin K.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 27 July 2011 at 12:00 am #

      Good Luck on your upcoming shows with Ricky and the guys !!!

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    DavidP | 27 July 2011 at 12:12 am #

    good news, happy days!
    I know one new kk song that definitely hits the top notch mark!
    I took the commission thingy mainly as an opportunity to directly support artists whose music I enjoy and listen to for free on the internet and whom seem like pretty good chaps to boot n I got a superbly crafted customised song as well which really is for everybody too and probably a song you would have written anyway, I just helped support the production of it in advance.

    My hat is off to you and Martin, I’m quite impressed with how the music and the lyrics fit the brief I gave. Its a revelation. Transference and Transformation. Oh behold the jewel in the crown. And the personalisation you put in lyric without my asking, nice one sir, I felt your affection in that, that was touching. I hope that phrase and that mantra gave you some comfort and encouragement when you’ve needed it treading through the dread.
    take care, be aware

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    Freddie | 27 July 2011 at 1:05 am #

    Oh boy! New stuff close…so close! (dancing stupidly with anticipation) Isidore 2 sounds like it might have some good running tunes on it too..huh? I need more good & fresh running tunes.

    Actually, it is three good things. I see photos on facebook of you and Ricky looking pretty proudly over the new David Neil album. :^)

    Can’t wait!

  11. avatar
    Danny Watkins | 27 July 2011 at 2:15 am #

    Steve, I think the commisions are a great idea with a long history of such work by serious artists.

    Can’t wait to hear the other new stuff as well.

  12. avatar
    davem | 27 July 2011 at 3:21 am #

    I can’t wait for the new Isidore offering – the first is amongst your best stuff.
    I don’t blame you for commissioning work, but it isn’t half a bugger for those of us who have to collect everything you do!!! It’s sort of checkmate mate!!

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2011 at 6:07 am #

    Comets and tinkly bits! How much longer til we get a preview?

  14. avatar
    timetraveller | 27 July 2011 at 6:25 am #

    Great news! What if you could write/do a song for the dead in Oslo, Norway?? On Friday 22nd July a huge bomb went off in the city centre of Oslo. Only a few hundred meters from where the Church played a few years back. Now it looks like a war zone. One hour later the bomber, a raving maniac, slaughtered and murdered in cold blood almost 7o young people (aged 14 – 23) gathered at a political youth camp outside Oslo. Terrible scenes. The whole nation is grieving. A people traumatized.
    One second you`re alive, full of life and vigour eagerly waiting to step out into the rest of your life, the next the spark of life is brutally extinguished. Almost too much to bear…. And for so many it is too much to bear! Their hearts broken forever and lives in ruin.
    Well, don`t want to spoil your day. Looking forward to the new isidore record. The first one is great.
    As for the song request, don`t take it too seriously. What can one say anyway? To such unspeakable horrors? To pure evil incarnate? And why am I writing this anyway? Because this could happen anywhere! This was not Al-Qaeda but a right wing extremist from our own midst! Your own friendly neighbour you say Good morning to every morning. Paranoia strikes deep. Talking about bad karma! Jeez! This one has it coming…..

  15. avatar
    Boriah | 27 July 2011 at 6:51 am #

    “i am going to do a few records on my own”. Please, go back to the DIY concept you used to follow in the early years. And include “Gethsemene”

    As for the customized song, it´s a great idea. My theme would be a love song about Madrid. Squeezing your yogui brain…

    And Isidore was the best album The Church never recorded.

    “…total extravaganza…”

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    Jmb066 | 27 July 2011 at 8:25 am #


    Excellent update, will the KK songs be avialable with the consent of the owners or are they exclusive? I wish I had the means, to have you write a song with my idea that would be worthwile, if the cost was $500 I think I could convince the wife. So you have two cat songs, hmmm Holly, Judge i know they love their cats.

    Life Somewhere Else, look forward to this and yes we freaks are eager for updates. I think I am confused on David Neil I have seen pictures of the vinyl, but cant seem to find it for purchase yet. CD/download?, kids ruined my turntable years ago.

    Look forward to all of your upcoming releases, solo, collaborations, and The Church. Since Hologram you been consistant and very prolific. I always have a Church or Church related project to look forward to. So you are to blame for addiction/freakiness and I thank you for it.


