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"How The West Was Won" is UP!!

posted by JV | July 10 2013




NPR Music just posted my new video
!! Shot at Tiny Telephone and starring all your favorite creatures...

A few notes from me:
"I wanted to make a performance video that was more like a documentary of recording at Tiny Telephone. Jake kept everything naturalistic and loose. I love the musicians and engineers who work at the studio and just wanted show them at work, doing the heavy lifting on records, obsessing about their craft, eating delicious tacos, and having a blast doing it."

And from Jake Wachtel, the amazing director:
"JV recorded Dagger Beach at Tiny Telephone studios in SF, which he also runs. This is just an awesome, inspiring place to make music (I just had the pleasure of mixing my own album there!); its chock full of incredibly beautiful analog gear and there's a palpable sense of family among all the engineers who work there. So the idea of the music video was to try to capture the vibe of this specific place and family, and also to give a little glimpse into all the crazy behind the scenes work that goes into making a record—hooking innumerable cables into the patch bay, fixing the synth right before the session started, swabbing the tape machine with a q-tip, trekking out into the mission district to refuel with abundant burritos, hanging out in the control room and dissecting the philosophical underpinnings of Karate Kid (see if you can catch drummer Jason Slota's wax-on moment). All of these tactile, physical moments from the recording session are there when you listen to a piece of music, folded into the fabric of the recording. We wanted to give these moments their due."

Paste is streaming Dagger Beach RIGHT NOW

posted by JV | June 03 2013

Paste is streaming my new record 8 days before its release. Right here.

Also, David Berman's mentholmountians is ENDLESSLY fascinating.

WEST COAST LIVING ROOM TOUR

posted by JV | May 30 2013

My West Coast Living Room Tour dates are coming up. I'll have Dagger Beach and Diamond Dogs 200g vinyl at these shows (the Diamond Dogs is close to selling out.) I do believe these living room shows are the best way to see music!! Dagger Beach comes out on June 11 via Secretly Canadian and Tiny Telephone. See you soon!!

Tickets are here.

Wed Jun 12, 2013 - Salem, OR

Thu Jun 13, 2013 - Portland, OR - 15 tickets left

Fri Jun 14, 2013 - Portland, OR (sold out)

Sat Jun 15, 2013 - Seattle, WA (sold out)

Sun Jun 16, 2013 - Seattle, WA (sold out)

Tue Jun 18, 2013 - Medford, OR

Thu Jun 20, 2013 - San Francisco, CA (sold out)

Fri Jun 21, 2013 - San Francisco, CA (sold out)


Shipping Update / Backer Only 7" getting pressed!

posted by JV | May 24 2013

Hey everyone, I'm knee deep in Kickstarter heaven/hell. Things are getting SHIPPED right now. If you get your package and the t-shirt size is wrong, I forgot something, or vinyl got damaged, email me and I will fix it!!!! I'm aiming for an unheard of 9 STAR level of customer service. 

These rewards have all been shipped:

$12 - JV RARITIES - PERSONALIZED CD-R 

$25 - DAGGER BEACH CD

$30 - JV RECORD BOOKSHELF and LIBRARY CARD T-SHIRT (+) DAGGER BEACH DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

$35 - DAGGER BEACH 200g Vinyl

$35 - VANDERSLICE PLAYS BOWIE'S DIAMOND DOGS VINYL

$50 - BEST DEAL!!! T-SHIRT of your choice + DAGGER BEACH on CD

$50 - DIAMOND DOGS TEST PRESSING

$60 - HELL YEAH - T-SHIRT of your choice + DAGGER BEACH 200g Vinyl

$65 - DAGGER BEACH 200g Vinyl Gatefold LP + VANDERSLICE PLAYS BOWIE'S DIAMOND DOGS LP

$75 - BEST DEAL!!! T-SHIRT of your choice + BOTH NEW RECORDS on Vinyl

That last category just shipped this week, so if you haven't received them, they're on the way!!

The second I get more vinyl mailers, a slew of other stuff will leave here, including all the Diamond Dogs records to the listening party folks (I love you for coming to that!!). 

The limited screen prints, and deluxe vinyl cases are almost here. If you've combined any rewards with those items, I'll ship them immediately.

More updates soon!!

My man Julio is printing 7"s with "Song For Clay Miller" and a JV rarity on the B side. More on that as we get closer.

I love you all and I hope it's warm as hell where you are.

XOJV

WEST COAST LIVING ROOM TOUR

posted by JV | May 12 2013

WEST COAST LIVING ROOM TOUR is on sale!! These shows will sell out. Please come! They're the first shows I'm playing after Dagger Beach is release on June 11. Living room shows are the BEST.
(hehehe)

Jun 12
Salem, OR | Tickets (36 left)
 
Jun 13
Portland, OR | Tickets (37 left)

Jun 14
Portland, OR | Tickets (18 left)

Jun 15
Seattle, WA | SOLD OUT
 
Jun 16
Seattle, WA | SOLD OUT
 
Jun 18
Medford, OR | Tickets (44 left)
 
Jun 20
San Francisco, CA | Tickets (18 left)
 
Jun 21
San Francisco, CA | Tickets (22 left)

Diamond Dogs Release show!! Radio Silence w/ Daniel Handler

posted by JV | April 29 2013



I'm playing a pretty wonderful benefit with Daniel Handler in San Francisco on May 13th at a loft in the Mission. Details below. Tickets are here.

