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upcoming shows

Martha's Vineyard Ferries Tour
East Coast U.S. / July 2022

The Martha's Vineyard Ferries are Bob Weston (Shellac) on bass; Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine) on drums; Elisha Wiesner (Kahoots) on guitar

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July 5 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA, at The Loft, w/Black Eyed Susans

July 6 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Northampton, MA, w/Taxidermists and Slant of Light

July 7 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Cambridge, MA, at The Sinclair, w/KARATE

July 8 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Kingston, NY, at Tubby's, w/Guilt Mountain and Midnight Dental

July 9 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Portland, ME, at Sun Tiki Studios, w/Gull Boy & The Stonedust Infield; details here

July 10 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Brooklyn, NY, at Union Pool, w/Flower; details here


July 15 -- Chris Brokaw and Chris Guttmacher Duo
Cambridge, MA, at Blue Bag Records, 7:30pm, w/The Shrikes

July 21 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Easthampton, MA, at Daily Operation, w/Weak Signal

Aug 8 -- Lupo Citta
Somerville, MA, at The Jungle, w/Rip Room, Adult Learners, Random Ideas. Lupa Citta is Jennifer Gori, Sarah Black, and Chris Brokaw.

Aug 18 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Portland, ME, at Sun Tiki Studios, w/ REX; details here

Sept 3 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Jamaica Plain, MA, at The Midway, w/Richard Mirsky, Kenne Highland's Airforce, and Tysk Tysk Task


Sept 25 -- Come
Cambridge, MA, at The Middle East Up; tickets here


Come Europe 2022 Tour
September-October 2022

Come is thrilled to be playing in Europe in the fall of 2022 with the band's original line-up (Chris, Thalia Zedek, Arthur Johnson, and Sean O’Brien).

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Come April 18, 2022: Thalia, Sean, Arthur, Chris. photo by Brad Searles

Sept 29 -- Come
Brussels, Belgium, at Botanique

Sept 30 -- Come
Antwerp, Belgium, at Hetbos

Oct 1 -- Come
Dilksmuide, Belgium, at 4AD

Oct 2 -- Come
Rennes, France, at Des Pies Chicaillent

Oct 3 -- Come
Paris, France, at Petit Bain, w/Ventura

Oct 4 -- Come
Lyon, France, at Sonic

Oct 5 -- Come
Genova, Italy, at La Claque

Oct 6 -- Come
Bologna, Italy, at Freakout

Oct 7 -- Come
Mezzago, Italy, at Bloom

Oct 9 -- Come
Vienna, Austria, at Chelsea

Oct 10 -- Come
Prague, CZ, at Klub 007

Oct 12 -- Come
Copenhagen, Denmark, at Loppen

Oct 13 -- Come
Humble, Denmark, at Musik Efter

Oct 15 -- Come
Berlin, Germany, at Kantine

Oct 17 -- Come
London, England, at Cafe OTO


Oct 27 -- Come
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, at Corona Theatre, w/KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS

Oct 29 -- Come
Providence, RI, at Columbus Theatre, w/KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS

Oct 30 -- Come
Boston, MA, at Royale, w/KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS

Oct 31 -- Come
Portland, ME, at State Theatre, w/KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS


Follow Chris on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-date news. This website is often a few weeks behind.

Contributions for online shows can be made via PayPal (chrisbrokaw@yahoo.com) and Venmo (@Christopher-Brokaw-2).

Read a recent interview Chris did with Dmitry Samarov.


Chris is teaching guitar and drums by video and in person. Email him at redcities2002@yahoo.com for details.

[last updated June 28, 2022]


news

Chris is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of new music from Codeine. "Dessau" is an unreleased studio album from 1992. This recording features the band's original line up: Stephen Immerwahr, John Engle, and Chris Brokaw.

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The album comes out September 9, 2022 on Numero Group. Details and presale here, in blue vinyl, green vinyl, or black vinyl. Codeine info here.


In a project running from 2021 to 2023, Fire Records of London is reissuing the entire catalog of Come, the Boston-based band who recorded and toured the globe in the 1990s. The most recent release: Peel Sessions from 1992 and 1993, recorded live at the BBC.

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This review says the material "showcases of the magnificent guitar interplay between Chris Brokaw (Codeine) and Thalia Zedek (Live Skull)."

The first reissue of the project, DON'T ASK DON'T TELL (from 1994), came out October 22, 2021. Come played two shows to celebrate (watch a performance of 'Finish Line'). They will be performing throughout 2022.


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Reuss Musical Instruments of Copenhagen has collaborated with Chris on a guitar pedal, the Reuss Recidivist Chris Brokaw signature pedal. After selling out the first edition, a second edition of 25 pieces was produced in May 2022.


Chris' project with Jeff Barsky, Sunset To The Sea, has a new release, "LOT COP." Out on Tape Drift, this is a studio recording made in Maryland featuring guitars and electronics.

Cassette edition of 50 copies, with download. Release date March 4, 2022. Find it at Chris' Bandcamp page.

