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John Vanderslice’s Week in Pop

The legendary John Vanderslice; press photo courtesy of the artist.

With San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone celebrating their twentieth anniversary with a huge party October 7-studio chief, artist extraordinaire & icon John Vanderslice guest selects Week in Pop with a curation titled:

LATE summer jams

Ahh, the end of summer has hit the West side of San Francisco, and within a few days, temps have soared 35 degrees. It’s usually foggy, windy and coooold. So summer jams here can be anything:

Nicolas Jaar, “Killing Time”

The title track from Jaar’s interesting electronic hybrid from last year is a slow burn. This song slowly ramps up until a vocoder takes over it sends it into the sonic rafters.

Pop deity John Vanderslice; press photo courtesy of Steven Dewall/Redferns.

Mick Jenkins, “Plugged”

Chicago rapper Jenkins is so interesting, his writing is all over the place, and his flow is nuts. Just follow the rhythmic variations in the first verse alone.

Prefab Sprout, “Horsin’ Around”

Somewhere between Gershwin and Steely Dan, Prefab Sprout still occupies totally uncharted territory. There is simply nothing like it. They are super literate and the melodic writing is stellar. Two Wheels Good is a masterpiece and, while not for everyone, might be exactly for you.

The almighty John Vanderslice; press photo courtesy of the artist.

Tyler, the Creator, “Garden Shed” ft. Estelle

I’m not sure if it’s the Frank Ocean effect or what, but Tyler has turned a corner. Instead of making mixed bag records that have to be curated to be enjoyed, he’s elevated everything at once. It’s a huge leap and a stunning record.

Hot Sugar, “The girl who stole my Tamagotchi”

As a guy who owns a studio, I can tell you that some bands thrive there and other bands die there. There’s plenty of excellent shit being made at home. Hot Sugar is just creative. Clem [Clementine Creevy] from Cherry Glazerr hipped me to this.

Tiny Telephone 20th-Anniversary Party is HAPPENING!

Saturday, Oct 7th at TTSF
1458 San Bruno Ave, SF
Feat. Mayya And The Revolutionary Hell Yeah
+ DJ sets by Toro Y Moi and Astronauts, Etc.
Everyone is invited.
Free food from El Metate and free beer from Lagunitas

John Vanderslice in person; press photo courtesy of the artist.

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