Chris Brokaw joins his old Chicago friend Dmitry Samarov on Friday at Saki | Bleader

Chris Brokaw joins his old Chicago friend Dmitry Samarov on Friday at Saki


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In this week's Reader Miles Raymer wrote about a visual-art exhibition by cabbie, painter, and writer Dmitry Samarov—who recently published his first book, Hack: Stories From a Chicago Cab. The opening reception for the show is Friday from 6 to 9 PM at Saki Records. The festivities will include a set of solo music by Chris Brokaw, a former member of Codeine, Come, and Pullman, among others, who now lives in Portland Seattle.

Two new releases capture different sides of his music. Jellyfant Records just put out his original score for the Leslie McCleave film Road in a vinyl edition of 300, a collection of sparse instrumental pieces that alternate between moody evocation and meditative propulsion—the kind of feelings you'd want in a road movie. Coming out later this month is a three-song single-sided record from Limited Appeal that features Brokaw's first vocals since 2005's Incredible Love. In an e-mail message he tells me that the label "specifically asked for 'rock music, with singing!' I, in turn, requested that label head/fine artist Dean Styers create three images for the artwork based on the lyrics—a totally integrated package—the two sides of the jacket have two images, the blank side of the 12-inch has the third image painted on." Below you can hear "Stories," the record's title track. Brokaw will play acoustic guitar, unless he happens to borrow an electric one before Friday.

Chris Brokaw, "Stories":

Today's playlist:

Bobby Paunetto, The Modern Sound of Bobby Paunetto (Mardi Gras/Fania)
Various artists, Ivory Coast Soul: Afrofunk in Abidjan From 1972 to 1982 (Hot Casa)
Johnny Ace, Memorial Album (MCA)
Dan Berglund's Tonbruket, Dan Berglund’s Tonbruket (ACT)
Georg Friedrich Haas, Works for Ensemble (Neos)