Jay Reatard "Shook Up" by Chris Knox's Stroke, Reveals Planned Collaboration with Flying Nun Stalwart
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