posted on February 27, 2007 at 9:29 am

bad news
bondis new performance space
where i was gonna be right now in fact
has been shut down
it was 2 good 2 be true
aint it the truth
poor andrew h n the others
it was gonna have more plays
more happenings
more exhibitions
now my play wont be returning
not there…anyway
only last night we were sitting round
in the bricklane workshop
ex radiator workshop
now an excellent venue in this culture starved wilderness
people wanted this in bondi
you can only go so far with all the other touristy malarkey
i mean some us wouldnt mind a bit of a “space”
somewhere for groovy happenings of all kinds to occur
and this place had it in spades
it just felt right
they hadda party there satday night
i took the fam along
it was jumping
seriously jumping
theres nothing like this in bondi
and hasnt been since how knows when
and we want our drawing classes
and our poetry nights
and our plays
and our exhibition/parties…
you know
not another surf shop
which is what it will become
starting in 2 weeks
oh sad day
i was gonna do a show there on the 24th
i was gonna greet everyone at the door
and introduce myself personally
to whoever showed up
take them to their seat
chat a little
then i was gonna show slides n videos of my life
talk to the people as they went along
have a guitar there to maybe strum out some songs
i was gonna read from my new book fruit machine
i was gonna juggle poetry n recite marble
yeah you get the picture dontcha?
anyway thats all gone by the wayside now
i would like to sincerely and passionately
thank my subscribers
true patrons of the arts
everyone of you
no one ever had to do anything
but you did
and i appreciate it
and some people donated some nice things
and thanks for sending all the cds dvds books
from people(thanks john g.)
i am reading evening in the palace of reason
sent to me by that extraordinary artist MEM
who posts pithily here from time to time
he sent it ages ago
but ive only found time to read a book this week
wow! its a bloody corker!
its the true story of js bach
being summoned to the court of freddy the great
of prussia
and the conflict between the young king
and the old master
a clash between bachs ideals n freds sheer power
and guess what …
fred has bachs son working for him
and theyve devised this musical challenge for old bach
but it all operates on many other levels
and its a true story
just like my biography
any way ive learned a load of stuff
about music i never even dreamed of
and js bach is a totally wired fuckin genius
he is so confident…..oooh
he just churns out beautiful unbelievably complex stuff
all his life
hes knocking out this stuff thats lasted hundreds of years
he revolutionised music
its use of instruments
his eclectic melding of diverse styles
his ravenous intake of others music
figuring it out and spitting it out as bach
oh a good read
not stuffy or boring
js bach…whooda thunkit?
still have plans for photos n talking blogge
need russells commitment to help implement
and hes a bizzy geezer
hes a professa of podcaste n blogge
jesus what happened to geography n algebra
it woulda been preposterous to think
at lyneham high in the 60s n 70s
that rusty would teach people to blogge n podcaste
i mean that sounds like a good gig to me
and i believe an attractive package has been negotiated
or was that his lunch?
so i send eve n aurora to school
to learn all this stuff
but actually in the future
there will be jobs that cant be anticipated now
and school schmool!
i mean how much did rusty need to learn at lyneham high
to teach what he teaches now
did he need all that rubbish they taught us
with the sines n cosines
jesus i never understood that stuff
having some orrible poet shoved down yer gullet
and then forced to analyse the bastard
come up with same answer as the teacher
oh yeah
big science
thats come in pretty handy
except its hard finding a little nozzle for my bunsen burner
and the doodles are starting to complain about all the disected frogs
i dunno
yer gotta read between the lines
ha ha
king of kontroversi

45 Responses to “oddsent ends”

  1. avatar
    fantasticandy | 27 February 2007 at 10:48 am #

    i quote you:

    you don’t fool me
    your command of the language is second to none.

    sorry to hear about the workshop though,
    the suits who own your town obviously just don’t gie a shit.

    glad you still do!
    andy L

  2. avatar
    fantasticandy | 27 February 2007 at 10:50 am #

    mabye that should be the title of the dudes first album?!

  3. avatar
    fantasticandy | 27 February 2007 at 10:53 am #

    i told you i was dysliksic!

