chris brokaw



Greetings from Seattle in July - sunny, warm, gorgeous.

Lots of stuff afoot -- check it out: gig with my buddy Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten) July 18 at Cairo, in Seattle. Alex and I first played together last fall, as 2/3 of WREKMEISTER HARMONIES (with grand poobah JR Robinson) on a short Euro tour and the shows were great.

Special guests will be HEALTH PROBLEMS, and gig is at 8:30pm. Thanks to Cairo for all their enthusiasm on this one.

...a couple of solo house concerts, out East, in late July, and one club gig at CUISINE EN LOCALE in Somerville, MA, Monday July 28, with very special guests THE WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY. Yeah!. jammer opening for MISSION OF BURMA August 30 at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR...

...tons and TONS of touring playing guitar in THE LEMONHEADS this summer and fall, starting August 23 in Massachusetts.

Please check the schedule and see if you can drop by. Includes 18 shows with THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS on The West Coast!

****After the holidays, I'll be playing solo electric shows January 15-31 2015 in Spain and Portugal, and February 1-10 in France.. Very excited about all these; great new booking agencies, sunny vistas ahead.

****In the midst all this will be TWO new vinyl-only releases from me: a one-sided LP with Chicago wunderkind RYLEY WALKER out on NOW on AMERICAN TAPES; this is a numbered edition of 100 copies, I'd recommend scoring toot sweet.

The other release is a soon-to-be-titled DOUBLE ALBUM on 12XU. This documents two 40-45 solo performances, straight to tape, and spread across 4 sides. The first piece is all electronics; the 2nd all electronic guitar ramble atop a bed of guitar drone. I promise hypnosis.

Tentative working title: THE PERISCOPE TWINS, named after a recent short song of mine that (of course) does not actually appear on this release. Thanks to Gerard and all at 12XU for continuously supporting my efforts to reach further places.

****I'm sure there's more news to come, so please stay tuned. Thanks for stopping in and I hope to see you somewhere...

x CB, Seattle, 7/7/14

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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

Aug 30 -- Chris Brokaw Solo (Electric)
Portland, OR, at Doug Fir Lounge, opening for MISSION OF BURMA

Sept 1 -- Chris Brokaw Solo (Electric)
Seattle, WA, at Bumbershoot; 4:15 on Pavilion Stage

Sept 19 -- The Lemonheads
Berwyn, IL, at The Wire

Sept 20 -- The Lemonheads
Chicago, IL, at Oaktoberfest

Sept 23 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Chicago, IL, at The Burlington, w/DOUGLAS MCCOMBS on bass and TONY LAZARRA on drums

Sept 26 -- Chris Brokaw Solo (Electric)
Kalamazoo, MI, at Louie's

Oct 2 -- Trummors
Seattle, WA, at LO-FI; Chris will be playing slide guitar and tenor banjo with the great New York band TRUMMORS, opening for fellow New Yorkers BISHOP ALLEN. Chris says: "TRUMMORS are a lovely, complex and fascinating band, and I'm honored that they've invited me to participate in their music making."

Oct 21 - Nov 17 2014
Chris will be playing guitar in The Lemonheads for a fall tour primarily on the west coast and in Texas, in support of THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS.

Oct 21 -- The Lemonheads
Vancouver, BC, at the Hard Rock Casino, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Oct 22 -- The Lemonheads
Seattle, WA, at Showbox at the Market, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Oct 23 -- The Lemonheads
Portland, OR, at the Aladdin Theatre, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Oct 26 -- The Lemonheads
Las Vegas, NV, at the House of Blues, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Oct 28 -- The Lemonheads
Salt Lake City, UT, at the House of Blues, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Oct 29 -- The Lemonheads
Denver, CO, at the Gothic Theatre, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Oct 31 -- The Lemonheads
Dallas, TX, at the House of Blues, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Nov 1 -- The Lemonheads
Austin, TX, at Emo's, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Nov 2 -- The Lemonheads
Houston, TX, at the House of Blues, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Nov 5 -- The Lemonheads
San Antonio, TX, at the Empire Theatre, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Nov 6 -- The Lemonheads
El Paso, TX, at The Plaza Theatre, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Nov 8 -- The Lemonheads
Phoenix, AZ, at Talking Stick Resort, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Nov 10 -- The Lemonheads
San Francisco, CA, at The Fillmore, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Nov 11 -- The Lemonheads
Napa, CA, at City Winery, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Nov 13 -- The Lemonheads
Anaheim, CA, at the House of Blues, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Nov 14 -- The Lemonheads
Agoura Hills, CA, at The Canyon, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Nov 15 -- The Lemonheads
Los Angeles, CA, at the Fonda Theatre, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Nov 17 -- The Lemonheads
San Diego, CA, at Belly Up, w/THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Jan 15 - Jan 31 2015
Chris will be touring solo in Spain and Portugal in January. Cities and venues to be announced; check back for details!

Feb 1 - Feb 10 2015
Chris will be touring solo in France in February. Cities and venues TBA; check back for details!

Older press photos are available at the 12XU site

[last updated August 27, 2014]

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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