Following a long and tormenting day of travel including delayed flights, uncomfortable seats, and no sleep, Dead Oceans owner Phil Waldorf arrived at his destination completely fried, wholly frazzled. One of his label partners, Chris Swanson, picked him up at the airport, and as they pulled away from the arrivals curb, Chris turned up the stereo and said, “Listen to this new JOHN VANDERSLICE tune.”
Thirty seconds into the song, Phil was in a different place altogether. This was unlike any Vanderslice recording he had heard before. This song was, as far as he could tell, the best tune Vanderslice had ever written, and it needed a home. Gone were thoughts of a terrible flight. Rather than mumbling banal and boring missives about how badly travel sucks, he and his partner were lucky to have one of those great conversations about how they had to be involved with this new thing, this new discovery: John Vanderslice’s new album.
Dead Oceans reached out to JV immediately, heard (and was floored by!) more of the material, and is now extremely proud to add him to the label roster. The first fruit of this partnership is JV’s new album Romanian Names, scheduled for release May 19. More details will be available very soon.
Vanderslice recently performed some of the new material in his hometown of San Francisco. In honor of the 10th anniversary of JV’s famed Tiny Telephone Recording Studio there was a truly special performance at Great American Music Hall, featuring Vanderslice alongside the 30-piece Magik*Magik Orchestra. A portion of the show is available for view at the brand new johnvanderslice.com!
There will be more chances to hear some of Vanderslice’s new material on his upcoming tour with Mountain Goat John Darnielle, where the two will grace audiences with solo performances and then a collaborative set. Read all about these unique nights of acoustic guitar and voice here.
John Vanderslice & John Darnielle:
Wed 3/18 – Asheville NC @ The Grey Eagle
Thu 3/19 – Durham NC @ The Duke Coffeehouse
Fri 3/20 – Norfolk VA @ The Attacus Theatre
Sat 3/21 – Washington DC @ Sixth and I Synagogue
Tue 3/24 – Northampton MA @ Pearl Street
Wed 3/25 – Somerville MA @ The Somerville Theatre
Fri 3/27 – New York NY @ The Society for Ethical Culture
Sun 3/29 – Gambier OH @ Kenyon College
Mon 3/30 – Oberlin OH @ Oberlin College
Wed 4/01 – Chicago IL @ Epiphany
Thu 4/02 – Champaign IL @ Courtyard Café at University of Illinois
Fri 4/03 – Iowa City IA @ The Mill – Mission Creek Music Festival
Sat 4/04 – Richmond IN @ Earlham College
Mon 4/06 – Bloomington IN @ Buskirk-Chumley Theater