posted on July 23, 2006 at 11:44 pm

here i am
in the greene room
tucson my man
oh whatta lovely olde theatre
whatta lovely part of town
whatta pleasant 115 degree breeze blowing down mainstreet
thats one way to keep he dope peddlars of the streets
115 degrees
actually its keeping everyone off the streets here
there aint no one out there on foot
around the edges of the towns are forlorn shacks
motels gone bust
ghosts in those dark boarded up broken down dreams mister
people lived n died doing it the hard way
living in the heat and hopelessness
of chickenwire, rusted caravans n wrecked cars
living inside in the airconditioning
the constant hum n hiss of the fans
the absolute omnipresence of the heat
i accept it
and it leaves me alone
like a big dog you treat cautiously n with respect
dont resist this heat
or itll chase you down n dry you out
dont hide from it
itll find you
just accept it
laugh about it
its like a blazing sauna outside
but the desert nights
full of…..what?
oh something
you gotta feel it

the crowd last night were very very nice
the show went down well
i thoroughly enjoyed myself
showing off n being silly
when we lock in n fire on all four
we are inexorable
tim powles getting an energy burst
and the whole band lifts off
like a booster rocket has kicked in
pk n mwp are superb players
they still achieve the thing we go for
with accoustic guitars
we hadda ball
a lot more people there then ya mita thort
seems arizona n the cruchh can kiss n make up now
now tonite is tucson
and its a little more boho arty here than last nite
you know people read rimbaud at the rodeo
no no
im just kidding
im starting like arizona
ya gotta be tuff to live here
its almost like siberia in negative
i reckon i’d rather the heat than the cold
i reckon i rather tucson than glomsk
imagine if yer mum was a navaho indian n dad wassa eskimo
youd have all climates covered
youd be able to handle the extremes
then imagine a boho n a “straight” having kids
youd get a guy who could write songs
read his recording contract

59 Responses to “too sun, harris owner”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 1:02 am #

    opposites add up hey…enjoy the heat dude…

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 1:05 am #

    Last nite’s show WAS nice, weren’t it? I loved it when you guys all kicked it in gear, and it seemed like the songs could just play themselves. Like they just had to happen.

    Man, now I’m kicking myself that I didn’t make arrangements to go down to Tuckson and see y’all play show #2. What the hell was I thinkin?

    Last night I could just close my eyes and it didn’t even seem like you were playing an “acoustic” show. The sound was full and rich. Still… I long for you guys to return with the whole electric thing. I wanna hear Tantalized blasted out, or Ripple, or a million other tunes that would benefit from the addition of grit and distortion.

    You can’t kiss and make up with AZ yet!!! Not until you guys come back and kick some ass with a full throttle, wall to wall electric show.

  3. avatar
    Adele Yvonne | 24 July 2006 at 1:24 am #


    unfortunately New Orleans will be very hot too, but hot & humid. But if it rains at least it won’t be as hot.

    I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you for coming to post-Katrina New Orleans. We are down but not yet out. Your coming here means a lot.

    Well I will see you in about a week.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 1:26 am #

    Rimbaud at the Rodeo…a delicious title for an album or book methinks…or at least a little tune

  5. avatar
    General Catz | 24 July 2006 at 1:31 am #

    we loved ya in tempe steve. if that’s what an acoustic show is, i can’t imagine a full on electric one. you broke all expectations and then blew out the windows with even more than we could have thought we wanted.

    thanks for a magical nite.

  6. avatar
    starfish | 24 July 2006 at 1:45 am #

    Tucson is a wonderful place. I lived there for 8 mos. in 1994. If you have the time, try to wander in Saguaro National Park (early a.m. or sunset). Sunsets in the desert over the mountains are some of the most beautiful you will see. The medicine man dances with Ra.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 1:59 am #

    SK – Sweet Karma

    Hope your awficial documents met with big smiles at customs.

    Wassa sad eyed lady of he lowlands when ya didnae answer my question (was only 1, not like some). But I forgive ya. Ol Father Time is always lurking and ya hadda lot on yer plate.

    Go forth and spread your magic music in the USA, Mr. Bassman.

    Lady Di

  8. avatar
    Freddy Mercurial | 24 July 2006 at 2:20 am #

    re>>imagine a boho n a “straight” having kids -you’d get a guy who could write songs and read his recording contract>>>


    That just made me laugh out loud.
    Glad to hear that the tour is going well thus far. I hope your ears ain’t a ringing too much.

