More tracks from Green Grow the Rushes

posted by JV | December 05 2010

More individual tracks from Green Grow The Rushes:

Violins and Treated Keyboards
| .AIF
-Violins played by Daniel Hart
-Matthias Bossi on piano and Hammond
-Engineered by Scott Solter at Tiny Telephone

Electric guitars from Streetlights | .AIF
-played by me, recorded in my basement

Bass and Drums from Streetlights | .AIF
-Matthias Bossi on surdo and kick drum
-George Ban-Weiss on upright
-Engineered by Scott Solter at Tiny Telephone

Use as you like.

Here's the link for all uploaded tracks so far, with all mp3s and AIFs.

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.”

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