Emerald City

bark66: John Vanderslice / Emerald City

bark66 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · July 2007

1.
Kookaburra
2.
Time To Go
3.
The Parade
4.
White Dove
5.
Tablespoon of Codeine
6.
The Tower
7.
The Minaret
8.
Numbered Lithograph
9.
Central Booking

John Vanderslice wrote the bulk of his new album while knee-deep in legal limbo after a visa application for his girlfriend, a French national he met in Paris, was rejected by US Immigration.

The songs and themes in Emerald City are fueled by an era of deep insecurity and paranoia; they develop in front of a backdrop of ritualized and mythologized current events. Lyrically, JV's characters and storytellers track Manifest Destiny from burning wagon wheels to two-bedroom homes with full amenities in Bakersfield, California. Along that rough road, there are bewildered commemorations, peace-lovers and revenge-lusters, psychotic reactions to unnamed episodes, and the grief-stricken and the vengeance-hungry wrapped up in the same skin. Weaving throughout the entire album is the ever present danger of opposition. But at its simplest, and captured with straight autobiography in album closer central booking, Emerald City is made up of JV's love songs — confused and angry, afraid and defeated. The red tape tie-up for JV and his girl remains unresolved.

Emerald city was tracked quickly, and mostly live at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. The album was performed by David Broecker, Dave Douglas, Ian Bjornstad, Scott Solter, and JV. The record's title refers to the Green Zone in Baghdad.

Five Years

bark45: John Vanderslice / Five Years

bark45 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · September 2005

1.
Up Above The Sea
2.
Speed Lab
3.
Time Travel Is Lonely
4.
Me And My 424
5.
Trance Manual
6.
The Mansion
7.
My Old Flame
8.
Pale Horse
9.
Bill Gates Must Die
10.
Promising Actress
11.
Nikki O Nikki
12.
Keep The Dream Alive
13.
Exodus Damage

Previously only available outside of North America, this 13-track compilation culls selected tracks from JV's 5-year(plus) solo career, with cover art featuring some of his beautiful tour photos.

Pixel Revolt

bark44: John Vanderslice / Pixel Revolt

bark44 · 2XLP / CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · August 2005
ar062 · LP
Afternoon Records · December 2009

1.
Letter To The East Coast
2.
Plymouth Rock
3.
Exodus Damage
4.
Peacocks In The Video Rain
5.
Trance Manual
6.
New Zealand Pines
7.
Radiant With Terror
8.
Continuation
9.
Dear Sarah Shu
10.
Farewell Transmission
11.
Angela
12.
Dead Slate Pacific
13.
The Golden Gate
14.
CRC7173, Affectionately

"One of the most unique, talented and thoughtful producers working in indie rock today." (Pitchfork)

Cellar Door

bark33: John Vanderslice / Cellar Door

bark33 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · January 2004
ppr022 · LP
Post-Parlo Records · April 2004
ar061 · LP
Afternoon Records · December 2009

1.
Pale Horse
2.
Up Above the Sea
3.
Wild Strawberries
4.
They Won't Let Me Run
5.
Heated Pool and Bar
6.
My Family Tree
7.
White Plains
8.
Promising Actress
9.
Coming and Going On Easy Terms
10.
Lunar Landscapes
11.
When It Hits My Blood
12.
June July

"John Vanderslice [is] the most important songwriter of the moment. His songs depict loneliness and isolation with a rare warmth and clarity... Cellar Door never bogs down under the weight of its own headiness. At its heart, it's a perfect pop album, as hummable as it is thought-provoking." (Esquire)

Life And Death Of An American Fourtracker

bark24: John Vanderslice / Life And Death Of An American Fourtracker

bark24 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · May 2002
ar060 · LP
Afternoon Records · December 2009

1.
Fiend In A Cloud
2.
Me And My 424
3.
Underneath The Leaves
4.
Interlude #4
5.
The Mansion
6.
Nikki Oh Nikki
7.
Amitriptyline
8.
Greyhound
9.
Interlude #5
10.
Cool Purple Mist
11.
From Out Here
12.
Fiend In A Cloud, Pt. 2

