Monday, April 27, 2009

NEW ARRIVALS: Children's Books

Sparkle And Spin, Paul Rand and Ann Rand
Hardbound, $16.99

This Is Paris, Miroslav Sasek
Hardbound, $17.95

Lonesome Puppy, Yoshitomo Nara
Hardbound, $17.99

My First Nursery Book, Franciszka Themerson
Hardbound, $16.95

George Herriman, The Cat That Walked In Beauty: The Panoramic Dailies
Hardbound, $39.95

Animals Of The Ocean, In Particular The Giant Squid, Doris Haggis-On-Whey
Hardbound, $18.00

Cold Fusion, Doris Haggis-On-Whey
Hardbound, $18.00

Bruno Munari's ABC, Bruno Munari
Hardbound, $19.99

I Am A Bunny, Ole Risom & Richard Scarry
Hardbound, $5.99

I Can Fly, Ruth Krauss
Hardbound, $2.99

The 13 Clocks, James Thurber
Hardbound, $14.95

I Know A Lot Of Things, Paul Rand and Ann Rand
Hardbound, $16.99

Little 1, Paul Rand and Ann Rand
Hardbound, $15.99

Jack And The Box, Art Spiegelman
Hardbound, $12.95

The Nutshell Library, Maurice Sendak
4 Hardbound Books in a Box, $16.95

Speed Racer: Mach Go Go Go!, Tatsuo Yoshida
2 Hardbound books in a slipcase, $39.95

Three Robbers, Tomi Ungerer
Hardbound, $16.95

The Wonderful O, James Thurber
Hardbound, $14.95

The Adventures Of Tintin: Volume 1, Herge
Hardbound, $18.99

Edith And Mr. Bear, Dare Wright
Hardbound, $16.00

Little And Large, Tony Millionaire
Hardbound, $7.95

The Lonely Doll, Dare Wright
Hardbound, $16.00

Many Moons, James Thurber
Hardbound, $17.00

Not A Box, Antoinette Portis
Hardbound, $12.99

Munari's Machines, Bruno Munari
Hardbound, $27.00

All titles can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open every day, 11am to 7pm.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

EVENT: April 24th: Area C, mem1

Friday, April 24th at 8PM
Brickbat Books:

Area C


Area C
Erik Carlson is a composer, media artist and architect based in Providence, RI. His work examines sound as an evocative presence, often acting as a marker, in the physical and mental spaces we inhabit. Since 2002 he has been recording and performing under the name AREA C, whose compositions work with timbre, texture and live loops, exploring cyclical relationships and the details of their decay over time. Improvisation plays an important part in both recordings and live performances, encompassing extended explorations of minimal rhythm and melody, drawing on remnants of other times and places, outdated and untested technologies, signals sent out but never received

Mem1 are an electroacoustic hybrid that seamlessly blend the sounds of cello and electronics to create an original and cohesive performance, focusing on a constant yet subtle evolution of textures ranging from sparse to dense, ambient to rhythmic, tranquil to volatile. Rather than a duet between two individuals, listeners experience a single voice, exploring a limitless palette of sonic possibilities, submerging the listener in layers of distinctive and complex patterns, creating an aural experience which moves beyond melody, lyricism, and traditional structural confines to arrive at a new sense of organically-revealed narrative. -Forced Exposure

EVENT: April 25th: City of Photos, a Film by Nishtha Jain

City of Photos (2005) 59 min

City of Photos explores the little known ethos of neighborhood photo studios in Indian cities, discovering entire imaginary worlds in the smallest of spaces. Tiny, shabby studios that appear to be stuck in a time warp turn out to be places throbbing with energy. As full of surprises as the people who frequent these studios are the backdrops they enjoy posing against and the props they choose. These afford fascinating glimpses into individual fantasies and popular tastes. Yet beneath the fun and games runs an undercurrent of foreboding. Not everyone enjoys being photographed; not every backdrop is beautiful; not all photos are taken on happy occasions. The cities in which these stories unfold themselves become backdrops, their gritty urban reality a counterpoint to the photo palaces. Desires, memories and stories, all so deeply linked to the photographic experience, come together as part of a personal journey into the city of photos.

Direction & Editing: Nishtha Jain
Cinematography: Deepti Gupta
Research and Script: Nishtha Jain & Smriti Nevatia
Commentary: Smriti Nevatia
Associate Director: Smriti Nevatia
Music: Debojyoti Mishra
Voice: Nishtha Jain
Sound: Gissy Michael & Gautam Nag
Sound Design:Dipankar Chaki
Original Languages: Hindi, Bengali, English
Subtitles: English

Supported by
India Foundation For the Arts, Bangalore
Jan Vrijman Fund, the Netherlands

“Brilliantly insightful, poignant, and powerful. Nishtha has demonstrated how much more one can do with film than perhaps any other media. I loved the scrutiny of individual images, the juxtapositions, and was especially struck by her evidently fantastic interpersonal skills.”
- Chris Pinney, author of Camera Indica

"The jury selects for a special commendation, City of Photos by Nishtha Jain from India for making a multi-layered film, for its skillful attention to form and for making a highly reflective film about the nature of representation itself."
- Award citation, Film South Asia, Kathmandu

“City of Photos captures in a smart way much of the flavour and character I know of India and is a modern meditation on image-making, family, memory, rituals.”
- Peter Wintonick, Filmmaker

“City of Photos is a layered and complex journey into the neighbourhood studio... accompanied by a lyrical narrative...A play between what seem like opposites — order and chaos, past and present, or reality and fantasy — runs through the film.”
- Bageshree S, The Hindu

