Friday, October 26th 8:00pm

Ross Goldstein

with Brian Dewan! $5

The last we heard from Ross Goldstein was his second solo album Inverted Jenny, a collection of blissful and exploratory orchestral pop that arrived in the late summer of 2017. Just a little over a year later Goldstein returns with The Eighth House, a complete shift of gears that finds him immersed in a cinematic dreamworld of instrumental sounds that still hold glimmers of the psychedelic spirit inherent to everything he touches.

The initial inspirations for the album began during sessions for Inverted Jenny, an album where Ross actually recorded and then removed vocals from many songs, opting for instrumentals that said more than lyrics could. Already leaning towards exploring deeper expression with instrumental compositions, he entered a phase of obsession with science fiction books and movies, as well as listening closer to soundtracks and incidental film music. Turning to an arsenal of classic Chamberlin and Mellotron sounds, he began composing the pieces that would become The Eighth House, fantastical and often slightly damaged scores to imagined scenes of both cosmic and Earthly.

While plenty of homage has been paid to the anxiety-heavy synthy soundtracks of 70’s b-movie horror flicks or the acid rock freak outs that soundtracked movies from the early days hippie subculture, The Eighth House goes in a very different direction. More than those popular entry points, the music here is subdued and slow-moving, curiously inspecting ideas as the album moves through various fantastical passages. Even when cartoonish sound effects meet with tense swells of strings or dramatic orchestral flourishes (early Chamberlin models recorded their sounds using players of the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, no less!), the result is never garish but always patient and communicative. Bells ring in the distance, memories and possibilities are implied but left open to interpretation and strange but friendly sounds linger for just a moment before melting into something else. The result is a muted and wintery paradise that envisions Smile-era Brian Wilson scoring the softer moments of a Jodorowsky film.

What’s most striking about The Eighth House is how much of Goldstein’s sonic personality comes through, even in music that’s in some ways striving to disappear into the background. Whether it’s lilting chamber pop, the screaming psychedelia of his band Fogwindow or in this case a slowly-unfolding narrative of celestial instrumentals, it’s all unmistakably Ross, reflecting an intrinsic kindness that’s always at odds with a restless searching. It’s definitely present on this album of drifting wordless compositions, as he offers us ripples of boundless imagination and just-out-of-reach impressions of other worlds.

~releases October 26, 2018~

Brian Dewan is an artist who works in many media, including art, music, audio-visual performances, decorative painting, furniture design, poetry and musical instrument design. Dewan writes, narrates and illustrates I-CAN-SEE Filmstrips, and collaborates with his cousin Leon Dewan in the electronic music duo Dewanatron. He has produced four albums of songs and concertized extensively as a solo artist, as well as having performed in various collaborations and as a sideman. His musical releases include: Tells The Story, The Operating Theater, Words Of Wisdom, and Ringing At The Speed Of Prayer. Dewan lives in Catskill, New York.MORE

Brian DewanRoss Goldstein
Monday, December 19th 12:00pm - Saturday, December 24th 5:00pm

Holiday Hours

12-8 Mon 12/19- Fri 12/23. 12-5 on Christmas Eve. Closed Chistmas Day.

We are open 12:00-8:00 Monday to Friday this week (yup – additional hours today & tomorrow for your last-minute shopping needs). Christmas Eve we will be open until AT LEAST 5:00 (after that, call first. It shall be at bookseller discretion). Closed Christmas Day. Happy Holidays, everyone! And thanks for supporting us this year – you are the best MORE

Past Events
Saturday, November 19th 8:00pm

Amy Rigby

With her trio: Eric Goulden on bass & guitar and Doug Wygal on drums. $10 suggested donation.

Amy comes out from behind the bar at Spotty Dog to turn it up with her trio: Eric Goulden on bass & guitar and Doug Wygal on drums.

A teenage denizen of CBGB who fell in love with country songwriting, Amy Rigby started bands Last Roundup and the Shams in NYC’s East Village before launching a solo career with 90s classic concept album Diary Of A Mod Housewife. She tackles themes often associated with country and folk— getting by; getting older— from an ardent rock music fan’s perspective. Her song Don’t Break The Heart has been recorded by Laura Cantrell and They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh, and All I Want by Ronnie Spector. Amy has contributed writing to the Village Voice, Talkhouse and Slate. Her first book, Girl To City: A Memoir was published in 2019. She lives, writes and records in Catskill, New York with her husband and sometime bandmate Wreckless Eric, and tours regularly in the US and UK.

