Friday, August 29, 2008

NEW ARRIVAL: FLANN O'BRIEN


FLANN O'BRIEN "The Third Policeman" Illustrated by David Eccles
(Hardcover, Illustrated Boards, in Slipcase) Folio Society $95.00


Ulysses meets Jules Verne. Or perhaps a bitter, drunken Raymond Roussel, who smells a bit, and who can't be bothered with the details (yeh, I know, it's all about the details), and would much rather sit at the end of the bar and talk and talk and talk until everyone either gets pissed off, or wets their pants laughing. Sounds more like Jarry now that I think of it, but not quite. Hell, the guy's got a voice like no one else. Three or four actually. One of my favorite writers, and I have no idea what his real name is and don't much care either.




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NEW ARRIVALS: HANS BELLMER


HANS BELLMER: "Homage a Hans Bellmer" (Stapled wraps) $48.00
Galerie Andre-Francois Petit
24 pages, 20 full page plates. A collection of graphic works. Limited to 2000 copies. from an exhibit in the winter of 1975/76.



HANS BELLMER: "Photographe" (Stapled wraps)$48.00
67 photographies inedites, Galerie Andre-Francois Petit
Contains 8 full page plates. From an exhibit in the winter of 1983/84.



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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

NEW ARRIVALS: SOURCE: Music of the Avant Garde

Good God! Something outrageously expensive that is worth every penny. Stunning typography, beautifully designed, multiple paper stocks, multi-colored scores, 10 inch LPs, 35mm slides, fur, shot-gun holes, all encased in a cool, clinical, late 60s/ early 70s institutional veneer (it's bound with a plastic spiral binding for Christ's sake!)



Source: Music of the Avant Garde, Issue 1 $495.00



Vol. 1, No. 1 (January 1967) This copy has several unusual musical scores and large photographs. Some wear to cover, but otherwise very clean and in good condition. Robert Ashley; Larry Austin; Earle Brown; Giuseppe Chiari; Barney Childs; David Freund; Harry Partch; David Reck; Karlheinz Stockhausen; Bertram Turetzky. Highlights include a Harry Parch Photo spread, and a collection of Robert Ashley "circular" scores(yep. they're circles.)






Source: Music of the Avant Garde, Issue 2 SOLD!Issue No. 2 - Vol. 1, No. 2 (July 1967) Spiral-bound, top 2 spirals of binding are broken off. Some wear to front and back covers, but interior is in great shape. John Cage; Alvin Curran; Morton Feldman; David Freund; Jerry Hunt; Toshi Ichiyanagi; Ben Johnston; Alvin Lucier; Stanley Lunetta; Gordon Mumma; Harry Partch; David Tudor; Arthur Woodbury. Highlights include a Parch score; a Tudor photo spread; a Cage piece; an Ichiyanagi piece for ocillators, instruments and ring modulators; a conversation with Morton Feldman; and a mix-and-match score by Stanley Lunetta.







Source: Music of the Avant Garde, Issue 3 SOLD!

Issue No. 3 - Vol. 2, No. 1 (January 1968) Spiral-bound, bottom 2 spirals of binding are broken off. Some wear to front and back covers, but interior is in great shape. David Behrman; Allan Bryant; Harold Budd; Paul Chihara; Will Johnson; Douglas Leedy; Daniel Lentz; John Mizelle; Robert Moran; Pauline Oliveros; Jon Phetteplace; Steve Reich; Frederic Rzewski; New Music Ensemble. Hard to choose stand-outs. Pieces by Harold Budd and Steve Reich; essays by Pauline Oliveros and Frederic Rzewski ("Plan for Spacecraft"); a fold-out multi-color score by Allan Bryant, and another one by Daniel Lenz; an essay on the First Festival of Live Electronic Music, with flyer inserted; and an essay with photos on legendary music ensembles New Music Ensemble, ONCE Group, Sonic Arts Group, and musica elettronica viva.





Source: Music of the Avant Garde, Issue 4 SOLD!



Issue No. 4 - Vol. 2, No. 2 (July 1968) Unbelievable collection of works and musings by 1960's Avant Garde Musicians and Artists. This copy retains original LPs/records, posters, and interactive pull-outs. Some wear to front and back covers, but interior is in great shape. Robert Ashley; Larry Austin; David Behrman; Mario Bertoncini; Allan Bryant; John Cage; Lowell Cross; Jocy de Oliveira; Lukas Foss; Lejaren Hiller; Ben Johnston; Udo Kasemets. Included are 2 10" records-featuring: Robert Ashley-THE WOLFMAN; David Behrman-WAVE TRAIN; Larry Austin-ACCIDENTS; Allan Bryant-PITCH OUT; a Jocy Oliveira "score map slide" (yep, an actual 35mm slide of a map); an essay by Lowell Cross on "The Stirrer"; Udo Kasemets' Eight Edicts; Cage and Hiller's HPSCHD; and the photo score to Larry Austin's Accidents.






