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The Morning News Tournament of Books

Source: 
The Morning News
Author: 
John Roderick
Publication date: 
March 29, 2011

The Morning News Tournament of Books Semifinals
James Hynes - Next
v.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender

Judged by John Roderick

Contrasting the two novels, Next by James Hynes, and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender seemed like it should be an easy task. In the first few pages Hynes introduced a callow, insecure male protagonist obsessed with sex and reflecting back on his life in a climate of modern anxiety, while Bender produced a thoughtful but guarded young female protagonist trapped in a dysfunctional family and fixated on food. Thank God contemporary fiction is moving beyond sweeping gender stereotypes, I thought.  » read more

2007's Over, but John Roderick Still Can't Get Out of 1981

Source: 
Seattle Weekly
Author: 
John Roderick
Publication date: 
December 19, 2007

2007's Over, but John Roderick Still Can't Get Out of 1981
By John Roderick, as Told to Aja Pecknold

I only ever listen to early-'80s metal, so here are Five Songs From the 1981 New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which express the alienation, fear, and sexual frustration that characterized the era:

1. "Electric Eye," Judas Priest, Screaming for Vengeance

This sarcastic indictment of satellite surveillance still resonates today. Judas Priest foresaw that privacy issues would be a major concern in the coming years, with lyrics such as: "I take pride in probing all your secret moves/My tearless retina takes pictures I can prove." This song also foreshadows the Skynet takeover made famous in the Terminator movies, which appears to be right on schedule. Hello, Google.

2. "No No No," Def Leppard, High 'N' Dry  » read more

Democrats Make Gains in Midterm Elections

Source: 
Spin
Author: 
Spin staff
Publication date: 
November 8, 2006

Democrats Make Gains in Midterm Elections

Judging by the midterm election results, yesterday's vote made it clear the country is ready for a change. After a bitter campaign, the Democrats easily recaptured the House, and while ballots are still being counted to determine if they won control of the Senate, some artists are already rejoicing over what they consider good news. Politically-loquacious Moby wrote in his online journal, "So the Democrats have won a majority...good work everybody. It's especially impressive because the Republicans outspent the Democrats by over $100,000,000.00. I find it incredibly encouraging that America seems to be freeing itself from the stranglehold of right-wing republican ineptitude and corruption."

We asked bands to weigh in on the results, and some offered responses that were as impassioned as those of Moby, others joked, and others still seemed confident yet hesitant.

Here's what the artists are saying:  » read more

13 Funny Musicians You Should Be Following On Twitter

Source: 
Huffington Post
Author: 
Carol Hartsell
Publication date: 
June 6, 2011

13 Funny Musicians You Should Be Following On Twitter

We realized we're always telling you which comedians to follow on Twitter, but we never give any love to the non-professional funny people who have transformed our feeds into endlessly sublime time-killers. So we decided to come up with a short list of some of our favorite musicians who have a habit of tweeting comedy gold on a regular basis. Some you probably already know and follow -- Kanye, of course -- but hopefully there are a few new ones in here for you, too. Rate your favorite tweets and tell us who we forgot in the comments.

John Roderick
I'm no expert on the blues, per se, but I AM an expert at subtly misusing "per se".

The other musicians featured: Kanye West, Amanda Palmer, Ben Gibbard, Colin Meloy, Kristin Hersh, Mike Doughty, Rosanne Cash, Aimee Mann, Jon Wurster, Neko Case, Questo of The Roots, Ted Leo.

