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AT HOME (HE’S A TOUR-IST)

Howdy Hey Wax Trax! People,

Wow-So weird to think the year is half over! Tons of great things happening around here and it seems every WAX TRAX! band is getting ready to go out on the road for some tour love! Before we get into the avalanche of tour details we thought we would check in and pass along a little documentary update.

MAGAZINE (Not the band)

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INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT: The Story of Wax Trax! Records was featured in last month’s issue of ELECTRONIC SOUND. For those not familiar with the UK magazine, this is a publication with incredibly dense knowledge, impeccable design and top notch writing.
We are honored to have been included and if you act quickly you may still be able to snag an issue with a limited New Order 7”…go get ‘em here!

 

COLD LIFE

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Looks like the good folks of Chicago’s Cold Wave Festival are doing something special and packing up the family truckster and heading out west to the City of Angels this November.

For those who are unaware of this superb festival, the past 5 years Cold Waves has been a huge part of celebrating the underground music that we all grew up with. The festival has grown over time as they continually showcase many of the artists who pioneered the genre as well as artists who continue to carry the torch. 2017 marks a special year as Cold Waves expands its territory westward and bring its own mid-west brand of bad-ass to the Regent Theater in SoCal.

Both locations have some special WAX TRAX! alumni. I’m sure the Chicago tickets and LA tickets won’t last long, so be quick…or be sorry.

hmm… If only there was some way to present a super special event for the WAX TRAX! DOCUMENTARY around the LA Cold Waves Festival…just sayin’ ;)

 

COCK LINE ASSEMBLY

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In case you aren’t able to make it to the Cold Waves festivities, you still have a chance to see some of these WAX TRAX! alumni as they make their way across the states. Richard 23, Luc Van Acker, Chris Connelly and Paul Barker will once again open the gates to Big Sexyland with the WAX TRAX! classic album played in its entirety. If that wasn’t enough…It seems all the stars have aligned and this time the one and only FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY will be joining The Cocks for most of these very special dates. Check out the US tour dates and cities here.

OH KAPT’N, MY KAPT’N

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Sascha K. & Co will once again be bringing the Ultra Heavy Beats of KMFDM back to the US this fall. The tour starts off at the Chicago Cold Waves fest and will kick off the band’s new EP “Yeah” and upcoming full length album. Check out tour dates and tickets here.

 

I SMELL BACON

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Raymond Watts is at it again and currently spreading his flesh across the US. If you missed this show last year we strongly suggest seeing this incredible show when they come to town. As if you don’t have reason enough, former KMFDM band mates En Esch and Guenter Schulz will be joining the Lord of Lard on this tour. Wow…I wonder if we’ll hear any songs they wrote together while Killing Mother Fucking Depeche Mode? I guess you’ll have to show up and find out. Check out the dates here for a town near you!

 

CUZ IT’S 30 YEARS

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Our friends in My Life In The Thrill Kill Kult are gearing up for something very special to kick off their 30th anniversary this fall!
Beginning in October, you will be able to see the iconic WAX TRAX! albums “Confessions Of A Knife” and “I See Good Spirits, I See Bad Spirits” performed live in their entirety. There is a reason these WAX TRAX! releases are still treasured today…Now is your chance to walk through the original “Gateway To Hell”. Just make sure you’re wearing something fabulous.

 

CIRCLING OVER THE US

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The Belgians are coming! 2017 is shaping up to be an incredible year to see original WAX TRAX! artists live. Front 242 will be back in the US and ready to throw down. This time around, the Belgians will be hitting a few cities that they couldn’t get to last tour. Find out about show dates here.

 

 

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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What would a Wax Trax! artist touring schedule be without our good friend Mr. Jourgensen? As some of you may know Ministry has been finishing up dates in the UK and then getting ready for their first headlining slot in Australia and New Zealand this fall. We are very happy that Mr. J will be picking up a few US dates between his globetrotting and is able to stop by Chicago for RiotFest before he heads down under.

Fans wanting a little back catalog luv might be in for a nice surprise. If the band’s recent shows are any indication of the upcoming set-list, Ministry should be weaving in some live versions of classic songs not heard in many, many years…could that mean we might get lucky and hear a little (Everyday Is) Halloween? One can dream…Bop Bop!

That’s it for now. Don’t forget to check out the online store for new and vintage merch. If you haven’t signed up for screening and product updates through the INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT documentary newsletter you can sign up here at waxtraxfilms.com.
As always, join the chant on the official WAX TRAX! party lines…Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and 1-900-You-Sexy ($29.99 per minute may apply)

xo-J

Posted June 27, 2017 by admin in News

WAX TRAX! WEEKEND

Hello Wax Trax! people!

