Thalia Zedek and Chris Brokaw, October 24, 2017
CHRIS BROKAW AND THALIA ZEDEK
U.S. LIVING ROOM TOUR:
Chris and Thalia played together in the Matador band Come in the 1990s. In the years since they have remained friends and occasional collaborators. On this tour, Chris and Thalia will be playing both solo sets and together. Most of the shows will be in private homes (or loft spaces, community spaces, art galleries, etc.), with ticketing by Undertow Music.
Oct 12 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Brooklyn, NY, living room show, venue & ticket info
Oct 13 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Baltimore, MD, living room show, venue & ticket info
Oct 14 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Norfolk, VA, at Charlie’s American Cafe
Oct 15 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Durham, NC, living room show, venue & ticket info
Oct 16 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Asheville, NC, living room show at Revolve, venue & ticket info
Oct 17 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Greenville, SC, living room show, venue & ticket info
Oct 18 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Athens, GA, at Flicker Bar
Oct 19 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Atlanta, GA, living room show at Kavarna, venue & ticket info
Oct 20 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Gainesville, FL, living room show, venue & ticket info
Oct 22 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
New Orleans, LA, living room show at Ace Hotel (Back Room), venue & ticket info
Oct 23 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Houston, TX, living room show, venue & ticket info
Oct 24 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Austin, TX, living room show, venue & ticket info
Oct 26 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Denton, TX, living room show, venue & ticket info
Oct 27 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Fort Worth, TX, living room show, venue & ticket info
Oct 30 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Nashville, TN, at Fond Objects
Oct 31 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Louisville, KY, living room show at Surface Noise Records, venue & ticket info
Nov 2 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Cleveland, OH, living room show, venue & ticket info
Nov 3 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Pittsburgh, PA, living room show, venue & ticket info
Nov 4 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Clearfield, PA, living room show, venue & ticket info
Nov 5 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Kingston, NY, living room show, venue & ticket info
CHRIS BROKAW SOLO
Additional dates and venues to be announced.
Nov 14 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Berlin, Germany, at Ballhaus Ost, w/Locust Fudge + Mondo Fumatore, details here
Nov 16 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Dublin, Ireland, at The Fumbally Stables
Nov 18 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Brest, France, at the Invisible Festival
Nov 19 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Paris, France, at Le Pointe Ephemere
Nov 22 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Groeningen, NL, at Club Vera
Nov 29 -- Come (original line up: Chris, Thalia, Arthur, Sean)
Athens, GA, at the 40 Watt Club, for Henry Owings 50th birthday extravaganza, w/Arcwelder, Elf Power, Velvet Monkey, and more, details here).
Dec 1 -- Come (original line up: Chris, Thalia, Arthur, Sean)
Atlanta, GA, for Henry Owings 50th birthday extravaganza, w/86, Dead Now & Purkinje Shift, and more, details here).
[last updated October 16, 2018]
The debut LP of Charnel Ground was released April 6, 2018. Charnel Ground are Chris Brokaw (guitars), Kid Millions (drums) and James McNew (bass). Spin says: "Charnel Ground’s real treasure is its 18-minute album-closing title track, the kind of elegantly sprawling feedback jam that often crops up near the end of a Yo La Tengo album. Brokaw plays with real tenderness as McNew and Millions patiently keep time behind him—a reminder that improvised noise rock, when played well, is fully capable of touching your heart as well as melting your face." For sale here!
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