Chris Knox Benefit Comp Featuring Jeff Mangum, Yo La Tengo and A.C. Newman Gets North American Release Via Merge Records

Chris Knox Benefit Comp Featuring Jeff Mangum, Yo La Tengo and A.C. Newman Gets North American Release Via Merge Records
Last month, we reported that the long-rumoured benefit comp for Kiwipop legend Chris Knox was finally available in New Zealand. The compilation sees the likes of Yo La Tengo, A.C. Newman, the Mountain Goats, Stephin Merritt, Jay Reatard and many others taking on Knox's work to raise money for the musician, who suffered a debilitating stroke earlier this year.

Now, we're happy to report that Merge will be releasing the double CD in North America on February 23. Right now, they have the full album available for download in their online store. The best idea is to pre-order the CD, because they'll give you the download code right away.

One key difference between the North American release and the one released in New Zealand is the input from Neutral Milk Hotel legend and notorious recluse Jeff Mangum. His cover of Knox's "Sign the Dotted Line" was not ready for inclusion on the NZ release, but does appear on Merge's version.

Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox:

Disc one:

1. "Pull Down The Shades" - Jay Reatard
2. "Rebel" - The Checks
3. "Ain't It Nice" - The Bleeding Allstars
4. "Don't Catch Fire" - Peter Gutteridge
5. "Luck Or Loveliness" - The Chills
6. "Nothing's Going to Happen" - David Kilgour
7. "All My Hollowness To You" - The Crying Wolfs
8. "Beauty" - Stephin Merritt
9. "Nostalgia's No Excuse" - Portastatic
10. "Crush" - The Mint Chicks
11. "I've Left Memories Behind" - Jay & Sam Clarkson
12. "Burning Blue" - Sky Green Leopards
13. "The Slide" - Shayne Carter
14. "Grand Mal" - Pumice
15. "Knoxed Out" - Hamish Kilgour

Disc two:

1. "Not Given Lightly" - Boh Runga
2. "Bodies" - Red&Zeke featuring Bill Doss and Neil Cleary
3. "Sign the Dotted Line" - Jeff Mangum 4. "Lapse" - Bill Callahan
5. "Growth Spurt" - Genghis Smith
6. "Coloured" - Yo La Tengo
7. "Dunno Much about Life But I know How To Breathe" - A.C. Newman
8. "Glide" - Alec Bathgate
9. "Inside Story" - Don McGlashan
10. "The Outer Skin" - Sean Donnelly
11. "What Goes Up" - Lambchop
12. "Brave" - The Mountain Goats
13. "Round These Walls" - The Tokey Tones (and friends)
14. "Just Do It" - The Bats
15. "My Only Friend" - Will Oldham
16. "It's Love" The Finn Family
17. "Becoming Something Other" - Jordan Luck
18. "Driftwood" - The Verlaines
19. "Song of the Tall Poppy" - Lou Barlow
20. "Napping In Lapland" - The Nothing
21. "Sunday Song" - Tall Dwarfs