"The film is lyrical, thoughtful and thought-provoking. There is a synergy here between the visuals, the commentary and the suggestive sound track that is rare in documentary. Jain manages the irony of using the moving image to capture the image that is already still with equanimity and a certain grace, treating the viewer almost as a photographic plate upon which her impressions are recorded."
- Arshia Sattar, Openspace

"Jain's tribute to these still images in motion picture, an irony she consciously emphasizes, is enhanced by humour, nostalgia, and surrealism... It is in its ambiguity and subtlety that the film triumphs... Instead of dishing out a presumptuous treatise on photography, Jain simply captures what fascinates her personally and presents it in a manner that we might be able to see bits of our own selves in it...Strong tensions between the pleasurable and disturbing pervade the film as they do our lives and aesthetic orders and by allowing them their space and expression, the filmmaker celebrates all three."
-Pragya Tiwari, Mumbai Mirror

Essays, Reflections and more Reviews:
Director's Note by Nishtha Jain
Urban Dreams by Smriti Nevatia
UC Berkeley Pacific Film Archive Review

•Special Jury Commendation at Film South Asia, Kathmandu, 2005
•Voted #7 and shown in the IDFA Top 20 in 2007, a section comprising audience favourites from the more than 900 films screened at IDFA in its 20-year history.

Monday, April 20, 2009

EVENT: April 21st: Micah Blue Smaldone, Lord Dog Bird, US Girls

Tuesday, April 21st at 8PM
Brickbat Books:

Micah Blue Smaldone

The Lord Dog Bird

US Girls

The Lord Dog Bird
The Lord Dog Bird is the solo recording project of Colin McCann, guitarist for Jagjaguwar artists, Wilderness. While the band was on extended hiatus, McCann kept at it, documenting his feelings about life and music at home on his four track. The result is a gritty, tactile document of a time spent in self-exploration and flux. Through droning repetition and the unmistakable hiss and clip of four track cassette, a warm and engrossing atmosphere develops. These songs are buoyed by melodies that are at once sad and hopeful. The listener is immediately drawn in by their intimacy and honesty, with vocals imparting a sincerity and intensity that often borders on vulnerability. While The Lord Dog Bird draws it's influences from a distinct set of predecessors, music itself seems to be it's main inspiration; a human attempt at honoring beauty; a music to help bring about healing and to celebrate change. -Jagjaguwar

Micah Blue Smaldone
Micah sources his vaudeville blues in a tradition that predates even the American mystery schools favoured by Jack Rose, crossing early folk forms with ragtime and minstrel stylings and a macabre showtune aspect which brings to mind the work of Dame Darcy, Tiny Tim and Josephine Foster. -Volcanic Tongue

US Girls
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

Friday, April 10, 2009


MARC VAN ELBURG: Separatorium
$5.95 (The Netherlands) SOLD!

KARL WILLIS: Jessica's French Inhale
incles tipped-in trading card! $6.95 (New Zealand)

Saddle-stitched, had-printed covers $6.95

KUTI 4: Anders Nilsen, Tommi Musturi, etc.
Folded newsprint folio $4.00 (Finland)

KUTI 5: Tommi Musturi, Knut Larsson, P.A. Manninen
Folded newsprint folio $4.00 (Finland)

KUTI 6: Matti Hagelberg, Marcel Ruijters, Tommi Musturi
Folded newsprint folio $4.00 (Finland)

HANS RICKHEIT: Sigmund Freud $4.00

KEVIN BRADY: Rotten Pathway $4.95

ZEKE CLOUGH: Shoogooble $4.00

ZEKE CLOUGH: Petstatic 4 $4.00

ZEKE CLOUGH: Petstatic 5 $4.00


LESLIE STEIN: Eye of the Majestic Creature 2
Stapled newsprint quarto $4.95

All titles can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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Monday, April 6, 2009


GEE'S BEND: The Architecture of the Quilt

Surrealist Painters and Poets: An Anthology, Mary Anne Caws, editor

FLANN O'BRIEN: The Third Policeman
The Folio Society, Illustrated by David Eccles
Hardcover in slipcase


ÖYVIND FAHLSTRÖM: Manipulate the World!
Hardcover in die-cut slipcase accompanied by 2 CDs ("Birds in Sweden" (1963) and "The Holy Torsten Nilsson" (1966)

THE ROYAL ART LODGE: Women and Children

MAHOKO AKIYAMA's Doll Collection: Maidens Invited to the Goldfish Mansion One Lapis Lazuli Night
Softcover with die-cut slipcase

JOSEPH CORNELL: Visits With Joseph Cornell
(the third volume of the Art After Death CD series.)
Compact Disc, with 16 page booklet

WERNER HERZOG: Of Walking in Ice Munich - Paris 23 November - 14 December 1974

GEORGE HERMS: The Secret Archives
Corrugated box with multiple works

JOHN FORD: Ford at Fox by Joseph McBride

ALBERT OEHLEN: Albert Oehlen
Softcover, 5 two-sided color posters

Exhibition catalogue published on the occasion of German artist Albert Oehlen's second solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery, London. Continuing Oehlen's interest in posters, this catalogue contains loose, unbound images of 10 paintings from the exhibition, all contained within a larger fold-out poster designed by the artist. Included is a text of the conversation held between Albert Oehlen and British artist, Nigel Cooke.

All titles can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open every day, 11am to 7pm.

We accept Visa, MC, Amex, Paypal and cash.

We ship anywhere.