  4. avatar
    syrinx | 27 February 2007 at 11:10 am #

    You should have you own place in which to stage the artsy-cultural goings-on of your choosing. Invite all your friends and friends of friends and people with whom you’d like to *become* friends to play or perform and let it spider out endlessly. Call it Killer’s or something. But then eventually you’d have to become Managerial , I suppose. And all sorts of other bizness-y words.

    Any way around that?

    Nice daydream at any rate.

  5. avatar
    eek | 27 February 2007 at 11:20 am #

    Oh no! That sucks about the performance space. I probably shouldn’t say this as I one who tries to sell stuff to people (of course what I try to sell is art stuff, so that’s a bit different than the standard consumer crap), but really just how much stuff do people need? Art feeds a different need than mere consumerism. We’d do better to consume more art and less general “stuff.” Sorry to hear that it got pulled out from under you.

    come up with same answer as the teacher

    I think the most useful thing I learned in my years of school was how to take a week and analyse what kind of answers the teacher wanted and then I could go on automatic pilot the rest of the term because I knew what would work for that person. The fine art of bullshitting. 🙂

    I was lucky in college though to have several professors who quite enjoyed the fact that I invariably came up with a different reading of the material than anyone else in the class. I think I provided a bit of colour in an sea of beige and that was appreciated and generously graded. And it was more fun for me too. The bullshitting came in handy there too though. Still does.

    So there you have it. You go to school to learn effective bullshitting.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2007 at 11:34 am #

    Hi Steve, regarding yesterdays blog and the debate of the big fella upstairs. To me it all comes down to definition. The mere fact that mathematics exists and works and we have various chemical equations working, molecules interacting, becoming more complex, evolving, forming life etc etc etc, is amazing and maybe this is one possible definition of God. Does god have to be imagined as some sort of being or man? Can it not be the system itself? The fact that these systems can evolve to a level where we can have conscious thought, art, apprecation, emotion and love makes it all the more likely that mathematics, science, and god are one and the same and it is us who lack the imagination to comprehend this.

    Sorry for the anonymous, can’t remember my f’ing password as usual! – MattyC

  7. avatar
    Tim | 27 February 2007 at 12:08 pm #

    sorry to hear about the perormance space is there anything that can be done
    to save it? Anything at all?

  8. avatar
    Celticat | 27 February 2007 at 12:24 pm #

    Steve that was just f*cking great!

    “Smiles as his sticks his boofhead heroically above the parapet hoping to be ignored by any mouse.”


    Love to you and your family

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2007 at 12:33 pm #

    Andrew’s lease ran out? Shame. He seemed to be loving the whole thing that night I was there. I put my name down for email updates of coming attractions…guess there won’t be any now. The workshop was in a superior location and there was loads of space….perfect for yet another fucking surf shop….but you never know, Andrew may yet have something else up his sleeve. He’s an instinctively creative guy and may get something else up in the future.

    Give him a hug around the neck for me when you see him.


  10. avatar
    captainmission | 27 February 2007 at 1:08 pm #

    ahhh so sorry to hear about that, it seems such a worthwhile project, surely there must be alternative venues?

  11. avatar
    veleska1970 | 27 February 2007 at 1:16 pm #

    sorry about the venue….that’s usually the way it goes. the best places are always the ones to go under.


    thanks for the recommended reading. sounds interesting.

    about school~~i have to say i definitely enjoyed college waaayyy more better than high school. i guess it depends on the professors one gets. my art professors were great and i had fun in those classes. but you’re right about a lot of stuff being taught. i don’t remember the last time i had to figure a factorial!!

  12. avatar
    John Garratt | 27 February 2007 at 2:36 pm #

    Bach also found time to have 20 kids. Well, some died. But still, nothing to sneeze at.

    Dammit, ended a sentence with a preposition again. My education has failed me.


  13. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 27 February 2007 at 4:55 pm #

    hey me esskay, let’s save the bricklane workshop from destruction, me will buy and you will supply, haha…

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2007 at 5:35 pm #

    Steve, sorry to here about your performing place being shut down. Funny thing, having lived here in the Portland Or area for many years is that the places that The Church have played, 1988,1990 venues are closed and who knows what is there now. Unless the place makes the cash, they close. Just the way it is. (reminds me of your song, Transaction) Some questions. 1. Why was the name The Church picked? 2. What is up with the drum sound on Seance? 3. Why was Richard Plogg kicked out of the band? (drugs?)4. Is there ever going to be a properly recorded live cd/dvd? Thanks for your time.

