Young Earth Records (run by Josh Lory) has released what is being called “Michael Knott Bootleg Series Volume 1” (meaning there will be more, we can hope): Live at Cornerstone 2003. The page and artwork says 2002, but apparently that was a mistake and this is the full band set from 2003 with Brian Moore on guitar, Joel Votam on bass, and Jesse Sprinkle on drums. Check it out along with other Young Earth releases on the Young Earth Records BandCamp page.
“Brian Healy of Dead Artist Syndrome returns to guest host our 50th episode of Frontline Rewind! Healy gets together in studio with the one and only Michael Knott (LifeSavers, LSU) to celebrate digital release of his albums, “The Grape Prophet” and “Heaven High”. These guys are good friends and this episode is filled with camaraderie, transparency and free-flowing wit.
Knott reveals the back-story for his rock opera, “The Grape Prophet” (L.S. Underground). Songs relate his experience with a Southern California church he attended that had self-proclaimed prophets from Kansas City. Tune in to hear details. Michael performs acoustic renditions of several songs from the album, available digitally for the first time since its 1992 Blonde Vinyl Records release.
Healy also urges Knott to talk about a Saintly influence for “Heaven High” (LifeSavers), a crowd-funded CD that released in 2014, available digitally now for the first time. Knott talks about Saint Clare of Assisi, whose picture is on the cover, and her story. He describes the album as a “bombastic love-fest of hope and truth”. Now that’s worth checking out!”
Following hot on the heels of Volume 1, the second volume of the Michael Knott tribute album is now available. Shine A Light – A Tribute To Michael Knott Vol. 2 is available for streaming or purchase at the Blonde Vinyl Records BandCamp site. Featuring Black And White World, Dead Artist Syndrome, Jeff Elbel + Ping, The Electrics, Jesse Sprinkle, Deni Gauthier (who also provides the tribute artwork), Leper, Glower, Destroy Nate Allen, the Bloody Strummers, the b-attitudes, While Rome Is Burning, Barefoot Journeymen, David The Good, Angus McKinney, Marcus Larson, and a special collaboration between Sean Doty (Veil of Ashes), Ric Alba (The Altar Boys), and Gym Nicholson (Undercover). You don’t want to miss this one.
After several delays, the new Down The Line Basement Tapes : A Tribute To Michael Knott Volume 1 is finally available! Featuring classic Knott tracks covered by The Radiant Dregs, Stellar Mass, Mike Indest, Eddie Parrino, Hidden From Blackout, Spy Satellite, Rob Gallas (of Black & White World), Leper, Paravell, And How, and many others. All tracks were compiled by Josh Lory and Steve Ruff and mastered by Deni Gauthier. Be on the lookout for Volume 2 in the future, as well as a special ongoing Volume 3 here at the Knottheads on H tribute site (for those that missed the deadline for submission to Volumes 1 and 2). You can stream or download at the Blonde Vinyl BandCamp site.
The clock is ticking on the “Rocket And A Bomb Live DVD/Album + new Michael Knott 7″EP” Kickstarter. New rewards have been added, including a one of a kind rare Michael Knott vinyl package (with Michael Moret, Idle Lovell, Shaded Pain, and more ultra-rare titles). You can also choose several add-ons of DVD bootlegs from various past shows. There is also a new promo video below:
The DVD and Live album download:
20 years ago Michael Knott droped his second solo release, the iconic album Rocket And A Bomb! Some consider this his best work. The album is full of odd characters like Jan The Weatherman, Bubbles the Clown, and John Barrymore Jr. With heart on your sleeve lyrics and tales of Knott’s personal and spiritual journey, this album hits the listener in just the right spots.
To celebrate the anniversary of this amazing album Knott and company decided to play the whole album at a one night only, full band, live show! And lucky for those that can’t be there for this incredible experience, independent film maker Todd Zeller (Eden Z Films) will be in charge filming the show to be released on DVD. We are also recording the audio to release a Live Album that will be a download only.
One lucky fan can pick the reward of a one of a kind painting by Michael Knott that will grace the cover of the DVD. A few RAAB themed paintings will be up as rewards too!
The concert will happen November 7, 2014 at the Christ Community Church in Concord California. Dead Artist Syndrome is scheduled to open and a special set by Michael Roe (the 77’s and Lost Doga) and Derri Daugherty (The Choir and Lost Dogs) will close out the evening. See flyer above for details!
The new EP, 7″ vinyl, CD, and digital options:
Michael Knott will be working once again with Joshua Lory to record a new EP to be released on 7″ vinyl! Knott and Lory teamed up in the past to bring you L.S.Underground’s brooding yet hopeful “PTSD” and the Lifesavers triumphant return, the Kickstarter fan funded “Heaven High”. The EP will be at least 4 brand new Knott songs! And how awesome will it be to drop this thing on the ol’ record player!?!?
Like the DVD the EP will have a one of a kind Knott painting for the cover and one lucky backer will be able to pledge this reward!
Your contribution will go to fund production of the DVD and EP as well as travel expenses and postage for your rewards!
This was just posted by Joshua Lory: “Got my notes ready, practice, practice, practice (by myself right now). No solid date yet, but I think we have a venue picked out, should be in September sometime, looking like Oakland, Ca will be the city. Michael Knott, myself, Matt Biggers, Nick White, and Jafar Rafee Green will be playing the entire Rocket And A Bomb album live (upon availability of these musicians) to celebrate it’s 20 year mark. I’m sure a few other tunes will be tagged on to the set. Brian Healy was kind enough to offer Dead Artist Syndrome as an opener! Todd A. Zeller has offered to film the show! While Mike is up visiting, he and I will be recording a new EP to be released on 7″ vinyl, CD, and download. What this means is a Kickstarter will be launched to cover cost of making DVD’s of Rocket And A Bomb Live and the EP. I’ll keep everyone posted on when everything is happening as soon as I have the details.”
For those that also follow Knott’s collaborators, you know that Rick McDonough has an ambient side project called Eymard. They have a new release out called Light. Knott contributes vocals and keyborads to the last track, “ele’s song”.
The Michael Knott tribute album is still moving forward. As prrof, The Bloody Strummers (Joshua Lorry and Matt Biggers) have released their rockin’ garage psychedelic version of “Blame” as a free download. Check it out and get ready for the awesomeness that will be the upcoming Michael Knott tribute album.
Several pages have been added or updated – you can see the list on the bottom of this page. There are also several projects on the horizon for Knott, some that are new and some that have been in various stages of development for years (or decades). The new issue of Down The Line magazine will have an interview with Matt Hunt of Retroactive / Bombworks / Born Twice that touches briefly on two interesting releases for the future. Stay tuned for some announcements in the future.