John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice—Tiny Telephone studio and MP3 hub owner, ex-MK Ultra lead singer, current solo artist behind the very beautiful Life and Death of an American Fourtracker—answers our questions.

DOB: 22 May 1967

Occupational titles: Studio Owner, Musician

Favorite books: Edwin Mullhouse, Steven Millhauser; Hopeful Monsters, Nicolas Mosley; anything by Anthony Burgess, Saul Bellow, Henry James, and Samuel Beckett

Heroes: David Bowie, John Darnielle (Mountain Goats), Tchad Blake, PT Anderson, George Martin, Rupert Neve, Wallace Stevens, Ingmar Bergman, Walter Sear, Preston Sturges, and oh so many more

What makes you laugh: TV Funhouse, Strangers with Candy, Harry Shearer’s Le Show, The Simpsons

Favorite city: Florence, Italy. The most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

Best thing to happen to you on tour: Seeing long lost friends at shows. It happens all the time and it’s one of the best things about playing in 40 to 50 different cities a year.

Charity worth giving to: Doctors Without Borders

Worst advice you’ve received: ‘This 1985 fender Stratocaster guitar is exactly like the one Hendrix played in ’67.’

Five words that sound great: discrete, taqueria, heuristic, popeil, neumann


Andrew Womack is a founding editor of The Morning News. He is always working on the next installment of the Albums of the Year series at TMN. More by Andrew Womack