posted on September 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

maybe me with my sad blue eye


have done some recording with tim

for next church record presumably

is that the next next one or the last next one
or the next last one?
i drove to melbourne with simon starling and talked for thirty minutes
simon starling is a guy with some sad lovely songs
i produced this record for him a couple of years back
heres a link to starlings music
anyway i listened again to this album on the way down
it really is superb
approaching pink floyd before rog became all tyrannical
like on “more” or something
tim p plays drums just like nick mason on here too
a really beautiful soulful and sad record
i heartily thoroughly recommend a listen
could be exactly what youre looking for!
anyway yeah
i take to the stage and i talk
for thirty minutes with nothing prepared…
big deal
i didnt really dig it that much myself…
dont think i’ll do it again
i need a subject like my performance enhancers gig
melby october 13
i’ll be talking about greek hindu norse and christian mythology vis a vis my stuff
(a clue: my stuff is full of it!)
and i’ll be playing some songs and fielding answers
i really am quite the amateur comparative theologian
(as youve already deduced!)
my eldest twins are conkering the whirled
hipper than hip
cooler than cool
playing the game perfectly
avoiding all that slogging it out stuff
they have elegantly and effortlessly become one of the next big things
a complete surprise to me
the girls were always a bit rebellious in that
they didnt want to follow the same career as their parents
you see?
even if you are a singer songwriter your kids wanna be lawyers or something
anyway destiny and inevitable fate finally prevailed
the saint lou lou story is not mine to tell
both parents are sworn to secrecy on pain of death
but let me tell you i have heard some more new lou lou
and verily its hits in spades
2 twin sisters
2 opposites in identical skin
one like the ying one like the yang
identical and yet opposite
from the 2 ends of the earth
i tell you also
the day karin and i met we knew that we were the agents of these 2
and here they are
all five of their uncles and both parents are musicians in varying degrees
ok uncle olle is pretty much an actors actor but he plays a very mean flute
(hear him on some of my bootlegs!)
personally i think they would have been silly not to have followed thru with this
i am happy that this philistine world has immediately caught on to them
i love their first single to bits
and i love the video for it too
it is strange though for this to be happening
people are coming up n asking me about them now
i am so proud that they have created this brilliant music
without any help from anyone in the family
with scandinavian flair and european gravitas
they pulled off this aching loveliness of a song
i also note and salute their producers/co writers addeboy vs cliff
fuck the swedes have a monopoly on this kind of melancholy thing dont they?
and if only auntie lou lou was here to see all this
now my mother joycie bennett didnt mind the saint lou lou vid
but by christ
auntie lou would be having bloody smoke coming outta her ears
esp. considering this rude video is somehow connected to her name!

anyway i love saint lou lou
and i cant wait to hear the results of their london sojourn (maaaan!)
meanwhile have ya checked out summer of love
my collab with alien skin
heres the linky
cmon folks buy this
its only one buck!

well that should give ya enuff to be going on with

thanks to holly j for resurrecting this blog from the dead






48 Responses to “my weird life”

  1. avatar
    Will | 11 September 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    “for next church record presumably is that the next next one or the last next one or the next last one?” What? What! What..what!?!?! You can’t be saying you uys are working on your last church project. NO!

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      thetimebeing | 11 September 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      what am i saying?
      i dunno either will!

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        Belfy | 11 September 2012 at 11:49 pm #

        Every Church record is made like it’s the last one – that’s why they’re still so damned good. 😉

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          thetimebeing | 12 September 2012 at 8:00 am #

          i know but its noive-racking

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            Anonymous | 13 September 2012 at 12:06 pm #

            oh but it have to be! the price you pay —- otherwise it would be a complete asystole of an album

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    Kohl Ette | 11 September 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    You have reason to be proud. I don’t know your twins but I sense they are very perceptive and more… as one would guess but hopefully not assume or expect. I think kids hate that, well prob people in general… yes, I heard the song you did with Alienskin and I love it. Thanks you two and thanks Holly, she’s a doll. Don’t ‘know’ her either, glad to know her here anyway. Also.. oh was going to get all contrite and apologise again. I did via email as you know and already did here so better not overdo that. Part of me laughs at my own hypocrisy. It’s as if the old saying ‘you only hurt those you love’ is some kind of antidote to remorse.

