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(Photo by RSDIVA Jessica)

In a gritty industrial area of Van Nuys, California, behind a powder-coating plant, lie a dozen neatly stacked repurposed shipping containers. One of these is ‘home’ to The Knitts, a band with a surprisingly long history and a short fuse, ready to explode onto the music scene with the release of their upcoming debut full-length album Retreat.

The origins of The Knitts go back to the final years of the Knitting Factory on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles where Charlie Volkens worked in the box office while various future Knitts hung out at KF shows.  Now The Knitts are made up of the brothers Volkens – Justin (Vocals) and Charlie (guitar), along with Victor Portillo (lead guitar), Jaime “Jimmy” Luque (bass) and Clare Taylor Wilkes (drums).

The band had spent five years playing the show circuit, releasing multiple EPs and singles before linking up with producer and Grammy Award winner Michael Leonhart (Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Yoko Ono, Steely Dan) and engineer Pierre De Reeder (Rilo Kiley) to record Retreat. Recording took place in North Hollywood and Brooklyn, NY within a week’s time, in part because the tracks are ‘live in studio’ recordings capturing that raw energy The Knitts exude during their stage performances.

The Knitts Retreat will be available on digital and streaming formats March 3 via Knitting Factory Records.

Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of sharing the jangley, swinger “We Got Time.” Justin Volkens had this to say about it:

“‘We Got Time’ was one of the first songs we wrote together as a band. Originally written as a duet quickly evolved into a down stroking garage rock track that forever altered how we say ‘We Got Time’ in everyday conversation.”

(Visit The Knitts here:

The Knitts websitehttp://www.knittsmusic.com


Knitting Factory Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the official soundtrack to Finding Fela, the Alex Gibney-directed documentary detailing Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti’s life. The soundtrack, due July 29 via Knitting Factory Records, includes 17 of Fela’s classic tracks. A live version of Fela Kuti’s song “Colonial Mentality,” which is featured in the documentary and on the soundtrack, is now available to stream and embed HERE. This never-before released version of the song was recorded at the New Afrika Shrine in Fela’s hometown of Lagos and features The FELA! Band from the Broadway musical, as well as Fela’s son Femi Kuti on the saxophone. Additionally, the theatrical trailer for the documentary is available to stream and embed HERE. The full list of Finding Fela screenings below.

Finding Fela


6/27 – Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival – Chilmark, MA

7/11 – Railroad Square Cinema – Waterville, ME

8/1-7 – IFC Center – New York, NY

8/8-14 – Landmark Chez Artiste – Denver, CO

8/8-14 – Landmark E Street Cinema – Washington, DC

8/8-10 & 8/15-17 – Martha’s Vineyard Film Society – Vineyard Haven

8/8-8/14 – The Screen – Santa Fe, NM

8/15-21 – Landmark Shattuck Cinemas – Berkeley, CA

8/15-21 – Landmark Nuart Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

8/15-21 – Landmark Ken Cinema – San Diego, CA

8/15-21 – Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema – San Francisco, CA

8/15-21 – Landmark Midtown Art Cinema – Atlanta, GA

8/15-21 – Landmark Kendall Square Cinema – Boston, MA

8/15-21 – Landmark Ritz at the Bourse – Philadelphia, PA

8/15-21 – Belcourt Theatre – Nashville, TN

8/22-28 – Landmark Lagoon Cinema – Minneapolis, MN

8/22-25 – Guild Cinema – Albuquerque, NM

8/22-28 – Gateway Film Center – Columbus, OH

8/29-30 – Oklahoma City Museum of Art – Oklahoma City, OK

8/29-9/4 – Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, TX

8/29-9/4 – Landmark Varsity Theatre – Seattle, WA

9/19 – POP Montreal – Montreal, QC

10/23 – Memphis Brooks Museum of Art – Memphis, TN