Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June Events

Thursday, June 2,  at 7 pm 

OXFORD COMA: Poetry Is Dead {Nihilism}

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Oxford Coma is a new reading series based in Philadelphia. This inaugural installation's theme is NIHILISM... The bleak, the black, the melancholy and misanthropic, and other splendors of emptiness. All are welcome...or whatever.

Poetry is dead. And we have killed it. There is no value to what has come before us but what value we've assigned to it for ourselves, and for the world. For our world was born out of judgement and cynicism. For our universe is a vast and vacuous void. And poetry is just as empty as that void, and just as beautiful, and just as dark. Our words mean nothing. Let's make it count.

Featuring readings by:

$Ø...or donation


Friday, June 3 at 6 pm

Meghan Turbitt and Beth Heinly comic book signing

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Philadelphia Sketchbook, by Meghan Turbitt

Camp, a horor comic by Beth Heinly



Friday, June 10 at 7 pm

Shawn Kilroy: in-store performance

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Brickbat is hosting Philly's own streetwise art-pop troubadour, Shawn Kilroy, who has a great new solo project, All Pinocchio's Men. Join us for this excellent performance!


Thursday, June 16 at 8 pm

Ian Svenonius presents "Censorship Now!!!"

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Indie rock legend, author and raconteur Ian F Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses, Make-Up, Chain and the Gang) will be holding forth at Brickbat Books.

Copies of his third and latest book, "Censorship Now!!!" will be available for sale. Stop by and say "yeh"


Tuesday, June 28 at 8 pm

C Joynes (solo guitar) / Jesse Sparkhawk (solo harp)

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C Joynes

First US tour for elusive British guitarist, June 2016

C Joynes is one of the UK’s most inventive and highly regarded solo guitarists. Over the last 10 years he has recorded a string of acclaimed albums exploring the fault-lines between traditional music, field-recordings from around the world, free improv and lo-fi experimentalism. His most recent album, ‘Split Electric’ (2016), a collaboration with Nick Jonah Davis, finds him blending the brittle ringing tones of electric folk with overdriven garage blues throw-downs and lumbering muddy-booted psychedelia. This is his first US tour.

“An inheritor to Davy Graham; a lone operator prone to unexpected collaborations, with a repertoire that crosses continents and timezones with consummate ease, and dashed off with a phenomenal, yet lightly applied technique.” ROB YOUNG, THE WIRE

“As much Conlon Nancarrow and Ali Farka Toure as Blind Lemon Jefferson, the compositional mind at work here can take apparently disparate threads of modernism and ethnic tradition and treat them as though they were all archaic blues styles learnt from dusty 78s.” BRUCE RUSSELL, THE WIRE

“His epigrammatic re-castings and re-readings of widely-travelled folk melodies and rhythms from a variety of traditions suggest shared memories that might be intensely universal while seeming strangely out of reach.” KEVIN MACNEIL BROWN, DUSTED MAGAZINE







Jesse Sparhawk

Jesse Sparhawk is a multiinstrumentalist, composer, and improviser whose instruments include harp, guitar, and electric bass. His harp study began at the age of 10 with then recently retired principal harpist of the New York Philharmonic, Myor Rosen, as well as with the head of the harp department of Eastman School of Music, Kathleen Bride. Sparhawk has over 40 recording credits to his name performing various instruments with many solo performers and groups, is a regular member of the psych/folk group Fern Knight, and has recorded and performed with acclaimed producer Tony Visconti.

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