NYC avant-garde music community
a CKR top five links list


online event aired March 14th, 2021

with solo performances by CkR artists:

Brian ChaseCatherine SikoraZeena Parkins

13 million year old ghostVictoria Keddie

Lester St LouisMariel Roberts

MV CarbonLuke Stewart


designs by Keti Kartveli

presented and hosted by Rhizome DC and ESS

Lot Radio Playlists

These are some playlists from Brian's monthly radio show on Brooklyn's The Lot Radio, a leading freeform independent radio station. Many of the shows focus on what's happening on the local NYC new music scene with an emphasis on the avant-garde. For track listing, hover over the track title and click the little music note with the lines that appears (unfortunately, track listing is barely visible on mobile devices). More playlists will be added. And, of course, supporting the artists by purchasing the music is encouraged and does not go unappreciated! Almost all of the music on these playlists was purchased from Bandcamp or iTunes if not previously owned.




BROOKLYN ROCK/NOISE/MISC: '00s (+ one '19)

Click on show title below for playlist





NOW: LIVE IN NYC MARCH 6-12 2020  

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Spotlight on eminent NYC performing arts venue The Kitchen with an emphasis on affiliated musicians and music during the 1970s. The video features archival footage culled from


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Eclectic mix happening at the time of the first 'Bandcamp Friday' in support of artists during the first months of the pandemic. Underground noise/improv/indie/punk/hiphop are featured. The video consists of album artworks.


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Playlist for Chaikin Records Pop-Up Record Shop at Ace Hotel NY

On Nov 16 2019 Chaikin Records hosted a specifically curated pop-up record shop in the lobby of Ace Hotel New York. Twenty artists were featured, visionary figures of the Brooklyn/NYC independent music community. This playlist spotlights music from each artist. Click 'Get Track' to be taken to the artist's Bandcamp or Amazon page.



Thank you Jessica Hallock ( and Samantha Singh (@girlinink) for their invaluable help. Thank you Ace Hotel New York for the superb initiative and support.


*A slightly amended version of the playlist is available on Spotify via brianchase123

The opportunity to present the pop-up shop was in conjunction with Chaikin Records being invited to curate the Ace Hotel's Artist-In-Residence program for October 2019. Five artists/groups were selected: Keti Kartveli, Samita Sinha & Grey McMurray, Nick Zinner (a.k.a. 13 million year old ghost), Brian Chase, and Lisa Beck & Kevin Bud Jones. The residency wrap-up is on the Ace Hotel's culture blog:

Brian + Ace Hote New York
Brian + Ace Hote New York

Photo: Samantha Singh (@girlinink)

Record Shop table in prep
Record Shop table in prep

Photo: Brian Chase (@brianchase123)

Jessica Hallock + Brian Chase
Jessica Hallock + Brian Chase

Photo: Samantha Singh (@girlinink)

Brian + Ace Hote New York
Brian + Ace Hote New York

Photo: Samantha Singh (@girlinink)


Selected articles and interviews


  • Article by Brian up at the great percussion website Liquidrum! Discussed are various performance techniques specific to the acoustic side of the Drums and Drones project. Video clips are included. Thank you to Todd and Liquidrum.