posted on January 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm
do too much

do too much

albums to come this year

1 the new one i’m working on now solo

2 the new kilbey kennedy you are everything

which is being mixed right now

(thanks to all pledgers)

and it is a lovely thing too

3 . album with frank kearns (coral kingdom)

4 album with hu dost


i have decided to write my memoirs part one

and am currently in neg. concerning this


am co-writing a book on spirituality


the church may have a few more gigs in em….stay tuned…..


the play is coming back to melbourne “vanpark” watch out in march


will be appearing on telly and live with a TV show


getting ready to re-release earthed plus


working on doing music for a  series of lapse or slide shows of nature photos


2013 should herald the finishing of macbeth and my soundtrack (and guest part)


accepting painting commissions


thatll do for now




55 Responses to “much to do”

  1. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 7 January 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    thank you for the sumptuous vid, so proud of you! More church gigs :)! Oh re Vanpark, is it returning to Sydney? I did email Lizottes last year about it and they didn’t know. Which reminds me, Redeye never got back to me re your short story although I got back to them and they said they would – must track down asap!

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    vitrack | 7 January 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    I almost fell from my chair when I read Coral Kingdom.

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    Ryan Murdock | 7 January 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    All great news, but this bit especially stood out:

    >i have decided to write my memoirs part one
    and am currently in neg. concerning this

    Great stuff. If some of the blogs you’ve posted about past albums, past shows, the 80’s, etc are any indication, it’ll be a hell of a ride.

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    Ingrid | 7 January 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    Sounds like great stuff is happening for 2013 (looking forward too to the book on spirituality). Thank you for putting up video “Undergrowth” as it just felt like stepping into a cool pool on a hot day (appropriately soothing and calming) TTB is such a wonderful retreat from the mad world outside, right down to every nuanced detail. I’m sure this is what keeps me sane.


  5. avatar
    princey | 7 January 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    That’s all fabulous news sk, I’m excited! 😀

  6. avatar
    Chris | 7 January 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Steve Kilbey by Steve Kilbey….I wanna pre-order!!

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    narelle | 8 January 2013 at 12:21 am #

    whacky do, nothing like a master plan to get going
    another idea if you run out of ideas Steve
    lets say sell 70 tickets at $100 each at a venue thats suitable…in Sydney of course
    venue takes $1000 and profits from whatever…Steve takes $6000…minus tank of petrol and guitar strings…then run for your life from the tax man,
    or, write off the tax…everyone else does
    actually you probably already decided thats not going to happen but its worth a try!
    the spirituality books sounds interesting…wonder about the book written by Lachman (author and Blondie musician)…has anyone read his work???? some say inspired by Wilson who wrote The Nature of the Beast (reference to Crowley
    could blab about a million things but there is one more…what happened to the Lizottes show of Van Park…will be in Melb Feb…tell them to change the month. Narelle will not be in Melb. in March ha ha!!
    best wishes with ALL these fabulistic projects

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    Anonymous | 8 January 2013 at 2:23 am #

    if you play that music vid over and over kinda like a mini vaca… thanks.

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    Giuseppe | 8 January 2013 at 2:37 am #

    Bellissimo SPACE 1999 Spazio 1999 lo trasmettevano in tv nel 1979, vedevo tutte le puntate

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    doctorshadows | 8 January 2013 at 2:53 am #

    Menesis II?

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    John Garratt | 8 January 2013 at 5:07 am #


    No Church.

  12. avatar
    Paul Fitz | 8 January 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Undergrowth sounds good, and it is warming to see that you are staying creative for 2013. 🙂
    It will be a good year.

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    Jesiah6 | 8 January 2013 at 9:26 am #

    Looks like it’s going to be a great year!

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    Kohl Ette | 8 January 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    meant to say, that photo is a bit ‘gestalt’ and you don’t have a horse for a heart in it do you?! 😀

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    Melissa | 8 January 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    YAY!!!! 😀

    I don’t know what to be most excited about sk! I think your book of memoirs will be most interesting, that is fantastic news!

    <3 melissa

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    Oh By Jingo | 9 January 2013 at 12:12 am #

    Yeah but wot do you reckon to Bowie releasing a new album after several years of silence – and how’d the news not leak ?!

