Tall Dwarfs : C/D?

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Even though it's taken a while to grow on me, I'm currently enjoying "The Sky Above The Mud Below" more and more.

But hey, they never got their own thread, so now it's time.

Search: almost all of them of course.

But some highlight songs: "The Slide", "Baby It's Over", "Do It!", "Lucky", "Crush", "Starrey Eyed and Wooly Brained", "More 54", "Pictures of You", and "Think Small".. and many many others

donut bitch (donut), Monday, 17 February 2003 03:57 (nineteen years ago) link


electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 17 February 2003 03:59 (nineteen years ago) link

"burning blue" is fab as is "crush"

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 17 February 2003 04:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Classic. There's filler and failed experiments and all but every album (save possibly Stumpy and 33 Flavors Of Glue) have songs I wouldn't wanna be without.

Also, Alec Bathgate's solo album is better than a lot of Tall Dwarfs albums. Highly underrated.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 17 February 2003 04:03 (nineteen years ago) link

Totally classic.

search "Nothing's Going to Happen", original and 'wall of dwarfs' versions.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Monday, 17 February 2003 04:07 (nineteen years ago) link

i agree that gold lamè is the most classic of all their releases, well actually maybe 3eps is? yeah that's the best one. chris knox's solo career has been more classic than dud too, only real dud is 'yes!' which should have been called 'possibly!' instead, but he quickly redeemed himself with a lovely follow-up. their videos on the 'in love with this times' comp were great too.

keith (keithmcl), Monday, 17 February 2003 05:02 (nineteen years ago) link

Ultra-classic. Forksongs is my fave, but get all of them eventually...

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Monday, 17 February 2003 06:19 (nineteen years ago) link

Super-duper-classic (the usual conflict of interest disclaimers apply, but fuck 'em, anyone who hasn't heard the TDs' _Dogma_ or Chris's _Seizure_ or yes the Alec album is SO TOTALLY missing out. And yes the new one is awfully good too).

Plus the title of Yo La Tengo's _Painful_ comes from "Phil's Disease," or more specifically from Chris's insane animated video for it.

Douglas (Douglas), Monday, 17 February 2003 06:28 (nineteen years ago) link

they are one of my favourite bands EVER. I adore the EPs "thats the short and long of it" (tho prefer the 33rpm side, also search Canned Music, which has "turning brown and torn in two", with that fucking wierd loop.

di smith (lucylurex), Monday, 17 February 2003 07:23 (nineteen years ago) link

i need more tall dwarfs in my life

di smith (lucylurex), Monday, 17 February 2003 07:24 (nineteen years ago) link

um, possibly my least favourite of the canonical Nun bands (though this is based on Hello Cruel World & I still quite like "Nothing's Gonna Happen"); but anyone vaguely intererested in them should search their cover of the Straitjacket Fits' "If I Were You" from the Flying Nun 21st anniversary album - Knox actually sounding as menacing as he was reputed to be, etc.

(to tell the truth, I prefer Wendyhouse at this sorta schtick)

Ess Kay (esskay), Monday, 17 February 2003 20:39 (nineteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
I take back that last post! Hello Cruel World has been rocking Central Auckland recently.

ps : di or doug or someone, what would be on yr hypothetical 1-cd Tall Dwarfs best-of?

etc, Wednesday, 22 October 2003 11:57 (eighteen years ago) link

I'd just like to reaffirm that if Alec Bathgate ever makes another solo album I'd totally buy it.

Did anybody hear the Tall Dwarfs album after the Flavors Of Glue one? I heard they've started pro-toolin'!

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 22 October 2003 21:04 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Alec Bathgate has made another album! on Lil' Chief, I think.

How many covers of "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" exist? Also, Toy Love's Cuts has been reissued/remastered/&c.

etc, Monday, 25 April 2005 23:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Wow, is the Toy Love reissue getting any U.S. distribution?

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Monday, 25 April 2005 23:29 (seventeen years ago) link

i'd like to see white stripes do "the brain that wouldn't die".

shine headlights on me (electricsound), Monday, 25 April 2005 23:42 (seventeen years ago) link

another since 'the indifferent velvet void'?

lil chief is the best label in new zealand.

keith m (keithmcl), Monday, 25 April 2005 23:43 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic - and I agree about Alec Bathgate's solo stuff (at least the one on Flying Nun I've heard).

