EVENTS: Sun. May 31st: Paul Metzger, Elaine Evans, Amen Dunes

Sunday, May 31st at 8PM
Brickbat Books

Paul Metzger

Elaine Evans

Amen Dunes

Paul Metzger:
"If Paul Metzger's last album Deliverance evinced his yearning to free the banjo from the shackles of convention, Gedanken Splitter shows what comes after the chains hit the earth. To get to this point, the St Paul, Minnesota based musician has taken a circuitous route through Duck Baker inspired acoustic fingerpicking, jazz standards, punk rock, electric lmprov and years of solitary experimentation that focused as much upon his instruments as what he played with them. Most of his recent records, including this one, feature a banjo customized with a 12-string guitar head and additional strings splayed across the top half of its body; at last count they total 24. On Deliverance the unfolding progression and abraded drones of his long, structured improvisations posited a third dimension situated between the Cumberland Gap and the Khyber Pass, and "Geschenk", the relatively brief opening track on Gedanken Splitter, starts out in similar territory. Played with a bow, his banjo yields the sort of sounds you'd expect from a sarangi or esraj, but with a deeper, coarser resonance that shudders with tension. That tautness breaks with the first strum of "Zugentgleisung"; from there the music twists and shudders,making leaps as vertigo-defying as a tree-born primate on the swing. The sidelong title track is even more dizzying, alternating between breakneck variations on a series of arpeggios and brutally hacked leaps into Derek Bailey territory. The binding forces are the intensity and control of Metzger's attack, which is unmatched in the new American Primitive camp."
-- Wire

Elaine Evans:
"Multi-instrumentalist Elaine Evans explores freeform improvisation
with varied wind, string, and percussion instruments. Elaine’s current
direction is improvisations with pocket trumpet and loop pedal,
layering harmonies, dissonances, and rhythms. Elaine toured Europe
with her trumpet and loop pedal in 2008. Elaine is a founding member
of the International Novelty Gamelan, a group using the undeniable
soul and approach of ancient Javanese musical tradition to create new,
modern works of startling beauty and originality. Elaine composes for
the group in addition to performing."

Amen Dunes:
"A lot of crazy shit can happen to a man when he goes solitary in a ramshackle Catskill Mountain home for an extended stretch of time-especially for a city kind of guy. But if Amen Dunes's 12 tracker Dia is one possible outcome of the guy alone-in-a-cabin- story, then a little tape saturated brain frying is something we should all live comfortably with because this is a batch of seriously raw & inspired loner psych grit that owes a debt to the diy soundz of the George Brigman s of the world.
That was 2006. These days the lone wolf behind Amen Dunes -Damon McMahon calls a small two room apartment overlooking the Temple of Earth in North-Central Beijing home, where he watches old men fly kites and sing opera every morning. Who knows what'll come out of that." (Locust Records)

EVENTS: Wed. May 27th: Noa Babayof & Sharron Kraus

May 27th
Wednesday at 8PM
Brickbat Books

Noa Babayof
Sharron Krauss

Noa Babayof:
"Striking work by this Israeli singer-songwriter, possessing a willowy, chilling voice and milky lower register, delicately accented in the style of a femme Nick Drake channeling Nico, that lends a spectral presence to this gorgeously arranged set...Thrilling both instrumentally and in its welcoming, outstretched ambiance, its gentle, mildly unsettling facades chase the sun down with a bewitching drive..." (Other Music)

Sharron Kraus:
"She conjures up visions of Karen Dalton, Shirley Collins, Judy Dyble and even early Joni. Live she was fantastic too..." (Thurston Moore & Byron Coley)

FEATURED: Sleazy Lit

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Burmese Days, George Orwell $5.95

Hope of Heaven, John O'Hara $6.95

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Other Voices, Other Rooms, Truman Capote $9.95

Snow White, Donald Barthelme SOLD!

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The Razor's Edge, Somerset Maugham $7.95

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Close Shaves: the Complete Book of Razor Fighting

Repulsively fascinating guide to razor fighting. Razor "Lessons" include how to tear out someone's eye and how to puncture a kidney. Staged B & W photos throughout.

Bruno Munari, Munari's ABC

Ron Silliman, The Alphabet

"The Alphabet is a remarkable and notorious literary achievement, decades in the making, one continually debated, discussed, and imitated since fragments first appeared in the 1970s. Consisting of twenty-six smaller books, one for each letter of the alphabet, it employs language in ways that are startling and innovative. Over the course of the three decades during which it has appeared—in journals, magazines, and as stand-alone volumes—its influence has been wide-ranging, both on practicing poets and on critics who have had to contend with the way it has changed the direction of American poetry."

EVENT: May 20th: Mickey Hess & Ben Greenman

This Wednesday at Brickbat Books:
Mickey Hess & Ben Greenman Read
May 20th, 7PM

Mickey Hess

Mickey Hess is the author of Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory, Is Hip Hop Dead? and Icons of Hip Hop. He is an English professor at Rider University.

Ben Greenman

Ben Greenman is an editor at the New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed books of fiction, including Superbad, Superworse, and A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both: Stories About Human Love. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Paris Review, Zoetrope: All Story, McSweeneys, and Opium, and he has been widely anthologized.
His current projects include Correspondences, a limited-edition handcrafted letterpress publication created by Hotel St. George Press (due in November 2008) and Please Step Back, a novel published by Melville House (due in April 2009). He is also a regular contributor to the music and psychology blog
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

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Chris Marker, La Jetee: A Cine Roman (Zone Books)
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Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Drifting Life
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Edward Gorey, Epiplectic Bicycle
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Edward Gorey, Gashlycrumb Tinies
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Robert Frank, The Americans
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Stanislaw Lem, Cyberiad
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Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, the Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound
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Flann O'Brien, The Complete Novels
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Georges Perec, Life: A User's Manual
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James Marshall, George And Martha: The Complete stories of Two Best Friends
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Ruth Krauss & Maurice Sendak, A Hole Is To Dig
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Jan Potocki, The Manuscript Found in Saragossa
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Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are
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William Eggleston's Guide
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Hilla Becher, Basic Forms Of Industrial Buildings
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Charles Willeford, High Priest Of California
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Peter Newell, The Hole Book
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Francis Picabia, I Am A Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, Provocation
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The Mutter Museum
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George Herriman, The Kat Who Walked In Beauty: The Panoramic Dailies
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Antoinette Portis, Not a Box
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Henry Miller, Obelisk Trilogy
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Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle
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Charles Willeford, Wild Wives
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Sun Ra, The Wisdom of Sun Ra
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Jack Smith, Flaming Creatures
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Daido Moriyama, Tadanori Yokoo
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