posted on September 8, 2007 at 2:28 am

last night i have din dins in tibetan resto
with ty n
we both have lentil rissoles n potatoes n tomato
ty is a very groovy looking guy in a 1970s way
a big fro of dirty blonde hair
smooth skin
slim body clad in rockstar civil war denim look
everybody must know who he “is”
i see some people whispering n looking our way
ty n i have a good fucking laugh at everyones expense
but mostly our own i guess
except he keeps mentioning “that song”
i dont care if its a standard
a classic
or whatever its sposed to be
i just have nothing to add
ty mentions another song
i look sadly out at the traffic
i have as much relationship with that song
as i do with those passing cars i murmur
we watch jamie h from bluebottle k
he does his solo show
now hed been mentioning me a bit in his songwriting talk
i can see now my influence upon him
but not that he copied me
but that he could dig the implications of my schtick
(whatever it is)
and he took the ball n he ran with it
doubt seeds the double album is great
and last night his performance was top notch
wonderfully inventive guitar parts on his martin guitar
lost of weird tunings n detunings
always these multiple things happening
descending/ascending basslines
while melodies appear n go in the jingly drones
the lyrics are pretty fucking good
and you know i dont bestow praise easily
thoughtful intelligent strange
youd deffo like this guy
me n jh walk home after gig
we have a lot in common
up early this morning
have boost juice
buy some more funny iron on patches at the market
that make me feel hip and cutting edge
or ambiguously ironic
wonder where i’ll put me gene simmons patch…?
grant comes on ipod 3 times while im on buns-wick street
then gee nunn is wearing a mclennan t shirt
hows that?

have been walking round yon corner to ‘ave a smoke

rowan d gave me a lovely book on klimt…superb!
rowan you are a prince among men
today i read fruit m
tonight i play lenny cehon songs
teachers n suzanne
small point of interest
sisters of mercy named best of
some girls wander by mistake
is a line from teachers
the next line
into the mess that scalpels make
oooh how visceral
how prescient
how leonard
see me murder those 2 numbers tonite
judy write centre brizzo aust
and if you buy my book
i will sign your mortage
if you buy my cee dee
i will sign your star
look alive fiendss
the killer walks among you

50 Responses to “splice up your life”

  1. avatar
    MEM | 8 September 2007 at 3:04 am #

    some one bought it,
    i thought it


  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 3:39 am #

    what time does the gig start?…and are there 2 journos on yer guest list?…see ya tonight!…J

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 4:42 am #

    New skin for the olde ceremony.

    now thats an album i could see you covering by olde lenny cohen.

    rings my bell, thats fer sure.

    “is this what you wanted?”


  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 4:48 am #


  5. avatar
    steve kilbey | 8 September 2007 at 5:32 am #

    the gigs free!

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 5:55 am #

    what time is the gig SK?..the box office aint answering!

  7. avatar
    eek | 8 September 2007 at 7:16 am #

    Here’s the info for today’s (Saturday) performances for anyone in the vicinity:

    5:45pm – 6:45pm

    All the Kings Horses

    Steve Kilbey
    Jamie Hutchings

    MC: Graham Nunn

    Venue: Performance Space – Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts


    9:00pm – 10:30pm

    A Thousand Kisses Deep: a Tribute to Leonard Cohen

    Featuring performances by Shane Koyczan, Jacqueline Turner, Matt Rader, Steve Kilbey, Julie Beveridge, The Stress of Leisure, Graham Nunn & Simon Sheehy,
    Maiden Speech, David Stavanger & Suzanne Jones and more …

    MC: Graham Nunn

    Venue: Performance Space – Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

  8. avatar
    davem | 8 September 2007 at 7:21 am #

    I can’t get to the gig unless I grow wings – I’m praying for ’em in true It’a A Wonderful Life style – but I’ve got the CD and book out awaiting yer endorsement.
    8am in blighty and killer, you’re as large as life here.
    Mushrooms and toms on toast for brekkie and ULTC playing. Snail’s on the thorn etc etc

  9. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 8 September 2007 at 7:47 am #

    nnnnnnnnnnooooooooo – i really really wanted to hear u do leonard but i missed my boat & am trapped on alcatraz…. 🙂

  10. avatar
    andmoreagain | 8 September 2007 at 8:30 am #

    gud wun but i gotta get ta bed with ma bebbee. See ya in th morn killa

  11. avatar
    craig1.618 | 8 September 2007 at 10:29 am #

    just watched “the fountain”
    great film…….i was awed

    well i’m off to hug a tree and listen to some popul vuh here in paradise……….safe travels sk

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 10:50 am #

    Hope it was a great night sk, I bet you melted a few hearts out there tonight, the way you do THAT thing you do…yep that’s right!!
    Have a safe trip home tomorrow. Nighty night.
    Love’n’hug from Amanda

  13. avatar
    timf | 8 September 2007 at 11:05 am #

    Ya…i’ll just fucking hop on a plane and fly half way round the world…
    for fuck sakes Kilbey come to north america, come to canada where 16% of the pop. smoke pot…come to the birthplace of lenny cohen and neil and joni.
    where we keep our doors unlocked…where we aint afraid to tell america to go fuck themselves when it comes things like the war in Iraq…come and play for people who are the most polite people on the planet. Where literally guns aint allowed but ya just may see a set of breasts in a crowd.

