Sunday, March 29, 2009

FEATURED: Classic Children's Series

The Hardy Boys: Secret of the Old Mill

The Bobbsey Twins at Cherry Corners

The Happy Hollisters and the Merry-Go-Round Mystery

Judy Bolton: The Riddle of the Double Ring

Bar-20 Days by Clarence E. Mulford, author of Hopalong Cassidy

Donna Parker: Mystery at Arawak

All titles can be purchased from:

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709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

NEW ARRIVALS: Vintage Mid-Century Paperbacks

The Transposed Heads, Thomas Mann
Cover by Paul Rand, $7.95

Hawkweed, Paul Goodman
(out of print) $9.95

I'm Not Stiller, Max Frisch
Cover by Giovanni Guarcello $6.95

Lafcadio's Adventures, Andre Gide
Cover by Anonio Frasconi $8.95

Forces In Modern British Literature, William Tindell
Cover by Paul Rand $6.95

The War Of The Worlds and The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
Cover by George Giusti and Bill Meek $9.95

The Trial of Lady Chatterley, Regina V. Penguin Books Limited
Cover and interior illustrations by Paul Hogarth $7.95

The Marble Faun, Nathaniel Hawthorne
(artist unknown) $4.95

The Twelve Chairs, Ilf & Petrov
Cover by Giovanni Guarcello $11.95

Nightmates of Eminent Persons, Bertrand Russell
Cover by Milton Glaser $9.95

The Field of Vision, Wright Morris
Cover by Milton Glaser $6.95

The Death of Tragedy, George Steiner
Cover by saul Lambert $9.95

Trio, W. Somerset Maugham (Hardcover, 1st Edition)
Cover by Bill English $12.95

Three Tragedies, Federico Garcia Lorca
(artist unknown) $7.95

House of Incest, Anais Nin
Cover and interior art by Val Telberg $7.95

Marx & Engels

Saturday, March 21, 2009

March 24th: Chris Sutherland (Cerebus Shoal), Brown Bird (Warren RI), Fence Kitchen (ex-Tarigh), Felicia Atkinson

Tuesday, March 24th at 8PM
at Brickbat:

Chris Sutherland (Cerebus Shoal)

Brown Bird (Warren RI)

Fence Kitchen (ex-Tarigh)

Felicia Atkinson (EU)

Brown Bird

David Lamb introduced the first catalog of songs under the name brown bird in the winter of 2002-2003 to friends and family while unemployed and living in Seattle. He returned to New England in 2003 and in the spring of 2004 he was joined by friends and former collaborators Jeremy and Jerusha Robinson. That year they released their first ep, "tauto". A self-titled ep ensued the following spring. Just before their first United States tour brown bird remixed and combined the two eps into one cd titled, "tautology". Their first full-length album, "such unrest", was released in the spring of 2007. In March of 2008 they recorded and released their second full-length album, "the bottom of the sea" on the Portland, Maine based label peapod recordings. During the spring and summer of 2008 David embarked on an extensive solo tour throughout the U.S. in support of "the bottom of the sea." At the end of his tour David met Morganeve Swain and Mike Samos who were playing in the Providence band Barn Burning. After performing with David on all 3 of their shared tour dates it became obvious that the two were a natural addition to the evolving brown bird sound.David, Morganeve and Mike all live in Rhode Island and continue to play shows from time to time with the Maine based members Jeremy and Jerusha. Currently all 5 members (along with a few special guests) are working on a new full length record that will be released on peapod recordings in the spring of 2009.

Chris Sutherland

Chriss Sutherland was born in 1976 in New Brunswick, Canada. He grew up in central Maine a pained, confused but energetic boy. Playing in punk and hardcore bands during his high school years Chriss cultivated his social and political desires, which transformed into artistic/musical aspirations. Upon graduation in 1994 he moved to Boston to form Cerberus Shoal. Quickly, the group relocated to Portland, Maine and the Blue House (Tank 28). Chriss resided there 13 years working, living, creating, recording and touring with the many amalgams of Cerberus Shoal (10 full lengths, a bunch of splits and singles released). In the final years of his residency he helped to found the acoustic evolution of CS, a group called Fire on Fire (an ep and full length released by Young God Records). Now after so many collaborative years Chriss is journeying outside himself to record and tour with his own songs delivered in a solo fashion. Singing in both Spanish and English Chriss writes long, heavy rhythmic tunes on acoustic guitar, which turn into anxious pleas for sense and harmony. He released his first solo record "me in a "field"" in November of 2007 with Tulsa, Oklahoma's Digitalis Industries. He is now releasing his second full length "Worried Love" with Portland, Maine's peapod recordings.