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    KevG | 11 September 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Steve, that is one lovely song by your daughters. Best of luck to them in everything connected to what they’re doing.

    But despite the claim of no help from anyone in the family, I have to say I see your artistic spirit fairly permeating this, from song to video, in the very best of ways. An evocative, suggestive presence in everything from sound to facial expressions to imagery and visual tone. At moments I felt like I was watching and hearing something from Earthed come to life in a delightfully strange new form, except with yourself now cast as one of the romantic eldritch influences referenced in the text by these young self-discovering artists.

    Not wanting to diminish their own hands in this in any way, but as a father myself, wanting to assure another father that something essential and utterly distinctive about your spirit is alive and flourishing in a beneficial way in the artistry of your children. That’s a magnificent gift.

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      thetimebeing | 11 September 2012 at 5:28 pm #

      thank you for this beautiful thing you have
      i hope that somehow my artistic quest will be carried on by my daughters
      with this song they have more than picked up the torch!

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    Chris | 11 September 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    I like ‘amateur’ people…from the latin ‘to love’…they do what they do for love rather than some other motivation…

    St. Lou Lou are blessed blessed and make beautiful beautiful songs…

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    Anonymous | 11 September 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Heart of hearts, and King, as your birthday approaches (always a time of rebirth in my heart like an illuminated wave of love) and the construction goes forward in my accelerated life, I get this inner turmoil I know so well, a rush to tell, from hush to spell, I wake up in the middle of the night and in the middle of everywhere with this never surprisingly ache / wake. I read. I love when you rave on music. I love how your virgoan precise take on each detail makes you sound effortlessly perfect about the wholeness of what you investigate. I love how you dominate the subject but never ceases to describe the tiny bits you discover as an excited teenager. I love how your words are warm and high and yet so sharp and wise. Oh how I love you and your words. You who come before your words and your words that can only come from you. 
    So much perception leads to sadness. Look into my eyes my very eyes which they say are so bound to get the millimeters with no limits and see how sad they look. Don’t worry. 
    Speaking of music, I need to make you notice Mature Themes by Ariel Pink. A record from this very year which can be synthesized through these lines: “as sad as it seems, it’s like something in dreams”. I seem to have this feeling about Ariel that you had about Bolan, I mean, about the way he delivers the words, the myriad of inflections, like the way Bolan sang “crrrrimson”. Ariel has quite the pact with the microphone. He’s this silly looking hipster from California hanging around like he’s just another one but they claim he invented “chillwave”. Forget about this media context. It tells nothing about his greatness as a songwriter. His lovely and poignant trip, being the superhero of musical collages and mélanges, the art of 21st Century. A guy who’s obsessively recording music inside his chamber for many years deep in his research of nearly anything TASTEFUL that came before him and dealing with his sentiments through this real to real cacophony. “I write a song and I don’t know what to say”. Can you be more real than this? And I love how he is mainstreamly glorifying a type of psychedelic recollection dans this symphony bedroom music so drowned in exquisite lo-fi beauty exactly like you did in your solo albums from the 80s. You mastered it when NOBODY was fucking doing it and now the coolest of the cool is to go record yourself on “tape”. See how many contemporary great acts come from their musical exercises of solitude and self-exploration like Toro Y Moi, Twin Shadow, Caribou, Geneva Jacuzzi, John Maus and most of all, Ariel Pink. The last three all borrowing from your aesthetics at that time.
    Anyway, listen to “Symphony of the Nymph”, a bath of synths with some sweet turn of phrase (“the nymphony of the synth”) and four excellent twists of melody. Half of this record is like some rebuilding of Italian progressive rock without the obvious pomp, stripped to its lowest magick. “Only In My Dreams” and “Mature Themes” are stellar pop songs. The first one with this Beach Boys sauce wrapped in heavenly backing vocals (all by Ariel) and the second with its simple chorus “I wanted to be good, to be good, to be good, my baby” sung in ultimate desperation. 
    I love how the opening song “Kinski Assassin” sounds like Robyn Hitchcock sounding like Syd Barrett and how “Nostradamus and me” deals straightly with experimentation. Well I could go on and on but I’ll return to bed. 
    “I’m here in spirit so don’t hesitate to write”. I took his advice and came to write this to you cause you’re here in spirit. Like always. 

