posted by jv | December 01 2010
December 16, in Seattle. Sponsored by the wonderful Three Imaginary Girls.
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.
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:
The Piano Lesson
After It Ends
posted by JV | October 30 2010
posted by JV | October 18 2010
posted by JV | September 23 2010
Live at Pirate Cat Radio, July 24, 2010
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 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
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.”
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
keitai studio (Japanese slang for mobile phone)
Ray's Boom Boom Room
monster megaphone, puny pager
This Guy's Garage
Phonographic Ecstacy Transmission From The Chasm of Dead Souls
I'm partial to 'Ethylene Point' or 'Neophyte Inlet' as they're both anagrams of Tiny Telephone.
1992 honda prelude (jv: this one is excellent!!)
Cups and String
24-hour Porn Kingdom
Patch Bay Bay
one wrong number
Strange Door (that's technically TT-related, right? :) )
Telephone Telephone Revolution
lil baby dial tones
Lazy Marvin's House of Ultimate Noise (jv: Marvin is our studio cat)
Heuristic Meat Box
Sloppy Hi Fi
Inconsequential Ham Radio
Mid-size dot matrix printer
Ham Radio Central
1/2 bath recordings
Cans and Strings Studio
Los Estudios Telefono Diminuto — Dos
Free Long Distance
Tiny Tunnel of Love
Tiny Num Sounds
Big Pager Studios
rotary dial club
the bat[wings] cave
Guitar Center (jv: I love this one)
The Magik Telephone
Moderately Sized Morse Code Machine
JV Phone Home
shrunken ear machine
Zach Morris sized cell phone
Home Phone Studios
small smoke signal
mini morse code
Two Cups and a String
Maximum Mobile. But people might think you're a sketchy Cricket retailer
The Phone Booth
The Answering Machine
Tiny Alexander Graham Bell
I think you should go another direction and call it Homeslice.
Massive Carrier Pigeon
Vandy Camp Studios
Tiny Telephone Line 2
diminutive carrier pigeon
Slightly Larger Telephone
Itty Bitty iPhone
Moderately Sized Morse Code Machine
Big Ass Smoke Signal