On the surface, John Vanderslice seems like just another in a long line of melancholy singer-songwriters. Frankly, even if a slew of mopey indie-folk songs were his only contribution to the American music canon, he'd still be worthy of praise, just because he does that whole mopey indie-folk thing so well. But Vanderslice has also established a reputation as one of the last remaining proponents of old-school analog recording techniques. Death Cab for Cutie, Okkervil River, and Spoon are among the acts that have recorded at Vanderslice's San Francisco-based Tiny Telephone studio. He's also an accomplished amateur photographer, having taken publicity shots for the likes of Thao Nguyen and The Mountain Goats. But let's face it: It's the austere indie rock that keeps people coming out to his shows, and... More >>>