posted on April 1, 2009 at 8:01 pm

please go to my art site
you can click on it there on the right
you can see the paintings for my new exhi
in pittsburgh pa starting real soon
still havent multi media thingies finished
but its all coming down the line soon too
if you like my blog style
then you’ll like my little discourses on my subjects
you see i am the total package
taking care of all your artistic needs
a one stop shop for all things renaissance
i’m blowing my own horn again
for who else will?
here i am a whirlwind of activity
spinning out stuff constantly
voice from another room : most of your stuffs quite good…
i am there in the frontline
nailing the paintings n songs n blogges that only i can
and i nail it and i nail it and i nail it
i have enough fire for ten other medi-ochre poets
but lawd, dont i love to go on about myself
i’m shocked not to be discovered
in some ways its fun too
to make an album like #23
most mags wont review it
most people wont ever hear it
yet the record contains more grace n beauty
than 97% of all rock records thatll get released this year
its like theres a curse on us gets us ignored
voice in a other room : that curse is age and time…
so inna way
its been kinda amazing to release sheer masterpieces
like priest=aura n #23 etc
and know new people keep stumbling into us
amazed we exist
with our huge body of werk
and all the solo thingies
and all our malarkey
you see
people in their mid fifties are SUPPOSED to be at the top of their game
before senility sets in
you pull it all together
all your experience
all your knowledge
all your love
and you pour it into the crucible of your latest work
and you evoke the most beautiful convulsion you can
a ninny listening to # 23 for 10 minutes so he can review it ….
its so pointless
like watching , say, fanny n alexander, for 10 minutes
and saying
whether it was good or bad
our records are like those vitamins that slow release
our records esp #23 will go on giving for years
long after you forgot who the strokes were
or whatever…..
heres some more #23 snippets

cobalt blue is the standard configuration of the church
it is a wild n bleak song that changes key n minor /major all the time

deadmans hand
thats me playing the guitar riff that you first hear
thats pete playing twelve n other guitars on other side
martys ingenious bassline going up n down
finally at the end of the song
tim wades in with his g harrison guitar solo
i also play female vox n vibraphone on the mellotron
frank kearns on additional random guitar

pangaeas got patti hood playing harp
and sophie glasson playing cello who always comes up
with the right thing
tim does melltron n backing vox
pete plays baritone guitar
marty does ac guitar n solo

happenstance
marty on bass n dark vox
me on ac 12
peter on ebow
me n tim do b vox

space saviour
i play the main guitar bit n keys
marty plays bass n drums
pete on other side guitar
tim sings b vox n keys

angelstreet

me on organ
frank k on bass
tim on mellotron
marty on noisy guitar
pete on sweet guitar

anchorage
me on lead n noisy n vibe guitar
marty on rhythm
pete on double bass guitars
tim on keys n b vox

luna
standard configgeration

sunken sun
me on lead guitar n keys n bass

operetta
me on piano
tim on mellotron n bvox
marty on bass
peter on sweet guitar
frankie k on random lovely guitar

please also note:
UNTITLED #23 would not be possible without klks funding n patronage
and baybee THATS the bottom line!

so there you go
i think its a good record
cos we didnt try to hard
no one got too much control
it was easy
and because
we continue to improve
its logical really
so remember
save up yer shekels
buy a painting
buy our records
oh and thanks to all my recent generous subscribers
and constant donators
you are appreciated very much
especially in these grim n hard times

see ya later!

28 Responses to “( advertisement)”

  1. avatar
    crack in smile | 1 April 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    Who are the strokes?

  2. avatar
    davem | 1 April 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    I’m still awaiting delivery of #23. I will print this out to read on my first listen….lights out, incense burning….even if it’s 10am in the morning.
    You’re right about hard times. 22 out of 100 sent packing from our place in the last month. I hate working for the man, but I’d be effed at the mo if I became that #23.
    Thanks for producing your magic SK. I hope you pick up decent reviews in Mojo et al leading to good sales. You really, really deserve it.

  3. avatar
    princey | 1 April 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    I checked out your paintings last night, wow they are amazing sk! I love the way you paint the jungle vines, twisting and wild, and The Internet is very interesting indeedy!!
    Untititled 23 is one of the best albums ever! I love it, thanx for everything you do sk!
    Love Amanda

  4. avatar
    Richard | 1 April 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    People, I have a cunning plan.

    I’ll happily keep on clicking ttb’s paypal button, and buying church stuff as soon as it comes out, but I want to do something more.

