posted on January 15, 2009 at 8:18 pm

we see our little project take wings n fly
how long has it taken axle-grease to finish
that guns n roses record….15 years?
well me n ricky justabout finish our backing tracks in 2 days
uh huh
and i aint heard axles but i just know ours is better
lindy morrison from the go-bes drops by
we get her to play tambo too
my she besotted with our mr ricky?
fuck hes a good guitarists someone says
as el maymi slashes down a sizzling rhythm track
yeah …hes a visual treat too… she says watching him rock
i play some piano ricky plays more drums
we write 3 newies right there on the spot
i’m fiddling round with a d chord
pumping the bass a little
i move the bass note down to f#
which turns the d into some other chord
although nothing has changed in the top half
the new bass note makes you feel like the ground
has dropped away
or something
i bang out a couple of tunes on the piano
it all comes dead easy
i dont even fucking have to try
( voice in other room:sounds like it !)
the first thing i play becomes the song
rickys drums give the song more shape
we add twelve str n electric guitar
the songs blossom n grow
fingers moving out into the world
in strange unforeseen directions
we give birth to these barest bones
and they mature n grow n bloom
they turn into themselves
ricky is an amazing bloke in studio
he tirelessly rocks n rolls
except fot the briefest naps n cig breaks
hes there first thing with bells on
and hes the last to leave still with bells on
he has a truly excellent chordal knowledge
and a wide knowledge of popular music
and the way its all put together
hes taken the time to separate the components
and he knows exactly what it takes to recreate any classic feel
on drums or guitar or percussion
he did some great percussion while i went home early
and some of it reminds me of “all things must pass”
bass playing was reserved for jonny z
who is THE best bassist in aust
double bassist that is
he comes in
and despite some shockingly sad personal news
he proceeded to knock our dicks in the dirt
with his superb and instant takes on each song
during the psychedelic number
his bow screams across the strings and moans all eldritch
he is truly truly truly amazing
no charts
no nothing
he instantly learns the songs
he starts playing its almost always the right thing
n thats why i aint playing bass on this
now jonny z has given it the swing
by the way
if you are interested in hearing austs bess bassplayer in action
can i recommend “the sea”
which is j z’s solo album
its tres jazzy
its not rock
but gee whiz
its got that groovy thing
us rockers cant n dont do
the day ended at 11 oclock after much weird weather
and fierce playing

46 Responses to “day 2”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 January 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    soundz jazzy from one end to the ether!!bring on the dancing girls!!:) xo

  2. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 15 January 2009 at 9:25 pm #

    In his early career Ricki was primarily renowned as a drummer in the United States. J. Beck has just been rightfully inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but my joy was temporal when I learned that Iggy Pop and the Stooges were bypassed for RUN-DMC. Insane and inane.

  3. avatar
    fantasticandy | 15 January 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    another special day…..
    your’e very much alive!
    i’d like to make a right olde racket with ricki one of these days.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 January 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    another week goes by!

  5. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 15 January 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    …you’re joking, right, brien? run dmc??? i mean, c’mon….
    shit it sounds like you’re having fun steve, bet the new tracks’ll knock whatever it is that i have in the dirt (i don’t possess a dick, i’m afraid)…
    so many thanks for your good wishes, guys…i’d love to meet you and give you a big hug! (not likely to happen, i know)…have a beaut day, all!
    love always…..

  6. avatar
    restaurant mark | 15 January 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    i love hearing you sound so positive and excited describing your new recording project! and in turn it makes me excited to hear it! and also makes me want to run into my studio and start a new track…but, unfortunately have a school project for our 2nd grader, nolan to work on. fun, fun, fun…

    take care people

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 January 2009 at 11:16 pm #

    two words!:green grocer.:)x:(;/ n if that fails,go out for take-away.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 January 2009 at 12:25 am #

    You Sir, are wicked.


  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 January 2009 at 12:28 am #

    and pushy!!

    absolutely, positively perfect. πŸ™‚ xo

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 January 2009 at 12:33 am #

    by the way…
    I’m a fuckin ass hole :-))X0 :))0

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 January 2009 at 12:46 am #

    Yeah, well you said it. πŸ˜€

  12. avatar
    matt davison | 16 January 2009 at 2:54 am #

    cant wait for day 5…

  13. avatar
    Freddie | 16 January 2009 at 3:03 am #

    Another productive day.


    I watched two wonderful ladies succumb
    to that dreaded disease over the past year
    It’s wonderful to hear some good news!

  14. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 16 January 2009 at 3:07 am #

    Belated best wishes and optimistic prayers for you “Hellbound Heart.” I hope the good news resonates.

    A week ago Kilbey was exhausted and now he’s musically frenetic and energetic. Great recovery by an ageless icon whose also a part-time iconoclast.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 January 2009 at 3:25 am #

    all this is brilliant good news, sk

    love ya, my main man


  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 January 2009 at 6:33 am #

    I hope the ‘new direction’ is not jazzy with noirish feels. I also hope no blues licks find their way in.
    simple hopes of a fan.

  17. avatar
    melissa | 16 January 2009 at 6:46 am #

    just wanted to pass on my best wishes to Hellbound Heart ~ didn’t get the chance to read y’day’s bloggy until now, it’s wonderful news! πŸ˜€

    great reading today SK πŸ™‚


  18. avatar
    davem | 16 January 2009 at 7:30 am #

    Sounds fantastic.
    I love that f# in d. You’ve used it on a number of things and it sounds very “you” and marveloous: Tristesse, Tear It All Away, Providence, Comedown, Day 5……..
    Bring it on. I can’t effing wait!

  19. avatar
    fantasticandy | 16 January 2009 at 9:03 am #

    check out
    for a bit of a surprise!

