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Stream Samantha Crain Under Branch & Thorn & Tree

Samantha Crain leans into her pain. She’s only just approaching 30, but if you listen closely to this woman’s songwriting, it sounds like she’s been through enough to fill half a century. “When you come back would you bring my heart?” she laments on the aptly named “When You Come Back,” the devastating centerpiece off… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 14, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Teen Daze – “Morning World” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

At the top of the year Jamison aka Teen Daze released his A World Away EP, another entry in a long string of unassuming, ambient releases. For comparison’s sake, listen to a few tracks off that EP to get a good sense of his sound: “Reykjavik, January 2015” and “Another Night.” Now, forget all that. More »

By: Caitlin White / July 14, 2015 - 9:49 am

Samantha Crain – “Outside The Pale” (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s a crime that Oklahoma earthen-folky Samantha Crain remains on indie and underground labels even after she released the fiery, whip-smart Kid Face in 2013. Crain worked with John Vanderslice as a producer on Kid Faceone of my own favorite albums that year — and lucky for us they’ve teamed again for her… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 5, 2015 - 10:13 am

John Vanderslice – “Long Dark Blues” (Songs: Ohia Cover)

Lots of musicians have taken a crack at Jason Molina’s music, particularly since we lost the legendary Songs: Ohia/Magnolia Electric Co. frontman to alcohol-inflicted organ failure two years ago. But I haven’t heard a Molina cover I like as much as John Vanderslice’s rendition of “Long Dark Blues,” the demo that would eventually blossom into… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 4, 2015 - 12:02 pm

Stereogum Presents… OKX: A Tribute To OK Computer

For this #tbt chapter of Radiohead Week, we’re reissuing (ha) our original track-for-track tribute to OK Computer. Stereogum’s free, downloadable compilation was released in July 2007 on the 10th anniversary of Radiohead’s classic album, and was the first in a series of tribute albums we’ve produced over the years. (You can check out our tribute… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 12, 2015 - 12:15 pm

John Vanderslice – “Break Those Coins”

Polyvinyl Records is launching a 7-inch singles series featuring new material from the likes of Cloud Nothings, Mikal Cronin, John Vanderslice, Hospitality, and eight others recorded on a 4-track recorder. The label explains the 4-Track Singles Series like so:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2013 - 3:06 pm

John Vanderslice – “Big Brother” (David Bowie Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

For reasons presumably unrelated to Davie Bowie’s triumphant recent reemergence, the veteran indie singer-songwriter and studio rat John Vanderslice has covered Bowie’s stone-classic 1974 album Diamond Dogs in full. Through Kickstarter, Vanderslice is crowdfunding the release of that Diamond Dogs cover, as well as Dagger Beach, his own new album. Vanderslice has already more tha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2013 - 10:30 am

Download Ben Gibbard & Death Cab For Cutie’s Best Cover Songs

Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with “You Are A Tourist,” the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it’s not channeling “Float On.” That’s fitting given how Ben Gibbard’s got five… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2011 - 11:35 am

John Vanderslice – “Walkabout” (Atlas Sound Cover)

John Vanderslice’s White Wilderness is out this week. The Amazon MP3 version comes with an exclusive cover of Atlas Sound’s “Walkabout.” It was recorded with Magik*Magik Orchestra artistic director Minna Choi and drummer Jason Slota in Vanderslice’s basement, according to Vanderslice. This cover changes the shimmering, dreamy feel of the original (which Bradford Cox wrote/recorded… More »

By: jessica / January 26, 2011 - 9:39 am

John Vanderslice – “Sea Salt”

John Vanderslice always makes producing and personnel changes in addition to his usually bigger shifts in subject matter and mood from album to album. For his latest, White Wilderness, he brought in John Congleton (St. Vincent, The Walkmen, Black Mountain, Swan Lake) as well as San Fransisco “orchestra-for-hire” Magik*Magik. He also recorded the album live… More »

By: jessica / January 5, 2011 - 10:50 am

the morning benders – “Excuses” (Live With Chris From Girls, John Vanderslice & Friends)

Fresh off a hailed Brooklyn-debut-as-Brooklyn-residents, San Fran transplants the morning benders release this cameo-packed live take on Big Echo’s opening track “Excuses,” filmed by the Yours Truly crew back in the band’s Bay Area home. Some brief words before and after set it up as benders’ mainmind Chris Chu’s homage to Phil Spector, and here… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 11, 2010 - 9:23 am

Outside Lands 2009 In Photos

Last year, San Fran’s inaugural Outside Lands festival featured Radiohead, but also power outage issues. This year: No Radiohead, but abundant electricity. Trade-offs! While Thom was twisting words at the Reading and Leeds fests in the motherland, Golden Gate park welcomed three days of artists that cut a wide demographic swath, including smart hip ho… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 1, 2009 - 9:39 am

John Vanderslice Explores His “Forest Knolls” With The Magik*Magik Orchestra

When John Vanderslice did “Too Much Time” with the Magik*Magik Orchestra, we suggested that, actually, perhaps he wasn’t spending enough time with the so-called “official house orchestra” of his Tiny Telephone studio. Case in point: Check out this lush take on Romanian Names’ “Forest Knolls,” which features a strumming/crooning Vanderslice backed by four extremely focused… More »

By: brandon / July 2, 2009 - 9:15 am

Indie Rockers Eulogize The King Of Pop

It wouldn’t be all that risky to say everyone of a certain age has a Michael Jackson moment. He was a cultural phenomenon on a much larger scale than almost anyone else making music today (in some circles he’d get a little competition from sometime singing mate Paul McCartney, but not really). Most impressive, though,… More »

By: brandon / June 26, 2009 - 2:12 pm

John Vanderslice Does “Too Much Time” With the Magik*Magik Orchestra

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,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 10, 2009 - 1:15 pm

Sasquatch! 2009 In Photos

Everybody loves Memorial Day weekend, but nobody loves Memorial Day weekend like those that make it to Sasquatch! As friends have returned from their treks across country, they’ve shared nothing but raves for this year’s festival, from the Gorge’s breathtaking views to this year’s fantastic lineup. Even the public indecency seems particularly magical on the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 29, 2009 - 9:25 am

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 hi… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 26, 2009 - 4:30 pm

New John Vanderslice – “Fetal Horses” (Stereogum Premiere)

When Jessica spoke with John Vanderslice about his upcoming seventh album Romanian Names, he told her:

A lot of songs are about the difficulty of being in love, and the difficulty of being in a relationship … When you’re in a very, very close relationship, there’s a mirror in front of you all the… More »

By: brandon / April 1, 2009 - 10:27 am

Progress Report: John Vanderslice

NAME: John Vanderslice
PROGRESS REPORT: Releasing his 7th studio album, Romanian Names (Dead Oceans), on May 19.

It takes a while to get John Vanderslice to talk about himself. He’d much rather talk about blogs, ceramic tile, the iPhone, or the silver trees and New Zealand wind grass he planted in his yard. It… More »

By: Jessica / February 26, 2009 - 2:54 pm

John Vanderslice – Emerald City

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By: Stereogum / November 19, 2007 - 6:41 pm
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