I'm playing a benefit for Teen Feed!

posted by jv | December 01 2010

December 16, in Seattle. Sponsored by the wonderful Three Imaginary Girls.

Raw Tracks from Green Grow the Rushes Grow

posted by jv | November 22 2010

More individual tracks from Green Grow the Rushes Grow...

"Penthouse Window" was arranged by Max Stoffregen. I gave him a simple demo with a click track and the vocals you hear below. I think Max is a major bad ass, this was a big turning point for me and foreshadowed my collaboration with Magik*Magik Orchestra.

Clarinets from "Penthouse Window"
-All played by Ben Goldberg (that mf-er can play)

Piano from "Penthouse Window"
-Played by Max Stoffregen

Vocals from "Penthouse Window"
All the background vocals are recorded 25-50 cents slower on the MM1200, then brought up to speed. I love that as it has a slightly different forment, and it seems to brighten the sound and tighten up the delivery.

Use as you like.
Piano and clarinets tracked by Scott Solter at Tiny Telephone.
Vocals tracked by me at home.

Here's the link for all uploaded tracks so far.

New Record!! White Wilderness out January 25 on Dead Oceans

posted by JV | November 19 2010

Minna Choi and I in the Fantasy Studios A room, photo by Autumn de Wilde

Earlier this week, NPR’s All Songs Considered premiered the White Wilderness opener, “Sea Salt” and noticed something slightly different.

That expansion is Minna Choi and the Magik*Magik Orchestra. For the first time in his career, Vanderslice has chosen not to partake in the hours of agonizing studio wizadry he is so acustomed to. Here are nine new and wildly impressive JV songs captured live over just three days in a unique collaboration with the Orchestra, a collective of classically trained musicians in the Bay Area led by Choi as artistic director.

Listen to the All Songs Considered podcast here.

Listen to “Sea Salt” here.

White Wilderness is out January 25 in the US.
The Magik*Magik Orchestra have a comprehensive mastery of classic performance and repertoire, but also have a full appreciation of the aesthetics of indie and underground music. Choi arranged and conducted White Wilderness with 19 members of the Magik*Magik playing strings and horns, vibraphone, pedal steel and piano, an assortment of reed instruments, and much to JV’s benefit, the voice of Minna Choi singing backup at key moments throughout the album.
Recorded in San Francisco, White Wilderness was produced by John Congleton, whose resume includes albums by St Vincent, The Walkmen, Explosions in the Sky, Bill Callahan and many more.

White Wilderness tracklist:

Sea Salt
Convict Lake
White Wilderness
The Piano Lesson
After It Ends
Alemany Gap
English Vines

Dissecting the Song: I'll Never Live Up To You

posted by JV | October 30 2010

Bay Bridged: Dissecting the Song, By Aaron Sankin

CMJ ruled

posted by JV | October 29 2010

Hell yes.
Photo by my hero Elizabeth Weinberg

Death Valley Summer 2010 Slide Show

posted by JV | October 18 2010

One Night Music Session posted!

posted by JV | September 23 2010

Live at Pirate Cat Radio, July 24, 2010
Set List:

1. Promising Actress
2. White Dove
3. Too Much Time
4. Time To Go
5. White Plains
Interview at Tiny Telephone
I think it's super well done, thanks Elia, Cian and ONM!!


posted by JV | September 20 2010


I present to you...

posted by JV | September 15 2010

I present to you my new EP, Green Grow The Rushes.

1. Thule Fog.mp3
2. I’ll Never Live Up To You.mp3
3. Pony Express.mp3
4. Streetlights.mp3
5. Lay Down.mp3
6. Penthouse Window.mp3

320kbps mp3s + artwork + lyrics and credits

Uncompressed WAV files + artwork + lyrics and credits

This is a free digital download. We’ll print vinyl early next year.

I am super proud of this record! It features: Ian Bjornstad, Carla Kihlstedt, Daniel Hart (St. Vincent), Matthias Bossi, George Ban-Weiss, and Ben Goldberg (who plays all the clarinets on “Penthouse Window”). Jim Eno from Spoon produced and engineered “Lay Down.”

New Studio Name Contest!!

posted by JV | September 12 2010

I asked, you delivered. These names are so interesting to me, I had to post them. We owe it to history.

The back story: I'm trying to open a new studio early next year, so I asked for suggestions related to my current studio, Tiny Telephone.

This is the best list since our "2008 name the Vanderslice band" contest.

Tiny Telephone 2: Electric Boogaloo
Crazy John's Recording Emporium
Wee Walkie
keitai studio (Japanese slang for mobile phone)
Analog Station
Ray's Boom Boom Room
monster megaphone, puny pager
McMusic Hut
The Switchboard
Bandwidth Limited
This Guy's Garage
Petite pachinko
Phonographic Ecstacy Transmission From The Chasm of Dead Souls
Rotary Recordings
Tiny Binary
I'm partial to 'Ethylene Point' or 'Neophyte Inlet' as they're both anagrams of Tiny Telephone.
the switchboard

1992 honda prelude (jv: this one is excellent!!)
Cups and String
24-hour Porn Kingdom
Patch Bay Bay
Mini Megaphone
one wrong number
heidi vanderslice
Strange Door (that's technically TT-related, right? :) )
Telephone Telephone Revolution
The Binary
lil baby dial tones
Ring Ring
64k modem
Whistle Work
Heebie CBs
Cute Cuticle
The 424
mini ninja
Lazy Marvin's House of Ultimate Noise (jv: Marvin is our studio cat)
Tiny Telegraph
Heuristic Meat Box
tall telegraph
infintesimal iphone
Sloppy Hi Fi
Inconsequential Ham Radio
Mid-size dot matrix printer
Magnetic Mojo
Huge iPad
mini téléphone
Ham Radio Central
Front Row
chirp house
1/2 bath recordings
the dollhouse
Cans and Strings Studio
Los Estudios Telefono Diminuto — Dos
Free Long Distance
Hiney Smellophone
Tiny Tunnel of Love
Tiny Num Sounds
Big Pager Studios
Tinny Telephone
mini megaphone
The Patchbay
Proustian Pager
The Internet
rotary dial club
baby beeper

the bat[wings] cave
tiny phonebooth
Edison's Folly
Twisted Pair
Guitar Center (jv: I love this one)
CB Set
The Magik Telephone
Moderately Sized Morse Code Machine
Pony Express
Uncanny Valley
JV Phone Home
shrunken ear machine
Zach Morris sized cell phone
Home Phone Studios
Micro Messenger
Nano Noisebox
Petite Pinger

Motorola StarTAC
small smoke signal
shrunken semaphore
mini morse code

Two Cups and a String
communication cellar
stellar cellar

Maximum Mobile. But people might think you're a sketchy Cricket retailer
Busy Signal
The Phone Booth
The Answering Machine
Tiny Alexander Graham Bell
Mini Megaphone
I think you should go another direction and call it Homeslice.
puny pager
slight semaphore
Micro Cell
Enormous Earpiece
Massive Carrier Pigeon
teensy tele
baby booth
Vandy Camp Studios

Tiny Telephone Line 2
Pitiful Pager
Baby Receiver
diminutive carrier pigeon
Slightly Larger Telephone
Mini Gramophone
Itty Bitty iPhone
Mini Microphone
Diminutive Digiridoo

Moderately Sized Morse Code Machine
Big Ass Smoke Signal
Enormous iPhone

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