posted on June 23, 2009 at 8:40 pm

i go up to the roof
dark night
some kind kat from minne apple is
had laid some jazzy jazz on the old jazzmen
and let me tell you childe
that verily it doth rock
serious jazz serious music
seriously wasted i do yoga
its hot outside
the phone interview
the interview down at the station
the interviewers are polite and intellectual types
they seem to know what theyre on about
a long way from some of the turkeys they got
yes theres a lot of quietly intellectual people out this way
sort of low key but very well educated and spoken
up in this neck of the woods i guess
wow i like mill walky
look i can understand why all those old english rockers
settled down in america eventually
i mean olde johnny lennon coulda lived anywhere
i dunno
just so many different cities
just so many different landscapes
just so many different people
i like america
i love america
i love marilyn n marlon n elvis n jeff buckley
i love greg dulli n tom verlaine n bobby dylan n patti
and beach boys n byrds n bruce n so many others
boy you gotta be weird if you dont like some of it here
of course theres some scary bits and some bland bits
and some stupid bits
but i have encountered this in
australia sweden and england and everywhere else
the people who see us are genuinely delighted
beyond even a london or melbourne or amsterdam crowd
they love us it seems
they truly appreciate it without any preconceptions
critics n fads have little sway here
if youre mediocre, no good review is gonna bullshit a crowd
except maybe in l./a. or new yourk
i pride myself these days on delivering it for all i’m worth
its just fucking stupid otherwise to come here
risk my life on the roads for up to 12 hours a day or night
and then not give it my best shot
so bugger it!
thats what im doing
the songs are singing themselves
i stand back n mouth the words
in sync with something
some big music machine
i get hooked up
its effortless then
this is where i hoped to get
and by jungo here i am
right up
direct feeed adjustable drip
on tap
intra braineously
i know how to do it now
so come on america
gimme one last chance
embrace me to your warmest show biz heart
im sorry everywhere else
but its nice to play here in the states
they invented show biz here
the audience is so enthusiastic
nice people give us veg snacks (thanks!)
people even like our silly accents
little craigie is having a ball but wearing himself out
i dont even know what day it is
i dont even know what time it is
tonite we drive on after gig
to grand rapids
dunno if i been there before
have no preconceptions whatsoever
can only think one day ahead

yes my box set is available at shows
and from early july on
available from my art site (see right hand side of blog)
it is a cd of music and blog style reveries
and 20 prints on hi quality paper from my recent exhi
its 50 bucks and its a very limited edition thing
the prints are very framable
holly and kimbo did an amazing job
i was assisted by jorden brebach
who mixed n engineered much of u23
plus back with 2 beasts etc
and now our live engineer in the states
if you appreciate jordens work you’ll like this
i recommend it for true fiends as a must
for true fiendom


i’m sitting here baxstage
in shank hall
waiting to soundcheck
blah blah blah
my arm is tired
it says
stop now
its over

56 Responses to “rowed storey”

  1. avatar
    davem | 23 June 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    Thanks for the update. I'm chuffed for you that it's going well, you so deserve it.
    I'm really pleased to hear about the box set too. I hope enough copies remain available until Monday when my meagre salary hits the account and it's shallow in the black.

  2. avatar
    david | 23 June 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    tell me what jazz people have given you on this tour, Steve. I'm trying to get into it myself. Stuck on John Coltrane so far, who I really enjoy.

    And steer that van down to Nashville. You guys played a great show here in 1988. But that's 21 years ago. My wife will make you some great lentil soup.

  3. avatar
    the dean | 23 June 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    50 bucks – that's a bargain.
    keep rockin night after night

  4. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 23 June 2009 at 10:12 pm #

    …gonna get on the 'puter as quickly as i can this arvie after work and order your art/music/poetry thingy…..

    home's waiting for you……

    peace and love….

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    Steve – you HAVE been in Grand Rapids before, because I've seen you here twice!

    Looking forward to another time tomorrow night.