    Go have a great gig killer!

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 11:13 am #

    …you sound a lot happier than you did last night but then again so do i…glad to hear things are going ok…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  15. avatar
    Daberhasher | 8 September 2007 at 12:01 pm #

    sounding good traveling man…
    blast off tonight, you knows cohen…

    the gene simmons patch looks best on a studded vegan leather codpiece…


  16. avatar
    verdelay | 8 September 2007 at 12:39 pm #

    This used to be my town.

    I owned it, as a teenager sometimes feels he does. It was my town. I could badmouth and bitch about it all I liked. I’d crawled its streets and peeked through its cracks, seen friends live (LIVE!)and die there. Sweated through its nights and squinted through its days. Hung on verandahs there, and swung from its mango trees. My town. But not my kinda town.

    So I left. Many years of leaving ago.

    And now it’s not my town. Not any more, no; not for years.

    I don’t know it, and it doesn’t know me. I disowned it, and it disowned me in turn. My name is mud there. When it rains the populace slosh through the diluted remnants of my memory. If I returned there, I fear people would cross the streets to punch my fucking lights out…mostly I think they’d just sigh and turn away. For I have loved in that city, and lost, lost, and lost again. I hate that city for what it gave me, but love the possibilities I left behind there. I could never find them again. They have sunk too deep. Who remembers the Hacienda now? Who remembers the old abandoned church between Queen Street and the Valley? The old wooden houses on Dunmore Terrace or up in Taringa that they demolished for aparments and big box stores? There was a girl with almond eyes who loved me like there was no tomorrow, and I see her naked in a room there while the rain heaves out from the heavens upon an old tin roof, as if below a waterfall. Who cares? That was years ago. Last century. Another life. She is gone. Her love was true – there was no tomorrow. She and the city she was made from is gone. I left her all behind.

    Regrets? I’ve had a few for breakfast and now I’m juddering with nostalgia.

    Brisbane is the teacher of my heart.

  17. avatar
    restaurant mark | 8 September 2007 at 2:00 pm #

    would love to be there steve…we don’t get the luxury over here to see the solo gigs though. jealous…yes i am!
    a gene simmons patch huh??? with full demon makeup with tongue out? that gene simmons? platform dragon shoes and all…cool. didn’t figure you a kiss fan…oh wait…irony…

    take care and have a good show…doubt you’ll murder any songs.


  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 2:40 pm #

    p.s…some damn fine music tonight SK…/a shy-ish one XO

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 2:46 pm #

    so harry flowers; Grant went back (and is still there)….so can you…
    melbourne is it? no wonder you’re feeling melancholy

    hey SK, timf sounds like he has a good point…canada sounds like a place to go…..
    organise some gigs for Killer tf!

    yeah, like y’all, I wish i was there at JudyWrightCentre


  20. avatar
    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 8 September 2007 at 2:48 pm #

    have ‘a’ lovely time reading fruit machine and singing me Cohen tonight as this Junior Painkiller walks among me starry skies…
    At Knight

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 3:09 pm #

    Now SK…

    Did you know Stephen Cummings was playing on Monday night in Newtown? Do you get along to gigs like this at all?


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    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 8 September 2007 at 3:46 pm #

    so why am i feeling like me highest mind here on earth me call terra today, oh yeah… wake and bake!!!

    ps. me only way to fly free…
    Jonny Moondog Smythe

  23. avatar
    andmoreagain | 8 September 2007 at 4:14 pm #

    Canada! Fuck Ya!

  24. avatar
    tim | 8 September 2007 at 4:43 pm #

    andmoreagain…like your blog …just left you a comment!

    Cheers to my fellow Canuck!

  25. avatar
    knot | 8 September 2007 at 5:55 pm #

    a. mayhem
    are we in the same prison?
    pass me that sharpened spoon,
    would you?

  26. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 8 September 2007 at 6:39 pm #

    Glad to notice Canadian commentors. I love Toronto and especially Vancouver. Why do so many of your rock stars move to the USA (Cohen,Young, Mitchell, KD Lang)? Are they crazy or are they California Dreaming. Rush is in Chicago tonight. They can really jam!!!

    Ned Raggett is the very astute All Music Guide reviewer. He digs “Earthed”, “Remindlesness”,The Slow Crack” and SK in general. Why not= we all do !!!!!

