posted on March 5, 2007 at 11:44 pm

i played lassa nite at basement
here in syddley
it was ok
i dunno
i musta dmit
that im looking forward to electric again
im a bit acousticked out
glad that europe will be fully electric
we had that lovely singer
inga liljestrom sing with us lassanite
seek out her elk records
or listen to her on hi fi mike
shes got a unique voice
a really warped and warping voice
powerful lyrics
what are you waiting for?
did i see that peter pogcaste has shed a bit of avoirdupois
or is it my dimming eyes?
good work peter!
yeah rocknrolls a funny kettle of beasts
sometimes i think to myself
nevets what are you doing
poncing about
treading the boards
at your age
plucking the bass
and intoning your syllables
a string of syllables attached to vague notes
oscillating at different frequencies
homophonic transmission straight to thy heart
the nature of songs
the way the words n music fill in for each other
how much do ya wanna know about this song
this song of songs
sing songs
work songs
love love love song
and bless your heart
your heart of steel
songs to make it rain
songs like mass in b minor
songs like islands of the dead
songs like vapour trail
songs like kanga roo
songs like scarborough fair
songs have made me what i am
imagine a world silent without song
song you are luxury and necessity
beautiful songs
oh music
heavenly orkestras
angels jammin’
a thousand patti hoods stroking their harps
down below
the devil is grooving with his bass guitar
boom boom bam bam
big fat roundwound strings zing n boom
against the mahogany fretboard
ooh satan see him slur his e into an f and back again
oh watch him slide down n hammer on
be bop blip blap chooga chooga splamm!
and the angels they can hear that deep riff
rumbling deep in the abyss
a hot new underground nightclub
for sinners
yeah music everywhere
the rustling leaves
the stormy sea pounds the shore
like a lover hurling itself again n again
cymbal crashes n surges
foamy rush of love
one huge song
a song about the vastness of a drop of water
a song about the minute ocean
about the blackness of space
and the still movement of the stars
well thats enough
i reckon

41 Responses to “reward mechanism”

  1. avatar
    syrinx | 6 March 2007 at 1:08 am #

    All is vibration. We need the most literal reminders of that to stay healthy sometimes.

    You’ll do.


  2. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 6 March 2007 at 1:08 am #

    you reckon huh, thanks for helping me turn me terra upside down and all around once again, haha…
    The Joker

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    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 1:18 am #

    Another sublime performance lassa nite at the Basement. Soo goode there was quiet during the songs, u held the crowd in the palm of your hand (again). Don’t loose your sense of humour, huge response from audience when you said to Peter, what sort of music would you call this song, & he said Jazz. As usual, TP had those drumsticks flying, expecting them to go straight at us, thought he’ld belt the drums to pieces at the beginning of the Kate Bush song, magnificento. (haven’t seen him play the piano before). MWP mesmorizing and no broken strings how does he do it, & PK what can I say, so talented. Last but not least goode ole sk, glad to see you do some of those Scarlet moves again. That bass guitar wow wow wow, love it, especially on Reptile u sure make it come alive, (now I’m going to have that song in my head, not complaining love it). Could have watched u guys repeat the whole set again n again.

    Missing the band already, can’t wait for another show. Europe is in for one heck of a tour, they will be wanting more, that’s fer sure.

    Have a good rest and family time before u go.

    Love t

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    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 2:21 am #

    Fantastic show last night…your vocals were amazing and the band was on fire…I don’t know how Marty doesn’t get injury playing guitar like a man possessed…Where were the ABC when you were in top form last night? Have a great tour of Europe!

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    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 2:48 am #

    yeah – the church electric. it’s been 8 years for me…

    i’m heading to europe from america to see you boys.

    i’ll be in vienna, prague, berlin, amsterdam, utrecht, aarhus, malmo, and copenhagen.

    i love you killer. can’t wait to see you in april!

    love as always…

  6. avatar
    veleska1970 | 6 March 2007 at 2:55 am #

    you’re right~~music IS everywhere. all anyone has to do is just be quiet and listen….

