Vertical Scratchers' John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac/Enon, live Caribou, and Crooks on Tape) and Christian Beaulieu (ex-Triclops!/Anywhere) delivered this mix to provide further insight behind the foundation of their debut Daughter of Everything.
This list of songs is a grab bag between myself and Christian. They are either songs that he or I were listening to around the time we met and started working out the VS record or reference points in reflection after making the record. For instance, I'm a fan of Syd Barrett but I chose the track "Love You" because the way the guitar was recorded sounds similar to what I was going for on the Vertical Scratchers record. Closely mic'd strings. I tried to stay "in our genre" when making this playlist but, Moondog I just listen to so much that he gets to be the exception. Him and John Fahey. My only guitar hero.
Vertical Scratchers are in the middle of a national tour with two shows the NC triangle tomorrow (lucky us!): the Merge 25k Finish Line in Durham alongside The Love Language at noon and Local 506 in Chapel Hill with Har Mar Superstar at night.
Daughter of Everything is available on LP, CD, and digital in the Merge store.
Mar 22 Durham, NC – Motorco (Merge 25K finish line w/ The Love Language)
Mar 22 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 w/ Har Mar Superstar
Mar 23 Washington, DC – DC9
Mar 25 Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
Mar 26 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
Mar 27 Athens, OH – The Union
Mar 28 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Mar 29 Toledo, OH – Frankie’s
Mar 30 Columbus, OH – Double Happiness
Mar 31 Cincinnati, OH – Black Plastic Records (FREE in-store performance at 3pm)
Mar 31 Louisville, KY – Haymarket Whiskey Bar
Apr 01 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
Apr 02 Kansas City, MO – Czar Bar
Apr 04 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Apr 05 Boise, ID – The Crux
Apr 06 Seattle, WA – Barboza
Apr 07 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
Apr 11 Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
Apr 12 Los Angeles, CA – The Mint (early show)
Apr 14 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar