Sunday, January 14, 2018

Event: The Hugely Popular Poetry Series Returns!


Saturday February 3rd at 7pm
at
Brickbat Books:

The Hugely Popular Series Presents:
Jenn McCreary
Orchid Tierney
Amanda Silberling



Jenn McCreary is a Philadelphia poet. She serves as president of the board of directors for Small Press Traffic, a San Francisco-based nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to provide a local and national platform for experimental writing. She is also the author of three books of poetry, several chapbooks, and in 2013 was named a Pew Fellow in the Arts.


Orchid Tierney is from New Zealand-Aotearoa, currently residing in Philadelphia. Her chapbooks include Brachiation (Dunedin: GumTree Press, 2012) and The World in Small Parts (Chicago: Dancing Girl Press, 2012), and a full length sound translation of the Book of Margery Kempe, Earsay (TrollThread, 2016). Other work has appeared in Bathhouse Journal, Pacific Literary Review, Empty Mirror and elsewhere. She co-edits Supplement, an annual anthology on Philadelphia writing.


Amanda Silberling will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania this spring and is generally nervous about that. An interdisciplinary text-based artist, her poems and not-poems have appeared in The Rumpus, Paper Magazine, Consequence of Sound, Reality Beach, decomP, and others. Her first film "We're Here, We're Present: Women in Punk" debuted this summer on VICE. For more info, visit amandasilberling.com.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Event: Mark Fosson & Laura Baird



Saturday, January 13th at 7:30
at
Brickbat Books:

Mark Fosson
Laura Baird



While the sheer virtuosity of ‘Solo Guitar’ is certainly a large part of its charm, more important is Fosson’s ability to weave memorable and articulate melodies. Without a clear sense of direction, solo instrumentation can risk meandering somewhat – but not here. There’s a clear sense of focus throughout the album, Fosson casting a very particular spell with the moody atmospherics of ‘The Creeper’, ‘Noodlin On The East Fork’ likewise boasting a vibrant sense of forward-motion and energy.
‘Solo Guitar’ is a really well crafted record – it’s well balanced and it never struggles to keep the attention of its listeners. It’s an album that confirms Mark Fosson to be technically equal to many of the genre’s biggest names and, likewise, he has no trouble in directing that ability into charming, well thought-out pieces which slot together to create a great album in ‘Solo Guitar’.
...unequivocally proves that he’s a guitarist that should, by rights, be mentioned in the same breath as genre-overlords like Fahey and Kottke.
Martin Leitch - GIGSOUP - July 23, 2017


Fosson has dexterity to spare. His instrumental style is akin to his early mentor, the American “primitive” guitarist John Fahey, to whose label, Takoma Records, he first recorded in 1976. From then to now, critical appreciation and commercial appeal have run in parallel, and while the fittingly titled Solo Guitar won’t change that, it is nonetheless a breath of fresh air to hear such crystal-clear, fluid and agile guitar playing.
Tony Clayton-Lea - IRISH TIMES - 27 July 2017 





"With a musical timeline dating back to her early childhood, Laura
Baird is an exceptionally talented multi-instrumentalist and
singer-songwriter, best known for her projects with her sister, Meg,
as The Baird Sisters, and guitarist Glenn Jones. Baird’s own sound
stems from the Appalachian folk tradition, and she connects to it via
family lineage--her great-great uncle I.G. Greer’s folk recordings for
the Library of Congress are a large influence. Also woven into her
sonic influences are classical composers like Bach and Satie, and
modern day musicians such as Opal and Yo La Tengo."

"For her upcoming debut solo album, I Wish I Were A Sparrow, Baird
plays odes to the tradition from which she learned to play, combining
Appalachian balladry, the roughness of old field recordings, and a
dose of dreaminess and solitude that captures the distinct environment
of sleepy central New Jersey. This is where Baird departs from
tradition, leaving the communal origins of folk music and capturing
the singular self. An amalgam of old and new can be found in the
overall sound, as well as the lyrics, with half of the songs on
Sparrow, including "Dreadful Wind and Rain" and "Pretty Polly", being
passed down from the folk tradition, and the other half, including
"Wind Wind "and "Love Song From The Earth To The Moon" coming from
Baird’s own hand. While the most salient part of her last Baird
Sisters project was the melding of familial voices and various
instruments, Baird’s solo effort is centered around the combination of
her virtuosic banjo playing and prominent but airy vocals."