One thing I noticed about I.M.'s 1981 box set is that the Clean and Tall Dwarfs almost don't fit in. Their early-80s stuff sounds absolutely timeless - it could have been released in 1967 or last week.

mike a, Tuesday, 26 April 2005 01:06 (seventeen years ago) link

Tim - dunno; it'd probably be pretty cheap from smokecds (plus, samples!).

keith - nah, just TIVV. I'll give Lil' Chief props when they get around to releasing the Bressa Creeting Cake demos.

It was really sweet how Chris Knox's cover on Under The Influence was of something off Gold Lamé, eh?

etc, Tuesday, 26 April 2005 01:44 (seventeen years ago) link

"Alright Jim -- what's the problem?" ...

Tall Dwarfs are totally CLASSICKE yesss. Thanks for hipping me to Lil Chief, too you guys -- I have a friend in NZ now I'll ask her to look for some of this stuff for me.

Michael J McGonigal (mike mcgonigal), Tuesday, 26 April 2005 02:24 (seventeen years ago) link

oh hey keith, on a new stuff from Lil' Chief tip, you can hear some Ryan Mcphun & the Ruby Suns (main guy : current Brunettes drummer) stuff on their myspace page, + I've got some Reduction Agents (main guy : current Brunettes bassist) demos if you'd like to hear them.

etc, Tuesday, 26 April 2005 02:27 (seventeen years ago) link

lil chief is lame.

di, Tuesday, 26 April 2005 07:01 (seventeen years ago) link

one month passes...
OK. WTF. Tall Dwarfs are opening for Olivia Tremor Control in NYC in August (acc. to friend Maura)

I'll let this "opening" issue steam off the top of my head for the time being (yeah yeah, I know, I may not like OTC nearly as much, but they probably invited the Dwarfs over, OTC are more popular, and OTC should be given kudos for using that to get the Chris and Alec over the Pacific indeed..), but in the meantime...


You guys just don't understand how long I've been waiting to see Tall Dwarfs live.

donut debonair (donut), Friday, 3 June 2005 18:51 (seventeen years ago) link

OK, from the Flying Nun site tour dates section.. no mention if these are FINAL dates or not.. I hope they're not final.. If they are.. Hellooooo, Chapel Hill!

Tall Dwarfs
All USA shows are with Olivia Tremor Control except as noted:

Fri 29th - Chicago, Subterranean


Tue 2nd - New York, Bowery Ballroom

Wed 3rd - New York, Bowery Ballroom

Thu 4th - Chapel Hill, NC (Tall Dwarfs only)

Sat 6th - Athens GA, 40 Watt

donut debonair (donut), Friday, 3 June 2005 19:37 (seventeen years ago) link

Please to request Knox/Bathgate play separate Chicago show on Sat. 30th.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 3 June 2005 19:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Well, unless a horde of West Coast or Midwest dates show up, it's pretty much settled.. I'm making plans for Chapel Hill in early august. This will be the first time I'm flying out just to see a band. TD have been such a cornerstone for me, though.. I have to.

donut debonair (donut), Friday, 3 June 2005 20:05 (seventeen years ago) link

:-) Won't be able to make it, it's literally right after my Euro trip and I'll have no spare cash or vacation time. Alas!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 3 June 2005 20:31 (seventeen years ago) link

I just found this thread after reading the tour news & thought DB would be k-excited! oh well, beaten to the punch.

the toy love reissue is really, really good. way, waaay closer to new wave than flying nun, & chris knox w/a band rocking out behind him! sort've specific lyrics! & great capturing-an-era liner notes. went to see pum1ce play last friday & chris knox was playing afterward - a bit you've-seen-him-once-you've-seen-him-&c&c&c (yes, yes, we get the demystification, the constant sabotage of yr own shit! it's become as much of a crutch as rock mystique! &c!), tho he cutely wheeled out toy love's "sheep".

etc, Wednesday, 15 June 2005 04:02 (seventeen years ago) link

It turns out there is an SF show on the 9th at Bottom of the Hill..

but I already Orbitzed my tickets to Raleigh/Durham, and it would be just as much to go to SF at this point anyway... so hello, Nawth Cawrlina!

donut e-goo (donut), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 04:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Also, Toy Love's Cuts has been reissued/remastered/&c.