    SK=Boundless Talent

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 7:28 pm #

    Rowan D gave you a book about Klimt! Fabulous Rowan, you’re a man of great tastes and kind gesture.

    It sounds like you’re enjoying yourself Mr. Kilbey, thanks for showing us a little gaze.


  28. avatar
    timf | 8 September 2007 at 7:29 pm #

    Brien…can only guess canadian performs leave for the u.s. to make more money and warmer climate.
    However, Rush is still based in Toronto!

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 7:32 pm #


    are you also known as the birdman of Alkatraz?

  30. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 8 September 2007 at 8:02 pm #

    Thanks timf. So are the Guess Who, Bryan Adams, Mae Moore and Jane Siberry. Canada is a great country and the Hockey fighters are all Canadian. I suspect The Church have a fan base in Toronto. The hipsters in Vancouver would dig SK.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 8:13 pm #

    I still like Magnetic Fields from Canada…Jane Siberry’s accapella, etc. is wonderful.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 10:29 pm #

    the gig last night was brilliant ,Sir Kilbey!…and entwined with that divine voice,you play a pretty great,and actually most excellent jeeetar!…thank you!….to anyone who missed it?…I’l replay it on the astral ewe choob..see if you can pick up the frequency…love,as always,gen xxxxx …p.s. woulda loved it girl!…was a lovely vibe..though quite typical of Lenny C. brilliantly twisted,and straight from the heart,as art should be! to you me lady,am raising my cup o coffee to you! xx

  33. avatar
    isolde | 8 September 2007 at 10:47 pm #

    memory of a free festival

    part 1 all the kings horses

    prof kilbey, looking swayve suave and sworve delivered the fruit machine ode to rock in a declaratory fashion
    this poem/essay whatchamacallit is a pinball machine of memories triggering eachother other lighting up cruising off dipping down flicking up blazing out …

    jamie hutchings sang and read from, among other things, patrick white’s vivisector which evokes sydney for him in the same way a fringe of leaves does it for me, recommended reading

    part 2

    (thanks for the text eek gonna do a copy and paste here)

    a thousand kisses deep
    thanks to the canada council for the arts the festival had three canadian poets visiting – Shane Koyczan (poetry meets bloody funny stand up comedy meets rap meets impassioned, beautiful love and truth seeking hot damn!), Jacqueline Turner (read the little blue raincoat one), Matt Rader (leonard cohen books are part of the year 9 syllabus in canada way to go)

    Julie Beveridge (read the leonard bits that objectify women, with a lot of style, his and hers), The Stress of Leisure (local singer did the chelsea hotel), Graham Nunn & Simon Sheehy (top reading by the mc with guitar accompaniment), Maiden Speech (love is a battlefield 80’s video send up (?) (you know you’re old when kids dress up in your heyday gear) David Stavanger & Suzanne Jones (poetry = performance art + funny, this stavenger guy is awesome, the night before he and his band did something that looked like abba meet nick cave and get it on with jethro tull at a gothfest)

    Steve Kilbey (who?) well fiends don’t want to torture you too much but imagine the most beautiful songs + the most beautiful voice = heart achingly umm beautiful i hope you’ll be hearing these songs someday yourself wouldn’t mind a whole record of em

    An entree of steve followed by a wander through the valley nite life and dinner then to return for a later session I reckon this is the way to go what a top night!
    thanks graham nunn
    thanks sk
    thanks judith wright
    thanks qld government
    thanks god

    verdelay, i feel your pain brisbane’s different these days living in its vicinity is like moving to a new city every two years without having to pack up, hasn’t lost its daggy irreverence though

    ps. no sign of daevid allen

    pps. sk those boyz are purdy but they’re not a patch on you

  34. avatar
    andmoreagain | 8 September 2007 at 11:37 pm #

    Tim, Brien and Steve, thanks for the propfs Tim, right back atcha. The Church did indeed play Vancouver back in the late nineties to a appreciative hipster audience. I always thought that the word of mouth from that gig would have secured a foothold here but they never returned. I’ve had to drive to Seattle twice to witness the awe and the beauty of live Church. Probably unadventurous promoters I suspect. And Magnetic Fields are not Canadian as far as I’m aware.

  35. avatar
    timf | 9 September 2007 at 12:36 am #

    Brien…I would drive the 4 hours to Toronto to see the church. Just once would be nice.

