Charnel Ground are Chris Brokaw (guitars), Kid Millions (drums) and James McNew (bass). Their debut LP was released April 6, 2018, and is for sale here.
June 16 -- Chris Brokaw Solo and the films of Peter Hutton
Stavanger, Norway, at Imir Scene Kunst. Hear See Visual Concert Series #2, in collaboration with NyMusikk. CB up first with solo songs set, Iver Findlay bringing visuals, 2nd up Golden Oriole duo set (Kristoffer Riis and Thore Warland) also with Iver, 3rd up CB again live score to Peter Hutton epic 'Skagafjordur' + In Titan's Goblet + NY Portrait Chapter 1 in silent state. Hear See is a visual concert series at RIMI/IMIR that presents a cross pollination between live music and visual mediums, where one can see the sound and hear the sights; details here and here.
July 13 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Burlington, VT, at Flynn Gallery, w/Anachronist
July 14 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Montpelier, VT, house show
MARTHA'S VINEYARD FERRIES
July 20-29, 2018
Cities and venues to be announced
July 25 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Pittsburgh, PA, The Rock Room; details here
August 6 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Monhegan Island, Maine, at Barnacle Cafe
August 17 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Somerville, MA, at Thunder Road, w/Count Zero + Trinary System
Sept 7 -- Charnel Ground
Raleigh, NC, at the Hopscotch Festival; Charnal Ground for this show are Chris on guitars, Kid Millions on drums, and Doug McCombs on bass. Listen here
Sept 8 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Jamaica Plain, MA, at Midway Cafe
CHRIS BROKAW AND THALIA ZEDEK, SOLO AND TOGETHER
Cities and venues to be announced
CHRIS BROKAW SOLO
Nov 17 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Brest, France, at the Invisible Festival
Nov 22 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Groeningen, NL, at Club Vera
Nov 23 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Rotterdam, NL, at Old Church of Charlois, w/Howie Reeve + Jasper Stadhouters, presented by Wijnbar Koffie & Ambacht; details here
[last updated June 18, 2018]
Chris is proud to release THE HAND THAT WROTE THIS LETTER, a new cd of instrumental classical guitar versions of David Bowie and Prince songs. This is Capitan Records 014, the first Capitan release in a few years. The album was recorded by Claudia Groom in Seattle, WA in October and November 2016, and mastered by Matt Barnhart. This cd is available through this website and at Chris's shows. It's for sale here for $12 postagepaid (US), $14 (CAN), $16 (World). It is also for sale as download at Bandcamp. Track list: ASHES TO ASHES, THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, I WOULD DIE 4 U, LADY GRINNING SOUL, CONTROVERSY, MODERN LOVE, ANDY WARHOL, UNDER THE CHERRY MOON, WHEN YOU WERE MINE, LETTER TO HERMIONE.
In December 2017, OMENTUM RECORDS of Pittsburgh released Chris' 2008 CD "CANARIS" on vinyl. Black vinyl and limited edition goldenrod, plus new liner notes by Steve Lowenthal (VDSQ) and Wlad Drakkstein (Vlad Tepes). For sale here!
"BARRACUDA," a feature film by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund with a film score by Chris, had its US release on October 6, 2017. The movie was nominated for the SXSW Gamechanger Award and the SXSW Grand Jury Award at the SXSW Film Festival 2017, and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the Oak Cliff Film Festival. See the Hollywood Reporter review and what the filmmakers say about the movie.
The feature film 'Barracuda,' with a film score by Chris, was released in October 2017 in the US (see this poster full size)
In a duo with Jimena Bermejo, Chris performed new work for slide guitars and dance in August 2017 during an evening of NEW WORKS / NEW CONFIGURATIONS. The program was part of the MOBIUS SUMMER SERIES. (Watch their performance here.) In September 2017, Chris presented 5 films of experimental filmmaker Peter Hutton (1944-2016) at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge -- 3 with live scores, 2 in their original silent state -- with audience discussion after. Also in 2017, Chris wrote the soundtrack for the forthcoming feature film "BUCK RUN," scheduled for release in 2018. The movie stars James Le Gros and is directed by Nick Frangione.
THE NEW YEAR's first album in nine years, "SNOW," was released April 28, 2017. The band features Matt and Bubba Kadane on guitars, Mike Donofrio on bass, and Chris on drums. The Pitchfork review calls it "a spare, deliberate record, judiciously paced and artfully arranged. With its wide-open vistas and vast expanses of negative space, the album lays claim to the territory the band staked out 25 years back while managing to turn over a couple new leaves."
The New Year's "Snow" was released in April, 2017
CHARNEL GROUND" lp -- 12XU, April 6, 2018 -- Charnel Ground's debut release was recorded in Brooklyn, NY, and features Kid Millions (Oneida/Boredoms) on drums, Chris on electric guitar, and James McNew (Yo La Tengo) on bass + organ. Listen on bandcamp. “'The High Price' is a total rager, with Kid and McNew laying down a demonic beat and Brokaw coughing up shards of glorious riffage and white-hot feedback,” says Doom and Gloom from the Tomb. “But the album isn’t all thrash-and-burn. 'Playa del Ticia' and 'Skeleton Coast' are both sunshine-infused pop numbers. Best of all is the closing self-titled epic, with the band finding an elevated plane of sonic conversation over the course of nearly 18 wonderfully transporting minutes.” A download code is included with the LP. For sale here!
CHRIS BROKAW "THE HAND THAT WROTE THIS LETTER" cd -- Capitan Records, November 28, 2017 -- When a friend asked Chris to play at her wedding in 2016, Chris asked her for requests -- and she said David Bowie and Prince. Chris turned some of their songs into classical guitar instrumentals, performed a few at the wedding, began playing them obsessively at home, and decided to make an album. This CD, 014 on Chris' Capitan Records label, was recorded by Claudia Groom October/November 2016 in Seattle, Washington, and mastered by Matthew Barnhart in Chicago, Illinois. For sale here!
CHRIS BROKAW "CANARIS" lp -- Omentum Records, December 9, 2017 -- This is an LP reissue/remaster of Chris' 2008 CD. Available in GOLDENROD or BLACK vinyl. New art and liner notes by Steve Lowenthal (VDSQ) and Wlad Drakkstein (Vlad Tepes). For sale here!
Chris, November 2017, by Thalia Zedek