-- etc (et...), April 26th, 2005 10:25 AM.

!!!??? Thank fuck. TL stuff has been impossible to get.

Did anybody catch the Radio National set they played last year (as 'International Tall Dwarfs') Some great versions of 'Crush!', 'Fatty Fowl...' and 'Baby It's Over'. But yeah, fucking CLASSIC.

Special mention for having great DIY video clips too.

Sasha (sgh), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 05:27 (seventeen years ago) link

The Athens, GA, show may not be at the 40 Watt. OTC is playing out at the Orange Twin compound and I believe Tall Dwarfs are opening there.

Hillary Brown (Hillary Brown), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 12:17 (seventeen years ago) link

here's a track off the 2nd disc of the Cuts reissue - Toy Love - "I'm Not Bored"

fantastic punxor lyrics w/specifics, too! I just knew there had to be more crabby anti-disco NZ punk songs than "Short Haired Rock'n'Roll", &c&c&c.

"Livin for a day, breathin for a week
Losin solitaire, losin my physique
No job, no pay, no way to make ends meet
Windowshoppin as girls go down the street
Here I am, sittin here
Drinking coffee and dreamin beer
Readin NME, listenin to the Jam
Dyin for a crap, stuck right where I am
Fantasising a life of rockstar ease
So I guess I better learn some Japanese
Hod'd the hell they get us on our knees
As we sit on our Conrays, scratchin' our fleas
Fantasising a life of rockstar ease, oh yeah
Disco is the modern rock n roll
Multimillions dancing in the streets
Got no place to hang my tired brain
And all TV shows me is John Travolta's feet
Lyin on our backs, listening to the news
Looking at the dust on our rave reviews
We don't care if the whole damn world explodes
It'll keep the drunken drivers off the roads
Something's gone in my prefrontal lobes
Cos everyone's speaking trendy secret codes
And we don't care if the whole damn world explodes
Doctor Rock please blow my mind away
I won't miss it for a moment man
Lock the door and set this house on fire
And I'll club my head to bits cos I'm a fan
No, no, no I'm not bored, I'm dead
Dead bored, dead
I'm not bored."

etc, Thursday, 16 June 2005 03:04 (seventeen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
OK, all is settled...

I'll be in Chapel Hill August 4th for the Tall Dwarfs show at Local 506. You have to load Etix separately to get to the tickets site to buy tickets, as the link off Local 506's site doesn't work. Anyway, hope no hurricanes come then to spoil the fun... (do hurricanes usually affect things that far inland enough to halt everything when they hit the Carolina coastline?)

(And yeah, an SF show was added on August 9th, which would have been closer, but it was announced way later than anticipated, and I had already Orbitzed my way to the tri for cheap anyway. Also, I've only been to Chapel Hill once before.)

donut e- (donut), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 17:31 (sixteen years ago) link

oh yeah, if you happen to be another out-of-state crazy like me going to this show, you have apply to be a member of any 21+ club in North Carolina at least three days before the show, Local 506 included.. due to liquor laws there. Just be forewarned. You just fill out a doc file, and e-mail it to the club e-mail address, and that's it! you pay the $3 fee when you get to the show. Just do it before August. Just a heads up.

donut e- (donut), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 17:34 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Saw the SF show last night and it was pretty fucking great. But can anyone explain to me what Ed Kowalczyk of Live was doing there, singing along? At least, I'm pretty sure it was him... Make any sense to anyone?

ken taylrr (ken taylrr), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 15:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Did he cover his eye when singing? Was Third Eye Blind dude there?

(To his credit, his band +Live+ did invite the Thinking Fellers to tour with them in 1995.. for what reasons, no one still knows.)

donut ferry (donut), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 15:57 (sixteen years ago) link

I'll be posting my Chapel Hill show report once in the next day or so, once i'm free from these shackles.

donut ferry (donut), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 15:58 (sixteen years ago) link

oh, i should point out that Ed K. was in the crowd singing along, and not onstage. but that fact about thinking fellers does certainly point toward him having more rarefied tastes than Live's music might indicate.

ken taylrr (ken taylrr), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 16:07 (sixteen years ago) link

I couldn't make this show but did see Chris Knox and Barbara Manning open up for (and play with) Yo La Tengo 10 years ago at the Fillmore...

