Greetings from Seattle! Chilly and blue skies over Lake Washington.
As 2013 winds toward its conclusion, I have so much to be thankful for...this year was incredible.
My biggest and best thanks goes to my wife, Kathy, for marrying me, this past August. Unquestionably the greatest day of my life. "Love isn't a big enough word..." I've never known anything like this before. ~ Thanks to all the great musicians who played for us, and to all our friends and family who helped make us feel like giants. Biggest thanks to Joshua: coolest stepson ever.
I want to thank DINOSAUR JR., MONO, and JENNIFER O'CONNOR for touring with me this year. Big thanks to THE LEMONHEADS and WREKMEISTER HARMONIES for inviting me in; the recordings and shows we did in 2013 were amazing and I look forward to more in the new year. I am happy and proud to call myself an official member of these great outfits.
Thanks also to Thalia, Arthur, and Sean, aka COME: the reunion shows this year were spectacular; I was incredibly grateful to relive these songs and speak that language again.
Thank you to the following labels: GLITTERHOUSE, MATADOR, KIAM, AFRICAN TAPE, FEAR OF SPEED, and MOUCA, all of whom released recordings of mine and bands I'm in. I'm thankful for your hard work and belief in my musics.
Hmmmm...I sort of feel like I'm accepting an award. Sorry about that! But, truly, it was an incredibly fun and fruitful year, and thanks are due all around. ~ Oh yeah: thanks to everyone who came to a show, put on a show, or bought one of my recordings. YOU RULE.
Let's move on to the future. 2014 looks to be amazing and exciting!
--- First up is the release of my soundtrack LP to "Now, Forager" ~ March 18, on Dais Records. The LP will include the 14 songs I wrote for the film; an additional five "outtakes"; plus three older songs of mine also used in the movie. Dais does stunning work (check'em out: www.daisrecords.com) and I'm thrilled to see and hear the final results (still in the lab right now).
--- Hopefully there will be new records this spring by THE LEMONHEADS, as well as by my duo with GEOFF FARINA. More news on these soon. This past July I participated in a large ensemble recording with Wrekmeister Harmonies, for Thrill Jockey,and that's slated to emerge in 2014 too.
---- I will certainly tour solo this coming year. No promises yet on any of this, but I'm hoping for shows/tours this year by THE MARTHA'S VINEYARD FERRIES, DIRTMUSIC, THE CATAMITES, THE LEMONHEADS, the CHRIS BROKAW/GEOFF FARINA duo, and WREKMEISTER HARMONIES. Please keep an eye on the tour schedule... I might be coming to your town!
--- 2014 will see more, and more elevated, activity from CAPITAN RECORDS, the label I started in 2008 to handle (essentially) my overload of new musics. I'll be releasing Capitan's first ever "non-Brokaw" release to date: a cassette reissue of the legendary "Bigheads Burst" compilation.
"Bigheads Burst" was released in 1988, in a tiny handful of tapes mostly given to friends, by STEPHEN IMMERWAHR (Codeine). It's a compilation of several different "bands" - all of which are Stephen. The one exception is SQUID, which features John Engle (Codeine) and Pete Pollack (Bitch Magnet, Pay The Man): essentially a precursor to Codeine; 4 songs including the Codeine songs "3 Angels" and "Castle".
A couple of the songs on "Bigheads Burst" appeared on the recent Codeine boxset on Numero Group; but this reissue will be the first chance for everyone to hear ALL the styles and sounds Stephen was juggling and mulling in 1988. It's an incredibly diverse and accomplished set of music; Stephen had, seemingly, a number of different roads he could have pursued, musically; that he chose Codeine, and only Codeine, remains (to me at least) a somewhat haunting legacy, given the breadth of ideas and possibilities displayed here.
I've been a huge fan of this tape for 25 years now, and am deeply honored to bring it into the light. The cassettes will be pro-printed, and come in a limited edition as yet to be determined. Release date sometime in 2014.
Finally: I'll be releasing one more Chris Brokaw cassette before the end of the year. The theme is solo performance ~ one statement; no overdubs. It will be a 90 minute tape, with 2 very different approaches on each side. This will be an extremely limited edition, and each copy will feature handmade art combining paint and collage. Release date will be sometime in the next two weeks - stay tuned here to the NEW RELEASES section.
And while you're here: please consider doing your holiday shopping in our merch section! We have several new items + re-stocks (the first MV Ferries record "In The Pond"; Dirtmusic "BKO" double cd; etc), and basically everything you need to fill out your shopping list for friends and family alike. Records, cd's and cassettes are cheap, and endlessly entertaining ~ the perfect art form, the perfect gift.
Thanks for stopping by and for reading all of this. I blather on only because I'm so excited and so grateful for everything happening.
Happy holidays ~ be safe, see y'all soon!
xx Chris, 12/2/13, Seattle WA
Chris, October 18, 2013, Halen, Belgium
photo by Sven Gielen
Dec 7 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Vancouver, BC, at Cabaret Biltmore, w/LEE RANALDO AND THE DUST
Dec 11 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Seattle, WA, at Vera Project, w/MY JERUSALEM
Dec 22 -- Evan Dando and Chris Brokaw
Seattle, WA, at the Sunset Tavern; watch Chris and Evan perform Nothin' by Townes Van Zandt in Oslo in 2009
Older press photos are available at the 12XU site
[last updated December 5, 2013]
THE MARTHA'S VINEYARD FERRIES"MASS GRAVE" lp and cd -- Kiam and African Tape Records, October 15 2013 -- Trio of CB, Bob Weston (Shellac/Mission of Burma) and Elisha Weisner (Kahoots) create punk rock magic on this dynamite new release. For sale here!
CHRIS BROKAW "JUNKERS JUNCTION" cassette -- Capitan Records, September 3 2013 -- The first in a projected series - low fi, low end rhythmic rumblings. . . the meeting point of the DANCE and the DITCH. For sale here!
HIDDEN TOOTH "BICOASTAL ARSONISTAS" CD -- Fear of Speed, July 2013 -- 3 tracks, 37 minutes, live improv music for guitar, viola and electronics by Chris Brokaw and David Michael Curry, recorded December 2012. All our sessions differ; this one is more rhythm-based than usual.
For sale here!
COME "11:11" DELUXE REISSUE -- Matador and Glitterhouse Records, May 19 2013 -- Remastered version of Come's debut lp. Comes with a bonus live album recorded October 11, 1992 at the Vermonstress Festival. Available as a double cd or double lp with bonus 7" of "Fast Piss Blues/I Got The Blues". For sale here!
Three new cassette releases from Capitan Records -- April 26, 2013 -- Hidden Tooth: "BREAK THE HOUSE", Chris Brokaw: "CHAMBERS OF LIGHT", and Chris Brokaw: "MACANUDO AVENUES", all from Chris' label Capitan Records.
Details and purchasing information here.
CHRIS BROKAW "WITH MY LITTLE EYE" CD -- Fear of Speed, March 2013 -- Field recordings from travels in England, December 2010. 8 tracks, 20 minutes. Released by Seattle label Fear of Speed.
For sale here!
CHRIS BROKAW "THE COYOTE OF DEADHORSE CANYON" cassette -- Capitan Records (C-30), January 6 2013 -- Cassette-only release, in an edition of 49 copies. Frozen, transfixed soliloquies for electric guitar, synthesizer, melodica and electronics. Recorded December 2012 in Rainier Beach, Seattle Wa. For sale here!
CHRIS BROKAW T-shirts (black and camel) -- October 2012 -- Chris' first ever solo T-shirts! Available in men's and women's sizes, on 100% cotton American Apparel shirts. For sale here!
CHRIS BROKAW "GAMBLER'S ECSTASY" CD and LP -- 12XU (US), Damnably (Europe/UK) and After Hours, Oct 2 2012 -- Chris' long-awaited rock album. Read Chris' notes on the making of the record at the 12xu website. This is his first full-length album of vocal music since 2005's "Incredible Love" -- with electric guitar as the center rather than acoustic guitar. For sale here!
HIDDEN TOOTH 3-inch CD -- Robert & Leopold, July 18 2012 -- Brand new release by the duo of Chris Brokaw and David Michael Curry. 20 minutes of drones and dreams on a 3-inch cd. Edition of 52. Available for sale at Robert & Leopold.
CHRIS BROKAW "TIDAL MUD" cassette -- Robert & Leopold, May 2012 -- Cassette reissue in an edition of 100 copies. Meditative fogtones for keyboard, guitar, vibraphone and rain. Available for sale here.
