E – self-titled

Although being part-promoted as a ‘return-to-noise’ vehicle for Thalia Zedek, after her more rustically-inclined solo wares of the last 15 or so years, the search engine-unfriendly E actually operate much more as a three-headed democratic beast.  With Zedek sharing her vocal and six-string-slinging duties with Jason Sanford (Neptune) and marshalled … [Read more...]

Thalia Zedek Band – Eve

Since 2001’s still impressive Been Here And Gone began her solo journey, after preceding pioneering years in Dangerous Birds, Uzi, Live Skull and - of course - Come, Thalia Zedek hasn’t made records with ease of listening as the priority.  At the heart of them all has been her fusion of indefectible gutsiness and unbreakable yearning that is … [Read more...]

E – “I Want To Feel Good” b/w “Great Light”

In the rush to exploit the revived and seemingly insatiable lust for vinyl in 12”-sized portions, the forever durable 7” single is currently being squeezed out of its market share again (except of course in the case of releases on Jack White’s Third Man label or for fan-fleecing exclusives, reissues or novelty items on Record Store Day).  But the … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#33 (Thalia Zedek on Junkyard)

Thalia Zedek on… The Birthday Party’s Junkyard (Missing Link/4AD, 1982) I remember clearly the luckiest record shopping day of my life.  It was 1982 and I was at Newbury Comics, the only record shop in Boston that stocked underground records at that time.  I went to the new arrivals bin and starting flipping through the stack, and then I … [Read more...]

FAO#35: Chris Brokaw & AC Newman

Better together or alone?  For some prolific artists who have spread their careers across multiple bands, side-projects and solo ventures it’s a question than can be asked repeatedly.  Teamwork can be essential for dynamic musical forging as shown through the catalytic reactions inherent in collaboration.  Yet single-minded solo visions can also … [Read more...]

Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina – The Boarder’s Door

Having already delivered one of the most enjoyable releases of both their careers earlier this year - in the shape of the stripped-down vintage covers-based The Angel’s Message To Me - journeying veterans Chris Brokaw and Geoff Farina have rapidly, but not prematurely, returned for a second joint-billed installment. Strictly speaking, The Boarder’s … [Read more...]

Chris Brokaw and Geoff Farina – The Angel’s Message To Me

As rock conventions and clichés dictate, revisiting the hand-me-down songs of pre-WW2 blues, folk and ragtime is too often a cynical excuse for artists to ramp up rootsy credentials, cover material with less copyright-laden financial complications, plug gaps left by writer’s block and fulfil a few contractual obligations.  Consequently, the … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#4 (Chris Brokaw on Metal Box/Second Edition)

Chris Brokaw on... Public Image Ltd.'s Metal Box/Second Edition (Virgin Records/Warner Brothers, 1979) In 1977 I went to London with my mother and sister for a holiday. I turned 13 that summer. "Pretty Vacant" by the Sex Pistols had just been released.  I saw the huge posters for it on lorries. I went to the Virgin store and listened to it … [Read more...]

Chris Brokaw – VDSQ: Solo Acoustic Volume 3

Whilst Chris Brokaw’s collaborative roles, as both a full band member (in Codeine, Come, Pullman et al.) and an on-hire guest-player (for Evan Dando, Steve Wynn, Karate, ad infinitum), have been quite easily definable, his solo career - which began around the turn of the decade - has been far harder to pin-down and pigeon-hole.  Zigzagging through … [Read more...]