    Some guy who lives in Portland Or.

  15. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 27 February 2007 at 5:46 pm #

    Andrew or someone working with him should look into applying for an Art Grant, or contact the local college and see if they are willing to share their space. Is there an unpretentious coffee shop/art store that would be willing to hold special events?
    In SF many coffee shops, record stores double up as performance space. Look into it.

  16. avatar
    kat | 27 February 2007 at 5:52 pm #


    i have confident you will find a new door to greet people & whatever special else. as far as the subject of english, it was my favorite subject in college, at least the writing part.

    check tha children of nuggets disc in gmail ;]

    peace xo

  17. avatar
    Jim | 27 February 2007 at 6:17 pm #

    On the topic of your penultimate entry,

    Cheers for that. I don’t even mind the jabs you took at Christians (for I am one myself) because your larger point was brilliant and made me smile.

    Anyways, I am a Christian who has been largely, like you, influenced by Yoga and Hinduism. (And, as it happens, I’ve been in some other states of mind also.) I have simply come to the conclusion that the fundamental messages and purposes of both Eastern and Western religion are the same — have the same positive effect on people’s lives — lead to the same enlightenment if one is courageous enough to walk the path.

    There’s only one God. Talk to Tibetan Buddhists, Rastas, or Egyptian Christians and they will say the same thing. A lot of us call him “He.” You call her She. Fine.

    As for the typical argument that religion has caused a lot of wars and strife — so it has, I suppose. Or rather so the mis-application has. Wars have nothing to do with Jesus. That’s like blaming the ocean for the sharks that are in it.

    I am reading a book right now by Bill Bryson (like me, a Yank who happens to love Australia) about the origins of the universe and of life. It is a funny book, a great read. But on page after page, as he writes about gravity, or about atomic theory, or about the different, sometimes conflicting ideas about how life started on this sphere — I am struck with wonder at the miracle, the absolute miracle that is… all of this. Like what you said about looking at a sunset. How could a person contemplate even something as down to earth as bees pollinating flowers and not think, “Hallelujah.” Or something, some analog. I remember as a kid hearing a preacher saying that more astronomers were religious than not — something to the effect of how could you not be after studying the cosmos. Well, he may have been exaggerating to make a point, which preachers have been known to do, but the sentiment is there for me.

    It’s been that way since I was a kid. I was always interested in science without compromising my faith at all. Free of the stain of politics, that is a natural state for a thinking person — for centuries science was a holistic discipline. This whole media circus now with these trials and intelligent design and such rubbish — it’s all a big sham, a lot of hatefulness on both sides.

    Our reason is a gift, not some tool for dissecting, cutting us off from mystery and wonder. Nor is our faith meant to make us blind and stupid.

    And as to what you said about the laboratory of meditation: yes, absolutely; this is a direct teaching of Paramahansa Yogananda, who did more to bridge the gaps between Eastern and Western cultures and faiths and also between science and religion than maybe anyone. His guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, once said to an unruly chemist: “So you have failed to locate the Supreme Being in your test tubes! I recommend a new experiment: examine your own thoughts unremittingly for twenty-four hours. Then wonder no longer at God’s absence.”

    I might also quote lyrics from your tune “Lost,” about whether one is actually listening. Right on, never forget when I sussed out those lyrics and how my hair stood up.

    Anyway, thanks again!
    Om, peace, amen.

  18. avatar
    restaurant mark | 27 February 2007 at 6:22 pm #

    hey steve…been having a rough time here. the last time i posted i was pretty loopy from the medication i was on after my dental surgery. thought i was on a quick road to feeling normal again ( whatever that is??? )…i was mistaken. i’ve had two more trips to the dentist, more pills…for pain and infection. unfortunately the pain won’t go away until the infection does. so with the flu that kicked my ass right before the tooth shattered, i’ve missed almost two weeks of work and spent about $1,000 in dental bills. so i apologize if at this point i’m reading your blog for free. haven’t even checked in for several days…so needless to say i had plenty of reading to catch up on. great posts by the way, real thought provoking…now that i can kind of think again. sorry about the venue being turned into a surf shop…that sucks. all of our cool places here seem to go a similar route. but anyway, i’ll try to get back on my regular subscription payments soon. thanks man, and take care.

    ps. haven’t been able to work on our record for two weeks or more because of all this…getting me down and staring to piss me off, to be honest. got songs to finish damn it!!!

  19. avatar
    stealthblue | 27 February 2007 at 6:53 pm #

    Wow, sorry to hear about your loss of space, dude. That really sucks. I can appreciate a good surf shop and all I have to admit, but I do enjoy diversity. I mean really, aren’t there enough surfies in Bondi already? I have never been there, but I imagine it is pretty similar to Huntington, or Newport, or Pacific Beach in it’s community value. Lots of surf stuff, but also lots of other culture-n-arts, etc.

    Well, I hope you guys can find a place of your own and make it great. How cool would it be to have a nice permanent spot to incorporate a multi-faceted venue with a sort of store-front/ gallery, and a small cafe with BYOB ?? Can you see it?

    Alright, all the best, you “king of kontroversy.”
    Ben V

  20. avatar
    veleska1970 | 27 February 2007 at 8:44 pm #

    to restaurant mark: hope you’re feeling better soon!!

    to everyone else: has anybody heard from ((‘{~_~}’))? she hasn’t been around in a while……

  21. avatar
    mattdavison | 27 February 2007 at 9:25 pm #

    Hi sk and nevets.. very sad news about Billy Thorpe who passed away last night..A pure gentleman and amazing rocker..only 60 yrs. r.i.p
    Sir Billy.

    Sk love yr podcasts, can ya let us know when you are doing em on the TB.

    Lv Matt

  22. avatar
    damien | 27 February 2007 at 9:43 pm #

    Heard the news about Billy Thorpe, Steve?

    He’s gone to the great gig in the sky.

  23. avatar
    restaurant mark | 27 February 2007 at 10:08 pm #

    thanks veleska…i’m trying

  24. avatar
    Fandorin | 27 February 2007 at 10:10 pm #

    straight from the factory

    now if you discovered JSB…let me share with you some memories. for more or less 3 years i was working in Leipzig, some few hundred years after him. he spent most of his life in L., surrounded by more or less 15 surviving children and a lot of work. he had a very very straight job (“did you finish the fucking music for next sunday’s service, johann??”, “did you write the cantata for that bloated old Bürgermeister? He’S turning 57 tomorrow, and you better add some really hot sounding fanfares!”), and he did it with such a painstaking logic that it hardly fails to amaze anyone.
    each day, i had to pass his office, and his office was just next to The Church, see?
    He’d write you four melodies that sound perfect one by one, and when you superimpose them, they still sound perfect together, and when you reverse half of them and play them altogether, they sound even more perfect, and when you mirror one, reverse one, slow the next one down, speed the next one up, play them altogether, you’ll get a whole new spectrum, and then he’d make another melody up, from the cuff, and it’ll be the fifth, freewheeling melody. I’ve spend quite a while staring at his autographs, visited the archive, gazed at all the traces he left in L. – – – well…everything he wrote carries the letters “S.D.G.”, which is “Soli Deo Gloria”.

    Vivaldi, on the other hand, had to spend all his life as a catholic priest. He had red hair and bad health (can you imagine the bullies?), and decided to become a priest. And now the irony’s hot – the only job the poor guy got was leader of an all girls’ violin orchestra. Hehe…you imagine the fellow surrounded by the nicest, most cinderellic, innocent, poor, misguided beauties Venice had to offer in 1720…and you might re-define your encyclopedia’s entry for “Tantalized”.

    So much for musicology this evening. I terribly enjoyed your Bach Blog today!


  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2007 at 10:40 pm #

    Seeya at Manchester Lane

    Were looking forward to this one old mucka.

    Have fun and rock our little cotton socks.

