Music: Elison Jackson live Thurs., Nov. 7, at 8 PM

Elison_Jackson_WebThe band Elison Jackson play the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Nov. 7. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Elison Jackson is a stoner-soul/garage-folk band from New Haven, CT. They just released a new album, “Do Not Fear to Kill a Dead Man,” on Telegraph Recording Company out of New London.

Their previous EP, “I Do Believe She Flew Out the Drainpipe,” drew critical acclaim in regional press and blogosphere.  They’ve toured east of the Mississippi extensively for the past year and a half, and have shared the stage with Akron/Family, The Music Tapes, The Sadies, Those Darlins, and more.

Reviewing “I Do Believe She Flew Out the Drainpipe” on CT.com, Chip McCabe wrote, “Fans of Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground, The Byrds, Syd Barrett, and especially The Animals will rejoice over the authenticity and awesomeness of this album.”

Pre-release reviews of the new record are just as enthusiastic. The reviewer for the Symbiotic Reviews blog wrote:

In 2011, Elison Jackson released their sophomore LP “Spectral Evidence,” a rustic collection of folksy tunes that showcased singer/songwriter Sam Perduta’s gift for colorful storytelling while highlighting his bluesy, baritone drawl. Ambitious 2012 EP “I Do Believe She Fell Out of the Drainpipe” followed, a work overflowing with vintage organs, ethereal female choirs, trumpets, and sprawling song-lengths that served to further the idea that the New Haven, CT five-piece were more interested in atmospheric texture than simply belting out radio-friendly pop hits. Now with third full length “Do Not Fear To Kill A Dead Man,” Elison Jackson have perfected their blend of folk, blues, and baroque pop that’s at once intimately familiar and excitingly new.

When the group played the Best Video Performance Space this past June, they wowed the audience with their powerful songs and deft control of dynamics, able to shift effortlessly from an evocative whisper to a blistering roar.

View an artsy YouTube video for Elison Jackson’s song “2009” from their new LP “Do Not Fear to Kill a Dead Man”:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Oct. 30. LOCAL LEGENDS/NEW WAVE: THE FURORS

• Thursday, Oct. 31. HALLOWEEN DOUBLE FEATURE: “CARNIVAL OF SOULS” at 7 PM; “NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD” at 8:30 PM.  ***(Just announced!)***

• Monday, Nov. 4. FILM SCREENING: “IN THE BEDROOM”

• Wednesday, Nov. 6. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Thursday, Nov. 7. GARAGE FOLK: ELISON JACKSON

• Monday, Nov. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE SEARCHERS”

• Wednesday, Nov. 13. WINE TASTING with BOB FEINN FROM MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Nov. 14. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ILANA ZSIGMOND

• Wednesday, Nov. 20. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Thursday, Nov. 21. APOCALYPTIC POP: THE GRIMM GENERATION

• Thursday, Dec. 5. GARAGE ROCK/POP: HAPPY ENDING featuring BEST VIDEO’S OWN RICHARD BROWN & HANK HOFFMAN

• Wednesday, Dec. 11. WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Thursday, Dec. 12. JAZZ: DAVID CHEVAN

• Thursday, Dec. 19. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

 

Music: Esther Golton performs Wed., Nov. 6, at 8 PM; UPDATE: Show postponed

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UPDATE: This show has been postponed for health reasons.

Esther Golton returns to the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Philadelphia born, educated with a degree in flute performance, jazz and composition, Esther moved to Alaska in 1997 to live a simple life in a wilderness log cabin.  “Alaska is a place of extreme weather and fiercely independent people.  And it’s beautiful.  I think my songs and style have come to evoke that experience.”

Esther Golton creates music that satisfies the quest for something delightfully different and diverse.  Her voice has been described as  “silky smooth, precise and winsome.”  Add an unusually intricate use of the mountain dulcimer, stunningly fluid flute, and melodic, colorful writing, and you begin to turn heads.

Esther’s extraordinary life has included an Appalachian Trail Thru-hike (’91), 2 years in Tokyo teaching English and busking in the train stations (’92-’93), self-building a cabin while in Alaska (’98), and traversing the U.S. as a touring singer-songwriter (’07-present).  She was also an integral part of Whole Wheat Radio, an 8-year web-radio project (’02-’10) that encouraged discovery and support of independent music, and hosted top-notch touring acoustic musicians for live-webcast house concerts, as well as providing a community gathering space to the local townsfolk.

Esther’s newest work, “Stay Warm,” was released this year.   She previously produced 2 other projects:  a lyrically rich collection of songs titled “Unfinished Houses,” and “Aurora Borealis: Conversations with Alaska’s Northern Lights,” an album of exquisite flute-dulcimer instrumentals.  Says Carrie Newcomer: “The world so needs works of honesty and truth and worth like these.”

