Tuesday, August 31, 2010

FEATURED: Jacques Tardi's West Coast Blues

What do you do if you're an alcoholic French family man who is suddenly pursued by a team of hired killers for unknown reasons? Get them first! Awesome noir graphic novel from the man considered to be Europe's leading cartoonist teamed up with a noted crime novelist.



Jacques Tardi and Jean-Patrick Manchette, West Coast Blues
Hardcover, $18.95






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FEATURED: Two by Leslie Charteris

Leslie Charteris, Prelude For War: A New Saint Novel
Hardcover, $14.95




Leslie Charteris, Saint Overboard
Hardcover, $18.95




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Thursday, August 26, 2010

FEATURED: Moebius' Airtight Garage


...just found this tucked inside another book on the shelf. Assumed it was sold or stolen months ago.
Possibly my favorite Moebius comic, this late 80s Marvel Comics edition slaps on a poorly designed cover and unnecessarily adds color to the original b&w artwork, but it still maintains its blissed-out, transcendent wonkiness.


Moebius (Jean Giraud), The Airtight Garage
Paperback,(out of print)$49.95



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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

EVENT: Sat, Aug 28th: Eric DeJesus (w/ Dragon Turtle), Fursaxa (w/ Helena Espvall), Zillions (Rosali Middleman)


August 28th, 8PM
at
Brickbat Books

Eric DeJesus (w/ Dragon Turtle)
Fursaxa (w/ Helena Espvall)
Zillions (Rosali Middleman)




ERIC DEJESUS (w/ Dragon Turtle)
We Have Heaven's Eric DeJesus will be reading excerpts from his new
...book, We Wont Be Here Forever. It is 80 pages of magic realism, small typeface, bic pen drawings (with watercolour applied by Elizabeth Duby), hard cover, and a CD soundtrack by Minus Pilots (UK). For this event, Dragon Turtle will provide the musical backdrop.

http://easysubcult.blogspot.com/2010/03/we-wont-be-here-forever.html

The book is out on AMERICAN TYPEWRITER, the publishing wing of EASY SUBCULT.

Eric says:
The next project is a book by JONATHAN VANCE of MOSS ICON fame. RAW POGO boxsets too.
Look here:
http://www.easysubcult.bigcartel.com/




FURSAXA (w/ Helena Espvall)
"Fursaxa boasts a fan base with the likes of Bardo Pond, Acid Mothers Temple and Thurston Moore, who released a record by her on his Ecstatic Peace! imprint. A previous member of the band UN, Burke is now one of the epicentres and key collaborators of the North American free-folk movement, along with such luminaries as Jack Rose, Charalambides, Ben Chasny and the Jewelled Antler Collective. With her hypnotic, echo-y churchbell chanting, Burke possesses a power-filled vocal sound that harkens back not only to those other polar queens of disaffected freakout psychedelia Nico and Barbara Manning, but she is also akin to and inspired by Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th-century Benedictine mystical abbess. With the low drone of chord organ and Farfisa, detuned ringing guitar, and endlessly looped, multiply-tracked vocals applied with heaps of delay, Fursaxa sounds like a tripped-out medievalist perched upon a poppy petal. Burke has an alchemical knack for turning folk into lo-fi, and then into sheer psych and back again, but more importantly, her music is pure humming narcosis." -ATP
HELENA ESPVALL:
"...rank(s) right up there with Joelle Leandre and Eugene Chadbourne, as far as wild passionate and extremely diverse playing goes. Spooky, dark, dissonant, often psychedelic. -Mufaor, KZSU




ZILLIONS (Rosali Middleman)
New project by Rosali Middleman of Blood Like Mine ("Down home experimental swamp-a-delic americana to tickle your eardrum." says Fire Museum.)

