Saturday, April 19, 2014

Closed for Easter!




Brickbat will be closed Sunday, April 20th. We will re-open Tuesday, April 22nd at 11am.

EVENT: Antti Tolvi & Fursaxa






Friday, April 25th at 8PM
at
Brickbat:

Fursaxa
Antti Tolvi




Antti Tolvi (Finland)

Antti Tolvi is a self-taught, multi-talented musician. He has played in numerous bands including Lau Nau, Rauhan Orkesteri, and Lauhkeat Lampaat. Born in ’77 in Panelia on the west coast of Finland, he began making music with his brothers, untutored. From 2000-2001 he studied classical Indian music in Varanasi, and this marked a turning point in his perception of music. On returning to his native Finland, he became embroiled in Free Jazz for a number of years, until a recent relocation to the countryside pushed him ever more towards solo improvisation – deriving inspiration from, in Antti’s own words, “harmonies, overtones, going into sound, no ends, no starts, from nothing comes something, just perfect, peace”. - Fonal Records

"Tolvi’s fascination with harmonies creates a lush texture of gradually shifting sound portraits, like a Dali painting that comes to life and sings its own requiem. The exquisite tones are, in a sense, a happy accident—the piano hadn’t been played in 40 years and, save for a few choice keys, the piano wasn’t tuned back to a standard pitch. The microtonal irregularity creates a sense of poignant nostalgia, evoking the affective distortions of memory that comfort and torment us. Furthermore, it’s astounding to realize this was recorded live, with no overdubs or effects: Tolvi made use of an innovative recording technique by attaching microphones to his ears, creating what he calls a “flanger effect” as he moves his head around. The focal point of sonic input was constantly shifting, and the effect we hear is one of infinite loops and ebbing echoes. It’s exquisite to hear him craft this sonic space with a constantly shifting center of gravity, a swirling foray into kaleidoscopic bliss."- Diego Aguilar/Decoder










Fursaxa (Pennsylvania)

"Fursaxa is Tara Burke. Formerly a member of the Silbreeze band UN, Tara started her Fursaxa project in 1999 after UN disbanded. Since then Fursaxa has released seven full length albums on the Acid Mothers Temple label, Ecstatic Peace, Time Lag, Eclipse, Last Visible Dog, and ATP. In addition there have been 3 self released CD-Rs and a CD on the her own Sylph recordings. In addition to recording, Fursaxa has played live music at venues in the US, UK, and Europe, touring with Bardo Pond, Black Forest/Black Sea, Christina Carter, Jack Rose, Spires That in The Sunset Rise, and Brightblack Morning Light, to name a few. Over the last couple of years Fursaxa has been collaborating more and more with other musicians as well. Espers member Helena Espvall and Tara have a duo called Anahita, and Sharron Kraus and Tara have the duo Tau Emerald. And in September of 2006 Fursaxa became part of "The Valerie Project", which was a live soundtrack for the 1970 Czech film "Valerie and her Week of Wonders". – ATP






Saturday, April 12, 2014

EVENT: Poetry Now!



The Port Richmond Books APR reading is now taking place here, at Brickbat! 

Poet Laureate of Philadelphia Frank Sherlock
Chris and Jenn McCreary of ixnay press
Pew fellow Pattie McCarthy

Saturday, April 12th, 1:30PM
(byob)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Arrival: Keiichi Tanaami



Keiichi Tanaami, Killer Joe's Eary Times 1965-1973
Hardcover
  
"Keiichi Tanaami (born 1936) was a protagonist of Japan’s postwar avant-garde, and one of the first Japanese artists to successfully blend art and commerce. Tanaami’s artwork was appearing in advertisements and magazines as early as 1962, when American Pop art was still in the ascendant. A trip to New York in 1968 provided a transformative encounter with Andy Warhol, which encouraged Tanaami to pursue several paths at once, and he was soon producing poster designs, happenings, prints and album covers, developing an assured, erotic psychedelic style populated with butterfly women, chimneys and breasts (a meeting with Robert Crumb and an appreciation of American underground comics was also significant). Including collage, painting, silkscreen prints and animation, this volume constitutes a catalogue raisonné of Tanaami’s early work of the 60s and 70s. It includes his illustrations for the magazine Shosetsu-gendai, drawings and collages for Art Journal, album covers for the Monkees and Jefferson Airplane, stills from an animation series made for the film festival at Sogetsu Art Center, anti-Vietnam War silkscreen prints and painting series of Hollywood actresses."









Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Arrival: Tomi Ungerer




Tomi Ungerer, Fog Island
Hardcover

"No one has ever returned from the mysterious Fog Island, but when Finn and Cara get castaway on its murky shores, they discover things are not quite as they expect... Will anyone ever believe them? An imaginative tale of mystery and fear of the unknown by one of the world’s most acclaimed children’s books authors."












This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday 



Monday, March 31, 2014

New Arrival: Carl Johan De Geer




Carl Johan De Geer,
De Geer: Photographs 1959-1980
Limited Edition Paperback with Silk-screened Covers
80 pp. b&w photos (no text!)

 Wonderful catolog for the exhibit, curated by Johan Kugelberg and Ed Templeton, devoted to Swedish 60s underground artist and photographer Carl Johan De Geer. 
 "Carl Johan De Geer, born in 1938 into a powerful Swedish aristocratic family, grew up on a grand country estate with his grandparents, went to art school in the late 1950s, and in an epic choice of rejection lived his life to this day as a perennial Swedish underground artist, working in counterpoint to the privilege of his surname.
 A masterful Leica M4 snapshot giant à la Ed Van Der Elsken or Moriyama, De Geer has the sacred ability to capture the monotone grit of everyday life and demand its reflection. The crumbling façades and interiors of buildings moments before demolition provide a backdrop to a culture where 1960s Stockholm bohemians were making love and raising families, paying rock bottom month-by-month rent."











ALSO AVAILABLE:


Carl Johan De Geer, Long Live The Large Family
Limited edition of 250
(out of print and scarce)









\These items, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:


Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday

 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Arrival: Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey




Tony Millionaire, Sock Monkey Treasury
Hardcover


“Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. Now, for the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire's acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007, originally published by Dark Horse Comics) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella "Uncle Gabby" (2004) and the full-color illustrated storybook, "The Glass Doorknob" (2002), ready to be devoured by a new generation of young readers.

The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing collection. Follow them as they try to find a home for a shrunken head, play matchmakers between the bat in the doll's house and the mouse in the basement, unlock the mysteries of a glass doorknob, hunt salamanders, try to get to heaven, and much more.

The book also includes the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel, "The Inches Incident." Inches the doll was the cutest in the whole house and loved by everyone. Then one day... Inches turned EVIL! What will Mr. Crow and Uncle Gabby do? Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey harkens back to a time when comics actually were for kids.”

"Like Joe Strummer, like Prince Buster and more grandly, John Wayne, Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll, some aliases simply announce the true personality and imaginative potential of the bearer. Tony Millionaire is no exception..." – Elvis Costello

"Tony Millionaire is worth a thousand Tony Thousandaires. He's concocted a crazy potion with this mixture of Maakies and Sock Monkey." – Conan O'Brien




Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. Now, for the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire's acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007, originally published by Dark Horse Comics) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella "Uncle Gabby" (2004) and the full-color illustrated storybook, "The Glass Doorknob" (2002), ready to be devoured by a new generation of young readers.
The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing collection. Follow them as they try to find a home for a shrunken head, play matchmakers between the bat in the doll's house and the mouse in the basement, unlock the mysteries of a glass doorknob, hunt salamanders, try to get to heaven, and much more.
The book also includes the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel, "The Inches Incident." Inches the doll was the cutest in the whole house and loved by everyone. Then one day... Inches turned EVIL! What will Mr. Crow and Uncle Gabby do? Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey harkens back to a time when comics actually were for kids.
- See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=2320&Itemid=62#sthash.xfLSbJF0.dpuf

