Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Featured: L'Oie de Cravan

A selection of comix from Canadian publisher L'Oie de Cravan, responsible for the recent Hurley and Coley books...



Plustard
Obom
Limited, silkscreened covers





Mimi Pink Drink
Obom
Limited edition of 800 copies under cover screenprinted by Simon Bossé. $12.00




Schmo
Jeff Ladouceur
Cartoons. Black and white, with four color pages. $20.00







Holy Moly
Jeff Ladouceur








L'Affaire Madame Paul
Julie Doucet
Limited edition of 500 copies, cover screenprinted by Simon Bossé. $13.00







Intestine
Simon Bossé
Limited edition of 600 copies, silkscreened cover by the author.
The first full album of this pillar of the Montreal comics. $15.00







Bébête
Simon Bossé
Limited edition of 700 copies, silkscreened cover by the author. $14.00








bébé
Nadia Moss
Limited edition of 700 copies color cover. $17.00
"A very nice combination of scratchy, obsessive skits and more full-blown assembly /illos. A very nice piece of work and highly recommended." -Byron Coley and Thurston
Moore








Mr Non Pigeon
Nadia Moss
60 p. including 4 color pages. $18.00





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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Arrivals: Michael Hurley & Byron Coley


Byron Coley, C'est la guerre : Early Writings 1978-1983
Frontline writings from the music war
$16.00

"Coley was born in Manhattan in 1956. He has written extensively about underground culture since the mid-70s. His work for Forced Exposure and Spin made him legendary. This book shows it all started years earlier at NY Rocker and Take It! Since then he has published poetry, writen liner notes for hundreds of records, spewed for more zines than anyone could ever remember and contributed to various anthologies. His previous book was «No Wave» with Thurston Moore.

C'est la guerre is a perfect snapshot, via letters and early articles, of a time of great changes in american music, that of the emergence of new kinds of wild rock, punk or noise, that would extend the explorations of free jazz or of great innovators like Captain Beefheart. Some of the articles included are about David Bowie, Robert Fripp, Fred Frith, Devo, Hüsker Dü, Suicide, Lydia Lunch, Jim Morrison, The Meat Puppets and the minutemen."

Foreword by Mike Watt. Cover drawn & silkscreened by Simon Bossé. 142 pages,
Bilingual (English/French), translated by Marie Frankland (John-Glassco Translation Price 2007).
6.5 x 6.5 inches.

"Byron used to come by SST Records, where I was living at the time. He would help the label with college radio ads. I would ask him about a band or an artist because it seemed that there wasn't anything or anyone in the world of music he wasn't conversant about."
Henry Rollins, LA Weekly, February 2011





Michael Hurley, The Words To The Songs Of Michael Hurley
Lyrics to 19 songs of the Great American Folk Legend.
$16.00

"Michael Hurley, is an american songwriter reportedly born in 1941 (aka Doc Snock), whose 40 years of songs have been seeping into the folk unconscious (including covers by Cat Power, Yo la tango, Esper and others). Hurley's melodies and words take flight into a world of plenty, inspiring wonder and humour, sin and slowness, laziness and longing. His music is often coined as "outsider folk." His hobo lifestyle indeed could be looked upon as eccentric, but it might be better to regard him as one of the last insiders keeping alive the traditions of the folk troubadour. Hobo-ing around the country, making music since the days Bob Dylan first set foot in NYC Gaslight club, Hurley recorded his first album for legendary Folkways label in 1964 and continued to release albums for Warner Brothers, Rounder or Devendra Banhart's Gnomonsong label. His mid-'70s Have Moicy album was among the top ten for the decade selected by Rolling Stone magazine. While many of his contemporaries are long past their prime (or deceased), Hurley's muse is still intact.

Hurley is considered by fellow musicians as a master of incomparable songwriting skills. It is easy to see why. His songs can be seen as excentric, with characters including werewolves, sign-painters, tea and whiskey-drinkers, pork chops and hot dogs, wild geese, intoxicated lovers and blue navigators but above all they always manage to be moving and funny. The perfection of his craft is even more obvious on paper. The Words to the Songs of Michael Hurley is the first publication ever of Hurley's lyrics. It includes a foreword by critic Byron Coley and a french version by Marie Frankland, winner of the 2007 John-Glassco price for translation."