FEATURED: Photographs from the Museo Zoologico "La Specola" dell' Universita a Firenze





Sato Akira, Anatomia Barocca
Photographs from the Museo Zoologico "La Specola" dell' Universita a Firenze
Hardcover, Editions Treville, Tokyo 1995
$39.95

Sato Akira's photographs of La Specola's collection of wax anatomical casts from the 16th century.
Stunningly beautiful and quite macabre, La Specola's collection is a necessary stop on any newlywed's Tuscan Death Trip.








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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

FEATURED: Charles Willeford

Although he certainly wrote some outright crime novels (the excellent Hoke Mosley series comes to mind), Charles Willeford wasn't a strict practitioner of the art. Oftentimes an actual criminal act was only a small element of the story. Instead, his characters were precise psychos with strange specialized knowledge and firm cultural opinions. His books delved into the determined heads of cockfighters, art critics, yuppie horndogs, and alcoholic artists with obsessive detail.








I Was Looking for a Street, $15.95
" “I'm proud to say I knew the man who wrote this book,” writes Elmore Leonard of cult crime writer Charles Willeford's moving memoir of his youth. “It is pure writing, never pretentious or forced, never melodramatic, but honest storytelling of the highest order. This is how to do it, if anyone wants to know: how to write simple prose from a young boy's point of view and hold the reader spellbound.” I Was Looking for a Street tells the story of the author's childhood and adolescence as an orphan, as he moves from railroad yards to hobo tent cities, to soup kitchens and deserts around Los Angeles and across the United States. The ensuing tale is at once a picaresque adventure through Depression-era America and a portrait of the writer as a young man of seemingly little promise but great spirit. Written after Willeford's later literary success with Cockfighter, Miami Blues and The Woman Chaser, this memoir is the work of a writer at the height of his powers, looking back without nostalgia or regret, and preserving in his clear and powerful prose the great American adventure of his youth."






Wild Wives, $12.95
"Jake Blake is a private detective short on cash when he meets a rich and beautiful young woman looking to escape her father’s smothering influence. Unfortunately for Jake, the smothering influence includes two thugs hired to protect her—and the woman is in fact not the daughter of the man she wants to escape, but his wife. Now Jake has two angry thugs and one jealous husband on his case. As Jake becomes more deeply involved with this glamorous and possibly crazy woman, he becomes entangled in a web of deceit, intrigue—and multiple murders. Brilliant, sardonic, and full of surprises, Wild Wives is one wild ride." His only true "PI" detective tale, but pretty demented.








Honey Gal, $14.95

"The Black Mass of Brother Springer was the next title he tried, but Beacon changed that to Honey Gal before publication in 1958. In an essay that year for Writers Digest, Willeford ruminated on why the title you stew over will be changed more often than not. There are many reasons. A strong protest from the illustrator, for instance, claiming that your title detracts from his four-color layout of a girl tied to a tree being whipped by six gorillas is enough to change your title. After only five years, he was a hardened veteran of the paperback original jungle, and knew how it worked. Honey Gal doesn't really cut it as the title for what some people feel is Willeford's best existentialist novel, an absurdist look at segregation in the South. This novel and the three preceding it are all essential Willeford, in my opinion."


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EVENT: Fri, August 27th: Touch and Go & Detroit Hardcore!



Friday August 27th
7pm

at
Brickbat Books

a book signing for

TOUCH AND GO: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79–’83
and
WHY BE SOMETHING THAT YOU'RE NOT: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985


Along with jazz and comic books, hardcore is a completely American invention. All it took was a gang of bored and obnoxious youth from the exotic locale of East Lansing, MI to start a few bands. While inspired by the media-baiting shock antics of Limey acts like Sex Pistols and Sham 69, the sounds produced by the Fix, Necros, and Negative Approach were far more pulverizing, fast, energetic, angry, and vicious, to the point that the original punk bands sounded utterly tame and polite in comparison. Finding out about like-minded numbskulls in DC and LA, self-releasing records, touring, and making fanzines is what begat the DIY ethic in the American underground. Whether you personally listen to hardcore in 2010 is beside the point- practically every figure of note in the underground/"alternative" culture was influenced by some aspect of it and can agree on the validity of it as a true American art form. We are pleased to welcome 2 authors for a book signing/meet n' greet.