    Btw, since TP is (and will forever be) the newbie in the group, do you make him do all the driving between gigs?


  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 2:22 am #

    One week down sk, and it sounds like you’ve blown them away so far. It’s kinda hard reading all the great reviews from the fans here, and not being there to see you play live 🙁
    I’d be curious to hear what New Orleans looks like these days after the hurricane, I was there in 1990 and I remember it being a beautiful place. Especially all the little jazz&blues clubs and the French Quarter (I think that’s what that area was called).
    Have fun and keep on rockin’ in the U.S.A.!
    Enjoy the heat my sweet!

    Amanda P

  10. avatar
    fergal | 24 July 2006 at 2:23 am #

    at las cruces, new mexico
    on a greyhound bus
    i saw a guy wearin a badge
    which said
    ‘question authority’

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 3:22 am #

    Once in a document I was reading…of a legal nature I think (possibly a contract) I saw a page which said…


    Au revoir.


  12. avatar
    farmboy | 24 July 2006 at 3:27 am #

    sounds like it’s rolling now; can’t wait for new orleans. work is crushing me and man this couldn’t be more perfect timing. positive vibrations….

  13. avatar
    Rama Dee | 24 July 2006 at 3:44 am #

    3 nights off, huh?? well, Texas has been waitin for you like a long lost dog…careful with that axe Nevets…keep on bloggin…being a die-hard fan i shoulda been reading the blogge the hole time..what was i thinkin? I went back to may, and read of the vishnu-breakdown….hmmm, seems like i had a close call round the same time…anyway- enlightning….now i have a Novel’s worth of readin to do…how delicious!!! SK you are a a very very nice writer…i bragged to my musician myrrhman buddy about ya..let me tell you, my friends, they get sick of me talkin on and on about you and the church…i dunno, no-one seems to get it like i do, least round here..same old story, right?? i really do love U2….sorry folks, i wear my esoteric heart on my can go figure*

  14. avatar
    Melquiades | 24 July 2006 at 4:04 am #

    Did you pay a visit to the desert. really, forget about the wheels. doors left loose on the hinges creaking in the fallout wind.footsteps left a trail and then there were only two. Why I was carrying you.
    I wouldve love to have been there with you.

  15. avatar
    bld_in_sb | 24 July 2006 at 4:07 am #

    have you discovered congress across the road?

    the chief at the cup cafe in hotel congress is vegan whips up a mean vegan french toast for breakfast!

    say hi to marianne and naim and the rest of the tucson folks for me.

  16. avatar
    Mattdavison | 24 July 2006 at 4:31 am #

    The heat must have shortened your pencil..Its a nice 16 degrees in Aucklando. Just wondereing SK weather wise, weather you took my advice to get a reasonble digi camera, or at bare min a disposible too take some snappy’s of the desert, the venues..the tumbleweeds etc. We pay good money here at the Time Being…give us a picture postcard That way even dutch P can make sense of whats going on caus e’ canne read too well.
    ps I am workin as we speak at a location that will blow yr mind for the NZ forest gig set for later in the year.

  17. avatar
    daydreamer | 24 July 2006 at 5:11 am #

    Sorry for the late comment – I’m just back from the So. Cal shows.

    The San Diego show was magic, as somehow I knew it would be. Yes, you absolutely did transcend. Wonderful venue. Not a bad crowd, eh? I think we even behaved ourselves.

    The Grove might have felt empty-ish because it is so huge, and no one seemed to want to sit in those folding chairs under the stage. The tables were pretty much filled – of course ours had two empty seats cuz Denise couldn’t make it : ( But you guys SO rocked, and the audience loved you. I loved you! You looked like you were really having fun up there. Did I mention you rocked?

    We also brought several friends to these shows, and everyone really enjoyed it. Hey, that’s one way to spread the word, kids!

    I am still on cloud nine ..


  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 6:18 am #

    sounds like you guys are rockin
    keep having fun and love the last images


  19. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 24 July 2006 at 7:36 am #

    nice joke there at the end, sk
    cracked me up

  20. avatar
    syrinx | 24 July 2006 at 7:58 am #

    Thank you. You made us all so beautiful.

