Cooper Kenward directed a mini-doc about recording The Cedars, my forthcoming album, and I absolutely love it. I think he perfectly captured the psychologically compromised place we found ourselves in while making this record. It was shot in Tiny Telephone Oakland and San Francisco. Starring Jamie Riotto, Robert Shelton, Jason Slota, and Andrew Maguire. Thank you to Native Cat Recordings for making this happen!!!!
Author Archives: John Vanderslice
New Single “Will Call” Streaming Everywhere!
“Will Call,” the second single from The Cedars, is now streaming EVERYWHERE!!!
“Will Call” was written and performed by Jamie Riotto, Rob Shelton, & me. It was peak square wave insanity, an old school clock signal that we used to control the Moog IIIc, ARP 2600, Mini Moog, Odyssey, 808, etc. The weird anomalies this created made something new and unknowable.
West Coast Tour with Meernaa
Tour Dates are ON SALE!! Meernaa is INCREDIBLE and will back me up as well. We are label mates on the incredible Native Cat Recordings. We’ll both be at SXSW too! Dates and tickets here!
Stream “I’ll Wait For You” at Stereogum
Hey everyone! Stereogum is premiering my new single, “I’ll Wait For You,” today!!
180g QRP Vinyl Preorder at Undertow
My new record is called The Cedars and it’s out on Native Cat Recordings on April 5! The record was produced by James Riotto and Rob Shelton, two stone-cold geniuses. We did it in all three rooms at Tiny Telephone over 50+ days. It wasn’t easy or pretty but I love this record SO MUCH!!!! We have a mini-doc directed by Cooper Kenward coming out soon about the making of the record.
“I’ll Wait For You” features Madeline Kenney on vocals and John McEntire from Tortoise and Stereolab on Drums.
This record would NOT have been possible without the help of Native Cat. They’ll have great releases coming out this year from Meernaa, Sis, and Luke Temple.
I was joined on this record by many friends and collaborators: Jason Slota, Sami Perez, Andrew Maguire, Jenny Mason, Joe Adamik, and Derek Barber.
A few words about the title: I own a small piece of land in very rural West Sonoma and from the very top of this land you can see a strange, Mars-like serpentine canyon called The Cedars. Roughly 11×11 square miles in size, it’s a land-locked geological anomaly that has over a dozen endemic trees and plants. It’s only 6 miles away but it takes up a mythic space in my mind, like the perfect sound, the perfect lyric. A lot of this record was written on this land, under the spell of this place.
I’ll be announcing a West Coast headlining tour for April soon… Also, I’ll be at SXSW this year playing tons of parties. Living Room shows with Undertow Music will happen in SE and TX in summer.
Preorder The Cedars!
My new album The Cedars is out on April 5th on Native Cat Records! Preorder the vinyl at Undertow Music or digital at Bandcamp.
Spring 2019 Tour with Pedro the Lion!
I’m touring with Pedro the Lion in the Spring!! Tix on Friday!
Rickshaw Stop 15 Year Anniversary
This show will sell out! I’m really happy to be part of the Rickshaw’s 15th, it’s one of the best sounding 300 cap rooms in the country!
Free show this Friday at TINY TELEPHONE OAKLAND!!!
I’m playing an amazing free show this Friday at Tiny Telephone Oakland with the amazing Renata Zeiguer and Michael Coleman. I’ll be joined by Adam Hirsch on ARP 2600 and bass clarinet. It’s RARITIES NIGHT!
NW Living Room Tour is on sale!!!
These shows will all sell out, well maybe not Eugene, but i will TRY!!!
Tickets are here.
Northeast tour is coming up!
Tickets are here. It starts next, couldn’t be more excited! I’m bringing a bluetooth speaker with me so the dance party will never end…