"Like Joe Strummer, like Prince Buster and more grandly, John Wayne, Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll, some aliases simply announce the true personality and imaginative potential of the bearer. Tony Millionaire is no exception..." – Elvis Costello
"Tony Millionaire is making misanthropy feel good again. Take this book for instance. He put the word 'hazelnuts' in the title, knowing that my son is deathly allergic to them, and I still think it's funny." – Andy Richter
"Tony Millionaire is worth a thousand Tony Thousandaires. He's concocted a crazy potion with this mixture of Maakies and Sock Monkey." – Conan O'Brien
"I think Tony Millionaire can only do important things." – Dave Eggers
- See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=2320&Itemid=62#sthash.xfLSbJF0.dpuf
Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. Now, for the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire's acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007, originally published by Dark Horse Comics) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella "Uncle Gabby" (2004) and the full-color illustrated storybook, "The Glass Doorknob" (2002), ready to be devoured by a new generation of young readers.
The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing collection. Follow them as they try to find a home for a shrunken head, play matchmakers between the bat in the doll's house and the mouse in the basement, unlock the mysteries of a glass doorknob, hunt salamanders, try to get to heaven, and much more.
The book also includes the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel, "The Inches Incident." Inches the doll was the cutest in the whole house and loved by everyone. Then one day... Inches turned EVIL! What will Mr. Crow and Uncle Gabby do? Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey harkens back to a time when comics actually were for kids.
- See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=2320&Itemid=62#sthash.xfLSbJF0.dpuf



This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday 


Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. Now, for the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire's acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007, originally published by Dark Horse Comics) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella "Uncle Gabby" (2004) and the full-color illustrated storybook, "The Glass Doorknob" (2002), ready to be devoured by a new generation of young readers.
The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing collection. Follow them as they try to find a home for a shrunken head, play matchmakers between the bat in the doll's house and the mouse in the basement, unlock the mysteries of a glass doorknob, hunt salamanders, try to get to heaven, and much more.
The book also includes the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel, "The Inches Incident." Inches the doll was the cutest in the whole house and loved by everyone. Then one day... Inches turned EVIL! What will Mr. Crow and Uncle Gabby do? Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey harkens back to a time when comics actually were for kids.
- See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=2320&Itemid=62#sthash.xfLSbJF0.dpuf
Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. Now, for the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire's acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007, originally published by Dark Horse Comics) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella "Uncle Gabby" (2004) and the full-color illustrated storybook, "The Glass Doorknob" (2002), ready to be devoured by a new generation of young readers.
The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing collection. Follow them as they try to find a home for a shrunken head, play matchmakers between the bat in the doll's house and the mouse in the basement, unlock the mysteries of a glass doorknob, hunt salamanders, try to get to heaven, and much more.
The book also includes the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel, "The Inches Incident." Inches the doll was the cutest in the whole house and loved by everyone. Then one day... Inches turned EVIL! What will Mr. Crow and Uncle Gabby do? Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey harkens back to a time when comics actually were for kids.
- See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=2320&Itemid=62#sthash.xfLSbJF0.dpuf
Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. Now, for the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire's acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007, originally published by Dark Horse Comics) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella "Uncle Gabby" (2004) and the full-color illustrated storybook, "The Glass Doorknob" (2002), ready to be devoured by a new generation of young readers.
The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing collection. Follow them as they try to find a home for a shrunken head, play matchmakers between the bat in the doll's house and the mouse in the basement, unlock the mysteries of a glass doorknob, hunt salamanders, try to get to heaven, and much more.
The book also includes the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel, "The Inches Incident." Inches the doll was the cutest in the whole house and loved by everyone. Then one day... Inches turned EVIL! What will Mr. Crow and Uncle Gabby do? Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey harkens back to a time when comics actually were for kids.
- See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=2320&Itemid=62#sthash.7WnCRS9z.dpuf
Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. Now, for the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire's acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007, originally published by Dark Horse Comics) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella "Uncle Gabby" (2004) and the full-color illustrated storybook, "The Glass Doorknob" (2002), ready to be devoured by a new generation of young readers.
The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing collection. Follow them as they try to find a home for a shrunken head, play matchmakers between the bat in the doll's house and the mouse in the basement, unlock the mysteries of a glass doorknob, hunt salamanders, try to get to heaven, and much more.
The book also includes the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel, "The Inches Incident." Inches the doll was the cutest in the whole house and loved by everyone. Then one day... Inches turned EVIL! What will Mr. Crow and Uncle Gabby do? Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey harkens back to a time when comics actually were for kids
- See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=2320&Itemid=62#sthash.7WnCRS9z.dpuf
Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. Now, for the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire's acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007, originally published by Dark Horse Comics) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella "Uncle Gabby" (2004) and the full-color illustrated storybook, "The Glass Doorknob" (2002), ready to be devoured by a new generation of young readers.
The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing collection. Follow them as they try to find a home for a shrunken head, play matchmakers between the bat in the doll's house and the mouse in the basement, unlock the mysteries of a glass doorknob, hunt salamanders, try to get to heaven, and much more.
The book also includes the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel, "The Inches Incident." Inches the doll was the cutest in the whole house and loved by everyone. Then one day... Inches turned EVIL! What will Mr. Crow and Uncle Gabby do? Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey harkens back to a time when comics actually were for kids
- See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=2320&Itemid=62#sthash.7WnCRS9z.dpuf

