posted on December 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm
the realest world we have

the realest world we have

hello and welcome

i have a lot of stuff still on the boil

songs from the real world is now out and its pretty good

maybe not quite as good consistently as a real kil/ken record but close

it does contain a few standout tracks however

which would not be outta place on the real deal

tracks like naomi and maya

and “my one”

a lovely power ballad for david and ginas wedding

i dont believe anyone has ever done a record like this before

i’d be interested to see what you thought of our commissions

although martin and i are both artists and dream up our own stuff prolifically

we both enjoy being artisans and using our experience to write specific songs as directed

this has always been one of the functions of art : to do what somebody else asks you to do

like mikey angelo painting the sistine chapel and stuff like that

you pay us to write you a song

martin and i take your request and we actualise your wish

some of our songs moved their new owners to (good) tears

here you can hear us plying our trade with love and care and flair (but not flares)

we have songs about children whove lost a parent

we have songs about lakes eternities and theology

we have songs about cafes and wives and daughters and friends

and even one brand newey just for the hell of it

martin had a track he’d kinda forgotten about

and i insisted he dig it up and lemme do something on it

its the last track. i kinda dig it

its like a dylan track off street legal or something

good on us! who else is doing tracks that sound like street legal ?

(thats a dylan album for the philly steins out there)

so look naturally i recommend it

and it was actually me who nagged MK to release it

so happy am i with most of it

i wanted you all to hear it…

next up i am playing my last shows of the year on my own

one in canberra at smiths bookshop

this will be a return where i have my voice intact

and my guitar strung prop’ly

i will trying some new material and plenty of old

i will be reading the funny bits from my book

there are some funny bits in my book that people enjoy hearing

the bits about me on tour told in a schizo kinda way

tales of the zigger jacket etc

(what the fuck is a zigger jacket anyway? )

there will be rambling misty eyed reminiscing about the AC fucking T

and how its dullness fostered my scintillating genius

that every current canberran ninny is just dying to hear ha ha

so there i am me and me book and me guild 12 in smiths book shop

itll be all yer christmas wishes come true if youre an atheist

bah humbug and have a merry whatsit canberra cos i’m a coming sunday night baby

15 dec riding in my gold falcon sleigh with bells on

then the 17th up in troppo brizzie

i will be appearing at lefties old time music hall

once a joint of salubrious notoriety now a lovely old gig

bringing back misty memories of seeing vanessa the undresser there in 1857

during the gold record rush

jesus old vanessa’d be getting on these days ……(sigh!)

anyway there are rumours of a few guests coming along to help out

so fingers crossed that will come to pass

please come to lefties all you Qlders

i’ll have merch n everyfing for late chrispy presents… perhaps for an enemy

its gonna be a great gig i promise you that and thats a promise i may keep

tickets are selling pretty good to that so make sure i dont miss out

(on selling more)

gee this advertising malarky is a cinch for me isnt it?

meanwhile ive been doing Rock Wiz all round the place

hobnobbing with old guard of Doc Neeson and Mark Gable

or hanging with the new kids like Nick from Deep Sea Arcade

or Izzi from the Preatures

you can be sure i am my usual grumpy boring tired self

Docs tales of being on a troop carrier plane in the middle east

and of heat seeking missiles locking on

and the pilots aerial acrobatics to throw it off

should have but did not calm my shakey nerves as we came into adelaide

however i very much appreciated him and Mr Gable being my wingmen

when i needed to have a desperate wee wee during a traffic jam in melbourne

they were taking the Β attention from me you see and were creating a diversion

mark also took some pictures of me i believe (unbelievably enuff!!)

go to and price on application i understand

meanwhile i work on bits n pieces

and listening to new church album so far which is undeniably good

ha ha

love on each n every one of you







75 Responses to “upper date”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 December 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    shine on sk… love on you… ordering cd now πŸ™‚

