posted on February 16, 2007 at 8:31 pm

yesterday hadda jam with jonny z
hamish s
and stu h
jazzy players
we met up at this place overlooking tamarama beach
good lord i feel like im in a modesty blaise film up there
cactus plants n courtyards
a table n chairs outside overlooking the pacific
god these jazz guys can play
i get confused easy at 1st
im playing my bass
so theres electric bass
n double bass
then hamy on drums
stu on piano
im all thumbs
i feel like ive never played my bass in our lives
i wanna show these guys i can play
but i cant get even the smallest thing together
i think about yoga
i think about swimming
gradually i relax and get some discipline over my fingers
i start doing a little chordal riff
j z comes in on a slippery slidey bass thing
the drums n piano come in like magic
ok we all know we onto something
a cuppla hours later n we got a good instrumental piece
recorded on stueys phone
we knock out a cuppla more things
wow
i hope we could get to record this stuff
i wanna string some narrative lyrics over the top
anyway we have a cuppa tea with the druid who lives there
my envy dismantled immediately when he turns out to be real nice
ha ha
anyway after that
“the eagle landed” chez killbee
and rikki tikki came over
now clock this
2 of the grooviest alt-rock-space-indy-windy-miney-mo rockers
ever
i mean
the bj fuckin m…..dude…where you been..!!!???
rikki youre so bohemian…AAAARGGGHHH!
anyway nk wants to have a wee sleep
but not with ye olde bumper..
however the doodles want something to eat
despite ricky being late for an appointment
with even more groovy rockstarz
in ultra-hip/groovy paddington
hes pressed into service
the bumper has climbed like a chimp into my arms
and she aint being put down
how can i cook like this…i moan
and ricki jumps into action
i mean as a cook hes a good guitarist
and he keeps asking me
what to do next
as he juggles tomato soup n toasted sandwiches
well this is alright
i got this other dude cooking the doodles food
and all i gotta do is hold bumper
whos in a sad mood
we listen to my version of images of london
on a brand new kev carmody tribute record
out now on emi
who?
emi
eventually
after being very patient
me n eve n aurora drive ricky off to his film
course hes pretty late by now
but true to form
rikki never complains
i can see why they need ya in that groop
a calm rocker in the eye of the sturm und drunks
on the way home i quiz the doodles on names of baby animals
they dont know that baby swans are called cygnettes
thats a silly name they both protest
and fingerling strikes their fancy as another silly name
aurora (who is nicknamed the biggle
because when she n eve were babies
she was the big girl)
says dad what do they call baby biggles
i dunno i say
chatlings she says
cos aurora is aurora love-a-chat
and she can talk the hynde leg off a donkeys ass
q:how are you guys today
both: good?
what about yer cough aurora?
good….uh, not really
have any dreams lassanite?
both : no!
aurora : thats what we say…err we dont really know
do you guys believe in god?
both : yeah
eve : who the heck dya think made all this earth?
aurora : he lives forever
what happens when someone dies?
a: a one way ticket to the underworld…
e: they go up into heaven and fish go to the
big blue pond in the sky..
what does art mean to you?
eve : its really important to do some art each day
that way ya get better n better
a: its a very simple part of nature
eve; it is a part of nature cos papers made outta trees!
i gotta few more questions
aurora walks off holding her back
im sorry dad i dont think i can make it..
cmon i say
ok 3 more questions
whats the worst thing with adults?
aurora : they tell ya what to do
whats the best thing with adults?
a: they take care you
e : i dunno whatd aurora say?
would either of you like to sing or play music for a living?
a : yes id like to have a rock band with my frends
e : sing
hows the bumper?
nk :sleeping
hey nk whats it like being my wife?
nk : (long silence) its a real adventure….
(hmmm thats ambiguous)
nk laughs sounding like betty rubble
whats yer favourite chrunch song?
nk a hard question to answer
aurora:under the wilky under the ….
i gotta feeling that whatever i ask you..
nk: me?
aurora : i answered his questions..
nk i’ll give you five of my favourite
ok
nk: invisible,telepath, its no reason, buffalo,real toggle action
(wow 4 outta five aint bad)
the bumper arrives and starts kissing auroras belly
whats the best thing about living in australia?
nk : um oh god….all the beautiful beaches..australia
no i dont wanna say that…(in a soft seductive tone)
i was gonna say gettin to see all the cherch shows here…
(oh good girl, nk!)
what do you, apart from your family, miss most about the u.s.a?
nk( slightly teary eyed) oh god i wanna say something interesting..
forget that. what do you really miss…?
nk…i …i…miss the trees the seasons and autumn all the trees
changing colours n in spring ….all the classic seasons
what do dislike most about australia?
nk : ummm…oh god (betty rubble laugh) all the cockroaches
whats it like being a woman
nk: hmmm…..ummm…clears her throat
sometimes its the most wonderful thing
sometimes the hardest..
me: but you could say that about being a man
nk : you could..
whats the worst thing about me?
nk ; the way you often harshly judge yourself
sometimes youre too critical of yourself..
what about when im being over egotistical…doesnt that negate
the harsh standards?
nk : smiles ..laughs ..very occaisionally you can be annoying with that
but youre an extraordinary person..
me : shucks
one last question
what goes on behind locked doors?
nk : oh no (starts to giggle) are you really asking me that?
me : yes
nk : cant ya just put
wouldnt y’all love to know…

35 Responses to “gouache wash”

  1. avatar
    Fandorin | 16 February 2007 at 9:51 pm #

    BJM baby food

    now…

    what’s the word

    incongruence?

    …but fuckin’ cool!

  2. avatar
    veleska1970 | 16 February 2007 at 10:18 pm #

    more insight from chez kilbey…

    sweet!!

  3. avatar
    CSTCoach | 16 February 2007 at 10:34 pm #

    LOL, that was a good one today 🙂

    Hope you get to record some o that jazzy stuff. Long Way Home was very cool. A whole gnu ewe…

    could you recommend some bjm albums, for those of us gnu to them? where wood u start?

    NK, i respect yer taste in music. your 5 are among my fave choich songs too. i’d have to add Authority to that. I always liked that one…

    “the way you often harshly judge yourself
    sometimes youre too critical of yourself..”

    Gotta agree with that one too!

    🙂
    ryan

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 February 2007 at 10:45 pm #

    nice blog, steve.read it every day.
    I got my copy of el momento siguiente a couple of days ago.Signed by the hole band,exept you:-(……anyway,the record was great.
    Looking forward to get the Kew tribute cd too,one of the best songwriters in australia.
    Take care and we will meet in inthe country of H.C Andersen.Wow………….after 25 years,finally..

    Thor-ARNE

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 February 2007 at 10:50 pm #

    umm, thanks for not telling us a bout behind closed doors…puulees, what a horrible thought…NK must be really pissed of that you intrude on her that way…yes deep down she really is….

  6. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 16 February 2007 at 10:52 pm #

    Family means so much; thanks for sharing a part of yours with us.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 February 2007 at 10:53 pm #

    Really dont understand the Blow-Job Mass. fuss….i mean, big deal, nothing special.

  8. avatar
    nic | 16 February 2007 at 11:27 pm #

    thank you for all the little ‘insights’ in to your life SK – I LOVE reading it all!!!
    LURVED how you included NK today…(she is a very lucky woman…..)

  9. avatar
    Richard | 16 February 2007 at 11:31 pm #

    I’d been thinking just last night about my favourite 10 (5 is too hard)

    nk’s first two choices were my first two

    now that you’ve opened this up SK, what are your favourites (- or, if you’re feeling grumpy, your least favourites)?