Thurston Moore told a story in some publication of being in a bookstore in the east village and having the kids from Live come up and tell him they were "huge fans of Sonic Youth" and he thanked them but internally he felt like he had no idea how to interpret their enthusiasm.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 16:10 (sixteen years ago) link

do the members of Live live in SF?

ken taylrr (ken taylrr), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 16:44 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
I just bought "Weeville" on a whim, and goddamn, this album is awesome!

richard wood johnson (rwj), Monday, 11 September 2006 01:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Hell yeah. Get "Fork Songs" or "3 EPs" next.

sleeve version 2.0 (sleeve testing), Monday, 11 September 2006 01:45 (fifteen years ago) link

They're great and all, but do any of their records feature REAL drums?

Squirrel_Police (Squirrel_Police), Monday, 11 September 2006 01:49 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Chris Knox + Heineken = http://youtube.com/watch?v=9cMsuFpykqo&feature=related

"It's Love" is a really irritating song -- not bad, but irritating. Maybe this will all last a day, but if this blows up, this is going to be really funny to watch.

I Rate Everything rolling in their un-graves loller.

Mackro Mackro, Thursday, 24 July 2008 19:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, my girl flipped out when she heard this on the tv.

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 24 July 2008 19:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Never noticed this thread. Glad it exists. CLASSIC CLASSIC CLASSIC! One of my very favorite bands in the world for many years, and while I haven't listened to them in quite a while, I still love 'em to death. Especially love the upbeat pop and mournful/folky stuff on their first few EPs:

Nothing's Going to Happen
All My Hollowness to You
Louis the First
Paul's Place
Turning Brown and Torn in Two
Shade for Today
The Brain that Wouldn't Die
Come Inside
And Other Kinds

The Long and Short of It, Fork Songs, and the 3EPs collection are all great, too. Fork Songs is far and away their best LP, almost as good, song-for-song, as their first 12". Weeville and Stumpy are probably their least accessible records. I'd say start with Hello Cruel World (comp of early tracks) or Fork Songs.

contenderizer, Thursday, 24 July 2008 20:45 (thirteen years ago) link

ten months pass...

:-( :-(

'Musician Chris Knox suffers stroke'

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 13 June 2009 05:13 (thirteen years ago) link


hope he gets better soon!!

comedy cafe at the toxteth hotel (electricsound), Saturday, 13 June 2009 05:27 (thirteen years ago) link

That's terrible news. Get well soon Chris.

badg, Saturday, 13 June 2009 05:53 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

"In 1984, Knox suspended his solitary basement tinkering and re-recorded his classic song “Nothing’s Going to Happen” with a seventeen-piece ensemble of guitars, strings, and winds, paying homage to grandiose Motown and Phil Spector orchestrations"


Does anyone have this? The 30 sec. clip on the page is fucking amazing.

Spikey, Monday, 9 August 2010 11:33 (eleven years ago) link

the hello cruel world LP is a great comp, and way less expensive than buying the constituent 12"s -- tons and tons of just AWESOME songs, though. you cant really go wrong.

69, Friday, 20 April 2012 17:29 (ten years ago) link

I vote Weeville, far and away my favorite, then hello cruel world.

da croupier, Friday, 20 April 2012 18:06 (ten years ago) link

How is Chris Knox doing now anyone?

Friends of Mr Caeiro (NickB), Friday, 20 April 2012 19:07 (ten years ago) link

Huge fan of Hello Cruel World, it is an all time favorite.

Trip Maker, Friday, 20 April 2012 19:10 (ten years ago) link

69 otm. hello cruel world is the perfect intro. most of their best stuff appeared on those early EPs, imo*. of their LPs, i prefer fork songs to weeville, as i think the songs are more catchy and moving, but they're both good.

* weeville, their first full-length "proper album" came out some nine years after their first EP (!) and was actually their 8th 12" format release. then again, 85's the short and long of it and 86's throw a sickie sit somewhere on the borderline between album and EP, so it's hard to say.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 19:18 (ten years ago) link

lol, that appears to be basically the same thing i said 3 years ago, except that i was less kind to weeville last time around

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 19:20 (ten years ago) link

How is Chris Knox doing now anyone?

i don't know. there's a blog about his post-stroke progress on his website, but it hasn't been updated in a year and ends on a rather discouraging note.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 19:24 (ten years ago) link

googled for news once and discovered there was some mini-controversy about a NZ politician dating his wife, didn't see anything else

da croupier, Friday, 20 April 2012 20:12 (ten years ago) link

Cosign on Hello Cruel World.

