Posts Tagged ‘John Vanderslice’

Awesome Music Video Postings of 2009: #20

July 13, 2009

One of my favorite songs ever, The Magnetic Fields’ “Yeah! Oh Yeah!”, is covered here by St. Vincent and John Vanderslice at a live show sometime in 2007. It’s quite a treat, especially if you’re a fan of all three of these acts.


Ranking April’s Shows

April 19, 2009

I have been to a number of concerts over the course of the last two weeks and I must say that I enjoyed all of them, even if the Earlham College Gone Primitive show was cut short due to disrespectful students. There was a distinct difference in the level of how much I liked each show, which compels me to rank each show since the concert run has come to an end until summer.


number ONE
Bill Callahan @ Luna Music Broad Ripple
Indianapolis, Indiana
Sunday, April 12

Bill Callahan

number TWO
Damien Jurado/Laura Gibson @ Russian Recording
Bloomington, Indiana
Saturday, April 11

Damien Jurado
Laura Gibson

number THREE
Joel Levi @ Mocha Joe’s
Anderson, Indiana
Thursday, April 2

Joel Levi

number FOUR
GONE PRIMITIVE TOUR @ Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Bloomington, Indiana
Monday, April 6

Act 1: Tallest Man On Earth
Tallest Man On Earth

Act 2: John Vanderslice
John Vanderslice

Act 3: John Darnielle
John Darnielle

number FIVE
Destroyer @ WIUX Culture Shock 2009
Bloomington, Indiana
Saturday, April 18

Dan Bejar

number SIX
Richmond, Indiana
Saturday, April 4

Darnielle and Vanderslice

Awesome Music Video Postings of 2009: #15

April 6, 2009

Here is John Vanderslice performing “Nikki Oh Nikki” in the middle of a parking lot with a respectful crowd singing along. He did something similar at the Earlham show on Saturday, but the crowd was far less considerate.

Gone Primitive #1

April 4, 2009

I spent the two hours before leaving for Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, making two compilations featuring John Vanderslice and John Darnielle of Mountain Goats, who are currently on an all-acoustic tour together called “Gone Primitive”. I thought that before I left I would share each of these compilations with you; a couple of primers to get me ready for the first concert I am attending in 2009. In just two days I will be seeing the two Johns again, that time in Bloomington, with a bonus opening act of Tallest Man On Earth. Should be a grand time.

3.Underneath the Leaves
4.Gruesome Details
5.When It Hits My Blood
6.Exodus Damage
7.The Mansion
8.My Family Tree
9.White Dove
10.Me and My 424
11.Peacocks in the Video Rain
12.My Old Flame
13.White Plains
14.Trance Manual
15.Emma Pearl
16.Dear Sarah Shu
17.Josie Anderson
18.The Parade
19.Plymouth Rock
20.Keep The Dream Alive

1.San Bernardino
2.Broom People
3.Fall of the Star High School Running Back
4.Wake Up New
5.In the Craters on the Moon
6.Color In Your Cheeks
7.Dance Music
8.In Corolla
10.Mosquito Repellant
11.Love Love Love
12.Sax Rohmer #1
14.Lovecraft in Brooklyn
15.No, I Can’t
16.If You See Light
17.You or Your Memory
18.Heretic Pride
19.This Year
20.Wild Sage
21.No Children
22.Get Lonely
23.Marduk T-Shirt Men’s Room Incident
24.Anti Music Song
25.The Last Day of Jimi Hendrix’s Life
26.Michael Myer’s Resplendent

My 50 Favorite Albums of 2008: #31

December 14, 2008

Number 31

Entering his seventeenth year as the singular artist behind The Mountain Goats, John Darnielle has been quietly writing and recording music that can be compared to virtually nothing else but his own distinctive sound. At times there is a wild sense of humor to his songwriting, then at others a crushingly personal perspective, and Darnielle truly feels what he writes and sings, which makes it easy to place him alongside the most important artists of his generation. 20o4 marked the first time he would enlist John Vanderslice to produce one of his records. We Shall All Be Healed would be the beginning of a beautifully meshed working friendship between the two talents, and it also ushered in a confrontation to Darnielle’s bruising past, with the first song-reflected confessions of an abuse-filled era he experienced while growing up. On 2005’s The Sunset Tree, the aching reality of what he had been through was hammered home in full-album scope, but combined with a mostly upbeat structure it was a very rewarding experience, both emotionally and musically. Vanderslice’s production was the perfect combination for what Darnielle had in mind for that album. After a somber record produced entirely by Vanderslice-helmer, Scott Solter in 2006 called Get Lonely, he has returned for another effort, Heretic Pride, which is produced in equal parts by both Vanderslice and Solter. This one really comes together in full when the three individuals are all obviously reading from the same artistic page, and they are right from the beginning on Heretic Pride. The Bloomington-born songwriter just gets better with age – as all of the truly great songwriters do – and this is arguably his best set of music so far in his long career. There’s not a dull moment on this album, and the back-to-back duo of tracks 7 and 8 are enough to give it a place on any best-of list this year.

1.Sax Rohmer #1
2.San Bernadino
3.Heretic Pride
5.New Zion
6.So Desperate
7.In the Craters on the Moon
8.Lovecraft in Brooklyn
9.Tianchi Lake
10.How To Embrace A Swamp Creature
11.Marduk T-Shirt Men’s Room Incident
12.Sept 15, 1983
13.Michael Myers Resplendent