This past summer, pioneering New Zealand punk-rocker Chris Knox suffered a series of debilitating strokes, drastically limiting his mobility and speech. Since then, Knox's family and friends have worked hard to pull together a double-album compilation called Stroke: Songs For Chris Knox. We featured it on a past episode of All Songs Considered The album features songs performed by artists such as Jay Reatard, Bill Callahan, The Magnetic Fields, and many more.
On top of the recent release of Stroke, they've just announced a star-studded benefit concert, to be held at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on May 6. The show will feature short sets from TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone (also of Rain Machine), Yo La Tengo, The Magnetic Fields' Claudia Gonson, and Sharon Van Etten, among others. The big surprise, though, was the annoucnement that Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum will make a rare appearance, also playing a short acoustic set. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, March 30 at the Chris Knox Web site.
Here's Yo La Tengo doing a cover of Chris Knox's "Coloured."