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 January 2009 at 9:33 am #

    That’s great. How is your Superfund going. You should touch base with Willie Nelson. He didn’t pay tax and had to work into his 70s. Not far away for you I guess.
    I cant believe you tell of money woes, even though you have made millions more than anyone who reads this, and you never paid taxes.
    How can you live with yourself when these poor bastards who pay tax and scrape by donate money every time you cry poor.
    You have no code of conduct or pride gutter rat. You still live like a junky.
    I pity your wife and kids. God forbid they need braces.
    Start saving TTB drones

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 January 2009 at 10:32 am #

    Was that Madrid calling?

  22. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 16 January 2009 at 11:18 am #

    andy, i don’t quite know what to say, i can’t keep the smile off my face….you’re gold, my friend…
    thanks again guys…despite what certain individuals may say from time to time there are some bloody sterling people around here!
    love to you all….

  23. avatar
    eek | 16 January 2009 at 11:38 am #

    Found a nifty review of Painkiller (Click here). Seems a particularly good time to post it since you are currently working on a Painkiller sibling. πŸ™‚

  24. avatar
    catchow | 16 January 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    attending your sessions must be terrific!
    “the sea”? why not? interesting to discover another kind of music..

    To hellbound heart and mark : i’m very happy for you!

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 January 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    hi steve,
    incredibly difficult and sad day for me today. soul crushing…anyhow..
    your songs really helped me, listened to alot of SK today, especially appreciate Providence, Nothing Inside, and An Arrangement.hoping to recover soon!

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 January 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    Anon 5:33, It’s a long way down the rabbit hole and you’re blocking my sun.

  27. avatar
    Lian | 16 January 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    Thanks for the link, eek.
    That is really, really nice. I mean, both the review, and your link.

  28. avatar
    CSTCoach | 16 January 2009 at 5:56 pm #

    very very cool – always love to hear about the crystalline rush of excitement a new project brings.

    pretty much figured something was up when you were dragging and listless a few days back. that always seems to be the prelude to a new flowering of creativity.


  29. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 16 January 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    Kevin N…..hang in there, mate, i’m sure things’ll get better sooner or later…
    peace and love…

  30. avatar
    seoigh | 17 January 2009 at 12:07 am #

    I don’t know how much of an achievment it is to record something better than Axl Rose did. Good lord, I would hope it was better! Wish I could make the jazzy gig, but you decided to put it on the wrong hemisphere. Do tour the states again at some point, Killer. How else will you ever get the chance to hear one of my covers of your music, right? πŸ˜‰

  31. avatar
    Lian | 17 January 2009 at 3:09 am #

    Anno 8:33,
    At first, thank you for you mentioned Willie Nelson. I don’t know if there is anything cooler than singsing into one’s 70s.

    And I don’t know if there is anything poorer than posting a comment like yours, especially, I suppose you know what happened to SK in his life, but you wrote something so nasty at here, which, the intention of it is SO obvious.

    Glad everybody at here just ignored you. It really took me some time not to write some thing nasty as yours, I guess other fans at here must have felt the same. Wish SK wouldn’t even feel getting stunk, by such a vermin like you. He’s such a big man; and his music, his voice is just hauntly beautiful. And this blog, this precious blog which we all cherish, is just such a forturn to all of us.

  32. avatar
    steve kilbey | 17 January 2009 at 3:21 am #

    ive pointed this out before
    and i’ll point it out again
    i have always paid taxes
    i just 2 years slip by thats all

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 January 2009 at 3:36 am #

    I would like to point out that I never beat my wife
    Just slapped her a few times during the past 2 years

  34. avatar
    Lian | 17 January 2009 at 3:45 am #

    Are you a ghost or what? If not a ghost then you must be a devil, who NEVER can live in the sunlight.

    I pity you, poor soul. You must know it yourself that what a poor thing you are.

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 January 2009 at 4:43 am #

    you are a protected species,steven.;D πŸ™‚ xowe love you.both of us!DM&CM

  36. avatar
    Freddie | 17 January 2009 at 5:08 am #

    Yeah, some person(s) like to come in here from time to time saying things but we know the real deal. (hugs)

  37. avatar
    Greg Guevara | 17 January 2009 at 5:13 am #

    beautiful! congrats on a great day sk!

  38. avatar
    lily was here | 17 January 2009 at 5:33 am #

    JZ is pretty good SK. Had a listen at his myspace & dont mind this style of jazz, very soothing. Sorry to hear he's had sad news.

    I guess everyone in Sydney's gone to All Tomorrow's Parties? ..sob .. a sacrifice I made for The Triffids tho', i cant complain. Please film some of your studio time!


  39. avatar
    EDD | 17 January 2009 at 9:56 am #

    Oh, Man!!! Anons are quite testy and they have opinions. Some comments don’t have much to do with what’s being written on the blog. C’mon! WHAT ABOUT THE FUCKING GOLF SHOES?!?!?!?!?!?

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 January 2009 at 12:32 pm #

    good night,:) xo

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 January 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    G’night, love. xox

  42. avatar
    davem | 17 January 2009 at 5:52 pm #

    I miss you when you’re not around SK.
    hope you’re having a splendid weekend.

  43. avatar
    markobears | 17 January 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    This blog makes me miss playing. Its hard enough finding a drummer or bass player (me, though id rather be playing guitar) in a samll town let alone any others who want to enjoy jammimg rather than working to sound exactly like someone else. rock on!

  44. avatar
    steve kilbey | 17 January 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    anon 2;36
    you dont have a wife
    youre an unloved n unlovable wanker
    come n find me
    and i’ll fucking have ya!
    you coward

  45. avatar
    davem | 17 January 2009 at 9:00 pm #

    He’d have to get through me first SK.

  46. avatar
    MEM | 22 January 2009 at 7:08 am #


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