John Vanderslice (The Native Sound)

Longtime friend of The Bay Bridged John Vanderslice is a busy guy these days. His new recording studio Tiny Telephone Oakland opened this month, and its SF counterpart continues to be a destination for indie artists. Vanderslice has also been producing albums like Into It. Over It’s forthcoming Standards, which arrives in March. Oh, and he’s also a stellar singer-songwriter is in own right, who will be performing at our 10th anniversary party this Saturday night at the Rickshaw Stop alongside The Stone Foxes, Annie Girl & The Flight, and Hot Flash Heat Wave.

Before Saturday’s show, we asked John for some of the local artists he’s been listening to lately. Read his comments and listen to some great music below, and buy your tickets to our 10th anniversary party right now!

Mayya & The Revolutionary Hell Yeah!
JV: Insanely good music from a straight up genius. She works in a cafe, we chatted and she gave me the link to her Bandcamp page and I’ve been listening to it ever since. GREAT melodies and lyrics.

Guy Fox
JV: They are taking a very interesting turn into very deconstructed territory a la King Of Limbs.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
JV: Her new album is an absolute mind-blower.

JV: A one in a million songwriter. He’s written and recorded hundreds of EXCELLENT songs in the past few years. One of the best lyricists I’ve heard in a few years.
(Editor’s note: Raj currently doesn’t have any web presence, although JV expresses hope that the songwriter might have music “possibly forthcoming this year.”)

JV: The singing and orchestration in this band is Of Montreal-level brilliance. If you haven’t heard this, you should track it down.

Ezra Furman
JV: Oh god, this guy is a lightening bolt straight from heaven. We need this kind of wild and free creativity. He makes me want to record.