Wow-WHAT A WEEKEND! (yeah, I know it’s Tuesday but I am just now recovering!)

 

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Second Panel = Groovie, Paul, Julia, Mr. 23, Sean, Chris, Patrick.   photo: Casey Mitchell

 

Thank you to all the people who joined us for our little documentary event
I am so fortunate to have shared something as special as this film with the friends and family that helped make it all happen.

It was a bit of a whirlwind weekend. Our party at Berlin… Getting to and from all the amazing DJ events on Friday throughout the city…The Special Saturday artist Meet & Greet…The panels of music legends…and of course presenting the actual documentary to test for you all.

Since we really had no idea how to make a feature film we honestly didn’t know what to expect. Would it suck, is it too inside, did it cover enough…we were both excited and terrified to show it publicly to family, the artists & staff, the hardcore fan as well as Wax Trax! novice.

For those of you who were able to make the event, we would love your feedback. As we stated before the film began, if you could take a minute or two to follow this survey and tell us about your experience, we would appreciate it.

http://www.waxtraxfilms.com/survey/
Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the overwhelming love and support.

XO-J

Posted April 4, 2017 by admin in News

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT-TALK IS CHEAP

Alright Documentary people-the one week countdown begins…

A ton of hard work and love has gone into this Documentary film. We are very excited to have brought in some of the artists who helped make it happen. After watching the film, you will hear the history of Wax Trax! from the musicians themselves… What went right and of course what ultimately went wrong.

and I really hope you can join us here in Chicago for this very special weekend!

Here are details of the artist panels

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SATURDAY APRIL 1, 2017
WAX TRAX! DOCUMENTARY PRESENTS…
INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT-Talk Is Cheap
A one day event marking the upcoming feature documentary of Chicago’s legendary independent record store and label.
This includes two special panel discussions with past and present artists from FRONT 242, MINISTRY, THE REVOLTING COCKS, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT and THE DEAD KENNEDYS.

Tickets can be found here

Panel participants include:

Jello Biafra
In addition to being a punk rock legend as a founding member of the Dead Kennedys, LARD and king dude at Alternative Tentacles, Jello’s humble beginnings started at the original WAX TRAX! store in Denver, Colorado.
Friends of Wax Trax founders Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher, Jello was an early staple of the store as well as the label.

Richard 23
Member of Belgian dance commandos FRONT 242 as well as founding member of the Revolting Cocks. When Richard isn’t performing on stage, you can often find him diving in Thailand.

Patrick Codenys
Founding member of Belgian electronic pioneers FRONT 242. Patrick is a principal creative force within FRONT 242 and the Belgian sound that combined new technology, dance beats and the post-punk ethos which was instrumental in creating the EBM genre.

Paul Barker
Member of Wax Trax! bands, The Blackouts, Revolting Cocks, Pailhead, Lead Into Gold, PTP, and Acid Horse. In addition to being half of the unstoppable production team LUXA/PAN, Paul was a key member of Ministry from 1986-2003 during the band’s critical and commercial high-water mark.

Chris Connelly
Member of Wax Trax! bands Fini Tribe, Revolting Cocks, PTP, and Acid Horse. In addition to contributing to a variety of group projects, Chris’ solo contribution to Wax Trax! cannot be overstated. His 1994 album Shipwreck is still considered by many as one of the label’s crown jewels.

Groovie Mann
Before he was Groovie he was Franke Nardiello. One of the closest confidants to Wax Trax! founders, Jim & Dannie. Franke was both a long time store employee and key artist on the label. When Franke wasn’t ringing up Sleep Chamber records or finishing Joy Division window displays for the store, he was performing in a little local group called My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult…Dope Forever…Forever Loaded!

Buzz McCoy
The Yin to Groovie’s Yang. Buzz, known in some circles as Marston Daley, was the one artist who could blend that perfect combination of disco balls and satan. Hailing originally from Boston, Buzz joined the Wax Trax! family as an early member of Ministry during the Twitch tour.

Steve Knutson
Steve goes way back to the Denver days and was officially one of the first Wax Trax! employees at the age of 19. Steve experienced the early explosive inner workings of Jim & Dannie that were often fueled by quaaludes, gay bars and lots and lots of speed.
Steve later moved on to Tommy Boy Records and is currently Principal of Audika Records and the Arthur Russell Estate.

Larry Crandus
Early Chicago employee of both the store and the label. Larry had an intimate role in the incredible growth from 1983-1990. Larry credits Jim & Dannie for helping raise him in ways his own family couldn’t. Larry later went on to work for Mute and is currently a producer at Playboy Television.

Andy Wombwell
Andy worked at the label from 1987-1992, starting as an intern after writing a school paper on the company.  He eventually oversaw radio promotion and opened the ill-fated Los Angeles office.  He later worked for Nettwerk and Rhino Records and is currently a co-founder of tech startup Wildkat and trying to launch a potato chip company.

Julia Nash
Director of The Wax Trax! Documentary-Industrial Accident and daughter of co-founder Jim Nash. Julia originally managed the Wax Trax! Lincoln and Damen Ave. store and is current principal of Wax Trax! Records.

MEET & GREET
VIP and SUPER VIP have access to a special artists meeting and signing. These artists include:

Jello Biafra
Richard 23
Patrick Codenys
Paul Barker
Chris Connelly
Groovie Mann
Buzz McCoy
David J

Ticket includes one panel discussion + Limited INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT poster + Free ticket to the one day test screening of the upcoming Wax Trax! documentary (showing directly before each panel discussion)
Doors one hour before screening time
Test-screening time 2:30p or 8:30p
Special 3/31 Friday night DJ events and/or artist meet and greet included to VIP and SUPER VIP Ticket holders
Age 18+ (must be 21+ with ID to access the bar area)
The Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Ticket information at
http://www.waxtraxfilms.com/news/
http://waxtrax.brownpapertickets.com/

Friday 3/31 Additional WAX TRAX! DJ Love

In addition to the 4/1/17 Saturday event, please join us as we celebrate the store and label with the following public DJ sets around Chicago:

FRONT 242/ Richard 23 + Patrick Codenys
Berlin Nightclub
954 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
$10 cover at the door. 21+ W/ ID (Space is limited, arrive early)

BAUHAUS and LOVE + ROCKETS founding member David J
Late Bar
3534 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
$10 cover at the door. 21+ W/ ID (Space is limited, arrive early)

DEAD KENNEDYS and LARD founding member JELLO BIAFRA
Liar’s Club
1665 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
$5 cover at the door. 21+ W/ ID (Space is limited, arrive early)

That’s it for now. Hope you folks around Chicago and the Midwest can be with us next week for this one time special event!

xo-J

Posted March 25, 2017 by admin in News

HE’S IN PARTIES

Howdy again Wax Trax! people,

So it looks like our IA: Wax Trax! Documentary weekend here in Chicago is shaping up to be quite a mighty-nice event!

Tickets for the April 1st artist panels have been going fast and the VIP and Super VIP options sold out almost immediately. General Admission tickets are available here

But guess what?…Yep-In addition to the Saturday event at the Vic Theatre, we have yet another pretty bitchin’ add-on to launch the weekend for even more Wax Trax! awesomeness.

In addition to special DJ nights from members of FRONT 242 (Berlin Nightclub) and Jello Biafra’s Incredibly Strange Dance Party (Liar’s Club)

We thought we would bring in another important guest DJ that is important to the original Wax Trax! story and has the perfect lineage to represent the iconic Lincoln Ave store.

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We are pleased to bring you Bauhaus and Love and Rockets founding member DAVID J for a special guest DJ night at Late Bar, Chicago.
Here is the skinny:

WAX TRAX! RECORDS WELCOMES POST-PUNK GENTLEMAN DAVID J

Fri. 3-31-17:
Wax Trax! + Late Bar present…
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Celebrating Chicago’s legendary Wax Trax! records Lincoln Avenue store
with guest DJ David J from iconic post-punk pioneers Bauhaus + Love and Rockets
Special set by resident DJs Carrie Monster + Lisa Marchese
$10 at the door. (Arrive early as capacity is limited).
8p-4a
David J set 11p
21+ with ID required.
3534 W Belmont Ave. Chicago IL 60618
more info http://www.latebarchicago.com/

In case you are wondering what David J has to do with Wax Trax!…Well, I guess you’ll have to see the documentary
This special Friday event will will be the third guest DJ to properly launch the Wax Trax! event at the Vic Theatre on Saturday April 1.

