posted on December 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm

by the pool of isis iscariot

in a hot wet city it could be new orleans or brisbane or houston or….

a thousand christmases open up …..

the warmth in the air

the constant possibility of storm

the imminent show

marijuana and caffeine

i stumble thru a market looking for gifts i never find

instead i meet Lung Wong who gives me a massage

after 5 minutes i say gimme an hour

he works my old carcass over pushing in the pressure points

i’m lying there listening to the drone of market conversations

a christmas choir on one side

a gentle blues band playing credence somewhere

people laughing

the humidity with its sudden channels of cooler air

the old man works away and i submerge someplace so nice

well you wanna know what heroin feels like….? it feels like this…

the guy manipulates the points and the endorphins n serotonin come out

a relaxing massage says the sign

no it wasnt relaxing it was transcendental ….

i go deep somewhere delicious

i still hear and feel but from a great distance

detached …as grant used to say….so detached….

time stops

i drift in inner space

afterwards feel like i’m floating along

sixty bucks for that? christ its cheaper than the gear…

and no withdrawals and its legal

i go back to my lovely room n sleep listening to my tinnitus treatment

i wanna thank the good people in my life for a great year

they know who they are …the usual crowd….

the internet cafe i’m hanging at is about to shut down

it is chrissy eve after all here

me i got my music

we gonna spend a noisy nite togetha on the stage

2nd night sellout here in brissie

thank you lord thank you people

thank everyone for me

wont you….?


43 Responses to “performing little tricks for you”

  1. avatar
    Wayne | 24 December 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Great shows up here! It was fantastic to hear P=A in its entirety last night and you were all cooking by the time Starfish rolled around – there were some inspired bass antics on some of the tunes like NSEW.

    I went to the Twin Towns show on a whim… bought the ticket on the day, braved the god-forsaken highway and arrived bang on 8PM – barely had time to hum a quick jazz tune as I walked to the door & arrived at the showroom for the opening bars of Aura… perfect. Was snapped back to reality as I descended the stairs to pokie-world after the show to be greeted by the sounds of a cover band belting out Summer O’ 69. Hah!

    Enjoy a well deserved break over the next few days.

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    Michael | 24 December 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    It was one of your great shows last night Steve, I’ve been attending shows since 86 and this was one of the best I’ve seen you play. I was at the Opera House amd I reckon this was as good, maybe better. Glad to see you are looking after yourself, a lot of energy being delivered there, Magicians among the spirts… indeed you all were. Enjoying the new Isidore too…considered going along tonight as well but family first. thank you Steve, and you guys prove age is no barrier in creating art and music or anything else.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 24 December 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Thank you Sir Steven (yeah…you.should be knighted…we gotta get Andy and Raven onto that endeavor).
    Thank you for giving so unselfishly
    Thank you for the words that float like dreams
    Thank you for the personal advice from miles away
    Thank you for a career that we ate allowed to enjoy
    Thank you for five daughters, each will make a worlds difference
    Thank you for the Rock n Roll, which no one does it better
    Thank you for choosing life when it turned grill on ya
    but most of all…
    Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing your life.

    I can only offer up three gifts…
    Unconditional love, glowing admiration, and endless respect.
    Thanks for everything…
    Now go kill em for us, kill em all !!!


    Yeah…its 3am Chicago time…bad bad insomnia night…such is this life.q

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 24 December 2011 at 7:13 pm #

      That’s Andy and Davem (my cell wouldn’t recognize Davem as a word til I slapped it into override, Davem is to cool of a name to differ from. Merry Christmas you two.)


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    Matt Lamb | 24 December 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Thanks for a great show last night Steve. I took my Dad (he’s 61) and he absolutely loved it. Take care and Merry Christmas.

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    Anonymous | 24 December 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    Merry Christmas Mr Kilbey from a jealous obsessive Has Been. my comment is pointless but as per usual my tiny ego blocks anything but rubbish and tripe. I hope i’m a little girl soon and i pick the right man for the job.

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    Melissa | 24 December 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    I firmly believe that Massage is one of humankinds best inventions πŸ˜€ I’m drooling just reading about it! I started a diploma course in Massage Therapy aaages ago that I never quite finished, a bit numbskulled of me because I loved it. Maybe it would be good to start again.. you make alota new best friends when you tell people you’re a Massage studen πŸ™‚

    I love Brissie, wish I was there! Have a wonderful evening sk … Hope you and yours enjoy a very cool Yule, too

    looking forward to the Forum πŸ™‚

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      Cocoamo | 26 December 2011 at 12:47 pm #

      Don’t know where you are, but the best school in the U.S. for myofascial trigger point therapy (done under the massage license) is in Pittsburgh – go to This has to be learned hands on – no internet course can teach you.

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        Melissa | 27 December 2011 at 8:35 pm #

        thanks Cocoamo, the website looks really cool… but it’s a little too far away for me to go to school.. I’m in Melbourne, Australia πŸ˜‰

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    princey | 24 December 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Merry Xmas to u too sk and thanks for the early chrissy present last weekend! πŸ˜€

    Hope to see u in the New Year sometime,
    love Amanda

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    Karen | 24 December 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    aww…know what you mean , Ive never done heroin ( x did)… I had physio recently on my neck..& my daughter rang halfway through I couldnt use the phone I was off on planet something ..I pretended to reply & rang her back after..
    thanks for all your music poems art ..its brought me much joy xx

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    eekie | 24 December 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    That massage sounds wonderful…you should take him home!

    Wishing you peace and contentment this Christmas, SK.

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    Ron Bonham | 24 December 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    Hey now, another mention of Houston and man is this town a wet one! Cheers to you SK, thanks for it all and what’s to come!


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    . | 24 December 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    merry christmas to one and all
    have a great time and stand tall
    with cheer and celebration, stall
    your worries and become enthralled
    in the magic of the season…

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    Ben | 24 December 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    Warm Brissy night, wishing i were someplace else. Where, at the powerhouse filling my brain and body with the delicious sounds of my fav mus-o’s. Glad twas a successful jaunt up here. They gotta love ya, no option really. Not too many play what they believe and believe what the play ( and with style ) Jealous, and reflective mood swings abound, missed opportunities, lost loves left outside Roxy 1988 ( or thereabouts ) I don’t think she every forgave me. But you guys were a priority then. Hope you come up and see us again. Ill get the bells out and be there next time. Safe journey home.

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    Jmb066 | 25 December 2011 at 12:08 am #


    So happy to see you relaxing and enjoying the tour, the reviews have been coming in and are very positive. Having seen the 3 album show I know there should not be one dissapointed person in the crowd, I would imagine by now those shows are even better after playing them so much. When I got home from work yesterday there was a big yellow envelope adresses to my wife from H. Jordan. Now I did not open it that would be illegal. I think I am going to have a very nice Christmas present from my wife. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and here is to a great new year of music and peace.

    Best Regards,


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    caitbrid | 25 December 2011 at 2:26 am #

    Haven’t been on here in a few weeks. Your massage sounds like the perfect Xmas gift–I’m glad you had it. And the tour sounds marvelous! You’re obviously happy. As Darrin said, thank you for sharing your life. That’s what the first Xmas was and still is all about. This is my first Xmas w/out my mom and it’s been a gift for me to be able to come into your musical world–it’s given me some solace. Merry Xmas and Happiest New Year to you and yours (especially your mom!) from Kathleen in Philly.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 25 December 2011 at 9:12 am #

      Hey Kathleen from Philly…the first holiday is always the hardest. they get a little better every year. Your Mom is with you this holiday as she was always in the past, I believe this because I lost my father some time ago and I miss him every day, the holidays are tough. But they eventually turn to great memory recall. Each holiday from this one forth, you will remember the small things that just slipped on by. Those memories become so enriched with great emotion, happy emotion, that it eases the pain some. I wish you a fantastic Xmas and I hope for the very best New Year for you and the ones you love.
      Stay strong…I sense that you are.

      Darrin K.

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    andy | 25 December 2011 at 2:46 am #

    it’s that time of the year again!
    merry xmas to you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Alyona | 25 December 2011 at 6:03 am #

    wow trippy
    i have been working on compiling the serotonin diet and was only thinking of mentioning this to you — as it seemed to me your kind of thing — and here the word turns up in your blog, i just couldn’t believe it…
    ~~happy lovely holidays to you, the girls, sam, your bandmates and all the great ttb community dwellers~~
    — and heartfelt thanks for the gift of timeless music that will definitely outlive all of us

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    warren mah | 25 December 2011 at 6:34 am #

    Good to see the Church play live after so many years thank you. Though, I’m still locked in your psychedelic jangly textural guitar music of the early 80s….shoot me i still wear paisley shirts.

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    hellbound heart | 25 December 2011 at 11:10 am #

    oh man I feel my muscles and bones aching for manipulation….ooh yeah!!!!
    peace and love to you <3

  19. avatar
    colette | 25 December 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Don’t know if I’m good or bad. No I know i’m bad, does that make me good?

