The Long Winters at Seattle Art Museum
Oh God, how I adore The Long Winters. With this, our... I believe... fifth review of this spectacularly gorgeous band, I believe I can safely say I have crossed the line from super-fan to potential stalker. But have no fear: my adoration has only benevolent intent. No rabbits boiling on stoves or anything scary like that.
I was just elated to be able to hear them play live after a many-month hiatus (during which time they've been recording their second album with the likes of Ken Stringfellow and Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla). We got to hear a smattering of new songs as well as some creative versions of my old (well, old in a last year kinda-way) favorites.
So without further ado, a set list, with imaginary observations and exclamations, as appropriate... » read more
A Long Winters Wonderland
The following Q&A originally appeared in Festive! #8, in slightly altered form. All photos of John Roderick as Santa at the 2004 Three Imaginary Girls Christmas party courtesy of Kelly O.
IN THE BLEAK MID-WINTERS:
Christmas With John Roderick Is The Best » read more
From: GREG FRANKLIN
To: Local Aspiring Songwriters
Re: Writing Like John Roderick
One of the first things that I did upon my move from KC to Seattle was to make contact with 826 Seattle. Dave Eggers (author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, among others) started 826 as a nationwide non-profit organization to provide free writing help to students age 6 to 18. Part of their fund-raising efforts includes various writing workshops across the country, featuring local and national authors, poets, musicians, and assorted interesting characters. » read more
NAME: The Long Winters
PROGRESS REPORT: Recording their fourth full-length album at Electrokitty Recording, Bog Roll Studio, and Two Sticks Audio in Seattle.
“It’s been a pretty hilarious process,” say Long Winters main guy John Roderick of their transient recording process. Recording the followup to 2006′s Putting The Days To Bed, the Long Winters have seen the inside of “half a dozen different studios,” from producer John Goodmanson’s studio to home setups at Roderick’s place and (currently) Roderick’s mom’s basement. “Dave Bazan has suggested I record some of the vocals at his home studio, just to have a change of scenery and because he has some nice microphones, and Chris Walla has offered to help us record some horns and strings at his Hall of Justice in Portland,” Roderick says. “So if we take those guys up on their offers we’ll have been all over the place.” » read more
Songs of the Sorting Hat: A Playlist for Each House of Hogwarts
To help you get psyched for the sixth Harry Potter movie, The Half-Blood Prince, we've compiled these four playlists, one for each distinct House of Hogwarts. First, you'll need to figure out which house you're in, by taking this brief nine-question Sorting Hat quiz. Now, whether you came up Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin, we've got you covered.
Traits: Courage, Daring, Nerve, Chivalry
1. The Flaming Lips - "The W.A.N.D."
2. The Replacements - "I Will Dare"
3. The Hold Steady - "Stay Postive"
4. The Lovemongers - "The Battle of Evermore"
5. U2 - "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
6. Pink Floyd - "When the Tigers Broke Free"
7. Sigur Rós - "Hoppipolla"
8. Otis Redding - "That's How Strong My Love Is"
9. My Morning Jacket - "What a Wonderful Man"
10. Drivin' N' Cryin' - "Fly Me Courageous"
11. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Fight Like a Brave" » read more
The Text Of Young America
John Roderick is the lead vocalist and main songwriter for Seattle-based band The Long Winters. Roderick’s lyrics are razor sharp, highly sing-alongable, and often detail the sweetness and the struggle of relationships. In short, the man can write a mean pop song. The Long Winters is recording the follow-up to 2006's Putting The Days To Bed, due out in late spring 2010. I spoke to Roderick about the new record and the band's new, loose approach to the singing-songwriting exercise. As for the new sound, it's familiar, but not too familiar. But not too not familiar.
Chris Bowman: One thing that comes up again and again when speaking to creative types is procrastination. It’s ever present when trying to get things done. You allude to it in 13 Songs, the series documenting the creative process behind The Long Winters new record. What does procrastination mean to you? » read more
Long Winters Frontman John Roderick Talks Kathleen Edwards Collaboration
John Roderick has waited his entire life to have his own home studio, to serve as yet another way for him to make music on his own terms. But when he finally got that studio, he began wishing for an authority figure. “I’ve kinda worked really hard to get to a place where no one can tell me what to do, you know,” the Long Winters frontman tells Paste. “That’s been my goal for my whole creative life, to get to a place where nobody’s the boss of me. And now that I’m there, I’ve realized that I need a manager.” » read more
July 6, 2011, Seattle, WA: In many ways my big trip ended on Monday July 4th, when I took off from New York’s JFK and flew home to Portland. I hadn’t seen my kid in two weeks, and it was wonderful to arrive and head home from the airport with him. But one road date remained, and that was in Seattle, my old home town. My mother and brother still live there, so Mikko, my son, came with me, heading for a much-anticipated three days with his cousins. We stayed in the house where I grew up, where my mother and my brother and his children now live. » read more
A MONTHLY ADVICE COLUMN
This month: guest columnist John Roderick
How did railroads get to be so romanticized? Have you been on a train for any distance? It’s horrible. It’s an experience in bumpy patience, always overpriced, and always late. So why do people still love trains so much?
St. Louis, Mo.
Dear Cap’n Stan, » read more