    Some much canadian talent that the rest of the world doesn’t get to hear…what’s the old saying…yeah, but they are big in canada…not really a compliment but our 35 percent canadian content regulations on radio do allow for some incredibly talented artists to have a career even if they don’t break anywhere else. To name several…

    Ron Sexsmith
    Tragically Hip
    April Wine
    Kim Mitchell
    Lynn Myles
    Jann Arden
    Cowboy Junkies
    Spirit of the West
    Danny Michel
    Bruce Cockburn
    Colin Linden
    Colin James
    Tea Party
    Daniel Lanois (best known as U2 producer, but great songwriter in his own right)
    Grapes Of Wrath
    Tom Cochrane
    Blue Rodeo
    The Box
    Chalk Circle
    Moxy Fruvous
    Crash Test Dummies

    some have had some international success but the flip side of our radio regulations allowed Celine Dion’s version of God Bless America recorded in Montreal shortly after 9/11 to be deemed a Canadian song if you can believe that!

  36. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 9 September 2007 at 12:54 am #

    The pro animal rights band Skinny Puppy is also Candadian. Sarah McLaughlin is too but I think she moved to LA too. She did a great Linda McCartney tribute song and does another song for the American Society for The Ptrotection of Animals. An angelic voice. I’m checking out to watch grown men pummel each others to the death. Its called the UFC.

  37. avatar
    andmoreagain | 9 September 2007 at 1:09 am #

    Canadian acts right now that are worth their salt are Arcade Fire, Metric, Broken Social Scene, Death from Above 1979, the New Pornographers, the Stills (Churchy), hmmm, lots more… There’s a lot more to us than Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Nelly Furtado.

  38. avatar
    andmoreagain | 9 September 2007 at 1:41 am #

    …and Sloan of course!!!!

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 September 2007 at 2:16 am #

    Raisng a glass of iced coffee w/kahlua back at ‘cha! schloop:) Thank you to alls of your reviews, it sounds outstanding and I’m sorry to have missed being there. I’m getting in a Leo mood>> holding out for a guest to arrive’. I’m listening to Jai Uttal and Himesh Reshammiya taday while creating some lively paintings… and

    my mistake ‘andmoreagain’…you must like being the nerd correcting the other nerd. Magnetic Fields aren’t from Canada…I thought they were from around the Red River for some accented reason?! Anyway, they’re due with an album in 2008!


  40. avatar
    andmoreagain | 9 September 2007 at 2:34 am #

    Sorry Art, that was unnecessary music Nerdish behaviour that I hope one day to expunge from my personality.

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 September 2007 at 2:44 am #

    Art!..nice one!…xxx…and weren’t “pursuit of happiness” canadian as well?,gen

  42. avatar
    andmoreagain | 9 September 2007 at 2:48 am #

    Music Nerd (Canadian Edition):

  43. avatar
    andmoreagain | 9 September 2007 at 2:49 am #

    Is the majority Austrailian on this thing? Mebbe we can all talk about our fave Aussie bands next time.

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 September 2007 at 5:27 am #

    guess Imafraid my subhumor wasn’t getting through! no apology necessary andmoreagain:)


  45. avatar
    Faye | 9 September 2007 at 5:35 am #

    Art?..what are you doing,apologizing for your sub humour?I got it..we have a saying in Oz,”here’s 50cents,make a call to someone who’s home”.. xo

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 September 2007 at 8:57 am #

    how strange….just came online and somewhere down the road someone takes meatloaf off their turntable and puts lc singing “Suzanne”

    in Darwin!


  47. avatar
    Sunshine | 9 September 2007 at 9:23 am #

    SK and fellow fiends,
    I’m joining everyone who’s half a planet away in wishing I’d been able to be there. It sounds like a lovely event indeed. I think I’ll revisit (yet again) my Isidore and Mimesis stuff and pretend I’m in the audience.

    Re: Canadian talent, past and present:
    I really really like The Stills, Metric, Arcade Fire… Small Sins, Hot Hot Heat, and I think Controller.Controller are canadian. The first album I ever bought (I was 9 and it was 1982, cut me some slack, jack) was Loverboy’s “Get Lucky.” Yet another group of canadian rockers, and though I’m a bit embarrassed to admit having liked them, I refuse to let go of my LP (even 26 years later).

    Now I must away to dreamland and dreams of Isidore 2 and new SK solo stuff on the horizon.

    Everybody’s Workin’ for the Weekend,


  48. avatar
    andmoreagain | 9 September 2007 at 2:59 pm #

    Forgot about Controller.Controller (R.I.P.). Thanks art and whatever Faye.

  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 September 2007 at 12:11 am #

    all’s good, all’s good genx. I’ll try to clarify on this wave of half communications. I was bein’ polite to andmoreagain in that they didn’t need to apologize…and I think it’s already a moot point! 🙂 not harm done.


  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 September 2007 at 3:42 am #

    Art!…good morning,oh lovely one!..sounds like a great idea to me!…am eating some o that rose water n pistaccio{oh howd ya spell it? i havent seen words for such a long time,i forget their shapes} you think my computer would splode,if i emailed you some?…xx gen

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