Tesco Vee is one of the founders of Touch and Go Fanzine/Records and, as a member of the Meatmen, crafted compassionate and tender songs like "Tooling for Anus" and "Crippled Children Suck."

Tony Rettman is among the best exports of Ewing Township, NJ. He has written for Blastitude, Swingset, Arthur, Thrasher, and (presumably) more. His breadth of musical knowledge is breathtaking.





TOUCH AND GO: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79–’83
Tesco Vee & Dave Stimson

$29.95 SOLD OUT

Touch and Go fanzine was the brainchild of Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson and was launched in Lansing, Michigan, in 1979. Major fanatics of the new punk happenings in the late ’70s, TV and DS set out to chronicle, lambaste, ridicule, and heap praise on all they arbitrarily loved or hated in the music communities in the US and abroad.

In laughably minuscule press runs by today’s standards, T & G was made by guys within the Midwest scene strictly for the edification of scenesters and pals in other cities like DC, Philly, Boston, LA, SF, Chicago, et al. Inspired by magazines such as Slash and Search and Destroy and writers like Claude Bessy and Chris Desjardines, TV and DS pumped out seventeen naughty, irreverent issues together, and TV did another five solo.

Magazines like Forced Exposure and Your Flesh, among others, soon fired up Xerox machines themselves, and the rest is history. So is the legendary independent record label launched from this zine, and so are the bands covered inside: Black Flag, Minor Threat, the Misfits, Negative Approach, the Fix, the Avengers, the Necros, Discharge, Iron Cross, Youth Brigade, Faith, Die Kreuzen, Crucifix, Poison Idea—and all the other punks worth their weight in glorious black and white.

TOUCH AND GO: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79–’83
576 stiff full-sized 8.5″ x 12″ pages. The complete series 1979–1983. Twenty-two issues in one loud, fast volume.









Why Be Something That You're Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985
Tom Rettman, forward by Tesco Vee


$16.00 SOLD OUT!



In the early seventies, Detroit was the musical hub of America. Everything from the chart topping sounds of Motown records to the vicious proto-punk of The Stooges was being brewed out there and it seemed like there was no end in sight. But by the early eighties, the city was both a physical and cultural wasteland due to major label buyouts of the artists as well as the crippling drug habits of some of the others. Detroit's most known musical export at the time was the vapid sounds of New Wave heartthrobs The Romantics; this wasn't good. It took a gaggle of suburban skateboarders, a grade school teacher and a census bureau clerk to wake this city up from its slumber and start one of the first hardcore punk scenes in America.

"Why Be Something That You're Not" chronicles the first wave of Detroit hardcore from its origins in the late seventies to its demise in the mid-eighties. Through a combination of oral history and extensive imagery, the book proves that even though the Southern California beach towns might have created the look and style of hardcore punk, it was the Detroit scene that cultivated the music's grassroots aesthetic before most cultural hot spots even knew what the music was about.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

FEATURED: Hank Harrison's Dead Book


Hank Harrison, The Dead Book: A Social History of the Grateful Dead
Paper wraps, $24.95 (first edition, second printing)

Not so much rambling as stumbling, Hank Harrison's classic account of the early days of the Grateful Dead and the Bay Area scene is the essential Dead document and the perfect late-summer read.





"Barney...decided he would do a far, farther-out thing: He shot some smack in one arm and some cocaine in the other, took about 500 micrograms of LSD and some speed, and downed a bottle of some kind of hard booze (vodka perhaps) and then some port wine. Then he waited until it turned his eyeballs around. With this mixture coursing through his circuits, he drove his chopper through the San Francisco fog and across the bridge to the Oakland Induction Center and got in line with the other guys His leather-rivet Robinhood hat was glued miraculously to his head with Dixie Peach, and he was chawin' on some Copenhagen snootz or Beechnut or somethin' like it. Anyway, it always made him look like he was gonna spit in yer eye if ya didn't smile at him just so. The desk sergeant yelled NEXT and up stepped Barney..."