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Featured: William Copley's S.M.S.





S.M.S. Issue 4, 1968
Letter Edged In Black Press 
William Copley & Dmitri Petrov, editors





Issue number 4 of Copley and Petrov's bi-monthly publication of artists' multiples, unfortunately incomplete (missing the Lichtenstein hat, the Kawara calendar, parts from the Fernandez plexiglass construction, and the impossible to find LaMonte Young reel-to-reel tape, supposedly pulled from the edition after Young found a box of them in a dumpster(?))
We are selling the objects individually.




Diagram of contents
(loosely bound sheet of paper)




Paul Bergtold, Concept: Bergtold/ Art Director: Bergtold
A collection of loosely bound xeroxed pages, housed in a pink glassine cover






Robert Watts, Permanent Parking Decal
Vinyl decal in two parts with paper backing





John Cage, How To Improve The World
Staple-bound booklet with printed mylar covers





Princess Winifred
Asylum Manuscripts

Written text with illustrations, printed on 6 institutional paper towels, reproducing the writings of a patient in Byberry State Hospital, Philadelphia.





Domenico Rotella
Six Prison Poems

Reproduction of six poems printed on various paper stock (loose leaf , postcards, etc.)








Table of contents with Miranda rights printed on back
Loosely bound folded paper




Hollis Frampton, Phenakistiscope
Printed paper disc

"A paper disc printed with photographs arranged to be spun counterclockwise on a pencil and viewed while being held in front of a mirror, simulating a motion picture. One side of the disc animates a bouncing basketball, while the reverse depicts a man licking a lollipop."





Arman Fernandez, Tortured Color (Instructions only)
Three loosely bound printed pages






Lil Picard, Burned Bow Tie
One bow tie, burned by the artist






Robert Stanley, Folder for S.M.S.#4
Heavy paper folder, interior and exterior printed in b&w



These items, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Arrival: Queen Of The Underworld




Sophie Lyons, Queen Of The Underworld
Paperback

In 1913, Sophie Lyons wrote her memoirs, chronicling six decades of bank robberies, prison breaks, cons, and swindles that left her a rich woman. One hundred years later, we’re bringing this important work back into print, casting back the veil of the 19th century criminal underworld. This is the world of fences and art thieves, bank sneaks and conwomen, but it is punctuated by a remarkable and nearly universal honor among thieves. Fully illustrated throughout with numerous diagrams of robbery methods and ways of concealing stolen valuables.






This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Featured: Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music



The Anthology Of American Folk Music, Volumes 1-4
Edited by Harry Smith 

Four double LPs, housed in cloth-bound super thick cardboard gatefold sleeves with tipped on plates on the front sleeves. All four volumes housed in a hand-made wooden box. 200 gram vinyl. Limited one-time pressing


 Artist/filmmaker/archivist Smith's 1952 collection has been the bible for traditionalists, weirdos, and weirdo traditionalists for over half a century. Here's what the folks at Mississippi Records say:

   "Its hard to even begin to talk about the significance of these 8 LPs.  Harry Smith created an alternate version of American culture with these sets that influenced just about everyone who heard them. I would dare say that these records changed American society more than any others ever released. Bob Dylan and Carl Sagan both agree its the greatest record ever made.  The Mississippi labels entire ethos is based on them. As mythic and powerful as art can get. Just like every house needs a door, every record collection must have this set.  That's my opinion and it's true."








This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday