Today NPR premiered the live video of John Vanderslice’s “Overcoat” from the White Wilderness recording sessions. JV, Minna Choi and her Magik*Magik Orchestra’s were filmed by Yours Truly at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.
Click here to watch the video at NPR and read a bit more about JV’s experience, ”That whole session was so challenging for me and so inspiring and thrilling that halfway through the first day, I thought this is the way I need to make records – this is it.”
John Vanderslice begins a nation-wide tour today, the majority of which is with Damien Jurado. JV has declared both April and May “Audience Participation Month” and has these words to share about the tour:
So, as you may have heard, April is Audience Participation Month. We kindly ask you to be part of our live show in one of the following ways.
- You can sing lead or harmony vocal on “Trance Manual”
- You can play a solo on “Exodus Damage” with an instrument of your choice, the weirder the better.
- You can trigger that cool squiggly sound in “Underneath The Leaves”.
- You can also choose your own adventure. Again, the stranger the better.
Email me with your awesome ideas.
NB: May is also Audience Participation Month.
The 6/17 concert at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco will include instrumentation by 30 members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra.
See all of JV’s tour dates here.
This past Friday, John Vanderslice was interviewed by Jacob Ganz of NPR’s The Record for a piece on All Things Considered. In the piece, JV talks about the release of his free, internet-only EP, Green Grow the Rushes, and the subsequent instant connection with his fanbase.
You can read more at The Record about how to purchase music such that most of your money goes to the musician. We definitely encourage you to buy White Wilderness directly from John Vanderslice at one of his upcoming tour dates. Click here to see if he’s coming to your town.
Minna Choi & John Vanderslice photo via Alarm Press
Following the much lauded release of White Wilderness, John Vanderslice will go on tour this spring, bringing you the essence behind the lush collaboration with Minna Choi and The Magik*Magik Orchestra as well as those JV fan favorites.
Joining him will be drummer/percussionist Jason Slota. This tour will very much be an intimate affair, much like the shows the duo have recently been playing in the Bay Area. The photo below says it all.
Photo via The Examiner
Most of the tour support will come from Damien Jurado, who JV just played a house show with in Tacoma, WA. Stay tuned for some sweet footage of that night!
Full tour dates, after ze jump.
If having taste isn’t half the battle, but the whole war, then John Vanderslice is a true conquerer. You will come across very few people with such an open mind and expansive palette.
This week, you can read about some of JV’s favorite things (kinda’ like Oprah’s, but not really) via Magnet’s weekly guest editor series. In his first post, he writes about the exceptional French film, The Class. One might think the story of an inner city school and its new teacher (To Sir, with Love; Dangerous Minds, etc.) has been exhausted, but this is a tremendous film, and only the beginning of JV’s suggestions!
Also check out the Q&A with JV on Magnet, in which he discusses his latest album, White Wilderness and collaborating with Minna Choi and the Magik*Magik Orchestra, living in the Golden Age of music, and how he now approves of Bill Gates.
The Human Condition (Song For My Father) by Mark McGuire
Guy Like You by Bleached
Ring The Bell by White Hinterland
Movie Music Kills a Kiss by Califone