David Bazan was recently on the Turned Out a Punk podcast (ep 392) discussing his past and present in music. He discusses several Christian bands and artists, but probably spends the most time talking about Michael Knott. He has some great insight in Knott and many other things. The discussion of Knott can be found between the 41:30 and 53:30 marks, but really the whole thing is interesting.
“So, with the release of this longtime coming ep, we wanted to do something special to help celebrate the launch and make it a little more fun. Since the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is one of our favorite movies, we thought, why not incorporate the “Golden Ticket” into the release of the All Indie Ep II?! With that said, the first 250 physical CDs are signed and numbered. We have randomly selected 3 of these signed and numbered CDs and placed an Indie Golden Indie Ticket inside.
The Indie Golden Ticket
So, what do you get? Each winner who gets an Indie Golden Ticket will get a song sung to them live over the phone by Michael from his catalog over the years. You’ll also get a video of him singing the song sent to you after the fact.
So, what do you need to do if you got the Indie Golden Ticket? Take a picture of the ticket and the numbered CD and send it to get email below. Also, select 3 songs that Michael has written/released from vast repertoire and submit those 3 songs when you send the email with the pictures. Michael will select from the 3 provided which one he wants to perform live over the phone to you. Good Luck and we sincerely hope you enjoy the music!
The Physical CD
To purchase a physical signed and numbered CD you can do so by PayPal by going to our Bandcamp page through the link below. Each person who purchases a physical CD also gets a digital copy of the record. Thank you for your support and for listening!
It’s also available digitally through the bigs streaming services.”
Surprise release today! It seems that Knott’s long-awaited All Indie EP II has been released to several streaming and digital purchasing services (Spotify, Amazon, and Apple have been spotted so far). BandCamp is coming soon, and there will be details of a limited physical CD later this week (see this Instagram video of Mike and Rick signing copies of the CD). As well as another announcement.
Do you remember the really great Knott tribute ep A Ghost in the Voice Volume 1 that A Monster Name Hugo released last year? Well, it has been remixed, remastered, and expanded. The two new covers – “Double” and “Milk and Peas” – fit great on the ep. And if you bought the EP previously, you can go in and re-download it. Can’t wait for the next volume!
Stef Loy (of Perry and the Poorboys and The Miscellaneous fame) recently posted a video that his new band called Claravox made of a Michael Knott cover, Here is what the band had to say:
“Thank you for listening to our cover of LSU’s Jordan River! This video single was created and recorded in March, 2021. The song was written by Michael Knott. It is the first song on the Lifesavers Underground album “Shaded Pain” (1987, Frontline Records.) We would like to take this time to thank Michael for decades of his prolific musical career. Truly an artistic genius and an inspiration to us all — Michael Knott, you are loved.”
Did you miss out on the L.S. Underground The Grape Prophet Kickstarter? Then Lost in Ohio has some good news for you:
“After being out of print for nearly 30 years, and after an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2020, Lost in Ohio is pleased to announce a pre-order for L.S. Underground’s legendary rock opera The Grape Prophet. For those unfamiliar, The Grape Prophet tells the story of Ellis, a worker at an orange grove who is sent to the vineyards of the Grape Prophet, in order to bring back the pickers who have been lured away. It was the first of frontman Michael Knott’s trilogy of rock operas. The album has remained a fan favorite, but has been out of print in physical form since soon after its release in 1992.
In addition to reissuing the album digitally and on CD, we will be releasing it for the first time on vinyl (available in either orange or grape). Michael has also recorded new acoustic versions of four of the album’s tracks, which are complemented by strings by Luke Moller (Carrie Underwood, Kasey Musgraves), and performances from Steve Hindalong (The Choir), Jesse Sprinkle (Poor Old Lu) and Rick McDonough (Struck Last May). The new tracks were recorded by Rick McDonough and mixed by Derri Daugherty, and the entire affair has received a fresh master from Adam Boose.
Welcome to 2021 everyone! Seems its the same junk as 2020, only more. There aren’t any huge updates on the Knott front. I’m not sure what happened to the releases like All Indie EP II and Strip Cycle II that seemed to be close to being released a few years ago, but it seems the only one still moving forward is the Grape Prophet vinyl re-issue (still happening and coming soon). But things are probably happening behind the scenes with several projects, just hard to make announcements due to COVID I am sure.
In case you missed it, there was a podcast that squeaked in the last day of 2020 about Knott’s Rocket and a Bomb album. See the Your Music Saved Me Podcast page to listen if you are into podcasts.
This website continues it’s 10 year+ redesign, with a updated Discography and Gigography pages. The new tools lets you search and sort the tables themselves. Thanks to TablePress for creating such a cool plug-in. I also know several of the album pages are messed up – I am making my way through the 200+ pages to fix those, as well as scan and add more album artwork. On the updated pages, you can click the image to get a slightly larger view.
Surprise! No word on the status the re-release of all of the Bomb Bay Babies material, but that means that the recently re-discovered Volume 2 has been released on BandCamp. Head over to the Blonde Vinyl BandCamp page to check out the tracks and purchase your own copy. While you are there, you can also stream Idle Lovell’s Surge et Illuminare and The Lifesavors’ Dream Life.
A little late on this, but the good news is that Joshua Lory is working on more volumes of the Knott Tribute project:
“Alright, so I’m going to move forward on Knott tribute Volume 3 and possibly Vol 4 depending on number of tracks submitted. Here’s what I need from you:
1) UNMASTERED WAV FILE OF YOUR RECORDING. SEND IT TO josh.lory (at) gmail (dot) com
2) PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO NOT PICK SONGS THAT WERE ON VOLUME 1 & VOLUME 2! KNOTT WROTE PLENTY OF SONGS!
3) PLEASE DO NOT FRIEND REQUEST ME OR CONTACT ME ON FACEBOOK, THERE IS NO NEED, ALL THE INFO YOU NEED WILL BE POSTED HERE.
4) HAVE FUN!”
Here is the list of claimed songs so far. Seems that “Want Me” is still available 🙂
1) “Double” – ILL Lucid Onset
2) “Jesus” – Matthew Green
3) “Double” – Whispers and Fuzz
4) “It’s A Crazy Thing” – Mike Indest
5) “Ocean” Blue” – Dann Gunn
6) undecided between 3 songs – Eriq Wegfahrt
7) “Jail” – Lucian Bowden
8) “Christ Saves” – Deni Gauthier
9) “Die Baby Die” – Cast The Dragon
10.) “Free Her” – Immortal Chorus
If you haven’t heard of the “80’s Hair Band Music Comedy” movie called Electric Jesus yet, well, check out the film’s official website. Turns out that, even though it is billed as a Christian Metal film, there is probably more Christian alternative references in the movie than metal. A Lifesavers song (“She’s on Fire”) is in the soundtrack, but that is not all. Knott himself makes a brief cameo in one scene when the drummer of the band is seen doodling on the Kiss of Life album cover itself. Oh, and the main character mentions how Lifesavers becomes L.S.U. early in the film, and then we later see the bass player wearing a Shaded Pain T-shirt. Of course, the film is set in 1986, and L.S.U. did not exist until 1987, so that seems to be a mistake on the film’s part. But that is part of the fun of these historical films and TV shows – see what anachronisms you can find.