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Two records, a new LP and a full cover of Bowie's Diamond Dogs, to be self-released in Spring 2013 -with your involvement and support.

Yes, we have reached our goal!! But remember, this is a pre-order for the record and many of these items will sell out. Let's run these numbers up!! (Says me, the now ruthless record label owner.)

Here's "Raw Wood" from Dagger Beach

Here's "Diamanthunde" from Vanderslice Plays Diamond Dogs

WE HAVE CROSSED 75K, SO I WILL NOW WRITE YOU A SONG.

You can play it, post it, lip dub it, make a 7" out of it, sell it, YOU OWN IT (collectively). It'll be recorded at Tiny Telephone using the musicians you know and love. It will be a bad ass production, not a demo. It will be weird and wonderful.

STRETCH GOAL REACHED...We crossed 65K, so all packages of $100+ will receive a UNIQUE 4X6 photograph. Thanks so much for doing this.

Taken by me on my Leica M6 and printed at San Francisco's own Photoworks on Kodak matte paper. I'll sign and write some location info or other explication on the back. These are one-off prints, they are actually the only print I have of each photo. It's a 1 of 1 kind of scenario. WE DO IT.

Stereogum has the DIamond Dogs track.

Vanderslice Plays Diamond Dogs - "A Better Whirlpool"

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NEW REWARDS: ALL THE CDS, GREEN GROW THE RUSHES 180G VINYL

REWARDS CLOSE TO SELLING OUT: Diamond Dogs vinyl, 1/2" master tape (1), Dagger Beach Test Pressing (4), House Shows (1 left), Private Listening Party (3 left), Extra In Music Video (1 left), Taqueria Tour (1 left). 

SOLD OUT rewards: I WRITE YOU AN 8 SECOND SONG WITH YOUR NAME IN IT, DIAMOND DOGS TEST PRESSING, MY COPY OF MOON COLONY BLOODBATH, DISTRESSED WOOD FLASH DRIVE

We crossed 60k so we'll live stream the May 2nd listening party.

Brooklyn VeganBillboard, Hypebot, and Flavorwire picked up the story of your AWESOME INVOLVEMENT in these records.

You can easily combine rewards: just type in the total amount for both rewards, but select just one of them. When the campaign ends I'll send out a survey getting necessary info to be sure everyone gets what they requested.

----------- The story-----------

In the winter of 2011, after lots and lots of White Wilderness touring, I returned home to an empty house and a chaotic Tiny Telephone. The years of relentless recording and touring had inflicted some psychic costs that needed to be accounted (and paid) for.

So I lost my mind for a few exciting months, and then made some hard decisions about how to best maintain a healthy relationship with creativity.

I decided to tour much less (with the exception of house shows, which always feels right to me) and release music on my own label, Tiny Telephone.

For me, the best part of making records and touring was always the friendships I made with fans. Many of you reading this will know exactly what I mean.

There were only two aspects of what I was doing that had to stay: recording my songs and nurturing the relationships with people who have supported my music. That means you. 

So you see, it's now just you and me. The label has one employee, and you're looking at him. I'm trying to bring this stuff back to its essence.

Honestly, I'm terrified to put out my own records. For a week after I made the decision, I had intense insomnia and deep regret. Later, I moved to something like terror + incredible excitement. Now, after further reflection, it's clear to me: I was born for this

Needless to say, there are costs associated with self-releasing. (Wow, I really took those label advances for granted!) My crew at Tiny Telephone (which includes the engineer, all the musicians on the record, and Magik*Magik Orchestra) has let me run up an impressive tab, but that tab is now due. 

The costs of the initial vinyl printing are around $12,000. Without your help, it will be impossible for me to release the record.

This is what Dagger Beach looks like
This is what Dagger Beach looks like

I love Dagger Beach. I spent 10 months writing and recording this record. It's construction was very similar to Cellar Door and Pixel Revolt: songs were written over existing free-form drum parts, or tracked at home and meticulously overdubbed at Tiny Telephone. We kept the roughness and frayed edges in (when they worked) and leaned on early takes and performances that teetered on perfection. 

Mixing Dagger Beach
Mixing Dagger Beach

Like all my albums, Dagger Beach is a linear, analog production. The 200g pressing is superb and might be the best sounding vinyl I've made yet. Joe Williams did a wonderful job on the gatefold artwork.

Dagger Beach will be in stores this summer. If you support this Kickstarter, you will receive your (digital or analog) copy of both records at least a week before they hit stores.

Dagger Beach Track Listing 

1. Raw Wood 
2. Harlequin Press 
3. Song For Dana Lok 
4. How The West Was Won 
5. Interlude #1
6. Song For David Berman 

Side 2 
7. Damage Control 
8. Song For The Landlords Of Tiny Telephone
9. Gaslight 
10. Sleep It Off 

11. Sonogram 
12. North Coast Rep 
13. Interlude #2

Covering Diamond Dogs was instructive and inspiring. We made it in five days, top to bottom, with the same band as Dagger Beach: Jason Slota on drums, Jamie Riotto on bass, and Rob Shelton on keyboards. Ian Pellicci recorded both. It's probably the most outweird, and chaotic thing I've done. And I've NEVER played so much guitar on an album (that was a blast for me). 

Having a template to work with (and then disregard if we needed to) provided an enormous amount of freedom. Avi and John from Avi Buffalo (who were recording in the A room during the tracking) guest star on it. I think the record is pretty fantastic. The heavy vinyl pressing will be limited to 500* and will sell out pretty quickly.

*We initially limited this to 300 but QRP has a 500 minimum for 200g LPs.

Diamond Dogs Track Listing

1. This Ain't Rock and Roll, This Is Suicide 
2. Diamanthunde 
3. Jump In The River Holding Hands 
4. Juvenile Success

Side 2
5. Would You Possibly Rock and Roll With Me?
6. Be Elusive, But Don't Walk Far
7. The Savage Jaw
8. A Better Whirlpool
9. Shake It Up, Shake It Up

Jamie and Rob during Diamond Dogs tracking
Jamie and Rob during Diamond Dogs tracking

One side benefit to self-releasing is the quickness of the process. It's clear to me that this will increase my productivity (I miss those days of a release a year!!) and certainly bring me back closer to why I started in this game to begin with.

The famous Joe Williams-designed library card T-Shirt
The famous Joe Williams-designed library card T-Shirt

Self-releasing facilitates a high level of productivity and quickens the production process- I also believe it provides an ultra-genuine, unmediated connection to people who care about what I do. I also strongly believe it helps me make more honest and more daring music. I have untethered myself to the ways I have released records in the past decade (this is both good and bad!). But I really need your support in order to make this functional. With any luck, I'll be able to release twice as much music. I will also try to release as much free music as possible.  

I'll be running the label out of my unfinished basement, where I also have a very modest studio. I would LOVE to personalize any of these rewards. 

Joe Williams limited-edition bookshelf T-Shirt
Joe Williams limited-edition bookshelf T-Shirt

If you have any other ideas for rewards, email me. Jason and I will tour Dagger Beach in October. 

The ultra-rare Moon Colony Bloodbath, my split EP with the Mountain Goats
The ultra-rare Moon Colony Bloodbath, my split EP with the Mountain Goats
ALL THE VINYL package. You should get this!!!
ALL THE VINYL package. You should get this!!!

Much love to you in advance for your support and help!!!!!!

XO,

John Vanderslice

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Both records are done and mastered. I am an anti-flake. I am easily reachable and 100% responsible. Your rewards will be promptly and responsibly delivered upon completion. I will ship your rewards AT LEAST a week before the summer release date of Dagger Beach.

All domestic shipping is included. UK/EU customers: I'm sorry about the additional shipping charges but the USPS has just substantially raised rates.

I will be directly answering your questions. There will be no confusion.

If you want to grab more than one reward, just add the additional money into the pledge and write me a note via Kickstarter and I'll make it happen!!

If you support this project you will receive your goodies!!!

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    JV RARITIES - PERSONALIZED CD-R - Artisan, shade-grown, "hand-burned" CDR. 20 songs, 72 minutes, half of this record is unreleased. All of it is hella good. Plus digital download of DAGGER BEACH.

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    GREEN GROW THE RUSHES 180g Vinyl - Yes, add this wonderful EP, numbered and limited, to your order and it's a frugal 15 bucks. Hand silk-screened chipboard cover by Handmaiden. This is a 180g pressing from RTI. It sounds extremely good. I'll ship for free to EU if it's combined with another purchase.

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    VANDERSLICE PLAYS BOWIE'S DIAMOND DOGS VINYL, 180g vinyl pressing. Extremely limited pressing, signed and personalized. My band and I covered the entire record. I'm a Bowie obsessive, it was such a blast for me to do this. I'm very proud of this. Plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE.

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    I WRITE YOU AN 8 SECOND SONG WITH YOUR NAME IN IT - (very limited, unless they're easier than I think) I can also do this for someone you love (or a theme or idea you love). This is going to be a 24-track analog extravaganza, not some busted-ass demo. There will be background vocals. I can also precede the song with "You've reached [YOUR NAME HERE]" and I believe you would have an amazing outgoing VM message. Plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE.

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    1/2" master tape from DAGGER BEACH - 30 seconds of 1/2" ATR tape on a reel and nice Ampex box from a deleted middle verse and chorus of "Gaslight." You will be the only person that will hear this section of the song. YOU WILL OWN THIS and can do whatever you want with it. Comes with an mp3 reference as well. Limited to 2.

