Greetings from Seattle! Spring is bursting out in tiny, fiery bursts...and then extinguished in torrential buckets of rain.
BUT, spring brings life and flowers, and here are just some of them:
****My soundtrack LP to "NOW, FORAGER" comes out April 15 on Dais Records, www.daisrecords.com. Gibby and Rebecca did a GORGEOUS job on the cover art, and Josh Bonati's mastering is a wonderment; the LP sounds lush and 3-D. Thanks y'all!
The 22 tracks include 14 I wrote for the film, 3 older tunes of mine that the directors chose, and FIVE outtakes not used in the film. Read more at Dais and listen to excerpts at Exclaim.
We will soon release a video for "The Rule of Ten", created and directed by Roddy Bogawa; and there will be several celebratory events around the release in Seattle and Los Angeles; please check UPCOMING SHOWS for all details.
****Late April/early May will see the release of a one-sided LP collaboration between myself and RYLEY WALKER. Super limited edition on American Tapes!
We are both thrilled, and sad, to be release #982 on this amazing and important label, which, after ONE THOUSAND RELEASES, will call it quits at the end of the year.
Thank you JOHN OLSON for including us in the story; and for the many years of incredible and inspiring works.
****Geoff Farina and I recently banged out nine songs in a Seattle studio with Matt Brown at the helm. We'll mix it in Chicago in June, release it in the fall and tour the world! No foolin!
****Finally (...?), in September, 12XU Records will release a new album of mine: a DOUBLE LP of solo instrumental recordings. No shit. Two 40-45 minute pieces spread across 4 sides. CAN YOU DIG IT.
Hopefully all of this will be accompanied with scads of touring; please keep an eye on the schedules here.
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check the merch section, there's probably something critical you may have missed.
Stay warm and dry, I hope to see you all out there soon!
~ ~xx Chris, 3/29/14, Seattle, WA
Chris performing at a house concert in Cambridge, MA, in March 2014
Chris, October 18, 2013, Halen, Belgium
photo by Sven Gielen
April 16 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Seattle, WA, at Porchlight Coffee, record release and listening party for "NOW, FORAGER" soundtrack with mini-performance by CB on guitar and synth - FREE - 7-9pm
April 18 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Los Angeles, CA, at gallery TBA, record release and listening party for "NOW, FORAGER" soundtrack with mini-performance by CB on guitar and synth - FREE - 7-9pm
April 19 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Los Angeles, CA, private solo acoustic house concert (invite only)
April 24 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Seattle, WA, at Chop Suey, record release party for 'NOW, FORAGER' soundtrack with special guest THINE (Joel RL Phelps + Stuart Dalquist) +more!
Chris' soundtrack to the feature film "Now, Forager" will be released in April on Dais Records
April 25 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Vancouver, BC, at Media Club, to celebrate 'NOW, FORAGER' soundtrack, w/HIGGINS WATERPROOF BLACK MAGIC BAND, from New York City
April 28 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Portland, OR, at Doug Fir Lounge, to celebrate 'NOW, FORAGER' soundtrack, w/HIGGINS WATERPROOF BLACK MAGIC BAND, from New York City
June 13 -- Chris Brokaw w/ WREKMEISTER HARMONIES
Chicago, IL, at a graveyard TBA, w/ WREKMEISTER HARMONIES
June 14 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Louisville, KY, venue TBA, Chris electric show
June 15 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Louisville, KY, solo acoustic house concert (invite only)
June 19 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Detroit, MI, at Gallery 555, Chris electric show
June 21 -- The Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Chicago, IL, venue TBA -- ELECTRIC AUDIO FORUM FESTIVAL w/ a million other bands - details TBA
Older press photos are available at the 12XU site
[last updated April 11, 2014]
CHRIS BROKAW "'NOW, FORAGER' SOUNDTRACK" lp -- Dais Records, April 15 2014 -- Soundtrack to the feature film "NOW, FORAGER," a story of love and mushroom foraging. Features 22 tracks: 14 originals written for the film, 3 older tunes chosen by the directors, and 5 outtakes. For sale here!
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.