“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is someone I interviewed for the first time, back in 1994 for the original Velvet Sheep fanzine (when it was an A4 xerox zine) at the Columbia Hotel in London when he was writing and playing guitar in the band Come, circa their album “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. Intense, deep yet personable, Chris and his then bandmate Thalia Zedek made a big impression on me, and of course I had also been a big fan of their first album (my fav Come record “11:11” on Matador from ’92 just before I started the zine). I’ve been lucky enough to correspond with Thalia a few times since, including an interview for the Quietus to promote the Thalia Zedek Band and of course on these web pages, but I’ve only recently been able to make contact with her sparring partner Chris, who also drummed for Sub Pop slow-burning low-key legends Codeine. It’s no wonder, since Chris it transpires has been extremely busy. Perhaps the most in demand player for the US underground “circuit”, he’s been cutting solo records and soundtracks as well as playing (more recently) with bands like The New Year, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Hidden Tooth and fellow VS fav, Geoff Farina ex of Karate. He’s also about to release a record by new band Charnel Ground (which also features James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Kid Millions of Oneida) on Gerard Cosloy’s 12XU label. I’m very pleased to welcome back to VS, Chris Brokaw…!

Here’s the Chris Brokaw song “California” from an earlier solo record “Gambler’s Ecstasy” also released on 12XU.

Here’s more from Chris on what he’s up to right now:

“I have two new releases: “The Hand That Wrote This Letter”, a CD of solo instrumental classical guitar versions of songs by David Bowie and Prince, on Capitan Records; and a vinyl reissue of “Canaris” on Omentum Records. 2018 will see a new solo lp “End Of The Night” on VDSQ Records; a new cassette “Music For Peter Hutton” on Capitan; and the debut album of Charnel Ground (me, Kid Millions and James McNew) on 12XU. I’ll be touring Europe solo January 11-February 9, and the UK in May.

Recently I scored the films “Barracuda” and “Buck Run”, and am currently scoring “Mother’s Garden”.

And without further ado, here’s Chris’ “song for ewe”…

“Thanks so much for reaching out to me. I have just the song for this. It’s by a Boston based singer named Milo Jones.

I Belong To You by Milo Jones, released 11 September 2002.

And here’s what I have to say about it:

Almost 20 years ago I went to a bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts and heard a singer/guitarist named Milo Jones. Everything about his delivery was arresting, and his guitar playing was extraordinary. I ended up taking a few lessons from him, and asked him to play in my ‘big band’ when my first solo album ‘Red Cities’ was released. I moved away for a number of years but returned to Cambridge in April 2017, and found that my old pal Milo was still at it. To me, Milo is most certainly the greatest ‘undiscovered genius’ I know, and this is probably my favorite song of his.