posted on July 14, 2009 at 2:13 pm

yeah i sit here
who who who am i…
who hoo boo kay
i go down on roof top for refreshments
i purchase a soy latte after much l’argy-bargy francais
guys get over it n speak english
they act like its the first time they ever smelt the blood
of an englishman
10 hour drive to new yorky
the van i travel/drive in today has internet
maybe i can update this blog as i go
down the road
a live travellin’ blog
as i ramble ramble skip n stumble
i fall i walk tall
life makes us all crawl
sooner or later
over the gate across the wall
i see the maisons n malls
i see the mile after kilometre after inch after dust
i remember the cans and the broken bottles
the old newspapers
ive read them all
im in them all
a child in a pram looks up n sees me on a bridge
will he remember me as a shadow when i have joined the dead
i pack up my belongings this hotel womb
i born i die every day
i see my children come into this world in wonder
i’m in awe of my wife who keeps me fascinated with her
even after 11 years
my daughter scarlet is some crazy joker with liz taylors looks
shes bad to the bone
all your humble scribes nastiest naughtiest inclinations
there it is all bundled up as lil sk
to carry on my blurred crusade…against what..
against not trying to make this world a more interesting place
theres a lot going on here
hey you should visit here
we got miracles and ghosts and invisibility
we got anything you want or cant see
i’m gonna do it
do it from wealth
do it from poverty
did it when young
did it when old
did it me
did it you
my fambley is pretty good
i dont really have to go far for entertainment
my house is usually vibrant with their racquet
my kids are kind to me
i appreciate that
eve and aurora hate to disappoint me
and usually they dont
they are polite and considerate
and everybodys happy to see em
i speak on phone to them
i tell scarlet i’ll be home soon
yeah dad she says like a weary voter
whos heard all the promises before
eve n aurora get on the phone to ask for small gifts
aurora wants a dvd of a christmas story an american film
you cant get it in aust apparently
eve wants some more of these little rubber things
go on the top of pencils
BELL RINGS
oh uh
time to go
more from road later

21 Responses to “leaving quebec”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 July 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    SK,
    safe travels man.

    love,
    keef, dee and rylan

  2. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 14 July 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    The Church and SK's music is tantamount to the quality of Van Gogh's painting. Sadly, they endure many of the same financial trials, tribulations, woes and travails. Fortunatley, they are loved and revered by countless thousands. If animals could vote SK would be Prime Minister Of Aussie. Mynah birds would vote present.

  3. avatar
    andmoreagain | 14 July 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    Made love to Untitled #23 last night. You can't put a price on that. I also e-mailed all my friends who used to be or might be fans to let 'em know about the new reckid. Rock on and on and on Kilbster.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 July 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    I've waited 27 years to see you play live again – and those fuckers just walked off?!
    Wot a world…

  5. avatar
    andmoreagain | 14 July 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    P.S. Mary, I heartily agree with your sentiments you expressed yesterday.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 July 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    Hi Steve, I'm glad you're in a more optimistic frame of mind today. I saw you and the boys at Shank Hall last month. Great show! "Space Saviour" was my favorite.

    After reading yesterday's post, I ordered your art/CD box set straightaway.

    I want to second a lot of the business ideas people shared while commenting on yesterday's post.

    Someone mentioned Kristin Hersh and C.A.S.H. Music. Check it out!

    This NPR piece mentions C.A.S.H. Music and the funding for Jill Sobule's latest album – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90478696

    More Jill Sobule info – http://www.jillsnextrecord.com/

    Consider the idea offered yesterday about fans/patrons subscribing to the band for $100 a year. 2000 fans X $100 = $200,000! Each fan/patron could download a new official live "bootleg" each month of the subscription. Speaking of official bootlegs…

    I agree with pwebb, who yesterday wrote that you and the boys should be selling whatever soundboard-quality live recordings you may have in 320 KPS MP3 and FLAC formats. Pearl Jam does this, as does Fugazi – http://www.dischord.com/store?partner=1&keyword=fugazi+live+series

    Keep ya head up! DWL

  7. avatar
    Dannis | 14 July 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    Christmas Story is out of stock here..I have an order for the 2-disc set coming in two weeks. It would be my pleasure to ship it out to Karmic Hit in Sydney…safe travels home Steve..
    always, Dannis in Toronto