    Cheers / Pierre

  26. avatar
    davem | 27 February 2007 at 10:49 pm #

    What a night the 24th would have been.
    Looking forward to the piccies on the blog.
    What a world we live in. Never mind going as far back as school, if someone had told me in ’82 that I’d be reading a daily insight into the life of SK posted by the great man himself……………………………

  27. avatar
    cita | 27 February 2007 at 10:51 pm #

    I had a dream last night that you did a drawing on my loungeroom ceiling.

  28. avatar
    mandn | 27 February 2007 at 11:02 pm #

    C.P.E. Bach = simply sublime

    one of my favorites.

    Cheers Orpheus!

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2007 at 11:07 pm #

    shouldn’t you be praising science killer? science feeds into medicine which is what was used on your teeth not so long ago. science / chemical reactions is what is involved in making those drugs you love so much.

    no matter what happens in the future – science and language will always be very necessary

  30. avatar
    the dean | 27 February 2007 at 11:15 pm #

    I felt angry when I read about your performance space’s fate.
    We’ve got these fuckwits down here determined to destroy all individuality and character. They hate trees and wild animals, artist and greenies.
    They call themselves ‘the progress society’, they give us something generic.

  31. avatar
    Le Plagey | 28 February 2007 at 12:13 am #

    Pissed for Bondis great loss. I live in a town where the sign says upon the highway, Port Moody – “City of The Arts”
    Just making a town website now, Spring is in the air. I am hoping they find a new space for the performing arts close by as a replacement. That type of space is so important to a community. Mem is a great guy. Sounds like a great book.

    Pity to the surfers, I say head for the hills!! 😉

  32. avatar
    Glenn | 28 February 2007 at 12:28 am #

    bad science has destroyed the earth.

    good science is for the rich only.

    for every 1 good chemical created there were 500 that were tested on animals and dumped down the drain.
    the fish are dying and full of all the wastes that science creates.

    Science tried to be so much but in the end this is a hell becoming and science can not save a soul.

    Humans are becoming fat because of ingestion of chemically processed foods. Scientists you should all be ashamed of yourselves.

    I wanna go to a science free planet when i die. When it comes to nature lets keep our hands off!

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2007 at 12:30 am #

    That is crap news about your play space, hopefully you’ll find something else to do your thing.

    Cant wait til tomorrow night, hope you play a couple of newies for us!

    Love always,

    P.S. Get that bro of yours to help you with the “talking blog” pronto ok!!

  34. avatar
    PAGEY | 28 February 2007 at 12:50 am #

    Here is just one example of how great human science iis.

    Wastes from Oil production and refinement and oil to electricity ass the end result. This does not include exhausts from vehicles.

    Environmental Impacts

    Although power plants are regulated by federal and state laws to protect human health and the environment, there is a wide variation of environmental impacts associated with power generation technologies.

    The purpose of the following section is to give consumers a better idea of the specific air, water, and solid waste releases associated with oil-fired electricity generation.
    Air Emissions

    Burning oil at power plants produces nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, methane, and mercury compounds. The amount of sulfur dioxide and mercury compounds can vary greatly depending on the sulfur and mercury content of the oil that is burned.

    The average emissions rates in the United States from oil-fired generation are: 1672 lbs/MWh of carbon dioxide, 12 lbs/MWh of sulfur dioxide, and 4 lbs/MWh of nitrogen oxides.1

    In addition, oil wells and oil collection equipment are a source of emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The large engines that are used in the oil drilling, production, and transportation processes burn natural gas or diesel that also produce emissions.
    Water Resource Use

    Oil-fired power plants use large quantities of water for steam production and cooling. When oil-fired power plants remove water from a lake or river, fish and other aquatic life can be killed, which affects those animals and people who depend on these aquatic resources.

    In addition, the drilling of oil requires water to remove obstructions from the well, and refineries require water in the various processes used to refine crude oil into usable fuel.
    Water Discharges

    Refineries release treated wastewater, which can contain pollutants, into streams and other bodies of water. Likewise, power plants release wastewater, which contains pollutants and is generally hotter than the water in nearby lakes and streams, often harming fish and plants. This discharge usually requires a permit and is monitored. For more information about these regulations, visit EPA’s Office of Water Web site.