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Their first tape from 2016, long out of print, is available as a digital download. Tape Drift notes that Chris and Jeff "weave a heavy and dense magic, with repetition and depth...[and] a crackly warmth and humanity."


Dan Burton and Chris Carothers, who since 1994 have been making music under the name Ativin, asked Chris to play drums on their new record.

They worked together in New Orleans and then recorded in Chicago in December 2021, with Steve Albini producing.


Dark Money is the name of Chris' newest band. It features Mark Morgan on guitar, Greg Kelley on trumpet, and Chris on drums and bass.

The band recorded and mixed its first batch of music at Oddfellows in Weymouth, MA, in October 2021.


Chris has been collaborating with Findlay//Sandsmark, a Norway-based group working in dance, video art, and live music, on a multimedia piece called "Florida (lowlands)."

The piece debuted in 2019 at Rimi/Imir SceneKunst in Stavanger, Norway, and at the Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival. Details here.

Chris returned to Norway in June 2022 to perform at a decommissioned power station in Florli. Recordings of these live events will be released fall 2022 (cassette/download) on 12XU Records and Tapes. Recording by Jim Dawson, video by Victoria Heggelund. Chris thanks RIMI/IMIR SceneKunst + 12XU.


Chris's most recent feature film work was composing the score for "Buck Run," which premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2019. It's directed by Nick Frangione and stars James Le Gros. Watch the trailer.

Variety says: "The drifting electric guitar of Chris Brokaw’s score further amplifies a timelessly melancholy air."

Chris' movie work also includes "Barracuda," a 2017 feature film by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund. It was nominated for the SXSW Gamechanger Award and the SXSW Grand Jury Award.


 

recent releases

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COME "PEEL SESSIONS" lp -- Fire Records, February 25, 2022 -- Live sessions recorded for the BBC's John Peel in 1992 and 1993, plus a previously unreleased live track ‘Clockface’ from 1991. Second release of Come's catalog, in a project running through 2023. Details from Fire Records.

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COME "DON'T ASK DON'T TELL" double lp/double cd -- Fire Records, October 22, 2021 -- This is the first release of the reissue of Come's entire catalog from the 1990s. The package includes the 1994 album, extra singles, b-sides, and a few previously unreleased gems from that era. The reissue landed on "Best of 2021" lists, with MOJO giving the reissue four stars. Read more at Pitchfork and Fire Records.

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CHRIS BROKAW "PURITAN" lp, cassette, and digital download -- 12XU, January 15, 2021 -- Many years in the making, "Puritan" is Chris' first all-out rock album since "Gambler's Ecstasy." It features bassist Dave Carlson and drummer Pete Koeplin. LP and cassette for sale at Chris' Bandcamp page; digital at 12XU. Read about Puritan.

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THE MARTHA'S VINEYARD FERRIES "SUNS OUT GUNS OUT" lp and digital download -- EJRC, February 26, 2021 -- Third release by guitarist/vocalist Elisha Wiesner (Kahoots), bassist/vocalist Bob Weston (Shellac, Mission Of Burma) and drummer/vocalist Chris Brokaw. The Ferries' Bandcamp page includes videos and links.

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CHRIS BROKAW AND GEOFF FARINA "ALL OUT & DOWN" lp -- Landland Colportage, 2021 -- A 2016 collaboration of guitars and vocals by Chris and Geoff Farina (Karate). This reissue is a deluxe silkscreened edition, the 3rd version of the album, created by Dan Black and Landland Colportage. The album includes covers of the Carter Family, Gun Club and more. Numbered edition of 145 copies; for sale at Landland.

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CHRIS BROKAW "END OF THE NIGHT" lp and cd -- VDSQ and tak:til/Glitterbeat, May 24, 2019 -- Chris and Steve Lowenthal came up with the idea: create the perfect last record of the night. Chris explains the evolution. MOJO gave the record 4 stars ("pensive mood-mastery") and Uncut hailed its "flinty, deep-breathing guitar." For sale at VDSQ (U.S., LP) and tak:til/Glitterbeat (Europe, CD, and digital). Read about End of the Night.

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LEMONHEADS "VARSHONS 2" cd and lp -- Fire Records, February, 2019 -- As with "Varshons 1," this album is a set of covers of 13 artists, from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to Lucinda Williams. Chris played guitar on the album, including "Can't Forget" by Yo La Tengo. Track list here.

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"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 and organ. Listen on Bandcamp. Described as going from “white-hot feedback” to “sunshine-infused pop numbers.” For sale here with download code. Read about Charnel Ground.

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CHRIS BROKAW "THE HAND THAT WROTE THIS LETTER" cd -- Capitan Records, November 28, 2017 -- A friend asked Chris to play her wedding, requesting David Bowie and Prince covers. Chris turned some of their songs into classical guitar instrumentals and decided to make an album. Tracks include THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, I WOULD DIE 4 U, and CONTROVERSY. Read about The Hand That Wrote This Letter.

Chris' Bandcamp page sells many of these recordings along with "Puritan" t-shirts made by Chris Kelley in Providence, Rhode Island, and other lp's, cd's, and test pressings.