posted on June 11, 2010 at 6:16 am

my dear friend in colleague
jeffrey cain is on his way to australia
arriving june 29
to start n finish isidore #2
maybe you have or havent heard isidore #1 yet
its a very melodic smooth kind of record
jeffrey wrote the music
i came up with the vox
we make a good team
jeffrey writes tricky chord progressions
at once familiar yet with a sense of the strange
it inspires me to come up with words i wouldnt normally
have come up with…
hes renting a flat here in bondi n we can ‘ave a winter swim n a sauna
n get stuck into our work
jeffrey is an impish alabaman with a wicked laugh n kind heart
like martin kennedy and ricky maymi hes much younger than me
and was inspired in his teen years by the church among others
hes absorbed his sk musical lessons well
and thoroughly transmuted them into his own lovely trip
we will both be mourning the loss of gregory slay isidores drummer
who died on new years eve tragically too young
mr slays radiant and mischievous spirit
will illuminate proceedings i’m sure….
the first isidore record heralded a new era for my singing n words
i turned some corner in making it
finding new ways to sing
new types of words to write
i am lucky to have collaborateurs such as jc n these other guys
so you got gb3 coming real soon (its a corker…mixed by jorden brebach too!)
then kk2
then hopefully i can get david neil finally fixed n mixed (thats with ricky)
then isidore2 which i know will be a special record
melbournian fiendss can look for me next week
although i cant necessarily spill the beans on what it is i’m doing
as i am merely one of a number of special secret guests at 2 shows there
(at the palais….)
yep i’m pretty busy
and thats how i like it

great new book arrived on my desk
my immortal by anakki mayhem
an australian coastal teenage vampire love story (what?)
available on amazon now

regards to dave rundle my novocastrian china plate
put the box set kk dvd and ato cheque (bastards!!) in the mail today

thats it
a long weekend here in sydney but dunno why
see ya then

32 Responses to “when isidore not adore”

  1. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 11 June 2010 at 8:21 am #

    This is a great time to be a huge fan of Steve Kilbey and The Church.

    I'm enjoying my Kilbey box set immensely. Also looking forward to another K/K release, but I'm especially excited about a new Isidore record.

    All of this wonderful new music, and I'm still completely hooked on Painkiller and Untitled # 23.

  2. avatar
    fantasticandy | 11 June 2010 at 9:05 am #

    your life is like a roller-coaster ride kilbs!

    why though is some of the church's best stuff in years appearing as b-sides on a tour-only EP?

    i may well check out anakki's book,
    she's a talented lass for sure.

    all you aussies enjoy your long weekend!

  3. avatar
    fantasticandy | 11 June 2010 at 9:10 am #

    lest i forget,
    thought 'infernal avenue' was terrific.

  4. avatar
    steve kilbey | 11 June 2010 at 10:20 am #

    yes i have new poem (groan!) out on a website organized by graham nunn
    its called infernal avenue
    not sure of the actual http// blah blah
    can someone stick that on here please???

  5. avatar
    Freddie | 11 June 2010 at 10:22 am #

    I'm totally a-mazed by the way you work….awe inspiring. ♥

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 June 2010 at 10:25 am #

    UK folk:
    Deadman's Hand + US tour programme available from the infamous Nick Leese at for £8.99 Inc. p & p)

  7. avatar
    melissa | 11 June 2010 at 10:29 am #

    are these the Palais shows you're talking about sk?? :)))

    looks like fun .. and I looooove the Palais too.

    Simply can't wait for new Isidore music … the first album is a gem, a true favourite of mine!


  8. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 11 June 2010 at 10:45 am #

    ok, ok ok!! like waiting for santy-clause to come in my loungeroom….mr humphries!!

    love always……

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 June 2010 at 11:15 am #

    your wish is my command SK:

  10. avatar
    Javier Serra | 11 June 2010 at 11:31 am #

    With Isidore you and Jeffrey broke de mold. It has become a standard and a landmark magnum opus. Definitely one of the top Kilbey's (The Church included) releases ever.

  11. avatar
    MRN | 11 June 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    Isidore is one of my favorites so I'm glad to hear this news. "Refused on Temple Street" is in my top 10 best SK songs ever, it is stunningly beautiful.

  12. avatar
    eek | 11 June 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    I love Isidore! The first one is such a great album. The day presales for it at KH started (I think it was that day) I was in Antenna and who should drop in but JC. He had a nick and didn't say who he was though. I was telling him (and anyone who happened to pop in) how great the album was going to be… I think I tried to persuade him to order it. He must have laughed his ass off at that! lol! But as we chatted it dawned on me that he wasn't just some other fan…this guy knew a whole lot about Isidore. It was so cool and he was so nice. I remember it fondly. And this year, after the Atlanta church show I got to meet JC in person! One of the (many) highlights of that day for me. 🙂

    Here's a clickable link to Steve's poem on Graham's blog for those who don't want to cut and paste. 🙂

  13. avatar
    Aperus | 11 June 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    Count me in as another big fan of Isidore #1.