HOLLY ANDERSON AND CHRIS BROKAW "THE NIGHT SHE SLEPT WITH A BEAR" book/CD -- Publication Studio, May 2012 -- Collaboration of Holly's mesostics, poetry and flash fiction with a new score (35 tracks) by Chris. Book and cd, layout and design by Susan Archie. Available from http://www.publicationstudio.biz in hardcopy and from itunes as an app.
CHRIS BROKAW "STORIES" LP/CD -- Limited Appeal Records, January 2012 -- Chris' new rock blockbuster is a 12", one-sided LP from Limited Appeal, in a numbered edition of 117 copies. Has an amazing silver/grey painting on the b-side inspired by and made for this record by LA artist Dean Styers. A CD version (with bonus instrumental versions) is available for sale here.
CHRIS BROKAW "ROAD" ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK LP -- Jellyfant Records, July 2011 -- Chris' score to Leslie McCleave's 2005 thriller. 19 songs, all instrumental, beautiful packaging. Check out samples and an interview with Chris about this record and film scoring in general at www.jellyfant.com. vinyl edition of 300 copies. OUT OF STOCK.
KEVIN MIKKA + CHRIS BROKAW "SOSPIRA" ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK CD -- Capitan, July 2011 -- CB and Kevin Mikka (Animal Hospital) join forces for this instrumental soundtrack to Lana Z. Caplan's 2011 documentary of the same title about nine women who unexpectedly find love along the Amalfi coast of Italy. They reinvent their lives there, but the fantasy veneer of Mediterranean village life wears thin and beauty recedes to inaccessibility. Edition of 100 copies. SOLD OUT.
CHRIS BROKAW AND GEOFF FARINA -- "THE BOARDER'S DOOR" -- Damnably, Oct 2010 -- New recordings created specifically for Chris & Geoff's fall European/UK tours. 2 songs together, 4 solo tunes from Chris, 5 from Geoff. Recorded June-August 2010 in Chicago and Europe; details here. Limited edition of 500 copies. SOLD OUT.
HIDDEN TOOTH-- "LOST RECORDS" -- Capitan Records, November, 2010 -- Chris and David Michael Curry meet for 53 minutes of ambient drones, turning to curious forest chattering, and finally to collapsing sheets of metal. Handmade brownbag jackets, handstamped white non-silver cd's. Edition of 100. SOLD OUT.
MARTHA'S VINEYARD FERRIES -- "IN THE POND" 12" EP -- Sickroom Records, September 21, 2010 -- New project of Elisha Weisner (Kahoots) on guitar + vocals, Bob Weston (Shellac + Mission of Burma) on bass + vocals, Chris on drums + vocals. 4 song, 1-sided 12" ep, with etching on side 2 by our pal Rosie. Punk rock! Edition of 500. Listen at band website; photo. OUT OF STOCK
CHRIS BROKAW AND GEOFF FARINA-- "THE ANGEL'S MESSAGE TO ME" -- Jellyfont, Fall, 2010 -- Vinyl of Chris & Geoff's debut. Gorgeous French pressing, color cardstock insert. Edition of 500 copies. OUT OF STOCK.
CHRIS BROKAW AND GEOFF FARINA-- "THE ANGEL'S MESSAGE TO ME" -- Capitan Records, May 18, 2010 -- Pre-WWII country blues songs including "Stagger Lee," "In the Evening," and "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor." Read reviews. Available on Damnably Records in the UK and Europe, and in the US on Chris's CAPITAN label, for sale here.
DIRTMUSIC -- "BKO" -- Glitterhouse Records, April 6, 2010 -- Collaboration between Dirtmusic (Chris, Hugo Race, Chris Eckman) and the Malian band Tamikrest. Recorded Jan 2009, in Bamako, Mali ('BKO' is the abbreviation for Bamako airport). Gorgeous package with 1 music cd, 1 video cd with a documentary of the making of BKO, plus 24-page photo booklet. For sale at Glitterhouse. Video of Chris B + Chris E unplugged.
CHRIS BROKAW -- "VDSQ SOLO ACOUSTIC VOLUME THREE" -- Vin du Select Qualitite Records, November 10, 2009 -- Instrumental music for 12-string acoustic guitar, 12 new songs. luscious vinyl pressing in letter-press jackets. New NYC-based label VDSQ is doing all acoustic guitar music, vinyl only, fancy packaging. Reviews and samples. Available from VDSQ Records, as a digital download from iTunes, and for sale here.