The Long Winters seasons music with stories

Source: 
Oregon Daily Emerald
Author: 
Sarah McNaughton
Publication date: 
May 27, 2010

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The Long Winters seasons music with stories
Indie rock band hopes listeners can identify with songs, cherishes coming home to adoring Northwest

Known for music that’s hard to label but easy to enjoy — think Rogue Wave tossed in a blender with The Hold Steady and topped with a spoonful of Okkervil River — The Long Winters is one of Seattle’s most celebrated indie rock bands, and is coming to WOW Hall tonight before heading back up to Washington for the Sasquatch! Music Festival.  » read more

Top Five Reasons I’m Not Moving To Portland

Source: 
Local Cut/Willamette Week
Author: 
John Roderick
Publication date: 
May 26, 2010

Top Five Reasons I’m Not Moving To Portland

5. Flat topography encourages hippies to build ridiculous bicycles.

4. Application to become fourth member of Menomena rejected on the grounds that I was “too fat/not bicurious enough.”

3. Plenty of contact with smug, self-satisfied white people in Seattle; no need to relocate.

2. The prospect of eating steak and watching strippers at the same time fills me with existential dread.

1. Have an extremely low boredom threshold for listening to people talk about their heritage chickens.

SEE IT: The Long Winters play Berbati’s on Friday, May 28, at Doug Fir. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.

This One Time John Roderick Drove Me All Over Seattle and Told Me Everything He Knows About the City

Source: 
The Stranger
Author: 
Megan Seling
Publication date: 
July 8, 2010

This One Time John Roderick Drove Me All Over Seattle and Told Me Everything He Knows About the City

John Roderick is not just the lead singer of the Long Winters, he is also a historian. Not officially, I suppose, but if you ask the man to tell you everything he knows about Seattle and its rich history, he can spend literally hours rattling off facts, stories, and hilarious sound bites. "I enjoy collecting esoteric knowledge about things," he says. "And sharing it."

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to learn this first-hand as I tagged along with Roderick and a nice woman named Pat, a Long Winters fan who purchased a John Roderick-hosted tour of Seattle via Strangercrombie. For over three hours we cruised the city's streets in a fancy ZipCar (thanks, ZipCar!) and saw all the legendary (and not-so-legendary) landmarks that dotted Seattle's history and Roderick's own musical past. Here is a not-very-brief-at-all summary of our trip.  » read more

Putting Days To Bed, But Not Before An Interrogation Or Two

Source: 
Daytrotter
Author: 
Sean Moeller
Publication date: 
June 21, 2007

Four song session available at the weblink above.

Putting Days To Bed, But Not Before An Interrogation Or Two
Are you a member of a band with aspirations of climbing into the hearts and minds of thousands of people, making them flutter when they hear your songs, forcing them to unconsciously want to give you their money for your sweat, your songs and your used apple cores or dirty socks?  » read more

The Long Winters: In It For The Girls

Source: 
CHARTattack
Author: 
Scott Bryson
Publication date: 
March 27, 2007

The Long Winters: In It For The Girls

John Roderick has no one to blame but himself if Putting The Days To Bed doesn't meet expectations. Roderick, the brains behind much of The Long Winters' material, stepped into the role of producer and took complete control of the group's third full-length. Part a life warning and part a celebration of living, Putting The Days To Bed is a definite departure for the Seattle-based band. ChartAttack discussed a reborn Long Winters with Roderick via email, as the oft-morose foursome made their way through the central U.S.

"I've always had a pretty clear picture of how I wanted my songs to sound," Roderick says in describing his part as producer. "Although I've worked with some amazingly talented people who've definitely added elements to our records that I would never have imagined myself, I wanted to see what would happen if I didn't have any filters between myself and the process of record-making."  » read more

Winters' solstice

Source: 
The Salt Lake Tribune
Author: 
Dan Nailen
Publication date: 
April 6, 2007

No longer available online. If you feel this article shouldn't be archived here, please contact the librarian's desk.

Winters' solstice
Well-traveled John Roderick layers his music with themes of hope and sadness - in the same song

When it comes to rock and roll, it's often true that the younger the performer, the more potent the music.
    But consider John Roderick, the leader of Seattle's Long Winters, an exception to that rule. A veteran of several now-defunct bands formed after moving to Jet City, Roderick just seems to be getting better with age.  » read more

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