Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox


Yo La Tengo
On June 11, 2009, musician Chris Knox suffered a life-altering stroke at his home in Grey Lynn, New Zealand. Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox is a celebration of Chris and his music. He was instrumental in bringing New Zealand punk and alternative music to international audiences with Tall Dwarfs, Toy Love, and his solo work. Artists from the U.S. (Jeff Mangum, Yo La Tengo, The Mountain Goats, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Lambchop, Stephin Merritt, Portastatic, Bill Callahan, Lou Barlow, Jay Reatard), New Zealand (The Bats, The Verlaines, The Chills), and the world over have donated their time and talent covering songs from Knox's extensive catalog so that all proceeds can go towards assisting Chris with his recovery.

Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox is available for download now from the Merge store and the usual digital outlets. The 2-CD limited-edition release will be available in stores on February 23, 2010 but you can pre-order it today and receive the digital download via email after your order is complete.

Visit the Stroke website for updates on Chris Knox, information on all of the artists who contributed their versions of Knox's songs, and for previews of many of the tracks—originals and covers.

Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox Tracklisting

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

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

[Published on: 12/17/09]

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