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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
"Vandersplice."
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.
DynaTAC
the switchboard
JVT&T
phonebooth
touchtone

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
JamBox
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
Wilco
1/2 bath recordings
the dollhouse
Cans and Strings Studio
Los Estudios Telefono Diminuto — Dos
Tiny TARDIS
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
Susstudio
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

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.

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