"A great song craftsman, at times lush and psychedelic like Elephant 6, at times reminiscent of [Sunny Day Real Estate's] Jeremy Enigk's frog days, often arty and a tad obtuse á la Shudder to Think — hard to describe, but well worth looking into. Two great CDs are already out and a third is on the way this May." (Village Voice)

Time Travel Is Lonely

bark17: John Vanderslice / Time Travel Is Lonely

bark17 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · June 2001
ar059 · LP
Afternoon Records · December 2009

1.
You Were My Fiji
2.
Keep The Dream Alive
3.
Little Lost Boy
4.
Interlude 1
5.
Everything Changed
6.
My Old Flame
7.
Interlude 3
8.
Time Travel Is Lonely
9.
If I Live Or If I Die
10.
Emma Pearl
11.
Interlude 2
12.
Do You Remember?
13.
Gainesville, Fla

Time Travel is Lonely is not only Vanderslice's most ambitious record but perhaps the most ambitious record of the new century.” (AudioGalaxy)

Mass Suicide Occult Figurines

bark14: John Vanderslice / Mass Suicide Occult Figurines

bark14 · CD / DIGITAL / POSTER
Barsuk Records · July 2000
nativere002 · LP
Native Sound · May 2015

1.
Confusion Boats
2.
Speed Lab
3.
Bill Gates Must Die
4.
Ambition
5.
Josie Anderson
6.
Interlude
7.
Big Band Stars
8.
Gruesome Details
9.
And What Did You Do Today
10.
Foothills Of My Mind
11.
Mass Suicide Occult Figurines

"Much ballyhooed...darkly grand." (San Francisco Examiner)

"Music to drink tea to in a late fall day." (dogprint)

Suddenly It All Went Dark: Pixel Revolt Live To 2-Track

artichoke005: John Vanderslice / Suddenly It All Went Dark: Pixel Revolt Live To 2-Track

artichoke005 · CD
Tiny Telephone · April 2006

1.
Trance Manual
2.
Angela
3.
Peacocks In The Video Rain
4.
Crc 7173, Affectionately
5.
Dear Sarah Shu
6.
Dead Slate Pacific
7.
Farewell Transmission
8.
Letter To The East Coast
9.
Plymouth Rock
10.
Exodus Damage
11.
Radiant With Terror
12.
New Zealand Pines

Twelve tracks from Pixel Revolt done with nothing but acoustic guitar and JV's voice, recorded live in a chicken coop in California. Intimate and intense. Limited edition pressing, packaged in a numbered slipcase sleeve.

Mgm Endings

artichoke004: John Vanderslice / Mgm Endings

artichoke004 · CD
Tiny Telephone · February 2004

1.
August
2.
Bushnell Scope
3.
Field Guide
4.
Lifeboat
5.
Second Skin
6.
Behold A Pale Horse
7.
Winter Light
8.
Requiem
9.
Bomb In Reverse
10.
Life And Life Only
11.
Motel Of Lost Companions
12.
They Won't Let Me Run, Pt. 2

Limited edition CD with songs from Cellar Door, remixed, tweaked and enhanced by Scott Solter and JV. Available only through this website and at JV live shows.

Romanian Names

doc026: John Vanderslice / Romanian Names

doc026 · CD
Dead Oceans · May 2009

1.
Tremble And Tear
2.
Fetal Horses
3.
C&O Canal
4.
Too Much Time
5.
D.I.A.L.O.
6.
Forest Knolls
7.
Oblivion
8.
Sunken Union Boat
9.
Romanian Names
10.
Carina Constellation
11.
Summer Stock
12.
Hard Times

A pitch-perfect collection written and recorded with the utmost care and attention. A symphony of sounds both subtle and lush.

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artichoke000002: MK Ultra / Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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