Hear the Chris Knox Tribute Record


The latest on Chris Knox, the New Zealand songwriter and Flying Nun affiliate who suffered a debilitating stroke in June: He’s at home, as he has been for some time. It seems he’s making music again, as Tall Dwarfs, though he’s not yet speaking–“He wanted me to do an edit of a song loop down from 12 bars to 8 bars,” wrote one of his bandmates on the CK blog: “not an easy thing to communicate without speech.” But they figured it out. Stroke, the Knox tribute album hastily planned and executed by an incredibly long list of grateful friends–the Chills, the Mountain Goats, Will Oldham, Yo La Tengo, Stephin Merritt, Bill Callahan, etc.–is also coming along. The two-CD set is completed and ready to go, with a November 16 release date in New Zealand and one early next year (on Merge) here in the States. But you can hear a one-minute excerpt of every song on the record right now at Knox’s site. As always, we recommend “Not Given Lightly,” in any form. [Chris Knox, via Pitchfork]