Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Event: January 24th -- Daniel Higgs / Lauren Pakradooni

Open Mouth Records Presents:
Daniel Higgs and Lauren Pakradooni
Friday, January 24th, 7:00pm

Daniel Higgs
Higgs is known primarily for his work as the sole lyricist and frontman of the band Lungfish, a four-piece dedicated to charting, in this listener’s estimation, nothing short of the evolution of all species, known and unknown. That the band has undertaken this pursuit in the guise of a humble rock outfit, in the absence of any public relations fanfare, metanarrative, or manifesto has been enough to endear them to tens of thousands. They are enshrined as one of America’s last true folk bands, and Higgs anointed as a patron saint to artistic purity.

In recent years, Higgs has released a number of solo outings that can only be described as the ultimate in isolation, worlds away from the hypnotic, communal rock of his band. On Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot, Higgs weaves meditative, casually ruptured drones using acoustic and electric guitar, upright pianos, banjo and jew’s harp, recorded entirely at home on cassette recorder. He pairs the music with a series of paintings that call to mind religious iconography passed through the disfiguring surrealism of Miro.

Higgs has wedded his music and his visual art into a singular being, meant to be encountered as a conjuring force similar to that of the tarot experience. The yggdrasil is the great tree of Norse myth that connects all worlds of cosmology. Passing into Christian folklore, the tree is said to connect heaven and earth. In his relentless pursuit of the indivisible, Higgs travels up and down this spine and hatches a new transubstantiation of sound and image into life-form.
Lauren Pakradooni

a Philadelphia-based visual artist and musician who produces and performs music under the moniker Tether in which she creates and manipulates cassette tape loops. Art multiples, repetition, and layering are a shared language between her visual and aural work. Her work emphasizes the slippage of form between the truly physical vestiges of ruins and the fantastical of half-rendered computer generated imagery.

$10 suggested
byo drinks & snax

Author Event: January 19th -- Our Flesh of Flames::Theodore A. Harris / Amiri Baraka

 Sunday, January 19th, 5:00pm
 Our Flesh of Flames::Theodore A. Harris / Amiri Baraka

collagist Theodore A. Harris will be presenting a recorded performance by the late poet Amiri Baraka reading his poem "Our Flesh of Flames" as composed in conjunction with Harris' collaged images.  Copies of Harris' book of collages with Baraka's poem will be available at the event for purchase. 

Our Flesh of Flames “Posed against an eerily iridescent orange sky,” and Harris’ collaged landscapes are filled with urban dystopia. Upside down capitols, distorted bank notes pose the reality of a society fettered by the cash nexus. Controversial critic and poet Amiri Baraka provides lyrical assault through his captions with his trademark humor and biting social commentary.

Theodore A. Harris is a collagist, poet, and has co-authored:
Our Flesh of Flames with Amiri Baraka
Malcolm X as Ideology with Fred Moten
i ran from it and was still in it and TRIPTYCH: Text by Amiri Baraka and Jack Hirschman.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Event: January 11th -- Patrick Holmes / Chris Forsyth

 Saturday, January 11th, 7:00pm
Open Mouth Records presents solo sets from
Patrick Holmes and Chris Forsyth

$10 suggested donation, BYOB & snax!

Patrick Holmes -- Originally from Austin, TX he started on electric bass as a teenager, switching over to the clarinet at age 24. He's been in New York for the past twenty years, working diligently to refine a voice and approach to the clarinet that is uniquely his own. He has studied with Connie Crothers and Sabir Mateen and he has performed with Ryan Sawyer, Daniel Carter, Masami Tomihisa, Axel Dörner and many many more. 

Chris Forsyth -- Philly's own lauded guitarist and bandleader whose widescreen art-rock, fusing taut compositions and mercurial improvisations, has earned him a reputation as one of the most distinctive and critically acclaimed guitarists working today. 