    • avatar
      Admin | 9 January 2013 at 9:15 am #

      see above comment
      not impressed with new song one bit

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    Steven Krut | 9 January 2013 at 2:55 am #

    Those books sound really interesting. So does everything else actually. You’re sort of a TV sensation waiting to happen, I think, as your ARIA speech demonstrated. You could have your own show where you mentor young musical acts, punctuated by Church-related drama. You might be one reality show gig away from untold fame and fortune, who knows…

    I wish there was a new Church album on that list. It seems like there’s one brewing. Slowly. Actually, it feels like a lot of the energy has gone out of the Church as a project. That’s how it seems from my remote fan perspective. Maybe a creative break is the best thing now. As for gigging, I think the Church should experiment with doing pay-per view gigs on the web. Doesn’t have to be at some venue. Could be someone’s basement – as long as the sound quality is good. You could lure people in with some new songs. I think there’s potentially a lot of money to be made with that approach.

    David Bowie came out with a new song and album today after 10 years of retirement. Quite a surprise. Today is his 66th birthday! That’s unnerving – that David Bowie is pushing 70. I listened to his new song and, well, it’s a depressing dirge. THAT’S what he puts out after 10 years? So much of his later period stuff is the same somber, “woe is me – I’m old now whereas I used to be young and pretty” schlock. Who wants to listen to an old man whine about being old? Someone please shoot me if I ever get like that. I’m a hell of a lot older than I used to be, but I still feel just as excited about life. The past and the future are just mental abstractions. The only thing real is NOW – and it’s amazing!! I just don’t relate to his perspective any more. David Bowie – you are healthy and alive AND rich as shit! Why is your music a soundtrack to depression? And why can’t Bowie come up with a nice melody any more like you do routinely, Steve? OK, end of rant…

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      Admin | 9 January 2013 at 9:14 am #

      i do not like bowies new song or video
      and i agree
      butbowie has done so much great music
      but i hated that new song…hes just lost the musical plot somehow
      but i havent…..

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    eekie | 9 January 2013 at 3:00 am #

    This should keep you busy for a few months … what’s the rest of the year looking like?

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      Admin | 9 January 2013 at 9:11 am #

      after about march n april…
      oh yeah..i forgot to mention a solo and orchestra concert featuring the grooviest conductor in the world george ellis in april/may

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    Anonymous | 9 January 2013 at 3:04 am #

    Hoping you’re able to retain the focus to maintain the memoirs and won’t chuck it in once the initial impetus fades – done properly, your memoirs would be absolutely awesome. In fact, from 1970 onwards, do 4 volumes in decade-long blocks, yeeah!

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    hippy | 9 January 2013 at 4:33 am #

    I am greatly looking forward to the Frank Kearns collaboration. Steve, what did you think of Cactus World News? Personally I thought their “Urban Beaches” record was one of the best of ’86, along with “Heyday” and The Chameleons’ “Strange Times.”

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      Admin | 9 January 2013 at 9:09 am #

      frank kearns is musical genius. end of story. and one of the best best friends you could ever have!

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    sharon daniel | 9 January 2013 at 5:54 am #

    All awesome news! Had tkts for Van Park at Lizottes but then it was cancelled. Will there be any Sydney shows or is it a trip to Melbourne?

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      Admin | 9 January 2013 at 9:08 am #

      sorry bout lizottes…lack of sales…no sydney..but a melby show or two still mooted!

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    andy | 9 January 2013 at 10:48 am #

    much to be happy about musically this coming year then!
    ‘undergrowth’ is a nice example of that not quite ambient/found sound sort of thing that youv’e always been good at steve.
    i say ‘not quite ambient’ ‘coz there is often a clever twist that makes these pieces a bit more arresting…in this case the vertigious tempo crank-up that suggests a sense of unease….somthing lurking in that undergrowth?
    have to concur with the general consensus of opinion on the bowie comeback,
    a bit lacklustre at best.
    but ….you never know…first hesrings and all that…perhaps it will sound better in it’s proper place on the album?
    we’ll all find out quite soon.

    carl,sanch and i were blown away by your reaction to ‘found’…
    i had to fight to keep all that guitar mayhem in there y’know!
    the guys said ‘too unsubtle’,’a bit of a racket’ ect.
    they came round in the end though(i stood my ground kilbey-style).

    still fired-up about this macbeth soundtrack, i hope it’s the first of many for you…love your vocal stylings but it’s intriguing to me to hear your composing skills pushed in another direction.
    i hope it all earns you a packet mate!
    much love to ya kilbs…..

    oh, hey….’n thanks again for just being the ‘being’.

