white dove: live from tiny telephone
We're happy to present the 2nd stop on John Vanderslice's official "Emerald City: Live From Tiny Telephone" blog-tour, following up the awesome "Kookaburra" video with the premiere of the live vid for "White Dove," the album's potent first single:
John Vanderslice White Dove
In case you don't follow the internet, John Vanderslice's excellent Emerald City came out yesterday on Barsuk, and even in its roughest, tensest, most distortion-laden moments, it's one of most sonically beautiful albums of the year. Get it here, preferably in high-quality 180-gram vinyl.
Garrison recently sat down with Vanderslice (via the internet, of course) to ask him a few questions about the "Live From Tiny Telephone" blog tour. View the full JV q & a after the jump...
How did the idea to film this performance come about?
Barsuk came up with it, right after they mentioned it I knew it was perfect. I usually do some kind of supplemental web only stuff for the records: a recording diary for Fourtracker, a User's Guide for Pixel Revolt. I thought this was completely over the top, which is good.
Was it complicated to coordinate the filming?
It was kind of a nightmare! My band mates are very busy and I usually give them a few months of notice, we had to put this together pretty fast. So everyone was canceling and moving around things. Also, Tiny Telephone had only two days open in the month we needed. There were three camera crew and an engineer. It made me think any kind of film/video work is much more difficult than recording.
Was it strange playing a) without an audience and b) to a film crew?
It was hard, I was very self-conscious playing to the camera. I'm not used to it. It would've been easier to have 20 or 30 people in there. It's funny, I kept thinking "I hope these guys like the song," you know strange chatter like that. Meanwhile these guys are probably just trying to focus and get the performances down.
If someone missed a cue or riff, was there a possibility to retake or was that outlawed?
Oh yeah, we redid "Tablespoon of Codeine" 20 times!! We're just like any other band in rehearsal! We had never played 8 of the songs live before. And given that we had two days, it was a very tight schedule. If you missed a change, someone would glare at you for sure...
Do you feel more/less giving away the record in this format could remotely hurt record sales or concert attendance? On paper, it's like going to a free concert.
I think anything like this just stokes up sales and attendance. Having people know about your music is a good thing!
With the Independent mp3s and now with the Emerald City videos, one could assume your quite confident in the JV live show? Is this true?
Well, I have a lot of confidence in my band mates! It's not like I think to myself: "Hello Cleveland... prepare to have your minds blown!" We play a hundred shows a year, so after a while you hope to get good at it. I mean you better!!!
What is the plan with these videos after they've passed through the blog media cycle?
They will stay up forever on the high-res pages that Scott Ottaway, the producer of the video, has set up. Internet c'est génial!
Also since these videos were shot in HD, got a stance: HD-DVD or Blu-ray?
Well Blu-ray may be better but it's harder to crack!