John Vanderslice, Filbert 2-12-11 The Plea for Peace Center
THE PLEA FOR PEACE CENTER is happy to have John Vanderslice return to Stockton on his tour to SXSW he will be joined by local indie band Filbert(members of Alitak, Hey Manna!, A Movable West...) Saturday February 12th 8pm $10 All Ages.
Vanderslice grew up in Florida and Georgia, before his family moved to Maryland when he was 11. After playing in several bands in his teenage years, he spent five years as a member of the experimental pop band MK Ultra, with whom he released three albums in the 1990s.
During this period, he also founded a recording studio, Tiny Telephone, in the Mission District of San Francisco. Established in 1997, the studio was initially used as a rehearsal space before being developed as a full-time, all-analog recording studio. Bands who have recorded in the studio include Beulah, Death Cab for Cutie, Okkervil River, Deerhoof and Spoon.
In 2000, Vanderslice released his first solo album, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines, and briefly gained some national media attention for the single "Bill Gates Must Die" after concocting a hoax in which Microsoft supposedly threatened legal action over the song; Vanderslice then however had trouble manufacturing the CD because the artwork resembled that of a Windows installation disc, and at least one manufacturer was wary of legal action.
Vanderslice at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, 2007. Time Travel is Lonely and Life and Death of an American Fourtracker followed in 2001 and 2002 respectively, followed by 2004's Cellar Door. Several songs on the 2005 album Pixel Revolt referenced the September 11, 2001 attacks and were more overtly political in their lyrical content. His 2007 album, Emerald City, is named after the nickname of the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad. "I was so beaten down after the 2000 election and after 9/11 and then the invasion of Iraq, Afghanistan," said Vanderslice. "I was so depleted as a person after all that stuff happened, that I had to write my way out of it. I really had to write political songs because for me it is a way of making sense and processing what is going on."
Emerald City achieved a score of 80/100 on Metacritic. Entertainment Weekly called the album "a gleaming gem" that doesn't disappoint. Billboard's review of the record called Vanderslice an "always perceptive lyricist." Calling Vanderslice a "master story-teller", Matt Fink of Paste said that Emerald City was "vividly imagined yet subtle in tone, with conflicted character sketches unfolding around somber synth melodies, creaky electronic effects, and fuzzy acoustic guitar structure.
In 2009, he released the album, Romanian Names.
In 2010, Vanderslice released a free EP called Green Grow The Rushes. An album, White Wilderness,, is due to be released on January 25th, 2011 on Dead Oceans. He recorded the album with Minna Choi and her Magik*Magik Orchestra in three days in San Francisco. It was produced and recorded by John Congleton.
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