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    DISTRESSED WOOD FLASH DRIVE of EVERYTHING - Laser-engraved with issue number and my name. USB. 16GB of 1s and 0s. You will get everything I have, including some instrumentals and a live show or two, in the highest resolution we can fit on the drive. Plus a unique 4X6 photo signed and notarized!

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    PRIVATE LISTENING PARTY - An invitation to Tiny Telephone for a preview of both Dagger Beach and Diamond Dogs in the A Room a week before the release. I'll play a short acoustic set + you get both new records on vinyl + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE. We'll be serving some *fine* fermented beverages (like kombucha :) Travel costs not included. If you add an additional $50 you'll get a plus one.

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    DAGGER BEACH TEST PRESSING - 200g test vinyl from QRP, signed and personalized. This includes a one-off 8"X12" print from one of my Leica photos from last EU tour. This is the only reward level that offeres the 8x12 photo. Limited to 8.

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    HARDCORE COLLECTOR - All The Vinyl CASE handmade by Joe Williams, same case as in the ALL THE VINYL reward. This one comes with only DAGGER BEACH VINYL + DIAMOND DOGS VINYL as you are amazing and have all the other records. Plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE.

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    ALL THE CDs - You get everything I've released on CD, from Mass Suicide to Dagger Beach, plus burned copies of the rarities, Green Grow the Rushes, Diamond Dogs, MGM Endings, and the Pixel Revolt live to 2-track. That's 12 records. Plus a unique 4X6 photo signed and notarized!

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    ALL THE VINYL - signed and personalized. You get every album I've released on vinyl in a special VINYL CASE designed by Joe Williams. This one is extremely limited. TTIL + 4trkr + Cellar Door + Pixel Revolt + Emerald City + Romanian Names + White Wilderness + Green Grow The Rushes + Dagger Beach + Diamond Dogs. All RTI or QRP vinyl mastered from the 1/2" tapes. Plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE.

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    ALL THE VINYL + LIMITED SCREEN PRINT - signed and personalized. You get every album I've released on vinyl in a special VINYL CASE designed by Joe Williams. This one is extremely limited. TTIL + 4trkr + Cellar Door + Pixel Revolt + Emerald City + Romanian Names + White Wilderness + Green Grow The Rushes + Dagger Beach + Diamond Dogs. All RTI or QRP vinyl mastered from the 1/2" tapes. Plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE.

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    MY LAST COPY OF MOON COLONY BLOODBATH + DAGGER BEACH 200g Vinyl Gatefold LP + VANDERSLICE PLAYS BOWIE'S DIAMOND DOGS LP. Plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE. The long sold-out split EP with the Mountain Goats.

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    PRIVATE TOUR OF TINY TELEPHONE + LUNCH AT TAQUERIA OF YOUR CHOICE. Travel costs not included. PLUS DAGGER BEACH 200g Vinyl Gatefold LP + VANDERSLICE PLAYS BOWIE'S DIAMOND DOGS LP. Plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE.

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    BE AN EXTRA IN MY MUSIC VIDEO - We'll be filming a video for "How The West Was Won" in May at Tiny Telephone. You'll be an assistant engineer recording my band!! I will *personally* apply the stage make up. Travel costs not included. Plus BOTH NEW RECORDS ON VINYL and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE.

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    JV HOUSE SHOW WITHIN 50 MILES OF SAN FRANCISCO! - I'll play your living room IN THE BAY AREA. We'll write a set list together, have dinner, goof around, I'll tweak your home stereo, etc. We'll make this happen within 12 months. Joe Williams will design a custom flier for the show!! It'll be me and my 1952 J-45 and I will *slay* it. Plus BOTH NEW RECORDS ON VINYL and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE.

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    JV HOUSE SHOW! - I'll play your living room anywhere in the contiguous lower 48. We'll write a set list together, have dinner, goof around, I'll tweak your home stereo, etc. We'll make this happen within 12 months. Joe Williams will design a custom flier for the show!! It'll be me and my 1952 Gibson acoustic and I will kill it. Includes airfare and lodging. Plus BOTH NEW RECORDS ON VINYL and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE.

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    RECORD AN EP AT TINY TELEPHONE - I'LL PRODUCE IT. Ian Pellicci will record it. I'll play on it as well. Plus ALL THE VINYL and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE.

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    I WILL MARRY YOU (to someone else). I have a stellar history as a matchmaker. I will help you propose (I've done this at 3 shows already), run the ceremony, whatever it takes. I'll do the necessary paperwork to make it legal in your state. I'll pay my own travel/lodging costs as well. ONE CAVEAT: We need to make sure I can do this in your state. Some fools will not recognize my online clergy status (NC, UT, NV) but MOST will. I'll bring my guitar and whatever merch you'd like. I also promise to get tipsy after the ceremony. Plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE.

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