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TIME TO GET ILL

Happy Monday Wax Trax people!

A lot to talk about regarding INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT and the film festival circuit that we are now neck deep into.
Before we get into some past, present and future news, I wanted to again address a question that we keep getting, A LOT. Some of this has been repeated many times but hey, some folks are just finding out about the documentary so it makes sense that we might have to go over this a few more times.

 

 

Q: “The film is done so why can’t I download, stream or buy a Bluray or DVD of INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT now?  Are you guys crazy? I’m trying to give you my money and you won’t take it.” What a shitty way to treat your fans, you guys suck! (Yes, people actually have sent us hate email because we can’t sell them the DVD right now)

A: Trust us, nothing would make us happier than to usher this film through the ultimate finish line and make it available for purchase. Some people may not understand everything that goes into creating a project like this and then getting it to mass market. We legally can not sell this movie until we pay for the proper licenses for music in the film. Will that happen? -We hope so. But this is such a complicated process that it continues to be an uphill climb.

Q: Then why did my friend Carl just buy a ticket and see it at Rooftop film festival?…And speaking of “Film Festivals”, why are the screenings at all these festivals that don’t make sense? I mean come on…You screened in Cape Cod and didn’t screen in (insert bigger city here) – WTF? What a shitty way to treat your fans, you guys suck! (<sigh>Yes, people have actually sent us hate email about this too because there are no screenings by them)

A:  Part 1, We have paid for all the music in the film under something called a festival license. Typically it allows the filmmaker to show the movie publicly at festivals as they look for distribution, buyer, investor, etc. to help with funding for the much larger commercial license. The downside of this kind of license is we are contractually obligated to screen only at festivals. Our festival license will run out in 2019. Let’s hope we can acquire the funding to take this to the next level.

A: Part 2, Just to clarify again – We don’t pick the festivals, the festivals pick us. If we get passed up by let’s say a Texas festival, there isn’t a lot Wax Trax! can do about it.

-Just trying to be as transparent as possible. Hope that helps.

Onward and upward…

NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN

We want to thank everyone who came out to our ROOFTOP FILMS screening in Brooklyn just over a month ago. We sold out the HOUSE OF VANS with over 900 Wax Trax! fans spread out in front of two screens. The response to the collector’s pop-up shop and archive gallery exhibit was incredible and we met so many amazing people throughout the night. Thank you!

You can read more about the Brooklyn event at REVOLVER magazine.

 

photo: Alex Hinton

photo: Alex Hinton

photo: Alex Hinton

photo: Alex Hinton

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Photo:Jolene Siana

 

In the weeks that followed NY, we were able to get the film in front of fans in Massachusetts and then all the way over in Belgium. It has been a wild global ride and it ain’t over!

 

RIGHT RIGHT NOW NOW

 

What is next?… How about Greece, Switzerland, Northern UK, Canada, Spain, California, Michigan, Washington, Arizona…and of course Chicago?

Starting this week we have some very special screenings planned taking place all over the world. If you have been wanting to see this film and you will be in any of these areas, we strongly suggest checking out some of these festivals as we start a two month Blitzkrieg across the globe. As I’ve said above, there is no guarantee that we will be able to release this film commercially due to music licensing costs. It may be to only chance to see INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT: The Story of Wax Trax! Records. You snooze, you may lose!

Sept. 20 & 21: ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Athens, Greece :: TICKETS

Sept. 29: HELL’S HALF MILE FILM & MUSIC – Bay City, US :: TICKETS

Sept. 29 & 30: CALGARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Galgary, Canada :: TICKETS

Oct. 2: SENSORIA FESTIVAL – Sheffield, UK :: TICKETS

Oct. 5: TUCSON FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL – Tucson, US :: TICKETS

Oct. 6 &7: SANTA CRUZ FILM FESTIVAL (Q&A with Julia Nash and Jello Biafra) – Santa Cruz, US :: TICKETS

Oct. 19 & 28: – DOCTOBER FILM FESTIVAL – Bellingham, US :: TICKETS

Oct. 27: – IN-EDIT BARCELONA (Q&A w/ Julia Nash, Richard 23, Patrick Codenys) – Barcelona, Spain :: TICKETS

As part of a special encore screening the documentary was also selected for this year’s COLD WAVES FESTIVAL here in Chicago. The film is scheduled for Sept. 22 & 23 and will also include a special Wax Trax! collector’s pop-up shop in the METRO box office during all 3 days of the fest. In addition, a complete list of festivals and documentary news can be found at WAXTRAXFILMS.COM

FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT

We still have a few more things up our sleeve and will be announcing more screenings in the next few weeks.
However, it is really you the fans that have the power to drive this film to a festival near your town. As I have mentioned before, we do not pick the festivals, the festivals pick us. If they don’t think there will be an audience, they may not want to take any risks.
This is not a complete list by any stretch and if you know of a festival in your area that runs between now and spring 2019.
Send them an email and let them know that the story of Wax Trax! Records does indeed need to be told at their festival.

Let your voice be heard. Click on the fest near you and ask them to program INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT: The Story of Wax Trax! Records

US – TEXAS/ AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

US – ARKANSAS/ HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

US – MONTANA/ BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

US – MICHIGAN/ ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL

US – HAWAII/ HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

US – LA/ AFI FEST

US – NY/ DOC NYC

US – SAN FRANSISCO/ ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD

US – SAN JOSE/ CINEQUEST FILM & VR FESTIVAL

US – SANTA BARBARA/ SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

UK – LEEDS/ LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

UK – LONDON/ RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

UK – BATH/ FILMBATH

GERMANY -MANNHEIM-HEIDELBERG/  INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL MANNHEIM-HEIDELBERG

SWEDEN/ STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

JAPAN – TOKYO/ TOKYO SUN FILM FESTIVAL

DRAMASTICALLY DIFFERENT

For some non-movie news, how about all the amazing new releases, tours and projects by a ton original Wax Trax artists?

New & upcoming releases by

Lead Into Gold, Cocksure, Laibach

Touring now!

PIG, Ministry, Front Line Assembly, Meat Beat Manifesto

Projects:

Trash Deity (Groovie Mann)

That’s it for now. More news coming soon.

Don’t forget to check out new merch at the Wax Trax! online store and please join the conversation at the official Wax Trax! facebook, twitter, and instagram

Until next time

xo-J

JUSTIFIED & ANCIENT: THE 90’s

Hello again Wax Trax People!

-Just wanted to drop you all a quick note for some fancy springtime announcements.

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Hey, for all the Chicago folks out there that are looking for a little 90s throwback luv, I hope you can join me this Friday (4/15) in Wicker Park for a walk down memory lane during a decade when major labels were snatching up any band that wore a flannel and a little thing called America On Line was burning up the dial up lines at a ferocious 56k speed.

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As many of you know, the 1990s also happen to be a pivotal decade for WAX TRAX!. A lot of stories: Some bad…Some even worse than bad. Anyway I digress, I am honored to to have been asked to represent the WAX TRAX! posse up there with the real heavy hitters from the decade.

Moderator:

Martin Atkins – Pigface, Invisible

Panel:

Butch Vig –  Smart Studios, Garbage
Bruce Pavitt – Sub-Pop Records
Joe Shanahan – Metro
Steve Marker – Smart Studios, Garbage
Wendy Schneider – Smart Studios: Documentary
Kerry Brown – Catherine
me – Wax Trax!

Stop by the CHOP SHOP this Friday at 8 pm and say hi…It’s FREE

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ALL AGES/ 8 pm
Chop Shop – (773) 537-4440
2033 W. North Ave – Chicago IL 60647

 
I also want to mention something to all our Chicago people. If you are looking for something to do and want to fill that WAX TRAX void tonight, former WAX TRAX label employee and MetaPop CEO, Matt Adell will be spinning an all WAX TRAX DJ set at the Virgin Hotel in Chicago, 10pm!

 

VIDEO-GO-GO

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A huge thank you for the flood of personal videos that you all have been continuing to upload for the WAX TRAX! Documentary.
For those who missed our earlier announcement, we are compiling our favorite fan/tribute videos to include in the WAX TRAX! Documentary! You say you love WAX TRAX!…Then prove it!
We are still taking submissions through April 30th. If you haven’t sent in your short clip telling us what WAX TRAX! has meant to you, you still have a couple weeks…but after that, your chances of being in the movie will disappear.

Follow this link for detailed instructions!

