John Vanderslice's DAGGER BEACH: The New Album

A project in San Francisco, CA by John Vanderslice

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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.
Backers: 1224
Average Pledge Per Backer: $65

Funded: $79,335 of $18,500
Dates: Feb 19th -> Mar 21st (30 days)
Project By: John Vanderslice
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Latest News

John Vanderslice: Dagger Beach

August 26th - via:
Dagger Beachs sense of loss and experimentation makes it come across as a kind of midpoint between the Mountain Goats Get Lonely and Devendra Banharts Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. Its an album that doesnt just reward several listens, it demands them. (Read More)

John Vanderslice released Kickstarter-funded albums & stuff, going on tour (dates, MP3, video)

August 12th - via:
To say that John Vanderslice's experiment with Kickstarter was a success is an understatement. Not only has he released both Dagger Beach (an album of all new originals) and a song-for-song cover of David Bowie's Diamond Dogs, he raised almost $80,000 and has been releasing special fan gift songs too. One of those is "Song For Clay Miller", "a song written for, and released exclusively to the 1,200 supporters of his campaign" and for a few people who buy the limited Flexi Disc version. (Read More)

I have written you a song.

April 8th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Quick clarification...

April 5th - via:
I'm going to hold off on some of the surveys as I might need to get specific information from you. If you haven't received a survey, it'ill come in the next couple of weeks.  The only surveys sent so far: Rarities CDRs, t-shirt orders, Dagger... (Read More)

Production and shipping update

April 5th - via:
Hello everyone! Some quick notes about our wonderful Kickstarter campaign. -Rarities CDRs went out today.  -Dagger Beach CDs should go out within 2 weeks, tops.  -Dagger Beach vinyl and t-shirts will ship next.  -The t-shirts are printed on... (Read More)

We did it!!!

March 21st - via:
I can't remember being happier. I owe that to you. If I could hop on a plane, rent a car at the airport, drive to your home and plant a big kiss on your cheek, I would. (Yes, I know in actuality that would be very disturbing.)  I devote my next two... (Read More)

Kickstarter Update #6: Now I write you a song

March 20th - via:
Yes we crossed 75K!! I still can't believe it. I might celebrate by going to Shalimar Pakistani/Indian food tomorrow night in the TL. I think this celebration calls for MASHED POTATO NAAN.  Flavorwire posted "Diamanthunde" from Vanderslice Plays... (Read More)

Kickstarter Update #5 - 48 Hours to go!

March 19th - via:
Hello everyone! Rolling Stone just posted a premiere of a song from my new record Dagger Beach. It's also posted below. My Kickstarter is in its last 48 hours. Dagger Beach comes on June 11, if you pre-order here, I'll ship your records a month ahead... (Read More)

Kickstarter Update #4: Watercolors Into The Ocean

March 12th - via:
Wow, I didn't expect running a Kickstarter to be quite so entertaining. We're in the home stretch now. I just got my triple-gatefold copy of the new Atoms For Peace record in the mail yesterday, I hope you guys are half as excited to get your... (Read More)

We crossed the 65K mark

March 7th - via:
Hello! Everyone at the $100+ level now gets a unique 4X6 print from Photoworks, signed and notarized by me. We have the brave and kind Matt Maly to thank for sending us over the edge. I'll announce the 70k goal in a few days.  In lieu of... (Read More)

Diamond Dogs Track Posted! Other unbearably exciting news...

March 6th - via:
We have crossed the 60k mark!! Thanks for that, you wonderful creatures. We'll do a high-res (as possible) live-stream of the listening party for all backers. For our next stretch goal… If we cross 65K, all packages of $100+ will receive a UNIQUE... (Read More)

JV UPDATE, from JV Central

March 1st - via:
Hello! I hope everyone has something nice planned for the weekend. I'm working tomorrow, but I'll be hiking Armstrong Redwoods in West Sonoma on Sunday.  Some short announcements... If we reach 60k, we'll live-stream the Dagger Beach listening... (Read More)

John Vanderslice on Covering Bowie and Why Kickstarter Is “Just As Involved As Some Labels”

February 27th - via:
Indie veteran John Vanderslice has long been a Flavorwire favorite, so our ears most definitely pricked up when we heard he was self-releasing two new albums this spring, especially since one of them is a full-length cover of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs. The albums are both financed by a Kickstarter, which hit its $18k target within days — it was sitting at $54k when we spoke to Vanderslice yesterday, with some three weeks to go. (Read More)

Q&A: John Vanderslice on Kickstarter Success, 'Dagger Beach' and Covering David Bowie

February 22nd - via:
With over a decade of albums on indie labels such as Barsuk and Dead Oceans behind him, San Francisco musician and Tiny Telephone studio owner John Vanderslice’s next project is going D.I.Y. To release his new album, “Dagger Beach,” and an album-length cover set of David Bowie’s 1974 LP “Diamond Dogs,” he’s turned to crowd-sourcing site Kickstarter – the buzzed-about platform that made Amanda Palmer over $1 million last year. (Read More)

John Vanderslice releasing two Kickstarter-funded albums in 2013, one being a cover of Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs'

February 21st - via:
John Vanderslice will release two albums this year: the first is Dagger Beach, an album of all new originals; and a song-for-song cover of David Bowie's Diamond Dogs. (He's done the latter live before.) The records will be released concurrently in May and John has decided to put them out himself. (His last album, 2011's White Wilderness, came out on Dead Oceans.) He also launched a Kickstarter to fund their release (both albums are in the can) which only launched on Tuesday (2/19) but has already more than tripled his goal with 28 days left to go. (Read More)

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