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John Vanderslice

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John Vanderslice (Recording Artist and Producer at Tiny Telephone Recording)


Welcome to Roadcase, a podcast exploring the live music experience!!   John Vanderslice is an amazing solo artist with a plethora of varied albums and recorded material and is also owner of Tiny Telephone Recording Studio where he has worked with tons of artists including Death Cab for Cutie, Spoon, The Mountain Goats, Sleater-Kinney and Okervill River.  He has a unique perspective on the music industry and his points of view are as varied and diverse as the broad creative ground he covers in his solo career.  I loved talking with John and this interview is a fresh insight into the world of this brilliant and innovative artist.  Come along and enjoy the ride!! For more information: http://www.roadcasepod.com or http://lnk.to/roadcaseTo support Roadcase on Patreon, please visit: http://www.patreon.com/roadcasepodContact: info@roadcasepod.comTheme music: "Eugene" (Instrumental) by WaltzerRoadcase is produced by Josh Rosenberg and Soothsayer MediaContact: info@soothsayer.media

1hr 28mins

12 Mar 2021

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Ep20 : Albums of One : John Vanderslice, featuring The Magik Magik Orchestra - White Wilderness

Louder Than Sound

On this episode, Jake discusses John Vanderslice's 2011 album "White Wilderness", which is his entry for the "Albums Of One" theme.  Chaz listens to it as well at the gentle behest of Jake, and wants to discuss it as well, but is so busy ravaging the indie legend John Vanderslice with John Mayer and Jack Johnson comparisons that he disappears up his own butt in a spectacular display of poor referentialism.   But at least he likes the album alot, on this episode of Louder Than Sound.


26 Feb 2021

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Singer-Songwriter John Vanderslice


Episode 25 of the HELL FUCKIN' YEAH! Podcast with Mike Gruttola. Interview with the prolific Indie Singer-Songwriter John Vanderslice. We discuss his career, personal life, drug use and Whole Foods.

1hr 29mins

26 Nov 2020

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musician john vanderslice – #268

scotch and "GOOD" conversation

JOHN VANDERSLICE calls in from l.a.. topics: lots of music & drug talk defending florida l.a. is the best kinda mess hot tub time machine should be declared a masterpiece struggle is good advice from a guy who buys drugs on the dark web moving can be a rebirth recording is a hopeful habit the […]


19 Nov 2020

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go with John Vanderslice

InFrequencies from BFF.fm

I think it’s fair to say, a community is only as healthy and thriving as its arts scene, just as our personal health depends on our ability to express ourselves across a broad emotional spectrum as part of the larger socio-political conversation––maybe just as much as we need vitamin c to ward off scurvy. I know for me art, community, and the places those two intersect are what drive my will to survive such challenging times.Since this season is all about shining a light on some wonderful artists who’ve visited our live shows and the DJ’s who’ve interviewed them, we’d be remiss not to include this January 2018 interview with Bay Area music legend John Vanderslice.Besides making a ton of music, John is the owner of Tiny Telephone, a recording studio he founded in 1997. Sadly, the San Francisco space closed this past July. But his Oakland studio is alive and well.This interview takes us on a tour of some of the challenges and joys of creating a space that’s become so important to the indie music scene in the Bay Area and well beyond. How do you hold onto your values to have a fair and equitable organization that supports artists in one of the most expensive cities in the world?John sat down in the studio with DJ Nino MSK of Espresso Sesh and what resulted was an engrossing conversation about music, politics, gentrification, community, and mental health.Since this interview, John Vanderslice moved to LA, as he was already dreaming of doing back in 2018. But Tiny Telephone is still operating in Oakland so we didn’t lose everything. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Listen to/purchase John Vanderslice's newest EP, Eeeeeeep!Listen to Espresso Sesh Tuesdays 2-4pm.This episode was edited and produced by Johnathon Sosa and Lily Sloane.Theme tune by Lily Sloane."Song For Leopold" used with permission from John Vanderslice. Check out the full archives on the website.


12 Oct 2020

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Stereo Embers The Podcast: John Vanderslice

Stereo Embers: The Podcast

“I Am A Complicated And Potentially Agonizingly Frustrating Person" John Vanderslice may describe himself that way, but as far as interviewees go, Vanderslice is the least difficult guy around. Genial, open, and forthcoming, Vanderslice will chat about anything. In this conversation, the Florida-born singer/songwriter talks to Alex about politics, taking drugs, his rejection of conventional life and why he had to leave San Francisco. They also talk about his newfound love of Los Angeles, owning up to his mistakes and doing an interview with Alex in 1993. Vanderslice is one of the most inventive, innovative and fascinating musicians around and his new EP EEEEP! is a textured song cycle that’s rich with synth loops, acoustic guitars and subtle, but catchy choruses.

1hr 17mins

7 Oct 2020

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Episode 138: John Vanderslice

Look At My Records!

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.

27 Aug 2020

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#039: John Vanderslice

Athens 441

17 Sep 2019

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hanging out with audiophiles

Hello! 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! TIP: On my humble dives into modular I have to shout out http://www.mylarmelodies.com and Div Kid https://www.youtube.com/user/DivKidVideo/videos 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 :) http://www.urchinband.com https://www.instagram.com/urchinmusic/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/5YPbtEypUwxOJrt9OpbicE Cheerio  c u in a Bi-week!!!

1hr 26mins

5 Aug 2019

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#51: John Vanderslice

Collector's Edition

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. 


26 Jun 2019