  21. avatar
    zardalu | 24 July 2006 at 8:06 am #

    if you find your way back through tucson (or phoenix for that matter) i’d be more than happy to cater fine vegan viddles for the length of your stay.
    both arizona shows were lovely. i’ve waited so long. you never knew it, but thank you for holding my hand and guiding me through the last 14 years of my life. you made the dust that settled a little less thick.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 8:40 am #

    last night in temp
    er, tempe
    sat in the front
    a total disciple

    ran for and then sat
    in the front is more like it
    church just come stomping out
    is that them?
    the problems with marty’s 12
    was clear to the crew during the tune up
    they were shruggin thier shoulders
    they were hoping for the best
    they wasnt gettin no signal
    and through thier actions gave us some legendary church moments

    everyone hates a tattle tale

    fantastic gig
    all sentimental favorites played
    mostly new tho
    its better that way

    during new season some guy
    behind me
    kept yelling AAANNTTENNAAA

    the most organic gig ill ever see

    im sure its the same for all church fans

    whatever you think the church is
    -thats what it is

    steve and marty joke
    tim is the sarcastic evil one
    peter is the straight man

    best band in the world

    it doesnt make you nostalgic
    it makes you excited about whats next

    for them and

    … for you

    been a church fan 20 years now

    after last night im younger than i was then

    im quittin my job tomorrow

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 8:50 am #

    does tim do his
    in jokes every night?

    Tim Powles is the
    greatest fucking drummer in the world.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 8:56 am #

    marty’s playing on grind and his singing on tristesse in tempe was

    steves buffalo on 12 string was insane

    hope tuscon got what we got

  25. avatar
    sue cee | 24 July 2006 at 10:42 am #

    “rimbaud at the rodeo”…. boho/straits… you crack me up sk! Better heading too 🙂 Dont you dare write ‘Houston we have landed’ for the next one !

    ps Dylan Moran was here in Oz – he said he came here to kill a Wiggle haha:)

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 10:52 am #

    My dears,

    Sorry to deviate from the theme…and you know I don’t normally do this….but is anyone else getting a bit worried about Lebanon….?

    I gotta baaaaaad feeling about this one……

    B. Peaceful


  27. avatar
    between planets | 24 July 2006 at 12:46 pm #

    yes the congress hotel
    public enemy #1
    john dillinger
    th’ ‘merican robin hoode
    ‘n his merry men used to hide out in plain sight, in the congress

    they got busted by the
    ’cause they luved their guns

    I think it wassa johnny who said
    “I’ll be damned”

    they’ve got pictures on the wall in the second floor lounge
    and 80’s music vids on the cable

    ahhh ‘mericana


  28. avatar
    daniel | 24 July 2006 at 12:57 pm #

    perhaps some day we’ll all come to respect people more than boundaries… lines in the sand–sk, would you please come do some shows in germany??

  29. avatar
    John Garratt | 24 July 2006 at 1:31 pm #

    Tempe. Cool. But what is tempeh?


  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 1:31 pm #

    This world could use a bit more silliness. Kick ass & leave ’em wanting more!!

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 1:32 pm #

    Thanks for making Atlanta one of your stops. I’m looking forward to it. Your fan, LG

  32. avatar
    matthew | 24 July 2006 at 2:05 pm #

    Hahaha – “rimbaud at the rodeo” …surely a worthy song title, or at least a passing line. Keep knocking ’em dead SK…. verily you guys do rock.

  33. avatar
    Renee | 24 July 2006 at 3:17 pm #

    This is an excerpt from a review of the tempe show that heatherspace posted on another site, I hope she doesn’t mind me posting a small bit of it here, but I found it rather insightful,

    “he’s really belting at points, and it reminded me of our conversation during the Isidore interview about his confidence as a singer – it shows, but it’s my honest opinion that it moves beyond the technical aspect and into a certain finding of center, if you will. I really feel like I’m hearing Steve Kilbey sing for the first time nowadays, over and over. So much love.”

    It sounds as though you may have found your ‘deep place’
    whatever your doing differently, keep it up!
    you’ve got the audience spellbound.

    Hope your feeling better about things, a sense of humor definitely helps!
    Wish I could’ve seen that tempe show,
    I’d love to have see you laugh and smile (you always look so serious!)

    lots of love

  34. avatar
    isolde | 24 July 2006 at 4:47 pm #

    dogs and diamonds burning bright
    fierce with incandescent light
    painted deserts turn to white
    in the starry starry night

    thanks for the images sk
    sounds like you’re cooking

    ps. B.Bon yes very worrying.
    la panthère rose était un diamant
    merci de l’histoire naturelle
    une créature toujours magnifique!
    j’espère que je ne serai pas dessicated

    pps. want some splendour in your grarse?,20867,19885122-16947,00.html

    ppps. sue c – dylan moran to play sk in the fillum?

