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upcoming shows

Feb 1, 2023 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Cambridge, MA, at Atwoods Tavern, w/Jennifer O'Connor; tickets here


Feb 18-19 -- Codeine
Los Angeles, CA, at the Palace Theater, as part of the two-day Numero Twenty festival, by the Chicago record label Numero Group. Among the other bands on the bill: Ida, Rex, Karate, and Unwound. Details and tickets are available directly from Numero Group.

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A rare Codeine performance is scheduled for Feb 2023 at Numero Group's 20th anniversary party in Los Angeles, CA.


June 1 -- Come
Barcelona, Spain, at Parc Del Forum, as part of the Primavera Sound Barcelona Madrid festival; festival lineup here

June 8 -- Come
Madrid, Spain, at Arganda Del Rey, as part of the Primavera Sound Barcelona Madrid festival; festival lineup here


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


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.

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[updated December 3, 2022]

news

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

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The album was released September 9, 2022 on Numero Group. Details here. In a review, NPR notes the originality of the music when it was created: "There was quite simply nothing else like it."

Treble says “Dessau is the band’s codex, a monument to their own aural navigation of sadness, contemplative, crushing, and finally complete.”

The album is available 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. In 2023 Fire Records will reissue "NEAR LIFE EXPERIENCE" and "GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM."

Come performed throughout Europe and the US in 2022 to celebrate the releases (watch a performance of 'Finish Line'). The band plans additional shows in Europe and the UK in spring/summer 2023.


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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.

Chris is currently scoring Halperin and Cortlund's new movie, "Crookedfinger."


 

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. (Scheduled for reissue in 2023: "NEAR LIFE EXPERIENCE" and "GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM.")

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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.