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    Kohl Ette | 11 December 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Caught short the last couple of days – have been out when I read your blogs…need to keep some juice in case my kids need it, speaking of realism. Tho yesterday in town, a certain telecommunications company recharged my phone a little for free even tho I don’t use them any more. Could raise my opinion of them… πŸ™‚ So now you convinced me to get myself the above album for christmas. I only heard a few songs so far but would love to hear the last one now. Sorry I can’t come to your upcoming gigs. Will be there in some form anyway. Hope you have lots of fun. Well who knows what might happen? Perhaps I could turn up, you never know. Not much work offered me last month and now would have done a few months’ work in a couple of weeks! You know what I mean. I feel obliged to say also that I’m relieved that’s the realest world you are showing us. Just being cheeky, please ignore.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 12 December 2013 at 10:18 pm #

      ‘Caught short’?! Does that mean something different in Oz? It’s only used in one context in Britain…

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    John James | 11 December 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    They Might Be Giants did some commissioned songs a few year ago… they were pretty good too – as is your new Kil/Ken album… been listening to it for the past week! πŸ™‚

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      thetimebeing | 12 December 2013 at 11:51 am #

      you liking it on its own terms john?

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        John James | 14 December 2013 at 5:24 am #

        Ummm… I guess there’s an authenticity in their pureness… I mean, if you sit down and compare them to Kil/Ken and their best, then these commissioned songs are simpler and less “interesting”, but the commissioned songs feel more personal, because you know there are stories behind them… I like that…

        FYI – The TMBG commissioned songs had a similar feel… simple, strange, but also authentic… I like the idea of commissioned songs… and I imagine from a song-writers perspective, it must be fun to take someone else’s ideas or themes and work with them. πŸ™‚

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          Anonymous | 14 December 2013 at 5:46 pm #

          Hasn’t Kilbey already been doing that for a lifetime? Presenting bits of peoples lives past, present and future and securing it in song.

  4. avatar
    Steven Krut | 11 December 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    We have to figure out a way to make you rich, Steve, so you don’t have to work so hard. πŸ™‚

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      thetimebeing | 12 December 2013 at 11:50 am #


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        Steven Krut | 16 December 2013 at 5:18 pm #

        I think there’s potentially good money to be had selling access to live performances on the Web. This might be especially profitable with The Church. For example, debuting the new album with a live pay-per-view event. Hype it up and it could be quite a large, world-wide audience. And many of those viewers might also buy the album if it’s for sale on the same site. Could be quite a lucrative night. Live streaming does generally require involving a third party who takes a cut, but it could still be worth it. The location of the event wouldn’t have to be a club or a public place. It could be a studio or garage or some place where the sound can be tweaked for the best effect.

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          Anonymous | 21 December 2013 at 2:59 am #

          To do that w/success calculate the most hit on YouTube video of the church added to 30% of the most popular of the band new guy is from, divide by 2 to average potential viewership… Then divide that again by no. Of sales of each (band), then multiply by 50% to equal total gross… Then deduct costs to do the pay per viewand promo costs to get customers to view it… Of those that pay for the show, 23% will also purchase the actual product…… And you will be w/in less than 34% of your actual take… If it adds up to a net gain, great idea! (Mktg svnt in a previous life)

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            Steven Krut | 21 December 2013 at 1:25 pm #

            I think that it’s all too new with too many unknowns for there to be a slide rule predictor of how it would play out. Some creative thinking overcomes the obstacles. For example, cost of the venue? Maybe zero. It doesn’t have to be any place special. It could be Steve’s living room. It only matters that the band sounds good. Cost of promotion? Zero. Social media. Also, a band like the Church coming out with a new album and promoting it in such a way would be newsworthy. There would be lot of free publicity from blogs, etc. Cost of the live streaming? That company I linked wants 30%, but there are other companies including YouTube, who just started offering live streaming to everyone a few months ago, who may take less. This space is still very new and competitive.

