Published Jun 16, 2009As we previously reported, key Kiwi pop figure and Flying Nun Records spearhead Chris Knox suffered from a stroke on Thursday (June 11) and is currently recovering. A huge Kiwi pop disciple himself, Memphis garage monster Jay Reatard has shared his thoughts on Knox on his blog, revealing that he had planned to record a single and tour with him in the near future. br>
A few years back I was introduced to Chris Knox's genius via the kiwitapes blog. I immediately connected to the sound of his voice, his lyrics, and for sure the production of his many records. Upon learning that I was gonna be lucky enough to travel on tour to New Zealand earlier this year I knew I just had to meet the man behind it all. A few emails were sent and with a bit of luck I was invited over to his house for tea and some snacks! I only a had a few of his various bands records at home and none with me... So I dropped a ton of dough at a local record shop picking up the entire Toy Love catalog along with a few other records...
As the door to his house opened I was overcome with a nervous fan boy feeling I hadn't felt since I was 16 or so. Our meeting was brief, only 3-4 hours, but in that time we made plans to tour together this upcoming year and made plans to record a single together as well. I found Chris to be so unjaded and so full of ideas and life. A few days back before our LA show I received a text from our NZ promoter letting me know Chris had suffered a stroke. I was pretty shook up but put everything I had into the show that I could muster up. I have had quite a few days to think to myself how lucky I was to meet Chris and how much hope he gave me for my own future as an artist. Here's hoping for a speedy and successful recovery for Chris and his family! And if you haven't heard Toy Love, Tall Dwarfs, The Enemy or his countless solo records please do yourself a favor and hunt them down. It might change your life... It did mine.
Hunting down Knox's music is actually a great idea right now, as Knox's progress blog recently mentioned that "the best thing to do if you wanna help is to buy a Chris Knox & The Nothing album." All of these CDs, which are available to ship worldwide, can be purchased here.
Meanwhile, Reatard is in the middle of a previously announced North American tour. He plays Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret tonight. The rest of the dates are below.
Jay Reatard tour dates:
6/16 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
6/17 Portland, OR - Dante's *
6/26 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
6/27 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
6/29 Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
6/30 Montreal QC - La Sala Rossa
7/1 New York, NY - Stuytown Oval Concert **
7/2 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg **
7/3 Allston, MA - Harpers Ferry
7/8 Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light **
7/9 Nashville, TN - The End
7/10 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe **
* with Thee Oh Sees
** with TV Smith