Apr 29 2009

John Vanderslice – Romanian Names (2009)

Published by at 2:33 pm under Alternative,Folk,MP3's,Tour

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I’ve only listened two times through to John Vanderslice’s upcoming album, Romanian Names, but am really enjoying it so far. I like the direction he’s taking his music, and appreciate how it’s lighter and more upbeat than past albums. The instrumentation and vocals are really crisp and bring to mind Pixel Revolt (2005), which is still my favorite Vanderslice album (I’ve been hated on for liking it more than Cellar Door (2004), but I’ve come to terms with that.)

This album definitely has more folk influence than his previous albums. When I was playing “C & O Canal,” which is my favorite track on the album right now, one of my friends walked in and thought it was Sufjan Stevens… a comparison I can definitely see. This transition probably occurred after Vanderslice decided to take a minimalist approach and construct the melodies of his songs in a basement studio in his home, as opposed to his recording studio, Tiny Telephone.

Other tracks I’m really digging  right now include “Too Much Time,””Sunken Union Boat,” and the title track, “Romanian Names.”

John Vanderslice is from San Francisco, and has been performing with his own band ever since breaking up with mk Utlra in 1999. He has his own record studio in San Francisco called Tiny Telephone, where he not only records his own albums, but produces albums for other artists, such as Spoon’s Gimme Fiction. Some other bands that have recorded there include: Beulah, Death Cab, Deerhoof, Mates of State, and the Mountain Goats, who John has done a lot of collaboration with. Romanian Names will be released on May 19th (18th in the U.K.). JV is going on a huge U.S. tour to support the release, and I highly recommend you see him live if you have the chance…he’s great (dates after jump).

Romanian Names (2009):

John Vanderslice – Too Much Time

John Vanderslice – Fetal Horses

Emerald City (2007):

John Vanderslice – Kookaburra

John Vanderslice – White Dove

Pixel Revolt (2005):

John Vanderslice – Exodus Damage (Highly recommended)

John Vanderslice – Trance Manuel

Cellar Door (2004):

John Vanderslice – My Family Tree

Life and Death of An American Fourtracker (2002):

John Vanderslice – Underneath The Leaves

John Vanderslice – The Mansion

| JV’s site | Tiny Telephone| Dead Oceans (label) Myspace|

John Vanderslice Tour Dates

5/17/09 Merced, CA – The Partisan   w/ The Morning Benders
5/19/09 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Shop tickets
5/21/09 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios   w/ Mimicking Birds tickets
5/22/09 Seattle, WA – Easy Street
5/24/09 Quincy, WAS – Sasquatch Music Festival tickets
5/27/09 Provo, UT – Velour   w/ The Morning Benders tickets
5/28/09 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court   w/ The Morning Benders
5/29/09 Denver, CO – Hi Dive   w/ The Morning Benders tickets
5/30/09 Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr.  tickets
6/01/09 Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
6/03/09 Iowa City, IA – The Mill w/ The Tallest Man on Earth
6/04/09 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
6/05/09 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets

6/06/09 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
6/06/09 Chicago, IL – Metronome Celebration (Early Evening)   w/ Here We Go Magic
6/08/09 Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
6/09/09 Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol Museum w/ The Tallest Man on Earth
6/11/09 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
6/12/09 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets

6/13/09 New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom w/ The Tallest Man on Earth
6/14/09 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
6/16/09 Washington, DC – Black Cat w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
6/17/09 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
6/18/09 Atlanta, GA – The Earl w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
6/19/09 St. Augustine, FL – Cafe 11 w/ The Tallest Man on Earth
6/20/09 Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds w/ The Tallest Man on Earth
6/21/09 Orlando, FL – The Social w/ The Tallest Man on Earth
6/23/09 Nashville, TN – Exit/In w/ The Tallest Man on Earth
6/25/09 Dallas, TX – Pontiac Garage @ HOB w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
6/26/09 Austin, TX – The Parish w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
6/28/09 Phoenix, AZ – Modified Arts w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
6/29/09 Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
6/30/09 San Diego, CA – The Casbah w/ The Tallest Man on Earth tickets
7/10/09 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern w/Cotton Jones
7/11/09 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest – Hard Rock Cafe Stage
7/12/09 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest – Barney Danson Theatre
8/28/09 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music Festival   w/ Akron/Family tickets
8/29/09 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music Festival   w/ Akron/Family tickets
8/30/09 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music Festival   w/ Akron/Family tickets

10/03/09 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival

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    You can stream his entire new album starting May 11th!

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