            How many people will show up? Who knows what the response would be? There’s been pent-up demand for new Church material for 4 years. Also, it wouldn’t have to be just the new album that people could buy. It could be all the previous albums, the t-shirts, the videos – the whole galaxy of Church retail goodies. And then in the aftermath the event itself could be sold as a video. I’m an optimist, so I think it could all be a big success.

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            Anonymous | 24 December 2013 at 8:13 am #

            Lucy and ethel made the best salad dressing ever… None better. Though the hadn’t figured marketing costs out… Sold a ton of the stuff … Just the two delivering on roller skates… Ricky figured out later, despite their genius, they lost money on every bottle. The boring but (other) important part. Small biz 101… Why so many lose.

    • avatar
      deborah | 19 December 2013 at 3:59 am #

      Well if all of us buyin his records for years can’t sustain him. then go get a dirty fing job like we all do. love the church, all artists are up a cul de sac at some point. me i paint semi abstract nudes, no money in it though. boo hoo. by the way i have a degree and galleries chasing me,,, still aint gunna make a living out of it. like i said boo hoo.

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        deborah | 19 December 2013 at 4:05 am #

        gotta say love the church, love steve kilbey. i think the question should be how much does australia value its artists.personally, the business side gets too much of the money. discuss please…

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 December 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    So haven’t read 2day peice.
    But wot happened to peices and comments written yesterday and between 2-11 Dec.
    It was there last nite b4 I went 2 bed and when I woke this morn.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 12 December 2013 at 11:50 am #

      have not deleted anything my friend

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        Anonymous | 12 December 2013 at 9:19 pm #

        So who is f…ing with yr site and bringing in the so-called pages of your writings. Can even recall direct peices of yr picture that was uploaded. Neither here or there really I could read between the lines of the old history that was presented. Nothing changes in this world when it comes to deception and deceit. Keep smiling πŸ™‚

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          thetimebeing | 13 December 2013 at 10:04 am #

          whatever whatever whatever

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          DavidP | 14 December 2013 at 5:30 pm #

          Such negative and judmental comments without considering one might not know all the facts.
          It is still there but it does not appear in the list on the homepage but it is on the blog page

          although it does not have a title which might be the cause of why its not on the home page.
          Here is a direct link:
          So as sk said he has not deleted anything.

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            Anonymous | 16 December 2013 at 6:08 pm #

            Thanks 4 letting me know. I leave my judgements for much more serious crimes and therefore had made no judgement on steve re deletion just a question. And just like steve’s missing $20 in one of his songs.well tbat type of sh..t happens more frequently than one considers depending on the journey at the time….

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 12 December 2013 at 10:17 pm #

        Someone has though – maybe the ghosts from your old studio have half-inched it…

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 December 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    What is the real world? Yours, mine or this present 1

  7. avatar
    princey | 11 December 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Rockwiz was a fun night ( takes on a new meaning now though, haha) Couldn’t believe I’d hear so many mature looking people singing out loud to the “rude bit” in that Angels song….Was laughing but cringing for a while there haha!!
    Happy that The new Church album is coming along nicely, can’t wait to hear it πŸ™‚

    It was great seeing you in Melby so many times this year sk, I hope you can do it again in 2014!

  8. Kraig
    Kraig | 11 December 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Good for you Steve! Can’t wait to hear the new tunes from you and Martin! I need some nice soothing new tunes just about right now. Not many good things going on right now for me, very sad times, the wife and I were pregnant for two months but found out yesterday it ain’t happenin because we lost the child so we are very upset. I feel more sorry for her than for me of course. Best wishes and lookin forward to the tunes for both the KK & live album. I might conjure up some dough to get a song for us someday I hope. We would absolutely love it. As always best wishes and cheers my friend(s).

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 11 December 2013 at 8:47 pm #

      “Film” from Priest=Aura keeps repeating in my head and on my stereo tonight, a wonderful acoustic prelude or interlude or conclusion, please re-listen if anyone forgot the beauty of this musical genius! It is one Bee-U-Tea-Full-Song!

