April Come She Will

Hello everybody-Happy April!

I’m trying to do these little news blasts on a more regular basis…So here I am (let’s hope you don’t get too sick of me)

A couple super-good things to report. Wax Trax! has been asked to participate in the upcoming CIMM fest later this month. This 4 day Chicago convention has been going strong for 5 years and does an amazing job at showcasing indie movies and music from all around the globe. (some of you may remember seeing Ministry’s FIX movie at CIMM the night before the Retrospectacle way back in 2011)
Our part in this year’s event should be interesting. I have gathered some key folks from both the label and store side of Wax Trax! Records. It will be a couple hours of music, visuals and an informal conversation and stories from the world of Wax Trax! as well as an audience Q&A.


Come join the Wax Trax! family:

Julia Nash:
Daughter of co-creator, Jim Nash and manager of the Lincoln Ave. & Damen Ave. record store
Chris Connelly:
Long time Wax Trax! artist. In addition to a prolific solo career, Chris has been a key force in Acid Horse, PTP, Revolting Cocks, KMFDM and Ministry.
Ken Waagner:
Wax Trax! Director of Promotions during it’s early 90’s peak, including important releases by The KLF, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, and KMFDM.
Reid Hyams:
Studio guru and current Co-President of EARS. Responsible for recording many of the seminal Wax Trax! records at his studio, Chicago Trax.
Sean Joyce:
Long time Wax Trax! employee from the Lincoln Ave. store as well as a mainstay in many tours for the label.

Sunday April 21  2p

Logan Theater Lounge.
2648 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

We were very honored to have been asked and will looking forward to seeing you all there!



Onto the Documentary:

This has been such a great experience so far. Things have been going really well! And if you happen to go to the above mentioned CIMM event, you just might get to see a nice little trailer for the upcoming film.
Note: Regressive Films will also be showing the WT! documentary trailer at a special CIMM screening for their feature fiction “Punk Rock Musical”, Sacrificial Youth on April 19.
We are still neck deep in the interviews and don’t have a proper release date yet but from what I can tell so far, this labour of love is going to be pretty great for the fans as well as anyone who ever wondered about the origin and demise of Wax Trax! Records. Besides the arching timeline, this is a story that crosses over into early punk culture, electronic pioneers, and changing the dance and club landscape forever.


The Belgians are coming!


Just a reminder about the special Wax Trax! night at Smart Bar early next month. Join us for a night on the dance floor to commemorate 30 years of the legendary Smart Bar. The night will start with an ALL Wax Trax! set by Audio Historian DJs Jena Max & Greg Haus. The night will continue with FRONT 242 electronic pioneers, Richard 23 & Patrick Codenys combining forces for their only US appearance (phew-I got through this whole description without ever saying “Industrial”, “EBM”, or “Dance Commandos”…Impressive!)
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we will close out the night with…MORE WAX TRAX! till 4am!
There will be Wax Trax! and Front 242 merch the night of the event for all you out there who still need to look good on the dance floor.

Here are the details to remember-Hope to see you there:

FRIDAY, May 10 2013
10p-4a  21+
Smart Bar
3730 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60613
(Two blocks North of Wrigley Field)
$10 Advance Tickets available
$12 Before midnight/ $15 After
($7 before midnight with FB RSVP or student ID)

Hmmm….What more do we have to report for you?


Well…In TKK news, The band will be featured in the new indie film SEXY EVIL GENIUS. One of the film’s characters is a hardcore TKK fan who, in addition to being quite insane, recites lyrics & references the band non stop…or as we like to call it, a normal day around here. The classic “A Daisy Chain For Satan” is also featured in the film.
But that’s not all…on 4/9 Sleazebox Records is set to release HELLO ALONE by Groovie Mann side project, DARLING KANDEE.
In addition, the new Toxic Rainbow remix of KOOLER THAN JESUS will be available for download as well. So get on over to the TKK main site and


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And…Anterior research & Clock DVA are taking pre-orders for the release “CLOCK 2”. This will be the band’s first new production material since 1996.  This edition will include audio, video, special remixes as well as an extensive 48pg. PDF  of text and images.
If the content is anything like the packaging. the 15+ year wait will have been well worth it.


Also…I’m sure many of you are waiting with bated breath for the upcoming book from Uncle Al himself. This autobiography from Al Jourgensen will be a must read and we really can’t wait to compare all the stories against Chris Connelly’s book, “Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible And Fried“.
Forget all the salacious stories about rock n’ roll excess….I think fans really want to know about Al giving me my first car ( a sweeeeeet little Karmann Ghia) and then my dad promptly spray painting giant boobs on the hood….ah, the memories.

That’s it for now.

Be sure to check out and post on our Facebook and twitter pages for all things Wax Trax! as well as the constantly updated Wax Trax! online store.  Many ultra limited out of print items from our vault as well as new reissued merch from some of our favorite Wax Trax! artists…Get ’em while you can!

Talk to you soon,


Posted April 4, 2013 by admin in News