Um last I heard (two-three months ago?) re: Chris (IIRC from a family friend, NZ music industry is tiny) was that his condition was stable but not really improving which has frustrated him, he's been focusing on art, and his partner was seeing somebody else (possibly not a politician but someone who works for Labour) but still involved with his care. Take this with a grain of salt obv.

etc, Friday, 20 April 2012 20:38 (ten years ago) link

Hello Cruel World, Fork Songs, Weeville are all great.

last one Sky Above Mud Below was also excellent imo.

Flat Of NAGLs (sleeve), Friday, 20 April 2012 20:41 (ten years ago) link

^Agreed, need to listen to that one again.

Trip Maker, Friday, 20 April 2012 20:49 (ten years ago) link

Stumpy = grower.

nerve_pylon, Friday, 20 April 2012 20:59 (ten years ago) link

"In 1984, Knox suspended his solitary basement tinkering and re-recorded his classic song “Nothing’s Going to Happen” with a seventeen-piece ensemble of guitars, strings, and winds, paying homage to grandiose Motown and Phil Spector orchestrations"


Does anyone have this? The 30 sec. clip on the page is fucking amazing.

― Spikey, Monday, August 9, 2010 11:33 AM (1 year ago)

(if that works)

etc, Friday, 20 April 2012 21:02 (ten years ago) link

I wish that CD (Short & Sick Of It) was not totally oop and insanely expensive, I stupidly traded it in years ago.

Flat Of NAGLs (sleeve), Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:06 (ten years ago) link

yeah, i sold all my tall dwarfs vinyl ages back, during a period of near homelessness. regret it to death, cuz that shit can't be had for love or money these days. unless, i dunno, you've got a lot of love and money.

dear record store day: this is what you should be reissuing

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:09 (ten years ago) link

haha no shit

Flat Of NAGLs (sleeve), Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:13 (ten years ago) link

yeah, and issue it on days other than record store day, in an non-exclusive way

Trip Maker, Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:19 (ten years ago) link

that's the world i want to live in.

nerve_pylon, Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:23 (ten years ago) link

alec b has been posting clips of his new thing 'paste the sky' on his youtube page. also clips from the second gordons album, well one.

keythhtyek, Saturday, 21 April 2012 14:49 (ten years ago) link

Wait, the subject of one of the greatest love songs ever, "Not Given Lightly", is off with s someone else??

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 21 April 2012 23:12 (ten years ago) link

Chris played on a song for a gig on record day at Real groovy in AKL with the band Rackets only yesterday. I saw him on tele the night before talking with Alec Bathgate about the Toy Love live record and he was able to kind of talk - say yes and no, with the odd other word etc... he seems better than when I saw him last. He also seemed strikingly enthusiastic about things in classic Chris Knox style.

Hinklepicker, Sunday, 22 April 2012 00:40 (ten years ago) link

Aw, that's good news!

Friends of Mr Caeiro (NickB), Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:43 (ten years ago) link

Saw Tall Dwarfs open up for the Wrens in 2005 and at the time did not realize what greatness I was witnessing.

Evan, Sunday, 22 April 2012 14:55 (ten years ago) link

is his tv show New Artland up anywhere online? I caught a few episodes when I was in NZ. iirc he just got people to do weird shit for art, like blast helicopter noises into a train station. and there was a nice sweet one, where he got an apartment complex to hold a block party where the tenants all got to know each other and they all played videos of themselves talking about their lives. it was nice.

CharlieS, Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:18 (ten years ago) link

Chris played on a song for a gig on record day at Real groovy in AKL with the band Rackets only yesterday.

― Hinklepicker, Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:40 AM (16 hours ago)

& now it's on YouTube!


etc, Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:39 (ten years ago) link

Anyone have a zip of "That's The Short And The Long Of It"?

