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Reading with Evan Karp (Music by Bourgeois Speedball)

  • Nomadic Press 2926 Foothill Blvd Oakland, CA, 94601 United States (map)

Join us for readings by Evan Karp that will cause your synapses to reverse polarity. Music by the very talented Bourgeois Speedball

Donations are kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Evan Karp is the creator and host of Quiet Lightning and the founding editor of He writes literary columns for the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, and SF/Arts, and is the co-creator and -host of The Emerald Tablet's original programs "Under the Influence" and "Call and Response." His various writings can be found in the Guardian UK, BOMBlog, KQED, Vertebrae, Dusie, Eleven Eleven, OmniVerse, and Gesture, and lately he's been combining fragments of writing with other sounds using a loop station, kalimbas, and miscellaneous audio recordings—from past interviews to saved voicemails. He works as Front of House and Special Events Coordinator at SOMArts Cultural Center. Videos, audio, and more are all free and sexy at

Bourgeois Speedball lives in ruins. Sculpting compositions from crumbling synthesizers, space-age guitar and the soundscapes of Bay Area rebellions, Bourgeois Speedball organizes sound within the decaying landscape of globalized neoliberalism. Experimental beat music and French lounge jazz combine with the plaintive yearning of working-class folk to fashion catchy tunes for communist dance parties and worlds yet to come.

Bourgeois Speedball’s songwriting process begins with field recordings culled from the soundscapes of struggles for social justice in the Bay Area, from students fighting against tuition hikes to recent struggles against racist police brutality. Field recording opens up an entirely novel horizon of sonic possibility: smashing windows become mottled bass kicks; crowd chants become the building blocks for nebulous polyrhthymic terrains; footsteps become glitchy and meandering hi-hats.

Incorporating live instrumentation with the resources of contemporary electronic music, the group’s live show balances improvisation with meticulous composition. Having performed with groups such as Boostive, Pregnant, Gossamer, Labrat and Downsquarez at venues such as the Che Café, UnScruz, Felix Kulpa Gallery and the Berkeley Co-ops, Bourgeois Speedball combines an experimental and electronic edge with the sensibilities of pop music.


There is ample street parking, but just to make it easy, there is an O'Reilly Auto Parts/Walgreens on the corner of Fruitvale and Foothill with a huge parking lot. Here's a Google Map link:'Reilly+Auto+Parts/@37.789393,-122.233008,14z/data=!4m5!1m2!2m1!1so+reilly+auto+parts+near+Foothill+Blvd,+Oakland,+CA!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xa74c9fbc2152bd68

Nomadic Press should show up on that map as well. We are just in between Austin and Rutherford on Foothill.

Hope to see you soon!