Chris Cohen (musician)

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Chris Cohen
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Background information
Born1975 (age 43–44)
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresIndie pop, experimental rock, art rock, psychedelic rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, drums
LabelsCaptured Tracks
Associated actsDeerhoof, The Curtains, Cryptacize

Chris Cohen is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer best known for his solo albums as well as for having been a member of the band Deerhoof between 2002 and 2006.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, California in 1975, he is the son of former music business executive Kip Cohen and former Broadway actress Lynn Cohen (known professionally as Lynn Carlisle).[1] In 1991, Cohen appeared in the Sonic Youth video "Cinderella's Big Score" by Dave Markey.[2] His sister is public radio reporter and host Alex Cohen.

His first instrument was drums, which he began playing at the age of 3,[3] later learning to make music by overdubbing himself on a cassette four-track.[4]


Cohen has released two records under his own name on the Captured Tracks label – Overgrown Path (2012) and As If Apart (2016). On both of these records, Cohen played all the instruments[5] and recorded them himself on a computer.[6] In an interview, Cohen described the albums as being "companion pieces."[7]

Overgrown Path was called "a perfectly conceived album" by Allmusic[8] and As If Apart a "powerful, exquisitely realized journey" by Pitchfork.[9] Captured Tracks' owner Mike Sniper stated via Twitter that "whenever I get depressed about running an indie rock label in 2016, I can take solace in knowing I put out 2 Chris Cohen LP's."[10] In 2012 Cohen was listed by Mac DeMarco in Pitchfork as one of his "favorite new artists."[11]

Before beginning to use his own name, Cohen wrote music for his band, The Curtains, as well as for Deerhoof, Natural Dreamers, and Cryptacize, which was a collaboration with Nedelle Torrisi and Michael Carreira.[12] After the dissolution of Cryptacize, Cohen played drums or guitar with Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and White Magic.[13] He also toured and recorded with Cass McCombs[14] and has performed and recorded with Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Danielson and EZTV.[15]

In 2016 he co-produced and played drums on the album Front Row Seat to Earth by Weyes Blood.[16]

Cohen currently performs in his own band and in the duo Park Detail's Band with Yasi Perera.[17]

He has toured the US and Europe extensively with his band since 2012, performing at Primavera Sound,[18] Le Guess Who?,[19] and End of the Road Festivals,[20] performing alongside such artists as Eleanor Friedberger,[21] Tortoise,[22] DIIV,[23] Andy Shauf,[24] Mac DeMarco,[25] and Parquet Courts.[26]


Solo albums[edit]

The Curtains[edit]


Natural Dreamers[edit]


Other Contributions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (undated). "Chris Cohen". Captured Tracks. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sonic Youth Site Menu". Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  3. ^ "Chris Cohen on the Troubles of Expression and His Latest Album – KCPR". KCPR. 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  4. ^ "Chris Cohen". Subbacultcha. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  5. ^ "Chris Cohen: Now As If A Part". Free Press Houston. 2016-05-19. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  6. ^ "Chris Cohen on the Release of "As If Apart" – Ravelin Magazine". Ravelin Magazine. 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  7. ^ "Chris Cohen, l'interview | HARTZINE". Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  8. ^ "Overgrown Path – Chris Cohen | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  9. ^ "Chris Cohen: As If Apart Album Review | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  10. ^ "LP Review : Chris Cohen – As If Apart (Slowcore)". Still in Rock – Brooklyn based webzine. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  11. ^ "Mac DeMarco | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  12. ^ "Chris Cohen | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  13. ^ 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago Ukrainian Village/East Village IL 60622; 41.90046;-87.68664; 773-276-3600;; Reviews), (based on 42 User. "Chris Cohen, Idiot Glee, Thin Hymns". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  14. ^ "Cass McCombs To Release A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Out December 11th". Domino USA. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  15. ^ "Chris Cohen | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  16. ^ "Review: Weyes Blood, 'Front Row Seat To Earth'". Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  17. ^ "Interview Still in Rock : Chris Cohen". Still in Rock – Brooklyn based webzine. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  18. ^ "First Names For Primavera Sound 2013". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  19. ^ "Le Guess Who? Festival expands 2012 lineup". Consequence of Sound. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  20. ^ Anderson, Hassan. "End Of The Road // Festival Review | LONDON IN STEREO". Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  21. ^ "Eleanor Friedberger, Chris Cohen, Meganet, Icewater". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  22. ^ "Tortoise, hula and Vegas acts to entertain Sonoma this weekend". Sonoma Index Tribune. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  23. ^ Reyes, Montse. "Reverb-laden Dream Pop Fills The Catalyst | City on a Hill Press". Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  24. ^ "Andy Shauf touring with Chris Cohen". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  26. ^ "Parquet Courts Announce New LP, 'Human Performance,' Share Gritty Video For 'Dust' | SPIN". Spin. 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2016-10-30.

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