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Event: Closed for the Snow.




Brickbat is closed today, Thursday, January 4th.
 We will reopen tomorrow, Friday, January 5th at 11am.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Closed for the holiday!




Brickbat will be closed Sunday, December 31st, and Monday, January 1st.
We will reopen Tuesday, January 2nd at 11am.
Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Closed for the holidays!





Brickbat is closed Sunday, December 24th, and Monday, December 25th.
We will reopen Tuesday, December 26th at 11am
Happy holidays!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Event: JP Cashla, Maryan Captan, & Philip Mittereder



Saturday, December 2nd at 7pm
at
Brickbat:

JP Cashla
Maryan Captan
Philip Mittereder



Please join poets JP Cashla, Maryan Captan and the incomparable Philip Mittereder at a  reading and launch party for Cashla’s 2nd collection Blister on December 2nd at Brickbat Books from 7PM-9PM.  All three poets will be featured and alcohol will be served free of charge to anyone over 21.



All proceeds for the sale of Blister will go to the Baltimore Chesapeake Rugby Foundation for the benefit of Baltimore’s inner city youth.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Closed for Thanksgiving






Brickbat
will close today, Wednesday, at 3pm.
We will reopen
on Friday at 11am.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Event: Laura Baird Record Release!


Sunday, October 22nd at 7pm
at
Brickbat Books:

Laura Baird 
Record Release Party! 



Stop by to celebrate the release of Laura's first solo album on Ba Da Bing Records!
We'll have refreshments, copies of the new record, and Laura will be playing selections from her new record, I Wish I Was A Sparrow. Admission is free.


"With a musical timeline dating back to her early childhood, Laura
Baird is an exceptionally talented multi-instrumentalist and
singer-songwriter, best known for her projects with her sister, Meg,
as The Baird Sisters, and guitarist Glenn Jones. Baird’s own sound
stems from the Appalachian folk tradition, and she connects to it via
family lineage--her great-great uncle I.G. Greer’s folk recordings for
the Library of Congress are a large influence. Also woven into her
sonic influences are classical composers like Bach and Satie, and
modern day musicians such as Opal and Yo La Tengo."

"For her upcoming debut solo album, I Wish I Were A Sparrow, Baird
plays odes to the tradition from which she learned to play, combining
Appalachian balladry, the roughness of old field recordings, and a
dose of dreaminess and solitude that captures the distinct environment
of sleepy central New Jersey. This is where Baird departs from
tradition, leaving the communal origins of folk music and capturing
the singular self. An amalgam of old and new can be found in the
overall sound, as well as the lyrics, with half of the songs on
Sparrow, including "Dreadful Wind and Rain" and "Pretty Polly", being
passed down from the folk tradition, and the other half, including
"Wind Wind "and "Love Song From The Earth To The Moon" coming from
Baird’s own hand. While the most salient part of her last Baird
Sisters project was the melding of familial voices and various
instruments, Baird’s solo effort is centered around the combination of
her virtuosic banjo playing and prominent but airy vocals."


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Event: Smuggling Ukraine Westward, with Andriy Lyubka





SUNDAY, OCT 15th at 5PM
at
BRICKBAT BOOKS:

SMUGGLING UKRAINE WESTWARD, WITH ANDRIY LYUBKA

Andriy Lyubka was born in 1987 in Riga, Latvia. He completed degrees in Ukrainian Philology at Uzhhorod University (2009) and in Balkan Studies at the University of Warsaw (2014). He is the author of three books of poetry – Eight Months of Schizophrenia (2007), TERRORISM (2008), and Forty Bucks Plus Tip (2009) - and four books of prose – KILLER: A Collection of Stories (2012), Sleeping with Women (2014), Carbide (2015), A Room for Sorrow (2016) and Saudade (2017). His writings have been translated into Polish, Chinese, English, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, Serbian, Macedonian, Slovak, Lithuanian, Romanian, Turkish and German. Mr. Lyubka also works as a translator, having published several translations from Polish, Serbian and English into Ukrainian. He is a columnist for Radio LibertyDen and Zbruch. Mr. Lyubka has been a curator for the literary festivals Kyivski Lavry and Meridian Czernowitz and has been writer-in-residence at cultural institutes in Poland, Latvia, Romania, Hungary, Sweden and Austria. He lives in Uzhhorod.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information please contact Dr. Mark Andryczyk at 212-854-4697 or at marcos17@yahoo.com