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 11 September 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    I am glad everything worked out…I did ‘resurrect’ it and I was hand writing it to document format from a data image snapshop…I tried my best from my end…

    There is nothing more rewarding in this, or any world, when the expectations that a parent has envisioned for their children becomes reality…and possible even surpassed…

    Much love and respect to Miranda and Electra for their hardwork and to a musical journey which shall have no boundaries and which will lighten the smile on their proud parents faces each and every passing day…

    Saint Lou Lou Rocks !!!

    Congrats girls, and way to go papa !!!


  7. avatar
    beautiful song | 11 September 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    you can hear/see the lovely talent they’ve inherited from both of their parents.

    and the church? if there is an always, there is another.

  8. avatar
    12 string | 12 September 2012 at 1:44 am #

    Saint Lou Lou kicks a.. !!
    The future is wide open….But what would you expect with that special gene-pool ! 🙂
    So expecting to hear new church material! You guys deliver like no others…!! Please never stop!!??



  9. avatar
    AW Griffin | 12 September 2012 at 2:46 am #

    Hi Steve. Have you considered incorporating the work of Marion and Walter Burley Griffin in your music, a’la “Welcome”? Perhaps you have already? I urge you to check out “The Secret Plan of Canberra.” Best!

  10. avatar
    davem | 12 September 2012 at 3:51 am #

    New Chrunch stuff……fucking great news.
    And well done to the girls. Yet more “related” stuff to collect which is really exciting too.

  11. avatar
    davem | 12 September 2012 at 3:53 am #

    Being a completist ought to be a pain in the arse, but not when almost everything you touch, however light that touch may be, is so wonderful.

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    MIKE F | 12 September 2012 at 8:23 am #

    Awesome song and video!! MJ FRIMO

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    Paul Anthony Matthew's | 12 September 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Congrats Steve, a proud Dad and rightly so… Lou Lou have a great modern sound but interestingly enough they’re writing and singing with the substance we’ve grown accustomed from you. Well done… I wish them well with their endeavours..

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 September 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Lou Lou , for me , feels like the step many bands couldn’t take in an era such as 1984-1994…there was some ‘darkness’ during that time…I get the feeling of finality when I listen to ‘Maybe You’…

      It’s haunting …

      I believe there were bands right at this same point that the girls are now and sadly fell off course…some chased money and fame , some broke apart for beliefs, some suffered tragedy…

      For me , I feel a relation to Joy Division/SLL … which is a huge compliment…
      A unique band who was on the brink…Lou x 2 will surpass them …it just all feels …just right…

      …it has a chill…


  14. avatar
    John Garratt | 12 September 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Wow – the internet.

    Music flows through the faucet so easily now. So much stuff is a mouse-click away. I didn’t know about that song for a dollar.

    I sit here in my basement, loading the two Hex albums to my laptop. I remember a blog here where Kilbey said that he was surprised no one bought them at the time. But all through the late ’80s to the mid ’90s, I knew nothing about the Church’s peripheral projects. By 1994, I had read only one article about them, and it was a tiny one. In Guitar Player magazine. My information on the band itself was nil. All I did was listen to the music. Now a pasted link takes me all over the place.

    I did manage to get one friend to listen to the Church some. And behold, a long time ago, he gave me a CDR copy of………….”More”.

    I’ll have to go find it now. It’s somewhere.

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    Ingrid | 12 September 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Hey SK, it comes as no surprise the talent of St Lou Lou, after all its all right there in the genes!!! A mesmerising and beautiful song and video. I loved it right from the first moment I heard it when you put up here a few months ago.
    And another thing how amazing to have two sets of twins. Congratulations to you and the girls, I’m really happy for you all.

  16. avatar
    Ingrid | 12 September 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    BTW clever, I love the “maybe me with my sad blue eye”

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 September 2012 at 10:16 pm #


    :+) :+) :+) :+) :+) :+) :+) :+) :+)

    may u have a magnificent day filled
    with hugs and kisses from the many
    angels that surround you !!!

    was there something you wanted for this
    special Birthday ??? I mailed a card a week ago –
    I hope it arrives today !!!


    ENJOY !!!


    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 September 2012 at 10:18 pm #

      Kristina and Laura are throwing many –


      from their hearts … to yours !!!

      The Kellys

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 13 September 2012 at 6:08 am #

      my dear dazza and fambley thank you!

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    littlehappynever | 12 September 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    s l l are haunting my heart. i listened to the song a lot in what turned out to be the last days of the one i loved who suddenly died. back then i thought the song was simply beautifully sad. now it has me on the floor crying every time i hear it. maybe you… life is weird indeed. weird and cruel and ugly and wrong. but it’s all i have and it’s great, i guess…

    anyway, thanks for signing my mimesis-cd, and thanks for the little aquarel (?) .
    (was it really handcut by you? and did you actually pack and address the cd’s yourself? you hardworking man, you)
    i love it. just the little present to bring a little light to my dark days.

    thank you,

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      thetimebeing | 13 September 2012 at 6:08 am #

      oh gilbert…..
      i am so sorry to hear of your loss…oh no..!
      yes i cut it out the little painting
      i hope your dark days become lighter my friend
      at least i m always here for you

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        littlehappynever | 13 September 2012 at 9:25 am #

        thank you, i appreciate that. i ordered the cd’s to try and take my mind off things a bit, and it actually works, some nights. especially the garage sutra album; the freedom and youth of it, the keys and the reverbs, the wonderful vocals, the songs like little birds, gems like ‘nineveh’ – it takes me right back to the happy happy days of earthed and remindlessness and a quick smoke. how do you stay so new?

        her name was Sarah. she was the sweetest, warmest, loveliest woman. i miss her so.

        thanks again. thanks also to your girls. if ever a song was gonna be heavy for the rest of my life,
        it might as well be theirs, which is, as you rightly put it, so achingly lovely. just like Sarah…

  19. avatar
    hippy | 13 September 2012 at 5:34 am #

    Man, your dortas’ song is absolutely celestial!!!

  20. avatar
    12 string | 13 September 2012 at 6:56 am #

    Grattis SK!!

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    Ingrid | 13 September 2012 at 7:18 am #

    Happy Birthday SK and many Happy Returns of the Day!!! Enjoy your day, it’s a nice one out there xxx

  22. avatar
    Chris | 13 September 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Happy Birthday Steven J…mahatma…great soul!

    I became a grandfather today as well….most auspicious date!

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    littlehappynever | 13 September 2012 at 9:38 am #

    ……. and a happy birthday! (a moon festival?)
    many many MANY happy and healthy returns.
    have a great day with your loved ones, and many more after that.
    all the best,

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    happy birthday you never aging soul!

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    Jesiah6 | 13 September 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    I’m loving Saint Lou Lou. The video is beautiful, and I can’t wait to hear what they come up with next.

    Also, Happy Birthday! Hope it’s been a great one.

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    Steven Krut | 13 September 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Steve! I hope you have a great celebration with your friends and family.

    Because you said you enjoy them, I held back my latest video so I could share it on your birthday. This one is for The Disillusionist:

    I held a casting call for the role of the Disillusionist and Bela Lugosi won out. He’s a natural disillusionist!

    There’s another video I made recently. It’s not for one of your works, but it’s for a song I bet you like. It’s for Shriekback’s The Shining Path:

    Your daughters are very beautiful and talented. I like their song and that video is VERY high end. I wish them great success.

    The specter of the last chapter for The Church is unnerving. Seems strange that it would unravel at this point. I guess a lot depends on how it goes with the next album’s reception. I would love to see you guys do a ridiculously pretentious concept album someday. The Lamb Lies Down Under the Milkyway or something like that. 🙂

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 13 September 2012 at 9:27 pm #

      Brilliant !!!

      simply brilliant !

  27. avatar
    hellbound heart | 13 September 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    proud dad!!

  28. avatar
    Lily | 14 September 2012 at 4:21 am #

    First of all, Happy Birthday! Hope your day is filled with music, laughter, love, everything good. Thank you so much for posting the Saint Lou Lou video. It’s absolutely gorgeous! When you first linked to the song a while back I instantly fell in love with it, and these images are a perfect fit. So hypnotic. I wish the girls a long and successful career and definitely look forward to hearing more from them.

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    veleska1970 | 19 September 2012 at 12:12 am #

    i am digging st. lou lou. the musical genius there is evident.

    some new churchy music, possibly? yay!!

    lotza love……

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