John Vanderslice @ Easy Street Records, Seattle 5/22/09

Not your typical in-store at Seattle’s Easy Street Records Friday night. John Vanderslice played an hour where a twenty-minute slot would do, but there were things to celebrate — like last week’s release of his seventh LP Romanian Names, but also his 42nd birthday! Cue the balloons, the special “Happy Birthday” song composed by his bandmates that day, the hugs and the happy times. Laura Musselman didn’t just take the photos; she supplied the cake. (Other concert photographers, you’re on notice.) Happy birthday, JV. Romanian Names is out now via Dead Oceans. Here’s an MP3 from it:

John Vanderslice – “Fetal Horses” (MP3)

John’s going on tour. There won’t be cake (probably).