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Music, All Shook Down John Vanderslice's Debut LP <i>Mass Suicide Occult Figurines</i> Will Finally Get a Vinyl Release

John Vanderslice's Debut LP Mass Suicide Occult Figurines Will Finally Get a Vinyl Release

John Vanderslice has reissued a remastered version of his debut LP, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines. The reissue, coming 15 years after the album was recorded, will be the first time Mass Suicide lands on a slab of vinyl. The record, available…
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Music, All Shook Down Tonight: Sketchfest + John Vanderslice + Rhett Miller of The Old 97's = Awesome

Tonight: Sketchfest + John Vanderslice + Rhett Miller of The Old 97's = Awesome

What's better than turning hordes of comedians loose on San Francisco? Why, watching what happens when you mix and match them with musicians, of course. This year's Sketchfest has already seen some great musical collaborations, like the Noise Pop night…
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Music, A Piano Made Out of People: The Magik*Magik Orchestra Celebrates Five Years

A Piano Made Out of People: The Magik*Magik Orchestra Celebrates Five Years

In 2010, S.F. indie rocker John Vanderslice wrote the outline of a song called "Convict Lake." He had just a few chords, some lyrics, and a vocal melody. His demo recording of the song sounds monochromatic, almost empty. Between the…
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Music, All Shook Down John Vanderslice Brings Beguiling Perfectionism to the Rickshaw Stop, 11/22/13

John Vanderslice Brings Beguiling Perfectionism to the Rickshaw Stop, 11/22/13

John Vanderslice Doe Eye Friday, November 22, 2013 Rickshaw Stop Better than: A private concert in a tiny telephone booth. The first person I met at this show claimed that San Francisco's own Doe Eye is going to be…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Old Crow Medicine Show did vintage American music right at the Warfield. Instead of corporate country songs spit-shined to a soulless nub, the seven-piece band displayed a personable rawness that transcended the polish of its recent recordings. This…
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Music, All Shook Down John Vanderslice Calls Third Eye Blind "Garbage Music" and Stephan Jenkins a "Boorish Oaf"

John Vanderslice Calls Third Eye Blind "Garbage Music" and Stephan Jenkins a "Boorish Oaf"

Stop whatever you're doing and read this searing Onion A.V. Club interview wherein one San Francisco songwriter named John Vanderslice savages another San Francisco songwriter named Stephan Jenkins (of Third Eye Blind). Because while a savaging was called for (this…
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Music, All Shook Down The High Five: Great New Jams from John Vanderslice, Porches, and More

The High Five: Great New Jams from John Vanderslice, Porches, and More

If you're browsing for easily dissectible summer jams, look elsewhere. Each of this week's selections is a veritable cherry bomb of textures and statements. Be prepared for songs to end in completely different places from where they began, and to…
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Music, Solo Trip: John Vanderslice's Challenging New Album "Dagger Beach"

Solo Trip: John Vanderslice's Challenging New Album "Dagger Beach"

Tiny Telephone Studios is basically a functional shrine to vintage recording inside a warehouse at the end of a small Mission street. It's in the middle of the city, between Potrero Del Sol Park and the 101 freeway, but it…
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Music, All Shook Down John Vanderslice, Foxtails Brigade, and More Contribute To 40-Song <i>Save the Amanda!</i> Benefit Compilation

John Vanderslice, Foxtails Brigade, and More Contribute To 40-Song Save the Amanda! Benefit Compilation

Here's a worthy cause for a new compilation: Helping Amanda McCabe, a local music scene stalwart who was a resident DJ at Hemlock Tavern, made cover art for bands like Birds & Batteries and Garrett Pierce, interned at Sub Pop,…
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Music, Hear This Rock Make Street Festival: Show Preview

Rock Make Street Festival: Show Preview

The arrival of September means the start of summer proper in San Francisco, when the gloom of June and July gives way to unambiguously warm days and topaz skies. So there's no better time for the Rock Make festival, a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tonight! Gondry Screening, John Vanderslice Plays <em>Diamond Dogs</em>

Tonight! Gondry Screening, John Vanderslice Plays Diamond Dogs

If there's one thing David Bowie's personas have taught us, it's that this could all be a dream. Dream-you could be real-you or vice-versa, sailing along the dreamscape with the same cast of characters reincarnated nightly as glammed out…
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Calendar, Night&Day Let Sleeping Diamond Dogs Lie

Let Sleeping Diamond Dogs Lie

If there's one thing David Bowie's personas have taught us, it's that this could all be a dream. Dream-you could be real-you or vice-versa, sailing along the dreamscape with the same cast of characters reincarnated nightly as glammed out hybrids…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 7/21/12: Phono Del Sol Festival Charms With the Fresh & Onlys, UMO, and Lovely Weather

Live Review, 7/21/12: Phono Del Sol Festival Charms With the Fresh & Onlys, UMO, and Lovely Weather

The Fresh & Onlys, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dominant Legs, La Sera, Sea of Bees, Mwahaha Phono Del Sol Festival July 21, 2012 Potrero Del Sol Park Better than: Your average crowded, overpriced outdoor festival. Phono Del Sol Festival is such…
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Music, Laughs and Drudgery: An Afternoon at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone Studio

Laughs and Drudgery: An Afternoon at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone Studio

There's an unassuming line of corrugated shacks in the south of Potrero del Sol Park that houses a motley cast of artists, welders, and a pretty good motorcycle repair shop. Tucked in the corner of the little industrial park is…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 2/23/12: Thao Nguyen Brings Out the Badass at Bottom of the Hill

Live Review, 2/23/12: Thao Nguyen Brings Out the Badass at Bottom of the Hill

Thao Nguyen John Vanderslice Bird by Snow Garrett Pierce Thursday, Feb. 24, 2012 Bottom of the Hill Better than: Every live performance Thao has given to date. If anything is left standing at Bottom of the Hill after last…
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About the Cover: Noise Pop Artists Are Ready to Play

Photos by Amanda Lopez. To illustrate this package of stories about the 20th Anniversary of Noise Pop, SF Weekly photographed some of the local artists headlining shows at this year’s festival. The music of Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Sonny…
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Music, All Shook Down <i>SF Weekly</i>'s Noise Pop Issue: Here's a Guide to This Week's Cover

SF Weekly's Noise Pop Issue: Here's a Guide to This Week's Cover

To illustrate this week's package of stories about the 20th Anniversary of Noise Pop, SF Weekly photographed some of the local artists headlining shows this year's festival. The music of Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Sonny Smith (of Sonny &…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • John Vanderslice and the Magik*Magik Orchestra married S.F. indie rock and S.F. classical music Friday night at the Herbst Theater. Their live performance of their gorgeous new album White Wilderness was spellbinding. • S.F.'s Casey Schafer, a veteran…
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Music, All Shook Down John Vanderslice and Magik*Magik Orchestra Spellbind at Herbst Theatre

John Vanderslice and Magik*Magik Orchestra Spellbind at Herbst Theatre

John Vanderslice with the Magik*Magik Orchestra June 17, 2011 @ Herbst Theatre Better than: David Axlerod conducting David Hasselhoff. It was my first time inside the historic Herbst Theatre, and the place is a mid-20th-century hoot. Indie rock horns into the damndest places these…
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Music, Fresh Times for Mission Recording Studio Different Fur

Fresh Times for Mission Recording Studio Different Fur

Late in 2009, the Mission recording studio Different Fur played host to a night of local musical magic. Upstart Berkeley band the Morning Benders was recording a video with the then-scarcely-heard-of S.F. music video outfit Yours Truly. It was a…
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