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Seattle's Stalinism

Source: 
Seattle Weekly Reverb Residency
Author: 
John Roderick
Publication date: 
October 5, 2011

John Roderick Reverb Residency: Seattle's Stalinism

Hey, John: Tell me something: Why do Seattleites call Nevermind "the Nirvana Record"? What, we're just supposed to know which record they're talking about? How pretentious!
--C.R.K., the south end

Roderick: The first paradox of Seattle is: No one will discuss Nirvana with you in a straightforward way unless they're sure you can be trusted, and it is impossible to trust anyone who wants to talk about Nirvana. You have to understand that the grunge years were a period of Stalinistic paranoia. Agents of the Credibility Police were listening in on every conversation, their stocking caps and long underwear stained with the tears of the insufficiently blasé. I watched many good people, innocent people, publicly SNEERED TO DEATH for even suggesting that the band Bush might have a couple of good songs.  » read more

Q&A: John Roderick of the Long Winters

Source: 
City Arts
Author: 
Mark Baumgarten
Publication date: 
September 26, 2011

Q&A: John Roderick of the Long Winters

It’s been five years since John Roderick released an album with his band the Long Winters. For fans of the Seattle native’s lyrical wit and propulsive, hyper-melodic pop, it’s been a long wait made both more bearable and more befuddling by the 43-year-old musician’s inescapable presence. In this time, Roderick has found a bride, fathered a child and transmitted his every waking thought to nearly 13,000 followers on Twitter. 

It seems that you are always working on something aside from the next Long Winters album. You’ve helped BOAT out with their next record, appeared on various podcasts, are taking care of a baby, you update your Twitter account obsessively, and attend photo shoots in garish clothing. If you had time to add one more thing to that list, what would it be?
I would pursue some money-earning activity. None of the things you mentioned pay me a cent.  » read more

From the Archives: John Roderick of The Long Winters

Source: 
Songs to Learn and Sing
Publication date: 
May 16, 2010

From the Archives: John Roderick of The Long Winters

Songs to Learn and Sing, a Dublin-based radio show, has a blog with playlists, old interviews from the show and various bits of gig memorabilia.

When I interviewed Ken Stringfellow we chatted about Ken's work with John Roderick and The Long Winters on their second album When I Pretend to Fall (2003, Munich Records). Ken told me all about producing one of my favourite tracks off that album, Cinnamon.  » read more

People Talking and Talking

Source: 
The Stranger
Author: 
Jonathan Zwickel
Publication date: 
November 7, 2007

People Talking and Talking, A Conversation with Dave Eggers and John Roderick

This week is the third annual People Talking and Singing benefit for 826 Seattle—one of seven writing centers across the country co-founded by author Dave Eggers. This year's gala is hosted by the loquacious if dentally challenged John Roderick of the Long Winters and features readings by Eggers and New Yorker pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones, comedians Todd Barry and Eugene Mirman, and musicians Rosie Thomas and Geologic of Blue Scholars. The Stranger got in on a three-way call between Roderick and Eggers to find out exactly what Ben Gibbard wears under his fuzzy sweater.

THE STRANGER: Rock stars aren't typically considered good role models for kids. Does that trouble you at all?

EGGERS: That's a good point. How do you answer that, Roderick?  » read more

Best Record-Store Tag Team: Sonic Boom Records

Source: 
Seattle Weekly
Author: 
Aja Pecknold
Publication date: 
August 1, 2007

Best Record-Store Tag Team: Sonic Boom Records

Jason & Nabil's Picks

BEST PLACE TO BUY A STEREO:

Nabil: Hawthorne [Stereo, 6303 Roosevelt Way N.E.]. "I'm sure we'll both have the same answer on that one. Great people, great stuff, not as expensive as everyone thinks, and they've always been cool with me testing out shitty music on their really nice equipment."

Jason: "They have great used stuff and amazing new tables and amps."

BEST PLACE TO SCROUNGE FOR DEALS ON RECORDS (THAT Isn't SONIC BOOM):

Nabil: "It's got to be in Seattle, right? Garage sales, which I don't do nearly enough of these days. But that's where I've always found the best surprises."

Jason: Crossroads in Portland. "Great space full of different vendors—always a good find in there."

BEST LOCAL BAND:  » read more

Pod 'n Vod - The Rock Report: The Long Winters

Source: 
The Portland Mercury
Author: 
Christine S. Blystone
Publication date: 
April 30, 2007

Rock Report: The Long Winters

In this episode of The Rock Report, Christine S. Blystone interviews front man John Roderick of the Long Winters. Listen is as he talks about touring, his most inspiring life moments, robots with super powers, red clam chowder, and much more. Plus hear a handful of songs off the Long Winters’ latest album, Putting the Days to Bed.

» listen online (24 minutes)

BYT interview: The Long Winters

Source: 
Brightest Young Things
Author: 
Svetlana
Publication date: 
April 2, 2007

BYT interview: The Long Winters

Our illustrious BYT captain Svetlana, who may or may not have a monster crush on singer/songwriter John Roderick of The Long Winters, asks the important questions. They'll be swinging by the Rock and Roll Hotel tomorrow night along with The Broken West and Stars of Track and Field.

BYT: Last time you were in DC, Travis Morrison of Dismemberment plan showed up to see you. Anyone special you are (sort of secretly) hoping will stop by at the Rock and Roll Hotel show in April?

JR: I'd love to see Travis again, of course, but I'd really dig it if H.R. from Bad Brains came. Not that I expect he would, but I'm a big fan.  » read more

Death to the Encore

Source: 
Weekend America / PublicRadio.org
Author: 
John Moe
Publication date: 
August 11, 2007

Death to the encore

You know the drill: Artist plays music. Artist is showered with applause. Artist leaves the stage. Applause continues. And after a few minutes the artist returns for the encore. But do some bands just not deserve an encore? Weekend America's John Moe talks with John Roderick from the band The Long Winters, Sebastian Bach from the band Skid Row, and Jim Anderson the sound engineer at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe to find out what the encore is all about.

Notes from Senior Reporter John Moe:  » read more

Monday morning check-in: John Roderick and the warmest day of the year

Source: 
Three Imaginary Girls
Author: 
Imaginary Liz
Publication date: 
September 12, 2011

Monday morning check-in: John Roderick and the warmest day of the year

Happy Monday morning!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and was able to make the most of what the experts have claimed to be the warmest day of the year. My weekend was packed with some mundane blah stuff which was thankfully overshadowed by one hellava Saturday night in Columbia City. After an amazing dinner at my new favorite restaurant (Island Soul, do not leave without trying one of their coconut corn muffins!), my friends and I headed over to the Fishboy / BOAT / Aqueduct show at the Columbia City Theater.  » read more

You Can Polish AC/DC All Day Long

Source: 
Back to Work #31
Author: 
Merlin Mann
Publication date: 
August 30, 2011

Back To Work: Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin on productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.
Episode #31: You Can Polish AC/DC All Day Long
With Dan on sabbatical, Merlin is joined by John Roderick of The Long Winters to talk about life as a bull in a china closet, craving real-world constraints, making better records, and being banned for life from Interpol’s corn chip bowl.

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