posted on May 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm

first of all
let me thank our own loolabillions
who has forked out some hard won cash
and bought 4….yes 4 ..of my paintings
and i must congratulate her for her choices
the golden dragon….oh yes…..
but be careful…hes a nasty olde rep-tyle that one
he loves treasure and…well, you,ll see loola
and the ice-mare
which is a very female painting
(all my girls loved that one esp. eve who named it!)
self portrait with gold floral
that really looks like me
if i was more regal royal loyal n ‘andsome
(noticing new lines in my face everyday)
and an older self portrait called shore points
which is me standing at dawn
on a beach somewhere up near my little mummys house
which coincidentally
(i notice from loolas paypal receipt)
is not far from the billions household itself..
so maybe loola…you recognize that spot
i always thought it was a good painting
i believe its all pastel no gouache
and it has a soft sad melancholy to it
nice choice!
yesterday i got steve kilbey and martin kennedy present
unseen music unheard words
which comes in such a beautiful little package
so slim
so futuristic
even the cellophane round them is immaculate
on the front martin has painted some vermillion atmosphere
some mercurian alien in front of a white hot sea
still like us earthlings
so lonely
on the back a semi -portrait of aurora kilbey
the angel of the dawn
all in crimson n gold
me and martin …you get 2 renaissance men
for the price of one
anyway heres my mini review
please note all this is my own opinion
it should not detract at all
from any interpretations
you may favour
(and dont spell space savioUr without the U!)
the record kicks off with
eyes ahead
smoothly introducing the disc
how prescient my opening words:
distance aint a joke
when yer wheeless n broke….
a fragile lush simple complex song
much mention must be made of jlks b.vox
and simon polinskis mixing throughout this record
the second song is my will be yours
david sylvian materializes at times
and that little talking trumpet thingy
this is a sad wee small hours tired n emotional song
i will lose everything that i will find
again…..the words are very telling
file under nightclubby/melancholia
number 3 is stretch into the stars
a theatrical number
a ponderous number
when you embraced that creature i deplore..i sing
the song is bitter slow burning and castigating
the next one is maybe soon
light gossamer stuff
advice from a father to a childe
pretty but slightly sad
simple but alluring
a lot of peoples fave
thats my daughter miranda singing on there…
after that we have uh i dunno
the usual mix up of my life
the record turns a bit heavier here
the beat is more insistent
the song actually rocks
its a furtive dark secretive song
full of revenge and spite
6 is thought of leaving
another dark number
very melodic
jazzy trumpet too
7 is another place
this is a hard one to define
it swells up eventually into a big thing
plus i use the word nepenthe
surely a first for a rock song
number 8 is all is one
a spiritual song
a lovely song
lovely music
the music is always so just right
never too much
no fancy doo dahs
no overwrought solos
no pomp n ceremony
at 9 is love increased
with a little bit of a pome at the end
n biblical imagery
10 is the other place
a sad n whimsical piece
i almost never see your face… i sing/sigh
i know you from the other place
(as opposed to another place)
at 11 is naked as a star
which is the “sexiest” track i guess
and finishing up
is friends are gone
as desolate as a stroll round a dawn beach
or an empty cafe when youre on yer own

this is a smooth soothing mellifluous record
it is painkillers opposite
it is the warm interior
it is lush and romantic
you wont have to work hard to understand it
its easy
it goes down easy
its melodic
it pays attention to tiny details
the music is so elegantly simple
well martin has a knack of….
uh…i dunno…
his music contains magic
his music brought forth these words
the music is unseen
and the words
could have
i think you guys are gonna love this one!

21 Responses to “the kennedy era”

  1. avatar
    restaurant mark | 22 May 2009 at 10:51 pm #

    i’m sure we will love it…

    take care

  2. avatar
    Richard | 22 May 2009 at 10:51 pm #

    downloading from cd baby as I type

    looking forward to a melifluous saturday morning

    US tour goers start learning your lines

  3. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 22 May 2009 at 11:16 pm #

    hot damn!!!! can’t wait, when’s it going to be available on church merch????
    goody goody goody!!!!!!!!!!

    love always….

  4. avatar
    the dean | 22 May 2009 at 11:33 pm #

    looking forward to the living kennedy\kilbey for sure.

    After browsing sk art site couldn’t find the paintings that loolabillions purchased – are they viewable anywhere?

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 May 2009 at 12:05 am #

    hopefully mine is in the mail.
    we are so spoilt. sk’s voice is my
    favourite colour.

    use of u’s.

    brownie points.

    see you in pittsburgh and falls church
    maybe soon


  6. avatar
    eek | 23 May 2009 at 12:06 am #

    Oops! My communication skills must be off lately — three paintings to loolabillions; one painting (SP w/Gold Floral) to Craig (not sure if that Craig comments here). All are lovely pieces though — I’m always sad to see them go, while happy new owners are getting to enjoy them.

    Looking so forward the the KK album. I’ve decided to buy it from the merch table during the Church tour, but I’ll probably break down and get it earlier. My self control, especially when it comes to buying albums, isn’t terribly strong. I love the songs I’ve heard so far, and your descriptions make it sound lovely too. Ah, good stuff!