 

WARMING UP TO COLD WAVES

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Looks like the fine folks of Cold Waves have been busy since last year’s shindig.
MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO? COCKS? CLOCKDVA? the weekend is shaping up to make the long time WAX TRAX! fan pretty happy!

We are super excited to hang out with our old friends Richard 23 & Luc Van Acker while they’re in town, but even more excited that they will be sharing the stage with blood brothers, Chris Connelly & Paul Barker over the weekend.

 

ATTACK SHIPS ON TOUR?

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My little birds are everywhere and lately they are whispering something wonderful.
Might be a good time to get that passport updated because I hear Big Sexyland may be expanding its borders.
Are The Stainless Steel Providers taking their dog & pony show on the road to mark the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking album Big Sexyland? I don’t know…But maybe it’s not so crazy that The COCKS might be coming soon to a venue near “you and your hog bitch girlfriend”.

 

THE SONOLOGY OF CLOCKDVA

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As if that wasn’t reason enough to bust out the Manic Panic and lace up those 8 hole DMs…
Mr. Adi Newton will be bringing ClockDVA on the road here in the US for the first time in years!
In addition to the Chicago COLD WAVES event, you can enter the Velvet Realm this fall in these limited cities:

09.22  NEW YORK  –  ROUGH TRADE
09.23  CHICAGO  –  METRO/ COLD WAVES
09.24  ATLANTA  –  THE EARL
09.25  DENVER  –  SYNTAX PHYSICS
09.27  AUSTIN  –  ELYSIUM
09.28  SEATTLE  –  HIGH LINE
09.29  SAN FRANCISCO  –  ELBO ROOM
09.30  LOS ANGELES  –  UNION
10.01  HOUSTON  –  NUMBERS

 

BOW DOWN AND MERCH WITH ME, AND I’LL GIVE YOU EVERYTHING!

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Heads up…We will soon be adding a little Groovie Mann & Buzz McCoy to our merch area of the WAX TRAX ONLINE STORE. We are super excited to bring back original TKK designs and we will update you when they are on the press.
…Dope Forever, Forever Loaded!

 

WAX UK

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One last thing about our little documentary. A nice shout out to our friends in Europe. WAX TRAX is coming for you! As we continue to move forward, we have a great new opportunity to involve some additional WT artists. Our film crew will be heading overseas this month. The only super-bummer is THEY ARE GOING WITHOUT ME!  I really hope they bring me back some BELGIAN CHOCOLATE since the mayo and fries don’t travel well.

That’s it for now (See, I told you it was a quick note)

-Hope to see some of you this Friday at the Chop Shop. Until next time…

xo-J

THE STRIDES OF MARCH

Hello Wax Trax! people!
It has been some time since our last update. Lots of wonderful news happening. 2016 is definitely shaping up to be an important year for Wax Trax! Records.
(Okay-In my totally official grown-up voice) Ahem…To all our non-US friends out there who have been looking at us stunned. We’re sorry. Yes, this US presidential election is as bananas over here as it looks from afar. Actually, it’s much more bizarre than anyone could even begin to explain. Grab a seat, I think this buffoonery is only going to get worse.

Well anyway enough of that, let’s get you all up to speed…

SO YOU WANT TO BE IN PICTURES

As many of you can imagine, the WAX TRAX! documentary has been all consuming (as it should be). We really appreciate all the private notes and emails regarding support and love for this project. We could not do this without you. Which brings me to a nice segue. As we reach the final stretch of producing this monster, we really wanted to bring the fans into this story a little more.
So here is what we have in mind…WE WANT YOU IN THIS FILM!

If the WAX TRAX! RECORDS store or label meant anything to you, past or present, we want you to put your camera where your mouth is (okay, you can pan out to your whole face if you want).
We will be including fan video in the movie so here is your chance to be up on the big screen with other WAX TRAX! alumni and part of our little story.

This is no joke, here is what we need:

A video clip between 5-30 seconds explaining what WAX TRAX! means to you.

Follow this link, read the instructions, and upload to our documentary folder.

CLICK HERE

Be creative, but most importantly, be passionate. We will be weaving the top fan submissions into the movie!

:: M O N U M E N T A R Y ::

Since we’re on the subject…
The #1 question we’ve been getting is “Hey-Is this movie ever coming out?!”
As we had mentioned earlier to a number of supporters, last year some elements of the movie’s production had become a little more complicated than we originally had expected. Due to the timing of these complications our release schedule was affected, extending our timeline longer than originally planned. Ugh-Apparently making a movie of this scope isn’t an exact science…Who would have thought?