    pppps. the comment box is a bit shaky on the uptake today

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 5:57 pm #

    I awoke today & fer once I remembered the dream-A ship (smaller than the titanic, but larger than a 2 masted sail boat.) A ship made of turquoise mosaic tiles-Persian rugs on the deck-Tim piloting-Pete, somewhere below doin’Pete stuff-I was having a conversation with Steve & Marty ,(I wish I could remember what was said)Then Jimmy Buffett was there-He’d found his salt- He’s now looking for a lime.Just then things became horribly mortifying– I awoke–

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2006 at 6:03 pm #

    Perhaps a 4 day Cabo sorta cruise -The Church as the Ships’ band, Allaboard fans! Less equipment set up/breakdown .Etc.

  37. avatar
    veleska1970 | 24 July 2006 at 6:07 pm #

    sorry about this unrelenting heat, steve. it must be weird coming from a place that is in the dead of winter right now to a place that is hotter’n hell.

    well, at least somebody is enjoying this heatwave~~i.e. the utility companies with their record profits. **groan**

    can’t wait to see you friday in dallas.

    >>note to adele yvonne: i’m from new orleans, too. thanks to katrina i’m in ft worth now. i saw the guys in ’98 at the house of blues. wish i could be there again this year rockin’ along with ya. it’ll feel weird seeing them in dallas this time around!!

  38. avatar
    stealthblue | 24 July 2006 at 6:14 pm #

    Glad my little home town of tux-on was good to you and the fellers. Jis don’t get hit wit no tumble weeds nawh! Seriously, it was good to know that Tucson treated you guys alright. I thought you would like the Realto. I wanted to badly to be there for that particular show, but my little brother did the representin’. He thought I was joking when I told him it would be an acoustic show, but I guess he must have loved it anyway!! He’s one of those that were expecting to see The Crunch via Starfish! I hadda set him straight…no pun intended. I’ll see yas in Chicago. Thanks so much for the great updates along the journey. Keep up the posi-vibe! Stay safe, keep rockin’ (and rollin!)
    Peace and lubb,

  39. avatar
    Rama Dee | 24 July 2006 at 6:44 pm #

    hey, why do you guys refer to the electrified version of the church as circa 88 starfish????doesnt make any sense. They still play electric, and some of those songs-so whats with the rehash idea?? Its like saying the church are making a comeback?? or something off like that….first of all, yes, having not seen them since like 93? here in austin(SXSW dudnt count) i wood like to hear some of the astounding atmospherics, yes? right? But we are obviously just happy to see and hear our all time favoriteband…maybe their ears are a little blown?? anyhow, at least i wont be 1000yards away disconnected like some cow, peering over babblers and other, ahem, mobby folks( yeah takes all kinds) even for the CHURCH, the most refined band of all time!!!!we all wonder about this, Im sure…Anyway and How, Love to everyone who is smitten by sk and the channel of its being, Sure wish i knew some of ya…Bye.

  40. avatar
    davem | 24 July 2006 at 7:17 pm #

    Keep doing what only you can do, SK.
    Proud of you and the chaps. 115? Can’t even begin to imagine it. I’ve never been out of Europe. Not sure I could face that kind of heat!
    Love you more,

    Dave M

  41. avatar
    Demeter | 24 July 2006 at 7:47 pm #

    dressed like a priest you was

  42. avatar
    baby | 24 July 2006 at 7:50 pm #

    you can borrow my lawyer if you like
    i have him on retainer
    he does like to be fed regular and gets cranky

  43. avatar
    Melquiades | 24 July 2006 at 8:25 pm #

    Just a note. Listening to Kid A. Thom Yorke cites the Church as his Musical roadmap. Two Genius artists.


  44. avatar
    Melquiades | 24 July 2006 at 8:30 pm #

    Also, Steve i would love to play some of my songs for you sometime. You inspired me to play guitar. Ever since on the Sometime Anywhere acoustic tour in Washington Square, DC.

    My adoration is nothing more than respect. And I respect you.

    Honestly, I feel priveledged to have lived in a time you were creating.


  45. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 24 July 2006 at 8:42 pm #

    “heatherspace” was right on w/her review of your voice. In Santa Barbara, I remember listening to you in that tiny club and also feeling like I was hearing you for the first time. “All I Know” would’ve brought me to my knees had I not been sitting down already. As an amateur writer, it frustrates me that I cannot find the words to describe the wonder of listening to your voice. But then it’s such a magical, mystical, emotional experience for me…perhaps it would belittle it to put it into words. Other than….you’ve still got it baybee!