Evan, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 00:16 (ten years ago) link

If anyone does get the Short & Sick Of It CD rip, unless the ripper was diligent in fixing indexing problems, "Get Outta The Garage" is split in half. The second half is on the following track, which is slightly unfortunate as this track is straight up proto Slanted & Enchanted.

ma ck ro ma ck ro (mackro mackro), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 00:19 (ten years ago) link

I have a copy, thanks for the tip, I'll fix that.

Evan - send me ILXmail.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 02:23 (ten years ago) link

that youtube etc posted is fantastic

flopson, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 02:28 (ten years ago) link

Wow, I hadn't checked the index marks before but this has to be one of the worst I've ever seen - I fixed 7 tracks with back indexes! Most were minor but still, I HATE it when the last beat from the previous track slips to the next one. If anyone wants to benefit from my hard work, send me ILXmail.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 15:53 (ten years ago) link

I guess I already am, thanks again!!

Evan, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:33 (ten years ago) link

"slanted and enchanted, lol"


ma ck ro ma ck ro (mackro mackro), Thursday, 26 April 2012 05:35 (ten years ago) link

"slanted and enchanted, lol"


ma ck ro ma ck ro (mackro mackro), Thursday, 26 April 2012 05:35 (ten years ago) link

^ i'm trying, i'm trying, i'm trying, i'm trying

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Thursday, 26 April 2012 06:11 (ten years ago) link

sent you a mail, gerald

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Thursday, 26 April 2012 06:11 (ten years ago) link

five years pass...

Enjoy a new collection of Tall Dwarfs rarities and things why doncha


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 22:02 (four years ago) link

How is Chris Knox doing?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 00:55 (four years ago) link

pretty good marc bolan impersonation on first song which highlights something obvious about his vocal style that i hadn't realised before

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:49 (four years ago) link

one year passes...


(performing "All My Hollowness To You" at the local library w/Stefan Neville/Pumice)

etc, Sunday, 28 July 2019 10:07 (two years ago) link

So what's the state of Chris Knox? Can't quite tell from that clip aside from his clenched right hand.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 28 July 2019 20:38 (two years ago) link

I visited him at him home last time I was in NZ -- at least five years ago, possibly/probably more than that. He was clawing his way up from aphasia -- he could complete somebody else's sentence / phrase but couldn't initiate speech. His receptive language seemed unimpaired. It was clear that he was still the same old Chris I'd first met in 1995, but the pathway to communication was still difficult. He was painting a lot; he was quick to fatigue, it was clear that trying to communicate was itself exhausting.

Incredible to see him with his hand still on the faithful Omnichord

two years pass...

“Hospital Waltz” from that Bovril collection upthread is really lovely.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 18:55 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

On Bandcamp! Like, everything?


Plus a new compilation out at the end of August.


Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 15:16 (three weeks ago) link


thinkmanship (sleeve), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 15:21 (three weeks ago) link

that's great — no one like tall dwarfs

tylerw, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 16:31 (three weeks ago) link

Nuh uh, I do!

Evan, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 16:40 (three weeks ago) link

this is long overdue

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 16:42 (three weeks ago) link

xp haha! *there's* no one like tall dwarfs

tylerw, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 16:43 (three weeks ago) link

About time, eh. It's been lovely seeing people pop up and talk about favourites / deep cuts - what a catalogue!

The entire Tall Dwarfs catalogue is now on Bandcamp! https://t.co/qfyc9ClaPa An extraordinarily original band. If you don't know 'em, maybe start with "Life Is Strange" from Fork Songs and "Dog" from Dogma.

— Douglas Wolk (@douglaswolk) June 9, 2022

This is fantastic news! I recommend everyone go and play their epic 19+ minute song Up from the album Stumpy immediately. It is the proverbial business and amongst the best things they ever recorded. A monster. https://t.co/o0b28nd1Gy

— Alan Holt (@____ALAN) June 9, 2022

(also reminded me of Centre Negative's Emotion Is Cringey, the most heavily Tall Dwarfs-indebted Kiwi release in semi-recent memory, and not just because there's a Chris Knox cover on it: https://centrenegative.bandcamp.com/album/emotion-is-cringey )

etc, Thursday, 9 June 2022 08:21 (three weeks ago) link


~24min interview with Alec Bathgate on Radio New Zealand

etc, Monday, 20 June 2022 00:52 (one week ago) link

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