posted by | July 24 2009

Jason, Ian and I have started trio rehearsals for the European tour in October. I have to say it's really sounding incredible. We're trying to play as many different songs, new and old, as we can. We learned Heated Pool and Bar yesterday. I hope everyone's summer is wonderful so far. Isa's in France, and I've thrown myself back into Tiny Telephone and the next record.

Canada Dates This Weekend

posted by JV | July 07 2009

We'll be in Toronto and Ottawa this weekend, our first Romanian Names dates in Canada so far. We need merch help in Toronto this friday, if you can do it please email me. See you soon!

In Memoriam

posted by JV | July 07 2009

We like to play rock music

posted by JV | June 18 2009

Bowery Ballroom, NY
Photo by Elizabeth Weinberg

Double Dutch!

posted by JV | June 03 2009

Double dutch at Sasquatch Festival.

This is going to be a good tour...

posted by JV | May 20 2009

We just played our third show and I was absolutely stunned how well my band played tonight. Will you please shower them with home made cookies and cracked DVDs?? They are SO bad ass. It is late and I need to sleep. See you soon.
Oh let's go on a garden tour! Via I Pick My Nose.

Earth Auction Bloodbath

posted by JV | May 20 2009

Please don't buy MCB on ebay unless you absolutely have to. I will have it on this tour.

Wow, could the new Lars von Trier movie be a disaster?

I care about the NBA playoffs more than you'll ever know.

Okay time to go time to go.

I Want To Rock And Roll All Night (And Part Of Every Day)

posted by JV | May 18 2009

We are coming to your town. Tour officially started last night in Merced, CA. It was epic. I am very inspired by this new line up, Matthias, Ian and I are playing as a quintet adding Sylvian on guitar and Jamie on bass.

We need merch people in the following cites: Pittsburgh, Iowa City, St Augustine, Orlando, Gainesville and DC. We'll comp you and a guest in to the show and ply you with either: a) organic juice blends (yummy) or b) alcohol. How could you lose? Email if you want to do it. Thanks everyone!!!

Own a piece of the Romanian Names master tape, and other things record-related

posted by JV | April 28 2009

Much info today about the new record! First, if you pre-order Romanian Names now on CD or LP, you'll get an immediate download of the album right then and there. How's that?! Good, right? If you're one of the first 100, you'll also receive a limited-edition, letterpressed wallet containing a small snippet of analog tape, which contains unused music from the master recording of Romanian Names, straight off the Tiny Telephone cutting-room floor. The music on the tape is yours to do with as you will. If you come up with something interesting, please do send it over for inspection!
Pre-order: Romanian Names CD & LP.
Here's a second song from the album you can download now for free. "Too Much Time" is one of my favorites from the record, we did a great version of this one with the M*M Orchestra at Great American earlier this year, but this studio version is really holding up for me.
Download: "Too Much Time"
Finally, lots of new tour dates are up, and we are so happy to announce that The Tallest Man on Earth will be sharing the bill with us most every date of the tour. We're also doing shows with the Morning Benders. Tickets are on sale now for all of the shows. We're bringing a 5-piece band, and rehearsals are starting to sound fuckin' good.

Record Store Day at Amoeba

posted by JV | April 14 2009

I'm spinning records at Amoeba in San Francisco this Saturday, April 18 from 4-5pm for Record Store Day (that better be a national holiday). I'm right between Kelley Stoltz and Aesop Rock! Wow, that is cool.

Other than pulling clovers in my garden (please don't second Isa and tell me they have a right to be there), I've been in heavy rehearsals for the next tour. I will miss being on stage alone with my '52 Gibson but there is SO MUCH power playing in a quintet. All that low end, distortion, brutal drums and swirling counterpoint... Yeah, I'll enjoy that too.

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