John Vanderslice & The Tallest Man on Earth
The Tallest Man on Earth
John Vanderslice's albums have gained critical acclaim for their melodic quality and sophisticated narrative lyrical content.
Vanderslice founded an all-analog recording studio, Tiny Telephone, in the Mission District of San Francisco in 1997. Bands who have recorded in the studio include Beulah, Death Cab for Cutie, Okkervil River, and Spoon.
Vanderslice is a proponent of using analog instruments and recording equipment to produce a richer, more raw sound which he has sometimes called "sloppy hi-fi". He has collaborated closely with Scott Solter in the production of his recent albums, with Pixel Revolt being notably shaped by Solter.
Vanderslice was a contributing producer on the Spoon album, Gimme Fiction, and has collaborated and toured with The Mountain Goats. He also produced The Mountain Goats' albums Heretic Pride and We Shall All Be Healed. He is influenced by film and is a fan of David Lynch, whose work is referenced in his song "Promising Actress". His declared musical influences are diverse, ranging from Neutral Milk Hotel to Public Enemy. He has incorporated the poetry of William Blake, Percy Shelley and Robert Lowell into his music. In addition, Vanderslice is an avid photography hobbyist.
In 2000, he gained national media attention over his single "Bill Gates Must Die" after concocting an elaborate hoax in which Microsoft supposedly threatened legal action over the song; ironically, Vanderslice 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.
Several songs on the album Pixel Revolt referenced the September 11, 2001 attacks and the subsequent global political situation. Vanderslice's 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."
On January 30, 2009, Vanderslice collaborated with Magik*Magik Orchestra for a sold-out show at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The orchestra, in a 30-piece configuration, played classic Vanderslice songs as well as new and unreleased material. The show was arranged by Minna Choi, a San Francisco Conservatory student. The show, which celebrated the 10th anniversary of Tiny Telephone, featured Aesop Rock spinning records after the show.
In March and April of 2009, John Vanderslice participated with The Mountain Goats in the "Gone Primitive Tour". These shows featured both John Vanderslice and John Darnielle playing acoustic sets and then performing a set of collaborative material. In a review by the Boston Globe, Joan Anderman said, "Vanderslice is a sharp observer with a slanted perspective and whip-smart pop instincts, and his opening set was alluring."
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