posted on March 3, 2010 at 9:30 am

jesus that last frame looks weird, huh
now watch operetta below

32 Responses to “and so with open arms we must still believe…..”

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    linjo | 3 March 2010 at 9:55 am #

    Total blocking of natural neuro-transmitters happening here. Oh dear, Steve, it is so hard to get off that pharmaceutical high, eg, sugar, coffee, alcohol, drugs. The only path to true peace is abstinence. Are we born to be cursed forever, us addicts? xxx

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    iseult | 3 March 2010 at 10:04 am #

    fab vids luv em

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    knot | 3 March 2010 at 10:38 am #

    that was lovely, thank you for the tour.

    when i was a kid, i took a class in how to culture bonsai. much of it i have forgotten, but the thing i remember most was that there was a little boy in the class with me, and he was blind. but, regardless, i learned that everyone can see a tree.

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    princey | 3 March 2010 at 10:49 am #

    That does look wierd, why do you look so dark?
    Liking both videos, well done sk!

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    Richard | 3 March 2010 at 11:02 am #

    nice stuff

    (has your bad eye swapped sides?)

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    matt davison | 3 March 2010 at 11:18 am #

    like a trip into the Unknown world of the peyote crazed Bondi minstrel of Time without no being…..

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    Stratosphear | 3 March 2010 at 11:43 am #

    Ahhh, wonderful Steve, thank you for sharing that. And now I know how to say Bondi!

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    Paula | 3 March 2010 at 11:56 am #

    great to see you in good spirits, Mr Kilbey. You're writings, rants and now dv video thingies are lots o fun. Hope everything continues to be good in your world. xx

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    P. Rose | 3 March 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    Steve, that was great, thanks for tour!

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    Anonymous | 3 March 2010 at 1:04 pm #


    You're back, man. But your paintings will always be younger than you are.

    Wilfred Paradise

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    veleska1970 | 3 March 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    happy birthday to dear old dad!!

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    Anonymous | 3 March 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    you know if you stop we all disappear..

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    Anonymous | 3 March 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    nice work sk.
    see you at the oxford in a few weeks

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    Steven Krut | 3 March 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    I miss my dad, too. He was so awesome. ๐Ÿ™

    Great to see where you do your thing. Looking forward to the Atlanta gig.

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    Ady | 3 March 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    I had a bonsai fig just like that a boyfriend gave me years ago. It thrived for about 12 years, then died suddenly after torrential downpours rotted its roots. Kissing your plants definitely makes them flourish! (my fig died 'cos I ignored it & didn't realise its' demise 'til it was too late)

    I like the strong contrast/graininess of your footage, great look to it (is it pre- dawn?) The quality of the light & the cry of sea-birds makes me homesick for oceanic Sydney, I always lived next to the sea there……

    Great to see you smile Mr K, you often look very serious in pix you post, & your smile really does light up your face. Lovely!

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    Ryan | 3 March 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    jeez, i keep killing cacti too. love to have em around the house, but they always dry up or rot from the inside and make an astral exit.

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    gavgams | 3 March 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Good on you Steve.

    Trust you memories brought deep pleasure as your music has for us.


    The Operetta vid is great.

    May I suggest the amazing pre-dinosaur Woolamai Pine in a pot, as a xmas tree. The small ones are much cheaper now, and it's pretty local to Sydney area, amazingly.

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    persephone2u | 3 March 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    Happy birthday to your dad. Gorgeous bonsai fig you've got there. Still haven't figured out how to keep a bonsai alive for long, but I've got a lovely fig tree in my back garden which originated from Cyprus and they're amazing trees. Bonsais are especially magical, but what is the secret to not killing them?

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    EDD | 3 March 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    It's cool to see your space. You write on your wall?

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    Centuryhouse | 3 March 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    Happy birthday to your dad. Cool little video blog experiment!

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    Anonymous | 3 March 2010 at 9:13 pm #


    Happy Birthday to your dad, it must be hard and I dread the day. Nice to see your room and parts of your home, it reminded of that mtv show they used to do. Never liked it but they never put you on there either. Maybe we will get the rest of the tour soon. Anyway thanks for the videos and we look forward to the upcoming tour. Any new items to look forward to at the merch table this tour? I know you have a lot coming up this year as far as realeases. When can we get some dates? see you soon,

    Jason (jmb066)

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    fantasticandy | 3 March 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    nice vibe about about both vids kilbs!
    i think it's cool the way ya bang on about yer dad.
    and…yes….it is nice to see ya smile!

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    stealthblue | 3 March 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    Hi Steve!

    Great as always to see ya! Guess I haven't piped up much lately. Just checkin'in here and there. I can never go too long without the full dose of TTB. ๐Ÿ™‚ I sincerely miss it when I get too distracted by life. Been a little crazy lately I suppose…

    Steve, here's wishing a special toast to your dear dad. Happy Birthday to dear ol' Les!!

    Hope all is well for the tour. Looking forward to seeing ya in Chicago. Let me know if you need anything…

    Much P&L to you, yours and all you fiendss out there!


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    Jasperina | 3 March 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    Like the grim face on the cathedral floor…listening to Hunky Dory this morning with my earl Grey tea. He's chameleon corinthian and caricature…so to you King of Oblivian that moment of tree kissing was sublime and the birdsong echoing pure poetry. I dream I'm safe in my hotel womb. Have you seen Martin Sharp's exhibition yet? you should…it's pure magic. Luna Park, Tiny Tim, Eternity and dreams. @Museum of Sydney until 14th March

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    Anonymous | 3 March 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    I killed my echinopsis pachanoi
    but I didn't kill my cabbage tree…

    Nice friendly videobloggy –
    it felt like popping in for a cuppa

    If you record your video in Imovie
    it won't mirror your images.

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    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 3 March 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    I love that you remember and mention your dad's birthday like that, Steve. Bittersweet.

    Can't wait for your upcoming box set.

    Love, Tommy T.

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    cazziem | 4 March 2010 at 12:00 am #

    Enjoyed the tour, loved the bonsai fig too, which is obviously flourished with the love you transmit to it. Had the same problem with a cactus years ago, and when it ballooned up, I realised Iโ€™d over watered it and thought I could just prick it a few times to release the excess fluid and it would be ok. Guess it doesnโ€™t work that way, but then again it had pricked me often enough!

    Nice that you mentioned your Dad too. Having recently finished reading TOIP, heโ€™d sounded a real character and definitely a father to be proud of.

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    Saint Louie | 4 March 2010 at 6:36 am #


    I was thinking about my Dad ALL DAY TODAY TOO just like you were…my Dad passed on 02Feb10 just 16 days before his birthday! Yea, real bummer. So, my heart goes out to you man…I KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL and it brings tears to my eyes as i write this!

    God Bless Your Dad!

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    Anonymous | 4 March 2010 at 9:37 am #

    Hey SK,

    great to have a sneak preview of my painting!!! It will definitely compliment my other treasured work of yours (blue lady, Gilt Trip).

    Looking forward to seeing it in the 'flesh' but please don't rush on my account! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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    davem | 4 March 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    That was just lovely. Thank-you.

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    Mary | 5 March 2010 at 8:57 am #

    Happy birthday to your dad, im sorry i havent been on, like someone said in here, i dread the day also, my dad isnt in good health so i have been dragging him to the gym with me lol, him and his heart problems and my ms, we make a pretty good team loli hope i have many years with my dad,this was an awesome blog. Thanks for making me smile!

    love always


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