    • avatar
      Admin | 9 January 2013 at 11:20 am #

      i love you man
      and i love the direction yer bands heading in
      go white watusi!

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 January 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Your version on spirituality and my version on the same topic, may be completely different depending on field one is playing in.

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    Kohl Ette | 9 January 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    Got a copy of ‘Song for the Road’ at Dymocks at last! Thanks for the tip off SD. First time have been able to get back into the city for a while and Redeye said they still didn’t have it. I’m going to cancel the order there now if anyone else was thinking of going there. I found it in the George St Sydney shop and it looked like there were about ten other copies still there in the music section. :*

    • avatar
      Kohl Ette | 9 January 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      the music section is upstairs for anyone who has not been there for yonks like I.

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    Stephen | 9 January 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    Surprised at the hostility being aired towards the new Bowie song. For me, the lyrics and the video – just watching his face – seem to be indicating a reflective and, somewhat disturbingly, frail perspective.

    The way Bowie’s face is distorted initially reminds me of the time I saw my father after he had a major stroke. And – even though he’s miming – the movement of Bowie’s mouth seems stilted. Here, while I’m typing this, I’m reminded of the latter days of Freddie Mercury and Johnny Cash (his version of ‘Hurt’ still resonates for me)…

    And the shot of him lingering, almost as if to give us a final look (or a farewell from him?), before his face finally moves out of the frame near the end, well…

    I know many people will always hail Bowie for the high watermark of his early 70s output, but this is an artiste somewhere else completely from those characters, a man stripped bare

    (And, by the way, I’m not a big Bowie sycophant)

    • avatar
      Admin | 9 January 2013 at 7:19 pm #

      i respect your opinion

    • avatar
      bigbopper | 9 January 2013 at 11:14 pm #

      I agree, not a huge Bowie fan but I really like the new song and video. Breaking the mold so to speak. As they say, to each his own. Cheers everyone.


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      Steven Krut | 10 January 2013 at 2:32 am #

      I don’t like how joyless his new song is and that’s also been one of my frustrations with his late period work. He’s done quite a few somber, melancholy, reflective songs about how weary it is being old. Perhaps the new album will have some stellar moments. I hope.

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      Anonymous | 10 January 2013 at 12:56 pm #

      I agree – I saw it as portraits of past in retrospective thought to oncoming/(ongoing?) and those changes/realizations within that keep one from destruction of the soul – there’s confusion to the huge separation of “now”; to end: thoughts of what makes life/people heroes…: sun, rain, fire(!!!) and the me/you – quite romantic through images as stunning movement/memmory playing behind the room of memories/trinkets/projects, imagery to find/reflect within along with the song – there are so many stories told within this piece and of course, his voice: breath-takingly aching while at the same time pondering these questions, separated/aloof from a days’ realities: I think he perfected it. everything’s become so dismissive, everyone’s become removed by time itself so you have to think of where goes the next part in all of this while the current stays misundertood; I think he told the truth (for all of us) – and his side-mime: absolutely stunning with those beautiful gentle trusting eyes that I thought were suppose to be what kept you away from watching him other than as narrator in reflective delivery to her. purposely underplayed to accent her… But that’s just my take. he put himself out to deliver a reflection to others; we’re all with same type thoughts – like above: stripped bare and very beautiful.

      I think this song’s initial release is to quietly prelude the rest. You know he can tell great stories!!! Can’t wait for the cd to make it here. For the health problems he had in recent past years, I was thrilled when a friend emailed me the link to let me know Bowie’s new album – almost here! (and hope his health continues strong.)

  26. avatar
    kell | 9 January 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Oh God, amazing piece, ‘Undergrowth’….love how it gets faster, then plateau’s onto a new level, then surprisingly speeds up again at the end…Perfect interpretation for Action of Nature Itself. Would love to see (hear) what kind of music you’d put to cool temperate dark dense Victorian forests (ie, my photos), & Tassie forests! Bet you’ve already done it!!! Note ~ these forests are different to NSW ones, but ALL are relevant & CRUCIAL! Thanks Kilb! Well done!