Source: Music of the Avant Garde, Issue 5 SOLD!

Issue No. 5 - Vol. 3, No. 1 (January 1969). The Special Picture Issue. Some wear to cover, and the upper right corner pages are bent, but otherwise in great shape. This issue includes Anna Lockwood; Christian Wolff; Dick Higgins; Stanley Lunetta; Robert Erickson; Jon Hassell; Arthur Woodbury; Andrew Stiller; R. Murray Schafer; Max Newhaus; Barney Childs; The New Percussion Quartet. Highlights include a photo spread of Anna (Annea) Lockwood with diections for Glass Concerto 2; a Dick Higgins essay; a Stanley Lunetta score in cartoon form; Jon Hassell's Map 2 a 6 inch square sheet of magnetic tape attached to the page; Barney Childs cut-out Event Machine; and a Max Neuhaus sampler.






Source: Music of the Avant Garde, Issue 6 SOLD!


Issue No. 6 - Vol. 3, No. 2 (July 1969). Infamous "shot-gun" issue. This copy retains original interactive projects and pull-outs. Some wear to cover, but otherwise in very good condition. This issue includes "And Coming Up Dripping" by David Rosenbloom; Dick Higgins The Thousand Symphonies" (the cover photo and inside cover, along with a page from the original score filled with bullet holes); Phillip Corner; a visually stunning Jani Christou score; Harold Budd; John Dinwiddie; Alvin Lucier; John Mizelle; Fredric Rzewski; Daniel Lentz; Morton Feldman; Roger Reynolds; Joel Gutsche.






Source: Music of the Avant Garde, Issue 9 SOLD!



Issue No. 9 - Vol. 5, No. 1 (1971). . Some light wear to covers, but otherwise in great shape. Includes Source records #5 & 6; Lowell Cross' Musica Instrumentalis ( a diagram with cut-out pages and an envelope with the actual score: five photographs; Arrigo Lora-Tontino; Marilyn Wood; Jim Burns; Manford Eaton; Jacques Brodier; Ed Kobrin; Alvin Curran; Paul Klerr; Anna Lockwood; Nelson Howe; Nicolas Slonimsky. RECORD 5: Lowell Cross-VIDEO II & Arrigo Lora-Totino-ENGLISH PHONEMES. RECORD 6: Alvin Curran-MAGIC CARPET & Anna Lockwood-TIGER BALM. The score for FUR MUSIC is notated with actual fur.







Source: Music of the Avant Garde, Issue 10 SOLD!


Issue No. 10 - Vol. 5, No. 2 (1971). This issue is edited by Alvin Lucier. Unbelievable collection of works and musings by 1960's Avant Garde Musicians and Artists. Some light wear to covers, but otherwise in great shape. This issue includes Alvin Lucier; Stuart Marshall's gorgeous score for Zones; Naked people with cameras attached to their heads; Steve Reich; Anthony Braxton; Mary Lucier; Pauline Oliveros; Cornelius Cardew's score for the Great Learning; features on the Scratch Orchestra and the Portsmith Sinfonia; Naked Software-MUCH MORE .


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EVENTS: Friday. Aug 22nd: MIKE TAMBURO, TUSK LORD, HUNTED CREATURES, ERIC CARBONARA


THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 22nd at BRICKBAT at 8PM:

MIKE TAMBURO
TUSK LORD
HUNTED CREATURES
ERIC CARBONARA


MIKE TAMBURO
Pittsburgh-based Mike Tamburo has been an increasingly prolific presence on the underground scene since the late 1990s, initially with the groups Meisha and Arco Flute Foundation, more recently as a solo artist. While his previous bands mostly operated in a space-rock/ambient post-rock territory, Mike's solo work usually begins with the hammered dulcimer or the acoustic guitar; inspired by American folk traditions, he expands outward to include influences from avant-garde to noise to modern compositional music. A Tamburo performance often includes both subtle fingerpicked guitar and swirling walls of sound generated by a raft of effects, and is always a very transportive experience. Tamburo is also an artist, film maker, thinker and runs the New American Folk Hero label, which continues to release an eclectic roster of creative and experimental musics. - http://www.myspace.com/tamburo

TUSK LORD
music of unexplored forests, clouds gathering on the horizon, and rocky foothill paths, all viewed through a filter than lends an unnatural veneer to the terrain. It's music of the earth, imperfect and unpolished, and all the more beautiful for it." - Adam Strohm.
http://www.myspace.com/tusklord


HUNTED CREATURES
"...this is really not noise in the traditional sense but the thick lava flow of droning buzz and carefully layered gusts of hiss and screech most certainly nod in that direction. To my ears it sounds a bit like Sunroof! on valium, and if anyone wonder[s], I do consider such a comment to be a great compliment." --- Broken Face (Sweden)
http://www.myspace.com/huntedcreatures

