John Vanderslice: “The Parade”
They call John Vanderslice the nicest guy in rock n’ roll. He runs Tiny Telephone Studio out in the San Francisco Bay area (though he’s originally from Gainesville, Florida) and maintains a strictly independent, DIY vibe throughout each production he is involved with.
His latest record, White Wilderness, came out in January and finds Vanderslice calling upon a backing company called the Magik Magik Orchestra, led by Minna Choi. The tunes on the new record are typical Vanderslice productions: melodically consistent and technically concise.
Vanderslice was in town last week for SXSW and check in with KUT during an exclusive live performance at the Hilton Hotel in the epicenter of the world’s largest music conference. He delighted the crowd that had convened in the lobby (as well as those listening on their radios at home and in the car) to songs from the new release as well as old favorites.
Today’s song of the day fits into the latter category. From his 2007 release, Emerald City, this live version of his song “The Parade” exhibits the best of what Vanderslice has to offer – distinct attention to melody and tight, composed musicianship.