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Format: CD
Sku: 213780365
UPC: 673855036724
UPC 14: 00673855036724
Release Date: 2/23/2010
Sales Rank: 3127
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Pull Down the Shades - Jay Reatard ~ Various Artists
2. Rebel - The Checks ~ Various Artists
3. Ain't It Nice ~ Various Artists
4. Don't Catch Fire - Peter Gutteridge ~ Various Artists
5. Luck or Loveliness ~ Various Artists
6. Nothing's Going to Happen ~ Various Artists
7. All My Hollowness To You - The Crying Wolfs ~ Various Artists
8. Beauty - Stephin Merritt ~ Various Artists
9. Nostalgia's No Excuse - Portastatic ~ Various Artists
10. Crush - The Mint Chicks ~ Various Artists
11. I've Left Memories Behind - Sam Clarkson ~ Various Artists
12. Burning Blue - The Skygreen Leopards ~ Various Artists
13. Slide, The - Shayne Carter ~ Various Artists
14. Grand Mal - Pumice ~ Various Artists
15. Knocked Out ~ Various Artists
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Not Given Lightly ~ Various Artists
2. Bodies - (featuring Neil Cleary/Bill Doss) ~ Various Artists
3. Sign the Dotted Line - Jeff Mangum ~ Various Artists
4. Lapse ~ Various Artists
5. Growth Spurt - Genghis Smith ~ Various Artists
6. Coloured - Yo La Tengo ~ Various Artists
7. Dunno Much About Life But I Know How to Breathe ~ Various Artists
8. Glide ~ Various Artists
9. Inside Story - Don McGlashan ~ Various Artists
10. Outer Skin, The - Sean Donnelly ~ Various Artists
11. What Goes Up - Lambchop ~ Various Artists
12. Brave - The Mountain Goats ~ Various Artists
13. Round These Walls ~ Various Artists
14. Just Do It ~ Various Artists
15. My Only Friend - Will Oldham/Bonnie "Prince" Billy ~ Various Artists
16. It's Love ~ Various Artists
17. Becoming Something Other - Jordan Luck/Bryan Bell ~ Various Artists
18. Driftwood ~ Various Artists
19. Song of the Tall Poppy - Lou Barlow ~ Various Artists
20. Nappin' in Lapland ~ Various Artists
21. Sunday Song ~ Various Artists
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Tributee: Chris Knox.
Muze PNote Tributee: Chris Knox.
Muze PNote Recording information: Albany Street Studios (03/2009); Bel Air Studios, Athens, GA (03/2009); Carriage House Studios, Stamford, CT (03/2009); Earknife (03/2009); Glendale Drive (03/2009); Lyttelton (03/2009); Mainz (03/2009); Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn, NY (03/2009); Mt Pleasant (03/2009); Portland, OR (03/2009); Radio One (03/2009); Roundhead Studios (03/2009); Russell St. Percussion (03/2009); Shayne's House (03/2009); Swan's House, Nashville, TN (03/2009); The bathroom of a hotel, Denmark, Sweden (03/2009); Whitireia Polytechnic, Porirua, New Zealand (03/2009); Wonder Chamber, Austin, TX (03/2009); Wooden Shed, Dunedin (03/2009); Albany Street Studios (07/10/2009); Bel Air Studios, Athens, GA (07/10/2009); Carriage House Studios, Stamford, CT (07/10/2009); Earknife (07/10/2009); Glendale Drive (07/10/2009); Lyttelton (07/10/2009); Mainz (07/10/2009); Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn, NY (07/10/2009); Mt Pleasant (07/10/2009); Portland, OR (07/10/2009); Radio One (07/10/2009); Roundhead Studios (07/10/2009); Russell St. Percussion (07/10/2009); Shayne's House (07/10/2009); Swan's House, Nashville, TN (07/10/2009); The bathroom of a hotel, Denmark, Sweden (07/10/2009); Whitireia Polytechnic, Porirua, New Zealand (07/10/2009); Wonder Chamber, Austin, TX (07/10/2009); Wooden Shed, Dunedin (07/10/2009); Albany Street Studios (07/18/2009); Bel Air Studios, Athens, GA (07/18/2009); Carriage House Studios, Stamford, CT (07/18/2009); Earknife (07/18/2009); Glendale Drive (07/18/2009); Lyttelton (07/18/2009); Mainz (07/18/2009); Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn, NY (07/18/2009); Mt Pleasant (07/18/2009); Portland, OR (07/18/2009); Radio One (07/18/2009); Roundhead Studios (07/18/2009); Russell St. Percussion (07/18/2009); Shayne's House (07/18/2009); Swan's House, Nashville, TN (07/18/2009); The bathroom of a hotel, Denmark, Sweden (07/18/2009); Whitireia Polytechnic, Porirua, New Zealand (07/18/2009); Wonder Chamber, Austin, TX (07/18/2009); Wooden Shed, Dunedin (07/18/2009); Albany Street Studios (08/2009); Bel Air Studios, Athens, GA (08/2009); Carriage House Studios, Stamford, CT (08/2009); Earknife (08/2009); Glendale Drive (08/2009); Lyttelton (08/2009); Mainz (08/2009); Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn, NY (08/2009); Mt Pleasant (08/2009); Portland, OR (08/2009); Radio One (08/2009); Roundhead Studios (08/2009); Russell St. Percussion (08/2009); Shayne's House (08/2009); Swan's House, Nashville, TN (08/2009); The bathroom of a hotel, Denmark, Sweden (08/2009); Whitireia Polytechnic, Porirua, New Zealand (08/2009); Wonder Chamber, Austin, TX (08/2009); Wooden Shed, Dunedin (08/2009); Albany Street Studios (09/2009); Bel Air Studios, Athens, GA (09/2009); Carriage House Studios, Stamford, CT (09/2009); Earknife (09/2009); Glendale Drive (09/2009); Lyttelton (09/2009); Mainz (09/2009); Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn, NY (09/2009); Mt Pleasant (09/2009); Portland, OR (09/2009); Radio One (09/2009); Roundhead Studios (09/2009); Russell St. Percussion (09/2009); Shayne's House (09/2009); Swan's House, Nashville, TN (09/2009); The bathroom of a hotel, Denmark, Sweden (09/2009); Whitireia Polytechnic, Porirua, New Zealand (09/2009); Wonder Chamber, Austin, TX (09/2009); Wooden Shed, Dunedin (09/2009); Albany Street Studios (10/18/2009); Bel Air Studios, Athens, GA (10/18/2009); Carriage House Studios, Stamford, CT (10/18/2009); Earknife (10/18/2009).
Muze PNote Chris Knox is one of the pillars of New Zealand's indie rock music scene. Starting with his band Toy Love through his duo Tall Dwarfs and his solo work, he's been making interesting, challenging records for almost 30 years. When he suffered a stroke in late 2009, it was a shock, but soon Knox's musical friends and fans rallied support and Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox was born. Just looking at the list of contributors gives you an idea of how highly regarded Knox's work is. Luminaries of the Flying Nun records stable (the Bats, the Chills, the Kilgour brothers) rub shoulders with American indie rock legends (Yo La Tengo, Lambchop, the Mountain Goats, Lou Barlow), big names like Neil Finn and Stephin Merritt contribute songs, and people who haven't been heard from much lately show up to pay respect (Shayne Carter of Straitjacket Fits, Jeff Magnum of Neutral Milk Hotel). It's no real surprise that the songs that sound the best are the versions done by the New Zealand acts themselves, there's something sort of magical about the island that gives songs recorded there a feel that isn't easy to re-create. The Chills, the Bats and relative newcomers the Mint Chicks all have that magic. So do the Verlaines, the Bleeding Allstars, and Alec Bathgate (who, as Knox's partner in Tall Dwarfs, also deserves some tribute). A couple of the outside artists like Jay Reatard (who had planned to work with Knox at one point) also do a fine job of capturing it. Most of the North American contingent seems satisfied to just turn in stripped-down versions of Knox's songs, which is fine but also something of a let down. Fans expecting Mangum's contribution to be anything more than him and an acoustic guitar may be let down, too, for example. That being said, Bill Callahan's "Lapse" is a hauntingly beautiful, epic-length take on the song that conjures up the ghost of Fred Neil. Yo La Tengo also turns in a lovely song, and Lou Barlow's "Song of the Tall Poppy" does a fine job of capturing the twin streams of melody and off-kilter production that runs through Knox's career. The compilation is truly a labor of love and the record's producer made the interesting choice to arrange the cover versions chronologically which gives a nice timeline effect to the proceedings. To that end, the two songs that close out the album were recorded after Knox's stroke and feature him on wordless vocals. The tracks are a testament to his will to recover, and also in the case of Tall Dwarfs' "Sunday Song," very moving. Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox is an example of a tribute album done right, and is a must for any fans of Knox or of New Zealand indie rock. Now we just need someone to release a collection of all the Knox originals! ~ Tim Sendra

Producer: Roy Martyn

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Neil Cleary
Muze Guest Artist Bill Doss

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/23/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : amajMRG367
Music Label Name Label : Merge
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a

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