  7. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 6 March 2007 at 3:01 am #

    “imagine a world silent without song
    song you are luxury and necessity”

    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”Aldous Huxley

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 3:01 am #

    …at YOUR age…for heaven’s sake, you’re just starting to fold all the wisdom and experience and observations of your “age” into your songs…take the new version of GRIND on the latest album…beautiful piece of work, rich and moving…you couldn’t have done that 20 years ago, ten even…you’re just getting better, just wearming up, Killer.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 3:08 am #

    Steve…what you’re doing with your words and your music and your energy and your spirit and your being is balancing out the world…putting the light back into a weary, weary world.

    I can’t play music or any instrument to save my life (sorry..I know I am a philistine) but when you play…when you sing….when you write…when you make music…you play for me personally…every time… and you provide an equilibrium and a light for our weary little world.

    “Little light shining…Little light will guide them to me…..” know these words ?? Of course you do.

    Shine on Little Light

  10. avatar
    CSTCoach | 6 March 2007 at 3:09 am #

    the infinite contained within a note
    expressed within an image
    or a single lyric
    multitudes unfold and enfold
    the notes and the lyrics, like a tuning fork, harmonize one at a cellular level
    they set up a resonance
    they pass on their vibration
    …and with it comes a vision of something new, something that was perhaps unperceived, but something that we felt was there all along

    what your music means to me


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    ...being here, doing this... | 6 March 2007 at 3:32 am #

    Silence is not a lack of words.
    Silence is not a lack of music.
    Silence is not a lack of curses.
    Silence is not a lack of screams.
    Silence is not a lack of colors
    or voices or bodies or whistling wind.
    Silence is not a lack of anything.

    Silence is resting, nestling
    in every leaf of every tree,
    in every root and branch.
    Silence is the flower sprouting
    upon the branch.

    Silence is the mother singing
    to her newborn babe.
    Silence is the mother crying
    for her stillborn babe.
    Silence is the life of all
    these babes, whose breath
    is a breath of God.

    Silence is seeing and singing praises.
    Silence is the roar of ocean waves.
    Silence is the sandpiper dancing
    on the shore.
    Silence is the vastness of a whale.
    Silence is a blade of grass.

    Silence is sound
    And silence is silence.
    Silence is love, even
    the love that hides in hate.

    Silence is the pompous queen
    and the harlot and the pimp
    hugging his purse on a crowded street.

    Silence is the healer dreaming
    the plant, the drummer drumming
    the dream. It is the lover’s
    exhausted fall into sleep.
    It is the call of morning birds.

    Silence is God’s beat tapping all hearts.

    Silence is the star kissing a flower.

    Silence is a word, a hope, a candle
    lighting the window of home.

    Silence is everything –the renewing sleep
    of Earth, the purifying dream of Water,
    the purifying rage of Fire, the soaring
    and spiraling flight of Air. It is all
    things dissolved into no-thing–Silence
    is with you always…..the Presence
    of I AM

    – Elaine Maria Upton

  12. avatar
    the dean | 6 March 2007 at 4:00 am #

    I hope there’ll be some aust eclectric shows. I’ll leave my hilltop errie for that.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 4:12 am #

    without music there’s always farts. always funny in any age.

  14. avatar
    Azza | 6 March 2007 at 5:46 am #

    Thats what I’m looking for…A song. What a need/want is a Church song to use for my lovely lady to walk down the isle. I couldnt persuade her ot use UTMW. Any body got any suggestions? I’ve tried a few others with her but I might of missed something.

  15. avatar
    fergal | 6 March 2007 at 5:46 am #

    why no briz-vegas / queensland EMS launch show sk? 🙁

    i know, i know – u can’t please everyone! ;-D


  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 5:55 am #

    pretty ugly, pretty sad

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 6:36 am #

    or that space between

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 6:36 am #

    or that space between

  19. avatar
    Celticat | 6 March 2007 at 7:26 am #

    You know why you still do it (I think) and I hope its the same reason that music is still so vital to me.