In case you missed all the Friday night details to celebrate the Wax Trax! Documentary Weekend, here is what we’ve got:

PURE JELLO SATISFACTION

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Fri. 3-31-17:
WAX TRAX! Records and Liar’s Club present…
Jello Biafra’s Incredibly Strange Dance Party
A Garage-Punk-Trash-Soul-Shit-Kicker
This special night Launching the WAX TRAX! Documentary Weekend
Representing the iconic independent record store
Jello plays ALL VIYNL-ALL OBSCURE
DJ Jeff Pazen and Bud Sweet start the night
$5 at the door. (Arrive early as capacity is limited)
Doors at 9, Jello begins at 11p
21+ with ID required.
Liar’s Club 1665 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago
More information at www.waxtraxfilms.com/news

CIRCLING OVER BELMONT AVE-WAX TRAX! NIGHT

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Fri. 3-31-17:
Berlin Nightclub + Cosmix Fridays + Wax Trax! present…
WAX TRAX! NIGHT: 10th Anniversary party
Celebrating music & video from Chicago’s legendary Wax Trax! Records
with FRONT 242 (Richard 23 & Patrick Codenys DJ Set) at Midnight
and a special label tribute set by resident DJ Greg Haus & JenaMax.
$10 at the door. (Arrive early as capacity is limited).
21+ with ID required.
954 W Belmont Ave. (at Sheffield and the CTA Belmont Red Line stop)
www.BerlinChicago.com

Then of course please join us at the Vic Saturday April 1 for a one Day special event

Additional info available at waxtraxfilms.com

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WAX TRAX! RECORDS Presents
For one day only, Chicago’s WAX TRAX! RECORDS will present TWO separate panel
discussions + Q&A.
Panels will feature key artists, store and label staff. The discussions will examine the
upcoming Wax Trax! documentary as well as history of the independent record store
and label. Admission includes a limited Wax Trax! Records poster, produced and
available for this one day event.
To mark this one time special gathering, FREE admission to a private cast and crew
test screening for the upcoming WAX TRAX! Documentary, INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT:
The Story of Wax Trax! Records, will be given out with every panel ticket. The private
test screenings will run immediately BEFORE each panel Q&A. Tickets here

GENERAL ADMISSION 01:
(Test-Screening-2:30p)
Early Panel-4:30p
Jello Biafra (LARD), Groovie Mann (TKK), Buzz McCoy (TKK), Steve Knutson (Wax Trax
Denver), Andy Wombwell (Wax Trax), Larry Crandus (Wax Trax), Julia Nash (Wax Trax!)

GENERAL ADMISSION 02:
(Test-Screening-8:30p)
Late Panel-10:30p
Richard 23 (Front 242), Patrick Codenys (Front 242), Paul Barker (Lead Into Gold), Chris
Connelly (X-Revolting Cocks), Sean Joyce (Wax Trax!)
(panels subjet to minor changes)

VIP
Choice of GA panel + poster (+ corresponding test-screening)
Meet & Greet-6:30p
FRONT 242: Richard 23 & Patrick Codenys
THRILL KILL KULT: Groovie Mann & Buzz McCoy
LEAD INTO GOLD,PAILHEAD: Paul Barker
REVOLTNG COCKS (1987-1991) Chris Connelly
LARD: Jello Biafra

SUPER VIP
1. Both early & late GA panel discussions.
2. Two posters.
3. IA: Wax Trax! t-shirt.
4. Private artist meet & greet.
5. (Free tickets to both test screenings)
6. Guest List for all Friday night (3/31) DJ sets

Discussion panels will peel back the inner layers of the independent Chicago record
store and label as well as explore the process of filming the upcoming WAX TRAX!
documentary.

Please note: A test screening is a valuable tool to gain additional feedback and help
adjust the film before it is released publicly. We will have an online questionnaire for
anyone attending the test-screening in order to collect a proper critique.

Hope to see you there!

xo-J

Posted March 17, 2017 by admin in News

WAX TRAX! AT THE VIC

Tickets for Wax Trax! luv available now…Go get ’em!!

waxtraxfilms.com and waxtrax.brownpapertickets.com

 

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Posted March 10, 2017 by admin in News

SO…THIS IS HAPPENING

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Howdy Hey Wax Trax people!

Time to get down to official business.

Well, it looks like we’ve been able to whip up a few special things around this little film we’ve been working on and thought some of you might want to join us.

Let’s get to it…

Friday, March 31, 2017 WAX TRAX! Presents

DJ No. 1 APPEARING AT LIAR’S CLUB-CHICAGO Representing the Wax Trax! store, we have a mighty-special DJ night by legendary LARD front man…Yep, that’s right. JELLO BIAFRA’S INCREDIBLY STRANGE DANCE PARTY rolls into town. In addition, we’ll have our own DJ early in the night to lube up the dance floor before Jello takes control. So, if you’re looking for a little A Certain Ratio or The Birthday Party to give the original Lincoln Ave Wax Trax! store some proper love…This night is for you.