Fence Kitchen

From 2002 to the present, Tim Harbeson has employed Fence Kitchen as both alter-ego and vehicle for exploring his interest in multi-disciplinary solo performance. This perpetual work in progress at times involves puppetry and ambient setting and lighting with original music played live and/or as recorded soundtrack, while at other times, is presented as a purely musical performance. As the music is the impetus and context for Fence Kitchen-- an integral component of the mesmerizing dreamscape of objects and created environment and an extractable, stand-alone export of the world it infuses-- Beading The Rook is both a document, and a continuance, of this ongoing flight of fancy.

Felicia Atkinson

Félicia Atkinson currently resides in Brussels, Belgium. lives in the northern east hills of Paris, France.She's got an english name because of her grand grand father but she was a lonely child raised by her polishmom and her parisian father in an appartment surrounded by books. When she was a kid, she learned a lotof weird things for her age, many of them she had forgotten now, such as chinese, sword, baratanatyam,tibetan, harp, dance or theatre. This education made her creative and playfull. The work of Felicia Atkinson isinspired by two ways of thinking: the Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy of the unfinished, and the lo-fi folk inmusic. Imperfections, raw materials, rock culture are the materials of her body of work which includesperformance, writing, music, drawing, photograph....The main theme that follows her is the perspective of the poetry of small things in which are hided the deepquestions of existance: the missing, the death, the desire, the unspeakable. How to play with importantthoughts through game, rhymes and songs. She plays in a sound project called Roman Anglais with SylvainChauveau and have released an album "Roman Anglais" on O Rosa Records in 2008. Felicia is also involvedin two other bands, Stretchandrelax with her best friend Elise (doing a sexy reductionism with catch helmetsand bird noises) and Louisville, a rock band inspired by trees and strange places. She had played andshowed her work in many places such as La Foundation Cartier Pour l'art Contemporain (Paris), The EmptyBottle (Chicago), The Knitting Factory (New York)

(all descriptions provided by unknown sources)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

EVENTS: March 20th at 6PM: Saturnalia Books Presents: Sebastian Agudelo & Kirsten Kaschock

Friday, March 20th at 6pm at Brickbat Books:

Saturnalia Books Presents

Poets Sebastian Agudelo & Kirsten Kaschock

Sebastian Agudelo

"If you want to study the nature of power and appetite, the economics of eating and serving, where better to look than the restaurant kitchen? Sebastian Agudelo locates his lyric inquiry into the intersections between food and class in the steamy back rooms where the immigrant poor wash the dishes while meals rife with information about culture and history are carried to the tables of those who can pay the bill.... Agudelo invites Whitman and Auden behind the scenes, into the aspiration, struggle and resignation behind the swinging doors. To the Bone is an unexpected, bracing debut." —Mark Doty

Kirsten Kaschock

Kirsten Kaschock was born into a family of dancers. She has earned MFA degrees in choreography from the University of Iowa and in creative writing from Syracuse University. Slope Editions released her first book, Unfathoms, in 2004, and it was chosen as a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, judged by Cole Swensen. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Dottery. Her work has appeared in journals including The Iowa Review, American Letters & Commentary, Coconut, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She keeps a blog, Negative Wingspan, and lives in Georgia. -Slope Editions

Friday, March 13, 2009

13 Atypical Reads for Friday the 13th!

Enjoy surreal happenstances and otherworldly occurrences all year round at Brickbat Books.

four thousand flavors: volume one $2.00

Thomas Jackson Rice, Joyce, Chaos & Complexity $14.95

V. Campudoni, Wendal, His Cat, and the Progress of Man (HC) $9.95 (out of print!)

Andre Breton, Free Rein (La Cle des champs) (HC) $29.95

Daniel Clowes, Ghost World $7.95

Camille Paglia, Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" $14.95

Barbara Weisberg, Talking to the Dead $8.95

The Edge of Surrealism: A Roger Caillois Reader (HC) $34.95

Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible $4.95

Ryan Mecum, Zombie Haiku $5.95

David Shrigley, Joy: 22 Postcards $49.95 (1st Ed!)