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 12 December 2013 at 11:48 am #

      my dear friend
      deep deep sympathy on losing your unborn child
      thinking of you kraig and your wife
      i pray you can have another

    • avatar
      andy | 12 December 2013 at 7:06 pm #

      big love to you and the missus kraig, good wishes to you both.

    • avatar
      veleska1970 | 13 December 2013 at 1:51 am #

      I’m very sorry for your loss.

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 13 December 2013 at 2:46 pm #

      You guys are the BEST! What great internet friends you all are! I now understand how devastating it can be for anyone that goes through that. You never feel something like this until it actually happens to yourself. Big Love & thanks for the prayers and yes we are not going to give up πŸ™‚

  9. avatar
    I scold you now, young man | 11 December 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Deleting blog entries is bad form, I sez.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 December 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    You and Doc, wot a treat! Why dontcha do a song together?

  11. avatar
    veleska1970 | 12 December 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Love on you, too. **kiss**

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 December 2013 at 10:53 am #

    I really like this one, What does Michou mean ?

  13. avatar
    captain mission | 12 December 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    it’s filled with beautiful intentions, words and music sk.

  14. avatar
    andy | 12 December 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    congrats on the new album steve!
    looking forward to getting my mits on a copy………

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 13 December 2013 at 2:47 pm #

      I can’t wait as well, got me two order in and confirmed the order was finished so I’m guessing its shipped or shipping soon! Hell Yes!

  15. avatar
    Amber | 13 December 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Steve you have inspired me for over 2 decades. I love everything you have put out. I just wish I lived closer to catch your shows because if your in it, they are always going to be great.

  16. avatar
    Jonathan Andrews | 13 December 2013 at 3:52 am #

    I received the “shipping confirmation” email a few days ago! Looking forward to both of the new releases.
    I hope the remainder of the year goes well for you, Steve. Peace.

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    Buster Hymen | 13 December 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Will any of the material from earlier sessions be on the new Church? This is copied from Peter’s blog from 23 Nov 2010:

    PS. Just think how many Church albums we could make and the new one is already sounding like the best of the best with a song to pip Tantalised for energy and including a novelty song with me on keyboard. The last novelty song we had was called UTMW. Play on……

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    Kohl Ette | 13 December 2013 at 11:09 pm #


  19. avatar
    DavidP | 14 December 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Great to see this album released.
    Best song is track number 9 of course, ha ha.
    Oh, and I like that it ended up being number 9, there’s an esoteric significance to that number appropriate to the songs subject matter.
    Here’s a vid I did for it:

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 December 2013 at 11:50 am #

    I hear rumours that MWP is getting big bucks for playing 2nd guitar on Jimmy Page’s world tour in 2014. Strange world, if true!

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 20 December 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      well i wish him all the luck and money in the world. he is after all one of the very best there is.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 December 2013 at 7:29 am #

    All the best wirh yr gig in Brissie 2nite.

  22. avatar
    Heather Daydream | 17 December 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Steven Kilbey’s Christmas Concert at Smiths in Canberra SKCCSC

    Mr Kilbey at Smiths bookshop in Canberra. What a great gig, Steven played to a sold out adoring audience and regaled us with tales of times past in between songs in a two hour set. Highlights for moi were Providence and Comedown (Kilbey grooving moving on this one), a reading from the anthology about a jacket, a sweet ode version of Lou Reed’s Caroline Says, and a fierce and thundering cover of a Dave McComb song for an encore; which was, actually, a bit scary.

    Oh, and Tibor was there!

    Drive safe Killa.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2013 at 8:04 am #

    As I ponder on the events of yesterday and a couple of tweets. Steven has a stage that carries him to the ends of the Earth. Why would he want to sell himself short (settle for less)with the world’s stage.