    I know you don't take requests, but I sure would love to hear Metropolis live.

    Drive carefully and thanks for updating the blog so religiously!

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    The real jazz….that's what makes the space rock world go round

  7. avatar
    princey | 23 June 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    Hi sk,glad to hear each day is getting better and better over there and you're actually enjoying each and every gig:)
    I hope you're not hinting that you'll be relocating there eventually, what would we do without you and your surprise solo,veganfestival,kk,gb3,triffids,sailsofoblivion gigs? Just thinking about it makes me weeeeep sk!

    Have a great dgig tonight, love Amanda

  8. avatar
    fantasticandy | 23 June 2009 at 11:03 pm #

    now youv'e really hit your stride!

  9. avatar
    frank | 23 June 2009 at 11:03 pm #

    It would be great to have you guys here in the states. More shows for us!

    Have you read Carlos Castanada's books…if not you should be they fact or fiction or something channeled from some other world. I say that because of your line about your sioux friend and the sacred herbs.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    have a brilliant gig .:)love .xo

  11. avatar
    Cee | 23 June 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    …are people being sarcastic with the jazz references or are they really thinking genre? I wonder…and chuckle a bit – it's all good, right?
    Forever grateful for that unexpected gift, Esteban – sending you some pay pal love…

  12. avatar
    Jason | 23 June 2009 at 11:22 pm #


    Look forward to the upcoming show in Detroit on Thursday, and yes you have been to Grand Rapids before with Gold Afternoon Fix. I was thinking this morning about you and your bass, I am not sure if you have heard that Peter Hook, (New Order/Joy Division) Andy Rourke (The Smiths) and Mani (Stone Roses) are doing an album with three bass guitars and drums. Got me thinking your playing is better than all three of these guys and it could be an excellent concept for a solo album, you and your bass with Tim's drumming and of course some of yout brilliant songs. Anyway glad the tour is going well see you Thursday Night. I was very pleased to see a nod to Greg Dulli he is usually my first example of an american musician with class.


  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    Thats' funny that some sweet readers think jazz is music, that's so cute. But jazz is also jazz, of course. All that jazz etc.

    There is also jizz, but that's another thing all together. and then you have your jatz and yr jiggy jig.

    Jazz is one of those words if you say/look at it long enough it makes no sense at all. Jazz jazz j azz ja zz.

  14. avatar
    js | 23 June 2009 at 11:37 pm #

    Looking forward to hearing you play the new tunes in Falls Church. Any chance you can work up 'Anchorage' before then, maybe at soundchecks? It's one of your best. I bet a new song in the set would be fun for you guys too.
    Safe travels…

  15. avatar
    matt davison | 23 June 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    Sounds all good then SK!! Sweeeeet!
    enjoy at Kurt Shanks Hall…

    The Best to all the boys

    Matty D

  16. avatar
    Gerald | 24 June 2009 at 1:15 am #

    Steve I love what you guys do for us. Stay safe on the road. Enjoy our crazy country. I saw you guys in Denver, was a great show. I drove 18 hours to see you. I live in Corpus Christi Texas. Please next time come to see the Texas Moon.

  17. avatar
    High Note | 24 June 2009 at 2:24 am #

    Hour Blue
    Skyline Bass
    Coltrane Jazz
    Fingered Piano
    Groove String
    Light High

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 June 2009 at 2:31 am #

    hi sk,

    so happy you're
    enjoying the u.s. tour
    we're honored to
    have you here

    your show
    tuesday night
    in denver
    was truly
    mindblowing …

    you guys are
    at the top of
    your game

    it's true
    we do love you

    until next time,
    diane and john

    hope you enjoyed
    the toblerone
    and chocolove

  19. avatar
    JJ | 24 June 2009 at 2:49 am #

    Enjoying the travelogue and glimpses of americana, generica, jazz and vegetarian sacred herbs. Grand Rapids….never been there either. Wonder who Shank was?


