It Never Rains Enough to Cool My Fever
So I had a fever. It was 100.8 - a legitimate "Mom I need to stay home from school today" sickness. But the Long Winters! And Carissa's Wierd!! What's an imaginary girl to do? What would Sean Nelson do?
The irony of attending the show with fever proved too much to resist. It may never rain enough to cool my fever, but taking four Tylenols with a DayQuill chaser, that seemed to do the trick. "Medicine Cabinet Pirate," indeed! And I was not disappointed. The Long Winters just may be the most talented local band around.
They just write the most fantastic metaphors. I've been singing this one unreleased track that they played in my head ever since I heard it; it has an incredibly catchy melody and one of the greatest romantic longing metaphors I've heard in some time: "I'm waiting for you to throw more than... Shapes." Who isn't waiting for that? I just love it. » read more
The Worst You Can Do Is Miss the Long Winters Live
First thing: if you weren't lucky enough to see The Long Winters live, DO NOT MISS IT NEXT TIME!!! And if you don't already own their debut CD, The Worst You Can Do Is Harm, then stop reading this column and run to go purchase it. Right now! Then please come back and continue reading.
The Long Winters remind me of tragically romantic boys who can't seem make a relationship work despite their best efforts... and they charmed the audience by playing every song off their debut release, The Worst You Can Do Is Harm, plus a couple of new tracks (!!). » read more
KEN STRINGFELLOW, THE LONG WINTERS, FIVER
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) The Long Winters make the shiny pop of yore--totally uncluttered by pretense, "arty crap," or baloney. Their new record on Barsuk is chock-full of just great, straight-up rock music that everyone can enjoy. It's intelligently written, full of melodies, catchy harmonies, and the right dose of chutzpah to keep it from getting samey. Live, the band is totally professional, never missing notes, and entertaining enough to make one dance in a hopping motion, if one so desired. JS
Mostly tuneful flowers
Posies’ Stringfellow headlines an evening of melodies at the Senator
Musician Ken Stringfellow put on a generally enjoyable show last Monday night at the Senator Theatre in downtown Chico. Chief songwriter (along with Jon Auer) for Seattle-based indie band The Posies, Stringfellow played nothing but tunes from his recent CD, Touched, on Manifesto Records. The guitarist was backed by fellow Seattle-ites The Long Winters. » read more
VARNALINE, CENTROMATIC, THE LONG WINTERS
(Satyricon) The Long Winters are the new band on Seattle's Barsuk Records. Featuring ex-members of Western State Hurricanes and Harvey Danger, live, the band makes flawless pop music with full harmonies and a healthy dose of gloss. Summer-friendly and packed with highly literate lyrics, The Long Winters are masters of the uber-hook--a little more polished than I'm used to, but tops at what they do. JS
VARIOUS SHOWS at SXSW
John Roderick / Portostatic/ Silver Scooter / Tahiti 80
Fiver / Experimental Aircraft
Various venues in Austin, Texas
March 15, 2001
Review by Squid
SXSW Thursday got off to a shaky start when we learned that our beloved Kingsbury Manx weren't going to be performing due to "illness". Not good. After a few hours of serious depression and moaning, we decided to take a different perspective and think about the myriad bands we could see. The following is a beer-soaked reconstruction of one of the downright wackiest evenings we've had in a long time. » read more
"This week, the Fretboard Journal's editors talk to critically acclaimed Seattle musician John Roderick of the Long Winters. Roderick tells us about his forthcoming album on Barsuk Records (including the somewhat unorthodox way he's writing the songs), the guitars and gear he's been using and his love for Twitter."
length: appr. 50 minutes
We didn't get to see headliner Varnaline, due to a sinister tradition known as "Brickday" wherein friends of ours call in sick and drink all day in various and sundry bars throughout the city. Daz was never really one to drink thru the afternoon and carry on into the night, hence the splitting headache that rendered her unable to stay for a band she truly digs. But before illness forced us to leave...
We first saw Denton, Texas' Centro-matic as a duo last year when they opened for M. Ward at The Covered Wagon. We loved their mix of sweet folky melodies and gruff plaintive vocals. They returned to SF as a quartet this time around, which made their sound a lot harder. Where she previously thought they'd be a good match for Califone, Squid suddenly wanted to see them in an opening slot for Grandaddy. We got a good feeling about Centro-matic and look forward to seeing what they get up to next. » read more
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John Roderick is a UW comparative history of ideas major who is walking from London to Istanbul. His journey began May 4, as he set out walking immediately upon his arrival in London.
He said the idea came to him overnight and he bought a ticket to London the next day, fearing the plan "would become corrupted or would become buried under an avalanche of other ideas" if he were to delay. » read more
I'm one of those people that's not much for happy music. And even if you like it, it's hard not to admit that there's something about the morose, the dark and the grungy that generally makes for a better musical sound than the happy-go-lucky. The Long Winters' Putting the Days to Bed, the third LP from the Seattle-born band, is trying its hardest to dispel this idea through big band instruments, crafty lyrics and memorable beats. » read more