  27. avatar
    skellngtn | 9 January 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    I’m with Stephen on the Bowie tune…maybe my perception is a bit tempered with the welcome surprise of a new single and album (after everyone wrote him off as retired). But with a few repeated listenings, after not being overly impressed on first listen/viewing, I’ve grown to like it…especially the way it swells as it wraps up. To each his own. And I just ordered the new cd, SK. Can’t wait…

  28. Kraig
    Kraig | 10 January 2013 at 12:50 am #

    Ordered Steve! Lookin’ forward to it! Does the poster come creased or rolled up? Anywayz, cheers my friend! Needs to hear some summer songs in this dreary usa winter

  29. Kraig
    Kraig | 10 January 2013 at 12:58 am #

    From the looks of David Bowie’s video, looks and sounds like he’s depressed and finally seeing what life might be toward the end..being 66 years old and all, likely his music reflects some outlook on what “as been” and “what may come”? to put it bluntly…that vid looks retarded btw

  30. Kraig
    Kraig | 10 January 2013 at 12:59 am #

    “as been”=”has been”

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 January 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    where’s Darrin? Are you okay dear Sir? please comment on something; miss you.

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    Kohl Ette | 10 January 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    A lateral connection but the colours and ambiance of the photo keep making me think of the wharf the other morning.

    We enter the vast room
    that juts like a wharf
    and all the students stretch
    and look like they tread the boards.
    We are reassured by the teacher this is the level.
    We smile graciously but inwardly I’m dubious,
    a newbie.
    The young heron will be fine
    she looks fine
    she is fine
    all will be fine
    (‘everything’s ok…’)
    I remember that today
    well the class is underway
    I can see in my periphery that
    some are regarding me quizzicallly
    but momentarily that recedes
    and I am a ballerina
    at peace with my dream
    I know all is not perfect but
    that is good, it makes me work
    I need that
    I need difficulty, problems,
    goals, challenges,
    refinement of technique.
    I will get there one day
    in my own time, my own way
    I sometimes look ironically
    to the young heron to model
    and teach me
    and finally some of the
    professional types are
    calling me to perform
    leading me not leaving me behind,
    (‘don’t take this too seriously’).
    A young man hashes the
    pas de chat maybe deliberately
    he jumps like a thrown from
    a skyscraper cat.
    The teacher screeches:
    ‘What’s that?!’
    And that was that.

    We walk back along
    the boardwalk
    passed other classes
    of male and female dancers
    a mixture of enthusiasm
    and casualness
    gaucheness and grace
    past people drinking coffee
    by the sea
    we return to a different
    common place place.

  33. Kraig
    Kraig | 11 January 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    My favorite from David Bowie is “All The Young Dudes” which i think is from T-Rex originally but i like Bowies version better! I guess it was just the time and place, my age, friends, i was with etc at the time that makes that cut stick in my mind the most! Love that cut! Bonus: You fucking cool cats REMADE that cut! Fuckin’ Awesome!

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    SS | 12 January 2013 at 6:30 am #

    Love the music from you and god’s creatures. Thanks. It goes perfectly with yoga. Didn’t know about the new record with Martin. Will get right on that! I’m looking forward to it! You have much happening. Maybe we can see the play stateside this time. Well, don’t let me slow ya down!

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    hellbound heart | 14 January 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    hot damn i better start saving some pesos!!!!!!
    love always….

  36. avatar
    Admin | 14 January 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Sam here – After an overwhelming response to our release for ‘The Idyllist’, followed by a few emails and some crafty manoeuvres, we have managed to ‘up’ our manufacturing and are offering an upgraded packaging to you our first few hundred buyers! ’The Idyllist’ will come in a jewel case with a limited edition 4 panel lift out showing extra shots from our cover photoshoot, a foreword and only for print poem by SK. This means we are now able to offer the next 100 purchasers this upgraded packaging (don’t fear those who also managed to secure the poster, you’ll get this too). After this we will be going back to the cardboard sleeve (retailers will not be receiving the upgraded packaging). Place your online orders fast as we’re counting down, we will email you with your order status if you are wondering about whether you made it in… it’s like the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket around here lately!

  37. avatar
    SS | 17 January 2013 at 5:30 am #

    Dear Sam I cannot find where to purchase ” The Idylist” can you help? I do not know my way round the time being very well. I am sure I missed the cool cover but would still like the cd or to download it.

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