    The first songs I can remember was from my folks records and they included Peter, Paul and Mary, the jungle book narrated by Boris karloff (“down by the great green greasy Limpopo river……”) and probably Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington.

    Then I heard hard days night on the closing credits of the first beatles cartoons series when I was really wee litle and it blew my porr mind. I just knew it felt good and right and I was hooked. Then I heard the Monkees and was a fan, then heard songs like Mason Williams Classical Gas and the theme from casino royale and about a hundred millions others!!

    It’s in your blood, your sinews, muscles and tendons and it’s in your muse big time.

    Love to all

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 7:38 am #

    james freud was on telly this morning pimping his lastest book about going into rehab after releasing his first book. sounds like he was a bit of a wild man…any stories of him you’d like to share?

  21. avatar
    fantasticandy | 6 March 2007 at 7:46 am #

    have you ever met one of those people who say: ‘i don’t like music.’
    they’re allways fucked-up aren’t they?!
    andy L

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 9:08 am #

    The devil don’t play no bass – he plays sax in the style of final period John Coltrane!
    Everytime I hear Interstellar Space I want to start killing people – truly, the sound of the pit!

  23. avatar
    Andromeda7 | 6 March 2007 at 9:48 am #

    Thanks for the catch-up these last few days. Rain in the dust.

    By the way… A friend sent me this. How about a mass dousing of the lights together?

    An awesome solidarity

    At 7.30pm on March 31st 2007, you are encouraged to turn off your lights for just one hour. If the objectives of the first Earth Hour are met, the savings in greenhouse gas emissions will be the equivalent of taking 75,000 medium sized cars off the road for one whole year!

    What an amazing feat – not to mention spending time with loved ones or alone with only stars or candle light. Be sure to turn everything off at the power point. Do not leave anything on standby.

    Good luck and peace.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 9:59 am #

    I hope you dont really believe that you’re too old to play music sk. I just read JLKs blog about your dad, (it’s really sweet) and it sounds like you take after him in regards to love of music and art, he’d be so proud of you creating such beautiful music and paintings. There’s a photo of your handsome dad and you definitely have his chin, mouth and ears! (His b’day is the same day as my little boys so he must be a special guy.)
    Love always,

  25. avatar
    cita | 6 March 2007 at 11:05 am #

    Beautiful Church songs echo in almost every part of my day. I couldn’t imagine a world without your beautiful songs. I get that aching terrible yet wonderful feeling when I listen to the myriad guitar sounds and the poignant poetry of your lyrics. A soothing balm for my soul. The still stars make the best sound…space rock.

  26. avatar
    captainmission | 6 March 2007 at 11:16 am #

    ‘hounds of love’ rocked my world, what a surprise, you and yr people were amazing, yeah, really. those lucky europians people….

    i spent a fortune on t shirts last night and a nice little bag, i may need a benefit concert to pay my rent this week, eerr i’ll call tiare.
    best wishes
    Capt. Mission

  27. avatar
    Samosanx | 6 March 2007 at 11:28 am #

    “silence is a rhythm too…” The Slits

  28. avatar
    Symon | 6 March 2007 at 11:28 am #

    Steve……thanks for being a brilliant musician and a brilliant wordsmith..and also a brilliant explorer of life.

    I know from personal experience that one of society’s darkest shadows is the inability of men to express their feelings. I spent 3 years learning how to truely express what I was feeling in order to make others feel safe and to trust and love me again.

    Your willingness and ability to express your feelings is an inspiration to myself and hopefully other men, to never shut away our feelings ever….again.

    3 years ago..I nearly lost my partner for ever…last week she saw you guys with me in Melbourne. Life has never been so good.

    Thanks for sharing your music, your words and your feelings with us both.

