John Darnielle & John Vanderslice in Somerville, MA - March 25, 2009 (bradsearles)
John Darnielle and John Vanderslice

KEXP: I hear you're also recording an album with John Darnielle?

John Vanderslice: Yes, we're doing a "comedian's record," and and that will be out by the time we go on tour in March.

KEXP: What does that mean? Will it be spoken word?

JV: Oh! No! sorry. (laughs) That's the band name [The Comedians]. It would be funny if it were an actual comedian's record, though it might be kind of disappointing, but John is very funny.

That interview was posted in early February, and I don't think John and John actually got the album out before the tour, but they have been performing songs from it at shows - including at the one they played on March 27th at the Society for Ethical Culture in NYC (part of the Wordless Music series). Check out the setlist below.

The Vanderslice/Mtn Goats tour continues through April 6th. John Vanderslice's new album Romanian Names will be released by Dead Oceans on May 19th, and that's right around the time JV will hit the road again, except this time with a full band:

The line up for the May [John Vanderslice] tour is:
JV: Guitar, Vocals
Ian Bjornstad: Wurlitzer, Moog
Matthias Bossi: Drums
Sylvain Carton: Guitar
James Riotto: Bass

All of the dates and details of that tour haven't been announced yet, but there will be a June 12th Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg which will also be the BrooklynVegan showcase at the NorthSide Festival (more artists to be announced soon). $15 general admission tickets will go on sale this Friday at noon, and a certain amount of tickets will be reserved for Northside badge holders (details on that to also be announced soon).

A partial list of venues participating in the Northside Festival this year are Music Hall of Williamsburg, Europa, Studio B, Union Pool, Radegast Hall & Biergarten, Zebulon, Public Assembly, Monkeytown, Pete's Candy Store, Spike Hill, Glasslands, The Cameo, Brooklyn Bowl, Bar Matchless, The Knitting Factory, Rose Live Music, The Shank, Black Betty, Berry Park.

The Mountain Goats/Comedians' NYC setlist, some live videos, and all Vanderslice tour dates, below...

The Mountain Goats @ The Society For Ethical Culture, NYC 3/27/09 - setlist (via)
1 John 4:16
Woke Up New
Song for Tura Satana
Cobscook Bay
Going to Lebanon
Un rêve plus long que la nuit (aka November Love Song)
Going to Kansas
The Last Limit of Bhakti
You or Your Memory
Going to Queens
From TG&Y
Dance Music
The Day The Aliens Came
Ontario (requested)
So Desperate
Color in Your Cheeks (requested)
Sign of the Crow 2
[new Comedians song]*
See America Right*
No Children
The Sign

* featuring John Vanderslice

(I don't have John Vanderslice's setlist)

The Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice- 2009 Tour Dates
Wed 04/01 - Chicago IL @ Portage Theater
Thu 04/02 - Champaign IL @ Courtyard Café at University of Illinois
Fri 04/03 - Iowa City IA @ The Mill - Mission Creek Music Festival
Sat 04/04 - Richmond IN @ Earlham College
Mon 04/06 - Bloomington IN @ Buskirk-Chumley Theater

John Vanderslice - 2009 Tour Dates
Sun May 17 - Merced, CA @ The Partisan *
Tue May 19 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Thu May 21 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Fri May 22 - Seattle, WA @ Easy Street Records
Sun May 24 - Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
Wed May 27 - Provo , UT @ Velour *
Thu May 28 - Salt Lake City , UT @ Kilby Court *
Fri May 29 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive *
Sat May 30 - Omaha, NE @ Slow Down
Sat Jun 6 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Fri Jun 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside Festival)

* w/ The Morning Benders

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