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    wodan | 18 December 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Wow! Just been listening to to “Songs From the Real World” which arrived in the post today (in the real world) and what can I say? Well, “f…… beautiful” comes to mind. Absolutely delightful – great songs, great singing, can`t wait for the new Church album. And my favourite track “A Short Song about Eternity” is beyond beautiful. I would say “nirvanic” (nirvana), but that word hasn`t been invented yet, has it? About time I say! The state of nirvana needs an adjective to describe it! Welcome back, William Blake! You`ve been missed!
    Now for “the Ambient Anarchists” by Hawkwind……….. Here we go! Kaboom!!

  25. avatar
    Simone D'Ochu | 18 December 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Speaking on recent changes to band personnel, BlacK Francis of The Pixies said:
    “Frankly you don’t want to explain it to anybody – it’s a lot of its personal, private shit” …”It’s like politics and sports and people’s personal lives have all been smeared together in this modern world. It’s a very presumptuous attitude about a lot of things. [People say] ‘Oh you’re shifting something in your world – we demand a statement as to why.’ I’m not the mayor, this isn’t the bus service for a town. This is a rock band. There’s been a shift in the lineup, big woop-dee-doo . . . as far as we’re concerned it ain’t that big of a deal.”

    Anybody see parallels in this universe with that which concerns TheChurch?

    Read more:

    • avatar
      Sam Mayfair | 18 December 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      uh huh

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 21 December 2013 at 7:09 am #

      No, I don’t see a similarity – the Pixies are nothing. Who cares who’s on bass? In contrast, the church are everything. It’s crucial who’s on guitar. But it’s happened, so we live with it and move on.

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    Michel | 18 December 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Thanks again for this year of music,
    Thanks for the songs from another world,
    Thanks for the songs from the real world,
    They are not commissionned songs anymore
    They have become beautiful blind inspiration ones,
    You didn’t write songs for those who paid,
    You crafted them for the whole real world,
    Thanks Martin & Steve, have a nice christmas !

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2013 at 5:21 am #

    New church stuff : U23-style real singing or classic SK sing-speak? This is crucial!

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      thetimebeing | 20 December 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      more real singing tho hopefully not U2
      a new way of singing
      i hope you guys will like it. i’m confident you will
      on the other hand there will always be classic SK sing-speak
      just gotta get the right ratio…..

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    Kohl Ette | 19 December 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    Woden is kind of nirvanic ish in its own way…. Woden woden woden on the whiver. I heard your south and north gigs were good! πŸ™‚ oh and love on you too of course goes without saying ?!

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    Anonymous | 22 December 2013 at 12:02 am #

    Yeah but when its the Pixies, who cares?Thats the point.

  30. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 22 December 2013 at 9:40 am #

    well it could become a discussion about the virtues of pixie boots v blundstones… but my ass still smarts from the rounds of the kitchen. It occurred to me I did once make a reference to little people in relation to you but I meant it as a compliment and also got some dutch courage from a bit of baileys (it was St Pat’s day). Still, I feel I should express some contrition. And just so you don’t think I’m aloof, I send this poetic contribution with the least conceit:
    Incessant incessant incessant
    you’d think I’d have learnt to lessen
    the learning curve’s steep
    the jump an almighty leap
    up the curve of the crescent.

    Perhaps it should say ‘kick’ not ‘jump’… keeping it open oO

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 December 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    Fuck, i hates xmas.

  32. avatar
    Lady Di | 22 December 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Hi SK,

    Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
    Hope all the shows have been excellent and fun and a well deserved rest is coming your way.

    Love Di

  33. avatar
    hellbound heart | 22 December 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    gimme gimme gimme!!!!

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    vitrack | 30 March 2014 at 6:39 am #

    Steve said – “I’d be interested to see what you thought of our commissions”

    I think the song I commissioned (All the World) is arguably the best among the rest I’ve listened to and one of the top songs from You Are The Everything. Thanks Steve.

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