    I know I’m not alone here in thinking that the church is criminally neglected. I have an idea about doing something that might make a small difference. It can only work (if at all) if there’s enough of us that are willing to take part.

    I don’t want to clog up SK’s blog with the details, so I’ve created my own. It’s accessible by clicking on the leafy sea dragon icon above.

    Please have a look and, if you’d be interested, leave a comment.

  5. avatar
    Kim Chestney | 1 April 2009 at 10:17 pm #

    [well, i’ll toot your horn….]

    witness the illustrious spectrum of sk’s new creative manifestations:

    Friday, May 1, 2009
    5:30 – 7:30 PM
    15 Minutes Gallery
    Pittsburgh, PA

    http://www.15minutesgallery.org

    …..be there if you care.
    Experience alla this hype +
    talk to the killa himself.

  6. avatar
    captain mission | 1 April 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    wow, that’s so NOT what i assumed re instruments,
    what a band to be able to do that, switch roles and instruments seamlessly. i’m still unearthing it’s jewels.
    pangea has some incredible and lush treasures, i guess it’s always been like that with the church. i recently started listening to everything with headphones on me ipod and it’s like hearing all this music for the first time again.

    richard.
    i’d be happy to help.

  7. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 2 April 2009 at 12:09 am #

    Sk is the man- a lyricist, vocalist, composer, bass player, blogger, poet, artist, vegan and painter par excellance. Hopefuuly, he’ll play Chicago this year.

    I’M GETTING REALLY IMPATIENT AS I WAIT FOR ALBUM # 23. Time release is great description of your song’s and last night I felt poignancy and euphoria while listening to ” seen it coming”. It takes Lennon and McCartney to top Kilbey. Neither could do it own their own. Beatles and The Church are in the highest pantheon.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 April 2009 at 12:30 am #

    i cannot see untitled #23 on the church merch site.
    oh, i want it so bad. gotta have it right now.

    r.

  9. avatar
    M E M | 2 April 2009 at 12:51 am #

    killer…

    1) …if i had a hammer

    2) …there’s a sublime i see coming from within your new works. i wish we could be like van gogh and gauguin, or cezanne and monet, every day together in the fields…

    3) sensing its arrived…

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 April 2009 at 1:05 am #

    Just because. Here, encapsulated somewhere beneath unknown beat, as yet un-syncopated rhythm, and previously unheard words, un-spoken, un-foreseen – find their way, reaching in – a cry of war – the crystal skull – a post review.

    If you’ve every witnessed a tributary, still and quite, merging into swirling storms of sea, you’ve noticed natures creative need of chaos, sea obeys only sky, sky leaves them all for a god to sort-out, just like men looking for the easy way out.

    But this ain’t no disco, is it?

    Can you see why I hesitate… bringing these things up. I love the cringing faces – all the “what the fucks…?” – but its so easy… we all just pile on more… don’t we?

    And this is best – all the defense – and quick jabs at R.E.M. or BONZo common’ really men, stand-up say what ya fukn mean for Chrissy’s sake… go ahead… lets find a road with no name… on a beautifully day… it’s the end of the world, and everybody aches, sometimes…

    Now, go ahead, get all hot headed please, but Pink Floyd… Psychedelic? Common, really man. Division Bell keeps me out-there – suspended – you know – feeling – meaning – meaning more than – feeling – feeling more than seeing – and a clammy cotton-mouth for it all… yea… I loved the Floyd… once… even as they sailed further and further, almost imperceptibly, away…

    And know imagine, its 1988 and there are a LOT of pjhat-cahts hoping-up our boys just hopping they’ll catch-on… aim for the middle, bring in the boodle…

    And now lets pretend its 1991 …let there be Nirvana. And there was. I lived the epicenter of it. Knew every word of it. And hated that shit… (Kurt and I, maybe you don’t know, but we were on the same baby tray… different shit…. different day).

    But who really killed it…? look at ALL of your contemporaries – what lasted? – the smell of teen spirit out-stank everything…

    And then what?

    The rest is written in mysticism. It does not conform. Sand in my sandals, blood feels like red wine…

    If you’re the voice of every man – you can’t stray far from that unbalanced all-pervasive equation of center, where the parameters are always both known and unknown… and can never be expanded beyond the commonality, the banality, the – it feels good when they play it but I don’t know why…

    That shit never lasts.

