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John Vanderslice (born May 22, 1967 in Gainesville, Florida) is an American musician, formerly of MK Ultra but now performing with his own band.

After mk Ultra broke up in 1999, Vanderslice wasted little time building a solo reputation. 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 supposed trademark violations (the disc had a similar etching to a Windows installation disc).

Subsequent albums, Time Travel is Lonely, Life and Death of an American Fourtracker, Cellar Door, Pixel Revolt and Emerald City have gained critical acclaim for their melodic quality and sophisticated narrative lyrical content. Vanderslice has spent much of the last few years on tour across North America, Europe, and Japan.

Vanderslice also founded a recording studio in 1997 called Tiny Telephone. Located in the Mission District of San Francisco, Tiny Telephone has carved out a niche as the last all-analog recording studio in the Bay Area, and has a policy of setting recording rates under market prices. Bands who have used Vanderslice’s 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 “dirty hi-fi”. He has collaborated closely with Scott Solter in the production of his recent albums, with Pixel Revolt being notably shaped by Solter.


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  • garrettnelson

    Dagger Beach is wonderful— sounds like a synthesis of all JV's previous albums.

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • apathic

    Dagger Beach is pretty great. It took a few listens but I definitely like it a lot right now.

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • dturgentbyrne

    I can't wait to hear both DAGGER BEACH and his cover of DIAMOND DOGS! May can't come fast enough! For those who aren't aware, you can pledge/preorder here:

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • ripchord

    i'm also listening to emerald city and you can even hear that "electronic garbage" on that record, js :)

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ripchord

    hm... i'm a huge fangirl and romanian names is, if not my favorite, the record of his i've listened to the most. i just love the atmosphere.

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • apathic

    @jenhavu - Frankly, I'm disappointed by everything that falls short of Cellar Door, but that's not very fair of me :P

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • jengavu

    As a massive JV fanboy who's worked his merch table multiple times, it pains me to say he peaked with Pixel & Emerald. Romanian Names was so-so and White Wilderness was huge letdown. Still, he dominates my heart. I just hope he takes a few steps back towards rock and further from electronic garbage.

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
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  • badoom_bum

    Better yet, he'd known it before you even posted. See you in Berlin, hopefully, John, but you already know.

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • nigtv

    Working through his discog, I'm amazed he isn't more popular. Seems to make music similar in nature to Rufus Wainwright, but much more modern and fun. It's amazing through all of his records, he doesn't really seem to have made any mistep artistically. This stuff is enjoyable, wandering but focused, playful pop. +1 fan :)

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • WarrenJudkins

    After selling merch for him for a couple shows I can confidently say the man is the nicest person to walk the earth.

    6 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ripchord

    on par with bill callahan. always consistently releasing quality music while never getting the credit he deserves.

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • garrettnelson

    New Daytrotter session up:

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • disenmemberment

    Fantastic guy. Just saw my 5th KV show and about to add 6 and 7 this weekend.

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • owlship

    nicest fella ever

    13 Apr 2011 Reply
  • StalinSays

    Been on board with JV ever since Bill Gates Must Die. It has been rewarding to watch him develop. Not all the talented ones cross the decade mark after all. Feels like most don't.

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
  • outroversion

    JV is on my sxsw collection

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • talkloud

    He looks just like the junkie from The Wire

    27 Feb 2011 Reply
  • nothere413

    I really like the new album. Feels like there's a lot more going on, whereas in his other stuff, I felt like there was room for more sound.

    11 Feb 2011 Reply
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