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The last time we checked in with John Vanderslice, he was having a really good day: celebrating the release of his Romanian Names LP, and his birthday, and eating a delicious looking cake. Everybody was smiling, which is pretty typical when people are around JV. There’s some warm-hearted interaction at the open of this video, too, John and Minna Choi (the arranger for the Magik*Magik Orchestra) trading compliments for each other’s contributions to this collaborative performance of Romanian’s “Too Much Time.” Vanderslice strums and sings tenderly while Magik*Magik supply beautifully bowed strings and percussion. You’d be right to detect a certain chemistry; Magik*Magik is “the official house orchestra” of John’s Tiny Telephone studio. Which only begs the question of why JV hasn’t done a whole album like this yet. Very pretty:

The video was shot by Nate Chan and Yours Truly at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Romanian Names is out via Dead Oceans.

Comments (5)
  1. absolutley amazing. That is one of my favorite songs on the album and this is such a great version. JV is always making some great tunes. He deserves more recognition.

  2. justthecrust  |   Posted on Jun 10th, 2009 0

    Man JV is so cool and super nice. I love this version! He should do more with this orchestra. His music is perfect for this kind of stuff. Also, he should be more famous!

  3. George Bucio  |   Posted on Jun 10th, 2009 0

    Awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome.

  4. Amazing :)

  5. derek  |   Posted on Jun 14th, 2009 0

    this makes me happy ? sounds so good with that arrangement!

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