Fortunate one

By MATT ASHARE  |  July 7, 2008

Yes, a busy year. After a bit of digging, Brokaw recalls that he and Geoff Farina have an album of pre-WW2 country-blues songs in the can, and that he played on a forthcoming Lemonheads disc. He also guested on the next album by Spanish indie chanteuse Christina Rosenvinge. Plus, there are two new solo albums he’s aiming to have out by the end of the year. The first, due in late August, is all instrumental, ranging from recognizable acoustic guitar to more-avant drones. The second, which he just started recording in Chicago with Tortoise fellows Doug McCombs and John Herndon, he characterizes as more a “rock record.”

But Brokaw seems most excited about co-producing a documentary on British album-cover artist Storm Thorgerson, who’s best known for his surreal work for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin in the late ’60s. “He does covers today the same way he’s done them since the ’60s. He listens to an album until he comes up with an image. And then as best he can, he executes that image in real life and takes a picture of it. A friend of mine works with him, and the last time I saw him, he told me that Storm had this idea for an image of a beach with a trap door. And underneath the trap door is a stairway going down into the sand. So I said, ‘Let me guess: you had to hire a carpenter to build a staircase, and then you had to drag it to a beach, dig a hole, and stick it in the hole so Storm could take a picture of it.’ He said, ‘That’s precisely what we did.’ ”

CHRIS BROKAW + THE KADANE BROTHERS + BOTTOMLESS PIT | Middle East upstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge | Saturday, July 12 | 9pm | $10 | 617.864.EAST or www.mideastclub.com

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