Filed under: Codeine | Tags: Chris Brokaw, Geoff Farina, the Burlington
We got a pretty cool email today, the details of which we thought we’d share with you. Chris Brokaw of Codeine will be joining Doug McCombs and friend-of-the-label Tom Lazzara for some “full-on rock music” at the Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton). Most of us are also Karate fans anxious to see what EXIT/VERSE is all about; the merchandise table sounds like it will be stacked as well. The show starts at 9pm and there is a $7 suggested donation.
While I sometimes record full-on rock music, with a band, I don’t often do that live, but i am tomorrow, TUESDAY SEPT 23, at the Burlington. The band is me on electric guitar and vocals, Doug McCombs on bass, and Tony Lazzara on drums. It’s gonna be sick! — Also appearing is very special guests EXIT/VERSE, the new rock trio fronted by Geoff Farina. Geoff and I have a new acoustic duo lp coming out next year, but tomorrow night is THE ROCK. I’d love to see you all there, and please bring all your friends! I’ll have lots of recent stuff for sale including my last copies of the Ryley Walker/Chris Brokaw lp on American Tapes and the “Wages of Fear” cassette.
Interscope Island recording artist Kaptn released a video for his single “Juice.” If you’ve got five minutes, a hankering for watching a girl with a tongue ring getting “juiced,” and want to play a game of “Where’s Miley Cyruss?,” press play:
Somewhere around the one minute mark, look out for a kid wearing a “Winner” t-shirt—the bonus item we made available to those who pre-ordered the deluxe version of Codeine: When I See The Sun, which wholesale jacks Sub Pop’s infamous “Loser” t-shirt design .
That young buck in the sharp black tee is none other than Daniel “Mario” Ross, who has been camped out in Rob Sevier’s office the last year facilitating, and creating, the chaos that is the Numero office. How is Danny in this absurd video shot in the Hollywood Hills? His brother is none other than model-turned-novelty rapper Kaptn. You could not find two brothers who look any less alike, but Danny assures us that they are indeed related.
We have arrived.
Following in the snow tracks of When I See The Sun, our massive, near-complete Codeine overview, comes What About The Lonely, an eight song LP recorded at the group’s live zenith. Captured direct from the mixing board at a stop on Codeine’s November 1993 swing through the Midwest opening for Mazzy Star, the album finds the trio of Stephen Immerwahr, John Engle, and Doug Scharin running through their hits at Chicago’s notorious Lounge Ax for a crowd of chatty 120 Minutes fans. Gastr Del Sol’s David Grubbs joins for two songs on guitar, slinking on and off the two foot stage with little fanfare, but leaving an indelible mark on the performance.
Constructed for Record Store Day 2013, What About The Lonely will be issued as a one-time pressing of 2000 150 gram LPs.
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When our intern Julia isn’t logging hours at Numero, she can be found at WHPK, University of Chicago’s radio station. What else can be found there, you ask? An original copy of Codeine’s Barely Real, tucked away in the station’s record library, complete with DJ review stickers that include one dated April 24th, 1993. After spotting the blue spine sticking out in the shelves, she snapped some photos and sent them over. See detail of review stickers below.
Apparently, this rare find must have been taken from the station by many an enthusiastic DJ, as the cover has been scuffed up and has been graffitied with the handwritten note: “CODEINE IT’S BACK SO PLAY IT.” With the success of our Codeine set (NUM 201), including its recent weekly appearance in the top-5 on the WHPK charts spanning multiple generations of collegiate listening, we couldn’t agree more.
Julia Dratel’s Sould and New show can be heard every Wednesday from 5-6PM CST.
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“We told them, ‘You could put out the record as it is. Or not.’ And they said, ‘OK.’”—Stephen Immerwahr
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