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NATIVE 001: John Vanderslice – Song For Clay Miller with, Vitas At Wimbledon

Posted on July 30th, 2013

Today I am both extremely honored and humbled to announce the Native Sound's first release, by none other than John Vanderslice! The double a-side single, featuring two previously unreleased songs, titled Song For Clay Miller with, Vitas At Wimbledon, is currently available for pre-order as both a digital download and a limited edition 7-inch single. Orders will ship, and downloads will be emailed on release day, a week from today, on August 6th.

For more information, read the press release below.

Limited Edition Double A-Side Single
Song For Clay Miller with, Vitas At Wimbledon
Available August 6th

Pre-order limited edition 7-inch Flexi disc and digital download

Earlier this year, John Vanderslice’s extraordinarily successful Kickstarter campaign raised nearly $80,000 allowing him to self-release his highly praised ninth full-length album, Dagger Beach, and the experimental, track-by-track cover of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs. Of the many rewards issued to backers of this project – which included vinyl records, original 1/2” master tapes, and even personalized songs – the most unique was “Song For Clay Miller”, a song written for, and released exclusively to the 1,200 supporters of his campaign.

On August 6th, The Native Sound, an archival record label founded by Julio Anta – a backer of Vanderslice’s Kickstarter project – will release “Song For Clay Miller” along with “Vitas At Wimbledon” (an unreleased outtake from Vanderslice’s 2009 LP Romanian Names) as a double a-side single available as a digital download and a limited edition 7-inch flexi disc. In the spirit of Vanderslice’s Kickstarter campaign, and both his and The Native Sound’s love for all things limited and exclusive, the digital version of this release will be available for only 30 days, starting with pre-orders today. In addition, 50% of all profits from the digital downloads will go the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an international digital rights organization near and dear to Vanderslice.

On the physical side of the release, only 525 copies of Song For Clay Miller with, Vitas At Wimbledon have been pressed on the 7-inch flexi discs, over three unique color variants (white, translucent yellow, translucent green), all housed in full color sleeves and poly bags – half of which already sold-out in an exclusive pre-order to Vanderslice’s original Kickstarter backers. The songs were re-mastered for the physical pressing by TW Walsh (Pedro The Lion, Sufjan Stevens, Benjamin Gibbard, Cold War Kids).

Over dozens of releases on both Barsuk Records and Dead Oceans, John Vanderslice has consistently churned out both high-quality and experimental albums and singles for nearly 20 years. A song-writer’s song-writer if there ever was one, Vanderslice’s discography is one of both critical and wide acclaim. Both, physical and digital versions are currently available for preorder at, and will be released on August 6th. Digital downloads are also available on Bandcamp.

Song For Clay Miller with, Vitas At Wimbledon track listing:
1. Song For Clay Miller
2. Vitas At Wimbledon

Flexi disc pressing information:
Translucent Yellow – 100
White – 200
Translucent Green (Kickstarter Backer exclusive) – 225, hand-numbered

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Welcome to The Native Sound!

Posted on July 22nd, 2013

First things first, thank you for taking the time to visit this page. Here's a bit of info on this little record label I'm building:

Put simply, the Native Sound is an archival record label devoted to preserving, promoting and producing high-quality physical pressings of albums and unreleased recordings never committed to the format, or long out of print. Built off my love for vinyl, and physical music formats as a whole, the Native Sound is a way for me to bring the songs and the records that I love, to the formats I've always wished to experience them in. 

If you're like me – and I'm sure you must be, considering you've found yourself in this little corner of the internet – I think you'll enjoy the direction I take this label in. For now, stay tuned for news on the Native Sound's first release on July 30th.

– Julio Anta