  46. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 24 July 2006 at 10:11 pm #

    You’re like the air that I breathe… necessary.
    Tu hermanita,

  47. avatar
    heatherspace | 24 July 2006 at 10:27 pm #

    Renee and Denise – thanks for the kind words, and of course I don’t mind. And just a note to any and all commentators here that show reviews are welcome and encouraged over on Hotel Womb.

    Steve – what a lovely (and accurate!) picture of our town. “Siberia in reverse” – love it.

  48. avatar
    heatherspace | 24 July 2006 at 10:27 pm #

    Er, “Siberia in negative” rather.

  49. avatar
    syrinx | 24 July 2006 at 10:43 pm #

    These are those oneses:

    The many surfaces make it easier for a casual player to strum much more ASSERTIVELY and AGRESSIVELY. For the timid to attempt some major POWER-CHORDAGE.

  50. avatar
    that guy with the dreadlocks | 24 July 2006 at 11:15 pm #

    that guy with the dreadlocks said…
    if i am that guy with the dreads , and im not sayin i am , but if i was would this be a good thing or would i be apoligizing,if i was this dread fellow, for disrupting a passed philadelphia show with drunken fervor? i didnt set out to have a lousy evening , just couldnt lay off the sauce ,.. and then peter told me to shut up and mood and emotions fell and swirled from there,..and if i was this fella with said hair crown i would tell that this dread incident that started with innocence has plagued me over these several yearsso much so that i dont even use the sauce anymore cause i reckon i can nae handle it,. could i be forgiven mangy panther sage with iceblink for eyes forgive me ,..quiet and still this time ,..? no whistles or cock tales or burgandy juice just dignity and respect this i swear an oath i do take and no oathbreaker am i what i am is terribly sorry for what i was all that occured ,…

    2:42 AM

    that guy with the dreadlocks said…
    and if thats not what you were refrencing then forget i sai…i mean im still very sorry for being rude at your show that time there i owe everyone who was at that show an apology ,..
    that guy with the dreadlocks

  51. avatar
    baby | 25 July 2006 at 12:08 am #

    i was sent to siberia twice
    “ha hah ha you joke” but it is true
    the ballet in novosibirsk was nice
    hammer & sickle still everywhere as people are nostalgic for the soviet era when at least the mob dinnt run everything & their kids could go to school
    and surprisingly it is very hot in summer
    winter truly does kick your ass
    i dont advise it

    ps vodka is cheaper than bottled water

  52. avatar
    honey | 25 July 2006 at 12:31 am #

    weird. woke up this morning and in the kitchen, a jar of manuka honey…I ask the wife she says her mother bought it for her. does my mother in law read your blog I ponder? she knows Im a fan…

  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 July 2006 at 12:56 am #

    “!…noitom eht hguorht seog airebiS nevE” – dias nosrednA noJ

  54. avatar
    ansg | 25 July 2006 at 4:38 am #

    Thanks for playing Tucson. Last night, you managed to exceed my expectations for the acoustic show. The musicianship was incredible and the sound was wonderful. It’s hard to make the Rialto sound so good. It was probably the best sound I’ve heard there ever.

    If only half of our hip population wasn’t out of town in cooler climates…

    A show of beauty.

  55. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 25 July 2006 at 3:22 pm #

    hilarious closer sk. get hold of a copy of the soundtrack to paris tesxas by ry cooder. it’s all over where you are now. it’s seeeeensational…. ain’t going to phoenix, are ya? kiss a roadrunner for me
    love and cacti,

  56. avatar
    mattdavison | 26 July 2006 at 2:53 am #

    Dutch.. Stop trying to pick people up on this blog. The Bronte RSA is a far better option.
    Sk I is a marvel this Vast and Tiny Universe we live in.. love the part about the cities and oceans outside…Must feel like you are in a Dome.
    Just make yr money, enhance a few souls, burn out yr charity, keep writing to us…..and start planning that NZ forest gig with me. (people will come from every country) too see. The Kai-iwi lakes in Northland (the emerald lakes) you know it is the most spiritual place on on earth.
    I will send a site link to show you all. It will blow you away.

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    Anonymous | 17 August 2006 at 12:02 am #

    imagine if yer mum was a navaho indian n dad wassa eskimo
    youd have all climates covered
    youd be able to handle the extremes
    then imagine a boho n a “straight” having kids
    youd get a guy who could write songs
    read his recording contract


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