Hans Bellmer: 67 photogrpahies inedites $48.00

Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The End (Book the 13th) (HC) $6.96

All titles can be purchased from:

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Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Saturday, March 7, 2009

EVENTS: March 14th at 4PM: Historian Kenneth Milano: The History of the Kensington Soup Society

The History of the Kensington Soup Society, 1844-2008

“Kensington Soup House. - This building, located in Allen Street, Eighteenth Ward, daily presents a scene of interest to all who concern themselves about the alleviation of human suffering. The society is now busy in dispensing its charities, and many a crushed spirit is the recipient of its bounty. Every morning hundreds of the poorest residents of the vicinity vie to the spot to have their kettles filled with soup, which is received with an eagerness which shows that want and hunger is pinching. The applicants are of all ages and of both sexes and colors. Ragged children come from squalid homes, but there are also some attired with comparative neatness, who show by their demeanor that their position is strange and unpleasant. Women approach at times timidly, obtain the relief and depart quickly, but with eyes that speak gratitude. Old men bowed with age and sorrow also come, and tearfully thank the dispensers of the nourishment which is to prolong their days of sadness. There is much distress in the vicinity of the Soup House, and the society well deserves the aid and co-operation of the benevolent in their good work.” - 2 Feb 1861 Philadelphia Inquirer

Books by Kenneth Milano:

History of the Kensington Soup Society

History of Penn Treaty Park

Remembering Fishtown & Kensington

All titles are $19.95 and can be purchased from:

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Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

EVENTS: Fire Museum Presents: The Alliance Tour

Fire Museum Presents: The Alliance Tour

Sunday, March 15th at 8pm$5

Brickbat Books

709 South Fourth Street

Infinity Window

duo of Taylor Richardson (Prehistoric Blackout/Sunburned Hand Of The Man/Purple Haze) and Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never)

“Well beyond ‘mere’ drone/loop automating, this is deeply focused, sensual tone float that combines the most mind-altering new age specifics with Industrial grime and sensual dream logic. Beautiful and highly recommended." -Volcanic Tongue

Mark McGuire


"Solo guitar and tapes from Mark McGuire of Emeralds in a heavy minimalist proto-Europe Endless/Kraftwerk style, with delayed arpeggio guitar chopped into melancholy metronomic waves that provide a beautiful backwards transport. Some of the guitar playing reflects on such classy F/X inflected moments as Cul De Sac’s “Doldrums” but there’s also a weird, UK folk aspect that would join the dots between Flying Saucer Attack and Nick Drake.” –We Are Up for Sale



Kicking off the jams this evening is Fishtown’s pride and joy, Enumclaw (aka Norman Fetter of Niagara Falls). This is some of the toastiest mind-melt you’ll come across, show up “fashionably late” to this one and you’ll be taunted over missing such sonic sorcery.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Andy Warhol, Pop Box (box of various ephemera) 19.95 SOLD!

Daniel Pinkwater, Polk-Bats and Octopus Slacks (HB w/CD) 9.95

Michel Houellebecq, Ths Possiblity of an Island (1st edition HB) 14.95

Aleister Crowley, Book Four (PB) 7.50

Jim Thompson, The Grifters (British ed PB) 8.95

The Art of Richard Tuttle (HB) 49.95

Robert Smithson (HB) 29.95

O.M. Ungers, Morphologie (PB) SOLD!

Fran Lloyd, Consuming Bodies: Sex & Contemporary Japanese Art (PB) 14.95

George Nelson, International Design Conference (box w/pamphlets) 35.00

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All titles can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215 592 1207

We are open every day, 11am to 7pm.
We accept Visa, MC, Amex, and cash.
We ship anywhere.