  7. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 23 May 2009 at 12:22 am #

    I just got Kilbey and Kennedy from CD baby. It’s magical and perfectly composed, produced and executed. Words are unable to describe SK at 54. Thom Yorke’s brilliant Eraser is dwarfed by “Unseen Music Unheard Words”. Think of an idyllic mellow album by David Gilmour and the late Richard Wright of Pink Floyd and then you’re in the realm of Kilbey and Kennedy. This CD will remain in my player for the next week. Just imagine it’s immediately infectous and you know that it will ascend into majestic luminosity with each and every play until Nirvana is audibly actualized. I know Steve Kilbey and he’s in the same pantheon as John Lennon. And he’s vegan and his God would never kill an ant. Kilbey and Kennedy is gracefully mindblowing.

  8. avatar
    princey | 23 May 2009 at 12:30 am #

    Oooh, cant wait for this one! I’ll never forget the whistlin’ solo at The Toff you did sk, I think that’s going to be my fave song on this one…..strech into the stars baybee!!
    have a beautiufl weekend,
    love amanda

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 May 2009 at 1:12 am #

    The omission of the “u”in any word,let alone noun,or name,would drive one crazy.;) the middle of the name?beautiful music.the name,a beautiful song.the spirit,a beautiful one to be sure.:)xo

  10. avatar
    PAGEY | 23 May 2009 at 1:13 am #

    been listening to this one for a couple days now. great album, very listenable many times over. I rarely listen to an album more than 2x a week but this time it has been so far 3x.

    excellent lyrics and very nice music. Thanks K/K

  11. avatar
    loolaabillions | 23 May 2009 at 3:10 am #

    oh shucks steve..
    it feels great
    to be mentioned
    no…thanked in your blog
    but alas i can
    only lay claim to three
    of your incredible
    somebody else has your
    self portrait in gold floral
    so perhaps holly
    can shed some light
    on that mystery??

    anyhow rest assured
    they will be coming to
    a good home
    and yes i thought that
    strip of coastline looked familiar
    so it is i who should
    be thanking you
    for creating such brilliant work

    thank you….xx

  12. avatar
    davem | 23 May 2009 at 5:24 am #

    Mine was shipped on Tuesday, so I’m hoping it arrives very soon.
    I’m really looking forward to hearing it.

  13. avatar
    fantasticandy | 23 May 2009 at 6:37 am #

    by heck….youv’e shifted a fair few paintings of late!
    it’s almost become the ‘day job’…

    KK on the way….

  14. avatar
    eek | 23 May 2009 at 7:46 am #

    the dean — look at the list on the left hand side of the SK art site. Click on 2) Original Paintings. That will take you to the section with paintings that are for sale or very recently sold.

    Or you can just click here to be taken directly to the page.

    Once there click on the images or titles to enlarge for a closer look.

    And speaking of Steve’s paintings, here’s a link to a review of SK’s Pittsburgh exhibition: Pittsburgh City Paper

  15. avatar
    Richard | 23 May 2009 at 8:14 am #

    love the echoes of the you took bassline on thought of leaving

  16. avatar
    MLK | 23 May 2009 at 9:59 am #

    Hellbound Heart – KK CD will be on Church Merch next week. Will hopefully also be avail on the Church tour merch table and should be on amazon mp3 soon. Ok enough spruiking, its back to trying to write KK 2 tunes!
    – Mk

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 May 2009 at 10:21 am #

    Steve, Maybe Soon tears at me. It is hard not to cry during the song sometimes. I made up my own meaning to the song. I think of the lyrics as being in the form of a letter, read by a child years after his/her parent dies. The parent dies after the child is conceived, but before he/she is born. The parent always wanted to see the child grow up, but never does. Maybe soon they will get to walk together on some alien shore. I think of dying before I have children myself. Thank you for the music.


  18. avatar
    Freddie | 23 May 2009 at 11:25 am #

    This has been available since May 12th?!! Ya might’ve told us! 😀
    Didn’t want it to detract from USA release of Untitled?
    I’m a lil’ miffed at ya but I downloaded “Unseen Music, Unheard Words” last night from ITunes
    and spent the night and morning here with it
    Some of the songs are so achingly beautiful they make me cry
    I want some more time alone with this before the full blown gush
    which I can already tell you, it’s gonna be!

    I’m so envious of loola right now; that dragon is awesome and the others too.
    M’Lord, you should paint more dragons.
    People love dragons.

  19. avatar
    david | 23 May 2009 at 2:53 pm #

    this guy is loving the Kilbey Kennedy Present. Mellifluous, indeed!


  20. avatar
    CSTCoach | 23 May 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    Yeah! Been waiting for that album for quite a long time. I’ve been haunting the k/k myspace page for months and months, playing those tracks over and over.

    i love maybe soon. so sad, so melancholy, so simple and perfect. loved the live performance of it that’s on that page.

    same for the live performance of eyes ahead. haunting delivery. one wonders what you’re seeing when you’re singing the chorus.

    anyway, ordered it from cdbaby last night – hope they’re shipping soon.

    but what to do? i’ve got u#23, the two ep’s, and shriek on constant daily rotation right now, plus going through your back catalog an album a day, cause i got these nice new surround sound speakers for my computer and i’ve gotta hear em all again, loud and layered…

    Loved the new paintings. You’re really making great strides in that realm. I had my eye on that creepy eye (night has a thousand eyes), aye aye, but someone snapped it up 🙁

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 May 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    Downloading the mp3s from CDBaby now…It’ll take all of 3’s marvelous thing this internet
    Barry Cudlipp

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