    I asked Steve to sign the album art outside of the Magic Bag here in Michigan. Sadly, the pen had gone dry…

  14. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 11 June 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    The first Isidore album is utterly addictive. To me it ranks with the top five Church CDs. Sk's vocals are wonderful throughout the CD.

  15. avatar
    Steven Krut | 11 June 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    Isidore 1 is really cool. I listen to it a lot.

  16. avatar
    LF | 11 June 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    woot! more Isidore!

  17. avatar
    Ryan | 11 June 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    that's funny, T and I were just talking about Isidore last night (cause you'd mentioned k/k deux). i was saying to her how that was the album when you first started really stretching and pushing yer voice, how it marked a cool turning point and sparked off so many of the developments in your sound since that time. isidore is a strange and cool album – odd chords, brilliant lyrics, an unexpected journey. very different from the velvety smoothness and gentle melancholy of k/k 1. that's the great thing about these collaborations you're doing. each one shows that intangible vision from a slightly different angle. those worlds between worlds can never be directly described, but by painting the picture from many different angles, it can be felt.

    can't wait to hear all this new stuff!

    and what of the church? new album in the works??

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 June 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    SK your box set is super cool. Endless debate about it on Hotel Womb site, re: will Painkiller "fit?" Will the extra space afforded by the "bow" in the box allow one to store their toothbrush 'n razor? Who gives a shit! Excellent collection of music 'n insightful new line er notez. KK2, DVD, I2–lookin forward to all.

  19. avatar
    gracious goodnesshood | 11 June 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    more from that CA redemption value poet… i hope

  20. avatar
    Bradley Albert Burkley | 11 June 2010 at 10:27 pm #

    Enjoying thy blogge. I don't comment often. Reading the other commentations often little 2 add. Donno if "blogger centra" l will post me as anon again- seems random that, but it's me: brad from versa vice ala buckles aka "dog tags." Mom enjoyed 'ol iron pot, Myself: artifacts and DMH EP with much mind and emotion…cravin' future projectos along w tha other rt hem readers. Of the TIMEbeing. Peace.

  21. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 11 June 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    can't wait to hear Isidore #2…
    Jonny Temple Street

  22. avatar
    steve kilbey | 11 June 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    i accidentally deleted some comments
    sorry about that n no offence

  23. avatar
    restaurant mark | 12 June 2010 at 12:25 am #

    look forward to the new isidore…i met jeffrey briefly before the atlanta show…seemed like a nice guy. glad to see the comments are back. i know i can communicate with you on fb…but i like it here…feels like home…


  24. avatar
    Jasperina | 12 June 2010 at 2:45 am #

    Thought instantly of Harry Houdini when I saw your eye on the screen. The magician's vision swimming into a whirl of electrical vibrations. Always feeling lucky I get to tap into the magic vortex on a daily basis.

  25. avatar
    ASSMIDGET | 12 June 2010 at 3:16 am #

    I'm from Alabama!

  26. avatar
    JDH | 12 June 2010 at 4:11 am #

    Steve, this is great news. Sanscrit is a favorite. So hip and cool. I love Isidore!

  27. avatar
    davem | 12 June 2010 at 6:56 am #

    Isidore is sublime.
    The vocals are amongst your best.

  28. avatar
    Galamor the Wizard | 12 June 2010 at 8:12 am #

    I only got onto Isidore 1 this year and it has been on constant play. Certainly one of your absolute best (Solo AND Church!!!!) – SO many great songs – Musidora, Sanskrit, One for Iris Doe etc etc ETC! Really can't wait for the next one. Any chance of a secret gig to road test Isidore 2 at the Heritage in Bulli??????

  29. avatar
    cazziem | 12 June 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    Great to hear we'll soon be able to enjoy isidore#2, especially as the first one is so very good. It's also good to see you are so in demand.

    Loving the poem too SK, sounds like you been time travelling cos I recognised Infernal Avenue!

  30. avatar
    cazziem | 12 June 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    Oh, forgot to say, 'when isidore not adore', when it's a jar!

  31. avatar
    Newly emancipated | 15 June 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    I love the first Isidore. This is great news! Have a great time guys.

  32. avatar
    lily was here | 17 June 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    Thanks SK, I really needed this blog, it lifted my spirits.


    ps RIP Geoffrey, it was sad to hear of your passing so young

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