Thursday, January 24, 2013

Featured: Humito Records


Four from Rafi Bookstaber's new label. Fairly limited...looks like the first two are already out of print, with the Lane and Foole LPs bound for the same.



Rafi Bookstaber, Greener Pastures

 Sweet front porch guitar stuff from Death Chants/Aswara man.




Von Himmel, Space Communion

Ra-like moog and percussion fun, kraut-ish motor grooves, Radiophonic Workshop soundtrack tom-foolery. All packaged in a Folways-style paste-on wrap-around cover. Very enjoyable!





Dredd Foole, Blues Sermon With Congregation

Vinyl collection of two Dredd Foole cdrs from MV EE's Celestial Agriculture series. Joined by MV & EE, Christina Carter and who knows who all else.




Willie Lane, Recliner Ragas

Vinyl reissue of Mr Lane's long out of print debut from way back when. Just in time to get us all through the deep freeze.









Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Event: Poetry!


Saturday, January 19th at 7pm
at Brickbat:

Stan Mir
Kate Greenstreet
Ian Davisson





 Stan Mir is the author of two books, The Lacustrine Suite (Pavement Saw, 2011) and Song & Glass (Subito, 2010). He lives in Philadelphia where he co-organizes the Chapter & Verse reading series with Ryan Eckes




 Kate Greenstreet's new book Young Tambling is just out from Ahsahta Press. Her other books are case sensitive and The Last 4 Things. Find out more at kickingwind.com.





Ian Davisson has recent work in Tenderloin and Little Red Leaves. He's glad that the pit of despair known as the year 2012 has come to an end, but values all the poems that came out of that pit--some of which he will be reading on Jan 19th.



Saturday, January 5, 2013

Featured: Scheerbart's Asteroid Novel







LESABÉNDIO: AN ASTEROID NOVELBy Paul Scheerbart
Illustrations by Alfred Kubin

 
Translated, with an introduction, by Christina Svendsen
“The serene and gentle amazement with which the author tells of the strange natural laws of other worlds, the great cosmic works undertaken there, and the naively noble conversations of their inhabitants makes him one of those humorists who, like Lichtenberg or Jean Paul, seem never to forget that the earth is a heavenly body.”—Walter Benjamin
First published in German in 1913 and widely considered to be Paul Scheerbart's masterpiece, Lesabéndio is an intergalactic utopian novel that describes life on the planetoid Pallas, where rubbery suction-footed life forms with telescopic eyes smoke bubble-weed in mushroom meadows under violet skies and green stars. Amid the conveyor-belt highways and lighthouses weaving together the mountains and valleys, a visionary named Lesabéndio hatches a plan to build a 44-mile-high tower and employ architecture to connect the two halves of their double star. A cosmic ecological fable, Scheerbart’s novel was admired by such architects as Bruno Taut and Walter Gropius, and such thinkers as Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem (whose wedding present to Benjamin was a copy of Lesabéndio). Benjamin had intended to devote the concluding section of his lost manuscript The True Politician to a discussion of the positive political possibilities embedded in Scheerbart’s “Asteroid Novel.” As translator Christina Svendsen writes in her introduction, “Lesabéndio helps us imagine an ecological politics more daring than the conservative politics of preservation, even as it reminds us that we are part of a larger galactic set of interrelationships.”

Paul Scheerbart (1863–1915) was a novelist, playwright, poet, newspaper critic, draughtsman, visionary, proponent of glass architecture, and would-be inventor of perpetual motion. A member of avant-garde art and architectural circles, his ideas were crucial for participants in the Glass Chain movement, a group that included major architects such as Walter Gropius, Bruno Taut, and Hans Scharoun. Scheerbart opposed the naturalism of his day with fantastical fables and interplanetary satires that were to influence Expressionist authors and the German Dada movement, and which helped found German science fiction. After suffering a nervous breakdown over the mounting carnage of World War I, Scheerbart starved to death in what was rumored to have been a protest against the war.

















 
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Friday, January 4, 2013

New Arrival: Enrique Metinides




101 Tragedies Of Enrique Metinides
Hardcover
  
101 Tragedies is Enrique Metinides’ selection of the key 101 images from his half-century of photographing crime scenes and accidents in Mexico for local newspapers and the notas rojas (or red pages--for their bloody content) crime press. Alongside each image, extended captions give Metinides’ account of the situation depicted--the life and characters of the streets, the criminals, the heroism of emergency workers and the sadness of bereaved families--revealing much of his personality in the process. Thirty of the selected photographs are paired with their original newsprint tearsheets, preserved by Metinides, the typography of which has inspired the design of this book. The images are compiled by Trisha Ziff, a filmmaker and curator who knows Metinides well, and who here contributes an essay about his life, work and personality. The first overview of the photographer in many years, 101 Tragedies is also the only Metinides monograph comprised of images chosen by the photographer himself, and which offers his own account of his life’s work.

Enrique Metinides (born 1934) worked as a crime photographer for more than 50 years, capturing murders, crashes and catastrophes for Mexico’s infamous crime magazines. He has won numerous prizes and received recognition from the Presidency of the Republic, journalists’ associations, rescue and judicial corps and Kodak of Mexico. In 1997 he received the “Espejo de Luz” (Mirror of Light) Prize, awarded to the country’s most outstanding photographer. His work has been shown at numerous international venues, including The Museum of Modern Art and Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Photographers’ Gallery, London; and Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie, Arles, France.













This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Featured: Jung's Red Book




C.G. Jung, The Red Book - Liber Novus
Hard Cover Folio, Illustrated














This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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215 592 1207

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Featured: David Shrigley






"What Happens After You're Dead"







David Shrigley, Brain Activity
Hardcover, with 7" vinyl picture-disc

"An unusually complete look at Shrigley’s diverse creative approach, this book showcases a body of conceptual work that is filled with sardonic caricatures, slapstick situations and black humour. With an immediate and accessible appeal to diverse audiences, Shrigley’s work offers an insightful commentary on the absurdities of human relationships.
The book also features a new 7-inch picture disc featuring exclusive recorded original spoken word material created specifically for the book and presented in exclusive screen-printed packaging. 

Published on the occasion of the artist’s first major survey show, in London’s Hayward Gallery, this beautifully appointed volume features an interview by writer Dave Eggers, essays by Martin Herbert and Cliff Lauson and an original piece of prose contributed by artist Jonathan Monk. "


 






David Shrigley
Hardcover

"To paraphrase the essayist of this tidy volume, Glasgow is neither here nor there, but then neither is Paris or Milan or New York. If each strives to be the center of the world, they do it primarily by establishing their brand-name products as better than someone else's. The vernacular is universal and the particular is general. What has value in Glasgow therefore has value elsewhere. And thus David Shrigley creates drawings, sculptures, installations and photographs that are no less but no more than a heroic act because they inspire the memory of sensations that are incongruous, repressed and sometimes just simply unpleasant. Featuring a thorough sampling of recent work, a conversation with the artist and the aforementioned essay."







 Salt & Pepper Shakers

These fine Shakers by David Shrigley have been traditionally made from bone china in Staffordshire, England. Supplied in hand finished box, made in England.





These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday