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 – 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...]

Tortoise – Beacons of Ancestorship Remixes 12″

Unlike its two tightly-scripted full-length predecessors (2001’s still somewhat impenetrable Standards and 2004’s meticulously-arranged It’s All Around You) this year’s new Tortoise long-player - the steadily-advancing Beacons of Ancestorship - appears ripe for some of the choice remix treatments so prevalent in the band’s earlier years.  With its … [Read more...]

Tortoise (Doug McCombs interview and albums guide)

Despite nearly two decades of activity, Chicago's Tortoise continue to sustain an awkward yet alluring sense of mystery.  Consequently, for many it has become all too easy to define Tortoise by well-merged collective influences (Miles Davis, Can, Kraftwerk, Neu!, John Fahey, Ennio Morricone, Gang Of Four, Augustus Pablo, Brian Eno, Tom Verlaine, … [Read more...]