8 days a week, 18-25 December 2002

San Francisco Bay Guardian
Kimberly Chun
Publication date: 
October 16, 2002
Wednesday, December 18, 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. Winfred E. Eye and Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter also play. 9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F. $7. (Also Thurs/19, 9:30 p.m., Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck, Berk. $6. 510-548-1159.) (Chun)