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From the Archives!

posted by JV | September 12 2010

Just reposted a few things that were missing from the huge server switch when we updated the web site:

-Pixel Revolt User's Guide

-Pixel Revolt Recording Diary

-Life and Death of an American Fourtracker

-Time Travel Is Lonely Recording Notes

-Keep The Dream Alive lyrics by Simon Evans

Rock Make Festival

posted by JV | August 24 2010




Damn it, we rushed over to the bouncy house right after this photo, climbed in and the generator ran out of diesel. It collapsed on us in mid-bounce.

Bay Bridged Fundraiser!

posted by JV | June 16 2010

Slota and I are going to rock this one together. There might be an electric guitar involved (might be the first time I've played electric this year)
Thao is the greatest. See you THEN!!! Tix here.

Death Valley

posted by JV | June 02 2010



Death Valley photos coming soon!

Pickpocket Almanack

posted by JV | May 03 2010

I'll be giving a talk about music at SFMOMA tomorrow night from 6-8pm as part of Jim Fairchild's Pickpocket Almanack lecture series. It's free. Please come!!!

Seattle show announcement!

posted by JV | April 22 2010

I'll be playing a fundraiser at Tractor Tavern on June 13 for Noise for the Needy. We put together a very interesting bill, Karl Blau and Alicia Amiri open. Please come if you can, I don't think I'll be playing another NW show this year! Tix

JV + Magik*Magik Orchestra rehearsal day #1

posted by JV | April 14 2010


Max with Ebows on the grand piano.

Let Me Wear Your Overcoat

posted by JV | April 08 2010

- As usual, the heavy lifting is going on at the olde Tumblr.

- I've written all 10 songs for the new Dead Oceans record.

- We go into Fantasy Studios next friday (!) to track.

- The new record is a collaboration with the Magik*Magik Orchestra

- It will be recorded by John Congleton (who I've wanted to work with for years)

- Jay and Ian Pellicci are assisting, I couldn't do this record without them

- Minna Choi, fearless leader of Magik and the arranger of the entire album, is a complete and total genius

- I am really fucking excited about this record

PS, I started a Tumblr for Tiny Telephone as well. It's full of gear pornography and shots of marvelous Marvin the studio cat being, well, marvelous.

Noisepop show announced!

posted by jv | February 06 2010

This is kind of an insane bill. We tried to put together a diverse and challenging group of bands. Please buy tix here, I think the show will sell out.

D.I.A.L.O. + Do What You Want 7" out now on Dead Oceans

posted by JV | February 04 2010



This wonderful little thing is out now and for sale at the Secretly Canadian Distro Store. I love the b-side, it's a Soft Effects-era Spoon influenced rocker, featuring the wonderful Jason Slota on drums. This is limited to 500!

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