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Saturday, August 14, 2010

FEATURED: James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room


James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room (1956)
First Edition, Hardcover
Cover by Seymour Chwast
$195.00











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Friday, August 13, 2010

FEATURED: Those Fabulous Philadelphians


Herbert Kupferberg, Those Fabulous Philadelphians
Hardcover, $185.00

Signed by Eugene Ormandy, Jose de Pasquale, and 26 members of The Philadelphia Orchestra!














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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Arrivals: Two by Nabokov


Nabokov's Quartet (1966)
Hardcover, First Edition, $29.95





Nabokov's Dozen (1958)
Hardcover, First Edition, $55.00





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Thursday, August 5, 2010

FEATURED: Toshio Saeki's Onikage


Toshio Saeki, Onikage $39.95

7 full-color paper vellum overlays
7 black & white illustrations
24 full-color illustrations
11¾" x 14½"
Hardcover

A selection of Toshio Saeki's previously unseen works -- erotic, unsettling, boundary-pushing, intense and controversial -- is uniquely printed here in a large, lush format. Throughout, paper vellum overlays reproduce Saeki's unique method for adding color to his black and white artwork. He does not apply color directly, but instead uses overlays to indicate the exact colors he wants. He calls this method chinto printing -- the picture is complete only after it has been printed -- a modern version of the ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese woodcut prints. Though Onikage contains nearly two-dozen full color and seven black and white images, the viewer is not allowed to see every image in all stages. Like the artist, the viewer must use his or her imagination to complete these peculiar pictures. Saeki's other books are difficult to find in US, and this volume is printed in larger format than any of Saeki's previous books.
"In the modern world, where one rarely stops to think about the truth behind the moment, you might enjoy it if you take a peep at my mysterious and strange illusions." -Toshio Saeki, from the Introduction.



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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

FEATURED: Jack Chick's Religious Tract Comix


Jack Chick, The Complete Tracts
101(!) staple-bound pamphlets, $26.95


Oddly, these put me in mind of Tijuana Bibles. A crude, unsettling vigor. Not for the faint-hearted.


"The Christianity in these little gems is so intense that your eyes will bleed (and maybe your palms). If you're a fan of Jack Chick, or you've been reading Bob Fowler's World of Chick, you need this fat pack of 101 tracts. That's right, 101 tracts in all. Plus three duplicates! That's a lot of tracts." -Last Gasp
















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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

FEATURED: The Three Novels of Roger Mais


The Three Novels of Roger Mais: The Hills Were Joyful Together, Brother Man, Black Lightning (with illustrations by the author) (out of print as such) $19.95

FEATURED: Tokyo Zombie


Tokyo Zombie, Yusaku Hanakuma
$9.95

...very satisfying King Terry meets Wes Craven vibe.

"A horror-comedy manga about two blue-collar factory workers and jiu-jitsu experts who deal with a zombie uprising in Tokyo. When the story begins, Fujio and Mitsuo dream of training in martial arts overseas and becoming famous. When they accidentally kill their overbearing boss, they bury him at a man-made garbage mountain known as Dark Fuji, where tons of rotting garbage have been contaminated with industrial waste which, naturally, transforms the bodies of the dead into ravenous, flesh-eating zombies.

Fuji and Mitsuo try their best to survive in this horrific new landscape, but the hapless pair become separated after an idiotic mistake involving potato chips and a stray dog. A few years later, post-apocalyptic Tokyo has become a feudalistic society, in which the rich have enslaved the lower classes, and created gladiator death matches, pitting zombies against slaves, and Fuji and Misuo meet again."

Sunday, August 1, 2010

FEATURED: My Little ABC


My Little ABC, Mary Prescott Vogels and Barbara Ericksen
Hardcover, illustrated boards, $6.95