    Drilling can also cause underground water supplies to become contaminated with oil, and runoff from the extraction process can affect surface waters. During the transportation of oil, spills can occur, damaging water quality and harming marine life and birds in oceans and coastal waterways.
    Solid Waste Generation

    Oil refining produces wastewater sludge and other solid waste that can contain high levels of metals and toxic compounds and that may require special handling, treatment, and disposal. Also, when oil is burned at power plants, residues that are not completely burned can accumulate, forming another source of solid waste that must be disposed.
    Land Resource Use

    The construction of large oil-fired power plants can destroy habitats for animals and plants. Waste products from refining and from power plants (such as wastewater sludge and residues) can cause land contamination if not properly disposed. In addition, when oil spills occur on land, soils are degraded.

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2007 at 12:51 am #


  36. avatar
    J Street | 28 February 2007 at 1:21 am #

    COngratulations to you, olde SK, your music is without equal and all that you touch in the creative realm has the wisdom of your years and the benefit of your genius.

    Can’t comment as often as I’d like, but you deserve some praise and some gratitude now and then from everyone who appreciates you.

    Please keep the blogge going and please expand and blow away everyone who might be stumbling around, trying to blogge half as well as you have been bloggeing.

    This would be a great place to leave the odd demo and stray bit of audio–we need a dozen more versions of your ‘Freaky Conclusions’ discs…

    I’ve given up asking for live stuff…sigh…

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2007 at 3:07 am #

    Hang on!
    You were gonna
    1: greet everyone at the door?!
    2: introduce yourself personally?!
    3: chat a little?????!!!!!
    Those three things alone would be worth the entry price, purely for the novelty!

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2007 at 4:14 am #

    Bach’s always been my main geezer- so glad you 2 have met. Yes there are others, but he kinda stands headnshoulders..
    You sir, are on that rarified level. IMHO

    c escherbach

  39. avatar
    ?&%$#%#%@ | 28 February 2007 at 4:17 am #

    MERRILL? that guy?

    you’re joking, right?

    he’s a turn-key,

    at best!


    Now let’s see what

    you’ll do with

    C o u n t e r p o i n t


    all ears, nose &


  40. avatar
    JJ | 28 February 2007 at 4:19 am #

    Sorry about the Bricklane Theatre; pretty sad. Can’t wait for an SK podcast though, and voice readings – yeah. Looking forward to that.

    Sines and cosines….heh, heh …. you had me laughing there. I did that stuff and did it well, mostly to please an engineer dad you know. Went into science myself, doing stuff now that sorta applies in medical. Jobs; just things we stumble into really, then years go by before you know they’re gone, and you’re sucked in, buying stuff, the lure of the merchandise, you need their money and then – christ, where did the time go and what the hell am I doing here doing this?

    So, off to Time Being I go for the antidote. See what is up in the mind of T.B. Fruit Machine? Tell us more…..

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2007 at 4:36 am #

    Enjoyed Fandorin’s post…have to read the book as well.
    My 2 cents: If seeking out Bach (or other baroque music) remember that the performing style, and particular recording, is quite critical. Authentic 18th century techniques & instruments USUALLY produce superior results- sometimes dramatically so. Big topic- small space. Worth investigating.
    c escherbach

  42. avatar
    don joe | 28 February 2007 at 9:11 am #

    That sucks hard on the news of the space being shut….. I’m actually quite pissed to hear that. Fucking suppressive twats and their ideals of money n shite. Aesthetics pays better than money. And u r right about school. Pythagoras’ theorum helped me deliver newspapers so much better…BAH HUMBUG! It’s more of a social strata machine; sort out who’s going to be popular and who’s not. Partly explains why the planet’s the way it is.

    Thankyou Steve for being true to your integrity. It’s something I admire you highly for.

    don joe

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 March 2007 at 11:59 am #

    Why’d you ever leave that place at Rozelle, man?

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 March 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    Steve, you should read that book about ducal patronage resulting in post-medieval Prague becoming a centre for alchemists n angel-scryers n all manner of esoterica (?), you’d love it.

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 March 2007 at 3:16 pm #


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