DJ No. 2 (or maybe 23) APPEARING AT BERLIN NIGHTCLUB-CHICAGO Representing the Wax Trax! label: Berlin Nightclub, Cosmix Fridays and Wax Trax! are thrilled to bring you a special 10th anniversary set of all Wax Trax! music, followed by a special DJ appearance by FRONT 242 members and all around nice guys, Richard 23 and Patrick Codenys. Take one?…Yes please.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 WAX TRAX! Presents

AT THE VIC THEATRE-CHICAGO

IA:WAX 01A (AFTERNOON)* Ticket includes: Live discussion #1. Moderated panel of artists and staff including audience Q&A with a limited Industrial Accident poster

*Paid admission to the above will guarantee a FREE ticket to the FIRST private test screening #1 of the Wax Trax! documentary immediately before the panel discussion.

IA:WAX 01B (EVENING)* Ticket includes: Live discussion #2. Moderated panel of artists and staff including audience Q&A limited Industrial Accident poster

*Paid admission to the above will guarantee a FREE ticket to the SECOND private test screening #2 immediately before the panel discussion.

ARTIST MEET & GREET-ADDITIONAL PACKAGE We have an intimate artist party planned with limited availability. This is carved out between the two above events in which fans will have the opportunity to hang out, grab a photo, get stuff signed…or just a chance to say “thanks” for the music. So if you’ve ever felt the burning desire to buy Mr. Connelly a beer, take a selfie with Groovie Mann and get your LARD records signed all in one fell swoop…Then this may be what you’ve been looking for.

Let’s answer some basics before I get flooded with private questions.

Q: Will each panel and Q&A be different?

A: YES. We are making each panel special and unique. Panelists will include artists and staff to help explain what went down with the label & the store and why.

Q: Do I need to purchase a ticket for the panel discussion in order to see the private test screening?

A: YES, The screening is private and meant for cast/crew as a final sweep of feedback and comments in order to make definitive changes before this goes to festivals. It is private and therefore not a commercial event. We can, however give you a FREE ticket before anyone else will publicly see this film.

Q: Can I go to both panels (and both test screenings?) and get 2 posters?

A: YES. However, that will require purchasing 2 separate tickets.

Q: What exactly is a “Test Screening”? Sounds weird- Is this even a full film?

A: Just like a Test Pressing, a Test Print, or Test Dept. (Okay, maybe not Test Dept.), a test screening is exactly that. It is a complete version of the film that is viewed as a test to get comments and feedback in order to make any final adjustments that might help make the official release stronger. Similar to, let’s say how the banned test pressing version of “Physical” was a rare glimpse into the manufacturing process, only to be changed later, This is meant to check the quality and performance on a live audience.

Q: Can I just cut through all the crap and get ONE pass that gets me into everything you guys are doing?

A: YES. A VIP pass for everything during the two days will be available. We will have more info on that soon.

Q: Can I go to either panel and still attend the Artist Party?

A: YES. You will have two options when it’s time to purchase the “Meet and Greet.

Q: If I can’t make this weekend, will I be able to see this film again?

A: MAYBE. We will not have these panels and parties again so you will miss out on it happening here in Chicago. The film can be seen during the festival circuit most likely starting later in 2017, but there is never a guarantee that this or any film will be picked up by a distributor. So as much as I would love to point you to a DVD or streaming…We’re currently a long way from that and have to focus on the road in front of us.

Q: When and where can I buy tickets for this amazing fabulous,celebration of Wax Trax! awesomeness?

A: Friday 3/10/17. Tickets will be available on through waxtraxchicago.com, waxtraxfilms.com and the victheatre.com.

HERE IS THE RECAP

One weekend Friday 3/31-Saturday 4/1 in Chicago

Two separate WAX TRAX! live discussions with Q&A

One event poster

Two private test screenings of INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT: The Story of Wax Trax! Records. Free to panel ticket holders.

One artist meet and greet

Two DJ nights representing the record store and label

That’s it for now. Hope you can make it.

xo-J

Posted March 6, 2017 by admin in News

SAVE THE DATE

Howdy Hey Wax Trax! Film fans! I was curious about what you all are doing in a few weeks?

hmmm, I think March 31 & April 1, 2017 might be a pretty good time to be here in Chicago…Just sayin’

Posted March 3, 2017 by admin in News