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16 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Vanderslice. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Vanderslice, often where they are interviewed.

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16 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Vanderslice. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Vanderslice, often where they are interviewed.

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Episode 138: John Vanderslice

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Episode 138 of Look At My Records! features an interview with indie music legend John Vanderslice. John is well known for his work engineering records for bands like Spoon, Death Cab For Cutie, and Sleater-Kinney at his all-analog studio Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. After almost two decades, the studio closed its San Francisco location and John moved south to Los Angeles, where he opened his own backyard studio called Grandma’s Couch.

In addition to his engineering work, John has recorded and released about a dozen records of his own material - all on analog equipment. The pandemic imposed lockdown finally forced John to experiment with digital recording software like Ableton. The end result is his latest release, eeeeeeep, his first batch of songs recorded entirely through digital means. It’s an excellent EP! Tune in to hear about John’s experience recording the EP on a computer, how he uses his digital studio as an instrument, his favorite memories from Tiny Telephone San Francisco, his relationship with David Berman, and a whole lot more! This episode features records from Spirit of the Beehive, Porches, Lomelda, Robyn Hitchcock, and Eleanor Friedberger!

Stream eeeeeeep on your platform of choice. You can also purchase it via Bandcamp. Check out John’s website and keep up with him by following him on Instagram and liking him on Facebook.

Aug 27 2020 ·
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It’s Jamie and John in Echo Park time :)

Yeah, I sat in my Air B and B and chatted with Mr Vanderslice on Feb 4th 2019. What a treat.

I’d met him years before in Australia but I’d completely forgotten

I was reminded of that by him during the interview which could have potentially been embarrassing …

But John is not that guy. No no no

He has a delightfully animated persona, running on 100 the whole time and there’s lots of honesty and enthusiasm that hits you like a vinagerette. A lot of f bombs too so those with sensitive ears get ready to panic!

Who is J.V.??

Well…for one thing, he’s been at it as long as I have! 

Potted history:

Part of the MK Ultra

a waiter at Chez Panisse

owner and provider of studio magic at Tiny Telephone Studios in the Bay Area AND he is incredibly prolific. 

John’s worked with Spoon, the Mountain Goats, Okkervil River, Death Cab for Cutie, Tune-Yards and hundreds (maybe thousands more!)

We get into chatting about tour life a little in pod and he tells me of the living room show thing. 

I’d not heard of that but was intrigued to say the least. Luckily enough, a few months after this chat I got to see him do his thing in a house just up the road from me. 

He was such brilliant entertainer. He’s been through a lot and has come out of it all a generous and energized soul and it was a treat to see him holding court in a little house show. 

Just rocking. Welcome to the show Mr Vanderslice!

Nitty Gritty this time sees me delving into some Raymond Scott inspired noodles. 

I must say it sounds nothing like his work but the simple point of it was to explore the idea of pitting slow moving melodic motion against a faster trigger source.

It’s such a simple premise and it leads to more questions like “what happens if you cluster sequencers as a big blob and transpose them all?” 

That’s a very Raymond move!


On my humble dives into modular I have to shout out and Div Kid

So much useful stuff these 2 have shared. There’s a lot to learn.

Hat’s off you guys!

Music for the show comes from Leo Appleyard aka Urchin 

Lovely stuff :)


c u in a Bi-week!!!

Aug 05 2019 · 1hr 26mins
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#51: John Vanderslice

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Indie rocker, John Vanderslice, is a true American original. In addition to a successful two-decade career in music, he also owns the Tiny Telephone recording studios in San Francisco and Oakland. 

He joined Christian Schaeffer last month to discuss his recent album, 'The Cedars,' as well as his libertarian philosophies on drugs, technology and building permits. While in the studio, Vanderslice performed "I'll Wait for You," "Henry Ford Gymnasium" and "I Got S**t to Lose."

Recorded at KDHX in St. Louis, Missouri on May 2, 2019. The sound engineer was Andy Coco, with technical producer KE Luther. 

Jun 26 2019 · 34mins
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John Vanderslice

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John Vanderslice, a musician and producer who's worked with everyone from Sleater-Kinney to Spoon, stepped away from his own music in 2014 to focus on his recording studio, Tiny Telephone, located in the Bay Area. He returned to his solo work this year, with the new album The Cedars, which arrived in April. As it happens, he has as much finesse in our studio as he does his own: Vanderslice visited Paste to perform two songs from the record ("I'll Wait For You" and "I Got Shit To Lose") and chat with us about The Cedars, his California inspiration and what he's been up to these last few years.
Jun 06 2019 ·
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Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene) with John Vanderslice

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Earlier this month, Talkhouse headed down to the legendary insanity that is SXSW in Austin, TX for bands, breakfast tacos, more bands, and — of course — podcasts! We were honored to be asked for the second consecutive year to curate a live Talkhouse Podcast recording on the official SXSW Podcast Stage, where we paired two of indie rock’s prolific singer/songwriters releasing exciting new music this year.

John Vanderslice and Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew are both fantastic artists and hilarious, thoughtful conversationalists. The two chopped it up in front of an audience of fans on everything from the various forms of therapy that each is currently undergoing (one is micro-dosing) to the Great SX Scooter Scourge of 2019. Their talk also takes in their new music, the economic realities of running a pro recording studio in 2019, Vanderslice’s near-death tour experience, and ordering cocaine on the dark web.

Check it out and subscribe now to stay in the loop on future episodes of the Talkhouse Podcast. Stay up to date on live Talkhouse events with our Events tab.

—Elia Einhorn, Talkhouse Podcast host and producer

Today’s episode was co-produced by Mark Yoshizumi. It was recorded at JW Marriott in Austin by Sean Cherry and Kari Erickson, and at Hook and Fade Studios in Brooklyn by Mark Yoshizumi. Additional recording by Josh Modell.

The Talkhouse Podcast’s theme song was composed and performed by The Range. Thanks to SXSW, Cadence 13, and all the Talkhouse fans who roll through our live events.

Mar 28 2019 · 47mins
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Episode 322: John Vanderslice returns

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A lot can happen in six years. It’s the entire lifetime of some prominent bands. John Vanderslice has certainly been through plenty, including the death of a close family member and what might well have been the end of his own music career. In April, however, the musician with return with The Cedars, a sonically complex and emotionally rich new record, inspired by personal upheaval and a recent obsession with contemporary hip-hop. He’s also returned to touring, beginning with last year’s living room tour, which found him playing stripped down versions of his music to intimate audiences. During a stop in New York, Vanderslice sat down to discuss the past few years, the production of a “Protools record recorded to tape” and why he’s ready to leave San Francisco.

Feb 17 2019 · 57mins
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130: John Vanderslice & Meernaa (January 10, 2018 - Pod 2)

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Songwriter producer JOHN VANDERSLICE joins R8B Host ANDRAS JONES and the band MEERNAA for a question about an elusive 6 string beast.

Recorded in the Hammond Studio at The Complex Theater in Hollywood, CA on January 10th, 2018.

Musical Guest: MEERNAA

R8B Theme performed by MEERNAA

Engineered by Rob Shelton
Mixed by Tony Householder
Digital Media by Carlo Velasquez
Produced by Andras Jones

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Jan 29 2018 · 22mins
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WCA #047 with John Vanderslice

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Working Class Audio Session #047 with John Vanderslice!!! John Vanderslice (born in Gainesville, Florida) is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and recording engineer. He is the owner and founder of Tiny Telephone, and Tiny Telephone Oakland, Bay Area analog recording studios. In 10 full-length albums, and 5 remix records and EPs, Vanderslice’s songwriting is characterized by deeply personal and political lyrics […]

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Nov 09 2015 · 1hr 27mins
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Ep. 21: Rockets, Recording and Right & Wrong w/ John Vanderslice

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Aug 07 2014 · 42mins