Tiny Telephone Studios is basically a functional shrine to vintage recording inside a warehouse at the end of a small Mission street. It's in the middle of the city, between Potrero Del Sol Park and the 101 freeway, but it feels isolated and slightly surreal: a labyrinth of inviting spaces filled with beloved old music machines. On a recent weekday morning, John Vanderslice, the 46-year-old indie singer-songwriter who owns the place, sits on a vintage sofa inside one of the side rooms — high blue walls covered in framed pictures, a dangling sousaphone that's been converted into a ceiling lamp — and recalls the... More >>>
Autumn de Wilde
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