See John Vanderslice and the Tallest Man on Earth This Weekend

June 12th, 2009

Growing up in Florida, Georgia and finally outside Washington, D.C., in Maryland, John Vanderslice developed an eclectic taste in music that has stuck with him throughout his career. He’s opened a small analog recording studio in San Francisco called Tiny Telephone, he’s worked as a producer on other bands’ albums—most notably on Spoon’s Gimme Fiction—plus he’s written and recorded his own music. His most recent effort, Romanian Names, came out last month. And now he’s touring the country in support of it. He often travels with up-and-coming bands that ultimately go on to greater acclaim, like Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent. And that continues with his current tour, when he hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday and The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday with the Tallest Man on Earth (Swedish folkie Kristian Mattson) in tow. See John Vanderslice here performing “C & O Canal,” off the new disc, and then do yourself a favor and see these bands play live this weekend. You’ll be happy you did.