  29. avatar
    isolde | 6 March 2007 at 12:31 pm #

    you were altogether beautiful
    there was no defect in you

  30. avatar
    restaurant mark | 6 March 2007 at 12:46 pm #

    yeah, the days and nights would be quite boring without music, without songs…good songs, church songs, bjm songs, air songs, beatles songs, bowie songs…and on and on and on…and that’s the good part…it does go on and on.

    tired of acoustic huh? the church electric in america…in atlanta to be precise…don’t ya like how that sounds? has a nice ring to it, i think. i try to throw that idea at ya whenever i get the chance. you know maybe late spring, early summer…whenever. take care man.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 12:53 pm #

    Azza 4:46~ our wedding march was Golden Dawn~

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 1:22 pm #

    your music is lifeblood.
    soundtrack of my life
    been said before
    won’t hurt again
    love ya man
    i like wolf

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 2:08 pm #

    more musing more poetry more love less dark and lost feeling…or some equasion ….anyway, im actually pretty loathe to do this, but, since its morning and i have had the dream pipe…just for the fuck of it, i’ll expose my little self a little…music i basically concocted in my bedroom, long long ago, you know when yer thinking i’ll just lay down whatever i can, stream of consciousness or sounds on delayed sound, etc..ive got piles of this stuff- by the thousands..I’m all oblivion and deep in the closet..sort of a shattered soul- so i dont bother to let my muse out, much* . into the open, out there in the critical and seething world…cuz nothing of what ive ever done has met my expectations ..the existential curse.ha!…Anyway, if yer curious check out, ahem, MYspace Myrrhmen…I know, the name ..whatever, it was long ago. And my sing-murmur is a joke- I dunno…somewhere in my confused annals i have stuff done right…i think maybe” wilderness” and “astronauts…” are ok…ALSO- i had nothing to do with the sight- thats all Paris…who i dont see much …so i cant vouch for whatever is on there, like spelling, descriptions, pictures, etc…I’d also have to say that my world of music now is …we’ll see…sorry for the long post.. DEE in TX~*~

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 5:06 pm #

    that stuff someone put about your dad and what a lovely bloke he was matches what you’ve said about him in the past.
    Y’know all those times you’ve told us about when you treated people like shit or caused em so much heartache n pain – at any point didn’t you ever pasue n wonder what your dad would’ve thought of you if he could’ve seen you acting like that?

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 6:18 pm #

    and there

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 March 2007 at 7:41 pm #

    dear sk
    can’t imagine
    a world
    without music …
    your sublime
    gift is
    thank you
    once again
    for sharing


  37. avatar
    davem | 6 March 2007 at 7:44 pm #

    Glad to hear you’re looking forward to the electric tour cos I’m so effing excited. Two gigs in three days and i’m trying to see if there’s anyway I can afford a third.
    I can’t tell you how much your songs mean to me SK. Those words. That voice.

  38. avatar
    John Garratt | 6 March 2007 at 8:04 pm #

    One time you said that classical music was good but it didn’t “bleed” for you.

    Does the Mass in B minor bleed for you though?


  39. avatar
    kat | 6 March 2007 at 10:33 pm #

    you’re always electric, sk.


  40. avatar
    Tim | 6 March 2007 at 11:15 pm #

    When are ya gonna bring some of those songs back to North America?

    Next time you are in our neck of the woods, I’ll offer to buy ya a great vegitarian dinner and introduce you to one of the greatest drummers in the world…

    The way you described the music made me think of a Jack Kerouac piece where he describes the jazz going down in a club…”it’s be-at, its about being beat and down in the world, its the beat generation, everything is moving to the beat, boom the drummer takes a solo”….that’s all I can recall….great stuff though…very cool post today…cheers!

  41. avatar
    cathy | 7 March 2007 at 10:37 am #

    Thanks for great show at the basement, and the handshake, will never wash again. Would like to catch an electric show sometime.

    As for getting old, a proper career in the arts is a life’s work.. getting older = better/wiser/stronger.

    Have a great tour.

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