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
Pre-Order the Lil' Deb's Oasis Cookbook, "Please Wait to be Tasted"!
by (beloved former Spotty bar manager) Carla Kaya Perez-Gallardo and her partner Hannah Black. $35.00
Pre-order a signed copy of Please Wait to Be Tasted from Spotty Dog and get 10% off at Lil’ Deb’s Oasis restaurant in Hudson, NY
How to Purchase:
Email us at SpottyDogBooks@gmail.com. We will contact you for payment and shipping information.
What you get when the book is released in June 2022:
1) A signed copy of Please Wait to be Tasted.
2) A discount card for 10% off your next visit to Lil’ Deb’s Oasis.
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
Author Event and Signing
With Lucy Sante, Adele Bertei and Mike DeCapite Free.
Join us for a reading and signing on a Wednesday with iconic authors reading from new work.
Lucy Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, Folk Photography, and most recently, The Other Paris. She translated Félix Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines and has written introductions to several other NYRB Classics, including Classic Crimes by William Roughead and Pedigree by Georges Simenon. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, she teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.
Adele Bertei works as a writer, director, performer, and musician, and resides in Los Angeles, CA. As author, her first book Peter and the Wolves is a short memoir of her rock and roll education via legendary Cleveland musician Peter Laughner, released by Smog Veil Records. Why Labelle Matters was published by the University of Texas Press in March, 2021. She continues to perform original music, most recently at Club Salo in Paris, MoMA’s Club 57 exhibition in November of 2017, L.A.’s Bootleg Theater, and Florence’s Queer Festival in 2018, where she screened her surrealist short political satire film, The Littlest Trampette.
Mike DeCapite has published the novel Through the Windshield, the chapbook Creamsicle Blue, and the short-prose collection Radiant Fog under the banner of Sparkle Street Books. Cuz Editions published his story “Sitting Pretty,” later anthologized in The Italian American Reader. DeCapite grew up in Cleveland and has lived in London and San Francisco, but has spent most of his time in New York City, ere he now resides.MORE