chris brokaw




Cover image by Chris in Bamako, Mali. Read about the album here.


---My new double album, "The Periscope Twins", will be released March 17 2015 on 12XU.

It's two 40--45 minute pieces spread over four sides; no gatefold, but picture sleeves, so, a total of six four-color full bleed 12x12 photos of mine. VERY excited about this release...

This may be something of a polarizing record, but I'm very proud of it, and THRILLED with the mastering job Bob Weston did on it -- really stunning.

In addition to my Spain tour in January, I'm also doing a solo run through the U.S. Midwest and East Coast in March/April, and a return to Europe in the fall.

The latter will hopefully feature some collaborations. Stay tuned!

--The new Geoff Farina/ChrisBrokaw LP will be out in the spring of 2015. Looks to be minimal touring on this one, but as much as I can muster from Geoff!

--There will be a Brokaw cd of ambient music on the new Crack'd Rabbit label, in England -- a very small edition. We'll keep you posted as things develop.

--The "Strangled Pairs" LP is all gone, but I have a few more copies of the "Wages of Fear" cassette (60 minute cassette, Capitan. Edition of 12 copies, each with handmade collages); drop me a line if you're interested.

Thanks for checking in, and do stay posted, new stuff comes up all the time!

--- CB

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


Chris, April 18, 2014, Los Angeles, CA
photo by Nick Goodman

upcoming shows

March 23 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Seattle, WA, at The Triple Door, w/KRISTIN HERSH; Chris writes: **SEATTLE: 2 nights before the MARTHA'S VINEYARD FERRIES begin our first ever WEST COAST TOUR by laying waste to Seattle's VICTORY LOUNGE, I will play an acoustic set opening for fellow former New Englander KRISTIN HERSH at The Triple Door. Consider this the calm before the APOCALYPSE. Haven't played acoustic in Seattle in a while and psyched to do so. March 23 @ Triple Door, tix on sale now. ***

West Coast USA Tour March 2015

The Martha's Vineyard Ferries are Bob Weston, Chris Brokaw, and Elisha Wiesner. Additional tour info at the MVF Facebook page.


MVF tour poster. See full size here.

March 25 -- The Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Seattle, WA, at Victory Lounge, w/HUNGRY GHOST

March 26 -- The Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Portland, OR, at Bunk Bar, w/HUNGRY GHOST

March 27 -- The Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Medford, OR, at Johnny D's, w/HUNGRY GHOST

March 28 -- The Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Davis, CA, at Third Space Art Collective, w/HUNGRY GHOST

March 29 -- The Martha's Vineyard Ferries
San Francisco, CA, at Hemlock Tavern, w/HUNGRY GHOST

March 30 -- The Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Los Angeles, CA, at Echo Lounge, w/HUNGRY GHOST

March 31 -- The Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Joshua Tree, CA, at Lander's Brew Co, w/HUNGRY GHOST

April 1 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Los Angeles, CA, house show

April 2 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
San Francisco, CA, house show

U.S. Midwest & East Coast / Canada Tour
April 2015
Shows April 11-21 are supporting BROKEBACK

April 9 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Cincinnati, OH, at MOTR, w/ guest LISA WALKER

April 10 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Oberlin, OH, at Oberlin College

April 11 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Louisville, KY, New Vintage, w/BROKEBACK

April 12 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Lexington, KY, at The Green Lantern, w/BROKEBACK

April 13 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Knoxville, TN, at The Pilot Light, w/BROKEBACK

April 14 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Carrboro, NC, at Cat's Cradle, w/BROKEBACK

April 15 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Washington, DC, at Comet Ping Pong, w/BROKEBACK

April 16 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Philadelphia, PA, at Ortlieb's, w/BROKEBACK and w/guest CHRIS FORSYTH

April 17 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Ridgewood, NY, at Trans Pecos, w/BROKEBACK

April 18 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Providence, RI, at Columbus Theater, w/BROKEBACK

April 19 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Portsmouth, NH, at 3S Artspace, w/BROKEBACK

April 20 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Montreal, Quebec, at La Vitrola, w/BROKEBACK

April 21 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Toronto, ON, at The Drake Hotel, w/BROKEBACK

April 23 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Chicago, Il, at The Owl, w/ Wrekmeister Harmonies Duo

West Coast USA Tour June 2-6 2015
details TBA

September/October 2015
details TBA

Older press photos are available at the 12XU site

[last updated March 23, 2015]

recent releases

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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