    If I’m making sense or just pissing you off, the egg-shell nature of our world is none the less visible from here…

    We want, we need other connections, to nature, to man, woman, plant, and animal…

    to seek the primordial, the primal, the sacred heart not sacrificial but sacramental…

    an ancient world of prophets and stars… divine mystery, the language of the eternal…

    rock n’ roll must aim high, subvert, remain true, forever be free to move… here or there…. there and here…

    untitled#23….

  11. avatar
    the dean | 2 April 2009 at 2:31 am #

    the problem being that most middle age folk are in denial and live on nostalga and the young won’t listen to older artist in case their friends laugh at them.
    voice in a other room – we know.

    would you trade your artistic integrity for mediocity and money? It seems you can’t have it both ways.
    voice in a other room – he hasn’t yet.

  12. avatar
    Miss DevilMayCare | 2 April 2009 at 3:24 am #

    So nice to see all the new paintings – I was happy to discover that the art show in Pittsburgh is going to coincide with my recently planned vacation which is taking me through Pennsylvania, so I will definitely be stopping by to check it out in person sometime early May.

    Looking forward to #23 & in the meantime enjoying Shriek & Painkiller & Pangaea & Coffeehounds & Mimesis… so much great stuff!

    Rachel

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 April 2009 at 4:47 am #

    “how do you solve a problem like maria?!”xo hmmm….haha,;/ 🙂

  14. avatar
    steve | 2 April 2009 at 6:07 am #

    Shameless plug for the killer

    Untitled23 now up on church merch by itself….Just ordered can’t wait to get it. Wish I could do more but this economy has me down in the dumps as well.

  15. avatar
    davem | 2 April 2009 at 6:21 am #

    And Thank-you to KLK!!!

  16. avatar
    Richard | 2 April 2009 at 6:34 am #

    captain mission is on board!

    many more needed

    (if you’re reading this, you’re qualified)

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 April 2009 at 7:32 am #

    The Obama pic came out well. “The Stream” is another good one.

  18. avatar
    princey | 2 April 2009 at 9:45 am #

    Hi Richard, i tried to send you a message but I cant get it to send???? So YES!! I’m interested in the video project, keep us updated ok!

    Hi sk, love ya work

  19. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 2 April 2009 at 10:34 am #

    ….am shelling out a coupla more clams to purchase a few more items on church merch so i can’t wait to hear them…..must say i think your version of hounds of love is stunning, as is pretty much anything you’ve put out lately….
    borrowed the kings of leon album ‘only by night’ and i tell ya what, guys, i must be missing something, i didn’t bother listening to it all because what i heard left me stony cold…..am i not understanding something? i personally cannot see what all the hoo ha is about with these guys, i think they’re utter crap…..
    i like u2’s music pretty much but i think the guys are coming across as utter wankers in interviews….
    so there you go, i’ve had my say….be a while before i chew anything with the right hand side of my mouth, i can tell you….
    love always….

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 April 2009 at 11:52 am #

    i, too, am strolling thru p.a. in may. going to see the damned on my 40th b-day.

  21. avatar
    CSTCoach | 2 April 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    Just ordered the new album(s) – can’t wait to check them out!!! 🙂

  22. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 2 April 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    Steve, I’m buying two copies of Untitled # 23, one for me and one for my dad, who’s also a fan. And if you guys release it on vinyl, I’ll be buying yet another copy.

  23. avatar
    Freddie | 2 April 2009 at 2:40 pm #

    Creative one, this surely must be an exciting time for you; to have all this going on!
    I’m hoping I can make the art exhibit
    I’ll be in KY that week (half way there 🙂
    Can’t wait to see the Church in concert too (sometime in June?)
    I hope all of em go well for ya.
    xox

  24. avatar
    catchow | 2 April 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    hoping your exhi in pittsburgh
    will be a great success and that
    there will be many more all over
    the world…

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    fandorin | 2 April 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    ah, steve in your cryptostratodronesphere…U#23 is to the 00es what Hayday was for the 80es and Pwiest for the 90es…

    …and Fanny n’ Alexander is still my favourite movie after all. Can you see some overlaps with U#23? That atmosphere of childlike wonder, that sadness, absolute helplessness and desperation, the brutality, the all-embracing infinite parental love that conquers death, and all those little little strange things going on, from Uncle Carl farting out the candles to the thousands of mysteries in Erland Josephson’s antiquity store…? You, Peter, Marty and Tim finally made yer Ingmar Bergman record, see! Another guy who got better each year…

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 April 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    Good Morning davem,;):)xo

  28. avatar
    davem | 2 April 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    Good morning…or night as it is here!


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