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Aspiring Musicians: This is a Networking Wet-Dream

Source: 
Seattle Weekly
Author: 
Dave Lake
Publication date: 
November 6, 2013

Aspiring Musicians: This is a Networking Wet-Dream

Here’s a helpful hint to all the aspiring indie rockers out there: Go to this show! The top-billed performers—Bazan, Walla, and the Winters’ John Roderick—are a triumvirate of local musicians who could help your career immensely. Between them, they have talent for miles, but they also know the bulk of the town’s most influential music-makers, many of whom will be in attendance, so bring a stack of download cards and distribute them liberally.  » read more

John Roderick & Friends: "Like Sammy, Frank, and Dean at the Sands in '63, Except With More Classy Dames, Hotter Tunes, and Better Suits"

Source: 
Seattle Weekly
Author: 
Chris Kornelis
Publication date: 
October 22, 2012

John Roderick & Friends: "Like Sammy, Frank, and Dean at the Sands in '63, Except With More Classy Dames, Hotter Tunes, and Better Suits"

If you ever wanted to know if your favorite tweeters are as witty, funny, and self-deprecating in person as they are inside 140 characters, October 29 is your night to find out. SW columnist John Roderick has corralled some of his music- and comedy-inclined friends--industry-slaying songwriter Jonathan Coulton, Comedy Central contributor John Hodgman, plus Merlin Mann and Scott Simpson--for a night of cultural debauchery. "It's going to be like Sammy, Frank, and Dean at the Sands in '63," Roderick says, "except with more classy dames, more roulette, more Lincoln Continentals, hotter tunes, funnier jokes, and better suits." If you can't make the show, follow @johnroderick, sure to include myriad updates.  » 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

Up & Coming March 20, 2003

Source: 
The Portland Mercury
Author: 
Chazz Madrigal
Publication date: 
March 20, 2003

LONG WINTERS, CARISSA'S WIERD, STARS OF TRACK & FIELD, THE PROM
(Berbati's)
One can't help taking a look at the Long Winters onstage, and thinking the band is way too smart to be playing indierock. Everyone knows it's usually a dead-end profession that ends up in drinking problems, extreme jadedness, and careers as either baristas or, even worse, record store clerks. The Long Winters need to be teaching Quantum Physics to inner-city kids, or inventing hybrid cars--anything but making addictive, countrified, Pernice Brothers pop. Since their debut record, The Worse You Can Do Is Harm, is undeniably great, I'll cut them some slack--but once they start slipping, I want to see them hang up the denim coats for lab coats or those jackets with tweed patches on them. CM

Groupies maken bij The Long Winters geen schijn van kans

Source: 
3voor12
Author: 
Menno Visser
Publication date: 
October 31, 2006

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Groupies maken bij The Long Winters geen schijn van kans

John Roderick interviewen heeft wel wat weg van college lopen. De frontman van de Americana rockband The Long Winters uit Seattle heeft veel weg van een professor door zijn originele en gedetailleerde antwoorden. Het liefst stopt hij er nog een stukje hedendaagse geschiedenis in - naast muziek zijn andere grote passie.

Deze kleurrijke muzikant presteerde het bijvoorbeeld in 1999 om helemaal van Amsterdam naar Istanbul te lopen. Het waarom van de bijna een half jaar durende voettocht is hem zelf nog steeds niet duidelijk, al is hij wel een heel eind opgeschoten met een boek over zijn reis. Het fascinerende is volgens hem dat je al lopende de geschiedenis van Europa aan je voorbij ziet trekken: "Je ziet het grote verhaal van Europa in honderdduizend stappen."  » read more

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+.

Winters' solstice

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

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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

In bed with the Long Winters

Source: 
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Author: 
Kate Izquierdo
Publication date: 
October 10, 2006

In bed with the Long Winters
Masterfully eloquent longing -- of the drunken rapist kind.

It's become popular to characterize the Long Winters' John Roderick as an intellectual ronin of sorts: a librarian without master who travels the countryside lending his songs and wisdom to brainy 826 benefits. Others reject this stuffy veneer outright, preferring to embrace him as a lovable vaudevillian rogue of the "song, dance, seltzer down the pants" variety.
Still, Roderick is well aware of his reputation as a mysterious dude, explaining, "It's never been clear, even to the people close to me, whether or not I might actually be an emotionally abusive, exploitative, drunken rapist posing as a sensitive singer-songwriter, and that's an ambiguity that I cultivate."  » read more

8 days a week, 18-25 December 2002

Source: 
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Author: 
Kimberly Chun
Publication date: 
October 16, 2002

Pop on the rocks Former Western State Hurricanes and Harvey Danger player John Roderick knows all about cool – heck, he was born in Alaska, and he calls his current band Long Winters. Resplendent with pretty slide guitar, expansive orchestration, mild-mannered psychedelia, and offhand melodies that surge and retreat like a tide, The Worst You Can Do Is Harm, the Long Winters' Barsuk Records debut, found the connected Mr. Roderick tapping friends such as Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla and Ben Gibbard, the Posies' Ken Stringfellow, Sunny Day Real Estate's Joe Bass, and Built to Spill's Jim Roth for musical contributions. The world didn't exactly burst into flames when The Worst You Can Do Is Harm came out, but then again that doesn't really seem to be Roderick's modus operandi. Instead, he seems to have put together a low-key little album you might want to cozy up to after the embers die, the cocoa runs out, and the winter seems like it's never going to end.  » read more

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