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    Once | 25 December 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    Thank you SK, and Samantha too, for being so damn good to a person you’ve never met. Your words of encouragement pulled me through a bad time (the midlife crisis, no less!)…I’m happier now than I’ve ever been, and proud, flattered and humbled to say that your input was a part of that. Same goes to Dazza and all on here who interact with me on Facebook…thank you so much, guys – and may the good karma you have given out be returned to you in spades.

    Happy Holidays,
    Love always,

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      thetimebeing | 25 December 2011 at 8:24 pm #

      love to you once

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 25 December 2011 at 9:50 pm #

      Your very special D-girl. I miss our humorous email exchanges. They are like conversations for the twisted. I am so looking forward to what your jewelry looks like. So, if you can snap couple pix and forward to me, id love to see your work. Hell, if you can design.something beautiful (and safe).for a young lady who turns 4 on Valentines Day…id be glad to reimburse you for your new found treasure. ur address you w check.ashevwould love it.

      Have a Great New Year !!!
      I can feel that this upcoming one will be very special
      and uplifting for your wonderful spirit.

      Darrin K.

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        Once | 26 December 2011 at 8:32 am #

        Daz, I have the perfect stone for a Valentine birthday – siam crystal (a subtle red)…email me some details ref your beautiful child, and I shall create a gift.


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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 26 December 2011 at 11:27 pm #

          Your on !!! Im excited about this and thrilled for you. You have taken on this new adventure in your life at full speed and it truly empowers you. Considering the obstacles and challenges that filled 2011 and, I imagine, previous years, and you’ve stormed forward. Brilliant D-Girl…you are simply zlBrilliant. Your new avatar has a glow about it and you are living your new found life, sideways…HA HA…I know its he’d to get the pic figured out and turn it so it fits correctly. But you look fantastic – and actually- quite happy. I will email a history lesson about my angel and some recent pics cuz she had grown into a Tina young lady. Thank you again so much. You fu#ki%g ROCK !!!


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    Ady | 25 December 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    So entranced to be at the show last night. Having been a Church obsessive since I brought OS&H in my early teens (first vinyl purchase), I was washed by waves of goose bumps, & at times tears immersed in your beautiful poetry, music & especially your passionate performance. Got to jump into empty front row seats for the Starfish set. The show was a birthday present to myself (Solstice child), & I have to say, worth every second of the drive in torrential rain from Nimbin. SOOO COOL!
    The friend I took hadn’t listened to your later albums, & was completely blown away (she was actually crying & shaking throughout, especially moved by your lyrics). She rushed to the merch. table in the first interval & purchased the entire catalogue. After the show, Marty, bless him, happily & patiently signed every CD, programme & T-shirt proffered to him, charming us all with his witty anecdotes. I just had to kiss him! He gives you a run for your $ in the charisma stakes Mr K!
    Thank you for injecting inspiration, joy & solace into my life with your art & music. Love you!

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      thetimebeing | 25 December 2011 at 8:23 pm #

      wow thank you ady thank you
      this is such a lovely letter to read right now
      merry x sk

  22. avatar
    Michel | 25 December 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    I wish you all a merry christmassage !
    (sorry, could not resist that one…)

  23. avatar
    Richard | 25 December 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    it’s good to have good people in your life
    isn’t it?

  24. avatar
    ASSMIDGET | 26 December 2011 at 3:30 am #

    Don’t get him mixed up with Long Wung. It’s a real awkward feeling klike a meth or crack comedown

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    KevinN | 26 December 2011 at 6:04 am #

    Merry xmas steve! Wish i could catch some of these shows in Australia. But here I am a million miles away in Hungary. Looking forward to when the best band in the world will be a bit closer to where I am. All the best to you and your family this xmas. KevinN

  26. avatar
    Jonathan Andrews | 26 December 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Merry Christmas Steve. I love reading your posts and hardly ever post. Perhaps that will change during the new year. Just started reading your biography and having fun so far. Cheers.

  27. avatar
    Steven Krut | 26 December 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Steve! I hope you had a relaxing, fun time with your family.

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    Stewart | 26 December 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    Merry Christmas and thanks for all you share here – cheers!

  29. avatar
    davem | 26 December 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Merry chrimble to you SK.
    Thanks for another year of wonderful music and words.
    Love to all the good people here at TTB

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    sue c | 27 December 2011 at 12:12 am #

    thank you for sticking with it through the decades x
    ps love this photo

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    plumlady | 27 December 2011 at 9:01 am #

    Thank god it’s over…..just glad that we’ve had a brown, warm and dry day in Minneapolis. Now I should take the santa hats off the cats…darn.

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