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.
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~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

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Saturday, February 29th 8:00pm 2020

Joan Kelsey's Silver Lining, Kamryn Wolf, & Lady Jane

Music and a Reading. $8.

Saturday, March 14th 7:00pm 2020

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

VALERIE HSIUNG is a poet, performer, and the author of the books YOU & ME FOREVER, outside voices, please, and e f g. Her writing can be found in or is forthcoming from The Nation, The Believer, and Chicago Review. Born and raised by Chinese-Taiwanese immigrants in southern Ohio, she now lives in Brooklyn and Hudson.

BRIALLEN HOPPER is the author of Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions, a Kirkus Best Book of the year (“So much dopeness in these essays and so many scary questions asked and answered here. I hope y’all read it”—Kiese Laymon), and the co-editor of Killing the Buddha. She lives and teaches in Queens.

DOUGLAS STUART was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to New York City, where he began a career in fashion design. Shuggie Bain is his first novel.

ERIN KHAR is known for her writing on addiction, recovery, mental health, relationships, parenting, infertility, and self-care. Her debut memoir, Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies that Nearly Killed Me, has appeared on most-anticipated lists from The Rumpus, SELF, Apple Books, Bitch Media, Alma, and others. She lives in New York City.

Followed by a set from DJ Charles Washington.

 

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–Jamie Larson, Rural Intelligence

“Two ‘dorks’ pump up the Volume in Hudson, NY. Reclusive literati come out and play in a converted firehouse on the second Saturday of every month.”
–Benjamin Cassidy, The Berkshire Eagle

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Saturday, February 22nd 7:00pm 2020

Rebecca Ruth Borrer and Peter McPartland

"Live Music, One Night Only" $8.

Saturday, February 15th 7:00pm 2020

eteam

A multimedia performance for the release of their new book Grabeland. Free.

Grabeland takes place in a country that no longer exists, in a culture rooted in soil and projections. The story tours the inner exiles of its characters as they test the limitations of their actual existence. Focusing on Germany and The United States, Grabeland dramatizes the formation of national identity and ultimately its dissolution through an accumulation of personal and collective experiences, anecdotes, accidents, propaganda, falsifications, histories, victimizations, inventions, dreams, and hopes.

“I can think of no other visual artists who could synthesize their practice and emerge with a novel this good. They achieve what all art aims for—a pulse which keeps each page alive. This pulse creates a tension between the strange and the pure, between the compelling and the mundane—page-by-page it reminds me of Sebald. The few days I spent wandering its pages were precious.” – Nick Flynn

This unique novel of visual ideas, Grabeland, imagines a literary, artful and art-inspired journey, a precise travelogue of sites and possible meanings. The obsession at the heart of Grabeland engaged me completely. – Lynne Tillman

“Grabeland successfully merges descriptions of banal everyday activities, political and historical facts and fictions, Proustian reminiscences of the artists’ own childhood and the elements of a road trip novel into a dazzling read. eteam’s diary-like storytelling unravels complicated, sometimes unnerving and quite often hilarious oppositions of generations, cultures, political views and ways of living, in which urgency of art making and community building is a constant undertone.” – Zeljka HimbeleMORE

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Friday, February 14th 5:00am 2020

The Magick Stonz

Valentine's Jazzz Rock. Valentine's Day 5-7pm. $8.

Saturday, February 8th 7:00pm 2020

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

EMMA COPLEY EISENBERG Emma’s work has appeared in Granta, McSweeney’s, VQR, Tin House, and The New Republic among other outlets, and has been recognized by the Millay Colony, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Lambda Literary, and Longreads’ Best Crime Reporting. She lives in Philadelphia, where she co-directs Blue Stoop, a community hub for the literary arts. The Third Rainbow Girl is her first book.

SUZANNE RANCOURT is a writer of Abenaki/Huron descent. Her first book, Billboard in the Clouds, received the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award. Her second, murmurs at the gate, was published by Unsolicited Press in 2019. She is a USMC and Army Veteran, and her poetry and non-fiction have been published widely.

LAURIE STONE the author of Everything is Personal: Notes on Now, and My Life as an Animal: Stories. She has published numerous stories in such publications as n + 1, Waxwing, Tin House, Evergreen Review, Fence, Open City, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. Her next book will be Postcards from the Thing that is Happening, a collage of hybrid narratives.

SHENA MCAULIFFE is the author of a novel The Good Echo. Her essay collection, Glass, Light, Electricity, is forthcoming in February 2020. Her stories and essays appear in Conjunctions, Copper Nickel, Gulf Coast, True Story, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She grew up in Wisconsin and Colorado, and now lives in Schenectady, New York.

Followed by a set from special guest DJ.

“Two Hudson writers seem to have found a new formula, turning the traditional reading into a party celebrating the best in new lit.”
–Jamie Larson, Rural Intelligence

“Two ‘dorks’ pump up the Volume in Hudson, NY. Reclusive literati come out and play in a converted firehouse on the second Saturday of every month.”
–Benjamin Cassidy, The Berkshire Eagle

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Saturday, January 25th 7:30pm 2020

Olivia Quillio and Greens

Soarin' heartache and jambient kickin'. $8.

Olivia Quillio
With the ability to silence a room Quillio’s voice soars while singing about the heartache and triumph of love. Known for her musical depth, soporific vocals and poignant, humorous banter – Quillio stands apart by making her truth known, no matter how vulnerable. Currently she is recording her third album, Earthside.

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Saturday, January 18th 8:00pm 2020

Kulton the Maker and His Amazing Friends

Live Music, Comedy, Art Sale and Snacks! $5.

Featuring Todd Ludwig, Ifetayo Cobbins, Izzygr, Moon Fruit (DJ set) and Kulton!MORE

Saturday, January 11th 7:00pm 2020

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

AMY RIGBY’s most recent album The Old Guys was voted one of the top 100 albums of 2018 in the Pazz & Jop US music critics’ poll. Her 2019 memoir Girl to City follows one young woman’s progression from Elton John fan in the Pittsburgh suburbs to Manhattan art student; from punk show habitué and fledgling musician with bands Last Roundup and the Shams to cult singer-songwriter who caused a sensation with debut solo album Diary Of A Mod Housewife. When she isn’t touring, she pours beer and sells books at the Spotty Dog in Hudson.

HALLIE GOODMAN is a writer, editor and content strategist in Hudson, New York where she co-founded Volume Reading and Music Series, and founded Volume Workshops. Her writing has appeared in Glamour Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Redbook Magazine, and the journal Hunger Mountain. A recent essay was nominated for a Pushcart and listed as “notable” in this year’s Best American Essays anthology. She is a MacDowell Colony and NYFA MARK fellow. Hallie holds a GED and an MFA.

LEE ANN BROWN is a poet, curator, editor, composer, and singer of neo-hymns and ballads. Recent publications include a poem in the Literary Fieldguide to Southern Appalachia and Other Archer. Recent fellowships and awards include the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, the Lord Nose Award and Acker Award. She is founding editrix of Tender Buttons Press, curates events through Torn Page, and is a professor at St. John’s University in New York City.

When filmmaker LYNNE SACHS turned fifty, she dedicated herself to writing a poem for every year of her life, so far. Each poem investigates the relationship between a singular event in Sachs’s life and the swirl of events beyond her domestic universe. Published by Tender Buttons Press, Year by Year juxtaposes Sachs’s finished poems, which move from her birth in 1961 to her half-century marker in 2011, with her original hand-written first drafts. Lynne received a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Followed by a set from returning fave Stem Christie (aka Jacqueline Goss).

“Two Hudson writers seem to have found a new formula, turning the traditional reading into a party celebrating the best in new lit.”
–Jamie Larson, Rural Intelligence

“Two ‘dorks’ pump up the Volume in Hudson, NY. Reclusive literati come out and play in a converted firehouse on the second Saturday of every month.”
–Benjamin Cassidy, The Berkshire Eagle

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Friday, January 10th 7:30pm 2020

Zak Trojano & Brad Armstrong

Milti-instrumentalists and songwriters. $8.

Brad Armstrong fronted the Birmingham, AL band, 13ghosts, for fifteen years. He currently lives in upstate New York with his family. He has been a contributing songwriter and guitarist with Dexateens since 2009, and often plays guitar for Maria Taylor (of Azure Ray). His songs have been placed in several television shows, including Nashville and Kingdom. In 2018, Cornelius Chapel reissued his first solo record, 2016’s “Empire,” and released his second, “I Got No Place Remembers Me,” in April 2019.

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Zak Trojano is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a finger-style guitar player hailing from New Hampshire. Co-founding the much acclaimed folk trio Rusty Belle in 2006, Trojano has also appeared on records by Chris Smither, Jeffrey Foucault, Peter Mulvey and Chris Pureka.

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