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Tiny Telephone Oakland Kickstarter is ON!!!!!!

posted by JV | May 12 2015

Hello everyone, I'm building an amazing recording studio in Oakland and I need your help.

The Tiny Telephone Oakland Kickstarter is ON!

I'm pretty damn excited about this. I'm also very (reasonably) nervous. Please take a look at the page, and PLEASE repost on Facebook or the social media engine of your choice. 

The studio is ahead of schedule. The air conditioning and electrical are done, we're starting on the 3 month process of complicated finish work and acoustic treatments. The goal of our Kickstarter's is to pay our amazing construction crew for one month of work.


Without your help, this studio will not be finished. There are so many cool rewards, including the chance to pre-buy days at a $100 discount. Please RT/repost, etc. You know what to do. This studio is going to be an amazing place for artists. Thank you!!!!!!

Mass Suicide Occult Figurines reissued on 200g QRP vinyl!!

posted by JV | March 16 2015

My first solo record, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines, originally released by Barsuk in 2000, is getting reissued by the Native Sound. The preorder link is now LIVE. We remastered it with Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. I think it sounds oh so much better. Bob also cut the lacquer. QRP, of Solina, KS, is doing the vinyl. They are clearly the best pressing plant in the world right now. The entire run will be 200g black vinyl. The only way to fly.

SO... all the details!
- First time ever on vinyl (200g QRP, booyaaa)
- Brand new art by the legendary Joe Williams.
- Deluxe LP includes screen-printed wrap around slip cover & a bonus 7” flexi featuring a new song ("Midnight Blue") & an unreleased Songs: Ohia cover
- Vinyl "Starter Pack" including past JV releases is also available

The flexi songs are really special. I'm really proud of the way all of this came together. Julio at The Native Sound has done a wonderful job with the reissue. Let's reward his faith in excellent sounding reissues by locking one up!!!


posted by JV | November 05 2014

Join us for Tiny Telephone's 17th Anniversary party!! Free beer, DJs and awesome people.
Nov 21st/ 8pm / 1458 San Bruno Ave, SF, CA, 94110

Phono Del Sol #4 is coming to a skate park near you.

posted by JV | May 12 2014

Phono Del Sol is a festival I present with the excellent Bay Bridged:

"The Bay Bridged is proud to announce five great bands performing at the Phono del Sol Music Festival on July 12, 2014 at Potrero del Sol Park. The fourth annual festival celebrating the best of independent music will be co-headlined by Baltimore’s Wye Oak in their exclusive San Francisco Bay Area performance in support of their acclaimed new album Shriek. Also at the top of the bill are SF favorites Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, hands down one of the best live bands around.

They’ll be joined by eight other bands at the festival, three of which we’re announcing today. SF’s Blackbird Blackbird will be bringing anthemic electronic pop to Phono, fresh off the June release of Tangerine Sky. There will also be performances by SF/LA transcendental rock band A Million Billion Dying Suns and local rock and roll party-starters The Tambo Rays. The five remaining Phono del Sol 2014 bands will be announced soon.

General Admission and VIP tickets to Phono del Sol are on sale right now at Individual General Admission tickets are $25 each, with a limited number of discount six-packs (save $5 per ticket!) also available."

Living Room Shows!!

posted by JV | May 11 2014

I'm taking most of the year off to produce records and build the new Tiny Telephone Oakland. I will be playing 4 Bay Area shows this summer. They are all pretty special.

Sun Jun 8, 2014 - Novato, CA
w/ Amber Rubarth!!! Presented by the greal KC Turner

Sat Jun 21, 2014 - Davis, CA

Fri Jul 25, 2014 - San Francisco, CA
These are the BEST shows and my favorite to play. ALMOST sold out. w/ Emily Elbert

Sat Jul 26, 2014 - San Francisco, CA
Just ADDED!! w/ Justin Farren

Magik*Magik Orchestra 5 Year Anniversary!!!!

posted by JV | December 17 2013

On January 31st, my beloved group, Magik*Magik Orchestra, celebrates our 5th birthday at the Fox Theater. Over the past five years, Magik has had the honor of creatively contributing to over 100 artists' projects and over 450 songs. We would like to share some snippets of those collaborations with you in one beautiful evening of curated music featuring orchestrated guest performances by: The Dodos, John Vanderslice, Zoe Keating, How To Dress Well, Two Gallants, The Lonely Forest, Geographer, Rogue Wave, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers and the lovely Diana Gameros. 30 young singers from the hauntingly gorgeous Pacific Boychoir will make guest appearances on a number of songs throughout the evening as well. 

There will be only 1500 seats available for purchase to this special evening. Come claim yours this Thursday at our presale. Password is mockingbird. TICKETS HERE.

Polyvinyl Record Co. Singles Club

posted by JV | December 17 2013

I'm part of this amazing series of Polyvinyl Record Company singles tracked on Of Montreal's old 4-track. These are only available by subscribing to the series (they won't be released digitally, but each 7" will come with its own download code). Other bands participating include Diane CoffeeThao & The Get Down Stay DownInto It. Over It., Cloud Nothings, and tons more. Find out more / subscribe here:

US Tour is ON!

posted by JV | October 15 2013

Hey, I just packed the van with Vanderslice Plays Diamond Dogs and Dagger Beach 200g vinyl, new t-shirts, flexi singles, screenprinted posters, and these weird reflective plastic discs they call CDs. I only have 165 Diamond Dogs records left (he bolds for maximum impact). Diamond Dogs is streaming here.

The tour starts tomorrow.

Please come to a show near you!!!! It's going to be my last club tour until 2015. I've got to build this Oakland studio next year. Also, my cats, Miette and Clover, have made it very clear I need to stay home.

I'll have the superb Jason Slota on drums and Moog Source and Tiny Telephone's awesome Jacob Winik on sound. Jason and I are going to play tons of stuff we've never played before: "Harlequin Press," "Sleep It Off," "How The West Was Won," "Song For Dana Lok," and some songs from Diamond Dogs.

As always, we'll have amazing support bands, including Bent Shapes, Alexander and the Grapes, Jared Bartman, Samantha Crain, Doe Eye, and Prism Tats.

I'll see you soon!!!

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