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We are on track for festival submissions this year. As many of you have been wondering (Yep-I personally read each and every one of your emails and posts about status questions), we have successfully been shifting things around and feel that we are in a much more productive place moving forward. We can’t reveal an exact release date yet, but will be posting news of the progress and updates in the upcoming months here on our site, so stay tuned!

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Thanks for your patience and understanding. I have to say that as excited as some of you might be to have us speed through the post-production phase, I think you will all be delighted with the finished result and happy that we took the extra time.

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SOUNDTRACK

The #2 question we’ve been getting lately is “Hey-where is the movie soundtrack? I pre-ordered-This is bullshit!!” (Okay-That’s actually a question AND a statement)
We totally understand the anticipation for this soundtrack and the special packaging that will be included with the earlier pre-orders. Again, we ask for your patience on this one. We want everything to release together, so as soon as the final film is ready, as stated above, your soundtrack will be ready too. We can’t give anything else away at this time but as I said earlier, I think you will be super-happy with the final product. We’re not going to leave you hangin’, you gotta trust us on this one.

ASHES TO ASHES

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CHRIS CONNELLY/ SOTSA   Photo: Bobby Talamine

I wanted to mention something recent and noteworthy in the Wax Trax! universe. Our dear friend Chris Connelly just put on another unbelievable Bowie show here in Chicago with his band who fell to earth, SONS OF THE SILENT AGE. I hesitate using the word “tribute band” in the traditional sense because what these guys do on stage is so much more than just playing Bowie songs. It is just a very special experience, and one that should not be missed if possible.

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SINEAD O’CONNOR/ SOTSA      Photo: Bobby Talamine

The performance was their first show since the Thin White Duke left this world.  It was quite magnanimous of the band to pass a portion of the proceeds from the event to the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Chicago. Chris and the band could not have sounded any better, and the addition of folding Ava Cherry and Sinead O’Connor into the set continued the tradition of elevating the SOTSA shows to a higher level.

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Over the past couple of months I know we all have shared our Bowie stories, and although a little late, I feel the need to share mine here relating to my dad & Dannie.
Way before the store or label ever existed, Bowie was omnipresent in my house growing up. From my earliest memories right through to when my dad passed away, David Bowie was a cornerstone and foundation of what made my dad, Dannie as well as WAX TRAX! RECORDS who and what they were. I think for a gay man married with children in the late 60s/early 70’s, Bowie became a life preserver for many during a brackish time. “Homosexual” was still considered an official mental illness and for the most part, it was pretty much social and professional suicide to come out. What WAX TRAX! may have done by overlapping genres for a lot fans trying to figure out their own identity in the 80s & 90s, Bowie had done for my dad decades earlier. David Bowie was a conduit between fringe/mainstream, gay/straight, art/commerce that was not lost on my family. It is impossible for me to think about David Bowie and not think about my mom, dad, & Dannie. The past couple months have been bitter-sweet churning a lot of old memories. Wherever they all are now, I am certain that they are holding court together the way only old queens know how to do.

LIVE LIVE LIVE
Guess what?…UNDERWORLD That’s what!
In addition to dates in Europe and Japan we are lucky to get
a few US dates in Southern CA, Coachella, and NYC. (LC and/or Patty, Hope you’ve got a couch I can crash on when I come to town!!)

UNDERWORLD 2016 tickets & dates here

I mentioned their new album last post and the new LP is pretty bitchin’. If you haven’t already heard a sample, here’s a little shit kicker to get the party started!

Any European BillLeebers out there?…Prove it! Don’t miss FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY live in Europe NOW!!
If you looking for a little FLA Euro Mindphasing…2016 European tour schedule here

 

 

Closing out with a shameful plug…Don’t forget to check out the Wax Trax! Records shop. We add/restock new and vintage goodies all the time so check back often!

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That’s it for now. Excited to be heading out to Los Angeles next week to touch base with Groovie, Buzz & friends…and listen to a whole lot of WT! stories.

As always, check out our waxtraxchicago facebook group, twitter feed for #waxtraxfridays and instagram page for more WAX TRAX! info.

xo-J