Stop whatever you're doing and read this searing Onion A.V. Club interview wherein one San Francisco songwriter named John Vanderslice savages another San Francisco songwriter named Stephan Jenkins (of Third Eye Blind). Because while a savaging was called for (this piece is a recurrent feature in wh ... More >>
If you're browsing for easily dissectible summer jams, look elsewhere. Each of this week's selections is a veritable cherry bomb of textures and statements. Be prepared for songs to end in completely different places from where they began, and to be pulled along for the ride. Don't let this feeling ... More >>
Thao Nguyen John Vanderslice Bird by Snow Garrett Pierce Thursday, Feb. 24, 2012 Bottom of the Hill Better than: Every live performance Thao has given to date. If anything is left standing at Bottom of the Hill after last night's Noise Pop festival show, it is certainly by the good graces of powe ... More >>
John VandersliceJohn VandersliceJohn Vanderslice with the Magik*Magik Orchestra June 17, 2011 @ Herbst Theatre Better than: David Axlerod conducts David Hasselhoff. It was my first time inside the historic Herbst Theatre, and the place is a mid-century hoot. Indie rock horns ... More >>
John Vanderslice and Magik*Magik's Minna ChoiIt's a rare artist who, upon realizing all great art is danger, seeks first to test the idea upon their own nerves. This Friday night at the Herbst Theater, S.F. indie rock powerhouse John Vanderslice will play his acclaimed new album White Wilde ... More >>
John Vanderslice and Magik*Magik's Minna Choi Magik*Magik Orchestra Artistic Director Minna Choi explains why she likes working with rock bands. [The Bay Bridged] Haha: Will.i.am can't remember his own crappy lyrics. [SF Gate]
Lia Rose, singer of Or, the Whale, John Vanderslice, and a student at the 'DIY Do's and Dont's' workshop.The local chapter of the Recording Academy -- y'know the folks who give out Grammy awards -- did something pretty cool on Wednesday: They gathered a bunch of local artists and industry profess ... More >>
In a demonstration of just how intertwined the various facets of San Francisco's music scene are, indie troubadour and Tiny Telephone studio owner John Vanderslice recorded his upcoming album, White Wilderness, with his friends in the classical-inclined Magik*Magik Orchestra. Wha ... More >>
The Mountain Goats at the Castro Theatre last night. Pics by Chris.The Mountain Goats (live film soundtrack)December 14, 2010 @ The Casto TheatreBetter than: Fumbling with the bong, trying to synch up Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz. We've all surely heard the joke by now. The "how ma ... More >>
Put this in your still-illicit pipe and smoke it: The early list of bands invited to perform at SXSW 2011 came out this week, and San Francisco's music scene isn't well represented.There are only three S.F. artists invited so far -- John Vanderslice, Dredg, and Mark Eitzel.All of them are already ... More >>
Calling itself the Latin band without a Latin name, Il Gato began as a solo project by Daimian Holiday Scott (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, loop pedal, etc.) during his days living in Spain. Upon returning to the States, he turned the project into a full band. Utilizing an array of instrum ... More >>
Image from thebaybridged.comWhile other industries have been offered stimulus packages to help buffer this difficult economy, musicians have been left in the dust. But leave it to a non-profit to squeeze out some cash for a community typically living from one ramen package to the next. S.F. indie ... More >>
How does an "over-educated 32-year old" decide between so many "cute indie girls with ugly indie guys" bands and hyped festivals? According to the smart-asses at Cracked.com, being able to say you've seen a certain hipster act live "feels like 100 orgasms covered in chocolate set to a Radiohead s ... More >>
EKAphotographyVinyl Vamp: Zap Mama Fickle weather and last-minute headliner replacements aside, Outside Lands was a success, by most yard sticks. Here's what folks are saying about the three-day extravaganza, which drew more than 100,000 people to Golden Gate Park: Local reaction: The Chron ... More >>
Romanian Names (Dead Oceans)
Writer Jonathan Kiefer says the new John Vanderslice record, Romanian Names, contains the studio owner/songwriter's "requisite harmonic warmth, adventurous hooks, and halfway-private lyrics evincing irony and introspection." Want a copy of either the CD or vinyl recording of Romanian Names? Be the f ... More >>
Soren Solkaer StarbirdSan Francisco's giant music marathon, Outside Lands, announced its lineup this morning, capping its press release with headliners like Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Modest Mouse, and, yes, Dave Matthews Band hitting Golden Gate Park between August 28-30. Also in the ... More >>
Autumn deWildeAfter recently pulling off a big celebration for his Tiny Telephone Studios' tenth birthday, local music man John Vanderslice is returning to the spotlight with a new record, Romanian Names. Vanderslice stepped away from the official studio for this one and went into his basement to sk ... More >>
Saturday's much blogged-about American Apparel protest outside the storefront the chain plans to move into on Valencia Street had a sadly low turnout. Perhaps they were asking a bit much (10 a.m. on a Saturday morning?). Photographer Gretchen Robinette arrived at 10 on the dot and says that proteste ... More >>
John Vanderslices recording studio celebrates 10 years.
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O, Pioneers!, Lies! All Lies!, There Was a Riot Goin' On, But That's Over Now
In two years, John Vanderslice and his studio, Tiny Telephone, have become unlikely focal points of the local pop-rock scene