ERIC CARBONARA
Eric Carbonara is a Philadelphia based multi-instrumentalist & recording engineer, whose search for raw aural expression has led him far and wide – from noise & electro-acoustic music to taking deep root in the bounty of the wooden guitar.
Carbonara's playing draws on the rich musical styles from Andalusian Roma-Flamenco to Hindustani & North African folk to form a kind of exalted pidgin style of playing that covers a wide emotional terrain from meditative calm to restless unease.
His live solo performances range from contemplative acoustic meditations to aggressively loud electric sets. Carbonara is a regular collaborator in the improvisational outfit, Evil Eye Sound System & plays with the Philly psych-rock group, Soft People.
http://www.myspace.com/ericcarbonara

Friday, August 15, 2008

NEW ARRIVALS: PULP FICTION: Erle Stanley Gardner


THE D.A. COOKS A GOOSE $6.95






THE D.A. COOKS A GOOSE $6.95






TOP OF THE HEAP $8.95






THE D.A. CALLS A TURN $4.95





THE D.A. BREAKS AN EGG $7.95





THE D.A. CALLS A TURN $5.95





BATS FLY AT DUSK $6.95





GOLD COMES IN BRICKS $6.95





PASS THE GRAVY $12.95





SOME WOMEN WON'T WAIT $6.95




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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

FEATURED: THE ARTERIES of GREAT BRITAIN








The Arteries of Great Britain by W. Walcott (H.C. Dickens, 1922 London/New York) $2500.00



A Portfolio of 5 etchings, each signed in pencil by the artist. Each plate is housed in a paper folder with the title of the waterway. Commentary by Neil Munro included. All housed in a hardback folio. Rare.



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EVENTS: Friday. Aug 15th: VISITATIONS, RAFI BOOKSTABER, MARK LEDOUX w/ JD BYRIDER



This Friday, Aug 15th at 8PM:
VISITATIONS
RAFI BOOKSTABER
MARK LEDOUX w/ JD BYRIDER



VISITATIONS
"...always balanced on that fine and beautiful line between cosmic joke & aching depth. a simple & unadorned unfurling of strummed & fingered instruments, heartaching female vocals, woodland creatures, earthy male vocals, contrasting half written & totally spontaneous songs, twisting lyrics, haunted melancholy, lysergic joy, and a heavy dose of spooked new england lore..." (Time-Lag Records)

RAFI BOOKSTABER
"Space meditations, bedtime hymns, starlight ragas and bent blues for wood and wire and tape hiss." (-Azriel Records)

MARK LEDOUX w/ J.D. BYRIDER
"...black flower drones and blues stomp, with accompaniment by elusive underground myth, harp blower jd byrider......." (-r.b.)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Featured: EZMD by Shinro Ohtake






















EZMD by Shinro Ohtake, Two Softcover Volumes in a Cardboard Slipcase, First Edition $350.00

"EZMD (ISBN:4946419489) a two-volume slipcased homage to Marcel Duchamp, was published in 1987 by Yobisha Co., Ltd, Tokyo. One volume, published under the pseudonym Tay Teo Chuan, following Duchamp`s invention of Rose Sélavy as his alter ego, is printed in black and white in the style of a Japanese manga, with subtle intrusions of Duchampian motifs and themes. It is the companion volume, however, which is more compelling. Lusciously printed throughout in full colour, with the full-page collages bleeding off the edges, this pays tribute to Duchamp`s aesthetic of the ready-made and makes sly reference to some of his most influential works, as well as to his passion for chess." (shinro-ohtake.com)

Monday, August 4, 2008

EVENTS: Sunday, August 10th, U.S. GIRLS (Siltbreeze)


Sunday, August 10th at 8PM:

U.S. GIRLS (Siltbreeze Records)

"If the alluring moniker used by Megan Remy conjures images of volleyball teams or cheerleading squads, forget it. Not that there's any doubt that Remy--sorry, U.S. Girls--couldn't rise and conquer either challenge.
Like fellow DIY ingenues Sally Strobelight and Inca Ore, U.S. Girls' approach is deceptively ethereal and delightfully haunting; lithe, lysergic gamma rays of keyboard murk beamed over percussive bonk sort of resemble Diamanda Galas reinterpreting Suicide's Red Star. And dig that cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Prove It All Night," done in such an effortless, barbital lush you'd swear the air was filled with mescaline. Guess what? It's not." -Siltbreeze

"In her cover version of The Kinks melancholy anthem 'Days,' U.S. Girls sticks to Albert Einstein's wise maxim 'Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler.' The dirgey clatter of the drums brings to mind images of old steam machines advancing through vast fields where things grow slow and women sing folk songs which are eternal because they are sung from the heart and nothing else. U.S. Girls' voice does this, free from decoration, frills or pretense, mapping the country of the soul with a burning honesty strange in this reality, something we also find in the ballads of Acid Mothers Temple sorceress Cotton Casino." --20jazzfunkgreats.co.uk

Siltbreeze
US Girls on Myspace