  10. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 16 February 2007 at 11:47 pm #

    all hail nk for playing our game…
    Jonny Moondog

  11. avatar
    Tim | 16 February 2007 at 11:59 pm #

    I’m like nk and many others…too many great Church songs to pick from…but at this moment in time…I am really diggin Nothing Seeker on Forget Yourself…

    The first time I heard it was earlier this week, fresh off some very intense blog entries..you know the ones I mean…and man, did those lyrics resonate…”I sorry that I come across as thoughtless”…etc..

    It’s an incredible song on its own…but was given added potentency in my mind..perhaps because it was my first time hearing it so I had no previous “relation” to the song..

    The bass is also kickin’

    While a church fan since Starfish days…I still haven’t heard everything you’ve done…but can’t seem to get past Forget Yourself…The Bass seems higher in the mix than others I’ve heard..I have not liked an album this much in years..You’ll probably hate this but I am an amateur video artist and will no doubt use some of this music to set to video…stills…art..

    I spent a weekend once on Springsteen’s “My City of Ruins” with a literal interpratation of the song and with all images downloaded off the internet with the theme of urban decay and blight from the world biggest cities. I think it will be fun to do a church song since its such “visual” music..the problem of course is trying to do the music justice without the producer injecting their “vision”. Must be ultimately frustrating as an artist…but since its for my own purpose and will never see the light of day outside my own home..I guess I’m not doing anything wrong am I?

    I’ve been setting music..my own included to video since I was 12. Perhaps I’ll send to you one day for a lark..

    Enough of this church stuff for now…gotta enjoy my own kids for a while..thanks for today’s blogg.

  12. avatar
    stealthblue | 17 February 2007 at 12:12 am #

    Isn’t it great to have such a lovely wife? (I like the Betty Rubble bit-too funny)
    She sounds perfect for you and your little fambely. 🙂

    That jazz number (the music of course);) sounds like it would be interesting. Hope you guys do something with it. It’s always interesting to play new things/styles, especially when you’re feeling “all thumbs”. Or when you’re nervous about playing with “so and so.” Then relax, and like magic, if it works, it really works.

    Great blogge today, man.
    Goodnight, dear Kilbeys…
    Ben V.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 February 2007 at 12:34 am #

    Your wife must be a saint….and I’m only saying that because I know you’ll agree.

    B.Bon

  14. avatar
    Melquiades | 17 February 2007 at 12:37 am #

    hot enough fry an egg on
    Tamarama beach

    A seaside jam. can’t think of better..

    Did Rikki relocate?
    listening to BraveryRepetitonAndNoise now. great…

    enjoyed the Q&A.

  15. avatar
    davem | 17 February 2007 at 1:00 am #

    I just found the nk part really moving.
    She doesn’t appear here often and she loves OUR man, take care of him nk. It’s great to see how much he adores you.
    He is EXTRAORDINARY!!!
    Me. Late Friday night. Tired and emotional. Happy to see esskay happy!!!
    xxxx

  16. avatar
    captainmission | 17 February 2007 at 1:29 am #

    yeah that was quite lovely, especially the nk bits, but we know behind every remarkable art space rock, boho, poet, free form jazz writing genus there lies an extraodinary woman.
    i particulary agreed with nks answer to
    ‘whats yr fave thing about oz’
    when i get asked that question, thats my answer to…

  17. avatar
    MEM | 17 February 2007 at 1:44 am #


    the ideal image of myself is as a vegan dr. hannibal lecter

  18. avatar
    Cita | 17 February 2007 at 2:02 am #

    You are a lucky bloke to have such a top chick for a wife.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 February 2007 at 2:34 am #

    for God’s sake…take your mrs up to the Blue Mountains during winter so she can see Sydney DOES have seasons!