  17. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen | 27 July 2011 at 9:13 am #

    And you are indeed lucky to have all these wonderful collaborators. But then, they’re lucky to have you, too!

  18. avatar
    simon | 27 July 2011 at 11:13 am #

    *thumbs up*

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    Anonymous | 27 July 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    That’s funny that two people want a song about their cats. If I had you write a song, it would be about something more left field. Like a song about two people who develop a sub-atomic attraction to each other while working at the Large Hadron Collider during the search for the Higgs boson. Try putting THAT to music!

    “kennedy and i are pretty good at what we do” Yes, that’s a major understatement.

    Really looking forward to Isidore 2.

  20. avatar
    Steven Krut | 27 July 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    That’s funny that two people want a song about their cats. If I had you write a song, it would be about something more left field. Like a song about two people who develop a sub-atomic attraction to each other while working at the Large Hadron Collider during the search for the Higgs boson. Try putting THAT to music!

    “kennedy and i are pretty good at what we do” Yes, that’s a major understatement.

    Really looking forward to Isidore 2.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 27 July 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Feeling the weight of unseen chains
    This routine is wearing thin
    Its a blank narrow path we walk
    Tied to a fading memory
    Of something lost within time
    Afraid to enhance the changes
    Scared by leaving the past behind.

    Somewhere along this way
    All was exchanged for dreams and
    Selfish pride.
    There was no common goal
    Somehow visions were left to die.

    Its not so hard to understand
    Once there was writings on these walls
    Replaced as time slipped thru our hands
    To find the need for no one to

    Its getting late, the hour calls
    All so many can only share is
    the coldness in us all.

    AsAlways, and a little sad today…
    Darrin K.

  22. avatar
    salemjones | 27 July 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Hey Steve,

    after listening over and over to No. 2 on the list….

    i always have this pic in my head of a kinda “Hey Jude” chorus fade out sung by you and a choir of nuns(clapping their hands)(:-D

    Thanks again to you and Martin for this stunning piece of music

    Bests from Germany

    Take Care

  23. avatar
    Jonny Hollywood | 27 July 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    ‘life somewhere else’ sounds like paradise 🙂

  24. avatar
    captain mission | 28 July 2011 at 9:05 am #

    i think it’s quite a great idea to write songs on commission, it was good enough for mozart, mahler and some of those cats, why not you guys, i know the standard will be excellent, i only hope we get to hear them.

    man i wish i had some cash, what a fucking amazing thing to have your own song by k and k. i need a hardcore saving plan or some kinda advisor on how to budget as i am useless in that department.

  25. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 28 July 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Will Isidore II top Isididore. Thatwould me amazing. Good update for Darin K
    too !

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 28 July 2011 at 11:28 pm #

      Thanks B.C. – that means alot. I hope u had a great recent B-DAY. Mine is sneaking up on me way to fast. , the 20th of next month. I hope u have a great day.
      Darrin K.

  26. avatar
    surreal eskimo boy | 28 July 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Your music leaves a chill that no fire can warm. That’s a good thing. Even if your an Eskimo.

  27. avatar
    surreal eskimo boy | 29 July 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Great gig last night by the way. Good to hear a little Jack Frost. I know him personally.

  28. avatar
    princey | 29 July 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Hi sk, I finally got this new imac sorted so I can send u a comment! Great news about the KK project, as long as you’re happy doing it, it makes you some bucks and keeps you coming back to Melby, I’m all for it too 🙂

    As everyone else has said here, I can’t wait for the new Isidore album also, I remember that song I heard in the car was a “killer”, so I’m sure the whole album will be AMAZING!

    Take care, keep us posted and enjoy the rest of the David Neil tour,
    love Amanda

  29. avatar
    Cocoamo | 29 July 2011 at 12:57 pm #


    Can’t wait.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

  30. avatar
    hellbound heart | 29 July 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    new Isidore??? Soon???
    Hot diggity-dog!!!!!
    love always……

  31. avatar
    Galamor the Wizard | 29 July 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Like all the others here, I can’t wait for Isidore 2. Can you get Caino to come out and tour it SOUTH of Sydney?

  32. avatar
    Once | 30 July 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Hi SK…

    1) 13K for KK is OK
    2) Never heard the Isodore record, quite excited!!

    Muches of love –

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