  8. avatar
    malcolm | 14 July 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    "A Christmas Story" is such a funny film. Seen it too many times though.
    Twenty-four hour marathons every holiday season. Do pick up a copy if you can.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 July 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    $100 a year from 2000 people sounds like a great idea.
    Trouble with setting up a Church cottage industry tho is: who'd run it?
    Cos Steve ain't that way inclined and if he forced himself to start it up he sure as fuck couldn't be arsed to run it day by day.
    Rollins makes literally the best part of a million dollars a year from spokenword gigs & dvds, self-printed books, live and outtake cds. He hasn't got a 1000th of Steve's talent or a 100th of Steve's charisma. But Rollins works like an absolute bastard and that's what makes it possible.
    No matter what, Steve ain't gonna put in that kind of sustained effort.
    But several others combined might be able to make similar progress on behalf of the Killa, no?
    Please, this time, let's organise something.

  10. avatar
    Ellen | 14 July 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    FINALLY!

    At last, #23 and Painkiller arrived in yesterday's mail. I listened to #23 on the way to work this morning.

    Steve, your voice is as gorgeous and warm as it sounded 30 years ago. Honest! I'm not saying that to make you feel good. I really mean it. I was blown away from the first cut. Brilliant work!

    I really admire your artwork, too. Again, I'm not saying this to sound "nice" — I really mean it. You have an amazing talent as a painter!

    Seems like you're in better spirits today. Good!

    And THANK YOU for being so transparent in your blog. It's such a treat.

    Safe travels and rest up. You've earned it!

  11. avatar
    A.M. | 14 July 2009 at 4:12 pm #

    11 years of fascination — I can only imagine. How wonderful. I love hearing of your family. What beautiful roots and shoots.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 July 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    A helluva lotta sense being written here over the last few days.

    I've mentioned the idea of snippets of songs, soundbites, that could be used in various projects before ie. TV, film, adverts), but here goes again.

    Brainstorming:
    'Another Earth' from HoB could be used in an advert for the Moon & Stars version of Coco Pops. Milk being poured crashes into the cereal bowl (using the intro where the guitar motif 'crashes' in), and maybe 'She wants the moon and stars' lyric could be used? Get in touch with Kelloggs!!!

    Would it be worthwhile folk listing segments of songs, and where they occur (ie. from 2.02 – 2.15 in such and such), and maybe suggesting potential themes where they may 'fit' somewhere?

    Like, at the end of 'On Angel Street', where the guitar gently tends the wounds of the weary soul, reminding me of the sea, waves lapping against the shore, and of holidaying near the Cafe del Mar in Ibiza. Weird, cos the lyrical imagery seems to be in a different place, but it all makes sense, a kind of wistful reminiscence.

    There are a few wordless vocal ideas (on #23 and FY) that also seem worth making more of.

    The band ventured into the world of soundtracking recently, but surely some kind of compilation for movie/TV execs which touches on 20 – 30 snippets/ideas from your already recorded comparatively recent material would be worth considering.

    OK, enough for now. The sun's shining, and I got soaked earlier, so I'm away to brave the weather again.

    Regards

  13. avatar
    plumlady | 14 July 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    If your girls are interested in more "American stuff" after you've left, you should just post it here and your bloggies could send it to you (if you share your address). Maybe that could help the budget a bit if there's stuff we can share that you can't obtain in Australia. Your land seems so very far away from here, and such a wonderous place, would love to see pics of it. Do you have a backyard where kangaroos hop? (he he)

    Hoping you post a pic of you with the family upon your return.

  14. avatar
    veleska1970 | 14 July 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    untitled #23 is a JEWEL!! the more i listen, the more enraptured i am.

    you're missing your beloved fambly immensely. you'll be home to them soon.

    have a safe drive. 10 hours is a loooonnngg time.

    lotza love…..

  15. avatar
    Altres | 14 July 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    Heh, sounds like you've cheered the fuck up. 😀

    Have a great trip Steve, hope you have fun with the kiddies in Sweden. I like it when you're in Europe, makes the place seem a whole lot cooler.

    I'd sign up for that idea above about subscribing for a gig download a month! What a brilliant idea.