  20. avatar
    mattdavison | 17 February 2007 at 2:49 am #

    What did I say the other day about nk, killa…Hit it on the head eh.And that’s only from a 15 min conversation.. + day five and it’s no reason.. she’s got my list.. beautiful 27 dgrees in auckland..down to beach queen mary 2 in port and zillions of tourists..
    what a fuccin paradise..leaves dusty water-less aus 4 dead.. ten wicket haul from the nz cricket over auss..our time in the sun now

    more vege people than any other city in world..say’s the lonely planet guide of auckland..and we got not the church but dam close every week at the pr bar…sk get ya shake on and move here..

    Matt..ps (Aucky is the Bj capital of the world as well.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 February 2007 at 3:41 am #

    nk has taste

  22. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 17 February 2007 at 4:22 am #

    “what goes on behind locked doors?
    nk : oh no (starts to giggle) are you really asking me that?
    me : yes
    nk : cant ya just put
    wouldnt y’all love to know…”

    footsies?

  23. avatar
    Matilda Nhil | 17 February 2007 at 4:46 am #

    That was a beautiful, funny and tender few minutes sharing with you folks, thanks to you all in quadruplicate

  24. avatar
    MEM | 17 February 2007 at 5:19 am #


    here’s a video for ya – flexing a new medium – low low low low low rez version here – looks +++ HD

    iiidddooonnn”’ttt kkknnnooowww

  25. avatar
    Melquiades | 17 February 2007 at 8:42 am #

    MEM, loved the montage.

  26. avatar
    geenunn | 17 February 2007 at 8:43 am #

    i think i love these q & a’s the best of all sk… you have a beautiful family.

    big love to you all!

    geenunn

  27. avatar
    eek | 17 February 2007 at 10:54 am #

    I really enjoyed this. 🙂

  28. avatar
    verdelay | 17 February 2007 at 10:57 am #

    Life is but a dream. Please don’t wake us. Moments like diamonds. Slip one under your tongue and it’ll sustain you for centuries. Hold it close. Closer. Absorb it utterly. Release it through the pores of your skin only when it’s time to go. You’ll know that time. We are waiting here for you, all of us. Waiting for you at the raw rim. Take your time, take your time, take your time…merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily…

  29. avatar
    nickfiction | 17 February 2007 at 2:07 pm #

    Steve your life sounds like a dream, who needs riches when ya got all that. people who have money are miserable. they could never buy what you have ….

  30. avatar
    restaurant mark | 17 February 2007 at 2:35 pm #

    sounds like a great day man…take care and get behind those doors!

  31. avatar
    shawn_el | 17 February 2007 at 3:15 pm #

    I too enjoyed your NK q+a…and the doodles sound so cute.

    Was listening to After Everything Now This yesterday. It’s so good, IMO one of the best things you’ve ever done: rife with elegance, beauty, and understatement. It has so many of my favorite songs: After Everything, Awful Ache, Radiance, Night Friends, Invisible. I’d be interested to hear about the recording and writing of it some time.

  32. avatar
    Jim | 17 February 2007 at 3:34 pm #

    As a Yank who is (probably) moving to Sydney next year, with my girl who is from there, the conversation about what NK misses about the states hit home for me, made me all melancholy. The thing about the seasons. It is the dead of winter here in NYC, but I kind of like it. I would miss it. That, and baseball.

    Also, I don’t like spiders.

    I saw y’all at Irving Plaza last summer, it was great. Even though I know you don’t like this place.

    My fave tune is “Fading Away.” People seem to forget that one. There’s nothing like the riff in that one. In a post a few weeks ago, you dissed “Easy.” But I love that one; I love the new album.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 February 2007 at 3:55 pm #

    BJM – got it…you love ’em. move on.

  34. avatar
    eek | 17 February 2007 at 7:00 pm #

    Anon at 2:55am — you’re a twit.

  35. avatar
    letango | 17 February 2007 at 10:07 pm #

    I don’t know about your bio, but this blog brings a tear to my eye. What beauty surrounds you. Beauty almost always makes me cry just little. And sometimes it makes me cry by the bucket.


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