Jeff Mangum Contributes to Chris Knox Tribute Album, Sends Indie Kid in Athens into Paroxysm of Joy

Former Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum is the indie rock world's J.D. Salinger: a recluse whose limited musical production following the demise of that one perfect record prompts JUBILATION whenever he shows his face or shares some music. Even if that's in Bulgaria. Fans of the man will be excited to learn that Mangum's cover of the Tall Dwarfs "Sign the Dotted Line" will appear on the US release of Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox. The album is currently available as a digital download via Merge, with physical copies hitting stores on February 23.

The album, a tribute to New Zealand indie rock titan, Flying Nun pioneer and stroke survivor Chris Knox, also features covers from the likes of Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Yo La Tengo, Stephin Merritt, A.C. Newman, Bill Callahan, the Mountain Goats, and several New Zealand bands. You can listen to snippets of some of the covers (and their originals) on Knox's website.


01 Jay Reatard: "Pull Down the Shades"
02 The Checks: "Rebel"
03 The Bleeding Allstars: "Ain't It Nice"
04 Peter Gutteridge: "Don't Catch Fire"
05 The Chills: "Luck or Loveliness"
06 David Kilgour: "Nothing's Going to Happen"
07 The Crying Wolfs: "All My Hollowness to You"
08 Stephin Merritt: "Beauty"
09 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"

01 Boh Runga: "Not Given Lightly"
02 Red & Zeke: "Bodies [ft. Bill Doss and Neil Cleary]"
03 Jeff Mangum: "Sign the Dotted Line"
04 Bill Callahan: "Lapse"
05 Genghis Smith: "Growth Spurt"
06 Yo La Tengo: "Coloured"
07 A.C. Newman: "Dunno Much About Life But I Know How to Breathe"
08 Alec Bathgate: "Glide"
09 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 Song"

Jeff Mangum Contributes to Chris Knox Tribute Album, Sends Indie Kid in Athens into Paroxysm of Joy