chris brokaw



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


"The Periscope Twins" is 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.

Read about the album here.

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 / Chris Brokaw LP will be out in 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

Oct 2-8 2015
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC
"Taken by Storm," a documentary film about the graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, comes to the the Museum of Modern Art for seven screenings. (MoMA info here.) Friday night's show includes an introduction and discussion with director Roddy Bogawa. Chris co-produced the film with Bogawa and wrote the original music score.

New York Times review says: "The on-screen interpreters of Thorgerson's wry mysteries include a voluble Robert Plant, and Peter Gabriel, Damien Hirst and others from the British music and design scenes. Mr. Bogawa, himself an accomplished independent filmmaker, is perhaps the most affectionate of all, filling the screen with covers and letting us dive right in."


MoMA promo for "Taken By Storm" screenings. See full size image here.

Oct 1-8 2015
Chris will be playing guitar in The Lemonheads for an October tour of the UK.

Oct 1 -- The Lemonheads
Birmingham, England, at Library

Oct 2 -- The Lemonheads
Cardiff, Wales, at The Gate

Oct 4 -- The Lemonheads
Belfast, Ireland, at Limelight 2. Read a preview article here.

Oct 5 -- The Lemonheads
Dublin, Ireland, at Academy

Oct 6 -- The Lemonheads
Glasgow, Scotland, at O2 ABC

Oct 7 -- The Lemonheads
Manchester, England, at The Ritz

Oct 8 -- The Lemonheads
London, England, at Indigo 2, w/special guests SEBADOH

Oct 16 2015
Barbican Centre, London
"Taken by Storm," a documentary film about the graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, comes to the Barbican Centre in London for its U.K. theatrical premiere as part of the "Sounds of London" series. Event information is here. Director Roddy Bogawa will be attending to introduce the film and discuss it afterwards. Chris co-produced the film with Bogawa and wrote the original music score.

Oct 23 - Nov 22 2015
Chris writes: "I'll be touring Europe, solo electric, to present my latest double album THE PERISCOPE TWINS and lots more music besides. Anyone interested in setting up a show should please contact Jose Luis at; for Italy contact Gian Luca at Pentagon Booking. Grazie! Here's what's in place at the moment:"

Oct 25 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Prague, Czech Republic, at Cafe Potrva

Oct ? -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Ljubljana, Slovenia, house concert, date tba

Nov 10 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Rotterdam, Netherlands, at Koffie + Ambacht

Nov 11 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Brussels, Belgium, at AB Club

Nov 12 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Paris, France, at Espace B

Nov 13 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Dijon, France, at Interface

Nov 15-22 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Italy; dates and venues tba

Nov 28 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Oak Harbor, WA, at the public library

Dec 2015
Tour and dates TBC

Older press photos are available at the 12XU site

[last updated October 1, 2015]

recent releases

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. 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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