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Event: December 20th -- Luke Stewart / Madam Data

Open Mouth Presents:
Luke Stewart  and Madam data
at Brickbat Books
Friday, December 20th, 7:00pm
$10 suggested -- byob/snax
Luke Stewart is a DC/NYC-based musician and organizer of important musical presentations. He also has a presence in the national and international professional music community. He was profiled in the Washington Post in early 2017 as “holding down the jazz scene,” selected as “Best Musical Omnivore” in the Washington City Paper’s 2017 “Best of DC,” chosen as “Jazz Artist of the Year” for 2017 in the District Now, and in the 2014 People Issue of the Washington City Paper as a “Jazz Revolutionary,” citing his multi-faceted cultural activities throughout DC. In DC his regular ensembles include experimental jazz trio Heart of the Ghost, Low Ways Quartet featuring guitarist Anthony Pirog, and experimental rock duo Blacks’ Myths.  As a solo artist, he has been compiling a series of improvisational sound structures for Upright Bass and Amplifier, utilizing the resonant qualities of the instrument to explore real-time harmonic and melodic possibilities. He has performed at many of Washington’s high-profile venues including the Kennedy Center, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, 9:30 Club, Black Cat, and many others throughout DC’s storied DIY community. Luke is also a presence in the greater community of Creative Musicians, with regular multi-city ensembles including Irreversible Entanglements featuring Moor Mother, James Brandon Lewis Trio, Heroes are Gang Leaders, Ancestral Duo, and has performed in a myriad of other notable collaborations. He has been a featured artist at the Vision Festival, Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music, High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music, Fields Festival, Philadelphia Free Form Festival, Forward Festival, Furious Flower Poetry Festival, and has toured abroad at North Sea Jazz Festival, Toulouse Jazz Festival, Vitoria Jazz Festival, Belgrade Jazz Festival, and Rotterdam Jazz Festival. As a scholar/performer, he has performed and lectured at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Medgar Evers College, George Mason University, Wayne State University, University of Montana, New Mexico State University, and the University of South Carolina. He holds a BA in International Studies and a BA in Audio Production from American University, and an MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship from the New School.

Ada Adhiyatma is a musician who explores machine interfaces and the embodied idea of distance. Working with handmade computer programs, field recordings and old samplers, they fantasize about sound as a way to echolocate spaces defined by separations, the trauma of dislocation, the impossibility of empathy. Ada's performance personas in Philadelphia include the apocalyptic insect noise purveyor Madam Data, and various component identities of sci fi noise-thrash quintet OOLOI and the environmental improvisation duo 'place'. They also produce a podcast of discarded sound called The Floating World.

Ada's pronouns are they / them / theirs and they sit at the crossroads of certain disabilities and certain queernesses, often unsure what they're doing there.

(Open Mouth = Bill Nace)

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Event: December 17th -- Carol Cleveland Sings & Pairdown

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Join us Tuesday, December 17th at Brickbat for a night of music with Carol Cleveland Sings and Pairdown.

$8-10 suggested donation, byob & snax

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Event: November 19th -- Bill Direen::A Memory of Others

Brickbat is thrilled to welcome New Zealand musician and writer Bill Direen (The Bilders) to the shop!

In Bill's own words:  "I am a New Zealand musician, who has toured and released music since the early 80s, touring solo in November to celebrate a double-LP titled Bill Direen A Memory of Others , soundtrack of a documentary about me. The double LP was released this month by Sophomore Lounge of the USA. You will note that the liner notes, quoted on that page, were written by esteemed rock journalist Byron Coley.
My music is a balance of rock-informed electric guitar and soft electric ballads.  Here is a trailer for the documentary which is backed by a quieter ballad:

On stage, I play electric guitar and electronic keyboards. I sing. I also read three brief extracts from poetic works. A percussionist (Chris Davis) accompanies me on a last few songs. "

Other performers TBA very soon!

$10 admission -- BYOB and snax

Friday, November 8, 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Event: Alexander and Jordan Burgis/Jesse Sheppard Duo

Sunday, November 10th at 7:00pm
Join us for an evening of good tunes and warm vibes with:

ALEXANDER (David Shapiro of CT's Headroom).
Jordan Burgis (Honey Radar) / Jesse Sheppard (Elkhorn) Duo

Suggested donation $10, byo drinks and snacks.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Event: Nick Millevoi, Ross Hammond, Christopher Bruno

Thursday, October 17th at 7pm

Nick Millevoi
Ross Hammond (CA)
Christopher Bruno

An Evening of Deep Listening Featuring:

 Nick Millevoi

Ross Hammond (CA)

Christopher Bruno

***7PM Doors / $10 / all ages***

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

This Friday! Eli Winter, Barry Johnson, Swamp Yankee

This Friday, September 13th at 7:00pm
Brickbat Books:

Eli Winter
Barry Johnson
Swamp Yankee

An Evening of Acoustic Music

Eli Winter (TX)
Barry Johnson (OH)
Swamp Yankee (Phil)

***7PM Doors / $10 / all ages***