John Vanderslice Signs to Dead Oceans, Where the Dead Float Face Down in the Ocean with a Knife in Their Back And Their Brains Blown Out, Turning the Ocean Blood Red

John Vanderslice, Heidi Vanderslice's long-lost father/lover/muse/brother, has recently said goodbye to Barsuk and hello to Dead Oceans for his follow-up to 2007's Emerald City (TMT Review). Titled Romanian Names, the new set of tunes is scheduled for release May 19. According to Vanderslice:

In the fall of 2007 I played shows with Bishop Allen and Bowerbirds. I was already in love with both bands. By the end of the tour I had fallen hard for their label, Dead Oceans. I had known Phil for a few years and I deeply respected his taste in music. When he joined the Secretly Canadian / Jagjaguwar family, I started to pay close attention. I am honored to be in the game with these people! They are passionate, aware, loyal and SERIOUS.

As we reported last week (TMT News), John Vanderslice is heading out on tour with John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, which is sure to be the most lovable tour EVER. C'mon, who doesn't love these guys? They're so adorable I could just chew off their faces.

John Vanderslice & John Darnielle tourdates:
03.18.09 - Asheville, NC - the Grey Eagle
03.20.09 - Norfolk, VA - the Atticus Theatre
03.21.09 - Washington, DC - Sixth and I Synagogue
03.24.09 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
03.25.09 - Somerville, MA - the Sommerville Theatre
03.27.09 - New York, NY - Society for Ethical Culture (Wordless Music series)
03.29.09 - Gambier, OH - Kenyon College
03.30.09 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College
04.01.09 - Chicago, IL - Epiphany Episcopal
04.02.09 - Champaign, IL - Courtyard Café at University of Illinois
04.03.09 - Iowa City, IA - the Mill (Mission Creek Music Festival)
04.04.09 - Richmond, IN - Earlham College
04.06.09 - Bloomington IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theater

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