The Long Winters' John Roderick Doesn't Hate Everything -- or, The Commander Eats Aloud
Much has been made around the blogosphere this week about the diary John Roderick of the Long Winters kept about Bonnaroo. (For excellent exclusive photos of the event -- including one of Beatle Bob dancing and Jeff Tweedy playing baseball -- go here!)
In a nutshell, he hated almost everything -- although he described bands in a hilarious way. For instance, about the Hold Steady: "I felt like I was at a dot-com Christmas party and a bunch of drunk webmasters got up on stage to jam, with the company cut-up rapping their mission-statement out of a three-ring binder. And everyone at the party said, 'Whoa, those guys are actually good. They should form a band.'" » read more
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, 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
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.
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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
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
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.
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
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