Cover drawing by Michael Hurley, cover typographic design by Kiva Tanya Stimac. Songs calligraphed by the author. Hand-stiched by Julie Doucet.
Foreword by Byron Coley.
Bilingual edition, translated by Marie Frankland. 48 pages. Format 5,75 x 7,75.

"I don't know what else to say about what he writes and sings, other than that it is gosh-darned great. What kind of music is it? Hell, what kind of weeds does God grow? Let's just shut up and listen and go to where Michael Hurley is. After all, we can always turn around and come back. He can't." -Nick Tosches




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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Featured: Three Recommendations

Three recommendation from man-about-town W. Lane...



Stephen Calt, I'd Rather Be The Devil: Skip James & The Blues

"Skip James (1902–1969) was perhaps the most creative and idiosyncratic of all blues musicians. Drawing on hundreds of hours of conversations with James himself, Stephen Calt here paints a dark and unforgettable portrait of a man untroubled by his own murderous inclinations, a man who achieved one moment of transcendent greatness in a life haunted by failure. And in doing so, Calt offers new insights into the nature of the blues, the world in which it thrived, and its fate when that world vanished." -Chicago Review Press

"This is the real thing. I drink up every word. This and Calt’s life of Charlie Patton are the best books ever written on the subject of old-time blues." —R. Crumb







Jack Black, You Can't Win

"A legendary book, bestseller in 1926, and hovering at the edge of our memory since; the favorite book of William Burroughs. A journey into the hobo underworld, freight hopping around the still Wild West, becoming a highwayman and member of the yegg (criminal) brotherhood, getting hooked on opium, doing stints in jail, or escaping, often with the assistance of crooked cops or judges. Our lost history revived. Includes a new afterword by Bruno Ruhland, who tells what became of Jack after the book was written (he gave up the outlaw life and moved to San Francisco), and an essay by Jack Black called "What's Wrong with the Right People," which was originally published in Harper's. With an introduction by William Burroughs." -AK Press








Oakley Hall, Warlock

"Oakley Hall’s legendary Warlock revisits and reworks the traditional conventions of the Western to present a raw, funny, hypnotic, ultimately devastating picture of American unreality. First published in the 1950s, at the height of the McCarthy era, Warlock is not only one of the most original and entertaining of modern American novels but a lasting contribution to American fiction. " NYRB

"... in ‘59 we simultaneously picked up on…Warlock, by Oakley Hall. We set about getting others to read it too, and for a while had a micro—cult going. Soon a number of us were talking in Warlock dialogue, a kind of thoughtful, stylized, Victorian Wild West diction...

Tombstone, Arizona, during the 1880’s is, in ways, our national Camelot: a never-never land where American virtues are embodied in the Earps, and the opposite evils in the Clanton gang; where the confrontation at the OK Corral takes on some of the dry purity of the Arthurian joust. Oakley Hall, in his very fine novel Warlock has restored to the myth of Tombstone its full, mortal, blooded humanity. Wyatt Earp is transmogrified into a gunfighter named Blaisdell who … is summoned to the embattled town of Warlock by a committee of nervous citizens expressly to be a hero, but finds that he cannot, at last, live up to his image; that there is a flaw not only in him, but also, we feel, in the entire set of assumptions that have allowed the image to exist… . Before the agonized epic of Warlock is over with—the rebellion of the proto-Wobblies working in the mines, the struggling for political control of the area, the gunfighting, mob violence, the personal crises of those in power—the collective awareness that is Warlock must face its own inescapable Horror: that what is called society, with its law and order, is as frail, as precarious, as flesh and can be snuffed out and assimilated back into the desert as easily as a corpse can. It is the deep sensitivity to abysses that makes Warlock one of our best American novels. For we are a nation that can, many of us, toss with all aplomb our candy wrapper into the Grand Canyon itself, snap a color shot and drive away; and we need voices like Oakley Hall’s to remind us how far that piece of paper, still fluttering brightly behind us, has to fall.”
— Thomas Pynchon




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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Featured: Four by Gide


Urien's Voyage
cover by Lawrence Ratzkin






If It Die
cover by Antonio Frasconi








Travels In The Congo







Straight Is The Gate
cover by Antonio Frasconi





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Friday, May 20, 2011

FEATURED: The Shape Of Things


Ilonka Karasz, The Shape Of Things
Hardcover, 1964, SOLD!

