John Vanderslice tours are rare, especially following his near-death experience in 2013 which, for the most part, was enough to decide that the road life is one best left behind. “After that happened, maybe a second later, I was like, I’m done. I don’t want to die in a van. It wasn’t sad, it wasn’t celebratory. It was just like, eh, I had a good run,” Vanderslice told The New Yorker magazine in 2014.
On Thursday night, Vanderslice will make a stop in Columbus as part of a living room tour he’s doing throughout the Midwest and East Coast over the next couple of months. If you’ve never been to a living room show, you can’t get much more intimate – tickets are limited and you don’t have to bother with people who talk while the artist is performing, overpaying for drinks at the bar, late start times, etc. Vanderslice’s show takes place in the 43220 zip code which includes part of Upper Arlington and Columbus in case you were wondering and you’ll be emailed an address and more info once you’ve purchased a $20 ticket. (Here’s the official Facebook invite for the show)
Though this was filmed in 2012, it’s a great insight into who Vanderslice is and what he’s all about (studio owner, musician, producer, engineer, etc). Tiny Telephone is the studio Vanderslice opened in 1997 in San Francisco where he has recorded a who’s who of indie rock royalty (Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney, The Mountain Goats and Spoon just to name a few).