Listen to the title track from the new CD:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Monday, Oct. 28. FILM SCREENING: “CAPE FEAR” (Original version)

• Wednesday, Oct. 30. LOCAL LEGENDS/NEW WAVE: THE FURORS

• Monday, Nov. 4. FILM SCREENING: “IN THE BEDROOM”

• Wednesday, Nov. 6. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Thursday, Nov. 7. GARAGE FOLK: ELISON JACKSON

• Monday, Nov. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE SEARCHERS”

• Wednesday, Nov. 13. WINE TASTING with BOB FEINN FROM MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Nov. 14. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ILANA ZSIGMOND

• Wednesday, Nov. 20. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Thursday, Nov. 21. APOCALYPTIC POP: THE GRIMM GENERATION

• Thursday, Dec. 5. PSYCHEDELIC POP: HAPPY ENDING featuring RICHARD BROWN & HANK HOFFMAN from BEST VIDEO

• Thursday, Dec. 19. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

 

 

“Revenge,” new film series, starts Mon., Oct. 7

Secret_in_their_Eyes_DVDIn the tradition of “What Would You Do? Ethical Dilemmas in Great Films” and “Can We All Get Along? Culture Clash in Great Films,” “Revenge: Will the Cycle Be Unbroken?” will present six films over six successive Monday nights at 7 PM in the Best Video Performance Space, beginning on Oct. 7. Members of Best Video’s staff will share with owner Hank Paper and Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic of co-sponsors Temple Beth Sholom the duties of introducing the films and leading the post-screening discussions.

Reservations are highly recommended for these screenings; in previous series, most of the showings have been sold out or near capacity. Admission is $25 for the entire series or $5 per film.

The schedule:

October 7: THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic)

(2009, Argentina, Oscar for Best Foreign Film) A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior—both of which still haunt him decades later.

October 14: PARADISE NOW (Presenter: Michael Wheatley)

(2005, Palestine/Israel) Said and Khaled, two young Palestinian men who live in Nablus on the West Bank, have volunteered to be suicide bombers. A temporary postponement of their deadly mission opens up the possibility for a reassessment of what they are about to do.

October 21: FURY (Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic)

(1936, USA) “Fury,” directed by Fritz Lang, is a searing drama about an attempted lynching. At the time of the movie’s release in 1936, lynching was an an outrageously common occurrence in the United States—an estimated 6,000 lynchings had taken place in the previous five decades. Spencer Tracy stars in this indictment of mob action as the lynching survivor who burns with a desire for revenge.

October 28: CAPE FEAR (Presenter: Rob Harmon)

(1962, USA) Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) is out of jail and out to get revenge on the attorney who helped secure his conviction on rape and assault charge eight years before. Gregory Peck plays Sam Bowden, the former prosecutor who desperately tries to protect his family from Cady’s escalating campaign of vengeful terror.

November 4: IN THE BEDROOM (Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic)

(2001, USA) Matt (Tom Wilkinson) and Ruth Fowler’s (Sissy Spacek) son Frank, shortly to leave for college, gets involved with an older woman who is separated from her husband and seeking a divorce. After the estranged husband kills Frank in a jealous rage, the Fowlers painfully wait for the legal system to bring justice. But if the legal system fails, what then?

November 11: THE SEARCHERS (Presenter: Hank Paper)

(1956, USA) Named by the American Film Institute as the greatest American Western film of all time, “The Searchers”—starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford—plumbs themes of obsession, revenge and racism. In a foreshadowing of the revisionist Westerns of the 1970’s, Wayne plays a character marked by deep moral ambiguity. Filmed amid the glorious landscape of Monument Valley, “The Searchers” is itself a monument to American myth-making.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Oct. 2. ACOUSTIC BLUES: CORNBREAD

• Thursday, Oct. 3. PARKER’S TANGENT: ROCK

• Monday, Oct. 7. FILM SCREENING: “THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES”

• Wednesday, Oct. 9. ACOUSTIC ROCK: HENRY SIDLE

• Thursday, Oct. 10. GARAGE SOUL: BRONSON ROCK

• Monday, Oct. 14. FILM SCREENING: “PARADISE NOW”

• Wednesday, Oct. 16. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Thursday, Oct. 17. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Monday, Oct. 21. FILM SCREENING: “FURY”

• Wednesday, Oct. 23. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & ALEXANDER SMITH

• Thursday, Oct. 24. INDIE ROCK: THE STREAMS

• Monday, Oct. 28. FILM SCREENING: “CAPE FEAR” (Original version)

• Wednesday, Oct. 30. LOCAL LEGENDS/NEW WAVE: THE FURORS

• Monday, Nov. 4. FILM SCREENING: “IN THE BEDROOM”

• Wednesday, Nov. 6. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Thursday, Nov. 7. GARAGE FOLK: ELISON JACKSON

• Wednesday, Nov. 13. WINE TASTING with BOB FEINN FROM MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Monday, Nov. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE SEARCHERS”

• Thursday, Nov. 21. APOCALYPTIC POP: THE GRIMM GENERATION