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Music!
This event is the record release party for John Vanderslice's forthcoming remake of David Bowie's classic 1974 album Diamond Dogs! JV will perform from the record and from his forthcoming album of originals, Dagger Beach, which releases to the public on June 11. We'll have both records available at the Loft Party for purchase and signing. And as if it couldn't get any better, Daniel Handler is going to bring his accordion and perform a couple songs with JV!
 Pat Spurgeon of Rogue Wave will be spinning records for us.
 
Literature!

Daniel Handler will kick things off with a reading and a bit of conversation before joining JV with the accordion. Daniel is a Radio Silence contributor and author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs, and Why We Broke Up. As Lemony Snicket, he has written many books for children, including Who Could That Be at This Hour? and The Dark. Daniel's books will be available for purchase and signing.
 
Food and Drink!

Included in the entry cost is a catered dinner, which will be served from 7-8 pm. Drinks will be served all night, and they're free -- beer by Magnolia, wine by Sutton Cellars, booze by Anchor Distillery. The incomparable Daniel Hyatt, formerly of the Alembic and soon to open Roka Akor, will be mixing cocktails.

This Shit Is Getting Realer.

posted by JV | April 23 2013

Okay we are in full lock-down shipping mode. Thank god the NBA playoffs have so beautifully coincided with my mail-order phase. 

I've shipped: 

JV RARITIES - PERSONALIZED CD-R

DAGGER BEACH CD

LIBRARY CARD T-SHIRT

JV RECORD BOOKSHELF T-SHIRT

The BEST DEAL!!! T-SHIRT + DAGGER BEACH on CD reward will ship this week. All of the 8 Second Songs are done, some are posted below

If I messed up your order in ANY WAY just write me and I'll fix it!! Maybe you don't like my Baroque signature all over your beautiful record? I am here to provided a 5 star customer experience. Actually, fuck 5 stars. SEVEN STARS.

If you haven't received your survey, it's okay, I'm spreading them out as I get a lot of tweaks and questions about orders (which is fine) when I do. ALL SURVEYS WILL BE SENT BY END OF THIS WEEK. I'll keep updating when I send out stuff so you can keep tabs on it. A few of you have not filled out the surveys on the above merchandise. Please do it when you can. Check your spam folder if you don't see it or just email me direct. (jv@tinytelephone.com)

I'm waiting for Dagger Beach vinyl to arrive any day now. I'll ship that out right away. Diamond Dogs vinyl got delayed. More on that soon. The vinyl cases are presently getting personalized by Joe Williams. 

My goal is to get the download link up by next monday, I am conveniently re-doing the Tiny Telephone website this week, so that's the hold up. 

In non-Kickstarter news, I'm going to see the Giants play the Diamondbacks tonight with a bunch of engineers from the studio. SF is seeing record high temps. Yes we are all doomed but yes I'll take the hot weather if there is no other choice

Below: Your stuff, Harden getting whipped by the Thunder (that was tough to watch), my home recording studio, where I made all of your 8 Second Songs.


8 Second Songs

posted by JV | April 22 2013

I did a series of 8 Second Songs (that ended up being a lot longer) for Kickstarter supporters. They were nice enough to let me post them up. I LOVE these. They were freeing (as they were really for others, not for me) and difficult to make. They were inefficiently recorded on my Ampex MM1200 2" tape deck.

I'm Not Jimmy.mp3
860-663-1508 (for Nat Lyon)
Chris Elko
Sam Vaughan

JV Living Room Shows are happening

posted by JV | April 03 2013

I'm looking for folks to host JV living room shows on west coast from June 14-30. Me + Gibson J45 + you + your friends. Let's do it!!!

We did it!!

posted by JV | April 02 2013

I can't remember being happier. I owe that to you. If I could hop on a plane, rent a car at the airport, drive to your home and plant a big kiss on your cheek, I would. (Yes, I know in actuality that would be very disturbing.) I devote my next two months to you, my supporters. I'll keep you posted on shipping and reward details. I did just request today that QRP put a fancy sticker on the front of your Dagger Beach LP sealed (and re-usable) poly bags. I have a quick question for you: If you got a t-shirt, what size are you? I want to get a rough guide of sizing before I place the order tomorrow morning. I'll send out a survey and get all kinds of shipping details and specifics about your order. In that survey, I'll get addresses and any kind of reward combinations I'll need to get you. I'm targeting early May for shipping. I'll keep you posted!!

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