...recently described by a customer in the shop as "Lawrence Weiner for children."

Those familiar with Karasz's New Yorker covers from the 20s through the 70s might be surprised by the cool, if quirky, modernism on display in this children's book from 1964. It manages to explain basic geometric ideas quite clearly, and yet manages to turn the whole thing into a mad, visual romp. Shabby Minimalism (the best kind of Minimalism) at its very best!





















Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Arrival: Vonnegut's Sirens Of Titan


Kurt Vonnegut, Siren's Of Titan
Dell, 1959, cover by Richard Powers
Paperback, First Edition





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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

EVENT: Sandy Bull: No Deposit, No Return Blues


Thursday, May 19th at 7PM
at
BRICKBAT BOOKS

a screening of the film
SANDY BULL: NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN BLUES

(Director KC Bull in attendance!)

with two short live sets by:
WILLIE LANE

DAN MATZ
(it's his birthday- there will be cake!)

$5 donation please




"On recess from her job as a primary school teacher in Oakland, California, KC Bull has recently been touring with her illuminating documentary NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN BLUES, a sensitively assembled homage to her father, the pioneering psychedelic folk musician, Sandy Bull. Active from 1950 until his death in 2001, Bull’s legendary performances, blending elements of American folk with jazz, classical, Indian and Arabic-influenced modes, and later rock n’ roll, made him a cult hero to a generation of musicians and artists, many of who, including the likes of “clown activist” Wavy Gravy and Nubian musician Hamza El Din, are seen here paying their respects. Bull’s eclectic borrowings transcended conventional ideas of what an instrument could, or indeed should, sound like – no one had ever thought of playing a scenic cantata on a five string banjo (Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”) before, much less a bossa nova on an electric oud (Luis Bonfa’s “Manha De Carnaval”). And while the film depicts his early career, zooming around with Hunter S. Thompson, as maybe a little regretful (despite a clutch of classic albums released on Vanguard, including Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo and Inventions), it’s also clear that Bull’s peripheral position offered him space to gestate and experiment."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Featured: Psychic Phenomena of Jamaica


Joseph J. Williams, S.J., Psychic Phenomena of Jamaica
Hardcover (no dust jacket)


Classic pre-war anthropology. Long out of print, except as a rather grisly print-on-demand edition.




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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Featured: Three Classic Children's Books


How To Make An Earthquake, Ruth Krauss
Pictures by Crockett Johnson
Hardcover, Out of Print






The Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl
Hardcover, First Edition
SOLD!






The Mouse And His Child, Russell Hoban
Pictures by Lillian Hoban
Hardcover




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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Featured: Two Photography Books


Bill Jacobson, Photographs
Hardcover

"Bill Jacobson's photographs resist easy identification. They are blurred, diffuse and atmospheric, depicting only the vague outlines of urban scenes, rural landscapes and human figures. Enveloped by a dark or light mist, these shadowy forms refute the premise that photographs capture reality and serve as a reliable aid to memory. Instead, his photographs are images of vague recollections and forgotten experiences. They speak of mortality and dissolution, not only of the body but of its surroundings as well. His latest works, presented here, are related to two earlier series from the 1990s which were direct responses to the AIDS epidemic, but are more open-ended and universal in spirit."






Yutaka Takanashi, Toshi-e (Towards the City) (Books on Books)
Hardcover

"Yutaka Takanashi's Toshi-e (Towards the City) is a landmark volume from one of the founders of the short-lived avant-garde Japanese magazine Provoke. The photographers associated with Provoke cultivated a grainy, blurry, black-and-white aesthetic, and Takanashi's pictures are grainy in the extreme. In contrast to his earlier, more upbeat Tokyoites series, the images here approach landscapes at skewed angles, as though shot from a speeding car, speeding perhaps “towards the city.” Published in 1974 and considered the most luxurious of all of the Provoke-era publications, its brooding, pessimistic tone describes the state of contemporary life in an unnamed city, in a Japan undergoing massive economic and industrial transformations. This sixth volume in Errata's Books on Books series reproduces all 116 black-and-white photographs, along with an essay by the British photographer, writer and book historian Gerry Badger."




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