When she graduated last year, Martha gave me a mix CD without a track list. For some people, this would be considered a form of psychological abuse as opposed to a kind gesture. For others, like me, it’s a pleasant excuse for wasting an hour playing on Google. Investigating “Me and My 424″ (one of my favorite songs on what turned out to be a great road trip mix, with the likes of Iron and Wine and Nick Drake) led me to John Vanderslice and about a dozen MP3s, half of which are provided for you below. The marriage of his macabre narratives and nasal vocal whine is infinitely better than the description sounds — trust me. Also, if you’ve got the time, check out Tiny Telephone, his SF recording studio. Thanks, Martha!
They Won’t Let Me Run [MP3, 5.6MB, 512kbps]
Me and My 424 [MP3, 5.1MB, 496kbps]
The Mansion [MP3, 5.4MB, 556kbps]
Time Travel Is Lonely [MP3, 5.2MB, 492kbps]
Bill Gates Must Die [MP3, 2.8MB, 246kbps]
Gruesome Details [MP3, 1.5MB, 247kbps]