“… a woman who’s fully lived a rock and roll existence, from footloose bohemian youth through motherhood and marriages, and is still out there spinning tales made of whimsy and sudden shining insight.
—Ann Powers, KNPR


“Singer-songwriter…doesn’t fully describe Rigby’s immense gifts and her devotion to the kind of pop and rock music that singer-songwriters often neglect.”
—Nashville Scene


“…one of the country’s best songwriters, with a mordant wit and keen eye for emotional detail.”
—Chicago Reader
Terry Gross for Fresh Air interview



More About Amy
Saturday, September 10th 7:00pm

Reading, Book Signing and Discussion with Jill Dearman

in conversation with Andrea Kleine! Free!

Join us with Jill Dearman (reading from her new book, Jazzed) and Andrea Kleine!

Jill Dearman writes social-engaged crime fiction, with an emphasis on queer history, and intersectional feminism.
She is the author of JAZZED, which received a rave starred review from Kirkus; BANG THE KEYS, a book for writers; her historical crime novel THE GREAT BRAVURA was featured on NPR, and in The Brooklyn Rail; she is the author of FEMINISM: THE MARCH TOWARDS EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMEN (Nomad Press 2019), a history of feminism for teens; and QUEER ASTROLOGY FOR MEN and QUEER ASTROLOGY FOR WOMEN
Jill works as a part-time Professor of Writing in Liberal Studies at New York University. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. Her short essays and stories have been widely published. Throughout the 1990s, Jill worked as an HIV counselor and AIDS activist. Jill is also a freelance editor, writing coach, and metaphysical counselor. For more:

Andrea Kleine is the author of the novels CALF, a Publishers’ Weekly Best Fiction Book of 2015; and EDEN, named one of “Summer’s Smartest and Most Innovative Thrillers” by Vanity Fair and a finalist for a Publishing Triangle Award. Her work includes fiction, essays, performances, and a feature-length, non-fiction film, THE END IS NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE, premiering later this fall.For more: www.andreakleine.comMORE

Saturday, July 23rd 7:00pm

Author Event: Elisa Albert, Laurie Stone & Paul La Farge

Book Reading and Signing. Free!

Join us with these three talented and formidable authors as they read from their newest work.

is the author of the novels Human Blues (forthcoming in 2022), After Birth, The Book of Dahlia, and the short story collection How This Night is Different. Her fiction and essays have been published in Tin House, N+1, Bennington Review, The New York Times, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, Philip Roth Studies, Paris Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Longreads, The Cut, Time Magazine, Post Road, Gulf Coast, Commentary, Salon, Tablet, Washington Square, The Rumpus, The Believer and in many anthologies. She has taught creative writing at Bennington College, The College of Saint Rose, Texas State University, University of Maine, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. 

is the author of six books including, most recently, Streaming Now: Postcards from the Thing that Is Happening (Dottir Press, 2022), as well as Everything is Personal, Notes on Now (Scuppernong Editions, 2020) and My Life as an Animal, Stories (Northwestern University Press/Triquarterly Press, 2016).  She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and two grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has published numerous stories in such publications as n + 1, Waxwing, Tin House, Evergreen Review, Electric Lit, Fence, Open City, Anderbo, The Collagist, Your impossible Voice, New Letters, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction.

is the author of four novels: The Night Ocean, The Artist of the Missing, Haussmann, or the Distinction, and Luminous Airplanes; and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter. His stories and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Harper’s, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin. He teaches at Bennington College.MORE

Tuesday, June 21st 6:00pm

Lil' Deb's Oasis Cookbook, "Please Wait to be Tasted" is in stock and available!

by (beloved former Spotty bar manager) Carla Kaya Perez-Gallardo and her partner Hannah Black. $35.00ea + tax

Get a copy of Please Wait to Be Tasted from Spotty Dog and then visit Lil’ Deb’s Oasis restaurant in Hudson, NY

About the Cookbook
Home cooks will love serving up bold-flavored tropical comfort food from Please Wait to Be Tasted, the first cookbook from Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, the James Beard Award-nominated hotspot in Hudson, New York. More than a recipe collection, it’s a big-hearted celebration of food, love, and community.

For flavor-craving, art-loving, community-celebrating home cooks, Please Wait to Be Tasted serves up tropical comfort recipes, alongside musings on wine, music, love, sex, friendship, and fashion. At Lil’ Deb’s Oasis in the Hudson Valley of New York, chefs Carla Kaya Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black, both art school graduates, have created a bright, welcoming, rainbow-colored, LGBTQ+ inclusive community, where guests are treated to “hot, sticky, juicy, moist fever dreams of flavor.”

Their recipes mesh respect for cultural traditions with a twist: Ceviche Mixto with Popcorn; Charred Octopus in the Ink of Its Cousin, Sweet Plantains with Green Cream, Abuela’s Flan, and more. With Please Wait to be Tasted (a phrase featured in the restaurant’s waiting area), you can bring these recipes home.

In addition to some seventy recipes, Please Wait to Be Tasted shares the knowledge and love that go into making memorable meals at Lil’ Deb’s Oasis: essays on the restaurant’s beginnings and the chefs’ navigation of the colonial histories entangled in their recipes’ origins; tips on techniques, tools, and pantry; and lessons on how to eat well together.MORE

Saturday, June 4th 7:00pm

Author reading and Conversation with Mark Rozzo and Michael Lindsay-Hogg


Join us for a reading, signing and moderated discussion with three phenomenal people!

is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Esquire, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, the Oxford American, the Washington Post, and many others. He teaches nonfiction writing at Columbia University. Mark’s latest book, Everybody Thought We Were Crazy: Dennis Hopper, Brooke Hayward, and 1960s Los Angeles, takes readers inside this thrilling and heady time in Los Angeles.

most recent project is, curiously, an old one. His 1970 Beatles’ documentary “Let It Be” contributed all the footage for Peter Jackson’s “Get Back,” which Peter describes as a “documentary about the making of a documentary.” In “Let It Be,” the Beatles asked Michael to film them as they wrote and rehearsed songs to see if they could perform for an audience again. When the project was stuck for an ending, Michael came up with the idea for the Concert on the Roof.

Michael’s career began at the age of sixteen, when he acted at the Stratford Connecticut Shakespeare Festival. He then attended Oxford University, leaving after a year to work with Orson Welles and act in the theatrical version of “Chimes At Midnight.”

Only a few years later, through a “combination of ambition, luck and guile,” he found himself, at the age of 24, directing “Ready Steady Go,” which has been called the “greatest live TV Rock and Roll show of all time.”

Then, because of the friendships he’d made, Michael started directing videos for the greatest rock bands of the twentieth century. He directed several for The Beatles, including “Rain” and “Hey Jude.” He then went on to direct “Let It Be,” due to be re-released later this year.

Michael spent fifteen years with the Rolling Stones, directing videos of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Waiting on a Friend,” as well as “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.” For the Who, Michael directed “Happy Jack” and “Join Together.”

Moving to TV drama, Michael received four BAFTA nominations. In 1981, he won as co-director of “Brideshead Revisited.”

In theatre, Michael received a Tony nomination for directing “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” “Agnes of God” ran for two years on Broadway. Then came Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking drama about AIDS, ‘The Normal Heart.” Michael directed the first production at Joe Papp’s Public Theatre in New York, after every other director had turned it down.

In 1991, Michael wrote and directed “The Object of Beauty” with John Malkovich and Andie MacDowell. Roger Ebert described the film as “cool and witty.”

Michael’s first memoir “Luck and Circumstance” was released in 2011. He is currently working on a second.

Michael has been painting for 25 years and has had shows of his work in Los Angeles, Austin, London and Paris.


Friday, April 8th 7:00pm

Local Poet Rachel Mannheimer

Reading from her new book, Earth Room. Free.

Selected by Nobel Laureate Louise Glück as Winner of the inaugural Bergman Prize, Rachel Mannheimer’s debut, Earth Room (2022, Changes Press) is a dazzling book-length narrative poem that explores with tenderness how art and love intersect to make one’s life. Transporting the reader across decades and from the Moon to Mars by way of Alaska, Berlin, and the Hudson Valley, Earth Room considers a lineage of sculpture, performance, and land art—from Robert Smithson to Pina Bausch—with observations shaped by gender and environment, history and portents of apocalypse. With an urgent, direct, and unmistakably powerful voice, Mannheimer tests the line between nature and culture, ordinary life and performance.MORE

Friday, February 18th 6:00pm

Shannekia McIntosh and Aristilde Kirby

Book Reading and Signing Event. Free.

Join us on a Friday night for a memorable reading and signing with local authors.

To keep the authors, our staff, and you safe, COVID restrictions apply:
Seating is limited to 35 people. First come, first served.
Proof of vaccination & ID is requiredMasks required when not eating or drinking.

Shanekia McIntosh
is a poet and performer. Her interdisciplinary work, inspired by the black diaspora, aims to disrupt and confront historical colonial erasure. Her work has been featured in the New Museum, Second Ward Foundation, Charim Galerie, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, Hudson Hall, NY Live Arts, ICA at VCU, Basilica Hudson and more,with recent work being published in Chronogram, Apogee Journal and The TENTH Magazine. She will be reading from her new book, Spriral as Ritual (Topos Press 2021).

Aristilde Kirby
is a being constellation of given human category: a poet, artist, thinker & more born in the Bronx, NY. She has been featured in Artforum & as a part of Illiberal Arts, an exhibition & publication at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. She has published chapbooks with Belladonna, Black Warrior Review, & Best American Experimental Writing 2020. You can call her Aris, like Paris without the P. She will be reading from her new book, Daisy & Catherine (Auric Press, 2022).MORE