  20. avatar
    plumlady | 24 June 2009 at 3:13 am #

    You are loved in the Midwest, from the shores of the lake where you Sioux friend appears to the Minneapple hot city streets. Seeing you play in Dylan's old stomping grounds instead of the Prince's First Avenue, was historic! We do "get it" here, your songs and art speak to the hearts of us who withstand the cold winters. I was one of many who waited in line at Northern Lights record store back in 1984ish with crowds larger than some live performances; and the music just keeps getting better with age. Thanks for signing my copy of Earthed; you made my Solstice night hang on a bit longer.
    Enjoy Wisconsin and beyond.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 June 2009 at 4:12 am #

    corpus christi???????…man…that's a heavy name for a town!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. avatar
    m.p.k | 24 June 2009 at 4:17 am #

    Yeah you guys are the realest of the real. Who else has played as long and at the same time the quality depth and passion of the music has only increased in strength, sublety and layers of meaning and beauty? The gods are proud.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 June 2009 at 5:16 am #


    Drive safe my man, You guys were great in she ca go. Glad you're gonna be playin right down the street in Grand Rapids. See you there tomorrow and in Ferdale Thursday. You should have dinner at Marie Catrib's, might be your kinda place. hell, i'll even grab you guys a togo one the way to the show if your too busy.


  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 June 2009 at 5:32 am #

    Glad the gigs are going well, hope you're taping some of them for a dvd. Hoping the travelling distances are getting a bit shorter so you don't have to drive straight after the gig, your guardian angels are overworked lately.

    Your mate Malcolm T in the news a lot here, he wants the PM to resign, the PM is calling for him to. Never a dull moment in politics. If he does go, when u get back u can get the SK party started.

    Take care and keep on rockin all over the u s of a.

    Peace & love
    (ps hope the eye has healed).

  25. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 24 June 2009 at 10:29 am #

    (appreciative Americans) That's fantastic and so they should be :)) But then, don't forget, your Filipino fans can get pretty excited and appreciative too remember?

    "Tomorrow, I could be die"

    (Killer): "Sorry what was that?".

    "Tomorrow, I could be died.

    I die for you

    But I see you!!! so is ok".

    (Killer): "Thanks very much"


    Backstage, Transmission Room Auckland New Zealand, 28/07/07

  26. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 24 June 2009 at 10:48 am #

    ok just hadda look for your cd/art package mentioned and i'm presuming that it's not up in your artsite yet…is this right or am i looking in the wrong place?

    love always….

  27. avatar
    Daberhasher | 24 June 2009 at 11:44 am #

    keep riding that wave man, good energy!!!
    so looking forward to the Londonderry gig… scoped the venue out on Google Earth, tres nice!
    out of the maw of the city, little yoga lawn with a wee copse of woods for getting stoned!!! fine choice!
    very intrigued with the art box set, sounds like a must have…
    it'll go well with your monkeys who watch over me every day…

    keep pouring that light out and ROCK!!!


  28. avatar
    Jasperina | 24 June 2009 at 11:49 am #

    Keeping it real baby. After all this time, the collective experience is the glory. You live the truth of what you know. A creative force that makes us all look on in wonder.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 June 2009 at 12:09 pm #


    You've got good vibe going. keep bringing it easterly toward falls church.

    you will have the boomerang karma thing to help you in the next lifetime (or maybe one after that). and it's a result of your prior lifetime, living in atlantis perhaps.

    setlist request, baybee: Seen It Coming/ Anesthesia/ Two Places at Once/ Grind/ Monday Morning/ Dont Look Back/ Space Saviour/ Panagaea/ Louisiana.

    am guessing they're either in the list or they aint.

    Wilfred Paradise.

  30. avatar
    david | 24 June 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    My bad for thinking "jazz" meant "music" and not the drugs that Kilbey was vowing to finally put away after the health scare back in March. My bad to get excited about a talented musician who I could picture relaxing to jazz music after a long day rather than falling back on substances that more often than not cause people to shirk responsibilities, sabotage relationships, etc.

    Why do I come here if other fans gonna condescend me? Oh, I dunno.

  31. avatar
    david | 24 June 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    Yeah, give this guy you admire so much some "jazz" before that long car drive – that'll keep everyone focused. That'll help his family rest easy while he's away. Where do all the "stay safe out there" comments match up with the "enjoy this jazz" sentiments. Jazz…I just can't stand it. Love the Kilbey. Hate the jazz. End of rant. Peace.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 June 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    SK –
    So nice to hear some good things about America. We don't get much of that from people who weren't born and raised and brainwashed here. The unbrainwashed among us tend to romanticize many things foreign, including locales and venues. To see the Church in Aust seems like a dream to many of us. So it's super cool to hear that seeing you right here in our backyard is something to to be proud about.

  33. avatar
    John Garratt | 24 June 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    "boy you gotta be weird if you dont like some of it here
    of course theres some scary bits and some bland bits
    and some stupid bits"

    Ain't that the case anywhere?


  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 June 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    SK –

    I was thinkin' of burnin' you a jazz CD from my collection and makin' it a token of my appreciation for your visit to G.R. tonight – but I realized a while ago (BEFORE I was told I was "cute") what kinda jazzy ya meant (you probably don't even know who Fats Waller is – sure Coltrane and Sanders, but ya ain't heard jazz 'til ya heard Fats Waller – and Lester Young and Basie's Band).

    It mildly deee-presses me, SK, that you'd alook at me a different ways 'cause I spliffith no-moe and I am a carnivore. Ah well – – – –

    Jus' lay the Space Rock on thick tonight – G.R. is a conservative town – roots are with the Dutch and CRC and RC religions – I'm not sure if they dig the Space Rock – but I'll be hootin' and hollerin' like a Dee-troit mad dawg (at the proper times of course) – SOCK IT TO US, KILLA!!

  35. avatar
    lily was here | 24 June 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    Hi Killer!

    Not surprised at all you cant remember every town you've played in – all those moving landscapes, hotels motels, servo's, passing crowds.
    Take it easy wont you! Five in a row coming with 1day breaking the next 4 in a row.

    ps marc is the 'jazz' man. On the rooftop — niiice

  36. avatar
    rod | 24 June 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    Safe travels, and see you tonight in Grand Rapids, and then again tomorrow at the Magic Bag in Ferndale!!!

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 June 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    David you are being too sensitive. All is good.
    Peace from another fan.

  38. avatar
    big titty girl | 24 June 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    He means 'jazz' as in a 'jazz cigarette' you nerkers!
    Anyway, let's get back to the shorts, I say – and not in a bad way: its the powerful display of the kilbian calf…oh yeah!

  39. avatar
    Ellen | 24 June 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    Hey Steve, please relocate to America, specifically California – the most beautiful state. There's still lots of room to live and breathe.

    Gee, I wish I could watch you again on this tour. It sounds like you're really hitting your stride. It was so awesome seeing you in LA and please ignore the fools who were shouting out for you to play this song or that song, blah, blah, blah. There are ALOT of cool folks here on the West Coast and, as a native Californian, I officially invite you!

    Please stay healthy and safe.

    P.S. Thanks for mentioning you love The Beach Boys. They're one of my all-time favorite bands!

  40. avatar
    CSTCoach | 24 June 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    ahh, yes. you have truly connected to the void. the eternal. the essence. it flows thru you and your music, out into the waiting audience, transporting them. like a fighter you roll with the punches. like a lover you ride the wave. like a master it all comes together at your fingertips, prospero conjuring up a sheer sonic whirl. and after the storm, for all those who weathered it, nothing will ever be the same again…

  41. avatar
    Craig MIller | 24 June 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    I am just glad that I'm not the only one who was confused.

  42. avatar
    Mary | 24 June 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    lol Craig

  43. avatar
    Mary | 24 June 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    Steve is prolly laughing his ass off at these comments and saying damn these people are idiots lol

  44. avatar
    david | 24 June 2009 at 6:41 pm #

    Sorry I got sensitive. It felt like passion and concern at the time. I'm obviously having a day. I told my friend this story and he laughed heartily at me. As if I had no vices. So human. Embarrassed that Killer and all had to see/read me like this. Only want God's best for all of you and yours. Still want Steve to name a few of his favorite jazz records in future blog.

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 June 2009 at 7:21 pm #



  46. avatar
    Freddie | 24 June 2009 at 7:29 pm #

    M’ Lord, Indeed that must be some really good jazz. You’re lovin’ America a whole lot in this one πŸ˜€

    Craig, Don't ever assume you're the only one πŸ™‚

    Another clueless one,

  47. avatar
    davem | 24 June 2009 at 8:17 pm #

    Thank-you to the killer who created all this,
    There's a whole lot of Earthed before you get to After Everything Now This.

    Ouch. Sorry. Bad week.

    I think the tobacco & booze are worse than the weed – for me anyway. No-one gets hung up about a couple of ales though. Strange and controlled old world.

    Fleet Foxes and The Clientele tomorrow night. Missus M and my eldest are off to Glastonbury on Friday. So, it isn't all bad. No Church though….bugger.

  48. avatar
    davem | 24 June 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    Hi Steve!
    Love ya!

  49. avatar
    Mary | 24 June 2009 at 8:43 pm #

    I do agree with you davem tobacco is worse which i do need to quit pot is supposed to be better for ya, excuse me let me get this right for people that my not understand pot, weed, cannabis or marijuana, dont want to get anyones panties outta whack, and come on dont take alot of things so serious anon 5:21, have some fun once in awhile, i dont mean it litterally goofy πŸ™‚

  50. avatar
    Mary | 24 June 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    I was actually, thinking they he probably thought we were idiots and not because of what DAVID said, i just read what he said and im sorry to make you feel akward if i did, i was laughing at craig because i felt the same way, i get confused at something he says and i think its one thing when he means something else lol, and i feel like an idiot sometimes cause i dont want to say im confused thinking everyone here knows what the word means and i dont lol, now i got confused about what anon 5:21was saying to me blahhh nevermind this is one big confusion, im sane im serious i am! πŸ™‚ im having one of those bad weeks as well davem MS disease sux!!!

  51. avatar
    John Garratt | 24 June 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    David, I made the exact same mistake.

    On the 2006 tour, I gave Steve Kilbey an album by Pharoah Sanders called "Karma."

    Oops. Wrong kind of karma.

  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 June 2009 at 9:22 pm #


  53. avatar
    Mary | 24 June 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    no harm no foul πŸ™‚ it happens

    take care

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    hey killer,

    I've dug yer music both Church and solo for decades and reckon this blog is the bee's knees, but when I look at the poses in those pics, I know we can never be friends! What about some less stilted, like SK soundchecking, or listening to music or havin' a smoke…

  55. avatar
    lizardlizard81 | 26 June 2009 at 12:22 pm #

    please please please
    create something and title it:
    "intra braineously"
    … that's brilliant.

  56. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 7:23 pm #

    old greg duli and the sounds of the sinsinati railroad the long walks at midnight.

    he has really influenced your sound, love it cause I think you've ioroned out of a lot of the rough edges of powder burns he's so close musicly to hitting the targett spot. but misses by a couple of millimetrs lyricly however he seldomn misses cause he speaks from a real place, well a place that a lot of intelligent people who dance a strang edance with thier hedonisims can understand.

    still rate mr kilbey lots of love to you and yours thanks for influencing me i sing your songs when i walk down the street with my ipod on sipping my double esspresso in the morning ah heaven

    ps "paradox" the only other song I know with the word "paradox" in it is State Contol and Rock and Roll by the poison girls. put that in your obscure music pub quizz and smoke it

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