chris brokaw



Chris' new CD "The Hand That Wrote This Letter" will be released Tuesday November 28, 2017, on Capitan. It features classical guitar interpretations of David Bowie and Prince songs.

Recorded by Claudia Groom October/November 2016 in Seattle, Washington, it was mastered by Matthew Barnhart in Chicago, Illinois.

Also, in November 2017, OMENTUM RECORDS of Pittsburgh will release 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).

Chris will be on tour in the U.S. East Coast and Midwest in December 2017, with dates in Portland, Maine; Montpelier VT; Boston; Bedford Hills, NY; Washington, DC; Cincinnati; Louisville; Chicago; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; and New York City.

Chris will be on tour in Europe in January and February 2017, in Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal.

All show dates are posted here. Updates will be posted here and at Chris' Facebook page.

2016 saw the release by Landland Records (Chicago) of the newest album by Chris + Geoff Farina, "ALL OUT AND DOWN".

A limited edition vinyl release with download, it once again is a collection of primarily older covers for acoustic guitars and vocals.

Geoff and Chris toured the East Coast in April 2016 to spotlight the release.

Also in 2016: the cassette label Tape Drift released the debut by SUNSET TO THE SEA, Chris' duo with Jeff Barsky (Insect Factory) for guitars and electronics.

The tape gathers two live performances from Arlington VA and Brooklyn NY.

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Chris performing at a house concert in Cambridge, MA, in March 2014


Chris, October 4, 2016, Seattle, WA
photo by Claudia Groom

upcoming shows

Nov 10 -- Hidden Tooth (Chris Brokaw + David Michael Curry)
Jamaica Plain, MA, at the Jeanie Johnston Pub and Grill, w/ Donna Parker, Fashion Snake + Rob Noyes, details here

Nov 11 -- Hidden Tooth (Chris Brokaw + David Michael Curry)
Somerville, MA at Third Life Studio in Union Square for the legendary "new music" series Opensound, w/Vic Rawlings and Patchtax

Nov 14 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Somerville, MA, at ONCE, w/ Black Heart Procession + Sam Coomes

Nov 17 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Framingham, MA, at Exhibit A -- classical + electric guitars and vocals, 7-9pm, free show

Chris Brokaw "The Hand That Wrote This Letter" cd on Capitan ~ release date Tuesday November 28 // Classical guitar interpretations of David Bowie and Prince songs // Recorded by Claudia Groom October/November 2016 Seattle, Washington, mastered by Matthew Barnhart in Chicago, Illinois //

Also, OMENTUM RECORDS of Pittsburgh will be releasing Chris' 2008 cd "CANARIS" on vinyl, also in November. Black vinyl and limited edition goldenrod, plus new liner notes by Steve Lowenthal (VDSQ) and Wlad Drakkstein (Vlad Tepes).

December, 2017

Dec 1 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Portland, ME, at the Apohadion Theater, w/Mitchell Rasor + Snaex, details here

Dec 2 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Montpelier, VT, at the Vermont College of Fine Arts gallery space, w/Anachronist

Dec 3 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Allston, MA, living room show, w/Anachronist

Dec 4 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Bedford Hills, NY, living room show

Dec 5 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Washington, DC, at Rhizome, w/Insect Factory

Dec 6 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Cincinnati, OH, at The Listing Loon, w/Lisa Walker + Chuck Cleaver (both of WUSSY), details here

Dec 7 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Louisville, KY, at Kaizu, w/guests TBA

Dec 8 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Chicago, IL, living room show

Dec 9 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Pittsburgh, PA, at Black Forge Coffee House, w/Expires -- LP release party for 'CANARIS' vinyl reissue on Omentum Records, limited edition goldenrod, plus new liner notes by Steve Lowenthal (VDSQ) and Wlad Drakkstein (Vlad Tepes), details here

Dec 10 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Philadelphia, PA, living room show, w/guests TBA

Dec 11 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
New York, NY, at Max Fish/Abasement; live debut of CHARNEL GROUND: CB, Kid Millions, Brad Truax - new lp on 12XU in 2018

January - February 2018

January 10-15, 2018 -- ITALY
January 17-27 -- FRANCE
January 28 - February 9 -- SPAIN/PORTUGAL
Dates and venues to be announced!

Older press photos are available at the 12XU site

[last updated November 15, 2017]

recent releases

CHRIS BROKAW AND GEOFF FARINA "ALL OUT & DOWN" lp -- Landland, April 2016 -- Chris and Geoff (ex-Karate) have been performing together since 2006. Like their first album, "THE ANGEL'S MESSAGE TO ME," this new record is comprised primarily of blues songs for vocals and two guitars. This LP includes both a record and a download card. It is a special tour version produced for Chris and Geoff's April 2016 house concert tour, with artwork by Dan Black exclusive to this pressing. Take a listen at Bandcamp. Numbered edition of 125. For sale here!


CHRIS BROKAW "THE PERISCOPE TWINS" double lp -- 12XU Records, March 2015 -- Two solo pieces, each 40-45 minutes long; one for electronics, one for electric guitar; each one take, no overdubs. Hypnosis and osmosis, background and foreground, love and hate; drone for anyone and everyone. Two vinyl albums, with 4-color picture sleeves and six photographs by Chris. Read about the album here. Cover by Chris in Bamako, Mali. For sale here!


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!

Capitan Records cassette releases

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 in hardcopy and from itunes as an app.

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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 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.

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