    Brian

  16. avatar
    mcook5 | 14 July 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    Hey SK, I have this old picture I saved from your freaky conclusions paintings, if you could do one like that again I would buy it. Let me know where to email if you want to see it. I already have your Metallic SK original, love it.

    Another thing, I think a overhaul of The Church website could really do you guys some good. I mean, structurally it's fine but visually you could really go crazy with the all the art you've been doing and it would go along with the kind of artistic renaissance mode you guys are in. All of us Church fans know it's what's on the inside that counts with you guys but its proven that the eye candy makes people stay. And the merch page could be WAY more obvious, you have to really sort of search for it now. I'm just saying, look at the painkiller, ultc, block cd single covers, amazing art that really represents you guys. The website is super important.

    I've been studying all this lately and am doing some websites, been an artist all my life. Let me know if i can help: mcook5@sbcglobal.net

    Good luck with everything, tell the tax man to go shove it!

  17. avatar
    call all men good | 14 July 2009 at 4:49 pm #



    ur a good
    man killer
    go now
    all awaits
    u've been
    set free

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 July 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    MAYBE 200 OR 300 PER PERSON TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THIS NEW CHURCH RECORDING AND THE SAME THING FOR THE RECORDING AFTER THAT. THIS WAY THE CHURCH AND KLK WILL HAVE MORE MONEY AND TIME TOWARDS MAKING IT THE BEST THEY CAN.THE MAIN CHURCH RELEASES ARE ALWAYS SPECIAL BUT THIS MAY MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. FOR THE CONTRIBUTORS MAYBE A SPECIAL MENTION AND NAMES IN THE CREDITS ALSO A SPECIAL EDITION WITH ALTERNATIVE COVER AND EXTRA SONGS. I'M NOT SURE IF WE CAN GET 2000 PEOPLE TO DO THIS BUT I BET WE CAN GET 200 FROM THIS BLOG TO COMMIT. I SPENT 180 FOR TICKETS AND 25 FOR THE # 23 RECORD AND I DON'T EVEN HAVE A TURN TABLE I JUST BOUGHT IT FOR THE COVER AND TO HAVE IT SIGNED. I HAVE NO PROBLEM HELPING TO KEEP SOMETHING GREAT GOING. EVERYBODY PULL TOGETHER AND MAKE IT WORK. STEVE PRESENT THIS IDEA OR SOMETHING SIMILAR. T BELIEVE THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE WILLING TO HELP. MJ FRIMODIG

  19. avatar
    Jason | 14 July 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    A revamped Church website is critical to future endeavors for both keeping current & lost fans informed and aware of Church & solo activities. Also, the merch area, as stated above, is not user friendly. The site, as it is, is difficult to navigate & not visually interesting. The whole thing needs a re-vamp & some technologically enabeled Church fan should be able to help. I would easily pay you and/or the band $100/yr for some kind of monthly piece of art or music that would be separate from 'official' Church releases. You guys are the best and you should find a way to continue touring behind this album. I can't believe #23 drops in May. You tour in June/July. And that's it?!?! I may be wrong but it seems like this album is the entire bands opportunity to get some kind of small financial security for later in your lives. I'm not talking about being rock stars again but just being able to put some $$ aside for later. This is the one man!!

  20. avatar
    James St James | 14 July 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    It's nice that you feel better today Steve. I think everyone has presented some nice ideas on bumping things up a bit. I keep thinking that it is way past time for a mega box set that contains alternate versions and mixes and odd bits and pieces. Major gatefold action, exquisite artwork, (Marty's images on the new album are great. Tap into that more. Indeed, tap into the Tap.) At least three cd's in the package. Also, the band desperately needs a performance video of high quality. The KEXP video was one of the best I've seen of any band. It should be something you could buy or at least a template of what could be done. Everything about that video was first rate. Yeah, find an amazing place to play and an extraordinary setup and lighting and get a camera crew and visual mixer that knows what quality is and play a long set filled with magic. Capture all of that on video and I'm sure many people will want it.
    Anyway, all the best to you and everyone in the band and crew. (and count me in for subscription and live recordings and also for that Kristen Hirsch idea. Especially like the idea of user mixing and uploading back. That could really generate some surprises.

  21. avatar
    Freddie | 15 July 2009 at 12:19 am #

    Thou dost not care much for Quebec M’ Lord?
    Hahaha…feisty foto! I love it! 😀


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